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2020-2021 School Development Plan

​Each year EMJ staff work together to create a School Development Plan to guide our collective efforts towards continually improving student achievement. For this school year, we will continue to focus specifically on writing and student well-being as areas for targeted improvement.
For literacy, EMJ's goal is focused around improving the quality of writing. Students will continue to write daily, for many purposes. Before writing, teacher's lead discussions to build students' understanding of the topic and specific vocabulary to be used. Teacher's model how to do each writing task and with students, they develop success criteria. 
Success criteria is connected to learning outcomes from Alberta's English Language Arts Programs of Study. Students use the success criteria as a way to know what they are trying to do as writers and to revise/edit to improve the quality of their writing.​​
For student well-being, EMJ's goal this year is focused on developing students' social-emotional and regulation skills. Teachers provide lessons on understanding and naming how students are feeling and what to do when they feel dysregulated, or not yet ready to learn. Developing the vocabulary to communicate how one is feeling is an important self-awareness step for students. Teachers also help students understand how their brain and body respond to stress and strategies they can use to regulate.Regulation strategies include planned body breaks between learning and sensory activities to help their bodies be ready for learning. When students are feeling stress, they are supported to understand what they are feeling and why. Strategies to 'reset' might include getting a drink of water, moving to a new learning space, or talking with a trusted adult.
Over the school year you can expect to see evidence of EMJ's School Development Plan goals and strategies through teachers' blogs and within students' Google Classrooms. You will have already seen many “I can…" statements showing the weekly learning goals students are working towards.
Even during these uncertain times, learning continues to be our central purpose at EMJ. Thank you to all of you who were able to connect with teachers this week to celebrate and learn about your child's learning through Parent/Teacher conferences. While we wish we could have met in person, the new process of call-in phone/video was a successful way to 'see' parents and share all of the amazing learning EMJ students have been engaged in. For those who have not yet connected with your child's teacher, we encourage you to reach out to the teacher and plan to connect sometime in the near future.

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Ethel M. Johnson School

255 Sackville Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2W 0W7
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Chris Radu
Assistant Principal
Heather McKay
Julie Hrdlicka

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2:30 PM
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