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

School Mission: At Cardinal Léger School we are devoted to the academic, spiritual, social and physical growth of the students. Our goal is to educate the individual to meet the diverse needs of our society through a strong knowledge base, effective skills, and Christian values. .
School Vision: Cardinal Léger is a Christ-Centered Learning Community focused on developing 21st Century skills so that students may succeed in a future not yet imagined.
School Charism: Tender-hearted mercy and kindness.

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
The Cardinal Leger School community will continue to gain a better understanding of how our lived charism, “tender-hearted mercy and kindness”, permeates the school culture. We will spend scheduled instructional time exploring, with our students, how our charism impacts the broader societal context within our city, province, country and world. Staff and students will continue to acknowledge acts of kindness within the school, but also by our community members outside of the school. To continue to recognize good deeds by students, a student Brag Board has been created outside the office. Continued participation in the Terry Fox Run, Cereal Drive, Christmas Hampers, Food Bank collection and Cardinal Léger/Wellness Day social justice activities will again be acknowledged and discussed with students and shared with the greater community. Throughout the year social justice opportunities in our greater community will be implemented that may include field trip opportunities at the Food Bank, Long Term Care Facilities, and feeder schools. Our ‘Wellness Club’ will promote mindful kindness mission statements for students to achieve. As God is an integral part in our lives, Faith formation opportunities will be provided through students actively participating in our daily morning prayer, lunch time grace and via whole school liturgies and celebrations. Prayer sets the tone for our day which reinforces the need to complete our school generated prayer developed by students. Parents, guardians, and extended families will be invited to participate in our celebrations. Connections with St. Matthew Parish and their resident priests will be implemented through classroom visits and by our reciprocal trips to the church.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Staff, students and caregivers will be able to recognize our school charism and understand that it is a central influence in all of our school proceedings. Through formal and informal conversation with all of our community stakeholders, our charism's foundational importance in a greater world context will also be recognized. We will continue to share feedback, including anecdotal evidence, of student and staff involvement in Social Justice and school activities that promote our permeation of faith and embodying our Catholic values to our parents. All activities will be noted in the Division's Social Justice Report. Increase in student acknowledgement on the Brag Board will demonstrate the increase in recognized good deeds.
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.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
We will continue to develop and reinforce students’ literacy and numeracy skills at all grade levels throughout the school year and, in doing so, allow them to become more confident in their own ability to read, write, comprehend, compute, and problem solve in all subject areas. In addition, we will approach the Division's Consultants to provide support and strategies for student success, as the new common assessments in the core subjects are implemented through the Division's "Continuous Improvement Cycle". We will review our professional learning plan to include Professional Learning Communities time devoted to collaborating with other schools in complementary classes, and within our own school in developing enriching project-based learning, community experiences, and guest speakers. With the implementation of Smarter Marks in all core classes, we can analyze data to identify areas of growth. Regular reporting to parents through PowerSchool, email, phone calls and celebration of learning will be an area of concentration as partners in education for student learning. Professional learning in program planning for our diverse students in providing differentiated opportunities to demonstrate their learning, accommodations, as well as individualized program plans for students that have specific learning needs. Additionally, our Approaches to Learning Class, for students who struggle within the core subject areas, will be offered to students, who need the expertise of the ELL Designate, Learning Coach and specific subject area teachers. Students who select can develop a better understanding in the core areas, with an emphasis on improving vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing.
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
  • We will look for an increase in the use of grade level vocabulary that the students are using in their written assessments. Students will demonstrate improved aptitude in solving word and multi-step problems in math and science across all grades, including non-calculator assessments. Staff will regularly review summative assessments, through PTP, in order to determine if individual test scores have begun to improve. With SmarterMarks, teachers will be able to identify and analyze errors and plan accordingly to improve learning. An improvement in retaining curricular information will be noticeable as we increase hands on opportunities for learning in the community as demonstrated in class discussions. Results from common ECSD assessments, as part of "The Continuous Improvement Cycle", will demonstrate growth and improvement. Reporting on the assurance survey will show an increase in stakeholder’s knowledge in their child’s learning.
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.
Actions we will take
We will focus our professional development and planning time within our subject area departments by emphasizing collaborative PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) that reinforce common pacing, practice, and assessment to ensure continuity within each grade and subject area. Teachers will also develop and maintain their expertise in grading and reporting through in-servicing with PowerTeacher Pro, facilitated through Assessment and Reporting Consultants. Staff will continue to be encouraged to maintain a manageable work-life balance and to be part of a school culture that promotes positive interactions through whole school and staff activities. Staff will be supported through open dialogue based on trust, allowing approachable assistance and regular communication, and “check-ins” with staff regarding mental health and wellness will be part of the normal routine during the school year. Wellness day will continue to be implemented with the inclusion of therapy animals, as well as continuous work with EDIAR through professional development. A more cohesive approach to unstructured time will be implemented to allow for cross grade activities and opportunities to bridge the relationship.
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 will reflect on professional development and through anecdotal feedback will report on the efficacy of PLC practices and demonstrate increased comfort with using all of the PTPro features for reporting on student progress. Anecdotal feedback from staff will be used to determine their perceived well-being, and participation in scheduled faith formation, health and wellness opportunities will be a more direct measure of an excellent working environment. Anecdotal feedback by students about their ability to interact freely with other students from other grades. Assurance survey results will indicate satisfaction with creating a safe and caring environment where all students feel included.
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
There will be continued collaboration with Andres Fernandez Sanchez, Consultant Edmonton Catholic Schools; St. Philip Elementary School; Antonella Cortese, National Congress, Foreign Ministry, University of Alberta; Aristide Melchiona, Dante Alighieri School, as well as the Italian Consulate located in Vancouver. We will maintain an increased focus on the cultural aspect of the Italian program, with a scheduled cooking class. We will again set aside an Italian Culture Day, in the Spring, where students have an opportunity to demonstrate to the entire school community their engagement and understanding of the program through a celebration of food, language and cultural activities. We will again apply for a grant from Italy, via the Italian Consulate in Vancouver, to support both the language instruction and cultural component of the program. The ongoing creation of an Italian “recipe” book, as a culinary project, will be an end goal of the students in the program as well as implementing a school wide Google Classroom where all students will have access to the recipes. As part of our promotion of the Italian Language and Culture program, we will implement an Italian Carnevale component when we invite our feeder schools for a tour of our school and programs. Students will also participate in different forms of stewardship such as recycle club, homeroom yard clean up, and creating a welcoming front entrance created by students. An appreciation of cultural diversity in our school will be implemented through activity, bulletin boards and announcements.
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
  • We will continue to check-in with students and staff in the Italian Language and Culture Program to informally survey their satisfaction with the program. We will review, display and promote the Italian Recipe Book project produced by the students. Number of students joining the Google Classroom for Italian Cultural recipes will indicate a positive permeation of the culture with all students. We will also analyze the Satisfaction Survey to determine engagement in the program. Increased enrollment in the Italian Language and Culture Program from 2020-2023 would be a direct measure of growth and progress. Sense of belonging and culture awareness will be evident in our student behaviors and attitudes. Our school will be a clean learning environment with the active stewardship of our students with an appreciation of our environment by students doing their part to be productive members of our school community.
November Review:
As we dive deeper into our charism, “tender-hearted mercy and kindness”, as a school community we are participating in monthly Social Justice activities. During the first quarter of the year, we participated in the Terry Fox Run and raised over $700. We also had a cereal drive over Thanksgiving which we collected over 100 boxes of cereal that we donated to St. Francis of Assisi elementary school to help support their breakfast program. We attended mass at St. Matthew Parish for our school opening. At the school we celebrated Thanksgiving and prepared a Remembrance Day Ceremony where we had Lieutenant Colonel Rick Palfrey. This school year we have included lunch time grace before lunch. We will shortly begin collecting items for Christmas Hampers and seeking support from our community partners, Franco’s Pizza and Mercato. Students are active participants in our daily prayers that are shared during our morning broadcast and in our school celebrations. Our parish priests have been organized to visit classrooms to enrich our faith commitment. As part of recognizing students being positive citizens of our school, we have continued our ‘Brag Board’. As part of our professional learning, we are focused on student learning with an emphasis on literacy. As a result of student performance in our Reading Screener, we have been able to determine areas of growth. Staff have also participated in professional development that has included Universal Design for Learning and Assessment practices. In November, our subject areas have been working with our consultants to review our common summative assessment results to direct programming areas of growth. Staff continue to use SmarterMarks and our Online Assessment to analyze test question results. To enhance our complementary programs, we have created a community of practice with other Northside schools to be able to collaborate and share ideas. In addition, our social classes have included presenters from the John Howard Society, Youth Criminal Justice and Fred Curatolo the political cartoonist. Our EAP classes have also been enriching their classes by participating in Math Literacy at the U of A, Leadership Symposium, and attended a play at the Arden Theatre. Parent communication continues to be a target focus as well as reporting to parents via PowerSchool, phone calls and email. As stakeholders in their child’s education, parents will see information regarding their child’s progress in PowerSchool ongoing throughout the year in real time. Another area of focus for the first quarter has been with our English as an Additional Language students. Students and staff are participating in the T-ELL me more program where we are using technology to enhance language skills. Support staff in the classroom continue to be of value in supporting classes in numeracy and literacy. Our Italian Language and Culture program continues to be supported by our Italian Consulate to allow for many cultural opportunities for our students in the program. As part of including all students in the culture, we have started an Italian recipe book which is posted on a school wide Italian Google Classroom where all students have the recipes to attempt to create cultural foods. Our Italian classes have been able to create some of these recipes in our food’s lab. In our efforts to be good stewards of our environment our group is currently devoted to our recycling program and homeroom yard clean up.
February Review: