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

School Mission: Doing more by working collaboratively, celebrating diversity, empowering and inspiring each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
School Vision: Inspired by St. Vincent, we seek to do more through actively learning, serving, and participating in a Christ-centred community
School Charism: Inspired by St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of service and charity, we strive to serve God through love, respect, hope, and joy. As St. Vincent embraced humble service to others, we show concern for the whole person: body, mind and spirit in our caring approach to our students, their education, and spiritual formation.

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.3 Provide an excellent Catholic education that empowers students to discern current events from a Catholic worldview and to witness our faith to all.
Actions we will take
We will continue our participation in Social Justice initiatives (with all of these ideas contingent on input from students and staff). Leadership of these initiatives will take place through a partnership between the staff and students. This will ensure that the students have a voice in social justice. Students will continue to prepare prayers to be shared on morning announcements which reflect our Gospel teachings. We will continue to explore a school-wide theme book where students will reflect on how we are all called to be inclusive. Students will share their reflections on the teaching of the story through discussion, written and/or artistic expression. Classes will each prepare a celebration to be shared school wide. We will look for ways to include St. John the Evangelist Parish as well as Division Chaplain Father Glenn McDonald in our school community and will seek out the organization of a Teaching Mass. Staff meetings will begin with the Liturgy of the Word. We will continue the work we began in the 20/21 school year with students in the areas of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti- Racism including continued offering of lessons surrounding these themes, bringing in speakers from the community, and displaying student work.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • -Division Social Justice Template
  • -Submission of student prayers
  • -Undertaking of lessons on the various themes
  • -Speakers coming in to the school
  • -Number of social justice initiatives undertaken
  • -Number of staff meetings which begin with the Liturgy of the Word
  • -Number of student pieces displayed and documented
  • -Involvement of both the staff and students in social justice initiatives
  • -Involvement of St. John the Evangelist Parish (including a Teaching Mass)
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.3 Continue to create opportunities for students to engage in hands on learning experiences that transition to career pathways.
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
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
During the 20/21 school year, staff engaged in PD activities to prepare for a September 2021 launch of the Green STEM focus program at St. Vincent school. After engaging in introductory professional development (PD) surrounding Green STEM, elementary teachers will utilize their acquired knowledge and understanding in developing STEM-focused lessons and activities. We will implement 2 school-wide STEM Engagement Projects throughout the year that will focus on different aspects of Green STEM. We will participate in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Month, and ensure more Green activities during spring with the planting of a community garden. We will have theme Months: students will gain awareness and participate in discussions and/or activities around the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Environmental Stewardship. Our Morning Broadcast will have regular topic discussions to add awareness in the five elements of GREEN Stem, depending on the theme month. The use of the Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Program will continue to be undertaken in Kindergarten through grade 2. Implementation of a school-wide Write On activity will occur in the 2021/22 school year. We will continue to support our teachers in the use of the Math Up program in order to effectively identify students' needs in Mathematics. As part of the Division’s Assessment plan in Math, the MIPI will be administered to effectively program for diverse student needs schoolwide. A continued focus on PowerTeacher Pro will be pursued. We will continue to provide additional ELL support through our Learning Coach, dedicated teacher time, and dedicated time for Imagine Learning led by an Educational Assistant. We will continue to look for creative ways to undertake the Collaborative Response Model to generate creative ideas for inclusive programming.
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
  • - Successful Implementation of Green STEM programming
  • -Increased Utilization of Math Up in grades 1- 6
  • -Number of professional development opportunities in the area of inclusive programming
  • -Number of Collaborative Response Model discussions undertaken
  • -Support for Power Teacher Pro
  • -Administration of MIPI from grades 2-6
  • -School wide Write On
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.
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
We will continue to arrange opportunities for the staff to participate in Division wide professional development (PD). Within the 2020/21 school year, the focus was on preparing for Green STEM program implementation in September 2021 through the establishment of a STEM Community of Practice with St. Richard and St. Angela Schools. We anticipate continuing this CoP during the 2021/22 school year. We will also look for PD sessions focussing on the use of Math Up. Within the 2020/21 school year we began to explore the area of Equity as an entire school community. In particular, ideas shared from the Division to acknowledge and celebrate Black History and establish and developing understanding in the call to Reconciliation. We will continue to explore equity, inclusion, diversity and anti-racism.
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
  • -Involvement and participation in Green STEM CoP and PD
  • -Continued PD in developing Foundational Knowledge through the FNMI lens
  • Number of PD sessions undertaken as provided by the Division as well as individual teachers.
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.
Actions we will take
We have begun to include Indigenous Foundational Knowledge as part of Green STEM programming. This perspective not only ties the idea of innovation and STEM, but also aligns with care for the environment. From a spiritual standpoint, Green STEM reflects Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, and our responsibility to care for the earth. Incorporating the Indigenous perspective of caring for creation is one way we can respond to the call for action for Reconciliation. We will continue to ensure St. Vincent is welcoming to families and community members through celebrations, school activities, and School Council-sponsored events.
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
November Review:
Goal 1: Our Students and Staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service. Students have been writing prayers to share during morning broadcast. Each month, a different class has taken the lead to share their prayers. After a student shares their prayer, they invite the school community to recite a common prayer together (e.g., The Lord’s Prayer). We have had 4 school-wide celebrations so far, including: opening celebration, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation assembly, Thanksgiving celebration, and Remembrance Day observance. Each was led by two classes with students preparing readings and activities that were shared during a virtual celebration. Additionally, these lead classes helped prepare our whole school by sharing relevant information and prayers on morning broadcast in the weeks leading up to the assembly. St. John the Evangelist parish priest has visited our school on two occasions so far. Additionally, the parish voice is regularly infused in two ways: 1) in the principal’s Week-At-A-Glance memo that goes out to the parent and staff community, and 2) In the Family of Schools meeting that is attended by school administration monthly. Goal 2: Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways. In it’s inaugural year, our Green STEM program is off to a strong start. We have had multiple school-wide activities so far. 1) In September, every student had the opportunity to vision and design our outdoor classroom. Ideas were collated by school administration and construction began with the installment of our crushed lime pad and delivery of the log benches. Students also planted spring bulbs this past fall, in preparation of a glooming spring. 2) During October, classes used pumpkins as the provocation for STEM learning, infusing math (measurement, statistics, etc.), science (scientific method, hypothesis, and observation), and literacy (reading and writing using harvest and Halloween themes). The school leadership teams has joined a professional learning course on the Collaborative Response Model (CRM), and staff have engaged in their first Collaborative Team Meetings (CTM). This will continue to develop a strong sense of staff collective efficacy in supporting students with diverse learning needs. A write-on activity has not yet been implemented, and we are looking at ways to include that in the spring. The math assessment being used is now called the MAST (vs the MIPI cited in the original continuous growth plan) and has been implemented in grades 1-6 so far. Our next step is to analyze data, which will occur during a February CTM. Goal 3: 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. The actions that were list a year ago in the school growth plan feel disconnected to the goal now that we have begun this new school year. So, we have focused on new actions. Students have been learning about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism during morning broadcast (3x as of November), as well as the principal has visited the older classes to discuss inclusion and diversity (2x as of November). We look forward to continuing this important conversation. Goal 4: We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement. We have had 1 staff PD, 1 admin PD, and 3 class meetings from the division Truth and Reconciliation specialist. This supports teachers to infuse indigenous ways of learning and knowing into their classroom practice. Additionally, we are exploring circle pedagogy from the indigenous perspective, and implemented this into the design of our outdoor classroom. The space is in a shape of a circle, and we intend for the log benches to be arranged in this same circular seating pattern to reinforce the concept of student-centered learning.
February Review:
As a school we have made significant gains in our implementation of the Green STEM program. Teachers are implementing the principles of STEM, as defined by our Division, on a daily basis in their classrooms. Additionally, explicit STEM projects happen at minimum on a monthly basis in every room, and often times it is weekly.