Feb 16
Assessment, Reporting and More!

It has been a busy time at Cambrian Heights over the last few weeks! I would like to take a minute to practice our Virtue of the Month, Positivity, as we reflect on our work so far. Lots of great things are happening at Cambrian Heights!

Firstly, we were very happy to welcome two new Education Assistants to our school as a result of our increased student numbers. Please help us to welcome Mona Amery, and Suzanne Petersen. They are supporting a variety of students on a flexible basis in our Regular Program Grades 1 to 6. Our regular program students will benefit from their care and experience. Welcome! We continue to experience steady growth in numbers and will soon look ahead to planning for the 2020-21 school year. 

I trust you have had the opportunity to receive and review your child's report card that was sent home at the end of January, and are aware of the upcoming parent-teacher conferences in March. Our aim is to clearly communicate your child's learning on a regular basis, with formal checkpoints at report card and conference times. To this end, all families should be receiving a monthly student work sample, along with a teacher assessment and success criteria in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics. If these samples are not finding their way to you, please do contact your child's teacher, or me, and we will ensure that they are received. Also, if you have questions regarding how to interpret the assessments, please get in touch with your child's teacher. We hope that sending these work samples will help each family celebrate the achievements of their student, and to better understand next steps for learning. We know that students are most successful when there is a strong connection between home and school!

All Grade 4 families should recently have received the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar survey via mail. We appreciate your feedback as we set our school goals to improve teaching and learning. Grade 4 students will have the opportunity to provide their feedback at school before the end of February. 

Did you know we have a School Development Plan with targets in the areas of excellence in writing, the use of visual representations for number concepts, and the use of Zones of Regulation as part of our well-being target? Were you aware that our teachers engage in data-driven 4-week professional learning cycles to improve student outcomes? Staff and students have been hard at work since September to improve in these areas, so we are happy to report that our Report Card 1 data in writing shows an increase in the number of students achieving at a 3-Good and 4-Excellence level! Thank you to students and teachers for your work! Since this is the first year of a new report card format, and the first year of our Well-being target, we are collecting baseline data in these areas this year so that we can set targets for further improvement next year. In the meantime, teachers have engaged students in several school-wide writing and mathematics assessments, and we are pleased to see growth in student achievement. 

We have wrapped up our first 'semester' of our Community CTF Days. Students will soon be selecting a new CTF 'course' for the next 5 CTF Days. If you are a family new to our school, or haven't heard about Community CTF, please take a look at our previous News Stories on our website for the CTF experiences that have already been highlighted. Many thanks in particular to Mrs. Dechant who oversees the organization of our CTF Days!

Lastly, thank you to School Council for your support of our Literacy goal through the funding our our puppet residency. Thank you also to all families who participate in School Council fundraising activities that make our residencies possible! Wendy Passmore-Godfrey from WP Puppets has begun working with all students, and will provide instruction over a series of ten school days from February to March. The goal is to increase our students' writing ability through the experience of building and characterizing puppets, and to provide opportunities to practice creativity and artistic expression. Each grade team has selected a different type of puppet, and a different performance style. Students will have the opportunity to perform for one another during the school day to share their learning. Families are invited to attend an evening puppet workshop on March 11 from 6:00-7:00. Students will have captured some elements of their performance digitally and will share these with their families. During the event, families will work together to create and characterize a 'self portrait' puppet. Our hope is to build community as we share the artistic and creative process that WP Puppets has brought to our learners. We hope to see you there! Look for more information coming soon!

Thank you for your ongoing support, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions abour your child's learning!

-Kevin @MrWhitsClass


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