School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 2)

School Mission: Our mission is to empower students to realize their spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional potential by applying highly effective levels of instruction to build a Christ-centered school community.
School Vision: We envision a school where: students are welcomed and nurtured in a safe and inclusive community; there is honesty, responsibility, cooperation and mutual respect; classroom instruction responds to the needs of all our students; and a faith-led, collaborative learning environment inspires students to learn, pray and grow together.
School Charism: Learning through Hope, Faith and Love

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.1 Empower students and staff to express and share their gifts from God and explore the school’s charism and its importance.
F.4 Provide formation opportunities for students and staff that further their participation in our faith and enable them to discern the presence of God in their lives.
Actions we will take
We will focus on Hope from our School Charism, 'Learning through Hope, Faith and Love', as well as our division theme, 'God Calls Us Each by Name' in our One Voice gatherings, liturgical celebrations and assemblies. Each homeroom class will participate in minimally one service project centered on the Catholic teachings of social justice and reflect on how God has called each of us to act with compassion and justice. In addition to school-wide initiatives, teachers will teach and collaboratively work towards specific social justice projects closely linked to their curricular outcomes. We will recognize and celebrate the impact of service projects in newsletters, at One Voice, celebrations, morning announcements, and assemblies. In addition, we will find opportunities for increased parish presence with regular visits from the priest during class time and at whole school celebrations. It is important to reconnect with our parent community and therefore we will provide opportunities for families to join us for religious celebrations and activities. As a community, we will also acknowledge and celebrate those students who receive sacraments throughout the year at One Voice, during morning announcements and in our newsletters.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Monthly One Voice gatherings, celebrations or assemblies to pray and reflect on our school charism and division theme
  • Highlight student projects in our newsletters and social media
  • Increased staff and student participation in acts of service
  • Publication of exemplars of our projects in the Division Social Justice Report
  • Acknowledgement of students receiving sacraments at school assemblies, celebrations, and newsletters
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.1 Identify and apply best practices for curriculum implementation to ensure student success.
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
Actions we will take
We will continue our focus on creating a culture of collective staff efficacy by empowering staff to identify and measure their impact on student learning when instruction and assessment are focused on teacher clarity. Teachers will have dedicated time to determine a meaningful focus, identify actions and measures, and assess the impact on student achievement. Focus topics may include: literacy, numeracy or competencies (ex. critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, cultural and global citizenship, creativity and innovation, personal health and wellbeing, collaboration and managing information). These collaborative teacher groups will share with remaining staff their learning and conclusions based on evidence collected. In addition, grade level teachers will collaborate with support of Learning Coaches to determine best use of tools and technology in the Learning Commons (Makerspace) to target learning outcomes while promoting inquiry and increased student engagement. Our goal is to assist students to achieve their full potential in a safe and inclusive community. We support all learners using the Collaborative Response Model (CRM) framework. Grade-level teachers and support staff, including our multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meet regularly to have data-informed discussions, action-focused responses, and timely intervention. We will continue to build our continuum of supports identifying strategies, accommodations, and interventions to support the diverse needs of students. Our supports are focused on literacy, numeracy, and mental health and wellbeing. We will support families by hosting parent literacy/numeracy sessions highlighting skills/strategies to support students. Our monthly wellness focus provides strategies to promote mental health, active living and healthy eating are shared on announcements and tips for families are included in newsletters.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning (Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exam Results)
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of High School Completion
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Citizenship
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning Engagement
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Access to Support and Services
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Access to Help, Support and Resources
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Student Engagement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Safe and Caring Learning Environment
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • Parent participation in sessions related to literacy, numeracy or mental health and wellbeing
Priority:  An Excellent Place to Work and Learn
We will provide an optimal learning and working environment that fosters a culture of faith, trust, unity, inclusivity, confidence, respect, value and appreciation for one another.
Key Strategies:
E.6 Continue to create an excellent Catholic educational working environment through the provision of faith formation, health, and wellness opportunities and supports for all staff.
Actions we will take
Creating an excellent working and learning environment is a staff priority. We will facilitate opportunities for optimal spiritual, mental and physical health and learning to promote a positive school culture. By providing time for prayer, reflection and wellness at each staff meeting or during collaboration times, we foster a culture of faith, personal wellness and deeper appreciation for one another. Facilitating a staff book study while embedding time for reflection, connection, and collaboration, our staff will will better serve our students and their families. Our staff wellness team will plan and organize activities for staff and students to promote an optimal learning and working environment.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Education Quality
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Teaching and Assessment Practices
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Staff Engagement and Respect in the Workplace
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Overall Satisfaction with Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.2 Continue to walk together recognizing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Actions we will take
We strive to create a safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive learning community. Our staff and students will continue developing cultural awareness, understanding, empathy and mutual respect by engaging in a variety of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultural learning experiences. We will begin all staff meetings and whole-school community events reciting the Treaty 6 Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action including on Tuesdays during morning announcements. Throughout the year, we will offer learning experiences for staff and students to increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding, empathy and mutual respect through professional learning, resources and cultural experiences. Traditional Indigenous Seven Sacred Teachings (Wisdom, Truth, Love, Honesty, Courage, Humility, and Respect) will be taught and tied to Catholic teaching as well as our school's Golden Wolves Ways (kindness, responsibility and respect). We will continue to collaborate with One World One Centre and Indigenous Learning Services to identify resources and strategies to support staff on culturally responsive practices. An increased focus will occur to recognize and celebrate our diversity, for example, during Black History Month and National Indigenous History Month.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will also be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Parental Involvement and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Budget-Actual Comparison
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Parent/Guardian Involvement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Implementing Frameworks and Procedures
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment
  • Displays of students' work throughout the year highlighting their intercultural knowledge and understanding
  • Student work highlighted in school newsletters and social media
  • Seven Sacred Teachings art display represented in a whole school project
November Review:
Goal 1 Attending live stream mass every Friday from St. Thomas Moore Father Mitch – Parish priest involved in virtual celebrations and liturgies Student lead and written prayers in the classrooms and over announcements Students are learning the traditional Catholic prayers Celebrate the sacraments through announcements and create a sacrament board. Provide each student who received a sacrament with an ECSD congratulations card. August: Partnered with Catholic Social Services to support their programs and initiatives. Presented to staff September: Terry Fox Run October: The entire school wrote letters to first responders November: Food bank collection, clothing donation for the hope mission December: Advent food hamper collection to support families in need in our school community Goal 2 Analyzing of screener results to drive teaching and target intervention Collaboratively undertake the specific areas of need to meet the needs to each student. Daily wellness message on announcements: Being active, choosing healthy options, practicing mindfulness, physical fitness as areas of focus for daily messages. Golden Wolves ways: Focusing on being Responsible, Respectful and Kind. Students are encouraged to demonstrate the specific focus and selected for a reward Weekly CRM meetings with MDT team to best support students’ behaviour and speech needs Nutrition students presented every Wednesday on healthy food choices and recipes that parents can use at home were shared in the weekly parent blog with a nutrition tip. Goal 3 As a staff we surround all student with supports. Working on creating a community where students know that all adults in the building care for them and are there to support, for example teachers in grades 4, 5, 6 work with small groups of students in grades 1,2,3 twice a week. EDIAR training for all staff Staff socializing opportunities within the parameters of covid restrictions. Sending support staff to non-violent intervention training Goal 4 Indigenous Art project with Barbara Derrick for entire staff to create three pieces of art tied to the sacred teachings to display in the school. Metis week activities and learning in classrooms Monthly truth and reconciliation professional learning Gathering circle for indigenous students and any student who would like to learn more about indigenous culture Truth and Reconciliation learning with division specialist Shannon Loutitt
February Review:
Goal 1: Joint Lent collection: Our community of school focus on collecting items for the school in Burundi has connected our community together. Many families have children in all four schools, this provides the families with an opportunity to make it a family act of giving. The shared presentation was an excellent opportunity to see why we share what we have. Focusing the next few months on reconnecting with our community by inviting families to celebrations and school activities. Add one voice back into our regular programming for our students to be immersed in our Faith and Catholic identity. Book church visit for Easter Celebration. Goal 2: Teachers feel supported in helping their students reach their full potential. Review and reflect on CRM process to improve and create a more efficient and effective procedure by inviting observers to provide feedback and areas to improve. Goal 3: Time to collaborate and provide feedback. Staff wellness sessions led by Mental Health Champion have provided some great resources and strategies for teachers to access. Plan staff wellness activities to reconnect. Goal 4: Celebrating diversity in our school has been a focus and priority. Daily announcements sharing tips on how staff and students can welcome our differences. Our Gathering Circle every Monday has provided a safe space for our indigenous students to learn more about their identity, it has also provided a place for them to connect with someone. Move towards connecting these actions to our Golden Wolf Ways - incorporating respect, responsibility and kindness.