Pacific Way Elementary
Mid Year Review
March 6, 2014
- What key goals has your school identified this year? Describe the progress you have made towards those goals.
The school has two main goals for 2013-2014. The first is a numeracy goal that focuses on basic facts computations and developing a common vocabulary that provides a foundations for problem solving. The second goal focuses on improving student social responsibility through PBiS.
In numeracy we have focused discussion on finding patterns in our data to see areas of concern. The information that we have shows very strong results in all grades but the strength of those numbers decreases in the upper grade levels. This information has been used to guide discussion around how we currently learn math in the school and what we wish could be done to learn math in the school. This data and dissuasion has assisted in creating a math continuum chart that shows where we would like to get to and we are currently working on the steps for achieving that end goal.
Our social responsibility goal has been welcomed by staff and is a success story. The PBiS matrix and consistency has improved the already positive tone in the school. Student behaviour is constantly improving and students also seem to be enjoying their time at school.
- Which students experience success at your school? Why are they experiencing success and how do you know they are successful?
Nearly all students are successful, standardized test scores, report card marks and comments, student attention and motivation in class, and the quality of work being produced are all indicators for success. Recent FSA scores show the school above district averages in all three measures grade 4 and 7. This students are successful as their is a caring culture in the school and students are encouraged to do their best.
- Which students do not experience success at your school? Why are they not experiencing success and how do you respond to their needs?
The few students that are not experience success have challenges outside the school and there are plans being developed and implemented to support this. It is a transition year and we are still learning about some of our families and the manner in which they need our support. Many of the students are receiving help with social skills and playing with others. The LART, CEA’s, Teachers, and Principal all play a role in providing a growth mindset for the students. Students also benefit from the den group activities, peer support, and buddy classes.
- How is your school responding to the changing needs of students in our District? How will you prepare your students, staff, and parents to adapt to our changing world?
Pacific Way is a school in transition, we are moving to a more technological environment with a bring your own device program; specifically BYOD expectations are being developed to ensure that devices are being used in an educational manner and that teachers are supported in how to use the devices students are bring in effective ways. We have recently purchased an iPad mini mobile lab (30 devices); this will be used to support math in a number of classrooms with a focus on grades 3-5.
This year we have started to use the district videoconference equipment to collaborate with other schools on projects, two classes took part in monster match, three classes in read around the planet, and our grade 5/6 class will be working on a history project with grade 10 students from Westsyde secondary that involves technology, museum visits, and the production of an ebook.
We are also prepare our students to be good citizens, through our social responsibility activities. These include den group activities (locker quotes, heart messages, butterflies on fence), act of kindness month (Food Bank, Baby Bank, SPCA, singing at seniors home), and Me to We projects. The school has also been active in teaching students about social media having hosted Jesse Miller to speak with students in grades 5-7, a videoconference on sexting and texting for all grade 7 students, and a final activity that is iPad based for students in grade 5 and 6.
The P.A.C.K video was created by grade 6/7 students during the first few weeks of school and showcased at the first recognition assembly.
An additional goal that was set with the PAC was to improve communication with parents, and provide educational opportunities to support learning at home.
- Facebook page
- Visual display at school entrance
- Infographics showing school goals displayed in hallway and websites
- Family math nights
- Carole Fullerton Parent Math Night
- What is your greatest challenge as a school and how are you responding as a community? What supports can we provide to assist you in meeting this challenge?
Getting from good to great. Discussion with staff have been positive and we continue to work on improving our theory of action, developing a growth mindset and discovering our non-negotiables.
To get from good to great we need to develop a growth mindset and provide collaborative learning tasks that challenge students to think and transfer their knowledge to new concepts.
Right now we are in a beginning state of change; staff are becoming more aware of where we are educationally and thinking more on how we can change to improve. We are starting to look at the task being taught and what students are learning from that task. As this develops we will work to fit the tasks into Michael Fullans 6C’s
The main focus in the school is math, however the daily 5 is being implemented and supported in classes as well. The support is through collaboration time for teachers and the LART.
Through discussion with staff we are growing together in our thoughts on how to engage and challenge students. The next few months will be interesting times as we develop our technology use and host a Instructional Rounds visit.