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

School Mission: Holy Trinity High School, a diverse community of learners centered on Catholic teachings and traditions, nurtures faith development, celebrates individual gifts, promotes Christian service and active citizenship, teaches for lifelong learning and global perspective, and challenges students to aspire to excellence..
School Vision: We believe: • in nurturing our spiritual growth and living our Catholic Faith. • In affirming the worth and dignity of each individual in the eyes of God and man. in sharing the responsibility for the educational process among the home, the students, the staff, the church, and the community. • in teaching students to become creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, and life-long learners. • in encouraging students to appreciate an education that involves a broad spectrum of subjects. • in developing a sense of self-worth and confidence in students through accountability and excellence. • in preparing students and staff to participate in the technological advances for the 21st Century. • in providing opportunities for community service and leadership development. • in promoting the wellness of our students and staff.
School Charism: Holy Trinity – Three Persons in One God – in the tradition of three in one, our charism is We Care, We Serve We share, as one.

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.2 Understand that we are in a Catholic school as the result of Christ’s call, and recognize ourselves as members of the Catholic Church.
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.
F.5 Engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
Actions we will take
All students at Holy Trinity are encouraged to participate in Social Justice actions and initiatives that involve the larger community of which Holy Trinity is a part through the HT HEROES program. Students at Holy Trinity explore other major world religious traditions in the World Religions course through the lens of our shared and common Catholic faith so that we can help increase the positive interreligious dialogue that takes place in our local community and beyond. Holy Trinity will recognize Feast Days of various Catholic saints in celebration of the diverse and varied cultures and ethnicities that are present in our Catholic school community. Students will explore the historical and modern relationship between the Catholic faith and traditional Indigenous culture and spirituality in support of the ongoing process of recognition and reconciliation that is so important in Edmonton Catholic Schools today. Staff and students at Holy Trinity will work to promote a culture and atmosphere of sustainability and environmental justice so as to demonstrate that we recognize that all creation is a gift from God and we, the human family, are stewards of that creation.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Participation of students and their families in social justice activities.
  • Participation of students in classroom and parish based faith activities.
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.
S.5 Support student achievement by engaging in collaborative, whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.
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
Teachers will use techniques, such as scaffolding, to ensure there is continuity and links between courses. Staff will ensure students are confident in their subject material and are given the opportunities to branch into other streams. Holy Trinity will offer a wide variety of courses, including dual credit, so that students have depth and breath in their programming. Holy Trinity will provide students with a variety of wrap around supports, such as: Learning Coaches, Grad Coach, Mental Health Therapist, Counsellor, school SRO, as well as other supports as needed. Teachers will provide students with a variety of ways to show their learning’; including project based learning. Teachers will utilize entrance assessments to ensure student are placed correctly for maximum success.
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.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
E.5 Continue to create opportunities and pathways for staff to develop and pursue advancement within their employee groups for robust succession planning within the Division.
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
Staff will engage in a variety of teaching and learning practices to ensure that all students are successful. Encouraging students to use their own metacognitive skills through self assessment and reflection. We will collaborate with Fresh Start and PASS as well as Post Secondary partners to allow students a variety of choice and opportunity. We will provide professional development to staff on Outcomes Based Assessment strategies that are already being done in the school. Staff will communicate effectively and consistently with students and parents through PowerSchool, SWIFT, Social Media and the school website. We will provide staff with PD in the areas of FNMI outcomes, TQS, IB, MYP and 2SLGBTQ+. We will create more connections with our Family of Schools (continue past activities of collaboration with 100 Voices and IB as well as Big Brothers and Sisters. We will invite Feeder School students into our building to give them a chance to experience the positive school culture first hand.
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.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
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
Use the new chapel to honor the Indigenous culture through artwork and celebrations. Provide all students with the opportunity to participate in either a Blanket or Smudge Ceremony, as well as a visit from an Elder. Provide teachers with the chance to do in school mentorship and visitation of their colleagues to allow for sharing of ideas and the chance to build capacity within and between departments. Provide teachers with PD instructing them with the conceptual understanding of IB approaches to teaching (ATT) and IB approaches to learning (ATL). Work collaboratively with teachers across ECSD, EPSB and the St. Albert districts to ensure that we are using the best IB practices in our school. Utilize Smarter Marks to streamline assessment practices. Enrich current resources to make sure they are more inclusive as well as age and grade appropriate. We strive to be always revising and changing, and never stagnant.
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 We are changing the colors of the lights and the crosses daily. We recognize Saints Feast Days in morning announcements. We share Indigenous prayers every 2 weeks. We have raised funds to purchase gift cards for the heath care heroes at the Grey Nuns ICU ($700), $65 raised for Opening Mass and about 40 lbs of food, $650 raised for Terry Fox and400 lbs pounds of food collected in Religion classes. We have collected clothing for winter wear for families. As well staff Gifts from God to celebrate staff success. Goal 2 Student Services is using an online referral form for teachers and student services can triage. We assess students success to determine appropriate pathways. Our Grad Coach and counsellor and grade coordinators have met with all students to ensure high school completion criteria. Staff are looking at current assessment practices to see where adjustments can be made to better meet student needs. Staff participation in Division Exam item writing and validation. Our SRO/counsellor re presenting to all CALM classes. SRO leads fitness programs to enhance student connections and rapport and physical wellness. Goal 3 We host Post Secondary information sessions. All staff participate in EIDAR training and boosters. Staff and students attend Mental Health Champions sessions. Staff partake in Truth and Reconciliation professional development. We have hosted Metis dancer (Darrell Brertton). We are conducting visits to feeder schools as an introduction to high school. We participate in Big Brother and Big Sisters in conjunction with St. Elizabeth Elementary school. Staff participate in IB and MYP professional development sessions. and the development of division exams. Fine Arts and Second Languages department work with consultants on ideas for performance based assessment. Pronoun identifier pins are worn by staff. Student council host spirit building activities. Goal 4 Staff and students participate in Truth and Reconciliation week. Emphasis in Social Studies classes on Indigenous rights and history. Math and Science are using SmarterMarks to streamline assessments. School has purchased classroom and Learning Commons resources that is more inclusive and diverse. Staff are working collaboratively with ECSD teachers to create division exam with IB and MYP teachers. Staff utilize consultants for new ideas for student engagement, assessment and resources.
February Review:
Goal 1 We are continuing to follow the initiatives outlined at the November review. We have also raised over $1600 for our Advent Social Justice Initiatives. With these funds we purchased toys for the Enoch Cree Nation as well as food for our hampers for our vulnerable families. We continue to develop our Chapel space with the commission of a student written icon depicting the Trinity and a hand crafted lectern from Mr. Bob Whelan, a teacher on staff. We continue to bring in our Parish Pastor every 3 weeks to be present and visible in the school community. Goal 2 We are continuing to offer supports to students as outlined in the November review. We are bringing in University Education students to tutor in all subject areas twice a week. Several teachers are becoming "early adopters" of the Outcomes Based Assessment and Reporting directive. Goal 3 The Social Studies is starting an Ethics Bowl in partnership with the University of Alberta Philosophy and Sociology Departments. We are fostering community within the school and feeder schools by offering 7 athletic tournaments this year. The Green Team is a partnership with the WIN Program and our Environmental Club to promote recycling of paper, bottles and mixed recycling. We have students across all grades working together in teams in the city wide Science Olympics competition. As well, our IB teachers participated in ABIBS in January, where they collaborated with IB teachers across the province. Goal 4 All classrooms have an "Every Child Matters" sticker on their window, and the Division is providing a Truth and Reconciliation flag. For Black History Month, we purchased some new resources for the LC to provide students with YA literature by Black authors. We also purchased posters celebrating the Canadian Black contributors to arts, sports, literature, science and politics. In January we did an art installation honoring the lives lost in Kamloops Residential Schools. In Phys Ed we are incorporating Inuit games as a unit, as well as incorporating Metis healing practices into Sports Performance theory. Phys Ed classes are also having the opportunity to participate in traditional African dance lessons. We are celebrating Black artists through our social media platforms and allowing students to contribute to song selection.