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Elwin_LeRoux HRSB_Official 2015 Superintendents To the Halifax Regional School Board Providing a high quality education for every student every day Assessment Evaluation Day No classes grade 12 Assessment Evaluation Day No classes P-12 Last Day of School 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth NS B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 View the HRSB calendar online June 26 2015 June 29 2015 June 30 2015 Important Dates How does Community Based Learning help us provide a high quality education for every student every day By bringing student learning into the community and the community into studentslearning. We know that meaningful learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom. We also know that our community is rich with opportunity. From class trips to job shadowing to guest speakers to work placements to service learning Community Based Learning CBL is about helping students explore and make connections to the world around them by engaging with their communities in many different ways. Every day students from Grade Primary to 12 are engaged in some form of CBL. Its the exciting stuff the experiences that connect learning to real life Take a quick tour of our Twitter feed HRSB_Official to see daily examples in real time. Click here to view a few of my recent favourites. Engaging with the community to learn gives students time to explore their passions interests and strengths. Equally as important students are able to discover the things they dont want to pursue without risk. According to a Statistics Canada study among 25-year-olds who were asked about their career expectations on a regular basis from the age of 15 few followed the same path as they had planned. Almost 10 of 25-year-olds kept the same career expectations that they held at age 15 while 6.9 held the same career expectations that they had at age 17. Imagine how CBL experiences might have benefitted these youth in making decisions about their futures The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development EECD recognizes the value in engaging students in authentic learning opportunities that not only help them discover their interests now but will help them link their classroom learning to the community and beyond. In Nova Scotias Action Plan for Education 2015 we see that development of individual career plans must be a priority for all high school students. The plan states that we must continue to offer and expand on workplace training for our graduating students and support them with opportunities to help them develop their skills as they plan for their future. We also see an emphasis on expanding CBL not only for high school but also at the elementary and junior high school levels. When given opportunities to explore a wide range of real world experiences in school students can build a foundation for successful transitions to their roles as adults in the community and the workforce. Career development and exploration begins at the elementary level as students take those first steps into the community with field trips guest speakers and simulations. Our youngest students are able to get a glimpse into a multitude of careers from a very early age through a wide-range of curriculum activities. Many junior high schools are engaged with Junior Achievement Nova Scotia which brings programs such as Economics for Success and Dollars with Sense to classrooms. Members of the local business community deliver the programs with the goal of empowering students to make smart lifelong financial choices. They also teach students the importance of education and its link to future success with goal setting exercises and career reflection. Students at Graham Creighton Junior High have had the opportunity to partake in the Discovering Opportunities DO pilot program at their school. Through DO students experience a stronger understanding of curriculum through project-based learning and connecting to the community. Adding more Discovering Opportunities programs to familiarize Grade 9 students with modern careers is also a priority in Nova Scotias Action Plan. As students move to the high school level courses such as Co-operative Education or programs such as Options and Opportunities O2 can give them that reality check by placing them for extended periods of time directly with a community host to learn what that career is like first-hand. continued on page 2 Lets talk about... Community Based Learning Navy Co-op students visit Small Boat Operations. Co-operative Education is available to high school students aged 16 years of age or older. It provides students with on-site work experience at placements in the fields of their choice. O2 is a three-year program offered in all of our high schools intended to help students evaluate their personal interests and skills as well as explore a range of careers. O2 students are required to complete four credits in Co-op. In this report you will hear from students who have found their career paths as a result of their experiences in Co-op or O2 . You will also hear from teachers who guide students as well as community hosts who have welcomed our students into their organizations. HRSB has developed a strong network of hosts in the thousands who are integral to the success of Community Based Learning. Our partners open their doors to students in the fields of health and human services law enforcement military information technology government skilled trades hospitality and tourism to name just a few. We are grateful that our partners see the value in participating in the program and in our students. Opening our schools to community partners and industry experts truly benefits our students. This year we were very excited to bring our first journeyperson to our teaching team at Cole Harbour District High School in the Skilled Trades program. Students are learning first-hand from a Red Seal carpenter who spent years in the trade. Its important to understand that CBL is much more than work experience or job placements or skilled trades. Another aspect is called service learning which is about enhancing students development as citizens who actively participate in and contribute positively to their communities. Students take responsibility for developing plans around needs that they identify in their communities and see projects through to completion. These projects are aligned with curriculum outcomes but also serve to meet the needs of others. Community Based Learning is about working together to create meaningful educational experiences for all students. After all it takes a village ... Find this report on the Superintendents page on To improve student achievement and personal success. continued from page 1 Co-operative Education is about exploration. Its about trying new approaches to learn more about oneself. Its about stepping outside the classroom and into the community to make connections between the learning that happens in school and life in the real world. Its about helping to prepare students for a fulfilling path beyond graduation. Every placement teaches students valuable lessons. Its equally as valuable to discover that a career path is not of interest as it is to confirm that its something worth pursuing. Many students discover their career paths as a result of their experience in Co-op placements. Here are a few recent examples Courtney Kerr is a student at Sir John A Macdonald High School. She recently completed a placement with the Halifax Regional Police HRP. In this video Courtney shares a bit about her experi- ence with HRP and describes how she came to realize that policing is the career path she wishes to pursue when she finishes high school. Colleyne McDonald is in the O2 program at Halifax West. She says she always wanted to be a pediatric nurse so she looked for a placement at the IWK. During that placement Colleyne learned about other positions in a hospital that support the health of mothers and babies. Colleyne now wants to be a Child Life Specialist and knows exactly what she needs to do at the post-secondary level to get there. Prince Andrew High School student Solomon Dort is completing a Co-op placement with an IT company in Dartmouth called SimplyCast. The company recently made the news media for its investment in new gradu- ates. Solomon says his Co-op placement experience with SimplyCast has opened his eyes to the information technology industry and has helped him to define his post-secondary plans. Teaching Co-op allows me to see how students REALLY learn and how they are so often easily engaged in experiential learning outside of a traditional classroom. - Teacher Marco Barreiro left is HRSBs first journeyperson. 2 To maximize exemplary teaching practices to support high quality instruction. How do Co-op and O2 lead teachers ensure their teaching practices are positively impacting student learning The roles of Co-op and O2 lead teachers are unique. Teachers spend time in the classroom preparing students for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of adult and working life. They support students in learning about safe working environments. They counsel advise and mentor students when it comes to making big decisions about the future. These teachers are also the links between students and the thousands of community partners who host them for work experience. Co-op and O2 leads are responsible for getting to know their students and finding the right fit in a placement. Theyre also responsible for seeing these students through the 100 hours they are required to spend on the job. They monitor progress support students in developing learning plans and make frequent visits to job sites to check in with students and hosts. In order to make sure their teaching practices are effective meaningful and meeting the needs of all students Co-op and O2 lead teachers like all teachers collaborate. They communicate informally on a regular basis and formally three times a year to reflect on experience and to talk about innovative practices. In coming together teachers are able to share success stories and examine needs of students in their programs. They talk about student reflections and examine assessment strategies. Through collaboration Co-op and O2 lead teachers are able to connect on joint ventures such as field trips and workshops as well as in building relationships with community partners. This year we implemented a mentorship program where we partnered experienced Co-op and O2 lead teachers with teachers new to their roles. By connecting with each other teachers are able to visit each others schools classrooms andor work sites to improve the delivery of curriculum and learn what it takes to set up a placement complete a safety assessment and have meaning- ful dialogue about student roles mentorship and evaluation. Much like students in a Co-op placement the delivery of Co-op can be uncharted waters and being able to reach out to a teacher mentor is extremely beneficial for teachers and the students they support. Kim Duncan and Trevor Doyle are both involved in Community Based Learning and share their experiences in this video. To see the confidence that students gain through these interactions in the workplace and with their employers is the most gratifying teaching an educator could ever hope for. Teacher Toachieveequitablelearningopportunitiesforallstudents. What are we doing to improve student achievement among our diverse student populations through Community Based Learning We know that all students find success in different ways. As educators its our responsibility to help students find that success by ensuring that they are exposed to the right opportunities at the right time. Recently we had the opportunity to invite 38 young women from diverse backgrounds to attend a day-long conference focusing on women in business called She-E-O. The event provided students with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry representatives. They participated in brainstorming sessions where they were encouraged to pitch business ideas to experts and received on-the-spot feedback as to how those ideas could be achieved. By days end HRSB participants had made contact with various business people in the community and left the conference with great advice as well as collections of business cards for future use. Often its the guidance of a teacher that helps students uncover opportunities they may have otherwise missed. As an example Nykeala West is taking part in the Building Futures for Youth program through the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. This is due to her involvement in the O2 program at Citadel High School along with the guidance of a teacher. In this video Nykeala remembers the moment that she fell in love with woodworking in school and how that led her down a path to pursue carpentry as a career. I am not sure exactly what is in my future but I have a better sense of my skills and interests thanks to this placement. - Student 3 Our community is rich with knowledge expertise and experience and HRSB students are eager to learn. Our Community Based Learning team works tirelessly to build relationships with organizations who host our students for learning experiences. We are incredibly fortunate to have thousands of community partners who welcome our students into their organizations each year and that number continues to grow. Partners who host our students will often tell us that they learn as much during the work placement from the student as the student learns from the organization Jane Caudle is with the Cherubini Group of Companies and Carol Logan is with the Prince George and Cambridge Suites Hotels. Watch this video to hear what the partnership with HRSB means to their companies. We are also grateful to the organizations who partner with us in other ways including career fairs and skills competitions. Recently Skills NS Canada hosted students in junior and senior high schools at a tech shop to provide students in a number of hands-on workshops. Students from all of our junior and senior highs were invited to compete in or attend the annual Skills Competition to cheer competitors on participate in Try-a-Trade and learn more about pathways they may be considering or know very little about. For a few years we have seen growth in the number of students competing in Skills NS competitions this year almost 50 students competed. Six of those students won gold medals and earned the right to represent NS at the national competition in Saskatoon in May. There was a broad representation of skills and abilities in the HRSB group students competed in TV Video Production Baking Job Search Prepared Speech and Workplace Safety. Shane Langille from Auburn Drive High brough home a bronze medal in Job Search. Levi Marshall from Sackville High and Meagan Brown from C.P. Allen were two of the gold medal recipents in the provincial competition in TV Video Production. They won silver in the national compe- tition To see their gold- medal winning video about Skills NS called Find Your Fit click on their photo Congratulations to all Find this report on the Superintendents page on Citadel High School student June Beals finishing the last leg of the PARE Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation test for her RCMP Co-op. Duncan MacMillan students at Techsploration Event at Saint Marys University in May Team representing HRSB at Skills Canada competition in Saskatoon. 4 continued To build engagement support and confidence in HRSB. Each year Techsploration empowers Grade 9 female students from a number of our junior high schools by partnering students with role models who work in exciting and challenging science trades and technology careers. These students spend time in the role models place of work research requirements and pathways for that field of work and then participate in a two-day event at Saint Marys University where they are able to showcase their learning and reflect upon their connection with their role models. Some of the role models that students have had the opportunity to follow include machinists video game designers researchers electricians survey technicians aircraft mechanics and forensic scientists. My daughter has blossomed with the Co-op experience. She is no longer wondering if this is a field for her based on hearsay - she now knows this is a field for her based on hands-on in-person hours of experience. - Parent My student dove right in. She could be a chef if she chooses but during her culinary Co-op she was taken with the accounting aspect of the position and is now exploring aspects of that career in a subsequent Co-op. Partner I valued every experience my eyes are now open to so many more options that I didnt know about. - Student We are privileged to have such a caring community that wants to make a difference in the lives of our students. - Teacher Even if the student has an interest in a field Co-op provides an opportunity to go and check it out just in case. - Parent I was mentored as a student. I had no idea how fulfilling an experience it would be to BE the mentor and to give back. I feel I am a better manager and employee as a result of that experience. Partner Because of the field trips workshops and my placements I learned how to develop steps to achieve my goals. - Student Lights off. Green on Energy Project Update Voices Energy upgrade work to Halifax West High School is saving the HRSB more than 150000 a year Yes you read that right. Even with a very cold winter compared to a normal year the savings were tremendous following upgrades to building automation systems and replacing light fixtures with LED fixtures. This graph is a direct comparison between last fiscal year and this fiscal year. The savings worked out to 197709 last year before taxes. While Halifax West did experience some difficulties with the heat pumps for some of the spaces in the school it would not account for this level of reduced expendi- ture. The schools heat pumps will be replaced this fiscal year which will further improve the operability reliability and efficiency of the schools heating system. In addition to the savings HRSB received an incentive from Efficiency Nova Scotia of 140000 for the work that was completed at Halifax West alone. Amazing results 5 Find this report on the Superintendents page on Faces of HRSB ThanksPassItOn A Message to Staff We love to hear from you Follow us at HRSB_Official As we move into the last few weeks of the 2014-15 school year I want to sincerely thank our staff the people who work tirelessly to provide a high quality education for every student every day. I launched a Twitter campaign with this video asking people to tweet messages of thanks using the hashtag ThanksPassItOn. The response has been positively overwhelming You can view these messages by searching ThanksPassItOn in the Twitter search engine or by looking on the Twitter feed on the left hand side of the HRSB website. Please take a moment to read them and dont forget to add to this narrative of gratitude by sharing your thanks Thirty Grade 11 students received medals from His Honour Brigadier- General The Honourable J.J. Grant CMM ONS CD Retd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on May 20. Long-serving HRSB employees 25 30 35 40 years were recognized at the Milestones Awards Ceremony on April 23. Fiona Ewart Grade 8 Gorsebrook Xinyi Kate He Grade 9 Park West and James Davy Grade 9 Gorsebrook each won a bronze medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair in May.Members of HRSBs Team of Doers were recognized on May 19 by the Workers Compensation Board for their work to create a culture of workplace safety. 6