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

School Mission: The St. Dominic School community strives to develop positive, engaging relationships that encourage students to become reflective, global citizens. We will achieve this within a collaborative, faith-based learning environment where children are challenged with innovative and authentic inquiry-based tasks that honour their individual needs..
School Vision: The St. Dominic community strives to develop positive engaging relationships that encourage students to become global citizens.
School Charism: 'Charism' is the Greek word used in the New Testament for "favor" or "gratuitous gift". Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities, given by the Holy Spirit, enabling individuals or communities of faith to be powerful channels of God's love and saving presence in the world. St. Dominic's charism embodies the Primacy of Christ, Reverence for Creation and Environment, Dignity of the Human Person, Relationships and Community, Compassion and Service (especially for the Poor), and the School Colors: Black, Green, Blue and White.

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.
Actions we will take
Through various engagements with staff, students and parents, we have determined we would focus on sharing the teachings of St. Dominic Savio through environmental projects, building relationships and community at St. Dominic in all grade levels.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Our weekly newsletter will showcase these messages and projects as will the classroom portfolios and Google Classroom work.
  • Exemplars will be highlighted in our Division Social Justice Report.
  • Weekly messages about being kind to others.
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.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
Whole School: Students will improve their reading and writing skills. Students will have the opportunity for guided reading experiences every day. Targeted supports for students reading below 2 grade levels using Raz-Kids online reading program and obtaining site licenses for all grades K-6. Student will work on “Write On’s” formally 4/year and receive timely feedback from teacher to improve writing. Focus on reading in Science and Social for specific language understanding. Word walls and new word documentation: integration of cross curricular technical language. Grades K-2 will continue to use the Haggerty Resource for Phonological awareness. Teachers will use Math Talks at the beginning of math lessons to engage students in questioning, talking, thinking, justifying and comprehending. Continue to work on basic facts and problem solving in all grade levels.
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
  • Teachers will see improvement in reading scores using running records, anecdotal notes and observations. Students on IPP’s will meet their goals of improving reading levels. Students will see an improvement in their writing skills on the “Write-On’s” Students will be able to identify subject specific language and words.
  • Using our Collaborative Response Model, teachers and support staff will meet regularly to determine support levels and Tier interventions to improve student learning.
  • Utilizing 5 Pillar screeners to direct instruction in all grades.
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
Continue to use in class/out of class Learning Coach support model. Peer coaching and early adopter experiences. Connection to parish and parish priest for in school and in church visits. Social Emotional Learning, Professional development, and activities for staff wellness.
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
  • Qualitative feedback from Learning Coach and teachers. Engagement with staff in wellness activities and PD. St. Dominic reflects a workplace that is vibrant, joyful and engaging.
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
Staff will use our Collaborative Response Model to work together to support student learning and engagement. Continued parental contact outside of formalized Demo of Learning evenings. Making sure all staff have the materials and resources they need in their classrooms.
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
  • Monthly and emergent meetings to work with grade level partners and Educational Assistants to plan and strategize appropriate supports. An informed parent community through our Week at a Glance Newsletters and Parent Advisory Council.
November Review:
We continue to focus on the teachings of St. Dominic with regular messaging to our students and parents regarding our recycling initiatives and focusing on Kindness to ourselves and one another. Our teachers used the book “Be You” by Peter Reynolds to shine the light on our individuality and God given talents and gifts. Best practices continue with our screening activities in Language Arts and Mathematics. Our teachers are utilizing the data we are collecting to spotlight areas of concern and target specific concepts with the classroom context or Individually with small group or one to one student supports. Utilizing our Collaborative Response Model, we began our school year off working as collegial teams with teachers and Educational Assistants to formulate plans to assist students in their learning needs. The screening process is also directing our teaching to meet the needs of the learner. In October, we began a process to identify and develop connections to our Indigenous learners and meeting the Calls to Action from the TRC – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Our “Steps towards Reconciliation” Professional Development helped us delve into a resource called "Climbing the Mountain: Educating for Reconciliation in Canada" to create a useful cash of unit/ lesson plans to share and to help us more authentically incorporate the themes of Reconciliation across all of grades and classes. We continue our staff development utilizing our Learning Coach “Praxis” model for one on one time with teachers and embedded collegial support in the classroom. Our Social Emotional focus has a team of teachers, admin and students who meet regularly to develop connections for teachers to use directly in the classrooms and the “Go to Educator” that students are taught about having someone in the building that they can connect with at the school should they require supports. Our ECSD Mental Health survey of students in grades 4-6 shows students believe: “Adults at my school ask me how I am feeling or if I need help” “My school/teacher(s) encourages me to express my feelings in healthy ways”. “My teachers teach me strategies to help me cope with stress-related situations, overcome challenges and adapt to change”. “My teachers teach me the importance of building healthy relationships”.
February Review:
We continue to work with our Parish, promoting the sacramental teaching and courses offered to our students. Monthly connections with visits from Father Saga and gathering video messages from Father to share at our Virtual Celebrations. Our staff and students continue to be involved in Social Justice Projects and share that information with our community and the Division. Our Student teachers became involved in this process as well and were able to share the gift of winter wear with the students at our fellow school: St. Francis of Assisi. We were excited to share the great news of things that are happening at St. Dominic through our Open House Video. Parents seemed impressed with our Virtual Open House and are excited to have their children attend our school in 2022-2023. Our staff have had many discussions about our Literacy and Numeracy findings and we are taking a deep look into student progress and where they are experience stumbling blocks. The data we've collected has resulted in the Division supporting our Grade 3 students in Literacy support and our Grade 1 & 2 students in Numeracy support. Staff are looking at their pacing guides, unit structures and daily lessons making sure that they are sharing progress with their grade partners and looking at what each division is able to assess in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Meeting the needs of our inclusive students and our English Language Learners continues with support from our Learning Coach and Consultant. Morning announcements continue with daily lessons/quotes/videos promoting wellness and in February teachers shared lessons/books/quotes and music from Albertan, Canadian and world figures as we celebrate Black History month. Our Parents will be gathering for 2 "Mindfulness" events in March and April as they learn more about balance and dealing with stress supported by our wonderful Parent Council. Teachers and students are preparing for the upcoming March Demonstration of Learning.