Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6As I close my final report for the 2015-16 school, I offer my sincere thanks to Governing Board members, HRSB staff members as well as the volunteers and members of our school communities for the time and the heart given each day to make a difference in the lives of young people. I also want to thank our 48,000 students. You make our jobs fun and rewarding. We wouldn’t be here without you! Please take the time to read this summer. It’s as easy as visiting your local library or bookmobile. Word has it that there are four teacher-run bookmobiles (in addition to St. Joseph’s A-McKay) happening in school communities this summer. Follow us on Twitter and we’ll let you know when and where you can find them. Reading is the best way to prepare yourself for a successful start to the next school year! Wishing you a wonderful and restful summer break. See you in September! Elwin LeRoux, June 2016 Were we Ready? continued Goal 1: To improve student achievement 2 After two years, what improvements are we seeing as a result of using the Priority Schools Support Model? In July 2014, we analyzed five years’ worth of provincial elementary school assessment data. That review revealed that 20 schools in the HRSB required a different model of support in order to improve student achievement results. Support teams were then assigned to work with administrators to identify each school’s strengths and challenges, and to determine a tailor-made plan for each school. Over the past two years, teaching staff worked closely with a number of specialists in math and literacy to come up with reliable, effective and innovative strategies to move students forward in their learning. In addition, HRSB’s Diversity Team engaged schools in PD around various aspects of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and Priority School Teams met regularly to ensure that the model was reflective of the needs of both students and staff. Essentially, these teams used their collective expertise to puzzle through challenges together to create conditions for all students to achieve. Earlier this month, I brought together all of the Priority School Teams to discuss progress, to share success stories and to plan our next steps together. It was a morning of rich and honest discussion. Some schools are making great gains as a result of the model and others are not as far along on their journey. Priority School Teams will continue to adjust their strategies until ALL schools are finding the success that is possible. After two years, there is evidence that student achievement IS improving! The Focus on Learning segment at the June Regular Board Meeting will outline two priority school success stories: 1. At St. Joseph’s A-McKay, provincial assessments are demonstrating improvement in Grade 6 math as a result of increased collaboration among staff members as well as a commitment to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. 2. Staff and students at École Burton Ettinger School should be proud of their accomplishments: they have seen improved results in every provincial assessment at every grade level! For details, check out the Focus on Learning Report. Here are two other inspiring stories from schools that have made gains, each in their own way. Sheet Harbour Consolidated is a school where student achievement is improving because teachers are spending more time collaborating and working more effectively as a team. Co-teaching is proving to be the most valuable strategy for this school. Resource Teacher Shelley Leslie is doing small group instruction in the classroom rather than taking students on her caseload to a different room. What does all of this mean for student learning and achievement? Recent provincial math assessments in Grades 4 and 6 show that the school is now achieving higher than the Board average! Provincial Assessments School % 2015-16 HRSB % 2015-16 Grade 4 Math 87% 78% Grade 6 Math 75% 72%