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

School Mission: The staff and parents of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School strive to help students grow spiritually, physically, academically, socially, creatively, and emotionally. We encourage students to become self-motivated, independent 21st century learners, and positive leaders who recognize and share their God-given gifts and talents. .
School Vision: “A Christ-centered Community of Learners" is developing strong Catholic Leaders – one child at a time.
School Charism: Kindness, compassion and forgiveness inspired by the example of our namesake, St. Maria Goretti.

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.5 Engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
Actions we will take
As a community of learners, every morning at St. Maria Goretti School we share prayer, read the word of God and listen to music that celebrates the life of Jesus. In our classrooms, students are always engaged in activities that integrate God's message, through prayer, classroom discourse and academic achievement. Virtual school-wide celebrations allow staff and students to gather and celebrate our faith using song, reflection, and the word of God as a vessel to build community. Our school supports the implementation of acts of kindness as the projects to place the kindness of God in the hands of our students, giving them the opportunity to live and develop Christ-centred spirits. We also ensure the Little liturgy-sent out by Father Glenn- for in person learning is shared weekly. We strive to create opportunities in growing in our faith daily by ensuring that our school atmosphere embodies teachings of Christ. We connect with Father from St. John Bosco Parish regularly and we will continue to promote in having our families and our parent community to be more involved with the parish as well. Visible representation of our faith throughout the school and finding more ways for our families to connect with St. John Bosco Parish community will be our focus.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Participation of parents at school council meetings, school events such as hot lunches, assisting in the learning commons, assisting on classroom fieldtrips
  • -Parent WAAG weekly (every Friday)
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.
S.6 Continue programs and enhanced academic and cultural supports for all students that lead to successful transitions and encourage life-long learning.
Actions we will take
St. Maria Goretti School staff work hard to develop programs with differentiation to allow students the opportunity to work through the disciplines based on their previous knowledge and ability in the area of mental health. The staff strives to foster open and frequent communication with students, parents and each other, attempting to build a community based on respect and trust. The educational assistants work diligently to build working relationships with students, getting to know their needs and working with the teacher to support learning styles of the students, The school has an EBS and Learning Coach that assists students to change their mindsets relating to their integration of academic and social dynamics creating a safe environment for students to be productive. St. Maria Goretti School is a high needs school community. Many students that require assistance are reluctant to seek help since they have low self-advocacy skills and/or anxiety surrounding the social issues. The EBS will continue to develop programs such as Games club at lunch to support our most vulnerable students. We will continue to have the educational assistants to support staff in taking transparent and reciprocal measures to communicate with the teacher and family. Continued snack/lunch program for student success is a must. When the basic needs are met of our most vulnerable then students are ready to learn. More outside supports are needed from ECSD such a FSLW and to also assist with students diverse learning needs. A designated ELL/FNMI designate will continue to work with these students in small groups. This past year we have had on-going professional development sessions with teachers to use the Math-Up resource as we will be having a strong focus on numeracy next year.
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
  • Math Assessments - formative and summative
  • Reading Screener Assessments
  • Writing Assessments
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.2 Develop, promote, and oversee the application of excellent professional practices consistent with the Teaching Quality Standard, Leadership Quality Standard, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard, all which guide and support student achievement.
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
St. Maria Goretti School is an excellent place to work and learn. It's a place that has a working body of individuals who share common values of intentional honestly, trust and respect for anyone working in the building. The staff recognize the commitment we have made to each other to show support and care professionally in all areas of the job, with forgiveness, patience and understanding through many professional PD's. Consistent and continued communication between staff, students and the parent community must be a priority through the parent WAAG, agendas, broadcast daily and staff collaboration times. Staff will continue to set clear goals and expectations with the creating of a classroom creed at the beginning of the year with their class. Students will also be made aware of their responsibilities to themselves, their parents and the school. Parents in this community will continue to be given supports to utilize online communication through PowerTeacher Pro and Powerschool in communication of the Parent WAAG every Friday distributed through SWIFT. Open communication between the school staff and parents is on a regular basis reinforcing the positives. Staff collaboration with their grade partners and the learning coach will continue on a bi-weekly basis and it is our hope to work more collaboratively with the Educational Assistants and have them working more one-on-one time with the Learning Coach. School wide team approach as we were part of CRM and building opportunities of team building exercising during our staff meetings (Bouquet of flowers, school wide scavenger hunt during faith formation day) and inclusive dynamic and diversified staff. Positive support relationships that work together to support one another and open communication and building trust recognizing individual strengths and honoring the contributions to the community will continue.
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
  • PowerTeacher Pro
  • Accountability Surveys for teachers and students
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.
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
At St. Maria Goretti School we have dedicated an area of the school to recognize our Indigenous school community. In this area, we will continue to add Indigenous symbols that are identifiable by the students and parent community. We will continue to share our Treaty Acknowledgement at all celebrations. Our Learning Coach and FNMI designate will strive to work with our indigenous students in small groups with a focus on numeracy and literacy. We will continue to provide opportunities for our parents to come into the school building for our various events; school celebrations, demonstration of learning, assisting with in-school field trips and whole school activities. As a "community of learners", we will continue to promote Orange shirt day and teach students about the Residential Schools.
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
  • -Number of examples demonstrating the call to action.
  • -Surveys in November and February
November Review:
Goal 1: -send online link for mass in the Parent WAAG -Basically babies - Staff Social Justice -several classes making Christmas cards for our seniors in the community -Christmas concert- Virtual message from Father Raja Goal 2: the assessments for literacy with Haggerty Resource -Teachers shared their Literacy plan with the ELA consultant -Intervention teacher: working with grades 2&3 -Empower readers with LC: 2 groups of 5 students taken daily -ELL consultant visiting the school and providing resources to teachers for students with limited English -Diverse learners: Imagine learning, small group and Mathletics and Raz kids -In supporting the Indigenous students -Jordan's Principle: with EA support with the universal supports Goal 3: Collab with EA and teacher Goal 4: -In supporting the Indigenous students -Jordan's Principle: with EA support with the universal supports
February Review:
Goal 1: Staff share personal prayers at staff meetings. -students share daily personal prayers on morning announcements daily and also classroom prayers are shared daily in homeroom classes. -Sharing gifts from God through musical talents and musical instruments and Mondays music therapy day. -Father Raja's attendance at the school for virtual mass through broadcast -Christmas cards made for the seniors at Christmas time -Church decoration for Valentine's Day -Grades 1 & 2 Teachers using the Fully Alive new resource -Grade 4 Bible celebration -Utilizing Father Glenn's "Little Liturgy" weekly by viewing the SWAG -Faith based "Kids Convention" in December 2021 Goal 2: Literacy and Numeracy plans all developed by the teachers -All K-3 teachers using the Haggerty resource daily -Empower Readers intervention program delivered by the LC teacher to groups of Gr. 2 & 3's -Reading Interventionist working with Gr. 2 & 3 groups & Math interventionist working with Grade 1 groups -Mental Health Champion attending PD's and sending resources to teachers regularly along with the Gr. 5 Mental Health Groups of students -Pink Day Activities shared with all staff and students -Student check-ins consistently -PTPro drives teacher instruction -EBS/LC support daily -Support from the LIT team (LSI) with our most vulnerable students -Fitness Wellness group and Music therapy classes every Monday morning. -All EA's have completed their non-intervention course -French blocks for additional upper elementary supports -All grades using "Math Up" resource Goal Three: Staff "shout outs" in the Staffroom: sweetheart lunches, -Random Acts of Kindness week: activities school wide "spreading kindness" -Dress in red for support of Canada Olympians -Black History Month: library of great authors -Staff Meetings: Always beginning with a 'bouquet of flowers -thank you's' -Frequent and open communication with administration -Every teacher has collaboration every three weeks with the learning coach -Games Club with Emotional Behavioural Specialist every lunch hour with all grades Goal Four: FNMI recognition: Orange Shirt day, AP's presentation of residential schools as well as other important religious celebrations that are significant in culture -Jordan's Principle Application -All staff Completing EDIAR training -Sharing school video "Chinese New Year" celebration in Kindergarten and Early Extensions Program -Singing "O Canada" every Wednesday along with the Treaty Acknowledgment