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					                                           Neelin High School
                                          Annual School Report
    Principal’s Message – Greg Malazdrewicz
On behalf of Neelin High School, I am pleased to present this Annual School Report.
The 2006-2007 academic year has been one of significant progress and key highlights
which should ensure Neelin‟s vibrant contribution to the Brandon School Division‟s high
school programming for the future. This report reflects highlights of the past year‟s
events and key items of progress.

    Parent Advisory Council Chairperson’s Message – Barb Harrison
The Parent Advisory Council is pleased with the progress and the work the school has
made this year. We look forward to the expansion of the International Baccalaureate
Diploma program and the ongoing development in the school‟s general academic
programming, in particular, the Off Campus School.

    Mission Statement
The Mission of Neelin High School is “to provide opportunities for students to acquire
skills, knowledge, and attitudes which will enable them to grow and thrive.

    Learning Beliefs

    To promote and to maintain a positive teaching/learning climate throughout the
    To develop and maximize academic opportunities for students.
    To encourage students and staff to strive for excellence in every pursuit.
    To provide opportunities for students to develop into mature and responsible citizens.
    To provide opportunities for students and staff to develop leadership skills and
     assume leadership roles in the school.
    To support individuals in their quest to become whole persons.
 Contextual Description

Neelin High School opened in 1957 to provide educational opportunities for Brandon‟s
youth. Initially, the intent for this high school was to provide the students of Brandon
with vocational training in conjunction with the traditional academics. Hence, it was
officially named Neelin Composite High School. Almost immediately the school doubled
its physical space. Again, in the late „70‟s Neelin saw a new gymnasium, theatre and
library added to the school‟s existing structure. The vocational programs were soon,
relocated elsewhere within the Division making room for French Immersion education
and the Senior Years Life Skills program. The early eighties saw Neelin move in a new
direction, away from the vocational emphasis with respect to program and course
offerings. Senior One students joined the high school student population in the past
decade and with the evolution of a full French Immersion program, the school itself was
renamed École Secondaire Neelin High School.

Along with the physical alterations of the school‟s appearance, Neelin‟s student
population has also changed over the years. Common to many core urban schools
throughout the province, Neelin services a growing population with a diverse set of
needs. The school addresses the needs of this population by making available a variety
of supports.

A full-time Guidance Counsellor and a Resource Teacher are available to provide
programming assistance to the entire student population. As well, Neelin takes
advantage of various grants and divisional supports to assist students in the classroom
and facilitate contact with homes. The increase of societal pressures on teens requires
the school to make AFM counselling available to its students. Students are also
connected with Child and Family Services, Probations, Child Adolescent Treatment
Center, CFB Shilo Family Resource Center, Elspeth Reid Family Resource Center,
Brandon Regional Health Authority and other agencies as they may find they have need.
Neelin also has the opportunity to access clinical supports provided within the framework
of the Division.

Population stability has been an administrative concern for most of the last ten years.
The loss of supporting troops at CFB Shilo after the GATES program left (1998)
impacted Neelin High School‟s enrollments. A subsequent (1999) change in Brandon
School Division policy on transporting students to provide service to all three of
Brandon‟s high schools further impacted upon Neelin‟s population. Today, Neelin‟s
student population of over 500 is exhibiting the stability needed for long-term planning.
The school‟s professional staff is comprised of over thirty full time equivalents. Neelin
also has a large compliment of teaching assistants (over 25) that support the school‟s
mainstream and Life Skills program students.

Solid instructional programs, strong academic achievement and a “homey” atmosphere
are just some of the components that encourage students to join us and stay at Neelin
High School. In addition to the French Immersion and English program provided, Neelin
High School is unique among the three senior high schools in Brandon as it offers four
levels of Spanish courses to its students. Neelin in addition to the Senior Years Life
Skills Program, Neelin also hosts the CISCO Networking Technology Program. Both
programs draw students from all three high schools in Brandon.

Neelin is home to a strong Performing and Visual Arts program that is highly regarded in
the community and actively supported by our parent community. Neelin‟s choral
program has achieved national recognition on many occasions. Neelin students are
able to actively participate in vocational, band Advanced Placement programs in other
Brandon schools. The ability to deliver such a diversity of strong programming in such a
small school environment has garnered the school a positive reputation as a “boutique”
school. This is positive in that we cater to a diverse group of students; a negative in that
registrations from year-to-year make programming sometimes difficult.

The deceptively large facility houses four fully networked computer labs, which are
available to meet students‟ programming needs and compliment the Business
Technology, Applied Media and Mathematics curricula. A fifth lab, Social Sciences,
emphasizes the importance of technology within the areas of Geography and History
programs; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is providing students with new
opportunities and career possibilities. Academic partnerships with Brandon University in
the areas of Chemistry and Geography have been key assets and positive
developments in the past few years for both staff and students at Neelin. There is little
doubt that this relationship will expand further as the International Baccalaureate
Diploma program expands at Neelin. In addition to the core lab areas Neelin a large
number of computers are present throughout the school in most of the classrooms in the
building, in the form of fully networked pods. Neelin continues to have one of the lowest
student-to-computer ratios in the Brandon School Division.

Neelin‟s Life Skills program is growing in new directions. This special program serves
almost forty students with three full-time teachers and over fifteen teacher assistants.
The program meets the needs of Special Education students as they leave their
adolescent years (until age 21) and provides students with academic opportunities,
essential life skills, vocational and work experience training. Ongoing articulation work
with the Division‟s K-8 programs continues. A number of community partnerships have
been developed in collaboration with this program especially with students receiving
work experience training (e.g. Victoria Inn, Royal Oak Inn, Core Enterprises Ltd.) as well
as with work that is contracted (i.e. the annual Westman Communications contract.)

Neelin High School has successfully completed accreditation process for the IB
(International Baccalaureate) Diploma program, for the Brandon School Division. The
program, promises to bring a powerful, globally recognized educational program to
students in Brandon. As well the program has the potential to provide some additional
growth and stability for Neelin well into the future, through the opportunities it would
provide to students beyond Brandon School Division boundaries. The population
stability that will come with the IB Diploma program should provide for consistent
enrollments to comfortably support the academic programs we will continue to offer.

The addition of the Off Campus site this summer should prove to complement the broad
range of academic programming available to all students in Brandon, not just those of
Neelin High School. We look forward to the ongoing development and likely expansion
of this program during the 2007-2008 school year.

Neelin High School is known to offer strong extra-curricular programs for its students.
The school‟s athletic programs continue to enjoy provincial success, bringing home
championship banners in basketball and volleyball in recent years and now the return of
football. Neelin‟s major musical productions, as mentioned earlier, are literally the talk of
the town. The involvement of staff, parents and the larger community are truly what
makes these additional programs, and the school, flourish.

The year 2007 has seen Neelin High School celebrate its golden anniversary of
providing quality education to the young citizens of this fine community. It continues to
be the primary objective of the present staff that the present and future challenges facing
our students will be addressed through solid programming and the students of the
Brandon community will continue to receive the finest in quality education.
 2006-2007 School Plan Accomplishments

Action Plan Area #1: To maximize student learning and achievement in a diverse
learning environment.

 Appropriate educational programming was the focus of our March 2006 In-service
  where the staff spent the day receiving training on Individualized Education Plans to
  facilitate their understanding and ability to implement effective programming for
 Individual staff development focused on literacy and numeracy initiatives.
 A model was developed and approved for the implementation of the Off Campus site
 This was the first year that the International Baccalaureate Diploma was offered
  through Neelin High School. Enrollment in the program has expanded and new
  delivery options are being explored.
 A workshop series was developed to support the IB students. It will be expanded in
  subsequent years to include regular program students.
 Our Life Skills program continued to grow both in size and reputation. We are pleased
  to see that more students are remaining actively engaged with the program longer.
  Half our students are in the 18-21 year old age category. It is important to note that the
  integration of the students in this program with the mainstream programs and our
  community continues to grow.
 Our Transitions classroom was a focus for enhanced placements for our September
  2007 incoming Grade 9 students to help address learning needs earlier in their high
  school career.

Action Plan Area #2: To develop safe and respectful school communities

 The 2006/2007 school year saw the effective implementation of the “Go” Program to
  introduce effective time and personal management strategies with our Grade 9
 The introduction of the beginnings of a workshop series for Grade 9 students on a
  range of personal development issues was piloted. Program development for
  September 2007 implementation at the Grades 9 and 10 levels was completed.
 With respect to behavior, our suspensions have continued to shift, positively so, from
  more aggressive/violent events toward earlier interventions for Insubordinate or
  harassing behaviours.
 A matrix to support the EBS model for classroom teachers was developed for
  September 2007 implementation.
 Our 1000 Good Deeds Project had continued success in the third year of this project.
  However, planning is underway to shift our focus on community development toward
  “social justice” and community development themes.
 A significant amount of effort has produced results in the area of Nutrition. The canteen
  menu has been redeveloped to reflect healthier choices and our breakfast program has
  been expanded to include a “Free Breakfast” component for ALL interested students.
  Initial conversations with the “Food for Thought” program also took place.
 Main Areas of Focus in School Development for 2007-2008
For 2007-2008 the primary target areas for school development will include
initiatives to address need in the following areas:
         Strong and adaptive academic programming in each department area,
          including expansion of the Off-Campus site, French Immersion and the
          International Baccalaureate Diploma programs
         Meeting the psycho-social seeds of students will be of primary concern
          through this year with the implementation of several initiatives.
         Continued efforts on behalf of our school nutrition projects.
Additionally, we will be extending our ongoing efforts in the area of safe and
respectful school communities


      Greg Malazdrewicz, Principal

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