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

School Mission: St. Catherine School is a multi-cultural community that provides a Christ centered, Catholic environment. Inspired by God and based on the teachings of Christ, the school is a welcoming and nurturing setting where students can deepen their relationship with God. Through the teachings of Christ, students celebrate their belonging, grow in faith and serve God and the community through acts of service. Guided by the Holy Spirit, students are provided with diverse opportunities to learn about the world through academics, the arts and physical education. .
School Vision: To develop the intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional growth of our students, we are committed to providing opportunities that foster life-long collaborative, critical and creative thinking skills.
School Charism: A Place of Welcome

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
A "Student Faith Day" will be introduced this year with school wide opportunities for students to explore various aspects of our Catholic faith. Invitations to parents and family members will be more direct and explicit with the goal of increasing parental involvement and attendance. Different prayer formats will be introduced and utilized throughout the year with both staff and students. Homerooms will be encouraged to spend one thirty minute block in our newly developed chapel space.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • -Student Faith Day scheduled and implemented
  • -Increase in presence of parents/family members at school wide celebrations
  • -Prayer formats will be profiled during broadcasts
  • -Visual journal reflections completed by students after times spent in the chapel.
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
Data from MDT Team observations and common assessment results will be interpreted, reflected upon, and revisited by teachers throughout the year. The Collaborative Response Model will be introduced and implemented. Additional elements of SIOP and Growth Mindset will be support best practices in all areas. Intentional strategies and support in the areas of both literacy and numeracy will continue to be a focus in K - 9. Strategies include collaboration between class teacher, Learning Coach, ELL Designate, Administrative Team. Schedules will reflect this time. Level 1 ELL students (Grades 6 - 9) will continue to received sheltered instruction for English Language Arts and Math.
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
  • Monthly Collaborative Response Meetings scheduled
  • Notes and action plans resulting from CRM meetings
  • Early identification of students' social, emotional, and academic needs
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.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.
E.7 Begin to implement the ECSD Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Strategic Plan.
Actions we will take
Monthly, staff will be provided a professional reading on a variety of topics including wellness, pedagogy, and the division's EDIAR Plan. The staff will carefully review all school documents and procedures to ensure language used reflects the EDIAR Strategic Plan. Teachers will process collaboratively and identify their takeaways and how they will apply them in their program. The St. Catherine School Multicultural Day will continue to be celebrated and shared with the broader community. The world map displayed in the hallway will be updated to reflect all countries represented within our school population. A mural celebrating our multicultural uniqueness will be created and displayed prominently in our main entry area.
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
  • -EDIAR will appear as an agenda item for monthly meetings
  • -Diverse cultures will continue to be profiled and celebrated via daily Student Broadcast
  • -Creation and display of mural
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.
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
The Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA) will be revisited and staff will received information on what services can be provided. The EISA worker will be more active and present in our school community and at school wide parent evenings. Now that AHS guidelines are permitting outside guests to come into our school sites, our staff will be strongly encouraged to access the services of Junior Achievement, Actions for Healthy Communities, Free Play, etc. Staff members will explore new collaborations through the use of a "Did You Know" bulletin board space in the staff room. Review of data on common assessments will analyzed on a regular basis and we will focus on decision making that reflects, "What data supports this decision?".
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
  • -EISA presentation to staff at beginning of year
  • -EISA presence at events where families are in attendance
  • -Acknowledgement of partnerships regularly included in the school newsletter
November Review:
Faith Almost all of our liturgical celebrations have been led by one of the Division Chaplains. More parents have been present at our celebrations. The school chapel is available to all classes daily, and more classroom celebrations are taking place there. As a school community, we participated in a very successful social justice project raising money for the Dream for Kids Foundation. Planning has begun for our spring Student Faith Day. . Student Success All students have taken part in division standard assessments. Staff have examined the results and have established next steps to support areas requiring growth. In response to need, a full time English Language Learner Educator has been hired to support students in elementary with reading. Junior students spend time each week working on specific literacy skills. All staff members continue to utilize strategies to support literacy and numeracy growth. Growth Mindset continues to be a focus at our school. An Excellent Place to Work and Learn Being a place of welcome continues to be a lived action by both staff and students. Welcoming over 75 new students and staff has enriched the diversity and uniqueness of our school community. Through daily broadcast we take the opportunity to celebrate and learn about other cultures. Building our Future Together Strong partnerships with organizations such as EISA, Actions for Healthy Communities, YONA, Festival of Trees, University of Alberta, and Telus are in place and have had a positive impact on our entire school community.
February Review:
Faith St. Catherine School Faith is scheduled to take place on our Patron Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day - April 28th. Staff members now lead staff meetings with a preselected prayer. The Easter Liturgy will include invitations to parents and/or guardians. The Chapel is being used more regularly by individual homeroom classes and has been the location for a number of liturgical celebrations. Students and staff are also identifying the space as a place for mindfulness and reflection. Our Division Assurance Survey results indicated that students and parents recognize the importance of prayer and that we are successful in weaving prayerful moments throughout our school day. ECSD Survey results were very positive. Student Success Students needs (academic, social, and emotional) are being met through increased collaboration by all staff members. Amongst staff, data is being utilized with increased frequency to support programing. The weekly literacy focus for junior high students continues to have intentional lessons incorporated which strengthen the reading and writing skills of our students. An Excellent Place to Work and Learn EDIAR (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism) has increased the awareness of the importance of the words we use. Division supported presentations are also being brought into the school. The much anticipated Multi-Cultural Day Celebration is scheduled for May 19th. Building Our Future Together In addition to partnerships previously identified, ALL in For Youth will begin this spring which includes partnerships with E4C, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Roots and Wings who will work with school staff to offer additional support for our students.