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