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November 12
Principal's Message November

Within the Calgary Board of Education a system wide revision (September 2019) has taken place for Assessment and Reporting. These changes are specific for Kindergarten to Grade 9 students. I had previously referred through a School Messenger of the information contained on the two-page sheet entitled ‘How is My Child Doing in School’, which is attached to our School Website. Highlights include the following:

‘How is My Child Doing in School’ is a document of ongoing communication between parents, your child and their teacher. It builds an understanding of student achievement over the course of the year, so the information communicated in the report card is both expected and understood.

Reporting Indicators – assessment of each stem on the report card

1 - Not Meeting – The student demonstrates a beginning level of understanding

2 - Basic – The student demonstrates a developing level of understanding

3 - Good – The student demonstrates a well-developed level of understanding

4 - Excellent – the student demonstrates a mastery level of understanding.


Conferences and Report Card Dates

Parent Teacher Conferences – November 21&22, 2019 (Bookings begin Thursday 9:00 AM)

Report Cards Available on line through My CBE Account - January 30, 2020

Student Led Conferences - March 19&20, 2020

Year End Report Card - available June 26, 2020


School Development Plan

All Calgary Board of Education schools are to have a goal for Numeracy, Literacy and Wellbeing. As a result of all staff looking at the results and data and assessments, we have chosen the following goals to work on our areas of gap throughout the year. Our completed School Development Plan will be posted by the end of November on our website.

Numeracy - Students will improve their accurate, quick recall of basic facts needed for all math strands.

Literacy – Students will improve their ability to clearly express their ideas and opinions using techniques for expository writing.

Wellbeing - Students will learn and apply strategies to foster positive relationships with their peers and staff to improve their feeling of connectedness within the school.


Synergy Groups

As teachers, we are excited about the connections between students and teachers within their Synergy Groups. Please take the time to ask your child(ren) about the group they are part of, and see how they are engaged. Synergy groups will assist us to build upon student Wellbeing. As a school, staff are striving to have students learn and foster positive relationships with their peers and staff to improve their feeling of connectedness within the school, and our synergy groups are another avenue for this to take place.


Leader in Me, Think Win-Win.

At Glamorgan School we welcome the opportunity to work with you and your child(ren). We strive to provide Personalization of Learning within a Traditional Learning structure, allowing teaching and learning opportunities to be as unique as each and every student. Together we will continue to strive for excellence! Please directly connect with the classroom teachers as required at any time. If you wish to share kudos or to make us aware of particular feedback regarding the school, please send an email to the school at glamorgan@cbe.ab.ca.


Sincerely,

Kevin McDougall, Principal​

September 25
Supports at Glamorgan School

For this school year I want parents to be aware of the many extra supports we have acquired to support students both at school and also at home. With the following information of each resource it is our hope that parents will support their child(ren) at home by providing extra practice, support or enrichment opportunities in core curriculum areas. Please connect with your child’s teacher if you require access support to any of the items listed below. 

At Glamorgan School staff are excited to be working together to continue to develop programs and support for students to achieve and work towards their potential. Each of these items have been included in our wish list items for the Glamorgan School Council, and they have been able to support financially the need to have them available for the students of Glamorgan School.

 Some of the individual supports for students which are in place include the following:


 ‘Raz Kids’

A computer program available for all Glamorgan students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 which will assist students to practice and become better readers.. This can be accessed during school time by students, they may be assisted to work through items with staff members, or accessed anytime outside of school for extra practice. By fostering home-school connections and giving students a variety of books to read at their grade-appropriate level, Raz-Kids has what many parents appreciate as a convenient tool to monitor progress and improve literacy skills. There are many options for independent reading practice and assessment. Because Raz-Kids is accessible through the Kids A-Z mobile app, students can read online leveled books anytime, anywhere. Students can continue practicing skills introduced in the classroom by logging into their Kids A-Z accounts from their home computers, laptops, Android phones, iPhones, or Kindles to complete reading assignments and eQuizzes

With over 500 books at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, every student will be able to access a high-interest book that’s right for them. Each book’s eQuiz questions are tagged with a particular comprehension skill, so when you review quiz scores you know exactly what skills students are acquiring and what skills may require review. When students use Raz-Kids to read leveled books, they can choose from various drawing, highlighting, stamping, and note-taking options that allow them to practice active reading strategies. Raz-Kids also offers digital incentives and rewards to keep students motivated to advance reading levels. After students have completed reading and interacting with a leveled book, they can take multiple attempts at an eQuiz. Students can revisit the text as they take the quiz, and they can re-take it to improve their scores. You get student scores automatically, and with quiz questions tagged for specific comprehension skills you know exactly what skills students need to revisit.


‘IXL Math’

This is a math practice program available for all Glamorgan students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. The range of use is from before Kindergarten, to high school. This platform can be accessed during school time by students, they may be assisted to work through items with staff members, or accessed anytime outside of school for extra practice. This item has been paid for as well through the fund raising efforts of Glamorgan School Council.

For some students this resource could be assigned as homework for some students. IXL is a cloud-based service provided by IXL Learning which can be accessed via Android and iOS and through its web-based interface. The service also includes IXL Analytics, which tracks classroom-wide as well as individual student performance. IXL also includes IXL's Continuous Diagnostic, which evaluates students on six mathematics strands as well as their overall working grade level. It also offers up-to-the-minute insights whenever students complete diagnostic questions each week and generates specific next-step instructions for students.


‘JUMP Math’

 During school time teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 5 are utilizing the Jump Math Program which has a deliberate approach to teaching math. All teachers have had full day in-service sessions to get the greatest results from the program, and the importance of setting up the lessons prior to, the pages provided, in the work books. Students may be requested to complete certain questions, to demonstrate mastery,  prior to moving on to future work and activities.  

 

‘Assessment and Reporting in the CBE’

Assessment and Reporting in the CBE has been revised as of September 2019. This is an area which teachers will work together through Professional Development and workshop sessions to calibrate our collective understandings. Soon the CBE will populate all School Websites with information regarding the changes which will be implemented this school year. Included under the Teaching and Learning tab is located the Assessment and Reporting section where the Assessment and Reporting information will be added. Also, as a parent resource, I have placed a two page document titled ‘How is my child doing at school?’. This document also includes further summary information of the 4 Point Achievement Scale. Please take the time to review this summary for it provides important information of upcoming changes. This school year all grades and reporting will be only available on-line for parents through My CBE Account. 

How Is My Child Doing.pdfHow Is My Child Doing.pdf


It is our hope that many of these resources are well utilized and appreciated by parents to support the learning of your child(ren). Please let teaching staff know if you require support with accessing any of the above mentioned platforms.


Glamorgan School is certainly a wonderful place to be and together we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with each of you.


Sincerely,


Kevin McDougall

Principal, Glamorgan School

March 16
Update on Quality Instruction at Glamorgan School

Within teacher Professional Learning Communities (PLC) grade groups have been structured this school year to focus their learning and conversation on Mathematics. This work started with a school wide administration of the Math Intervention Programming Instrument (MIPI). These results were shared with teachers, and PLC groupings were then structured to have the grade group determine the greatest areas of gap from which to begin to develop further strategies, to support students to learn the concepts. Student work has been central to, and on the table, for teacher discussion to occur.

 

As a school we have now had a chance to review our recent Report Card data. Through this analysis we know further which students require additional support, and also we recognize that some students need to be further challenged. It is through the gap analysis of the MIPI and Report Card data, that as a school we are further strategizing to support your children. Some parents have or in the future will be receiving emailed letters to outline our Response to Intervention (RTI) for your awareness and support, with either mathematics or literacy. In partnership we again thank you for your support. Teaching staff is also working upon providing opportunities for student enrichment. As a school staff we are working diligently to ensure that the students in their care are being challenged, and supported, with their learning. 

 

With the arrival of Spring comes opportunity to remind students of our school wide expectations. These include all aspects of being at school and in our community. The work that we put into building a positive community is the solid foundation for all the academic growth we work toward. Please continue to assist us by reviewing the Student Expectations posted at the front of their Agenda (Grade K – 6), and also the Junior High Student Expectations which are posted by teachers on D2L. I thank you for your continued support to assist us to make Glamorgan School the very best it can be and to also promote that your child(ren) are extending themselves to be the best that they can be, to meet their individual potential.

 

Just recently a group of teachers signed up for a book study. We chose to read Mathematical Mindsets ‘Unleashing Students’ POTENTIAL Through Creative math, Inspiring Messages and INNOVATIVE TEACHING’ written by Jo Boaler. The study of the Brain and Mathematical Learning will assist us as teachers to continue to address the potential of our students, and look into the strategies to consider which could assist many of our students to have a growth mindset in mathematics, whereas they will, approach mathematics with confidence and enthusiasm. We are very excited about continuing to work to further develop the capacity of all of our teachers, teach them possibilities for developing rich mathematical tasks for their students, and determining next best steps for all students to be better prepared to accept having a growth mindset for Mathematics. Mathematics is a CBE District requirements for all School Development Plans and requires our additional efforts to ensure that gaps are reduced and that continued growth is maintained. 

 

Parents, please visit http://www.cbe.ab.ca/glamorgan often. The calendar will be updated as the months progress and activities become confirmed.

 

I thank you for your continued support of Glamorgan School.​

November 13
Leader in Me

When parents of our school community ask us how they can support the school, we like to respond that it would be most advantageous if you could support us with our school’s leadership initiative. Simply, “use the 7 Habits language at home.”

As the school year unfolds, the children are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send a strong message of what you believe is important and that we are all on the same team. In partnership, the message is that we want them to succeed and that we are here to support them.

Our Character Education supports success for each and every Glamorgan student and staff through ‘Personal Development’, ‘Citizenship’ and ultimately ‘Academic Success’. These components of CBE Results technically support our school and community through Character Education. Years ago we started with a ‘Leader in Me’ focus, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which also support our three pillars of care: Care for Our Self, Others and Our Place. 

As a Leader in Me School we are now in our fifth year. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People include:

1.    Be Proactive (You’re In Charge)

2.    Begin With The End In Mind (Have A Plan)

3.    Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

4.    Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

5.    Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood (Listen Before  You Talk)

6.    Synergize (Together Is Better)

7.    Sharpen The Saw (Balance Feels Best)

Please continue to assist us to support your children using the language of the 7 Habits.

The school has acquired a number of publications for students, teachers and parents regarding the teaching and learning of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This collection of books has been graciously provided through Glamorgan School Council. Some of the collection is on display in the cabinet by the main office. Please see our Library Assistant to borrow any our items in the collection.  

November 02
October / November Update

​Children quickly settled into their classrooms, have included new students to the school, while teachers have moved ahead on their agenda of quality teaching and learning from the very first bell. I am very proud and pleased of the dedicated teachers who are working together to ensure that every moment of school counts to maximize our opportunity for learning with your children. Parents and guardians, I thank you for your overwhelming support and partnership for the school based staff.

Parents we are very pleased that Glamorgan School now has a new website which will be more accessible for you from any device. Please check the website frequently for any changes or updates. The front page will list future events. ​

At Glamorgan School we welcome the opportunity to work with you and your child(ren). We strive to provide Personalization of Learning within a Traditional Learning structure, allowing for teaching and learning opportunities to be as unique as each and every student. Together we will continue to strive for excellence! Please directly connect with the classroom teachers as required at any time. If you wish to share kudos or to make us aware of particular feedback regarding the school, please send an email to the school at glamorgan@cbe.ab.ca​​.

Sincerely,
Kevin McDougall
Principal 


October 30
Get Connected

New School Website

We are very pleased that Glamorgan School now has a new website which will be more accessible for you from any device. Please check the website frequently for any changes or updates. The calendar page will list future events. Visit http://www.cbe.ab.ca/glamorgan often. The calendar will be updated October 31 for the months of November and December.

My CBE Account

Parents, to receive important messages from the school, view fees and make arrangements for fee payments, please create a My CBE Account. You are encouraged to visit the site on a regular basis as new fees are added throughout the year. Parents, you may access the page through a link on the main CBE page or directly at cbe.ab.ca/mycbe. If you encounter difficulty accessing your account, please contact the school’s administrative staff.  Directions are also available on the CBE fees webpage www.cbe.ab.ca/fees. As a school we have pulled information from a number of areas to have a reference sheet available for parents to reference to work through the process. It will be located on the parent tab of our school website.  ​

September 04
September Update

​Welcome to Glamorgan School and an exciting new school year. As one of CBE 16 Traditional Learning Centres with Alternate Program mandates, staff will continue to attend to the Standards of Practice which dictates the Guiding Principles and Programming. Alberta Learning provides the Program of Studies, which outlines the curriculum guidelines that all teachers must deliver. It is within these frameworks that Glamorgan School will provide excellent learning opportunities, and incorporate CBE Personalization of Learning with students to allow for students to achieve at their highest possible standard. Together we are all striving for continued excellence.  As the school Principal I am very excited and honoured to lead such a dynamic and professional staff. Glamorgan School is certainly a wonderful place to be and together we are pleased to have an opportunity to work with each of you. 

This August since staffing has been completed we have worked together to build a strong dynamic team. As a Learning Community we have a great deal to look forward to and to be excited about.  

(New Website)  Parents we are very pleased that Glamorgan School now has a new website which will be more accessible for you from any device. Please check the website frequently for any changes or updates. The cover page will list future events.

April 20
Welcome To Our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website!!

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Glamorgan School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.​​

Kevin McDougall

 

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