Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Superintendent’s Report to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, N.S., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 Join the conversation on Twitter: @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing high quality education for every student every day. We started this school year asking ourselves if we were ready. Were we? And what did we learn for next year? The phrase the days are long but the years are short always comes to mind in June. Ten months pass quickly in the world of education! The 2015-16 school year has been a tremendous year of growth in the HRSB, not only for our students, but for our staff as well. We are about to wrap up our second year using the Priority Schools Support Model, where we used data to inform decisions about the placement of resources in schools that needed something different. What’s exciting is that assessment data is starting to emerge that demonstrates improved achievement in many of those schools and for African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal learners! This is certainly not to say that there isn’t more work to do, but we are making progress in various ways. You can learn more about some of the strategies being used in four schools that are experiencing increased student achievement under Goal 1 of this report. As we continue to support our teachers in professional learning around Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, I am confident that students will keep making great strides. As educators, we adapt. We continuously change our practice to meet the diverse needs of our students. It’s no different here at Central Office. So what have we adjusted in our 2016-17 Business Plan and Budget to reflect the needs of our students for the upcoming school year? As a result of an increase in our budgeted revenues of $9.1M, we are able to cover our cost pressures, protect existing programs and services, and even expand some of the initiatives that support our own Strategic Plan as well as the Minister’s Action Plan. Some of the highlights include increases in the number of: • classroom teachers to support the introduction of the Provincial Class Cap for Grades 5 & 6 • literacy coaches, math support teachers, & Reading Recovery positions • educational program assistants • learning centre teachers • guidance positions • EAL teachers • student support workers We have also introduced two new Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Specialist positions. These positions will support the great work of our Diversity Team, our teachers and our administrators in ensuring we support instructional strategies that build on the lived experiences and strengths of all students. Our four goals remain the same, but the priorities under each goal are responsive to what we learned during this school year. You can find them on pages 25-26 in our General Fund and Business Plan Budget. Important Dates: September 6: Organization Day (P-12 no classes) September 7: PD Day (P-12 no classes) September 8: First Day of School for Students September 15: Stand Up Against Bullying Day September 30: PD Day (P-12 no classes) June 2016 Other initiatives you can look forward to in the 2016-17 school year include the implementation of a new and exciting Grades 4-6 streamlined curriculum, as well as a new provincial Attendance Policy. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is looking for feedback on a discussion paper that will guide the creation of the policy this summer. Make sure your voice is heard by completing this survey which is available until July 8, 2016. continued on page 2