School Education Plans

Every year we are required to complete and release to the public our school’s education plan.  This plan is updated yearly in conjunction with the school community and posted on the website (www.abdaleyschool.ca).  Data from provincial assessment results and surveys are included as well as divisional and site-based data.  The document outlines and discusses our school goals, strategies, measures and data.  It also highlights our successes and celebrations.  AB Daley School – Oct 2017 Education plan.

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Alberta Education mandates that:

Three-year education plans and annual education results reports are due November 30 each year.

School authority planning and reporting documents contain provincial requirements for Three-Year Education Plans (3YEPs) and Annual Education Results Reports (AERRs) for:

  • Public school authorities
  • Separate school authorities
  • Francophone school authorities
  • Charter school authorities
  • Accredited private school authorities

You may wonder why Alberta Education requests this information from schools.  This information is an essential part of accountability that enables the organization to:

• Assess and report on progress, what is working well and what needs
improvement.
• Determine priorities for improvement and set improvement targets.
• Make program and budget decisions to maintain good performance
and improve performance in areas requiring improvement.

Please see Alberta Education – Performance Measure in Education for more info.

A.B. Daley scored extremely well on the PAT results.  Parent satisfaction – communication was lower than the previous year.  Only 14 parents completed the survey and this makes the data a little unreliable.  I have however asked staff to increase their communication with families and classroom updates are sent out weekly.  I also have asked for each classroom to have two parent reps available and to represent each grade level at school council meetings.  Hopefully, this improves on our next accountability survey results and parents are more informed.

 

 

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Numeracy Development

Numeracy Development Focus – AB Daley

“If we look at the whole school…literacy and leadership are equal partners. That is, the quality of teachers and the quality of leaders are the two most important variables in a school” (Routman, 2014 Read, Write, Lead).

Every Staff Meeting we will discuss a numeracy resource (5min).  If staff find the resource intriguing then we will investigate it further during PLC time or during site based PD.  Sites that I am going to access for resources are the following:

https://education.alberta.ca/literacy-and-numeracy/numeracy/everyone/numeracy-support-documents/

 

https://learning.arpdc.ab.ca/pluginfile.php/32772/mod_resource/content/1/Resource.pdf

 

http://empoweringthespirit.ca/numeracy/

 

http://numeracyforallab.ca/mainsite/

Reflection Questions: Guide Future Planning

  • What do you hope to achieve by the time you are done examining numeracy/math? Do you hope to develop the “best practices at A.B. Daley School for instruction, assessment and intervention”?
  • Why is this important for you as a school? Does everyone see this as important?
  • What data have you looked at to determine if this important? To guide where you begin or where you need to go?
  • How do you define numeracy? Are you truly looking at numeracy or are you looking to more deeply dig into the teaching of mathematics?
  • What elements of numeracy/math are you considering exploring first? Why is that the most important? What would be next….(what’s the sequence – is it fluid?)
  • What is the role of staff in finding quality research around numeracy/math?

I will continue to add to this post as discussions occur or new resources are determined.

Admin Retreat 2017

Wednesday Afternoon:

Wednesday afternoon began with our monthly scheduled administrative meeting where information was covered.  Supper was served, networking occurred and the evening was finalized with the viewing of a film titled: ‘Paper Tigers’

A film about how the presence of a dependable, caring adult can reverse the effects of trauma on children and one high school’s journey. Very insightful and highly recommended.

Thursday Morning:

Jeff Johnson Presentation: ATA

For educators to expand their knowledge they must plan for their professional development.  As a school leader you must create an environment where staff are comfortable and confident to proceed with planning and attending professional development. Be supportive of a collaborative approach as this will make learning much more meaningful.  Encourage reflection as it enhances deeper meaning.

Alberta Education TQS:

Ideas to Review with Staff:

  • Staff meetings: review one standard per meeting
  • Have staff reflect upon their knowledge, skills and attributes for the standards
  • School Divisions Framework to support – more in-depth

Alberta Education DRAFT TQS:

  • Technology embedded
  • FNMI embedded
  • Collaboration embedded
  • Fostering Effective Relationships at the start of the document
  • Applying educational research is evident
  • There are 6 standards – makes the document more user friendly
  • Less descriptive – teacher friendly
  • Teachers: literacy and numeracy indicated directly in the document

Thursday Afternoon

Building a Healthy Brain: Brain Architecture – Ken Sampson Presentation

Stress is toxic to the developing brain. The complex interaction between experience and genetic predisposition has an impact on the creation of a child’s brain foundations and the person’s subsequent lifelong behaviour.

Alberta Family Wellness

Serve and Return: Interactions that promote healthy brain development.  Serve and return interactions repeated are the bricks that build healthy foundations for all future development.

Stress elevates hormones which can at high levels disrupt the brain architecture.  There are different types of stress:

 

Positive Stress Examples

  • meeting new people for the first time
  • a mild stress response
  • prepares the brain for small stresses

Tolerable Stress

  • Death in the family
  • Natural Disaster

Toxic Stress

  • longer periods of time, repeated and intense.
  • Abuse, neglect and violence
  • Disrupts brain architecture
  • Causes depression, anxiety, suicide, violent, emotional problems

Aces: Adverse Childhood experience questionnaire

Resilience questionnaire

Executive functioning skills is the foundation for children to be able to cope with stress.  Executive function encompasses the higher order operations that help us organize information and regulate our behaviour, including prioritizing, delaying gratification, planning ahead, coping with frustration, and following rules. Children with good executive function find it easier to get along with others and develop adaptive responses to social demands. Video

The Brain Architecture Game

 

 

 

 

Thursday Afternoon

Applying Developmental Research in Schools – Kendra Massie

Trauma

  • Single or repeated events
  • Observed perceived and or experienced
  • Threat or harm to own or other’s emotional and physical well-being
  • Emotionally painful
  • Leads to trauma symptoms

Developmental Trauma

  • Repeated experiences, violence, abuse and neglect
  • Disruptions in caregivers
  • Occurs within the contexts of relationships –

Vicarious Trauma

  • Witnessing the trauma events of others

Events become trauma when harmful or threatening events occur  in conjunction with emotional and or physical pain.  Trauma emotional symptoms: fear, anxiety, depression, anger and dysregulation.  Behavioural Trauma symptoms: Fights, flight, avoidance, self harm and aggression.  Children who experience trauma will form relationships with other ‘bad’ kids to feel ‘normal’.  Cognitive trauma symptoms include irrational beliefs, generalized beliefs and negative attributions. Physical trauma symptoms include elevated heart rates, increased body temperature, nausea and light-headedness.  Over time their health and well-being can be affected.

PTSD

Recurrent and distressing memories, dreams and flashbacks.  Avoid of stimuli associated with the events.  Avoiding memorizes, thoughts, or feelings.  Avoid people or places that arise distressing memories. Have negative changes in their thoughts and moods. Have irritable behaviour and angry outbursts.

 

Tower Gardens – Juice Plus

 

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In the spring it was brought to my attention of a grant that ConocoPhillips Canada offers to schools.  It is called the ConcoPhillips School Environmental Quest.  I went to the website and filled out the application form and they graciously granted $1000 dollars towards our tower garden project.  This was a project where students would learn about aeroponics and its benefits and the life cycle of various plants.  The cost of a tower garden with all the extras is approximately $1000 and we purchased three in order to ensure that all classrooms had the opportunity to learn from the project.

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According to Juice Plus the distributor: 

Grow 30% More, 3x Faster, with 98% Less Water

An advanced form of hydroponics, aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow more colorful, tastier, better smelling and incredibly nutritious produce.

The product was delivered in August and after a quick setup and tutorial we began our Journey.  The first seeds planted: cucumbers, lettuce and peppers.  Water, plant food is added weekly and pH is also tested.  A Monday morning routine that students are

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enjoying.  They learn about a plant’s life cycle and the nutrients that are required for a plant to grow.  They are fascinated that no soil is required and are amazed at the growth after every weekend.  They learn about pH, how to test pH and that majority of our vegetables like a soil pH of approximately 5.5. Students are also super excited to eat the vegetables that they grow so it highlights a nutritional component as well.  The last pictures are grade 4 student work that correlates with science

 

curriculum and this project.

 

 

Grade 4 Plant Project

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AB Daley Grade 5 Assembly

20171006_090349.jpgEvery month a class from AB Daley plans and organizes an assembly.  The theme of the assembly outlines our monthly character trait.  Community members are invited and students lead the assembly.  October’s chararcter 20171006_092157.jpgtrait was ‘self control and responsibility’.  Our grade 5L class presented today and they did a fabulous job.  The assembly starts with our National Anthem and then each student has a speaking role or duty while they discuss their ‘self control and responsibility’ on a googleslide.

20171006_091734.jpg Mr. Lacoste 20171006_092414.jpghas a zest for technology and created an atmosphere this morning that was very educational and enjoyable.  As an administrator it is truly wonderful to see such passionate leaders at AB Daley School.20171006_090536.jpg The assembly ends with our school expectations hosted by the grade 6’s where they ask questions via ‘who wants to be a millionare‘. Students receive prizes for properly answering and reinforcement of expectations is wonderful.

 

Our School Song is one of the many  highlights of the assembly.  It is nice to hear parents discuss how they sang this song when they were little and how it has continued on for generations. Click this link to access this video.

Story Dogs – AB Daley – Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society

Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society has established ‘Story Dogs‘ reading program in Nanton at AB Daley School.  It began last May when a parent of our school approached me with the idea of children reading to dogs and how other schools in the local division offer a program called ‘Story Dogs’.  The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. The children we chose for this program may have difficulties reading or are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates.

I am always hesitant to allow dogs into our building because of safety concerns such as allergies and dog bites. However this program is presented and planned in a way that alleviated all of my concerns.  All dogs are screened by the PET Access League Society. Evaluation Requirements has two phases: skills and reaction. The volunteers all have their vulnerable sector checks completed and a facilitor (member of school staff) is present at all times during the program.  Please see attached Document for further information on the parent permission forms that were sent home to participating families.  Story Dogs

We also have a great space for the program, which is on our stage directly near the front entrance of the school.

Above are two participants of the program.  This program has 6 students currently and occurs once a week for 6 weeks – 20 min per student.  There are 8 different dogs who the children will have the opportunity to read too.   This intiative is very cool and so far the kids are enjoying it.

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Terry Fox Run A.B. Daley School

Terry 2We held our annual Terry Fox run on Friday Spetember 29th.  Our students k-6 and school community took part in one of Canada’s biggest displays of solidarity against cancer while setting an example of compassion, fostering school spirit, encouraging physical activity and having fun.   There are numerous resources that can be found at http://www.terryfox.org/schoolrun/get-your-school-involved/#

I have included a few pictures of our day.  We encouraged the school community to attend the event by sending out emails, making phone calls and placing information on our school website.  We had the support of our Nanton Peace Officer and Fire department.  Our safety patrol students even show cased their leadership capabilities by volunteering their time to keep our students safe.  We played videos and chants on our intercom system to engage our students to participate.  It was a great day and funds were raised for a great cause – $325 Dollars – WAY to Go AB Daley!.  Letters were sent out to all personelle indicating infor about the event and resources were shared with staff to help educate our students.