The month of October has been very busy for teachers in
collaborating to set goals and developing strategies for our 2019-2020 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 to continue our
goal from last year 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. We are also working together with
Area II Literacy and Math strategists and using their expertise to build
capacity and knowledge in teachers.
A very special thank you to the parent volunteers who came
out to our volunteer prop-making day on Saturday, October 26. It was a very productive day, full of
creativity and collaboration. We will be
hosting a second volunteer prop-making day on Saturday, November 9. We need many volunteers to help us finish
making many more props for our big Lunar New Year concert celebration on
Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm. Please sign
up to volunteer if you can at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4DAEA923AAFB6-highwood1
as we would really appreciate the help!
I hope to see you at the next School Council meeting on
Monday, December 2nd at 7:00pm!