Nov 05
November 2018

September and October have been really busy for teachers in collaborating to set goals and developing strategies for our 2018-2019 School Development Plan.  During PD Days, early dismissal afternoons, and lunch hour meetings, we have been looking at our report card data from the last school year, analyzing results, and making decisions as to what we need to focus on with students this school year.  As a result, we have decided that teachers will create opportunities for the exploration and application of key subject-specific vocabulary, so that students’ ability to communicate understanding will improve.  During upcoming PD Days, early dismissal afternoons, and afternoon partnering sessions with our Learning Leaders, teachers will be designing intentional tasks that are focussed on developing subject-specific vocabulary.  Together, we will also be analyzing student work, teacher tasks, and various assessment results that will provide us with specific feedback related to student progress and next steps.  To hear more about our School Development Plan, I invite you to join us at the next School Council meeting on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 pm at the Highwood School Learning Commons.

At the next council meeting, I will also be speaking about changes to our start and end times, as well as early dismissal Fridays for the 2019-2020 school year.  Council’s Special Events Committee is also looking for feedback from parents during this meeting, related to activities/ fun events that can be organized and hosted by School Council this school year, that compliment the learning that is taking place at school.  In the past, School Council has coordinated events such as Popcorn Day, Chinese New Year activity day and Cookie Day.  They are open to new ideas and are looking for lots of help!

I hope to see you at the new School Council meeting on Monday, November 5th at 7:00pm!

Sincerely,

Christine Cheung

Principal, Highwood School​​

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