Lawrencetown Consolidated School Advisory Council

 

 

Annual Report

2007-2008

 

 

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:

            ~ School staff consists of the following:

                        - 11 Teachers                                                               - 1 Administrator

                        - 6 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

                        - After school and Intramural Basketball Program     - Computer Buddies                  

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

                        - Math Tutors                                                               - Floor Hockey Intramurals

 Principal’s Message:

What an exciting year we had!  Through our many community partnerships and the continued support of the school community members, we have been able to accomplish a great deal this past year.  Traditional fundraisers such as the Breakfast with Santa and the Spring Bingo emphasize a strong community link.  The success of these events is really in welcoming visitors to the school in a community-like setting while raising funds to provide school program supports for our students. 

In addition, it has been exciting to see so many families interested in coming back to the school on a few Friday nights throughout the year to watch a movie, play some games and hang out in the gym!  These Family Social nights have become very popular and are a great way to bring home and school together to socialize.  We hope to continue them for next year. 

We are so fortunate to have such an active and caring School Advisory Council here at LCS.  Their support and interest in our students are evident by the many initiatives they are involved in.  On behalf of the staff and students at LCS, I would like to extend our deepest thanks to them for everything they do.  We appreciate their generosity and support and are looking forward to another great year!

 

Karen Baker,

Principal

Chairperson’s Message:

This has been a tremendously busy and successful year for LCS.  We have seen increased interest in our school and there has been a wonderful feeling in the halls from September 1st.  Parents, staff and students all talk about the positive attitude here.

The Advisory Council has been busy.  We have responded to requests from the Minister for our input.  We have enjoyed being able to nominate our school for awards and have worked to show our appreciation for the LCS Staff. We have jumped at the chance to work co-operatively with other groups to enhance the opportunities at our school.

Some of the projects we have undertaken this year are worthy of note here.  The first is the Volunteer Handbook, which came into being after a SAC member suggested we do something to support our volunteers. This booklet has been well received and will, no doubt, serve as the model for others.  Another project was the rebuilding of the Running Track.  This has been talked about for a number of years and was accomplished through the co-operation of School and Community. There have also been many positive changes to the building itself.

I would like to thank all the SAC members for their hard work this year and I would also like to thank the administration, staff and students at LCS for making this such a wonderful school in which to work.

           

            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.

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

 

Year Two Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Professional development

 

1.(new) Organize workshops on reading instruction for those students who are:

a) exceeding expectations

b) not meeting expectations

October 2007

January 2008

Principal

Oct. 31 (full day)

Feb. 15 (Early dismissal)

2. (new) Initiate and host a Parent night.  Invite parents to two, one-hour workshops; “How to help your children read with understanding.”  (One may include a Reader’s Theatre and have students join parents.)

February 2008

April 2008

Staff “Learning Buddies/Groups” take turns hosting the sessions.

Put on hold until next fall.

3. (continue) Literacy mentor will present model lessons, provide in-class coaching and deliver 1 ½ hour workshops. 

Year two focus: reading accuracy; sight words, phonological awareness skills and effectively using the word wall.

Sept. 2007

Nov. 2007

January 2008

March 2008

May 2008

Board Literacy Mentor

All staff

Sept. 26

Oct. 18

Nov. 22 (a.m.)

Feb. 28

Mar. 6

4. (continue) Professional Learning Community: Book study group

regularly

Staff

Completed book study in May 2008 on book:  What’s After Assessment by Kathleen Strickland

Student Assessment

 

1. (continue) Reading Assessment Tracking Committee will collect and analyze report card data, running records, and comprehension rubrics.

ongoing

Staff

ongoing

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

Nov 2007, March 2008, June 2008

All teachers

ongoing

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

Oct. 2007 (completed by end of Oct.)

May 2008

All staff

 

October data passed in.

May data due May 31.

Collaboration

 

1. (new) Initiate a new student “Reading Buddy” system that focuses on reading comprehension, accuracy and fluency

January 2008

All classrooms Reading Buddy pairs

Dec. 7 workshop

2. (continue) Provide review and mentoring for new staff on administering and analyzing a reading/running record and reading comprehension rubric

September 2007

Led by Board Literacy Mentor

Oct. 2 workshop

3. (continue) Peer Tutor reading program.

Sept 06- June 09

Karen Baker/Tina Barker

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 2008

All staff

April 4 plan

April 29 Parent Literacy afternoon

 

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.

 

Year Two Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Make SSP goals a visible priority within and outside school

 

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

weekly and biweekly

Principal

Secretary

ongoing

2. (continue) Update SSP display area.

monthly

Staff volunteer

Communication board mounted in hallway.  Monthly newsletters/calendars posted.

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

monthly

Principal

Progress updated periodically; not monthly.  Staff agrees with sporadic updates.

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

monthly

Principal

Secretary

Progress updated periodically as Professional Development occurs.

5. (continue) Teachers will include updates on progress toward SSP goals in their monthly classroom newsletters to parents/guardians. A copy of the newsletter will be given to the staff member in charge of the SSP display area for posting.

monthly

All teachers

Progress updates done sporadically.  Teachers post their own calendars.

Facilitate internal communications

 

1. (adaptation to existing) Based on data collected from previous Spring, revise or develop and implement improvements to communications efforts. Check progress twice a year to make necessary revisions. 

Revise or develop: September 2007

Check progress: January 2008

Check progress: June 2008

Volunteer committee of staff

Data being collated.  Not yet reviewed with staff.

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

weekly

Principal

Secretary

Usually day before and posted in staff room.

3.  (continue) Staff meetings will be held for one hour every week.

weekly

All staff

Not held each week; but staff feel held regularly enough.

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

September 2007

Principal

Done September 2007

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

At least monthly

All teachers

Classes doing this.  Recently reminded about holding these.

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

regularly

Principal

Informal group discussions held.  Primarily concerns about playground improvement-wider variety of activities to do.

 
 

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.

 

Year Two Strategies

Timeframe

Responsibilities

Progress

Facilitate internal communications

 

7.  (new) Inform new staff members of  established staff meeting guidelines and expectations (e.g., recording and distributing minutes, attendance).

September

2007

Principal

Done: September 2007

8.  (new) Inform new staff members of roles and responsibilities of secretary, custodians, principal, classroom teachers, and EA’s.

September

2007

Principal

 

Reviewed  Teacher’s and EA’s roles

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

monthly

All staff

Ongoing…monthly

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

ongoing

All school community members

Using Peek-A-Boo messages

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

First of each month

Kendra Watson

 

Done monthly, using index cards

12. (new)  Principal to create and administer a weekly memo to staff, informing them of upcoming events/reminders.

First of each week

Principal

Ongoing; done weekly

Facilitate external communications

 

1. (adaptation to existing) Based on data collected from previous Spring, revise or develop and implement improvements to communications efforts. Check progress twice a year to make necessary revisions. 

Revise or develop: September 2007

Check progress: January 2008

Check progress: June 2008

Volunteer committee of staff

Data being collated.  Not yet reviewed with staff.

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

monthly

Chosen older student who walks home

Ongoing: delivered by a student in grade 5

3.  (continue) Send school information to Village community newsletter.

monthly

Principal

Secretary

Starting n Sept 2008 some LCS news should go to Village community newsletter attached to water bill.

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

September 2007

Principal

Done in Sept. 2007.  Staff felt no need to return each year.

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

weekly

Principal

Ongoing

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

Nov. 2007

Feb. 2008

April 2008

All staff

Sept. 28, 2007

April 29, 2008

June 13, 2008

7. (new)  Host “Family Social nights” inviting families to school.

Jan.  2008

Mar.  2008

May  2008

Committee

Feb. 1, 2008

April 25, 2008

May 30, 2008

 

 
 

Goal-Related Professional Development

 

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

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Professional Practices we want to learn

Types of PD / learning activities to accomplish this (e.g.: peer coaching, classroom visitation, AVRSB consultant workshop, conference, book study…)

Progress

Year One

-          Strategies for instruction to increase reading comprehension.

-          How to administer and analyze running records and a comprehension rubric (if unknown.)

 

1. In-servicing by Regional Office literacy consultants/mentors:

·    Full day – Comprehension strategies.

·    ½ day – Reader’s Workshop.

·    ½ day – Refine comprehension rubric.

·    Five 1 ½ hour sessions (comprehension strategies.)

2. Collaboration with colleagues through book study and planning of parent programs:

·    Book study meetings.

·    Planning sessions for “Reading, set, go” afternoon.

3. Conducting Running Records and comprehension rubric assessments on students.

Completed

Year Two

-          Strategies for instruction to increase reading accuracy.

-          How to administer and analyze running records and a comprehension rubric (if unknown.)

 

1. In-servicing by Regional Office literacy consultants/mentors:

·    ½ day – strategies for staff to use for students not meeting expectations.

·    ½ day – strategies for staff to use for students exceeding expectations.

·    Five 1 ½ hour sessions (accuracy strategies.)

2. Collaboration with colleagues through book study and planning of parent programs:

·    Book study meetings.

·    Planning sessions for “How to help your child read with understanding” evening sessions.

3. Conducting Running Records and comprehension rubric assessments on students.

Completed


Goal-Related Professional Development

 

 

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.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Professional Practices we want to learn

Types of PD / learning activities to accomplish this (e.g.: peer coaching, classroom visitation, AVRSB consultant workshop, conference, book study…)

Progress

Year One

- Effective communication skills for working with colleagues, students, and parents/guardians.

-    Develop skills on developing and analyzing effective surveys.  (For a small group.)

 

1. In-servicing provided by Regional Office staff:

·    Full day workshop for all staff on developing communication skills.

·    Full day workshop for small committee on survey development and analysis.

2. Ongoing networking and collaboration with colleagues.

Completed

Year Two

-     Effective communication skills for working with colleagues, students, and parents/guardians.

 

 

1. Ongoing networking and collaboration with colleagues.

 

Completed

Year Three

-   Effective communication skills for working with colleagues, students, and parents/guardians.

 

1. Ongoing networking and collaboration with colleagues.

 

 

 

Data Collection Plan

 

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

 

Data Collection

Methods

Data Collection

Schedule

Responsibility

Progress

1.  Report card analysis of reading achievement, i.e., number of students meeting, not meeting, or exceeding outcome expectations

November, March, June annually

All teachers

Received data from two terms; awaiting final June reports.

2. Two assessments to determine student’s instructional level: a) Running records, b) Comprehension rubric.

October and April annually

All teachers

 

Ongoing

3. Analysis of data from report cards, running records, comprehension rubrics

Ongoing; yearly reports; final analysis June 2009

Reading Assessment Tracking Committee

Received October data.  Awaiting May data.

 


Data Collection Plan

 

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.

 

 

Data Collection

Methods

Data Collection

Schedule

Responsibility

Progress

1. Student, staff and parent/guardian surveys

 

 

Annually

Communication Committee

Done September 2007

2. Focus groups

 

 

 

as needed

Principal

Ongoing

3. Communications with Home” tracking sheets

 

ongoing

All teachers

Done monthly

 

  

LCS Other Initiatives 2007-2008:

~ Fall fundraiser “Santa’s Little Helper” Sept. 18th

~ Terry Fox Walk and Picnic with families

      ~ Volunteer Appreciation social event

            ~ NSCC students came as part of “Outreach” to

 community program.

            ~ Movie Night

            ~ Family Games Night

~ Physical Activity Night

            ~ Library Patrons Program

            ~ Jump Rope For Heart

            ~ Vesey’s Bulb Campaign ($ for bus trips)

            ~ Girls’ week physical activities

            ~ Boys’ week physical activities

~ Annapolis Valley Regional Library Reading

 Workshops

            ~ Annapolis County Club 400 WinterACTIVE Team

 activities

            ~ Read-a-thon

            ~ Internationally renowned musician presentation

~ Windsong musical presentation

~ Young Neptune: A Bump in the Night

            ~ Annual Book Fair

            ~ Literacy Afternoon/Family Lunches

~ Assemblies (Student of month/term)

~ Korean students (5 months)

~ National Child Day participation

~ Anna. Co. Rec. 30 min walk participation

~ Holiday Concert

~ Whole school sing-song in gym

~ Turkey dinner

~ Skipping club presentation to whole school

~ PJ day

~ Weekly hat days

~ Primary Orientations (2 extra ones this year)

~ Attended awards luncheon for Mobius environ.

~ Student teacher (Acadia)

~ Student EA (NSCC)

~ ICAP presentations to grade 5 and 6 classes

 (International Child Assault Prevention)

~ Grade 6 banquet

~ Field day

            ~ Annual Art Fair participants

 

 Additional LCS Staff Professional Development:

~ Literacy Workshops

            ~ Supports for students with Learning Disabilities

            ~ Running Records and Reading Records

            ~ Differentiated instruction workshop

            ~ Comprehension Rubrics

            ~ Provincial In-service Day

            ~ What’s After Assessment – Kathleen Strickland

            ~ PALS Training Session

            ~ Early Elementary Literacy group has been formed

            ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder presentation

~ RCH workshop

~ Core French workshop in developing center activities

~ DOE Science workshop for grade 6

~ Training in administering Provincial assessments and in developing support plans for students.

~ EAs:  Technology support related to programming for students

~ Training for students with difficult behaviours.

~ Workshops with Board Literacy mentor:  reading accuracy, strategies for students not meeting,

and students exceeding, expectations

~ Autism conference 

 

 LCS Site & Building Changes:

~ New oil tank installation

~ Regional School Board installed a new water main

~ Replaced the concrete walk-way with asphalt

~ Cabinets/shelving built in classrooms

~ Upgraded electrical for new office (outlets, internet drops)

~ Painted office and room #3 (new Primary room)

~ Removed carpet from stage and stage stairs

~ Stair treads put on stage stairs

~ Installed electrical outlet in Sensory room

~ Cabinets/shelving have been built in the main office

~ Bulletin boards have been mounted

~ Soundfield system installed

            ~ Whiteboards installed in several classrooms

~ Coat racks installed outside classrooms 

 

SAC Achievements 2007-2008:

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

~ Responded to Minister’s request for input on Teacher Training in NS

            ~ Responded to Minister’s request for input on Student Busing in NS

            ~ Responded to AVRSB request for input on Search and Seizure Guidelines

~ Provided two SAC members to sit on LCS Communications Committee.
~ Change to the Bylaws was made, accurately defining quorum numbers (Article V Meetings Section 1 Quorum)

~ Produced and distributed Volunteer Handbook

~ Provided letter of Support for Picture It, Dads! program
~ Held another successful Breakfast with Santa event
~ Purchased and constructed Planter to accompany large outdoor sign

            ~ Had presentation from Annapolis County Family Resource Centre - Family Matters

~ Staff Appreciation Week activities held for 31 staff members
~ Nominated LCS in Schools Category – RRFB Mobius Awards

            ~ Nominated SAC member Lynn Roscoe, Annapolis County Volunteer of the Year Award

~ Hosted Joint SAC Meeting with BRES & BRHS - The discussion topic was School and Community Involvement

~ Planned and held a successful Spring Bingo
~ Purchased Peer Mediators T-Shirts for 3 year interval
~ Financially supported Cost Share items (Soundfield Systems, overhead projectors, mobile carts)

~ Funded and helped set up Convergys donated computers
~ Supported Grade Six Graduation activities and awards
~ Re-established running track in playing field
~ Purchased classroom books (Grade 4)

~ Purchased Speed Stack Set for gym
~ Purchased cafeteria bowls as part of environmental upgrade
~ Presented questions to AVRSB Human Resources Director, Al Hume, for use in interviewing new principal applicants
~ Took part in interviewing for new principal (Chair)
~ Advised AVRSB concerning new site development plan for LCS
~ Continued to monitor the progress of the School Success Plan

            ~ Held meetings to discuss AVRSB Facilities Review

            ~ Drafted responses to the Facilities Review for AVRSB and Provincial Government Members

            ~ Letter of support for Family Writing Project 

 

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 are extended to the following:

 

            ~ TRA Foods Middleton                                                                      ~ BRHS Band

~  Dairy Queen                                                                                     ~  Emergency Health Services – EHS              

~ LCS Advisory Council members                                                        ~  Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department                 

~  Nova Scotia Power Corporation                                                      ~ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112

~  RCMP                                                                                             ~ Valley Rose Rebekah Lodge #126

~  Waste Resource Management                                                          ~ Lawrencetown Lions Club

            ~  Blue Griffin Bookstore                                                                      ~ Staples

~  Kings Chorale Children’s Choir                                                                           ~ Annapolis Valley Regional Library

                ~ Bright Beginnings                                                                               ~ Family Matters

            ~ Lawrencetown Recreation                                                                 ~ Advanced Geomatics Research Group (NSCC)

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

 

School Advisory Council Members:

NAME

POSITION

REPRESENTING

TERM ENDS

Steve Baskwill

Chair

Community

2008

Sharon Shaw

 

Community

2010

Lynn Roscoe

Secretary

Community

2009

Sandy Connell

 

Staff

2009

Nancy McGrath

 

Staff

2008

Jillian McAulay

 

Staff

2009

Liz Cox

 

Staff

2010

Denise Naugler

Vice Chair

Parent

2010

Susanne Ruggles

Treasurer

Parent

2008

Patricia Veinott

 

Parent

2009

Karen Baker

 

Principal