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					   École Secondaire
    Highwood High
        School



2008 – 2011 Education Plan
    2007/08 Annual
Education Results Report
        October 31, 2008
               This information is provided for the benefit of
             the public and is accurate at the time of printing.

           For more information about any aspect of the report,
please contact Mr. Stacey Meyer at École Secondaire Highwood High School
                 P.O. Bag 14 High River, Alberta T1V 1S1
                          Phone: 403.652.5500

         This report is available on the Foothills School Division
         website at http://webacc.fsd38.ab.ca/schools/highwood/
                                                                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
     Jurisdiction Mission ............................................................................................1
     School Mission
     Principles and Beliefs .........................................................................................1

SCHOOL PROFILE ..........................................................................................................2
ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT ........................................................................................2

PLANNING GOALS
        Goal 1: High Quality Learning Opportunities for All ............................................8
        Goal 2: Excellence in Learner Outcomes .........................................................11
        Goal 3: Highly Responsive and Responsible Jurisdiction ................................12




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                                                                 FOOTHILLS MISSION
Each learner, entrusted to our care, has unique gifts and abilities.
It is our mission to find out what these are…
           Explore them…
                 Develop them…
                         and Celebrate them!



                ÉCOLE SECONDAIRE HIGHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL MISSION

         "Celebrating and Developing Citizens of Character through diverse
                    curricula with an attitude for excellence."
                    "Creating character, curricula and excellence."

                                                    ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT


The Education Plan for École Secondaire Highwood High School for the three years
commencing September1, 2007 was prepared in accordance with the responsibilities specified
in the School Act and the provincial government’s policy on School Authority Education
Plans. The priorities outlined in this Education Plan were developed in the context of Alberta
Education’s and Foothills School Division’s plans and priorities. Highwood High School is
committed to achieving the planned results laid out in this Plan.



                                                              Principal

The Highwood High School Council has had the opportunity to participate in the development
of this plan. We have also had the opportunity to develop and include strategies the council
intends to pursue to support the achievement of the outcomes in the school plan.



                                                       School Council Chair




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                                           FOOTHILLS PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS

In the Foothills learning community we . . .


                          believe each learner has unique gifts and abilities.
                          excel in academics, athletics, the arts and citizenship.
                          commit to quality teaching and optimal learning.
                          share instructional leadership in school learning communities
                          focus staff development to generate positive student learning.
                          provide a safe and caring learning environment.
                          value teamwork and effective communication.
                          invite parental involvement and community participation.


                               SCHOOL CONTEXT AND PLANNING PRIORITIES
École Secondaire Highwood High School is a grade 9 to 12 school in the Foothills School
Division. The school is located in the town of High River. The school is operating with a
population of approximately 600 students from the town of High River and the surrounding
feeder schools including Cayley and Blackie.

In addition to the regular academic courses, Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School offers
learning support classes for students who have been identified as having learning disabilities
and a Regional Resource Program. The school offers a CTS program including information
processing, legal studies, financial management, food studies, fashion studies, construction
technology, communication technology (graphics), design studies, management and marketing,
tourism studies, and career transitions. Ecole Secondarie Highwood High School also offers
Advanced Placement English, French Immersion, Registered Apprenticeship Program and an
exceptional Fine Arts program including band/jazz, drama, art, musical theatre and choir. We
incorporate the innovative use of technology with a variety of equipment and resources
available at the school and through Foothills School District. We are proud to be a school that
incorporates a culture of job embedded learning through our Professional Learning
Communities. This is supported by ongoing specific professional development led by teachers
for teachers. The most important focus at Highwood is on student learning via strong
instructional practice and the leadership capacity of all staff.

École Secondaire Highwood High School offers an all-encompassing selection of extra-
curricular programs. At Highwood we have a strong Learning Support team to help all
students strive for higher learning and preparation for life after high school. We believe in
developing student leadership capacity, through a variety of very strong extra-curricular & co-
curricular opportunities in the fine arts & athletics including Band, Choir, Drama, Student
Council, Yearbook, Peer Support, Chess Club, Rodeo Club, Students Against Drinking and
Driving, as well as, a broad selection of junior varsity and varsity athletic teams.


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                                                             PROVINCIAL GOAL ONE:
     High Quality Learning Opportunities for All
PROVINCIAL OUTCOME                Schools are safe and caring.

Performance Measures
                                           2008                     2007                   2006
Percentage of teacher, parent       School FSD      Prov     School FSD     Prov    School FSD     Prov
and student agreement that
students are safe at school,        85       87      85      83       87       84     80     86    84
are learning the importance of
caring for others, are learning            2005                     2004
respect for others and are          School FSD      Prov     School FSD     Prov
treated fairly in school.
                                    77       83      83     69       80       81




         The learning system meets the needs of all K – 12 students, society
         and the economy.

Performance Measures
                                            2008                    2007                   2006
Percentage     of    teachers,     School   FSD    Prov    School   FSD    Prov     School FSD     Prov
parents and students satisfied
with the opportunity for            86       83      79      83       83       79     83     81    78
students to receive a broad
program of studies, including,              2005                   2004
fine arts, technology, health     School    FSD    Prov    School FSD   Prov
and physical education.
                                    80       79      77     83       79       76


Percentage     of   teachers,               2008                   2007                    2006
parents and students satisfied     School   FSD    Prov    School FSD   Prov        School FSD    Prov
with the overall quality of         82       88      88      80       87       88    82     87     88
basic education
                                          2005                      2004
                                   School FSD      Prov    School   FSD    Prov

                                    76       83      86     72       82       84




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* Please note that if there were fewer than 4 people who responded, the results cannot be reported. As
  well, in many cases the results represent less than 10 people who completed surveys.
Percentage      of    teachers,            2008                     2007                           2006
parents and students satisfied      School FSD     Prov     School FSD   Prov               School FSD      Prov
with      the     accessibility,    75      69       69      73           69          68        75    71    69
effectiveness and efficiency
of programs and services for               2005                     2004
students in their community.        School FSD     Prov     School FSD   Prov
                                    70      69       67      n/a      n/a           n/a



                   Children at risk have their needs addressed through effective
                   programs and supports.


Annual Drop-out rate         of            2007                      2006                         2005
students aged 14 to 18              School FSD     Prov     School   FSD        Prov       School FSD      Prov
                                    3.5      5        5      1.6          3           5      2.7      3      5

                                           2004                     2003
                                    School FSD     Prov     School FSD   Prov
                                    2.9     4        5       3.7          4           6



                   Students complete programs

Performance Measures:
Percentage of students who                  2007                   2006                             2005
completed high school within         School FSD      Prov   School FSD         Prov        School FSD    Prov
three years of entering Grade 10.     83     75      71     78       72        70          80        77          70
   2003/04 grade 10 students                2004                   2003
                                     School FSD      Prov   School FSD         Prov
                                      82     75      69     80       76        68



PROVINCIAL GOAL ONE: HIGH QUALITY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL


STRATEGIES FOR 2008/09
          Continue to address and apply new strategies for student learning and a more seamless
          transition from Grade 8 (Middle School) to Grade 9.
          Develop and implement a Grade 9 Math initiative that involves team teaching of all Grade 9
          Math classes, as well as a full year Math 9 class vs the traditional semestered Math 9.
          Continue to implement a lunch Tutorial Intervention Program (TIP) for academic at-risk Grade
          9 students in Math.
          Support, expand and continue to grow the French Immersion Program.

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      Continue to develop and expand the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program.
      Research/investigate a possible twin-school relationship with a high school in France.
      Develop, implement and refine school-based counselling plans and programs.
      Expand the Peer Support Program to help promote citizenship and address issues such as
      bullying by combining like-minded student groups.
      Provide in-service for staff and students regarding drug and alcohol abuse/awareness.
      Provide the opportunity for staff to receive training in Level I & II Threat Assessment.
      Collaborate with the RCMP in the continued implementation of the School Resource Officer
      Program.
      Provide the necessary staff support to expand the Off Campus (Registered Apprenticeship,
      Green Certificate and Work Experience) Programs to assist students interested in pursuing a
      career in the trades and prepare for life after high school.
      Support and maintain the Family School Wellness Counselling position, as well as the B.E.S.T.
      Program counsellor, and expand the position/role of the Youth Development Counsellors.
      Underscore with staff that the most critical work in the school is that of which happens in the
      classrooms with our students around learning.
      Based on the research that indicates that professional development and continuous
      improvement are key to student success, we will continue the monthly Professional Learning
      Community “Team” meetings as well as support this process during our school Professional
      Development days.
      Continue to expand the Advanced Placement Program at Highwood in English by creating a
      Pre-Advanced Placement Grade 9 English class.
      Coordinate efforts of district and school staff to target areas to help create Individualized
      Program Plans (IPP’s) that align with Alberta Education Standards for Special Education..
      Continue our commitment to provide a learning environment that is free from discrimination
      and harassment.
      Collaborate with external groups in providing information to our staff and students on best
      practices that promote cross-cultural understanding and respect.
      Support provided to our curricular and extra-curricular programs to ensure safe off-campus
      learning experiences and field trips.
      Develop and maintain current partnerships with community groups and individuals to enhance
      enrichment opportunities for our students.
      Provide our students, parents and community members group sessions on such topics as
      Successful Test Taking Strategies, How to Study, Self Esteem, Family Violence, Fostering
      Success, Post-Secondary Career Fair, Conflict Management, and Dealing with Stress.
      Utilize on-going in-school support from the school’s AISI Learning Coordinator.
      Continue to support the Learning Coach program.




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                                                              PROVINCIAL GOAL TWO:
                                     Excellence in Learner Outcomes
PROVINCIAL OUTCOME:
                       Learners demonstrate high standards
Performance Measures: All students in grade
Percentages of students in grade 9 who achieve the acceptable standard and percentages who achieve the standard of
excellence on provincial achievement tests.
                                                2008                                three year average
Grade 9                               School    FSD          Prov          School         FSD            Prov
Language Arts         Acceptable      79          84          77           72            81              78
                      Excellence      11          15          15            8            13              13
                     Participation    93          93          88           92            92              88
French                Acceptable       *          40          85            *            40              85
Language              Excellence       *          0           12            *             0              12
                     Participation     *         100          97            *            100             97
Math                  Acceptable      74          77          65           67            71              67
                      Excellence      13          20          18           11            15              19
                     Participation    96          92          87           96            92              87
Social                Acceptable      64          78          71           65            76              72
                      Excellence      13          21          19           12            18              19
                     Participation     94         88          88           94            95              89
Social (written in   Acceptable        *          20          83            *            20              83
French)              Excellence        *          0           14            *             0              14
                     Participation     *         100          98            *            100             98
Science               Acceptable      71          74          68           67            70              67
                      Excellence      12          13          13            8            10              13
                     Participation    96          94          88           96            94              89


                                                 2008                        2006-2008 three year average
Overall                              School       FSD        Prov          School        FSD            Prov
                       Acceptable     72          62          75           68            70              79
                       Excellence     12          12          15           10            12              18
                     Participation    95          95          95           96            96              91




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* Please note that if there were fewer than 4 people who responded, the results cannot be reported. As
  well, in many cases the results represent less than 10 people who completed surveys.
Performance Measures – Diploma Exams:
Percentage of students who achieve the acceptable standard and percentage who achieve the standard of
excellence on diploma examinations.
                                                    2008                    2005-2008 three year average
Subject                                 School       FSD       Prov.         School      FSD       Prov
English Language      Acceptable       87            89             87      93          91           88
Arts 30 - 1           Excellence       15            14             16      21          16           18
English Language      Acceptable       86            91             89      87          91          88
Arts 30 - 2           Excellence       12            9              9       10          10          9
Math 30 Pure          Acceptable       84            84             81      79          84          82
                      Excellence       22            27             26      20          28          26


Math 30 Applied       Acceptable       85            81             76      81          81          77
                      Excellence        8            13             11      16          16          12
Science 30            Acceptable       100           94             89      95          90          86
                      Excellence        33           25             22      46          25          19
Chemistry 30          Acceptable       98            94             89      91          94          89
                      Excellence       60            46             39      30          41          38
Physics 30            Acceptable       97            97             86      85          92          85
                      Excellence       39            31             32      25          24          30
Social Studies 30     Acceptable       83            87             85      89          88          85
                      Excellence       20            21             24      22          21          23
Social Studies 33     Acceptable       89            89             85      87          90          85
                      Excellence       26            22             19      17          23          19
Biology 30            Acceptable       91            83             82      81          80          82
                      Excellence       23            20             26      25          21          27


                                                    2008                    2006-2008 three year average
Overall                               School         FSD           Prov      School FSD           Prov
                       Acceptable       90            89            85         87       88          85
                       Excellence       26            23            22         23       22          22


Performance Measures:
Percentage of students who write diploma exams.

Subject                                  2007/08                            2006-2008 three year average
                             School        FSD             Prov.          School      FSD         Prov
ELA 30 -1                     63               60             59          58           59             60
ELA 30-2                      27               28             27          29           30             26
Math 30 Pure                  47               39             46          39           37             46
Math 30 Applied               22               72             21          28           44             22
Science 30                    14               8               8          16           10                8
Chemistry 30                  37               26             38          29           26             39
Physics 30                    19               18             23          18           18             24

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Biology 30                         49                 38               43               43                39            44
Social Studies 30                  56                 49               52               54                51            53
Social Studies 33                  33                 36               32               31                36            32
Overall:                           43                 37               35               35                35            35


Performance Measures:
Percentages of Grade 12 students who are eligible for Rutherford scholarships.


                                   2007                                  2006                                    2005
Students eligible    School       FSD Prov.                School      FSD Prov.                   School      FSD Prov.
                       40         41           38            34             33           37          42         35         35
                                   2004                                  2003
                     School       FSD       Prov.            School      FSD          Prov.
                       37          36          34            28             36          33



PROVINCIAL OUTCOME:
                    Learners are well prepared for lifelong learning

High School to post-                          2007                            2006                              2005
secondary transition rate          School     FSD Prov                School FSD Prov.              School     FSD Prov.
within four years of entering
Grade 10                               48      59           60         55        60           60    50         57        58
                                               2004                              2003
                                   School     FSD      Prov.          School      FSD Prov.
                                       56      54           54         55        49           52



PROVINCIAL OUTCOME:
                    Learners are well prepared for employment

Percentages of teachers and                    2008                           2007                              2006
parents who agree that students    School     FSD      Prov           School FSD Prov.              School     FSD   Prov.
are taught attitudes and
behaviours that will make them         68      77           80         72        76           77    72         74       77
successful at work when they                   2005                           2004
finish school.                     School     FSD   Prov.             School FSD Prov.
                                       62      70           75         57        67           72




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                    Learners are well prepared for citizenship

Percentage of teachers,                  2008                 2007                     2006
parents and students who are    School   FSD    Prov   School FSD Prov.      School   FSD Prov.
satisfied that students model
the characteristics of active     70      79    78      71     77    77      69       77       77
citizenship.                             2005                 2004
                                School     FSD Prov.   School FSD Prov.
                                 66       74     75     67    72      72



PROVINCIAL GOAL TWO: EXCELLENCE IN LEARNER OUTCOMES


 STRATEGIES FOR 2008/09
         Continue to implement our 3 year plan around the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement
         (AISI), implement projects intended to improve assessment practices and have teaching staff
         focus on how this impacts instructional practice and student learning, within a culture of
         Professional Learning Communities.
         Include a significant amount of support around our AISI project via professional development
         for teaching staff and curricular areas.
         Also as part of the AISI project, implement projects intended to improve student achievement,
         especially at the Grade 9 level (e.g. building of common assessments, course outlines, team
         teaching, etc.)
         Address the Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Test results, with a focus on data analysis and
         how we can continue to increase student achievement in all curricular areas at this level.
         Provide students with a comprehensive information evening regarding post-high school
         learning opportunities that will include representation from provincial secondary universities,
         colleges and trade schools.
         Ensure that learning activities are meaningful and relevant by having teaching staff develop
         curriculum maps that link assignments, quizzes, projects and exams to curriculum outcomes.
         Expand opportunities for students to take the Job Safety CTR modules, as well as enrol in our
         Work Experience/R.A.P./Green Certificate Programs.
         Continue implementation of the school’s plan to utilize technology (e.g. laptop and
         SmartBoard technology) and related software to assist in the delivery of learner outcomes in
         the core academic courses.
         Promote and recognize student participation in community service.
         Maintain and develop initiatives that recognize excellence in school activities and
         participation in service work and volunteer efforts by our students and staff.
         Require core curriculum teachers to identify, through extensive examination of data, areas in
         which they must concentrate their efforts to improve student achievement, and report these to
         administration.
         Provide targeted professional development and best practice training in a variety of formats to
         meet the needs of our school population.
         The administration team will conduct regular instructional walk-throughs to assist staff in
         their work to improve instructional practice and student achievement.
         Expand the partnership between Highwood High School and Ed+ (Outreach School) to allow
         for students to finish or upgrade their courses/diploma and enable them to access post-

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         secondary or enter the world of work.
         Expand on the learning/assessment culture that allows students to take more risks with their
         learning and more clearly link their work to improving learning prior to summative
         assessments (e.g. providing more time and support to students who need it).
         Emphasize the importance of teaching staff to reflect on Alberta’s Teaching Quality Standard
         (TQS) in their planning, IPGP construction/reflection, and instructional practice.
         Support and monitor the 21st Century High Schools Task Force Recommendations.




                                                                 PROVINCIAL GOAL THREE:
Highly Responsive and Responsible Jurisdiction
PROVINCIAL OUTCOME:

                  Improved results through effective working relationships with
                  partner stakeholders.

Percentage of teachers and parents               2008                         2007                    2006
satisfied with parental              School      FSD Prov           School    FSD Prov.       School FSD   Prov.
involvement in decisions about
their child’s education.               69         78        78       74       78         78    75      78      78

                                                 2005                        2004
                                     School      FSD Prov.          School   FSD     Prov.
                                       71         77        76       61       74         74

                  The jurisdiction demonstrates leadership and continuous
                  improvement
Percentage of teachers and parents           2008                            2007                     2006
indicating that their school and     School FSD Prov              School     FSD Prov.        School FSD     Prov.
schools in their jurisdiction have                                  65                          64
improved or stayed the same in                  79      77                    77         76            77      77
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the last three years:
                                                2005                         2004
                                       School     FSD Prov        School     FSD     Prov
                                      56
                                                                   68         72         69
                                                70      74

Percentage of teachers who agree                2008                         2007                      2006
that in the past 3-5 years the       School     FSD Prov          School     FSD Prov.        School   FSD Prov.
professional development and in-      76        83      80         73        84       79       68      83      78
servicing they have received has
been focused, systematic and
                                                 2005                        2004
contribute significantly to their
                                     School     FSD Prov.         School     FSD    Prov.
ongoing professional growth.
                                      63        76      77         n/a       n/a      n/a




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PROVINCIAL GOAL THREE: HIGHLY RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE JURISDICTION.


 STRATEGIES FOR 2008/09
        Consistently strive to achieve the mission statement in all school planning, goal-setting and
        assessment practices.
        Continue to grow a healthy and active School Council at Highwood High School in order to
        involve the parental community in the decision making process, as well as to develop a
        stronger bond to the community.
        Research and use a variety of school-based, divisional and provincial assessment tools to
        determine school and instructional improvement goals.
        Invite and support open dialogue and input from parent and community groups.
         Work with education partners and stakeholders to build on the successes of the AISI project
        and communicate effective assessment practices that support continuous improvement of
        teaching and student achievement.
        In partnership with the Learning Technologies Department of Foothills School District,
        develop and implement a framework for the use of the new assistive technologies that support
        student learning in our school (e.g. SmartBoards, Video Conferencing, mobile laptop lab, etc.)
        Ensure that staff individual professional growth plans are consistent with the Teaching Quality
        Standard (Ministerial Order #016/97), principles and practices of professional learning
        communities, and that are aligned with our school and district learning priorities.
        Explore opportunities to increase/expand business partnerships in the community (e.g.
        Landmark Homes partnership).
        Continue to improve parental support and awareness by having all instructional staff posting
        their assessment/grade updates regularly on the Maplewood online system.
        Use the school web page as a first line of up to date information for parents and community
        members. Keep the page up to date with regular postings that include, “Week at a Glance”,
        quarterly Newsletters, student newspaper, monthly schedule of activities, as well as numerous
        extracurricular and research informational links.
        Continued collaboration with Alberta post secondary institutions to provide student practicum
        placements and to enable research within our school.
        In partnership with Foothills School District Learning Services, we will continue to support
        students with emotional/behavioural needs with counsellors, family school wellness liaison
        workers and therapists.
        Continue to work with the RCMP with the placement of a School Resource Officer.
        Expand our collaborative time in curriculum areas as part of the Professional Learning
        Community strategy and culture established at Highwood.
        The school will continue to develop high-quality curriculum and assessment resources as part
        of our AISI project and the Learning Coach positions.
        Continue to engage in ongoing work to ensure our Work Experience, Registered
        Apprenticeship and Green Certificate Programs are safe and valuable learning experiences.
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* Please note that if there were fewer than 4 people who responded, the results cannot be reported. As
  well, in many cases the results represent less than 10 people who completed surveys.
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