What a year it has been! It is hard to believe that another school year is done. We are all ready for the summer break, but not without mentioning the big accomplishments that have been made by our students this year. At the start of the year, we committed to meeting all students where they were and helping them to take steps forward. I can say with confidence that all our students have taken steps forward and many students have made tremendous growth. Through our targeted interventions in grades 1-3, and the intentional placement of Targeted Intervention Teachers and Education Assistant's in classrooms, students have benefited from direct strategies for literacy and numeracy development. This is evident in their ability to solve complex problems in mathematics, and in their persuasive writing texts they have written over the year. Students are also speaking more in French and are developing their vocabulary.
Our School Development Plan focused on:
-Students improving in their persuasive writing
-Increasing their understanding of shape and space concepts in mathematics
-Students feel safe and happy at school.
On our grade specific writing prompt administered in all classes in February and May, the number of students receiving 3's and 4's in writing increased by 24.3%. In Mathematics, the number of students receiving 3's and 4's in shape and space on the June report card increased by 3.4% since the last June report card. Also noteworthy is that the number of students who feel safe at school as measured by the OurSchool survey taken by grade 4 and 5 students increased by 1% over the year.
As a school we also made a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and our actions included working with Elders, learning from our Forest Garden, and weaving Indigenous ways of knowing in our learning. Over the year, we were lucky to work with Elder Pablo Russell in learning more about the Blackfoot culture through his stories. Students were engaged in singing songs and hearing more about Elder Pablo's traditions. Elder Pablo also worked with our students in naming one of our hallways. We are proud to have the following name for what was formerly known as the grade 4/5 hallway: Eagle's Nest Hall – pii' taa' pii – Nid d'aigle.
Elder John Snow was with us on the National Indigenous Peoples' Day, and we learned so much from him about living in harmony, just like the trees, plants, and animals live together in the forest.
We are all looking forward to a relaxing summer so we can rejuvenate and be ready for another wonderful year ahead. I want to thank all our staff, students, and community for their support and dedication to student learning. It truly takes a village to support each student every day. Enjoy the summer break and best wishes to all those students and families who will be in a new school next year.
Principal, King George School