Nov 08
November 2017

As I mentioned in last Friday’s message, my good friend David Bouchard was here to speak with the students last week. I hope your children came home and spoke to you about some of the stories David shared with them. His message is always a good one, focusing on the importance of literacy, the impact of culture on education and schooling, and also the significance of the mental health issues facing our adolescents in Canada. 

Recent Canadian studies show almost a third of our adolescents are battling some form of mental health issue. The data for our particular learning community is no different. This will become one of the areas of focus for this year in our school development plan. We will also be looking at how we support students in the development of their mathematical analysis and problem-solving skills, how we can give students authentic opportunities for voice and choice in meaningful aspects of their learning, along with how students are supported as they explore within the disciplines they are studying. Our school development plan will be available on the school website mid-November and we will be discussing the plan in more detail during our November school council meeting. 

 After reviewing available school data and engaging in conversations with staff about specific resources needed to support student success, I have made the decision to hire a math intervention specialist for our school. I would like to welcome Mr. Nick Moskaluk to the A. E. Cross Community. I have worked with Nick for several years and am excited to have him join our team here. He will be offering intensive math intervention in 8 week segments for students who teachers have identified would benefit from this kind of support. He will also be teaming with Ms. Simmons in our guidance department/student learning centre.

We look forward to meeting more of our families during the upcoming learning conferences in November.

Warm regards,

Dr. Brandy Yee​

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