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

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 Re-engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
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. We will continue to explore a school-wide theme book with the addition of weaving books in on a seasonal basis to meet the needs of the school (e.g. inclusivity, diversity, growth mindset, etc.). We will look for ways to include St. John the Evangelist Parish as well as Division Chaplains in our school community and will seek out the organization of a Teaching Mass.
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.
  • Number of social justice initiatives undertaken.
  • Visits from clergy.
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.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.
Actions we will take
2022-2023 will be our second year as a STEM school. Now that the program and philosophy has been adopted, we will find ways to become leaders in STEM education. This will be achieved by attending STEM specific PD both locally and nationally, as well as by participating in STEM professional learning communities where teachers can share their learning and expertise with other schools and teachers that are new to the Green STEM program. Further, we will pilot the new k-6 science curriculum provided by Alberta Education and take the opportunity to provide feedback and contribute to the development of resources connected to the new science curriculum and STEM. Finally, the mandatory curriculum implementations in K-3 will be successful through a collaborative network across the Division as well as through our teachers own resource development. We will continue to look for ways to undertake the collaborative response model by providing teachers and specialized staff with time for collaborative team meetings.
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.
E.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
E.7 Begin to implement the ECSD Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Strategic Plan.
Actions we will take
Our teachers will participate in targeted professional development to acquire the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit standard as outlined in Alberta. For EDIAR, 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. In particular, ideas shared from the Division to acknowledge and celebrate Black History and establish and developing understanding in the call to Reconciliation. Through broadcast we will honour a variety of different peoples during Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, and Indigenous People's Month. Additionally, we will at times have school participation in special dates such as ASD awareness day, world down syndrome day, ADHD awareness.
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
Teachers will use the Division resources for Orange Shirt Day and Indigenous Peoples Month to provide knowledge and understandings. We will have special presentations or residencies from local people to give our students meaningful experiences in indigenous art and/or culture. We will incorporate the Indigenous perspective of caring for creation as 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 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:
We have been excited to re-engage both families and the local parishes with the school. Priests have participated in multiple in-person school visits including for school assemblies, liturgies, and classroom visits. Students and staff have welcomed the return of these visits, and we have invited our priests to visit on a recurring schedule. Families and parents have been welcomed into the school on many occasions, including all of our school liturgies, cultural presentations, class activities, and field trips. Social justice activities are becoming a regular part of the routine for our school community. In September, we fundraised for cancer research through our Terry Fox run, collected personal hygiene items and wrote messages of encouragement for YESS, and took action on Care for Creation by growing new plants from clippings from last springs gardening activities. In October, we took up a collection for the foodbank. Students were encouraged to go shopping with their family to participate in the donation of items. In November, students wrote notes of gratitude to residents of the Kipnes Veterans Centre, and took up a collection for veterans as well. As a STEM school we began the pilot of the new Science K-6 curriculum which will begin mandatory implementation in September 2023. We also welcomed our Green STEM lead teacher who works with classes every Wednesday on STEM action. We continue to outfit and setup our STEM lab. We continue our journey of truth and reconciliation by all staff and students being invited to sign the Division commitment to reconciliation. We have also had two indigenous cultural presentations this year.
February Review: