Lawrencetown Consolidated School Advisory Council

 

 

Annual Report

2006-2007

 

 

Lawrencetown Consolidated School

10 Middle Road

RR#1 Lawrencetown

NS  B0S 1M0

 

Phone: 902-584-4500

Fax: 902-584-4505

Email: lcs@avrsb.ednet.ns.ca

Web: www.lawrencetown.ednet.ns.ca


 

LCS Mission Statement:

 

It is the mission of Lawrencetown Consolidated School to develop responsible citizens of the world who are life-long learners by providing worthwhile educational challenges to encourage academic, physical, and emotional growth in an atmosphere supportive of all children and their individual differences and by providing for all children, opportunities for success.

 

School Profile:

Demographics:

            ~ As of June 1, 2007, there were 184 students enrolled at LCS

            ~ School staff consists of the following:

                        - 11.5 Teachers                                                            - 1 Administrator

                        - 8 Educational Assistants                                             - 1 Library Technician

                        - 1 Secretary                                                                - 1 Cafeteria Manager

                        - 2 Custodians                                                              - 4 Bus Drivers

 

School Programs:

~ Curricular programs available according to the Nova Scotia Department of Education (Public School Program)

                        - Primary to Grade 6                                                    - Physical Education

                        - Music                                                                        - Core French (Grades 4-6)

                        - Resource                                                                   - Reading Recovery

 

            ~ Extra-curricular and Co-curricular Programs

                        - Peer Mediators                                                          - Recess Sports (Primary – Gr. 2) Noon Sports (Gr. 3 – 6) 

                        - Choir                                                                         - Hackmatack Reading Program

                        - KATS – Kids Against Tobacco Smoke                      - Cross Country Running

                        - Peer Literacy Tutors                                                   - Skipping Club

                        - Basketball Program                                                    - Computer Buddies                  

                        - Class Trips                                                                 - Reading Buddies
                        - PALS Program                                                          - Enrichment Activities

                        - Math Tutors                                                               - Environment Club

 Principal’s Message:

On behalf of the students and staff at Lawrencetown Consolidated School, we would like to thank the School Advisory Council members for their continued support of school and student programs. Without the assistance of the SAC, it would be difficult to provide the materials and equipment that benefit our students and enhance student programs.

It has been a pleasure to work together on the 2006-2007 initiatives. We acknowledge and appreciate the work ethic, generosity, and enthusiasm that are remarkable characteristics of the members of our school community. We look forward to your continued support in the future.

 

Susan Connell,

Principal

Chairperson’s Message:

            On behalf of the SAC, I would like to say ‘Thank-you” to all the people who have worked to make this year another successful one at LCS. 

            The SAC has worked to provide new equipment to the school and to support teacher-initiated programs.  Breakfast with Santa and the Spring Bingo raised over $7000 towards these ends.

            We have also worked to keep apprised of the progress of the School Success Plan, provided representation on the Communications Committee and have met with both the AVRSB Superintendent and AVRSB Human Resources Director during the year.  We are thankful to Sue Ritchie for keeping us up to date on matters regarding the AVRSB.

            Plans are already being made for the next school year and we look forward to again being of service to our school community.

           

            Steve Baskwill

            SAC Chair

School Success Plan:

These are our School Success Plan Goals:
Goal #1:
 By June 2009, 80% of students will meet or exceed grade level expectations in reading.

Goal #2: By June 2009, 90% of survey respondents (students, staff, and parents/guardians) will indicate that there is effective communication between and among all stakeholders.


 

Progress – Goal #1:

Year One Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Professional Development

 

 

1. (new) Enlist the Board Literacy mentor to coach, mentor, and deliver 1 ½ hour after-school workshops. 

·          Year one focus: reading comprehension; visualization, questioning, making connections, synthesizing, main idea, cause and effect, vocabulary building, story maps/graphic organizers and different genres of text.

(September 2006 – June 2009)

Sept. 2006 Nov. 2006

January 2007

March 2007

May 2007

Principal

Board Literacy Mentor

All staff

Ongoing

2.  (new) Full-day In-service:

·          Review ELA Guides (Reading sections)

·          Clarify definitions of “Not Meeting, Meeting and Exceeding.”

·          Divide/select “Learning Buddy” partners/groups.

·          Identify role of Board Mentor.

·          Begin comprehension activities.

September 11 2006

Board Literacy Mentor

All staff

 

Complete

3. (new) Early Dismissal:  

·          Workshop on “What does a reader’s workshop look like P-6?”

·          Record Keeping, discuss ways staff can share with students the student’s personal goals and progress regarding reading.  Also providing specific praise for achieving goals.

January 2007

(Early Dismissal)

Board Literacy Mentor/All staff

 

 

Scheduled

4. Meet with Regional Office Literacy Consultant to review and select relevant books for teacher book studies.

October 2006

2 Staff Volunteers

Not Done

5. (new) Professional Learning Community: Book study group

Regularly

Staff volunteers

Ongoing

Inventory

 

 1. (new) Inventory check on Guided Reading Room to determine specific needs, e.g., Upper elementary/ Level C books.

June 2006

All staff

Scheduled

Collaboration

 

1. (continue) Provide review and mentoring for all staff on administering and analyzing a reading/running record

September 2006

 Led by Board Literacy Mentor.

Ongoing

2. (continue) Early Dismissal:  

·          Refine Reading Comprehension rubric

September 22 2006

Literacy Mentor

All staff

Complete

3. (continue) Peer Tutor reading program

September 06 - June 09

Karen Baker

Ongoing


 

Goal #1:   By June 2009, 80% of students will meet or exceed grade level expectations in reading.

 

Year One Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Student Assessment

 

1. (new) Establish a Reading Assessment Tracking Committee to collect and analyze report card data, running records, and comprehension rubrics.

Ongoing

Staff

Complete

2. (continue) Report card analysis of reading achievement, i.e., number of students meeting, not meeting, or exceeding outcome expectations

Nov 2006, March 2006, June 2007

All teachers

Ongoing

3. (adaptation to existing) Teachers conduct two assessments finding student’s instructional level: a) Running records, b) Comprehension rubric. Assessment results are to be submitted to the Reading Assessment Tracking committee.

Oct. 2006 (completed by end of Oct.)

April 2007

(completed by end of Apr.)

All staff

 

Ongoing

Parent Program

 

1. (new) Design and conduct an afternoon of  Literacy activities for parents, “Reading, Set, Go” (following a Lunch with Families) to demonstrate strategies, activities, and games for developing reading accuracy/comprehension.

April 2007

All staff

Complete

 


 

 Progress – Goal #2:

Year One Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Make SSP goals a visible priority within and outside school

 

 

1.  (new) SSP goals will be included on staff meeting agendas and in biweekly newsletters to parents.

Biweekly

Principal

Secretary

Ongoing

2.  (new) An SSP display area will be created at the front entrance.

September 2006

Staff volunteer

Started

3.  (new) The progress toward SSP goals will be reviewed (updates, strategies in place, etc.) monthly at a staff meeting.

Monthly

Principal

Started

4.  (new) Overall progress toward SSP goals will be reported to parents via the school newsletter once a month.

Monthly

Principal

Secretary

Started

5.  (adaptation to existing) Teachers will include updates on progress toward SSP goals in their monthly classroom newsletters to parents/guardians. Teachers are responsible for their own!

Monthly

All teachers

Ongoing

Facilitate internal communications

 

 

1. (new) Establish a Communication Committee. Responsibilities to include: create and administer surveys regarding communications for students and staff; collate results to find areas for improvement; bring results to staff meeting; re-administer survey at end of school year to measure improvements and solicit more suggestions for improvements for following school year; collect and collate data from “Communications with Home” tracking sheets.

Create: Sept 2006

Distribute and collate: Oct 2006

Re-administer: June 2006

Volunteer committee of staff

Ongoing

Formed and met 8 times this year.

2.  (new) Staff meeting agendas will be typed and distributed to individual mailboxes on the day before the meeting.

Weekly

Principal

Secretary

Ongoing

3.  (adaptation to existing) Staff meetings will be held for one hour every week.

Weekly

All staff

Ongoing

4.  (adaptation) Information on SSP and goals will be presented to parents/guardians at “Get Acquainted” Night

September 14, 2006

Principal

Complete

5.  (new) Student check-ins / class meetings will be conducted to encourage student discussion of issues.

At least monthly

All teachers

Started


 

 

Year One Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Facilitate internal communications

 

6.  (new) Various student focus groups will be formed to offer opportunities for student voice and feedback.

Regularly

Principal

Ongoing – occurred 11 times

7.  (review) Review established staff meeting guidelines and expectations (e.g., recording and distributing minutes, attendance).

September 5 2006

Principal

Complete

8.  (review) Clearly define roles and responsibilities of secretary, custodians, principal, classroom teachers, and EA’s.

September 5 2006

Principal

 

Completed June 5, 2007

9.  (continue) Host “Student of the Month” assemblies, communicating special achievements for individual students.

September 2006 – June 2007

All staff

Ongoing

10.  (continue) Distribute “I Gotcha” student messages for “good deeds.”

Sept 2006 – June 2007

All school community members

Ongoing

11.  (new) Provide bus drivers with schedule of specific school closure times.

First of each month

Kendra Watson

Ongoing

12.  (continue) Complete “Communication with Home” tracking sheets and submit to Communications Committee.

Monthly

All teachers

Ongoing

Facilitate external communications

 

1. (new) Provide training for “Volunteer committee of staff” to learn how to develop and analyze surveys. 

September 2006

One full day

(subs req’d)

Volunteer committee of staff

Regional Board Staff

Principal

Complete

2. (new) Create and administer parent/guardian survey regarding communications with school. Collate results to find strengths to build on and areas for improvement. Survey will be re-administered at end of school year to measure improvements.

Create: Sept 06

Distribute and collate: October 2006

Volunteer committee of staff

Complete

3.  (new) Post copies of newsletters in Community library, Pharmasave and Doctor’s Office (pending permission.)

Monthly

Chosen older student who walks home

Discontinued and restarted in spring 2007

4.  (new) Send school information to Village community newsletter.

Monthly

Principal

Secretary

No community newsletter

5.  (new) SSP goals will be presented to the community at the first Village Meeting of the school year.

September 2006

Principal

Complete

6.  (continuing) Teachers report exceptional good deed or achievement of student to principal who will make weekly “Good News” calls to parents/guardians.

Weekly

Principal

Ongoing

7.  (continuing) Host three open houses, “Lunch with Families” throughout the school year.

Nov. 2006

Feb. 2007

April 2007

All staff

Had 3rd one  June 15th

 

 LCS Other Initiatives 2006-2007:

~ Established a portable multi-media centre for classroom/teacher use

~ Site for a number of regional professional development sessions

~ Re-organization of school Guided Reading materials for easier accessibility by all

~ Established an elementary Guidance position with part-time Guidance Counsellor

~ Re-organized Staff Professional Resources for easier accessibility

~ Organized a P-6 Curriculum Plan in areas of Math, Science, and Reading Instruction and Comprehension Strategies

~ Developed school procedures for Internal and External Lockdowns

~ Volunteer Appreciation social event

 

 Additional LCS Staff Professional Development:

~ Several staff worked with regional Math and Literacy Mentors throughout the year

~ First Aid/CPR training

~ Staff advisor for Playground Activity Leaders (PALS)

~ School representatives in areas of Literacy and Math

~ Grade 4 pilot – Pearson Publishing Literacy in Action

~ Resource Lead Team

~ Regional Committee – Emergency Preparedness

~ RCH Advisor In-service

~ Reading Recovery contact training

~ School Crisis Planning Team

~ National Staff Development Conference

~ Autism Conference

~ Casual Educational Assistant Staffing and Preparation

~ Supporting Students with AD/HD in school

~ EA training in Safely Lifting and Moving Students

~ Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training

~ Summer Institutes in areas of Literacy

~ “Boardmaker” software acquired

 

SAC Achievements 2006-2007:

~ New SAC email account was established.
~ Website containing minutes and other SAC information was maintained weekly.
~ SAC binders were provided for all members.

~ Provided cost share for choral risers and music room Soundfield system.

~ Provided two SAC members to sit on LCS Communications Committee.
~ Change to the Bylaws was made, making bylaw amendments easier to accomplish. (Article VII Amendments to the Constitution/By-Laws Section 1)
~ Superintendent Norm Dray invited to address the group.
~ Held another successful Breakfast with Santa event.
~ Added Communications Committee and Literacy Reports to agenda to facilitate keeping up to date with the progress of  the School Success Plan Goals.
~ Provided set of levelled books for Primary/1 library.
~ Held Family Skate Event.
~ Provided paring knives for Grade 3 classroom cooking projects.
~ Provided documents holders for computer room.
~ Staff Appreciation Week activities held for 31 staff members.
~ Provided parting gift for Mrs. Trimper, cafeteria manager.
~ Ran a successful T-Shirt campaign.
~ Attended Joint SAC Meeting with BRES & BRHS and guest Stu Jamieson.
~ Planned and held a successful Spring Bingo.
~ Created and sold LCS Cookbook as a Parent Lending Library fundraiser.
~ Provided Life Cycle Creatures for 3 classrooms.
~ Supported Grade Six Graduation activities and awards.
~ Provided Team T-Shirts.
~ Designed and installed outdoor sign.
~ Provided new computer for computer lab.
~ Presented questions to AVRSB Human Resources Director, Al Hume, for use in interviewing new principal applicants.
~ Took part in interviewing for new principal. (Chair)
~ Provided books for Library (in recognition of Reading Buddies).
~ Continued to monitor the progress of the School Success Plan.

Community Partnerships:

LCS could not be as successful in meeting our goals of providing an enriching learning experience to the students without the continued support and efforts of the following partnerships within our community. We appreciate and value the assistance, monetary and otherwise, from parents / guardians, community members, service clubs and businesses. Our thanks is extended to the following:

 

            ~ TRA Foods Middleton                                                                      ~ BRHS Band

~  Dairy Queen                                                                         ~ Royal Bank of Canada Bridgetown

~  Emergency Health Services – EHS                                       ~ LCS Advisory Council members

~  Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department                            ~ Middleton Lions Club

~  Nova Scotia Power Corporation                                                      ~ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112

~  RCMP                                                                                             ~ Valley Rose Rebekah Lodge #126

~  Volunteers (fundraisers, lice detection team, fluoride team, classroom helpers, cookbook makers, cafeteria)

~  Waste Resource Management                                                          ~ Lawrencetown Lions

 

School Advisory Council Members:

NAME

POSITION

REPRESENTING

TERM ENDS

Steve Baskwill

Chair

Community

2008

Brenda Mailman

Treasurer

Community

2007

Lynn Roscoe

Secretary

Community

2009

Paula Turner

Vice Chair

Staff

2007

Anne Marie Banks

 

Staff

2008

Jillian McAulay

 

Staff

2009

Alycia Reynolds

Replacing Jillian McAulay

Staff

 

Patricia Guilbault

 

Parent

2007

Susanne Ruggles

 

Parent

2008

Patricia Veinott

 

Parent

2009

Susan Connell

 

Principal