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

School Mission: St. Alphonsus strives to support every student in their academic, spiritual, emotional and physical development; respecting the uniqueness of the needs of each child and working to cultivate an accepting, faith-filled community..
School Vision: Inspired by the greatest teacher, Jesus Christ, the St. Alphonsus community guides students to become life-long, faith-filled learners.
School Charism: Seeing the Light in All

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
Seeing the Light in All, is our charism here at St. Alphonsus. We truly believe that each student has gifts and we want to encourage all students to share their God given gifts. We strive to create opportunities; whether it be in the Arts, Athletics, Leadership, Academics, so each child feels that they can share their gifts with others. Over announcements we will showcase student achievement in a wide variety of ways, so to capture and celebrate each child. Through the PATHS program, every child gets an opportunity to share their gift and we want this displayed outside of every classroom. As a staff, we have agreed that it is important for us to reconnect with our parent community and provide opportunities for them to engage with school religious celebrations and activities. We will make our times of celebration, whether at the church or onsite known to parents and have personal invitations made for them to join us. We would like to have parent participation in the celebrations as well, so if their children are leading the celebration. They can take part. We hope to create a chapel area that everyone in the school to freely use and as part of the courtyard beautification, establish a reflective space in it, that classes can go to as a group to pray.
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
  • -list of events that we promote and the attendance at these events
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
Our school prides itself in meeting the needs of all students. We recognize that this year may require greater supports with the hiccups we have had this past school year in schooling. To start with, we will build that strong and trusting relationships as nothing can happen unless there is a connection. Our school will be embarking on four initiatives this year- we are hopeful that all of these initiatives will enhance the learning of our students in the area of literacy and numeracy. Reading Comprehension- 5 Pillars- this is a new program for the K-6 that is a comprehensive reading assessment. Our staff will be using the same standard assessment for our students and common language will be used. It will help us group our students so that we can target the areas needed. Our plan is to use this information to create cross-graded groups in grade 1-3 and 4-6 and improve the reading comprehension in all of or students. Reading screeners (7-9)- We are piloting this program with our Division. The idea behind this program is to gauge the ability of our students in reading comprehension and fluency. It will provide us good, authentic data that will help drive our instruction. Our teachers will work collaboratively with the Division consultants to analyze the data and determine where each child is and what needs to be done to help improve their ability in reading. MathUp- this numeracy program delves deeper into the foundational pieces that teachers need to know about students to move them along in their learning. Our teachers will skillfully engage our students in numeracy, using informative data to drive instruction and help student achieve greater success. We will ensure that all 1-6 students are provided the opportunity for guided math. This way each teacher reaches each child on a consistent basis.
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
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.1 Ensure that all teachers and leaders have the acquired skills to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit standard as outlined in Alberta Education Teaching, Leadership, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standards.
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.
Actions we will take
We are so fortunate to have a Braided journey's coach/program in our school. With this support, we are able to provide our staff with with skills to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit, through cultural visits, professional development and related literature. We will continue our great work next year in hopes that our competency grows. We have our Learning coach on site, along with our ELL designate and coach that will be providing strength based PD to our staff to ensure all students are successful. This PD will include areas in literacy, numeracy and differentiation. CRM- Collaborative Response Model- This will be a game changer for our school. We have had great success with our collaboration when it comes to social and emotional wellbeing of our students, but now this model will have us target the academic success of our students and what we need to do to individualize learning. Teachers will collaborate on best practices and incorporate these into their classrooms. It is a strength-based approach and will be highly effective for our students.
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
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.4 Continue to nurture collaborations, relationships and partnerships to provide programs and services for students from Pre-K-12.
Actions we will take
We will continue to provide opportunities for parents to come into the building for various events; celebrations, demonstration of learning, and concerts to name a few. We currently have a wonderful group of individuals, "Friends of St. Alphonsus", who support us as a society, but we would like to have parents become more involved in school events. We hope that we can create an engaging opportunity for parents and develop a parent council. We will continue to maintain our relationship with the members of All In For Youth, as they are also key in the success of our community. Yona and Big Brothers big Sisters, will continue to provide after school engagement for our students. With the support of our Braided Journey's Coach and Indigenous learning services we will continue to provide opportunities for our school community to demonstrate how we are recognising the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We will do this through our weekly and monthly newsletter. We have created a Braided Journey's section on our school website, that will be able to house examples of this as well.
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
  • - parent participation
  • - number of examples demonstrating the calls to action
November Review:
Goal #1- We began the year with every students creating a little person that reflected who they are and these are still all displayed outside classrooms. We even took a few pictures and put them in our newsletter so parents could come see them . in the first week of school, we were able to meet as a whole school community in the gym to have our first opening liturgy with Fr. Glenn. It was wonderful. Since then though, we have not been able to do that, so our liturgies have been over TEAMS in the morning. We have still been sending two classes a week to St. Alphonsus church and to date 12 of our classes have attended Mass in person. This has been welcomed by all staff and students. We have almost completed the student led creation of our chapel space in the Junior high wing, the students have designed the space. We will ensure that a picture of the space is put in our newsletter. Our student's art work is displayed on our walls, our choir, guitar and band students have been performing via livestream for our celebrations. we love acknowledging and showcasing the student talents. Goal #2- Now that we have completed the assessments in reading and math, our staff have a better idea where all students are standing and are better able to meet their needs. Here are some examples that are taking place: - Our Kindergarten -6 teachers are using the intervention at the same time each morning and our literacy coach is taking a small group each morning - Our learning coach has started her intervention with a small group of students from grade 5 and 6 for empowered reading which teaches phonemic awareness skills such as rhyming to build decoding skills - Our Indigenous reading project has started and the facilitators are doing whole class and small group work - Grade 4-6 are doing their daily reading and writing conferences - Staff have been provided collaborative time to reflect and analyze the non-calculator math exam for our grades 7-9 - We are using math word walls using common language and definitions to support understanding of new concepts across all grades - We are providing time for staff to collaborate and share best practices Goal#3- We are embracing and internalizing our learnings about truth and reconciliation and try to bring it to life in our school through literature, music, history and art. Our braided journeys coach and Reconciliation lead have been instrumental for staff as they provide us teachings at each monthly meeting and help us to make real connections. Our junior high students have written prayers for those that died and those that survived the residential schools and they are said each morning over broadcast so we remember. To ensure the excellent professional practices of our staff, we continue to have Division consultants come in to meet with them one on one- we attend PD sessions as a staff and allow for discussion, collaboration and planning on next steps. We consistently keep abreast of our students' needs and program accordingly with the support of our ELL designate, Learning coach and Admin team. Goal#4- We continue to miss our parents in the building and having that connection, but we are hopeful that it will come soon. In the meantime, we have been in contact with our 'Friends of St. Alphonsus' and they continue to support us. They provided a hot hamburger lunch for all of students and brought in bags of clothing and socks for those in need. - YONA, CAM and OST are now back in person in the building with their programs- between the three programs, there are approximately 50 students that are here after school each day participating in these amazing programs. Our All In For Youth Staff are here everyday to help meet the needs of families and students. We are so fortunate to have such great partnerships.
February Review:
Goal #1- Our chapel is now complete. We have a student produced backdrop, which has been displayed in the newsletter and we will be having Fr. Glenn bless this place at Easter. This display shows off the talents of our art and construction students. The week prior to Christmas break, our 4,5,6 choir and 8-9 choir were carolling through the halls showcasing their musical talents and this was followed by small groups of our 8/9 band classes that played Christmas music throughout the halls.We continue to have Fr. Glenn come to the school an preside over our celebrations-Advent was one that we had prior to Christmas and he will be joining us for our Ash Wednesday one in March. Our students continue to reach out for their social justice projects and one of the highlighted whole school project was making Christmas cards and delivering them to the senior extended care centres in the area.Once the nicer weather begins, we will once again have the classes walk to the church each Monday morning. Goal #2- We begun having our CRM meetings, remaining focused on literacy and numeracy. In these meetings we have great discussions about where we need to support our students and from these meetings we were able to conclude that we would benefit from extra supports, so we were able to hire a teacher to help with this support in the elementary and junior high classrooms. We are seeing wonderful success with the students that are getting literacy and numeracy intervention. Goal#3- Our braided journeys coach and Reconciliation lead have been instrumental for staff as they provide us teachings at each monthly meeting and help us to make real connections. To date, we have provided 44 classroom visits to support the infusion of Indigenous perspectives into the classroom and curriculum. Throughout the months of February and March we have one of our Indigenous consultants running sessions every Thursday to teach about the Pow wow dance teachings; going through the different styles of dance and teachings around the regalia, moccasins and beading and sharing her knowledge. We have been participating in the Moosehide campaign through presentations to the Junior high students and all staff being invited to make the pledge and wear a pin. Our braided journey's students got a specialized tour of St. Joe's to help with the transition to high school. Goal #4- We continue to use our weekly newsletters, monthly newsletters and outdoor sign to keep our school community informed. Our teachers keep in good contact with parents through power teacher pro and google classroom. We continue to use our numeracy and literacy data to drive our instruction and provide the appropriate supports.