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Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Student achievement is measured in many ways at DRK and is based on the guidelines established in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation. This information is available on the Board’s website. The purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Our teachers use a variety of assessment methods to monitor student achievement including daily observation, pencil/paper tasks, projects, response journals, quizzes and end of unit tests. Our students are provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of subject knowledge. Other measures of student achievement that are used include:

  • EQAO: Annual provincial testing at the Grade 3 and Grade 6 levels in language and mathematics

  • Primary teachers assess the reading abilities of their students in the fall and in the spring using PM benchmarks. GB+ is used to assess students in our Middle Immersion program. Ontario Exemplars and CASI (junior, intermediate) are also used to gather information on student progress.

  • This information combined with report cards marks, daily observations of student performance, a variety of demographic factors and numerous other sources gives us a sound base from which we can better determine the direction and focus for our School Improvement Plan.

  • Students requiring additional support and assistance are referred by their classroom teacher to a School Based Special Education Team. The team, including our Learning Support Teachers, Principal, Vice Principal, together with the classroom teacher, assess the needs of the student and determine a course of action which may include further observation or assessment, accommodations and modifications within a regular class setting, LST support or referrals to outside specialists. Our Special Education team is always available to assist classroom teachers in planning for the needs of all their students.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

In consultation with School Council, the staff has identified the following areas for school improvement initiatives:

Numeracy

Our work in Numeracy centers on the following IF/THEN statement:

"IF we use intentional modelling and prompting (like Talk Moves) that encourages student dialogue (i.e. Turn and Talk, “Math is Everywhere” Talks) to increase our student acceptance that numeracy data is everywhere, we will be able to adjust our instruction to clarify that thinking and THEN, in the area of data management, students will develop a deeper understanding apply it to real-world tasks through operational skills and problem solving (balanced math approach)."

Our work in Numeracy is also supported through our Math leads at the school, various OCDSB math initiatives like our Cross Panel Math Networks (Grade 7, 8, and 9 teachers), and through work on our Professional Development days (October and February).

Wellness

To promote a safe and caring learning environment through increased awareness of the global community.

Our wellness plan will focus on addressing issues that students are voicing regarding concerns  out of the classroom (for instance in the hallways or on the yard at recess time).  We will develop plans that will help students about what to do during recess with their time.  This, in turn, will positively build social and emotional supports in students and will foster a growth of a sense of belonging.

Other Initiatives:

Indigenous cultural activities with Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

Recognize various awareness days/weeks throughout the year (Orange Shirt Day, Pink Shirt Day, Kindness Week, etc.)

Cross-grade reading buddies

Workshops with feeder schools for students and parents

Mini-Enrichment for Grade 8s at Carleton University

Visits to Ottawa Public Library (Carlingwood Branch)

Swim to Survive program for students in grade 3

Waterloo Math contests for Grade 7 and 8 students

School Council's Holiday Celebration

Student Breakfast and Healthy Lunch Program

Blue Crew Student Leadership

Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services presentations for Intermediate students

Partnership with Algonquin College - work placements for students in the Child and Youth Counsellors program

Mindfulness Club for Primary/Junior/Intermediate students

Partnership with Ottawa Public Health

Partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Collaborate with Bethany Hope Centre

School Council initiatives such as Momentum Moves, Math Night (PRO Grant)

STEAM (Science/Tech/English/Arts/Math) Night during Education Week

Cooperative Education placements for Woodroffe High School


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