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Principal's Message

April 17, 2019

​Dear Families,
West Springs School continues to be a whirlwind of activity and learning! Students and staff in all grades have been engaging in work that requires distinct ways of thinking about and acting in the world that particular disciplines embody. For example, across our school, students are engaged as authors inviting their families to their book launch after publishing, This Is How We Do It; as social scientist/advocates inspiring us to make small changes for a better world; as scientists, inventing machines to solve practical problems; as mathematicians, reasoning, justifying and finding solutions to real-world problems; and as biologists, observing and investigating animals, to find answers to increasingly complex questions. This work is supplemented using our community as an important venue for learning, inviting experts on-site and visiting locations off-site to enrich learning.
While simply good teaching and learning, this work fulfills and strengthens the competences for learning, identified by Alberta Education. “Competencies are combinations of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working.” These competencies include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, cultural and global citizenship, managing information, creativity and innovation and personal growth and well-being. For further information and examples of these competencies, please visit: https://education.alberta.ca/competencies/descriptions-indicators/everyone/descriptions-indicators/
Increasing feedback in learning significantly improves student achievement. (Hattie, 2016) Our school development plan focuses on strengthening formative assessment and feedback in both writing and mathematics. Clear learning intentions, success criteria and multiple opportunities for students to receive feedback (adults, peers and self), allow our students to know what they know, how they know it, how they show it and be able to speak to their next steps in learning. “The learning intention of a lesson or series of lessons tells students what they should know, understand and be able to do, and the success criteria help teachers to decide whether their students have in fact achieved the learning intention. Importantly, the success criteria also answer the same question from the point of view of the student.” (www.assessmentforlearning.edu.au) Student-led conferences were a great opportunity for students to share their successes and areas for growth. Families can create opportunities at home to continue the dialogue, offering additional and alternative feedback about their child’s learning.
Here are some ways parents can offer feedback and comments:
​​  Acknowledge and praise effort and learning, value mistakes
  Ask questions about tasks or content
  Make an observation about task or content
  Make a personal or home connection
  Ask for more information, explanation, or reflection
  Offer suggestions or next steps

Thank you to our families, volunteers, school council and the WSSDA for supporting our work. Without your on-going support, we would be less able to provide the experiences, materials and experts to enhance the learning for all. In addition, your support to provide time for our teachers to work and learn together during the school day has had a positive impact on our work. According to John Hattie’s research, collective teacher efficacy, teachers’ beliefs that, collectively, they can influence achievement, is the number one factor to improve achievement. At West Springs School, we will continue to work together to provide quality learning experiences for all students. The last few months will be a busy and exciting time for learning!
Sincerely,
Carrie
 
 

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West Springs School

8999 Wentworth Ave SW Calgary, AB, T3H 0P7
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Principal
Ms Carrie Dayman
Assistant Principal
Miss Shannon Muir
Area Director
Mr Calvin Davies
Trustee
Lisa Davis

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Grades
K-04
Enrolment
583
Programs
Regular
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9:10 AM
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3:50 PM
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