Our School

Inspired by input from children and their parents, the members of Monterey Park’s School staff have established foundational statements designed to support the work of the school community. These statements represent our commitment to high quality learning experiences for the children and adults who come to our school. They guide our present and future choices: choices of programs, expenditures, professional development and any other choice that has a direct impact on the learners in our school community.

Motto

Celebrating the Colours of Our Earth speaks to our respectful membership as citizens of this planet, our connection to each other, and our recognition of the earth’s rich invitation to learn. We believe these words imaginatively reflect the nature of our community and the purpose of our learning.

Mission

Our school’s mission clarifies these words with one additional line: Honouring Creativity and Diversity. This line informs and inspires how we carry ourselves forward and generate possibilities in our work with the children and with each other.

Celebrating the Colours of Our Earth: Honouring Creativity and Diversity

Our vision is both an invitation and an expectation for members to create ideas, artefacts, and experiences that speak to learning and achieving in the 21st Century context. Learning and achieving in the 21st Century context requires adults and children to be creative, multimodal, and responsive to cultural interpretations. In addition, we encourage learners to be self-aware, adaptive, and flexible in their ways of expression. We believe that children need to be creators as well as interpreters of knowledge. This belief implies that children are active and interactive in their participation as global citizens. Because of these challenging requirements, the fine arts and multiple literacies (which include technology) are the featured pathways to significant learning. Our path to diverse and significant learning is through the fine and performing arts. Our creative approaches to multiple literacies (including mathematics, heritage languages, visual literacy, and oral traditions) cultivate and celebrate this journey.

From our vision and mission, the staff continues to think carefully about the implications of our foundational statements. We recognize that in order for learning to be deemed significant, the impact must be noteworthy and its influence needs to be far-reaching. The work involved in refining our foundational commitments is central to keeping our program offerings responsive, rigorous, and rich. It may appear to some as casual and perhaps to some even as unnecessary, but it is important that actions are consistent with what we understand about how children learn best and to identify which environments best support their learning. This is essential and important work. The words of the late world-renowned cellist, Pablo Casals inspires adults with this challenge:

"We must all work to make the world worthy of its children."
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Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. In 2021, our school, along with all CBE schools made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, 2022, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

​​​School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

​​​​School Improvement Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.
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In February we celebrate Black History Month! It’s an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians in communities across the country. Activities and lessons are planned in CBE schools throughout the month. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/zQV1xcoztb

There are no classes for CBE students on Friday, Feb. 3, because it’s a system-wide non-instructional day. Have a great long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/mvrodtENcq

RT @Tombainescbe: Happy Groundhog Day #yyc Check out this student made GIF done in computers to celebrate! #wearecbc @yyCBEdu @CbeArea1 https://t.co/HitZvs1slg

February 1 is World Hijab Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor the diversity and strength of women who choose to wear the hijab. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Q11FGeAyRz

Chief Superintendent Christopher Usih and Blackfoot Elder Saa'kokoto joined the Literacy and Indigenous Education Teams to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/kMS0U61gGS

RT @SunnysideCBE: Our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation is to continue our commitment to land-based learning and to build on our understanding of the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework through the Seven Sacred Teachings. Here is what the grade 2s learned about Respect from the Bison. https://t.co/WgbyUmxdDx

Winter Walk Day is Wednesday, Feb. 1 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/2UAFm6wq8F

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting starts at 11 a.m. at the Education Centre. Join us in-person or stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fNOeh #yycbe https://t.co/uj8n7yKPSe

RT @gale_school: Here are a few more of the outstanding homeroom displays our students have created. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/W9jW2nZD59

RT @elboyacbe: What an opportunity…students listened to FIFA soccer referee, Drew Fischer who officiated at the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar. Talk about working towards and achieving one’s highest personal potential. Very inspiring! #wearecbe@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/y2M94sUnCs