Annual School Report 2007 - 2008

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					             Annual School Report 2008 - 2009

                    St. Joseph’s Academy

           P. O. Box 70, Lamaline, NL, A0E 2C0
              Tel: (709) 857-2790 Fax: (709) 857- 2036




District Mission Statement: To nurture the development of
personal and learning potential of each student within a safe and
caring environment.
       Message from the Director of Education


The strategic plan of the Eastern School District identifies the mission of our
District to enhance achievement and success for all students, within a healthy,
active, safe, caring and socially-just learning environment. We are supported by
a strong team of professionals both at the school and district level who work
diligently to achieve the goals of our individual school plans.

This report is an opportunity for schools to highlight the challenges and
successes experienced over the past year. It celebrates the accomplishments of
the school as it works to achieve its stated goals. Success is possible when
teachers, parents, and community members work together in a supportive and
collaborative manner.

I encourage you to review this report, reflect upon the information and discuss
with your school’s administrators and teachers items of interest. It is the ongoing
dialogue and engagement that maintains the commitment to our goal of
enhanced learning for all.

I would like to congratulate each school for their dedication to learning and
teaching as evidenced by this Annual School Report.



                                   FORD RICE
Message from the Principal

 Here at St. Joseph’s Academy, we have had a very successful year. We have seen
significant improvements to our infrastructure with more to come. School spirit
has been high and we are continually striving to maintain our focus on academics
in a safe and caring environment.
 We are happy to report that, due to the efforts of staff and the previous
administration, we have indeed moved forward in our School Development
process. Next year we will begin anew with internal/external reviews. It is our
sincere hope that our students and the school community as a whole will continue
to reap the benefits of these efforts.

Leo Antle
Principal




Message from School Council

        Well summer’s over and we’re already two months into a new school year.
My, where does the time go? Seems like only yesterday that I became a member
of St. Joseph’s Academy School Council, but in reality it’s been ten years. I am as
proud of our school community today as I was back then!
        At SJA the Staff are continually trying to help our students excel in all
their endeavours. Their efforts certainly pay off when we see students graduating
and going on to become doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, engineers, etc. We are a
small school when it comes to numbers, but a big school when it comes to school
spirit! When you go to an event where SJA students are taking part, there is no
trouble to hear a few howls and shouts for the Jaguars. We are proud of our
school and so we should be!
        Before I go I want to say a fond farewell to the teachers that left in June
and thank them for all they did for St. Joseph’s academy! I also want to welcome
all our new teachers; you have become a member of a great school community!
We look forward to working with you in the future.
        With the continuing support of our communities, St. Joseph’s Academy
will continue to be a great school with exceptional students and staff. I look
forward to another amazing school year!

Thank you.
Margaret Martin
School Council Chair
Overview of School

School’s Mission Statement

   St. Joseph’s Academy is a community of students and teachers working
   cooperatively with all stakeholders in education to affect the quality of each
   day. Together we strive to provide a positive learning environment built on
   mutual respect while always being conscious of individual differences in
   developing social, intellectual, emotional, physical, and moral skills
   necessary to obtain a healthy life style.



Our School Community

   Located in Lamaline on the South Coast’s Burin Peninsula, St.
   Joseph’s Academy in the Eastern School District serves students
   from Kindergarten to Level III from the communities of Lord’s
   Cove, Taylor’s Bay, Point au Gaul, Lamaline, Allan’s Island,
   and Point May. The School has a student population of 131
   served by a faculty 15.75 (including a one-half time Guidance position)
   and a support staff of six. The School is also served by itinerant services
   for the hearing impaired and a speech language pathologist. This year we
   have several multi-grade/multi-age classes with class size ranging from
   six to twenty-two.



Program Provided

  St. Joseph’s Academy offers the entire provincially proscribed curriculum
  from Kindergarten to Grade 9, including French, Art, and Music. At the
  Senior High School Level, 41 courses are offered, including Chemistry
   3202, Physics 2204 and 3204, French 2200 , Art and Design 3200, and
Comm. Tech 2104/3104 all of which are through CDLI.
        Key Highlights/Special Reports

             During the past year, students at St. Joseph’s Academy participated in a full
             complement of extra and co-curricular activities. The Regional Drama
             Festival was a most enjoyable and rewarding experience for all involved.
             Teams were involved in a variety of Varsity and
             intramural sport activities including male and female volleyball, male and
             female floor hockey, male and female softball, female basketball, cross
country, badminton, and track and field. The school also hosted the Regional
Girls’ Soft Ball Tournament. We are very proud to have received Gold
Award from Sport NL recognizing our participation and accomplishments in high
school athletics. The students also participated in Hallowe’en
             and Valentine’s Fairs, dessert theatre, and
             a Christmas Concert. Students and staff sent a banner to Scot King, a
             former student of the school who was serving in Afghanistan. A box
             of items brought in by students was sent to Scot and his team of engineers.
             Students participated in various art contests and the annual Art Exhibit in
             Burin.



        Partnerships

            St. Joseph’s Academy shares partnerships with Health and Community
            Services, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Multi Materials
            Stewardship Board, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Brighter
            Futures. Students at St. Joseph’s are also members of RCSCC 389 Corvette
            who operate from our building.




           School Development Plan

            The internal review for St. Joseph’s Academy was completed, goals have
            been reviewed, and strategies and action plans for our one year plan have
            been formulated and are being acted upon. We completed our external
            review in November. In the 2010-2011 school year we are planning to
            complete another internal and external review.
            Following are copies of the action plans for 2009-2010 school year.
                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement
OBJECTIVE: To encourage more students to take academic courses in Level I-III
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased enrolment in all academic courses in Level I-III
STRATEGY: Promote the benefits of taking academic courses
                    Actions                        Individual          Target Dates                  Status
                                                  Responsible      Start        Finish         (completed, ongoing)
Have classroom teachers reinforce idea in     Classroom teachers Sept 08     June 10       Ongoing
regular classrooms
Establish a student advisor program in Grades Lead: Leo          Oct 08      June 10       Ongoing
9-10 to help students make good academic
choices
Information sessions for students and parents Lead: Leo          May 09      May 10        Ongoing
on the importance of taking academic courses

                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
       Financial (Budget)       Professional Development         Communication                    Time Allocation
Cost of substitute days and   Attend PD on student       Letters to parents, Posters for   N/A
travel for PD                 motivation                 Grade 9 classroom
                                                      ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE
GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement
OBJECTIVE: To encourage more students to take academic courses in Level I-III
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased enrolment in all academic courses in Level I-III
STRATEGY: Promote the benefits of taking academic courses in relation to future career choices
                    Actions                          Individual            Target Dates                    Status
                                                    Responsible        Start         Finish          (completed, ongoing)
Organize a career fair for students in Grade 9- Lead: Randy         Sept 07       June 10        Ongoing
Level III
    - to take place late April, early May
    - 6-7 presenters, nutrition break, morning
Exploring skilled trades for our students       Lead: Randy         Sept 07       June 10        Ongoing
- Cindy Clarke, Skilled Trades Workshops
Incorporate a mini career assignment/project    Subject Teachers    Sept 07       June 10        Ongoing
across the curriculum (related to specific
subject areas)
Guest Speakers- ex. Person who is challenged    Lead: Randy         Jan 08        June 10        Ongoing
in terms of employment because of bad
choices, person with LD who succeeds etc.
Career Day (Education Week) – Grades 4-8        Classroom Teachers  Jan 08        June 10        Ongoing

                                                       SUPPORT PLAN
       Financial (Budget)         Professional Development          Communication                       Time Allocation
Financial Support for career    Attend professional          Information session at the       N/A
fair ($300)                     development related to       beginning of the school year for
                                academic achievement         students and parents, letter and
Honorarium for Guest speaker                                 brochures, posters around
$50                                                          school, staff promotion
                                                   ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement
OBJECTIVE: To have students improve problem solving strategies
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Improved academic achievement in Math and on CRTs K-12
STRATEGY: Increase students mathematical vocabulary base
                     Actions                           Individual          Target Dates                Status
                                                       Responsible     Start        Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Model a variety of problem solving strategies     K-12 Math teachers Sept 07     June 10     Ongoing
in their classroom
Provide a detailed list of mathematical           K-12 Math teachers Sept 07     June 10     Ongoing
vocabulary to students
Include vocabulary as part of student             K-12 Math teachers Sept 07     June 10     Ongoing
evaluation
Develop and hold a “Problem Solving Day”          All Curriculum     Sept 07     June 10     Ongoing
                                                  Teachers
                                                          SUPPORT PLAN
       Financial (Budget)            Professional Development         Communication                 Time Allocation
                                  Attend professional                                        N/A
                                  development related to
                                  objective



                                       ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement
OBJECTIVE: To have students improve their problem solving strategies
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Improved academic achievement in Mathematics K-12 and CRT’s
STRATEGY: Increase students interest in the area of Mathematics
                   Actions                         Individual            Target Dates                Status
                                                  Responsible         Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Establish math competition for Gr.3-6         Lead: Brian          Jan. 08     June 10     Ongoing
Establish math competition for Gr 7-12        Lead: Brian          Oct. 07     June 10     Ongoing

Establish reward system for                   Classroom teachers   Sept 07     June 10     Ongoing
primary/elementary math participation and
achievement

                                                      SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)            Professional Development         Communication                  Time Allocation
Financial support for rewards    N/A                        Promotion of mathematics       N/A
                                                            competition in the classroom
Rewards ($50)                                               and at the school level




                                                    ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement.
OBJECTIVE: To broaden student involvement in co-curricular activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: The number of students taking part in co-curricular activities
STRATEGY: Promote benefits of co-curricular activities
               Actions                            Individual             Target Dates                  Status
                                                 Responsible          Start       Finish         (completed, ongoing)
Teacher Reinforcement of activities and events   Lead: Jonathan      Sept. 07    June 10        Ongoing
                                                 All classroom
                                                 teachers
Have academic success a pre-requisite for        Lead: Brian         Sept .07    June 10        Ongoing
involvement and participation
                                                      SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)            Professional Development         Communication                      Time Allocation
                                                            Letters to parents
                                                            Presentation of rules to students




                                                       ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement.
OBJECTIVE: To broaden student involvement in co-curricular activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: The number of students taking part in co-curricular activities
STRATEGY: To increase student involvement/participation in activities
                    Actions                       Individual                Target Dates                  Status
                                                 Responsible            Start        Finish         (completed, ongoing)
Make activities part of evaluations          Classroom teachers       Sept. 07    June 10       Ongoing
Set up a Student Council where students take Leo, Kayla, Brendan Sept .07         June 10       Ongoing
the lead.                                      Sherman
Involve students in planning activities        Classroom teachers   Sept. 07     June 10     Ongoing




                                                        SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)             Professional Development      Communication                    Time Allocation




                                             ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To improve student motivation and achievement.
OBJECTIVE: To broaden student involvement in co-curricular activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: The number of students taking part in co-curricular activities
STRATEGY: Incorporate activities into school curriculum
                    Actions                        Individual              Target Dates                Status
                                                   Responsible         Start        Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Field Trips (Winterland Eco museum,           Classroom teachers     Sept. 07    June 10     Ongoing
Salmanier Nature park, Brother Brennans,
GeoScience Center, Fluvarium, Seaman’s
Museum, etc.)
Assignments/Case Studies on activities        Classroom teachers     Sept .07    June 10     Ongoing
Fundraising                                   Lead: Leo              Sept. 07    June 10     Ongoing
                                           Classroom teachers




                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)        Professional Development         Communication                   Time Allocation
Bus $1500                                                Letters to parents
Accommodations/Admissions –
prices will vary




                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Staff will encourage increased participation in physical activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased participation in sports and healthy active living events.
STRATEGY: Course offerings
                   Actions                        Individual           Target Dates                 Status
                                                 Responsible        Start        Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Maintain PE/Healthy Living course offerings  Brian Patten        Sept 07       Sept 10    Ongoing
Increased frequency of gym contact for       Brian Patten        Sept 08       Sept 10
primary/elementary                                                                        Ongoing
Maintain Nutrition Course offerings          Brian Patten        Sept 07       Sept 10    Ongoing
                                                      SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)           Professional Development        Communication                 Time Allocation
N/A                              N/A                        Course selection sheets       N/A




                                                    ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Staff will encourage increased participation in physical activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased participation in sports and active living events.
STRATEGY: Increased recruitment
                    Actions                       Individual           Target Dates                 Status
                                                 Responsible        Start        Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Place various displays around the school     Jonathan Hickman    Sept 07       Sept 10    Ongoing
Promotion through school announcements       Leo Antle           Sept 07       Sept 10    Ongoing

Monthly student/teacher activity events       Jonathan Hickman    Sept 07     Sept 10     Ongoing
                                                       SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)            Professional Development         Communication                Time Allocation
$100 for display materials                                   Letters to promote parental   N/A
                                                             involvement, PA
                                                             announcements




                                                      ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Staff will encourage increased participation in physical activities
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased participation in sports and active living events.
STRATEGY: Increased school based active living events
                  Actions                         Individual           Target Dates                  Status
                                                 Responsible        Start        Finish        (completed, ongoing)
Living Healthy Commotion                     Jonathan Hickman    Sept 07       Sept 10     Ongoing

Ball Hockey League                             Corey Stacey                                Ongoing
                                                                     Sept 07    Sept 10

Monthly student/teacher activity events        Jonathan Hickman      Sept 07    Sept 10    Ongoing

1-6 Intramural Program                         Nancy Douglas         Sept 07    Sept 10    Ongoing
                                                 SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)      Professional Development         Communication                Time Allocation
$150 for Ball Hockey League                            Letters to promote parental   N/A
$ 100 for Living Healthy                               involvement, PA
Commotion                                              announcements, displays




                                                ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Increase student awareness in making healthy food choices
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Improved food choices.
STRATEGY: Provide curriculum based learning opportunities
                    Actions                       Individual        Target Dates               Status
                                                 Responsible     Start      Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Maintain Nutrition/Healthy Living course     Brian Patten     Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
offerings
Guest speaker: Dietician/Nutritionist        Leo Antle        Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
Provide all students K-12 with a Food Guide  Jonathan Hickman Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing

                                                 SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)       Professional Development        Communication                 Time Allocation
                                                       Course selections sheets      N/A
                                                ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Increase student awareness in making healthy food choices
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Improved food choices.
STRATEGY: Media materials
                   Actions                        Individual        Target Dates               Status
                                                 Responsible     Start      Finish       (completed, ongoing)
March is Nutrition Month Package             Corey Stacey     Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
School Milk Foundation Promotion             Charlene Hillier Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
Nutrition 2102 Nutritional Pamphlets         Corey Stacey     Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing

                                                 SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)       Professional Development          Communication               Time Allocation
                                                       Announcements, displays,      N/A
                                                       letters to parents
                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: Increase student awareness in making healthy food choices
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Improved Food Choices
STRATEGY: Stress School Based Nutrition Policies to Students/Parents
                    Actions                          Individual        Target Dates               Status
                                                    Responsible    Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Provide Food Guides to students/parents        Jonathan Hickman  Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
Promotion of healthy food choices in cafeteria Canteen                                  Ongoing
                                               Workers/Charlene  Sept 07     Sept 10
                                               Hillier
Communicate to parents the highlights of the   Brian Patten
new nutrition policy                                             Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing

                                                  SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)        Professional Development         Communication                  Time Allocation
                                                        Letters to parents.             N/A




                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE
GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: To promote a smoke free environment
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Smoke free school
STRATEGY: To educate students on the dangers of smoking.
                   Actions                        Individual            Target Dates               Status
                                                 Responsible        Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Guest Speakers: RCMP, Public Health          Leo Antle SCHA       Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
                                             committee
Living Healthy Commotion                     Jonathan Hickman     Sept 07    Sept 10     Ongoing
Provide educational materials to             Randy Nugent/Nancy   Sept 07    Sept 10     Ongoing
parents/students                             Douglas

                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)         Professional Development         Communication                  Time Allocation
                                                         Letters to parents, displays    N/A
                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: To promote a smoke free environment
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Smoke free school
STRATEGY: Maintain smoke free school grounds.
                   Actions                        Individual         Target Dates               Status
                                                 Responsible     Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Ensure adequate signage                      Leo Antle         Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
Adequate outdoor supervision                 Brian Patten      Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
Consistent anti-smoking announcements        Leo Antle         Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing

                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)         Professional Development         Communication               Time Allocation
                                                         Letters to parents, PA       N/A
                                                         announcements
                                                  ACTION PLAN TEMPLATE


GOAL: To promote a healthy active lifestyle.
OBJECTIVE: To promote a smoke free environment
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Smoke free school
STRATEGY: Maintain proper disciplinary actions
                  Actions                         Individual         Target Dates               Status
                                                 Responsible     Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Make students aware of board policy rules    Brian Patten      Sept 07     Sept 10    Ongoing
regarding smoking on school grounds
Enforcement of board policy                  Brian Patten      Sept 07    Sept 10     Ongoing
Make teachers aware of board policy rules    Brian Patten      Sept 07    Sept10      Ongoing
regarding smoking on school grounds

                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)         Professional Development         Communication               Time Allocation
                                                         Letters to parents, PA       N/A
                                                         announcements




                                                          ACTION PLAN
GOAL: To provide greater access to educational opportunities outside the classroom
OBJECTIVE: Students (K-12) will be involved in curriculum-based activities.
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increased involvement in activities
STRATEGY: Curriculum themed weeks
                Actions                          Individual              Target Dates                Status
                                                Responsible           Start       Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Curriculum themed weeks (K-12)

   -   Math Week                             Sherman, Brian        Mar. 10,    Mar. 14,             Ongoing
                                                                   2007        2010
                                                                               (Pi Day)
   -   Literature Week                       Levi, Heather,                                         Ongoing
                                             Charlene              Apr. 21/
                                             Leo, Ernie            07          Apr. 26/
   -   Science Week                          Corey, Kayla                      2010                 Ongoing

                                                                   Feb.4/ 07
                                                                               Feb. 8/ 10
                                                                               (tentative on
                                                                               mid-term
                                                                               exam s)
STRATEGY: Guest Speakers
            Actions                              Individual             Target Dates                 Status
                                                 Responsible         Start      Finish         (completed, ongoing)
K- 6
                                                                                                    Ongoing
Public Health Nurse/ Eastern Health           Homeroom/ Subject    Sept/ 07    June/ 10
RCMP                                              Teachers

K-12
Visiting Authors (Ed Kavanaugh, Kevin        Homeroom/ Subject                                      Ongoing
Major)                                       Teachers              Sept/ 07    June/ 10
STRATEGY: Using online-based resources to access educational opportunities

                   Actions                         Individual             Target Dates               Status
                                                   Responsible         Start      Finish       (completed, ongoing)
Use Polycom system in Technology Lab to
tour museums and galleries. Also to interact                                                        Ongoing
with students in similar subjects in different   Kayla               Sept./07     June/10
schools.                                          (Technology
                                                    Support)
Tours could include:
                                                 Subject Teachers                                   Ongoing
Newfoundland Science Centre




                                                      SUPPORT PLAN
     Financial (Budget)            Professional Development         Communication                Time Allocation
                                 Technology PD- how to use   Letter to parents about purpose        Ongoing
Curriculum Fair Budget:          Polycom system and other                of events              (Sept 07- June 08)
$200 per fair                  technology
                                                                      Media publicity
                               Substitute time (if required)
                                                                        Phone calls

                                                                          Posters




                                                               ACTION PLAN


GOAL: To provide greater access to educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
OBJECTIVE: Students (K-12) will participate in activities that will teach them about art, music, drama, English and Social
Studies.
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increase student involvement and quality of finished products
STRATEGY: Outside artists invited to school
                    Actions                    Individual           Target Dates            Status
                                               Responsible      Start        Finish   (completed, ongoing)
Visiting Artist Program/ Artists in Schools/      Levi         Sept./ 07    Ongoing        Ongoing
ArtSmarts

Artists will include:
- Visual Artists
- Writers
- Dance Instructors
- Musicians
- Filmmakers
-Theatrical

STRATEGY: Competitions/ Exhibitions
            Actions                             Individual          Target Dates            Status
                                               Responsible      Start       Finish    (completed, ongoing)
Burin Regional Drama Festival (HOST)           Levi, Heather   Apr.22/10 Apr. 24/10        Ongoing



Burin Regional Student Art Exhibit                 Levi        May /07     May /07         Ongoing

STRATEGY: Field Trips
             Actions                           Individual           Target Dates            Status
                                               Responsible      Start       Finish    (completed, ongoing)
Drama Field Trip to New York                      Levi         Sept. /07    Mar. 10        Ongoing

Fall Walk                                      K-6 teachers    Oct. /07     Oct. 10        completed

Theatrical/ Musical Events

STRATEGY: International Fair (K-6)
                    Actions                         Individual               Target Dates                Status
                                                    Responsible           Start      Finish        (completed, ongoing)
International Fair:

K-6 classes pick a country. They represent the         Ernie            June 7/10      June 8/10        Ongoing
food, clothing, culture, music, dances,
religions, etc from that country in a school-
wide event.

7-12 students may be involved with helping.
For example, students in Nutrition could cook
food for the fair.




                                                          SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)            Professional Development            Communication                Time Allocation
Apply for ArtSmarts grant for     “Teachers Helping Teachers”   Letters/ phone calls                 Sept 07 – June10
the 2008- 2009 school year.       program.
                                                                Grant proposal for ArtSmarts
Apply for funding from NLAC       Substitute time (if needed)   Program.
and BPAC (Visiting Artist
program, artists in schools                                       Letters to parents re: events
program)

Access to fundraising for field
trips

Budget for International Fair
$200




                                                                  ACTION PLAN


GOAL: To Provide greater access to educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
OBJECTIVE: Students (K-12) will participate in activities that will teach them about math, science and technology
INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Increase student involvement and the quality of finished products.
STRATEGY: To avail of programs and assistance from outside the school
                   Actions                       Individual               Target Dates                   Status
                                                Responsible            Start       Finish         (completed, ongoing)
Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program         Corey/Kayla          Sept./ 07   June /10                Ongoing

Math itinerant to assist classes and teaching of   Trina Hayes Paddle,   Sept / 07    June /10          Ongoing
Math.                                              classroom teachers


STRATEGY: Field trips
             Actions                                   Individual             Target Dates              Status
                                                       Responsible         Start      Finish      (completed, ongoing)
Participate in field trips to:

   -   St. Lawrence/ Chambers Cove. K-12           Heather               Spring /08   Spring/10         Ongoing

   -   “Boot the Loop” trip (drive around the      K-6 Teachers          June / 08    June /10          Ongoing
       loop and visit different schools). K-6
   -   Fortune Ecological Reserve/ Seamen’s    K- 6 Teachers          Sept/ 07    June / 10         Ongoing
       Memorial Museum, Grand Bank

   -   Lamaline Heritage Museum                K-6 teachers           Nov / 07    Nov / 10          Ongoing

   -   Fall Walk/ Winterland Ecological        K-6 teachers           Oct /07     Oct /10           completed
       Museum. K-6

   -   Brother Brennan Science Centre          Colette/Heather        Sept / 07   June / 10         Ongoing
       (Grades 6 & 8)
                                               Levi
   - The Rooms                                                        Sept / 07   June / 10         Ongoing
   -
**Some of these field trips may overlap with
Social Studies/ Art curriculum**

STRATEGY: Competitions/ Fairs

                   Actions                         Individual               Target Dates            Status
                                                  Responsible           Start       Finish    (completed, ongoing)
Science Fair (part of Science Week)            Kayla, other Science   Feb. 6/ 08 2010              Ongoing
                                                 Week teachers


Cardboard Boat Race                                   Kayla            May /08       2010           Ongoing

Math League Competition                                                                             Ongoing
                                                      Brian           Sept / 07      2010
Lego Mind Storms Robotics Competition                                                         Ongoing (looking into
                                                                                               feasibility/ funding)
                                                      Kayla            Sept /08      2010
                                                   SUPPORT PLAN
      Financial (Budget)      Professional Development           Communication                    Time Allocation
“Boot the Loop” field trip   Meeting with Math itinerant Letters home re: events/ trips   Sept. /07 – June /10
funding provided by
McDonalds ?                                                 Media for fairs and
                                                            competitions
Science Fair:
Approx. $200

Bussing for field trips




       Most Current Data/Analysis

PRIMARY LANGUAGE ARTS ASSESSMENT
Grade 2: Percentage of Students Performing At or Above Provincial Benchmark
     07-08             08-09
School Province   School Province
55.6%    47.6%    57.1%    42.1%
CRITERION REFERENCE TESTS

Grade 3 Language Arts
                                           05-06              06-07                07-08             08-09
                                      School Province    School Province      School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Reading                              83.3%     72.6%    81.0%      89.7%      NA     88.5%     90.0%    88.3%
 Listening                            94.3%     97.7%    90.0%      93.3%      NA     85.0%     97.2%    95.4%
Constructed Response: Percentage of students achieving Level 3 or above
 Demand Writing                       90.9%     82.1% 100.0% 74.5%             NA     72.6%     100.0%   74.9%
 Poetic                               72.7%     56.1% 100.0% 65.8%             NA     56.1%     100.0%   68.8%
 Informational                        90.9%     68.3%    71.4%      74.4%      NA     70.8%     100.0%   55.1%
 Visual                               63.6%     45.7%    85.7%      42.6%      NA     60.4%     88.9%    53.7%
 Listening                            58.3%     65.9%    57.1%      64.1%      NA     70.2%     88.9%    70.5%

Grade 3 Mathematics
                                           05-06              06-07                07-08             08-09
                                      School Province    School Province      School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Number Operations                    75.0%     64.3%     81.0%     77.0%      NA     76.0%     88.9%    85.0%
 Number Concepts                      68.2%     73.1%     67.5%     71.3%      NA     76.3%     72.2%    73.5%
Constructed Response: Percentage of students performing at Level 3 or above
 Reasoning                            18.2%     27.8%     85.7%     43.6%      NA     65.7%     77.8%    54.3%
 Communication                        18.2%     23.5%     85.7%     37.5%      NA     59.8%     55.6%    54.2%
 Connections & Representations        18.2%     25.5%     85.7%     36.3%      NA     61.3%     88.9%    69.0%
 Problem Solving                      18.2%     34.5% 100.0% 51.9%             NA     76.2%     77.8%    68.8%
Grade 6 Language Arts
                                             05-06              06-07               07-08             08-09
                                        School Province    School Province     School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Reading                                73.6%     80.0%     68.7%      78.0%   65.4%   84.8%     89.0%    87.1%
 Listening                              81.0%     89.1%     86.7%      93.3%   64.0%   92.0%     81.8%    87.7%
Constructed Response: Percentage of students performing at Level 3 or above
 Demand Writing                         64.3%     86.5%     66.7%      76.1%   83.3%   85.1%     100.0%   78.7%
 Poetic                                 64.3%     81.9%     55.6%      73.3%   66.7%   81.2%      72.7%   69.6%
 Informational                          64.3%     82.5%     22.2%      58.8%   50.0%   78.9%      54.6%   68.0%
 Visual                                 64.3%     77.1%     22.5%      54.8%   66.7%   82.1%      27.3%   47.7%
 Listening                              50.0%     73.6%     66.7%      58.4%    0.0%   62.6%      45.5%   47.4%

Grade 6 Mathematics
                                             05-06              06-07               07-08             08-09
                                        School Province    School Province     School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Number Operations                      62.5%     71.7%     93.6%      68.2%   85.0%   78.0%     70.0%    77.1%
 Number Concepts                        53.3%     70.0%     81.8%      62.7%   45.7%   70.0%     60.0%    67.1%
Constructed Response: Percentage of students performing at Level 3 or above
 Reasoning                               8.3%     26.7%     12.5%      33.2%   0.0%    48.4%     30.0%    36.5%
 Communication                           0.0%     26.7%     11.1%      30.7%   0.0%    42.0%     40.0%    30.6%
 Connections & Representations           0.0%     26.7%     33.3%      40.2%   0.0%    41.3%     20.0%    36.1%
 Problem Solving                        16.7%     46.7%    100.0%      50.6%   0.0%    55.4%     50.0%    42.5%
Grade 9 Language Arts
                                             05-06              06-07               07-08             08-09
                                        School Province    School Province     School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Poetic                                 63.3%     63.5%     61.7%      79.4%   72.0%   77.2%     76.3%   71.0%
 Informational                          61.5%     72.7%     68.1%      74.5%   76.0%   78.1%     65.0%   83.1%
Constructed Response: Percentage of students achieving at Level 3 or above
 Demand Writing                         84.6%     80.3%     58.3%      83.5%   90.0%   86.2%     93.8%   83.0%
 Poetry                                 50.0%     51.8%     33.3%      71.1%   70.0%   73.0%     87.5%   79.5%
 Informational                          76.9%     60.5%     50.0%      75.7%   90.0%   77.5%     75.0%   75.5%

Grade 9 Mathematics
                                             05-06              06-07               07-08             08-09
                                        School Province    School Province     School Province   School Province
Multiple Choice:
 Number Operations                      47.0%      57.4%    56.3%     59.5%    52.2%   60.3%     50.3%   55.8%
 Number Concepts                        50.0%      51.7%    20.0%     47.1%    50.0%   68.9%     33.9%   39.3%
 Patterns & Relations                   77.5%      72.3%    45.0%     55.6%    42.7%   59.3%     67.4%   68.9%
 Measurement                                                50.0%     55.3%    40.0%   55.1%     43.5%   59.9%
                                        59.2%      66.2%
 Geometry                                                   65.0%     69.4%    42.1%   55.4%     67.1%   61.8%
 Data Management & Probability          71.7%      73.0%    60.0%     48.6%    55.0%   63.2%     57.1%   53.7%
Constructed Response: Represents scores out of 100
 Number Operations                       NA         NA      33.3%     32.5%    41.3%   51.0%     32.1%   44.5%
 Patterns & Relations                    NA         NA      26.7%     42.1%    36.7%   61.3%     53.6%   57.0%
Composite Score                         56.2%      60.0%     NA        NA      45.9%   59.0%     52.9%   56.9%
Grade 9 Science
                                  02-03             05-06             08-09
                             School Province   School Province   School Province
Environmental Quality        65.0%    64.7%    56.9%    57.5%    65.0%    66.7%
Chemical Changes             62.1%    58.3%    55.8%    57.8%    62.5%    65.3%
Electricity                  54.0%    56.7%    63.7%    63.4%    61.6%    67.8%
Heat Transfer                68.0%    69.7%    51.0%    67.8%    79.7%    78.3%
Diversity of Living Things   61.4%    60.1%    61.1%    67.3%    59.9%    71.8%
Total Test                   60.2%    60.0%    58.6%    63.1%    64.1%    69.6%

PUBLIC EXAMS

                                  05-06             06-07             07-08             08-09
Exam Mark
                             School Province   School Province   School Province   School Province
French 3200                  65.5%    67.8%     NA      70.2%     NA      65.1%    65.3%    68.3%
Math 3204                    61.2%    56.0%    66.0%    62.7%    59.1%    57.4%    63.5%    58.9%
Math 3205                    82.0%    72.4%     NA      73.8%     NA      78.9%     NA      74.8%
World Geography 3202         66.9%    61.1%    63.6%    61.8%    65.3%    63.1%    59.0%    63.2%
Histoire Mondiale 3231        NA      63.5%     NA      66.9%     NA      67.4%    66.8%    66.0%
Biology 3201                 62.0%    61.8%    65.0%    61.4%    62.2%    61.2%     NA      58.4%
Chemistry 3202               55.6%    60.4%     NA      61.3%    43.0%    64.6%    45.0%    62.2%
Physics 3204                  NA      65.9%     NA      65.8%     NA      68.3%    68.0%    67.2%
English 3201                 51.2%    60.5%    53.9%    59.1%    55.4%    65.3%    56.9%    60.2%
GRADUATION STATUS

                                      05-06              06-07             07-08            08-09
                                 School Province   School Province   School Province   School Province
Honours                          10.0%    21.6%     0.0%     23.1%    0.0%     25.1%   18.2%    23.1%
Academic                         30.0%    41.9%    71.4%     40.6%   41.2%     35.9%   18.2%    40.9%
General                          60.0%    36.5%    28.6%     36.3%   58.8%     38.9%   63.6%    36.0%



Teacher Analysis of Most recent CRT and Public Exam Results
CRT Results - 2008 – 2009
Primary English Language
St. Joseph’s Academy
9 students




The school results of this years students in comparison to the District and the Province show that they are above
average in all areas to both the District and the Province.




                   School     District     Provincial      Overall
                   Results    Results       Results        Trend
Multiple Choice
Reading             90.0         88.3        88.3         Up

Listening           97.2         95.3        95.4         Up


Rubrics:
Percentage of
students at Level
3 and above

Demand Writing      100.0        75.4        74.9         Up

Informational       100.0        56.0        55.1         Up
Writing

Poetic Writing      100.0        68.8        68.8         Up

Visual Reading      88.9         53.5        53.7         Up

Listening           88.9         70.9        70.5         Up




With regards to the 4 - year trend, went down slightly in some areas and improved in other areas.
See chart below – This chart shows subtest mark trend for Multiple Choice in Listening and Reading, and
Rubric results – Percentage of students performing at Level 3 and above.
Even with a drop in some areas, all students scored in the range of 89 – 100.
                     2006         2007         2008          2009

Multiple Choice
Reading                83           81           86           90

Listening              94           90          100           97


Rubrics:
Percentage of
students at Level
3 and above

Demand Writing         91          100          100           100

Informational          91           71          100           100
Writing
Poetic Writing         73          100          100           100

Visual Reading         64           86          100           89

Listening              58           57          100           89




Looking at the Provincial Mean, our school dropped in Multiple Choice by 13%, and improved in Reading by 4%.
Despite the drop in Listening, we are still above the Provincial average by 2%, and also above the Provincial average
in Reading by 2%.
With the Rubric results of students performing at Level 3 and above, from last year to this year, our school
dropped in all areas except Poetic Reading. We dropped in Demand Writing by 2%, Poetic Reading by 13%, Visual
Reading by 4%, Listening by 12%, and improved in Informational Reading by 15%.
This being said, we are still significantly above the Provincial average in all areas – Demand Writing – 25%, Poetic
Reading – 31%, Visual Reading – 35%, Listening – 18%, and Informational Reading 45%.




Strategy:

More concentration needs to go into the Listening component and Visual Reading.

Meet with Buddy Reading – let them know some things they can focus on when reading their books, for example, ask
questions for comprehension.

Have daily times set for Silent Reading.

Have weekly listening activities / quizzes.


CRT Results - 2008 – 2009
Primary Mathematics
St. Joseph’s Academy
9 students
The school results of this years students in comparison to the District and the Province show that they are above
average in all areas to both the District and the Province except in the Multiple Choice section of Number Concepts,
being down by 2%, and being down in Shape and Space in multiple choice and written response by 10%.


                    SCHOOL     DISTRICT    PROVINCIAL      OVERALL
                    RESULTS    RESULTS      RESULTS         TREND
Multiple Choice

Number Operations      89.9       84.4            85.0         Up

Number Concepts        72.2       72.2            73.5        Down
Shape & Space          70.4       80.7            81.4        Down

Written Response
Number Concepts        71.4       62.9            64.1         Up
Shape & Space          63.9       73.1            73.7        Down

Number
Operations in
Written Response
Reasoning              77.8       53.2            54.0         Up
Communication          55.6       53.2            53.9         Up
Connections &          88.9       68.2            68.7         Up
Representations
Problem Solving        77.8       67.9            68.6         Up

Yes / No Items
Addition            98.9       91.3        91.8          Up
Subtraction         95.6       84.3        84.7          Up
Multiplication      84.4       79.1        79.1          Up
Looking at our 4-year trend, we dropped in the multiple choice areas from last year, but made significant
improvement in the written responses.
See chart below. This chart shows the subtest mark trend for Multiple Choice in Number Operations, Number
Concepts, and Shape and Space. It also shows the Rubric Results: Percentage of students performing at
Level 3 and above.




                                              4 – Year Trend
                    2006       2007        2008         2009

Multiple Choice
Number Operations    75          81         97           89

Number Concepts      68          68         83           72

Shape & Space        73          89         94           70


Number
Operations in
Written Response
Reasoning            18          86         33           78

Communication        18          86         33           56

Connections &        18          86         33           89
Representations
Problem Solving      18         100         33           78
With regards to the Provincial Mean, our school from last year to this year, dropped in Multiple Choice in Number
Operations, Number Concepts and Shape and Space. However, we are still above the Provincial average in Number
Operations by 4%, but below the Provincial average in Number Concepts by 1%, and Shape and Space by 11%.

With the Rubric Results of students performing at Level 3 and above, from last year to this year, we have
improved significantly in all areas. We are also above the Provincial average in all areas – Reasoning by 24%,
Communication – 2%, Connections and Representing – 20%, and Problem Solving – 9%.



Strategy

More concentration to go into Shape and Space both in Multiple Choice and Written response, and in Number
Concepts.

Have biweekly quizzes with Multiple Choice type questions.

Use Math terminology.

Have students read instructions themselves and to try to figure out themselves what they have to do.

Do “following directions” activities.
Work with partners more to try to solve problems.
The class averages on the Grade 6 Math CRT were only slightly lower than those of the province and
the board. Usually the difference was .5 of a percent or less. It is important to realize that in a class of
only 10 students a couple of low scores can drastically effect the average scores. There were 3
students in that class who really struggled with math last year and their scores were fairly low. That's
30 percent of the class.

Results were better than both the district and the province in two areas; those being Communication
and Problem Solving. The differences were significant in both cases.

I expected better results from this class as overall they one of the better math class that I have had in
recent years. I can't explain why they didn't do as well as expected but it is my opinion that a full year
cumulative test at this level may be a bit overwhelming for children of this age.



Grade 9 Science

Students scored below the district average in the units: Diversity of Living Things, Electricity,
Environmental Quality and Chemical Changes. Students scored above the district average in the Heat
Transfer unit. In this unit, students achieved 2.9% above the district average. It was very well
completed. Students performed the lowest in the units: Diversity of Living Things, and Electricity. A
stronger emphasis should be placed on these topics for the 2009/2010 school year since the students
struggled with the questions regarding these topics. Students had difficulty answering questions
dealing with graphs. A focus on graphing questions should be included for the Grade 9 Science
program.


Math 9 CRT Results Report

   Overall, results were down compared to the province.

   We were significantly (> 5%) below the province on 4 out of 8 categories

   On the MC items the class scored below the province on 18 / 30 but only 12 / 30 were greater
    than 2% difference.

   It is difficult to read much into the results without looking at the individual marks. With this class,
    the CRT the results for students were either good or really bad with few values in between. I had
    7 fail and 7 pass in the class. For those 7 students that failed they missed a total of 160 math
    classes with 4 students missing 25 days or more. In my opinion, this class was a much stronger
    class than the previous grade 9 class but the results did not show this. I think missed classes
    were a major factor in the poor results.


Elementary English Language Arts CRT Results 2009
Demand Writing:

92% of students are meeting or exceeding levels 3,4, 5 (compared to 75% in District). We have
shown steady gains for this CRT over the last four years (60%->60%->83%-> 92%).

The results in Reading were not as positive with 47% meeting or exceeding, compared to 57%
in the District. Our trend here has been mixed with results of 60%-> 30%-> 61% ->47%.

We were near the District in most categories:
Reading—89 compared to 87 (up),
Poetic Reading—72.7 compared to 69.8 (up)
Listening 45.5 compared to 46.3 (down);

 but significantly above or below in the following:
Listening—81.8 compared to 88.8 (down)
Demand Writing—100 compared to 78.5 (up)
Informational Reading-- 54.6 compared to 67.5 (down)
Visual Reading – 27.3 compared to 46.1 (down)



Intermediate English Language Arts CRT Results 2009
Demand Writing:

94% of students are meeting or exceeding Levels 3, 4, or 5 (compared to 73% in the District).
The trend here has been generally strong with results over the last four years being 85%, 54%,
82%, and 94%.
We also faired quite well in Reading with 81% meeting or exceeding, compared to 66% in the
District. Again the trend has been generally positive with 63%, 38%, 73%, and 81% over the past
four years.

We scored significantly above the District in:

Poetic (76.3 compared to 70.3)
Demand Writing (93.8 compared to 82.7)
Poetic Reading (87.5 compared to 79.7)

We scored significantly below the District in:

Informational Multiple Choice (65 compared to 83.5)

We scored at the District level in Informational Reading (75 compared to 75.2).

Overall, a very strong showing.


English 3201 Public Exam Results 2009 – Analysis
Overall, the results of last year’s exams were alright. They were not nearly what were anticipated at
the beginning of last year. Discussing the overall results, last year’s graduating class were adding to
an upward trend of the past four years; our average marks have been steadily rising as the years
progress. The areas of major concern for us would be visuals, poetry, and connections. Within the
area of visuals, which has been the usual case for us, it is apparent that our students have trouble
explaining and answering questions using the visual elements. They also have trouble explaining the
author’s purpose, using the element of sarcasm to achieve this purpose. The students sometimes
have trouble connecting two literary elements within a given work. Another area of concern within this
public exam was when students had to pick out literary devices and explain their effectiveness;
describe the tone and how it is developed. Work must be focused on these literary elements and how
they connect with each other. Our school was above the district’s average in the comparative essay
question, but we were below in the district on the personal response question where the students had
to write a letter to the editor. Multiple choice questions results were scattered and kind of even. Areas
of weakness included describing the visual, focal point, how elements create irony, sentence structure,
irony, type of writing, title explanation, and explaining vocabulary. Focus should be put upon teachers
and students in the area of visuals, poetry, and connections (connecting two selections using a similar
theme). Of course, all areas of concern based on last year’s public exam might not be areas of
concern for this year’s students. Students could still benefit from more focus on visual literacy, poetic
literacy, and multiple choice-type questions.




Math 3204 Public Exam Analysis

                         School     District        Province
   Public Exam                63.5                  58.3                  58.9
    Combined                  65.7                  61.8                  62.3

Students scored higher than both the district and province on both the public exam and the combined mark. There were no adjustments made on
students marks.

Unit subsets
                            School                District              Province
    Quadratics               60.4                  55.6                   55.6
  Rate of Change             81.9                  67.4                    69
Exponential Growth           67.9                  61.3                   61.7
 Circle Geometry             56.3                  54.4                   55.6


      On quadratics and rate of change the students performed well with an average that is about 5%
higher than the province and district. The rate of change unit was completed exceptionally well being
13% higher than the province and 15% higher than the district. Experimental growth was
approximately 7% above the district and province. The unit that students had the most difficulty with
was the circle geometry, only achieving 1% and 2% above the province and district respectively. The
area of the exam that students seem to have difficulty with was the multiple choice, with only 27 out of
50 questions above the district average. One problem with the reporting of the marks is the small class
size. If one student selected the wrong answer it could put the school results below the district average.
The long answer questions were done quite well with 10 of 13 question scoring above the district
average.
      Overall the exam mark was the second highest in the last four years with the final mark being the
highest in the last four year.

                                                           World Geography 3202
                                                       Public Exam Analysis / Strategies
                                                                       June 2009

                                      St. Joseph’s Academy                  Province
 School Average                               66 (70*)                            71
 Department Average                             67                                63
 Combined Average                               65                                67

* Adjustment

                                        Unit Breakdown
                                  Selected Response                     Constructed
                                                                         Response
                Unit 1     Unit 2      Unit 3        Unit 4   Unit 5     Units 1-5      Unit 6
 S.J.A.           69         61          94           63       78            59           71
 District 4       70         71          85           67       67            56           60
 Provincial       70         67          86           64       66            53           59

        St. Joseph’s Academy scored significantly higher than the District and Province in Units 3, 5 and 6selected response and significantly lower on
Unit 2, while about even on Units1 and 4. SJA scored above provincial average in constructed response for Units 1-5.
       I have noted 14 selected response items in which St. Joseph’s Academy scored more than
       10 per cent lower than the provincial average. The majority of those 14, (13) are in the
       first four units of the course, completed by the end of February. Time for review this past
       year was lost because of a school closure for mould issues near the end of May. In the
       meantime, I will intend to stress the importance of knowing the correct geographic
       terminology.

       We seem to have scored well above provincial average in most of the application and
       integration items.

       As a means of reviewing the unit tests, I am showing and discussing student exemplars
       from the chief marker’s report, using a laptop and LCD projector, appropriate to the case
       study used in the unit test.

       Over the last three years, it seems that our school results have come down closer to
       provincial average.

       - Constructed response items make up 50% of the exam. On this section of the exam:

           St. Joseph’s Academy                District                  Province
                     30.1                        25.7                      27.4

       This was an area that particular stress was put on improving during last year which,
according to these numbers, was met with some success.

       Case Study #2 on the exam, questions were very poorly done across the province, with a
       provincial average of 5.5 out of a possible 14 marks. However, SJA, even though low,
       was above provincial average with scoring 6.3 of 14 (District score 4.3 of 14). There was
       some concern regarding a 14 mark case study dedicated to one outcome centering around
       tertiary industries.

       Finally, with such a small class of four students writing the exam, the results of one
       student can significantly influence class stats. in either direction.