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

School Mission: J.H. Picard’s mission is to provide a faith based French Immersion education. We are committed to creating an inclusive learning community for all students to develop linguistic competency and critical thinking skills as engaged citizens who humbly serve God and one another..
School Vision:
School Charism: Stewardship with humble service: Our school Charism is inspired by our adoptive patron saint, St. André Bessette, who demonstrated profound pastoral care by serving others in humility.

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.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
-We will have at least one school-wide social justice focus and each class will participate in a class action which they decide and accomplish together. (K-12) -We will have one Faith and Wellness Day for staff and students so as to explore and reflect on our school charism, our community and the meaning of being a child of God. (K-12) -We will showcase students accomplishments and gifts on a monthly basis (monthly feature) on school carousels, instagram, student assemblies. Staff submit students names for nomination or students can nominate themselves. (K-12) -Each teacher (1 Elementary, 1 Junior High, 1 High School) will be responsible for preparing a school wide celebration together according to a pre-determined calendar. Each student will have a role to express their gifts (e.g. artwork, speaking parts, singing, ushering, etc.). Music ministry will be provided by school choirs and seating will be cross-age. (K-12) -Students in each class/homeroom will write their own thematic prayers guided by examples, templates and strategic teaching to further their participation in faith. Prayers will be shared on the intercom on a rotational basis according to a pre-determined schedule. (K-12) -We will meet quarterly for collaboration between grade-level teachers to plan one Catholic identity student-led project for each semester. (Grade 7-9)
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
S.6 Continue programs and enhanced academic and cultural supports for all students that lead to successful transitions and encourage life-long learning.
Actions we will take
- Class diversity profiles will be created and maintained throughout the year to document, share information, and assist with transitions and planning for the following year. - We will continue with Collaborative Response Model grade level meetings. - Plan cross grade activities to support successful transitions between grades, i.e leadership activities, orientation, school wide health and wellness events). We will share the information in the school newsletter and social media platforms. - Continue to offer PD sessions for staff on actionable practices to support students' diverse needs, i.e.2SLGBTQ+, anti-racism mental health, neurodivergent) - Book study on best practices in teaching to provide a structured and inclusive classroom environment. - Using a collaborative approach, High School teachers will establish a framework/structure for High School 89 min block that will be incorporated in all disciplines. - Continue to plan post-secondary information sessions and facilitate student participation in skills competitions, Math exams, dual credit opportunities; support students with academic streaming programs.
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
  • Completion of the activities and a review of the Alberta Education Assurance Measure Report.
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.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
- Mental Health Champions will share strategies with the staff at each level. Schedule designated time in K- 6 to practice mental wellness strategies. - Establish a formal mentoring structure to increase teacher efficacy in areas related to staff wellness, teaching and learning, i.e, technology, school orientation, communication with families. - Plan opportunities for staff to PRAY- WALK- SHARE, i.e. nature walk in the ravine, celebrating our successes in the school courtyard.
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
  • Documenting examples of mental wellness actions in classroom and share with the community in newsletter and on social media.
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.
Actions we will take
- We will develop or continue partnerships with outside organizations that help develop interests, build skills and understanding according to a divisional or school-wide focus (e.g. Junior Achievement, community care organizations, Junior wildlife, FNMI, etc.). Student actions to demonstrate learning will follow. - Staff will commit to actively encourage students to speak French in and out of class by modeling engaged language learner behavior. Staff will commit to speaking with each other and with students in French the majority of the time. - - - We will promote our Francophone cultural program by playing French music over the intercom once a week in the morning and we will celebrate la semaine de la francophonie with 2 specific activities (i.e. flag theme day, contest to write a song about being franco-albertan). - We will increase visibility of the supports that are available to students through classroom visits on a regular basis and initiate a peer support group (10-12). - We will continue to provide programming to students that welcomes out-of-school experts (SACE, Mustard Seed, FNMI).
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:
Growing in Faith: We have completed 2 school wide social justice projects: the Terry Fox walk/run and a K-12 food drive in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. The Elementary Leadership student group completed a Thank You Card project to health care workers in Edmonton. Teachers delivered the cards to various hospitals in the city. An Elementary Christmas social justice project is underway in support of the Mustard Seeds. Student led prayers are shared every morning on the intercom. We showcase students' accomplishments on bulletin boards around the school and on JH PTV internal broadcast system. Student Success Students' literacy profiles are created and passed from grade to grade. We plan on adding students' numeracy skills to these profiles. Student Council planned Halloween activities for students in grade 7-12. Junior and Senior High level meetings are held on a monthly basis, they aim at supporting students' diverse needs. Multiple staff PD sessions have been offered. Topics include actionable practices to support 2SLGBTQ+ students, intercultural awareness, formative & summative assessment, reading assessment and continuum of reading. Classroom resources on social emotional learning (SEL) are purchased and ongoing sessions are offered to Junior High students. Lessons focus on language choices, social media, healthy relationships, and conflict resolutions. These sessions aim at helping students feel safe at school and care for others. The presentations are shared with the parents. Presentations from post secondary institutions are offered to grade 12 students. We continue to maintain an excellent High School completion rate. An Excellent Place to Work and Learn Mental wellness strategies are explored in the classes on a regular basis. Monthly themes are taught in elementary classes. The focus is on developing common language and increasing students' understanding of mental health related terms. Time is allocated for teacher collaboration and mentorship on a monthly basis. Building Our Future Together We continue to access community resources to provide support to students and nurture equity, diversity, anti-racism and leadership. i..e. Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, Mustard Seed, Francophone artists, Strathcona Wilderness Centre.
February Review:
Growing in Faith: School wide social justice project from March 1- 25: Stand with Ukraine- sunflower pin art project and fundraiser, wear blue and yellow day, sunflower plant fundraiser. Monthly wellness theme with activities: Elementary program We continue to showcase students' accomplishments and leadership initiatives on our bulletin boards, on the JHP Instagram and in the monthly newsletters. JHP Elementary Choir performed at the virtual Christmas concert. Student Success Elementary students (K-6): Class diversity profiles with information about the students' literacy and numeracy skills are updated with Division assessments results. Information about mental health and IPP supports will be added to these profiles.Targeted support in French literacy skills provided by Educational Assistant and Language Instructor. Junior High students (7-9): Collaborative response grade level meetings continue to occur on a monthly basis. High School students (10-12) Continued monitoring of High School students placed in appropriate stream. Regular sharing of post secondary programs and opportunities via Google classroom, and emails. Multiples cross grades activities such as Terry Fox Run, Winter Carnival, Random Acts of Kindness. Professional development sessions on actionable practices to support student diverse needs. An Excellent Place to Work and Learn Mental Health Champions continue to share strategies with staff at each level: E, JH & SH. Mental Health booster presentations are shared at staff meetings. Mental Health monthly themes are explored in gr. k-6 Spring Pray-Walk and Share PD for staff- Thursday PM in May Staff have completed multiple EDIAR sessions Team teaching approach in Junior High- Learning Coach and beginner teachers. Building Our Future Together Partnership with St Agnes/St Anthony's twin parishes. Multiple partnerships with community agencies to help develop students' interests and build skills, i.e. Skills Canada, Model UN, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, the Food Bank. Inviting out of school experts to do presentations on various topics such as anti-racism and inclusion, Continue to strengthen students' communication skills in French: bilingual morning prayers and announcements and bi-weekly French segments on JHP TV.