LAWRENCETOWN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
ANNUAL REPORT



2005-2006 School Year

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:
~ 178 students enrolled at LCS
~ School staff consists of the following:
- 11.5 Teachers
- 6 Educational Assistants
- 1 Library Technician
- 1 Administrative Assistant
- 1 Cafeteria Manager
- 2 Custodians

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)
- Choir - Noon Sports (Gr. 3 – 6)
- Chess Club - KATS – Kids Against Tobacco Smoke
- Peer Literacy Tutors - Peer Math Tutors
- Drama Club - Computer Club
- Skipping Club - Environmental Club
- Craft Club - Basketball Program
- Class Trips - Reading Buddies
- Cultural Performances - Computer Buddies

Annual SAC Meeting ~ October 16, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
All meetings are open to the public


Principal’s Message:
The 2005-2006 school year has been a very busy one. Over the year, we began the process for School Accreditation/ School Success Planning. During this first year, of the five-year cycle, we completed a review of current practices, collected data, and surveyed students, families, and staff. The information gathered by the Internal Review team was the evidence used to select our goals for our 2006-2009 School Success Plan. Thank you to the School Advisory Council for their active interest and input into this process.

The SAC representatives, as well as our Annapolis Valley Regional School Board member, continued to be advocates for our school throughout the year. The communication between school, home, community, and board is crucial in creating an environment where students are educated, nurtured, and supported to be the best they can be! We look forward to continuing this partnership in the upcoming school year.

The SAC has been a strong supporter of our school throughout the year. The school community was generous with their time, energy, and financial support for the annual Breakfast with Santa and Spring Bingo fundraisers. The money raised was used to purchase much-needed equipment, such as class-sets of instruments for the Music program, Physical Education equipment for the Gym, a new computer, software for the resource room, as well as to provide financial assistance with the increasing costs of running a cafeteria program in a small school.

Our school staff is an outstanding group of enthusiastic, hardworking professionals. They work tirelessly each day to provide quality educational opportunities for every student in our school. As we take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the past year, and say thank you to those responsible, we look forward to the upcoming school year and welcome those who will be joining us.

Susan Connell, Principal
Lawrencetown Consolidated School

Chairperson’s Message:


The School Advisory Council plays an important role in assisting the students in achieving success. I would like to thank the community members, parents and staff for filling this role with ongoing, honest effort. The students continuously benefit from your care and support.

The SAC would like to credit the Internal Review Team with a job well done. Many hours of work and dedication from the team, staff, community, parents and students has resulted in a plan for improvements at LCS. As always, this plan is meant to guide us in serving our students better.


Lana Pothier
Chair

 

SCHOOL SUCCESS PLAN

 

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, parents/ guardians) will indicate that there is effective communication between and among all stakeholders


Goal #1 Progress:
Teachers have attended various workshops and training in-service in the areas of literacy instruction and development.
Strategies that have been continued/ implemented include:

~ Enlisted Board Literacy mentor to coach, mentor and deliver workshops
~ In-service to review ELA reading guidelines
~ Inventory check on Guided Reading Room
~ Provide guidance on Running Reading Record keeping
~ Refined Reading Comprehension rubric
~ Peer Tutor reading program
~ Established a Reading Assessment Tracking Committee
 

Goal #2 Progress:

~ SSP goals are included in staff meeting agendas and bi-weekly newletters
~ An SSP display area has been created in front entrance of school
~ Communication Committee has been established
~ Staff meeting agendas are distributed the day prior to the meeting
~ Staff meeting are held for one hour each week
~ SSP information was presented to guests on “Get Acquainted Night”
~ Student of the Month assemblies are hosted
~ Bus drivers are provided with a schedule of school closures each month

LCS OTHER INITIATIVES
2005 – 2006


· LCS Internal Review Team completed Internal Review Report and set in place a three-year School Success Plan
· Held in-school Scholastic Book Fair, raising over $1200 for school library books
· Read-a-Thon
· Held a Food Handlers Course for staff, parents and community members
· Held 2 receptions for visiting authors in the school library
· Group of Grade Five students attended KATS training
· Grade Six class went on a joint trip to Grande Pre with Bridgetown Grade six students
· Continued Breakfast Program
· Continued Fluoride Program
· Contributed to World Vision through “Animals for Africa”
· Lions Club sponsored Drug Awareness Poster Contest
· School-wide Waste Management Program: Grade Five class (paper recycling) and Grade Four (composting food waste)
· Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112 “Student of the Term Awards” and Remembrance Day Assembly with special guests (Legion members, Veterans, members of 14 Wing Greenwood)
· Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety Education and Poster Contest
· Nova Scotia Power Corporation guest speaker
· Skate Nights, Breakfast with Santa and Spring Bingo were held as major fundraisers
· Al Bernard Magic Show
· Hosted international students
· Drumming and Bagpipe workshops were held for upper elementary classes
· “Jump Rope for Heart” program implemented

ADDITIONAL LCS STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

· Summer Institutes
· RCH inservices
· MEd. Technology/ curriculum / Inclusive Education
· Math workshops
· Physical Education Lead Team
· Active Young Readers / Writers
· Resource teacher Lead Team
· Literacy Lead Team
· Leadership Development Program
· Reading Recovery Training
· St. John Ambulance First Aid and CPR)
· At-Risk Youth
· Autism
· School Accreditation
· Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
· Effective Classroom Management Strategies
· School Administrators Association

SAC ACHIEVEMENTS
2005-2006


· SAC became an active part of the Internal Review Team for the School Accreditation Process
· Continuous fundraising efforts by Home and School arm of SAC, raising over $7500
· Membership attendance at “White Privilege” Workshop held at AVRSB
· Provided financial support to the Breakfast Program
· Provided financial assistance for the purchase of snowshoes
· Cost-shared with the school for student agendas
· Provided a computer
· Provided class sets of various instruments to the LCS Music Program
· Donation to Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Terry Spinney
· Provided various gym equipment
· Provided Butterfly Pavilions to school
· Provided financial support to school cafeteria

LCS 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 other support, from parents / guardians, community members, service clubs and businesses. Our gratitude is extended to the following:

~ Annapolis County Recreation
~ BRHS Band
~ Parks Canada
~ Emergency Health Services
~ LCS School Advisory Council members
~ Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies’ Auxiliary
~ Middleton Lions Club
~ Nova Scotia Power Corporation
~ Public Health, Middleton Mental Health, and Soldiers Memorial Hospital
~ Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112
~ Royal Canadian Mounted Police
~ Volunteers (fundraisers, lice detection, fluoride team, cafeteria, classroom helpers)
~ Waste Resource Management
~ Valley Rose Rebekah Lodge #126
~ Greenwood Dairy Queen
~ “Family Matters”
~ Department of Transportation
~ Department of Natural Resources
~ Bright Beginnings Early Intervention program

LCS Contact Information:

Telephone: 902-584-4500

Fax: 902-584-4505

Mail: 10 Middle Road
Lawrencetown,
Nova Scotia
B0S 1M0

Email: lcs@avrsb.ednet.ns.ca

Website: www.lawrencetown.ednet.ns.ca

Principal: Susan Connell

School Advisory Council:
Principal: Susan Connell

Representatives:
Staff:                                          Parents:
Anne Marie Banks                     Patricia Guilbault
Jillian MacAulay                         Lana Pothier (Chair)
Paula Turner (Vice-Chair)          Susanne Ruggles

Community:
Steve Baskwill (Secretary)
Lynette Gilks
Brenda Mailman (Finance Officer)