Each spring, the Langdon School community writes a document called the School Education Plan (SEP). The goals align with those set out by Rocky View Schools. These are the “What”: of our work. We list strategies, the “How” and measures for each. Here is an update on our school improvement efforts. The admin team has reviewed the SEP strategies and have included some information for you so you know what is happening in the school.
Goal One: Learners are successful.
Our Literacy Initiative is really gaining momentum across the school. In the fall, we gathered data on each student’s individual reading levels, strengths and areas of growth. We used this data to group students for targeted instruction or to teach specific skills across a grade or subject.
We designated teachers in the school as part of the Literacy Lead Team. They work closely to develop a plan for the school. At the elementary levels, we have common times each day to work on skills. Teachers, teaching assistants and learning support teachers work with small groups of students, teaching specific skills and reinforcing good practice.
In the upper grades, a 25-minute block has been established for daily instruction in literacy development. Teachers work on vocabulary skills and reading strategies in their classes. We continue to provide opportunities for students to read and write in the Learning Commons and through Reading Buddies.
Goal Two: Learners are engaged.
We promote real-world hands-on learning and partnerships to enrich learning.
Field trips are connected to the curricular outcomes from Alberta Education. They are carefully planned to enhance what has been learned in the classrooms and extend the learning to a real-world space or place.
Grade 1 Leighton Center
Students further developed creativity and appreciation of fine art through a walk, enjoying the seasonal landscape.
Grade 2 Telus Spark
Students continued to explore magnetism through hands-on activities.
Grade 3 Bell Music Center
Students tested instruments, experiment with sound, pitch, volume and appreciated different types of music. They learned about the old fashioned movie organ and tried various instruments.
Grade 4 Glenbow
Students attended as part of the study of settlers and First Nations; fur trade and how it shaped Canadian identity.
Grade 9 Blackfoot Crossing
Students participated in a Smudging Ceremony, spoke to residential school survivors and learned how Treaty 7 connects us in Alberta.
Options offer hands-on opportunities, such as food handling, measurement, preparation.
Leadership/Rec Leadership – Pioneer Lodge camping to develop leadership skills in communication, cooperation, mentoring and teamwork.
Our Grade 9 students went to the west coast to learn how to sail! What an experience!
Goal Three: Learners are supported
As a school, we continue to develop wellness for students through the Mind Up and Conscious Discipline Programs.
We started a Breakfast Program this year. It really has been a tremendous success. Students (and staff) enjoy grab and go breakfasts each morning. They have the opportunity to check in with adults and start the day with a warm smile, a full belly, and ready to learn.
We continue to work with students and parents of students for whom learning is different or difficult. Our Learning Support teachers work with small groups and one on one to support learning. Our CDA and Wellness Teacher support any social/emotional needs in the school. They can be seen facilitating Friendship Groups, playing games to develop friendship skills, working in small groups on strategies for anxiety/anger management/advocacy.
Our administration team is working with students on expected and unexpected behaviours across all grade levels. They can often be seen in the hallways morning, noon and night, greeting and speaking with students, setting a positive tone for the day. They each connect with different students to support them as they make their way through the day.
Mr. Ellis has done an excellent job with the grade 3 classes, teaching them about fair play and how to play together. We might take these skills for granted, but trouble on the playground led us to believe kids needed support. With the help of some grade 6 leaders, the grade 3 students have learned to play and enjoy free time while keeping one another safe. Mr. Ellis also helped the students recognize how to solve problems, determining the size of the problem and whether or not the solution could be completed independently or with a little help.
Mr. Legault and Mrs. Rahn have worked to make strong connections with kids and families as they sort through serious behavior concerns. Things seem to be working as the number of office referrals has decreased by 36% over last year and suspensions have decreased by 22% over last year.
Additional options have been added for term 2 to meet the needs of students. Mr. Legault teaches a fitness appreciation class, where students develop personal body awareness, sense of self and leadership skills. Mr. Ellis and Mr. Macnab have picked up “The Cave”, an option for students needing time to catch up on assignments with support from a teacher.
Your admin team!