School Improvement Plan

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AES SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Goal #1:

Provide more opportunities for students to learn outside.

Rationale:

Children’s health, development, learning, and well-being have been seriously compromised by decades of changes that have dramatically altered childhood. Key among these changes has been a significantly reduced amount of time spent outdoors, which is linked to a number of other detrimental trends. Our goal will  have the power to address these challenges by providing rich and engaging outdoor learning experiences.

Information:

  • Ab Ed Grant for metal plant identification signs-Aboriginal use and name
  • Bulbs 4 Kids- Lori George’s class only
  • New stone picnic table to start of four Outdoor Classroom #2
  • Birdhouses (and Bat) houses in the Adventures
  • Scope and Sequence for Outdoor Ed-linked to Ab Ed outcomes
  • One Prod- D for Outdoor Ed with Kim Fulton- Spring 2018
  • Earth Week stations with Kim Fulton
  • Mentorship within our teachers for Outdoor Learning
  • School wide outdoor project- mud faces?
  • Hike of the Month in newsletter

Strategies:

  • Student, staff, parent survey
  • Teachers commit to a minimum of 80 minutes of learning outside a month
  • Teachers to develop the answers to the question:“What are the benefits of outdoor education for students?” (exploring the community, self-regulation, engagement, less screen time/more outside time transferring to home…)
  • Generate benefits and investigate methods to collect data.
  • Focus on dressing for the weather- newsletter reminders, classroom letters
  • After a big snowfall-school wide activity
  • Last year of Wild BC School-with Kim Fulton
  • Continued use of our outdoor classroom and the venues within walking distance

Goal #2:

To improve the basic math facts of our students

Rationale:

Research is showing that too much curriculum time is being spent on process and not enough on computation.  Parents as well as Staff are noticing many of our students do not have the basic math facts memorized and this is impeding their ability to process quickly and reduces their accuracy.

Information:

  • School has standards for each grade level, each term
  • Utilize the teaching pages from Mathletics (ebooks)
  • Mathletics for grades 1-5
  • Parent Night on  basic math facts-strategies- NHT
  • Target: Math problem of the week-one per week/class

Strategies:

  • 80% mastery on Trevor Caulkins-basic facts
  • Graph school results in a four tier graph
  • Special needs students may need adaptations or modification
  • Math Fact Data:   Targets:Tier 1 and Tier 2  reduce to 10% (not meeting and approaching and  Tier 3 and 4- increase to 75% (meeting and exceeding)