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

School Mission: École St. Cecilia will honour the mandate to guide and direct our students to strive for excellence in academic and interpersonal skills through our teaching, personal examples, motivation and insistence. Our policies, practices and procedures, reflect our goals and objectives, assuring that the respect for the worth and dignity of the individual be consistently and diligently preserved. Tiger Prayer Loving God, give me Faith to follow my dreams Courage to conquer my fears And strength to stand up for what is right Amen .
School Vision: École St. Cecilia promotes Christian values and the pursuit of excellence in academics, arts and athletics through challenging, flexible and innovative curricular and extra-curricular programs.
School Charism: “Our patron saint, St. Cecilia inspires us to have the strength and courage to pursue our dreams, strive for excellence and to use our gifts and talents to make a difference”

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.
Actions we will take
The staff and students will demonstrate our commitment to excellence in Catholic Education. As a community we will promote and foster the presence of our students and families in the parishes attached to our community of parishes. We would like to re-establish a connection between the church, our school and families and support the return to our parishes to celebrate mass. Through the use of our school website and social media platforms, we will promote parish activities. We will engage with the parish priests from our community of parishes and generate a schedule ensuring that they have access to our students beginning in September. We will enrich our religious celebrations and morning prayers. Our school community would like to have grade level masses at St. Matthew Parish twice per year per grade. Our Faith Leadership Team and Students union will lead our community in social justice activities and events. We will look to establish links and connections within our school and greater community to promote living a life of hospitality and in service of others.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • * Number of masses celebrated for students at S. Matthew parish
  • * Work with Fr. Glenn and Fr. Julian to offer teaching mass at St. Cecilia
  • * Increase priests visits to twice per year
  • * School website link to community of parishes site
  • * Offer Reconciliation onsite
  • * Number of social media posts supporting the community of parishes
  • * Content published in school newsletters
  • * Revitalization of religious symbols/icons in the classroom and common areas of the school
  • * Social justice activities led and participated in by staff and students
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.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
École St. Cecilia’s staff will continue to promote and develop academic excellence in all subject areas. We will strengthen our pedagogical strategies and develop common assessment practices across the grades and within subject areas. Our focus will be to align lessons with key learner outcomes through blueprinting, ensuring that our assessments are valid in measuring these outcomes. We will support staff through collaboration and in the use of Smarter Marks. As we navigate this process, we will establish high order thinking requirements in assignments and activities. We will teach approaches to learning skills such as communication, research, thinking social and self-management. The integration of writing into lessons and assignments in all subject areas will be an area we focus on. We will set clear assessment targets that have students monitor their own learning and set goals for improvement as learnings. This is most effective when students are afforded with opportunities to reflect upon their learning. Continuing to work in collaboration with the Braided Journeys program will provide our students and staff with rich cultural and educational opportunities. We will engage students in lessons, with the support of FNMI division and school representatives, in Indigenous language, culture and history. Exploring programs such as Jordan's principle to support our students will be a valuable resource. Finally, we will provide meaningful PD for staff that focus on areas of the TQS that target FNMI education.
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
  • * PLC will work collaboratively alongside ECS consultant to provide meaningful PD
  • * A demonstrated higher level of thinking skills
  • * Students will be well prepared for exams
  • * Blueprinting of assessments
  • * Participation in division Smarter Mark program
  • * Instruction on approaches to learning skills
  • * Braided Journey sessions accessible to students in person
  • * Braided Journey facilitator included in, in class presentations.
  • * Staff PD on Application of foundational knowledge about FNMI
  • * Jordan's Principle applications as required
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.
Actions we will take
The staff at École St. Cecilia will continue to gain expertise in subject matter, conceptual and procedural knowledge, expertise and competency, particularly as it relates to new programming within our school. Each staff member will have the opportunity to choose professional learning opportunities that link to areas we require growth in (assessment, inquiry etc). Through online or in person delivery staff will deepen their understanding of the curricular areas they teach in. Accessing the division wide P.D. will allow staff to participate in sessions which include a technology focus to assist with delivering content online. Our teachers will join a community of practice within our school and look for opportunities to connect within the Edmonton Catholic School community. Teachers will work alongside division curricular consultants to deepen their knowledge of content, add to their repertoire of instructional strategies and assessment practices. Our teachers will lead PLC sessions within our school, with the support of consultants.
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 meaningful PD in the areas of assessment and inquiry
  • * Increase in the use of technology to support instructional strategies and engage students in the learning process
  • * Increase student access to devices
  • * Purchase access to appropriate supplementary digital student and teacher resources
  • * Staff working in professional learning communities within the school and the division
  • * Professional learning communities leading PD within the school
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.
Actions we will take
We will strive to identify and plan for areas of need. As the home of two division programs: French Immersion, Accelerated Math and Science Division Focus Program, as well as our regular English program we will be financial stewards and allocate resources efficiently and effectively. With the revitalization of a comprehensive music program, we will ensure that all resources - human and material are deployed in a principled and fair manner to best meet the needs of students and staff. We will also connect with grade 5 and 6 students to build community and grow our Immersion program.
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
  • * Apply to ECS Foundation for Emily Rowan Fund Grant
  • *Apply to PC Children Charity for a grant to support our breakfast program
  • *Support new Accelerated Math and Science division program in French Immersion
  • *Present at feeder school SAC meetings
November Review:
During the first quarter of the year, out staff and students reconnected with our parish, St Matthew and Fr. Sathia. We began with a mass the celebrated our community's return to a regular school year. Fr. Sathia also started his homeroom visits. He has committed to two homeroom visits this year, beginning with our grade 9 classes. Fr. Sathia will also be present at our in school celebrations throughout this year. It has been a very positive experience reconnecting schools, parishes and families. As part of recognizing students for being positive citizens, we have continued our 'Brag Board'. We continue to focus on student literacy. Last year we were a part of the reading screener pilot project, this year we have continued with an emphasis on literacy. As a result of student performance in our Reading Screener, we have been able to determine areas of growth in each of our academic subject areas. This year our math and science departments have been working closely with our division curriculum and assessment consultants. They have each had 2 onsite meetings reviewing data and identifying areas to target with specific instructional strategies. After Christmas, our English Language Arts and Social Studies department will begin this process. Our French Immersion team have also worked closely with division consultants on literacy strategies across all subjects. Another area of focus for the first quarter has been with our EAL students. Students and staff are participating in the T-ELL me more program where we are using technology to enhance language skills. We have applied for four grants this year. PC Grant and ECS Foundation Conquer Hunger to fund our Breakfast Program, S'Cool and, the Emily Rowan Fund is also in support of Fine Arts programming. Our community participated in the Terry Fox fun and raised over $400 for the Terry Fox Foundation. As well, we raised $1000 for the ECS Foundation in the Dream Builder's Challenge with our World Cup Fundraiser.
February Review: