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

School Mission: At Escuela John Paul I Elementary Catholic School, we are a faith community striving for personal excellence in academics. We pursue growth of mind, body and spirit by nurturing the potential and accepting the gifts and uniqueness of all individuals..
School Vision: John Paul I is a Christ centered community that provides a safe and respectful environment where students develop their true potential as critical thinkers through the application of authentic 21st century learning skills in a Catholic milieu.
School Charism: As responsible citizens we are: “Many members, one body. Many gifts, one spirit…Muchos miembros, un cuerpo. Muchos dones, un espíritu.

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.
F.5 Engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
Actions we will take
Our school Charism calls us to grow as responsible citizens, we are: Many members, one body. Many gifts, one spirit...Muchos miembros, un cuerpo. Muchos dones, un espíritu. To live our Charism fully and visibly, we will come together as a school community, monthly to pray, to highlight our Division theme and our school Charism, and to introduce our monthly focus. The monthly focus will give students and staff the opportunity to develop and explore their God given talents. The monthly focus will be communicated with the parent community with connections to the Gospel reading in our school newsletter. Through targeted lessons, stories, priest's visits, guest speakers and liturgical music, "One Voice," students will actively and authentically action our school Charism. To build on our understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit lessons, we will incorporate the 7 Sacred Teachings into our monthly focus. Cultivating a stronger Parish-Home-School connection will be reinforced in school communication tools such as Principal weekly updates and our school website. This reflective time and resulting activities will help us discover our uniqueness, celebrate our diversity, and truly live our Catholic values as disciples of Jesus.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • -Student journaling and reflection on monthly themes, social justice projects and personal faith journey
  • -Students plan and lead social justice initiatives
  • -Students lead daily prayer and school wide celebrations
  • -Increased home school connection with monthly themes
  • -Students are able to explain their connection to their faith
  • -Students can demonstrate an understanding of the connection between the 7 Sacred Teachings and our Catholic Faith
  • -Increased family involvement in the Corpus Christi Parish with more students receiving their Sacraments.
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.
S.5 Support student achievement by engaging in collaborative, whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.
Actions we will take
In the 2021-22 school year, teaching staff at Escuela John Paul I will embark on focused, collaborative, and research-based learning surrounding effective teaching and assessment practices. With the use of mandated Provincial and division-wide screening tools, teachers will collaborate to analyze and interpret the data to implement research-based strategies to improve student literacy and numeracy skills. Teachers will strengthen their practices surrounding the 5 Pillars of Literacy and the use of MathUp to improve student literacy and numeracy skills. Intentional connections to First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture and knowledge will be a focus in our literacy programming. As a learning community, teachers, students and parents will develop a strong understanding and utilization of learning intentions and success criteria as it relates to student growth and achievement. Through consistent parent communication via weekly newsletters and ongoing reporting through PowerSchool, student progress, achievement and feedback will be shared regularly. In addition, parent engagement evenings on Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, as well as PowerTeacher Pro reporting, will be offered at the school.
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 include learning targets, teaching strategies, differentiation strategies and success criteria in their daily plans
  • -Students will clearly state what they are learning and how they will meet the learning goals
  • -Teachers will also communicate learning targets and success criteria to parents on a regular basis in Google Classroom
  • -Specified area in the school library highlighting Indigenous books
  • -Increased Indigenous literature in classrooms
  • -Teachers will incorporate the 5 Pillars Of Literacy Instruction into their daily lessons
  • -Teachers will incorporate the MathUp resource including pre-assessment tools
  • -Improved parent understanding of Learning Intentions, Success Criteria and PowerTeacher Pro resulting in greater knowledge of student growth and achievement
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
Escuela John Paul I will create an excellent Catholic educational working environment through the provision of faith formation, health, and wellness opportunities and supports for all staff. This will be realized by intentionally planning our Thursday afternoons to include a variety of professional development sessions, teacher led collaboration and relationship building activities. Staff members will have regular opportunities to connect, recognize and celebrate the individual gifts we each bring to our school. The staff will be invited to engage in reflective practice centered around a book with a focus on Trauma Informed Practice.
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
  • -Staff participation in planned wellness events
  • -Strong collaborative relationships
  • -High staff morale
  • -Increased understanding of restorative practices and spiritual healing
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 staff will take a strategic, purposeful, and transparent approach to utilize resources available within our school and our division as well as services from the larger community and province, to best meet the diverse needs of our students. In collaboration and consultation with our subject area consultants, our specialized staff, our Spanish Bilingual colleagues, and various community agencies, we will access supports to differentiate and personalize student programming. Through collaboration with our Spanish Language Consultant, we will continue to build upon our culture and target-language resources. We will work closely with parents on School Council to best allocate the resources they have available for the school's use to support culturally diverse literature, hands on materials and cultural residencies.
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
  • -Necessary resources will be available to teachers and students
  • -Students will see themselves represented in classroom and library literature
  • -Teacher input into allocation of resources
  • -Collaboration with Parent Council on allocation of Council resources
  • -Increased collaboration with Division Consultants
  • -Diverse student needs are met through a variety of resources
  • -Increased Spanish Language and Culture resources in all Spanish Bilingual Classrooms
November Review:
Growing In Faith: We began our academic school year highlighting the Division Theme through connecting students to this theme via children's literature, "Giant Steps to Change the World." The guiding question was how does God call each of us by name to make a difference in the world and in our own JPI school community. This extended to our staff who then documented and displayed the Giant Steps They have made to make a difference in their own lives, modelling how they overcame personal obstacles in their journey. We also embarked on school wide initiative to celebrate diversity and recognize our uniqueness through student created self portraits using colours of the world crayons. These self portraits are prominently displayed in a collage format in our school. Students have been regularly participating in a liturgical music and Catholic themed lessons which is called "One Voice." This time is spent teaching students about the parts of the Mass as well as the liturgical events and music that are part of our Catholic Faith. Both our Corpus Christi Parish staff as well as our District Chaplain have participated and lead some of these lessons. In October the staff organized a student faith day honoring our namesake. Students learned about Pope John Paul I, as well as made connections to their faith and our Division theme through hands on activities. Thus far the students and staff have participated in social justice projects that have supported an inner city school breakfast program, school families Thanksgiving meal and ICU nurses and doctors recognition and show of gratitude. As we look forward, our community will take part in our annual Giving Tree project which provides gifts and food for the Christmas season to our JPI families in need. Parish news as well as school faith based activities are highlighted weekly in the Principal update that is sent home electronically every Friday. Student Success: Staff administered Literacy and Numeracy Screeners provided by AB Education and our subject specific departments. This data has been used to determine gaps in learning, to target and differentiate classroom instruction. At risk students have been identified and are receiving daily Literacy Intervention through a trained interventionist, as well as one of our Educational Assistants. Two certified teachers are running "Empower Reading," which is a daily one hour reading support program offered to groups of students who are reading 2 years below grade level. All teachers are implementing Pillar of Literacy pedagogy in their Language Arts programs which include phonemic awareness, phonological awareness and word work along with guided reading and intentional content vocabulary instruction. Teachers have embarked on Professional Development sessions surrounding using Learning Targets and Success Criteria to enhance student success. Through these sessions, teachers are learning to incorporate communication of lesson goals, so that students can communicate and understand, what they are learning, how they will get there and what success looks like. Over the past months we have purposefully incorporated Indigenous focused literature into our Library and Classrooms. Excellent Place to Work and Learn: Teachers have engaged in increased targeted collaboration time on Thursdays. This has promoted collegial relationships as well as professional dialogue.Teachers have accessed subject consultants to support planning and assessment strategies.A positive workplace environment has been fostered through a variety of culture-building events and activities. Building Our Future Together: We have worked together to ensure that staff and students are accessing the supports needed to be successful. This includes providing in-class supports such as Educational Assistants, Behavioural Therapist TA's, Family School Liaison support, Emotional Behavioural Specialist support, Speech Language support and Occupational Therapy.
February Review:
Growing In Faith: Students, staff, and community members worked together throughout the Christmas season on a JPI Giving Tree project. Students were able to partake in the joy of giving to other members of our community who may not have access to gifts at Christmas time. Additionally, all students created Christmas cards for seniors in care. As we have been preparing for the season of Lent, students chose to have a bottle drive in support of an organization of choice; originally the goal had been to use the bottle drive funds to support an environmental organization, however, they have decided to donate to agencies supporting the situation in Ukraine. One Voice continues to occur on a regular basis, with a focus on religious teachings such as looking at key moments in our liturgical calendar (with a particular focus during this review period on Advent and Christmas). Student recognition for those receiving their sacraments is shared during broadcast, and parents continue to receive parish news via the weekly Principal update. Student Success: Following administration and analysis of Numeracy screener data provided by Alberta Education and our math department, at-risk students were identified and received daily Numeracy intervention through a trained interventionist. Literacy intervention continued, as did Empower Reading. Teachers have worked with our Assessment and Reporting consultant to target learning targets and success criteria specifically for math. Teachers are developing numeracy goals (intentions) that are communicated with their students and are also creating the criteria for success (in some cases, co-creating the criteria with their students). As a means to target a diverse voice in literacy, we curated a space in the library that was purposefully developed to highlight Black history themed books. Excellent Place to Work and Learn: Teachers have collaborated with subject-specific consultants in areas they targeted as needing more support. We have engaged our Math and Assessment consultants to further support us on our numeracy journey. We use time during our staff meetings to celebrate each other as colleagues (what others have done to support us, great initiatives that staff have undertaken in the school, etc). Building Our Future Together: Our Family School Liaison Worker, as well as our Emotional Behaviour Specialist and Behavioural Therapist TAs, have worked on small group support to establish positive behaviour models. Through games, the specialized staff are able to work on positive peer relationships. Staff and students continue to access all available support and support personnel in order to feel successful.