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

School Mission: Corpus Christi Catholic School, in partnership with family, church and community: • Strives to cultivate a Christ-centered community that inspires a passion for life-long learning. • Provides support and services that ensure our students grow academically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. • Provides a quality Catholic education that encourages collaboration, risk-taking, open-mindedness, creativity, and communication. • Provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their learning through multiple means of expression, engagement, and representation. • Encourages staff, students, and parents to be a part of a caring, compassionate partnership.   • Celebrates diversity and promotes opportunities to be global citizens. .
School Vision: Building Success Together
School Charism: One body, in Christ.

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
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
As we move into the new school year, hopefully post-pandemic, we are planning to make our parish visits more meaningful by collaborating with parish staff and teachers so visits focus on current topics being explored. We also plan on having our school chaplain scheduled to visit classrooms to act as an additional resource to our staff and students. We also intend to better utilize our chapel on a regular basis by using this space for religion classes, chaplain visits and parish visits; we will explore the possibility of hosting bi-weekly or monthly liturgies in our chapel with parish staff. We look forward to increased opportunities for social justice activities, whole-school celebrations, and visits to Corpus Christi Parish. To help build a greater sense of community within the school, we plan on utilizing class buddies where older and younger students can work together academically, but also to collaborate on religious activities and celebrations. To extend a welcome to our parent community, we are hoping to host a "Meet the Staff BBQ" as a school opening event. The goal being to make all of our families feel welcomed into our school.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Parish visit data
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
As a school, we have many student supports in place including our FSLW, TA-BTs, TA-SLs, TA-OT, and EAs. We will continue with these supports and will be adding additional EA supports for both 1-1 support and clustered support. We will be focussing on collaborative time for teachers, and specifically on grade cohort collaboration for teachers. Thursday afternoons will focus on this collaboration, as well as continued use of the Collaborative Response Model. In language arts, teachers will be participating in PD on the new reading screeners and the 5 Pillars of Reading. This information will help us to identify struggling readers and provide appropriate supports . Our learning coaches will be assisting teachers with these smaller cohorts to support their reading and work toward moving them forward with their reading levels. Teachers in kindergarten to Grade 3 will expand their use of the Heggerty resource, which focuses on phonological and phonemic awareness. Psycho-educational assessments will be completed, as required, in order to better understand student needs and to determine appropriate programming. In conversation with staff, the mental wellness has been identified as an area of focus; the pandemic has been a very difficult time for both students and staff, Knowing that mental wellness is a key to student success, we will be working with staff on wellness strategies that they can implement in their classes, having weekly wellness strategies shared in announcements, and FSLW classroom visits. We are also planning a student wellness conference for November or January where we will bring in presenters to lead wellness activities with students.
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
  • Reading level data
  • Participation rates for student wellness day
  • Mental health referrals
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.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
Actions we will take
Returning to school at full capacity will be a welcome opportunity for our school community. We are planning to host a "Meet the Staff" BBQ in September to welcome our families back. As the administration was new for the 2020-21 school year, this will be a great opportunity for families to meet the administration, rather than just meeting them virtually, in phone conversations, and through weekly updates. Staff will continue with CRM meetings, participate in reading screener PD, 5 Pillars of Reading PD, and participate in relevant PD as it relates to their specific teaching assignments. Parents will be offered PowerSchool PD sessions to walk them through the key features, including attendance and PTPro gradebook.
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
  • PowerSchool usage reports
  • Parent attendance at "Meet the Staff"
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.4 Continue to nurture collaborations, relationships and partnerships to provide programs and services for students from Pre-K-12.
Actions we will take
Many of the strategies outlined in the above actions are also included here: "Meet the Staff BBQ", PowerSchool PD for parents, cooperation with Corpus Christi Parish, etc. We will also expand our use of the Weekly Update which we started for the 2020-21 school year. We will include informational items but also a weekly calendar of what is happening at the school. We will continue to work with our newly established School Council to increase parent involvement. We know that parent involvement has been limited as a result of the pandemic but hope we can welcome parents back into our school for the 2021-22 school year. we will encourage them to volunteer where possible and know that this will nurture our relationships with our parent community. Our geographic community continues to increase as new families move into our catchment area. We know that we are nearing capacity and anticipate the addition of modular classrooms in the coming years. With this increased capacity, we will look to increase our enrollment which will hopefully alleviate our increasing class sizes across various grades, specifically in Division II and III.
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
  • Enrollment numbers and class sizes
  • Parental involvement in School Council
November Review:
Our school population has increased from 655 students to 727 this year. Last year, with approximately 250 students participating in online learning, there has been a dramatic increase in our student population. Our physical space has been pushed to the maximum with one of our classes using the library loft area as their learning space. We anticipate continued growth as our community continues to develop and grow with the addition of new construction. We look forward to this increased growth and are already planning on how will accommodate this growth. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have not been able to have regular visits with our parish team and there have been no whole school celebrations. We continue to have students participate with daily prayers and have had virtual whole school celebrations. Father Joseph from Corpus Christi Parish was able to join us in our chapel for our school opening celebration, which students were able to view virtually. Our junior high students all had the opportunity to make their own prayer rosaries and Father Paul Cavanaugh was able to come to the school to bless all rosaries. Student supports continue to be a priority at our school. We currently have 12 educational assistants, 2 TA-BTs, 2 TA-SLs, one TA-OT, and our FSLW that are providing additional supports for many of our students. We are also currently in the process of adding an additional TA-OT and an additional TA-BT. Academically, our Grade 1-3 teachers and administration have been administering both reading and numeracy screeners to our students to help identify at-risk students. Grade 2 and 3 teachers have also participated in some reading intervention PD with our division’s LA consultant. Beginning in November, we have been able to add additional teacher time to allow one of our LCs and ELL designate to work with some of our identified struggling readers. Student and staff mental health are also a focus for our school. Our FSLW has been working with individuals and classes on developing strategies and skills in dealing with mental health. Three of our teachers and one of our administrators have joined a community of practice with several other schools that is examining the implementation of strategies and activities to support student and staff mental wellness. In addition to division initiatives and division professional development, our staff have had the opportunity to use several Thursday afternoons to focus on grade level collaboration, IPP development and parent meetings, and the ongoing implementation of PTPro for assessment and reporting. A consultant from Indigenous Learning Services also presented to staff on the importance and relevance of Treaty 6 territory. Our school council met in October, and we were pleased to see an increase in parent attendance and involvement. Our fundraising association held a pizza fundraiser to raise money for the school for several initiatives that the group supports throughout the year.
February Review:
Our Catholic faith continues to be an important part of school life at Corpus Christi. Despite having limited visits from our parish team, we have continued to find opportunities to include them in our celebrations to maintain the connection to our parish. Our Advent celebration included participation by Father Shimit, Father Josey, Sr. Delia and Deacon Gem. We also had Father Shimit share an opening prayer for our virtual open house in February. These are important opportunities that ensure our connection with Corpus Christi Parish remains strong. We are also welcoming Father Glenn McDonald, division chaplain, to our school for our Ash Wednesday service through Teams. Father Glenn will also be blessing our bibles which will be distributed to our Grade 4 and 5 students this year. Social justice activities have also been an important part of growing in our faith for our staff and students. We participated in several Christmas initiatives including Coats for Kids and Families, Toiletries for Youth Empowerment & Support Services, and creating hampers for families in need. In January, we held our annual food drive, collecting over 2200 items for the St. Theresa Parish food bank. Students in several grades also wrote cards and letters for seniors as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Academically, we continue to work with all of our students focusing on both literacy and numeracy. As was done in grades 1-3 earlier in the year, our kindergarten teachers are completing both numeracy and literacy screeners to help understand where students are academically and plan programming based on this information. In addition to our learning coaches and ELL designate supporting literacy for some of our struggling learners, we have been assigned an math intervention teacher from the division who is working on numeracy skills with students from our grade 1 classes. Our school has also had the opportunity to purchase some additional learning resources that have included classroom library books, Indigenous-themed guided reading books, junior high novel sets, as well as some additional textbook resources. To help support our junior high students, we are starting a homework club after school to support students with completing assignments and to receive extra help. In terms of additional student supports, another educational assistant has been hired to work with grade 1 students and an additional TA-BT is now working in our kindergarten programs. Our school is participating in a mental health community of practice that includes a small group of students and staff who meet regularly with other cohort schools to discuss and examine the stigma of mental health and ways to address the stigma. Our mental health champions also continue to share mental health strategies to help foster better mental health. As we work through the remainder of the school year, we continue to look for opportunities to involve our families through our school council, through our fundraising association, and hopefully through more opportunities that may become available. At this time of year, we are also beginning to plan for the 2022-23. We had our virtual open house in February, have begun looking at schedules and timetabling, and parents will soon be declaring their intentions for next year. We anticipate our student population to continue to grow and will be looking to maximize the usage of our space as we move forward.