School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 3)

School Mission: Guided by the Gospel, Catholic tradition and International Baccalaureate® philosophy, Annunciation Catholic Elementary IB World School empowers all students to become internationally-minded, life-long learners and contributing world citizens who are stewards of the Earth. In addition to the eight Characters of Catholic Education and the Core Values of our district, at Annunciation Catholic Elementary IB World School, we also emphasize the IB learner profile. IB learners strive to be: • inquirers • knowledgeable • thinkers • communicators • principled • open-minded • caring • risk-takers • balanced • reflective.
School Vision: Inspired by the Catholic faith, students will learn, work together and make informed choices as internationally-minded citizens.
School Charism: Inspired by St. Mary, the Mother of God, we say YES to a life of service, action, 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 Re-engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
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
Our staff is committed to re-engaging our bonds/relationships with the parish, family and school communities that were lost during the pandemic. Although we were able to maintain some degree of connection through virtual celebrations and correspondence, we would like these connections to be more tangible. The actions we will take to ensure these connections are rebuilt will include – inviting our parish priest to visit the school on a weekly basis by setting up a schedule whereby he can meet with 2-4 classes each week; families and parish priest and/or parish representative will be invited using multiple methods to attend all celebrations happening within the school; celebrate the season of Advent with a family Christmas concert or evening Mass; students will participate in readings and music at the monthly masses at the church. As well, to further deepen participation in our faith, we will re-establish a student faith day connected with the Annunciation, organize a Living Rosary kit for classrooms during the month of May; order Mass kits for classroom use; develop celebration kits; and celebrate student sacraments throughout the year and with a token at the yearend mass.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Evidence of school/parish connections
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
Our staff will continue to fully immerse themselves in professional learning sessions that involve literacy and numeracy. These will include a focus on the new curriculum (K-3 literacy/numeracy; K-6 Health/PE); reviewing the results of the literacy and numeracy screeners to help support all students in their learning; and consistent use of the Math-Up program in all grades also ensuring manipulatives and tools are readily available to further develop numeracy skills. Cross-grade groupings will be established to further promote literacy and numeracy. These will include reading and math buddies. Further development will be placed on our transdisciplinary teaching as we make connections across individual subjects through schedules, portfolios and language so that that both staff and students are fully aware of this IB component of our goals and focus. Students will continue to be engaged in their own assessments, both self and peer, through student reflection and participation in our units of inquiry sessions (QUIP).
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
  • Evidence of Division shared common assessments including MAST, Reading Screeners and student writing
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.
E.7 Begin to implement the ECSD Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Strategic Plan.
Actions we will take
As a staff, we will place focus on insuring we engage in strong professional learning opportunities that allow for time to collaborate and plan with grade and division partners. We will review our IB planners to ensure they connect to the new curriculum being implemented and through Communities of Practice, we will place our focus on both assessment practices and transdisciplinary skills. Our students are familiar with completing portfolios, but we will delve deeper into ensuring these are transdisciplinary rather than subject-based through the language used in student reflections. Just as we have incorporated school-wide write-on days, we will incorporate school-wide portfolio reflection/review days. For assessment, we will further support our families with a deeper understanding of assessment by improving familiarity of PowerSchool and encouraging students to use this tool more independently. Our staff will participate in further professional development to support EDIAR and connect it with programs used by the teachers such as Fully Alive and Paths.
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
  • Evidence of student portfolio growth
  • Evidence of increased parent engagement with student assessment through PowerSchool
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
B.4 Continue to nurture collaborations, relationships and partnerships to provide programs and services for students from Pre-K-12.
Actions we will take
Our Learning Commons offer a variety of ways to support all students. We will continue to ensure that supplies and resources are readily available to support the use of these areas. Students will be taught and reminded of best ways to use these areas to better enhance their learning. Inventory forms will be completed in June to ensure that supplies are stocked in areas such as science, art and math. There will also be a clear process for replenishing these materials throughout the year. Our Learning Coach will support staff in literacy and numeracy strategies and interventions when working with students in large and small groups. Applications to support student learning, including Jordan’s Principle and grant funding will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Team meetings will continue with our MDT staff often and schedules will be monitored to provide the best supports for students.
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
  • Materials are readily available for student learning
  • Evidence of continued supports for all students
November Review:
GOAL 1 – GROWING IN FAITH - Connections are gradually being made with the Parish. As a school we are attending Mass monthly and starting November, our student choir will take the lead in the music during mass. Father will join us for our school Advent Celebration and we will hold our Christmas Concert at the Church. Meetings have occurred with Parish Priest and Associate to begin a schedule for more frequent school visits in the New Year. Many parents have joined us at our school celebrations this year. Students will be encouraged to share their sacraments so they can be recognized throughout the year. A committee has been set-up for our student Faith Day later in the year. GOAL 2 – STUDENT SUCCESS - Our staff has already embarked on several professional learning opportunities including new curriculum, IB, technology software, and literacy and numeracy development. Several staff are part of the COP for new curriculum. Different staff are attending our Division new curriculum workshops and sharing their insights back with the whole staff. Math, LA and Assessment consultants have worked with teachers. New staff has spent time learning about Math-Up to bring them up to speed with staff from last year and we will then move forward together. Manipulatives are being purchased as needed. Time will be given for collaboration in reviewing screeners with the consultants and supporting strategies within the classroom based on the results. Some small cross-grade groupings have occurred with buddy reading and class activities. We will continue to build this across the whole school as we look to incorporate whole school activity day. GOAL 3 – EXCELLENT PLACE TO WORK AND LEARN - As our Division assessment procedures through PowerSchool have changed this fall, teachers have embraced a variety of portfolios and other means of ongoing assessment including Google classrooms and student self-assessment and reflections. As a staff, we are consistently reviewing and adding to student portfolios by allowing students to take the lead in their learning. We are fostering student self-assessment and as a result, students are becoming goal oriented, accountable, and invested in their own learning. Our work with EDIAR continues to be supported through the Division. GOAL 4 – BUILDING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER - Many resources have been purchased to support our Learning Commons and individualized instruction. Next steps include staff and student PD in best-use of sensory tools. Some inventory forms have been developed, but looking at a better way to effectively track resources being used throughout the school. Specialized funding is being used to support students. We will look more into partnerships and how these can have a positive impact on student learning. Currently, we are finding success through the Benevolent Seniors Centre and some financial institutions.
February Review: