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School Report for 2007-2008


									                Annual School Development Report 2007-2008

                     Rennie’s River Elementary School
                                  150 Elizabeth Avenue
                                     St. John’s, NL
                                        A1B 1S4

Eastern School District Vision Statement
To challenge and develop the learning and achievement capabilities of each student in
a safe, caring, and socially just learning environment.
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1. Messages
Message from the Director of Education

In keeping with a commitment to be accountable and transparent all schools within the
jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are required to develop and release on an annual
basis a report to the community. An Annual Report reflects an attempt to capture in brief
format the multitude of activities, programs and initiatives that comprise the life and work
of the entire learning community – its successes, its achievements, its issues and
challenges, and its ambitions and plans for the forthcoming year. Schools are, indeed, busy
places as these Annual Reports attest to.

This Annual Report reflects the efforts and energies of students, teachers, parents and other
community partners, working in a collaborative and collegial manner to ensure that all
students achieve and succeed to the fullest of their potential within a healthy and active,
safe and caring, and socially-just learning environment. This goal remains our primary
reason for doing all that we do.

I encourage all partners in education to review this annual report and use this report, and
the information contained therein, as a basis of further engagement and discussion around
items of interest pertaining to the education of our children within our schools.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Eastern School District I commend each and every
school for their dedication to teaching and learning as evidenced by this Annual Report

Mr. Darrin Pike
CEO/Director of Education, Eastern School District

Administration Team Message

It is our pleasure to present to you our Annual School Report for 2007-2008. Within this
report, we have highlighted information about our students, staff, programs and school
initiatives. Rennie’s River Elementary continues to be a vibrant and growing school! Like
our namesake, the Rennie’s River, we are strong, forever changing and continually

We have continued to foster the individual strengths within our school community in order
to create a learning environment that promotes academic excellence and the holistic
development of all learners. The holistic development of our learners has been facilitated
through programs and activities that promote active and healthy living, music, sports,
academics and the arts.

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Rennie’s River Elementary values and respects strong home-school partnerships. These
partnerships add greatly in the development of a positive school culture and the successful
educational experiences for our students. We recognize that when families support and
value education, a child’s educational experience is greatly enhanced. We firmly believe
that strong families make strong schools!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and partners of our school for
your kind support and continual interest throughout the year; the staff for the incredible
dedication and professionalism continually shown which has fostered the growth of each
child as an individual and the school as a whole; and, most importantly, the students who
continue to bring such joy into our lives. You have each taught us many valuable lessons
and have given us many wonderful memories.

Cathy Finn-Pike                                                     Niki MacDonald
Principal                                                           Assistant Principal

School Council Message

Rennie’s River Elementary continues to be a vibrant active school community with the
help of committed teachers, parents, volunteers and staff. The school continues to enhance
student learning and academic achievement by focusing on differentiated instruction and
assessment while ensuring to promote a school wide healthy living culture through strong
partnerships with our parents and community.

There are several examples of positive happenings at Rennie’s River Elementary over the
past year. The commitment to enhancing physical activity and health for all our students
has been a strong focus. The Terry Fox walk, Fit and Fun day, Intramurals, Cross Country
Running, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Swimming lessons, Healthy recess, and the
Fundraising walkathon are a few examples of our continued encouragement for fitness and
health. Teachers are now also integrating Active Living activities in daily learning in the
classroom, and Rennie’s River Elementary was fortunate to hold the media launch
highlighting our involvement in the Eastern Active Schools Program.

Students continue to learn respect and care for their environment with participation in the
Monarch Butterfly Project, Fish Friends Program and recycling initiatives. This year
Rennie’s River Elementary has been very successful initiating a composting program and
has been asked by MMSB to help educate other schools on composting.
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It is essential that we all stay involved and dedicated to make our school the best that it can
be for the benefit of our children!

Congratulations on another great school year at Rennie’s River Elementary filled with
“learning, love and laughter”.

Peggy Connors
School Council Chair

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2. Overview of School
Mission Statement

At Rennie’s River Elementary, it is our mission to improve student learning and academic
achievement through a focus on differentiated instruction and assessment while ensuring to
promote a school wide healthy living culture with strong connections/partnerships to our
parents and community

Our School Community
Rennie’s River Elementary School is one of the 122 schools operating under the Eastern
School District serving 44 000 students. Our school has 295 students from Kindergarten to
Grade 6. The school’s current population is organized in 15 classroom groupings.

Rennie’s River Elementary School is a neighbourhood school serving the area of St. John’s
bound on the south by Empire Avenue, the north by Pippy Park and Higgins Line, the west
by Bonaventure Avenue and Allandale Road and the east by Portugal Cove Road.
Approximately one third of the school’s population travels to and from school each day by
school bus. These students live in the Mount Scio Road, Nagles Hill, Ridge Road, London
Road and Brophy Place areas with two buses providing this service.

To serve the students of Rennie’s River Elementary School, our staff consists of teachers,
student assistants, support personnel, assistant principal and principal. These personnel are
assigned to the school in accordance with the student population and the physical size of
the school. Our staffing allocation this year includes:
     Principal - Full Time Administration
     Classroom Teachers- 13½ Classroom Teachers
     Special Services – 2 Teachers.
     Criteria Designation Special Services - ½ Teacher
     Physical Education –⅔     Teacher
     Music – ⅔Teacher
     Guidance – ½ Teacher
     Learning Resources - ⅓Teacher
     Student Assistant – 2 Positions: 10 Total Hours
     Maintenance – 2 Full Time Positions
     Secretary – 6 Hour Position
     Cleaner – 4 Hour Position

In addition to the school-based staff, the school also avails of the services of an educational
psychologist, itinerant teachers for learning disabilities, a speech language pathologist,
program specialists, and school board administrative staff.
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 Class Size/Pupil-Teacher Ratio
 The average class size for Rennie’s River Elementary School for the 2007-2008 school year
 was 19.7. This compares to an average class size of 20.8 for our school district and a
 provincial class average of 19.5.

 Pupil-teacher ratio refers to the total number of students in our school compared to the total
 number of educational staff. Our pupil teacher ratio for Rennie’s River Elementary is 13.4
 as opposed to 13.5 for the district and 12.7 for the province.

 Below is a table listing our school enrollment for the last four years.

   Grade           Enrolment 2004-05   Enrolment 2005-06   Enrolment 2006-07     Enrolment 2007-2008
Kindergarten                 30              38                  36                          40
     1                       32              30                  41                          38
     2                       50              37                  31                          45
     3                       46              57                  40                          28
     4                       38              45                  57                          41
     5                       32              40                  46                          57
     6                       53              36                  39                          46
   Total                    281              283                 290                        295

 Programs Provided

 Provincial Prescribed Courses
 Rennie’s River Elementary offers all of the provincial programs and courses designed for
 the K-6 students. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the curriculum is outcomes based and is
 designed to achieve the Essential Graduation Learnings. In addition, we offer
 Pathway/Guidance supports to those students who require IEP (Individual Educational
 Plan) programming.

 Intensive Core French:
 Since September 2002, Rennie’s River Elementary School began offering one stream of the
 Intensive Core French program at the Grade 6 level. This innovative and creative
 methodology of teaching language, and delivering the Grade 6 program, has proven to be a
 valuable and interesting experience for both our students and their families. We will
 continue to try to offer this program as long as interest and support for it continues.

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In-School Mentoring Program:
During the 2007-2008 school year, our school again continued to participate in the
In-School Mentoring Program. This program is sponsored by the partnership with the
Eastern School District and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland.

In this program, children are matched with an adult volunteer who meets with them, at the
school, on a weekly basis. It is interesting to note that our school has the distinction of
having the highest number of participants in the District! During the past three years, we
have seen students involved with this program grow in self-esteem and confidence from
having such positive role models.

Public Speaking:
The development of language is central to educational growth at any age, but critical at the
primary and elementary levels. With this in mind, our school decided to again this year
involve all our students from Grades K-6 in Public Speaking. At the primary level, this
was done in a non-competitive format at the classroom level. Children were asked to recite
a poem of choice in front of their peers and feedback on their performance was given to
both students and their parents.

At the Grade 4 and Grade 5 levels, students were required to select or write a poem and
present it before an audience of peers. Grade 6 students composed speeches and presented
them before their peers. Finalists at the elementary classroom level then competed in a
school-wide Public Speaking Competition that was held in May 2008.

Heritage Fair:
The importance of Social Studies in the school curriculum was again recognized this year
through our annual Heritage Fair. This fair required all elementary students to develop
and present projects that focused on Newfoundland traditions, customs and history.

Student projects were organized and displayed for class and public viewing. Outside
judges selected a winning project at each of the grade 4, 5 and 6 levels and the students
responsible for developing these projects represented our school at the Regional Heritage
Fair held in April 2008.

Choral Music/Instrumental Music
The development of choral music skills was central to the music program of this school
year. Students at all grade levels were given the opportunity to participate in public
performances at various times throughout the year. Our Christmas Concert featured all
Primary students from grades 1 -3. We were entertained with both choral and dramatic
presentations that were exceptionally well done and appreciated by all.
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Our school Elementary Spring Concert, featured all students in grades 4-6. This concert
provided the audience the opportunity to be entertained through drama, and music. Again,
all students did a wonderful job. As well, our elementary students participated in Choral
Connections which is sponsored by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Finally, our Kindergarten students delighted us with their own concert, which featured a
musical play that was held in May 2008.

This year, our instrumental music program was delivered by our Instrumental Music
teacher, Mr. Chris Harnett. As was the case with all schools in our cluster, the instrumental
program was offered to students at the Grade 5 & 6 level. In addition, a number of our
Grade 5 and 6 students also participated in the MUN (Memorial Univeristy of
Newfoundland) lab band program.

Instructional Swimming Lessons
Due to the tremendous positive response from the last couple of years, we have decided to
once again continue with our instructional swimming program at the Aquarena.

All students from grades 1-6 are provided the opportunity to participate in this structured
program which is designed to meet each child’s specific level of instruction. This program
not only compliments our Physical Education program and supports our School
Development goal of healthy and active living, but also offers our students the opportunity
to learn a valuable life skill.

Special Projects – Environmental Initiatives
Work has continued in our Environmental Education program. Our school paper recycling
and community general recycling takes place on a regular basis and students incorporate
elements of environmental learning through the classroom lessons and activities. In
addition, we are one of the few schools in our district to implement a composting program.
Each of these programs have been very successful in raising our students’ environmental
awareness and responsibility.

We continue our partnership with Computers for Schools, City of St. John’s,
Newfoundland Light and Power to facilitate our goal of integrating technology in the
classroom. These companies have been instrumental in providing us with donated
computers which the children use on a daily basis in the classrooms. In addition,
CableLync continues to provide us support in technology as needed. It is through the
generous donations from companies such as these that we are able to further our School
Development goal of improved and integrated technology in the classroom.

In addition, we partner regularly with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for provision
of the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Program) program at the grade 6 level. This
program has been well received by students, staff and teachers and is an important
preventative measure in preparing our students in dealing with peer pressure.

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As well, we have been involved with the Roots of Empathy with our Grade 5 students.
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect
in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional
competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood
infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained
ROE Instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's
feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the "Teacher" and a lever, which the
instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of

As well, we have built a strong and supportive relationship with St. Pius X Parish. St. Pius
X Church has been generous to our school in offering the church as a facility for holding
school events such as concerts and donating school supplies for children from financially
challenged homes. We, in turn, have supported their Outreach projects such as the Jamaica
School project.

In addition, we have built strong partnerships with staff of the Y-Afterschool Program
which is housed here at the school Monday to Friday from 2:30 – 5:00. Many of our
students avail of the afterschool care that is provided from this service.

Finally, we also work hard alongside the MacMorran Community Centre to ensure that the
communities from which our students live are informed and engaged in the learning
process. As an example, staff at the Community Centre use information from our
individual teacher web pages to help students complete work in an after-school homework
program. We also attend special events at the Centre such as the launch of their Literacy

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3. School Development Plan

                                       Rennie’s River Elementary
During the 2005-2006 year, our school community as a whole engaged in several processes which helped us formulate directions for the
next several years. During that year, our focus was on the internal review. Through that internal review of our school, we established a
School Development Team, gathered and organized all relevant data to promote the growth and development of our school, recorded
and analyzed our internal and external data, developed goals and objectives from the data.

The primary critical issues identified fall into two broad categories teaching and learning and climate. Specific issues include:

       Teaching and Learning:
          1. the need for learning diverse teaching/assessment strategies so as to maximize learning for all students who vary in
             learning styles
          2. to focus assessment on “assessment for learning” vs. “assessment for evaluation” so that assessment effectively informs
             classroom teaching practice

          3. the need to develop strong home-school partnerships with “disengaged” parents/guardians as we know that one of the
             best predictors of student success is when parents value the educational process

During the 2007-2008 school year, our School Development efforts focused on continuing to achieve our identified goals. Our school
was involved in an “External Peer Validation” of our plan in February 2008. This process resulted in an extensive analysis of our school
by five educators from other schools and included a review of all internal and external data; tour of the physical plant; interviews with
students, staff and parents; and a presentation of oral and written report summarizing its findings. This process was an extremely
positive experience for everyone and affirmed the many great things that are happening here with respect to our School Development
goals. Below is an analysis of the achievement of our goals for 2006-2007 and the goals for the next 3 years with specific objectives for
each year.
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                                      Four Year School Development Plan 2006-2010

Goal 1: To improve student learning and achievement through a focus on differentiated instruction and
differentiated assessment by June 2010.
  Year                        Objectives                                        Objectives                                            Objectives
 2006-07   Development of a link on                          Teachers will be involved in regular                   Teachers will engage in professional
  explaining                  professional development in the acquisition of         development in Assessment for Learning by
           differentiated assessment and learning.           questioning and investigative assessment               focusing on the areas of differentiated learning
           Highlighted in this website will be student       skills. ( web site, professional articles)             styles and differentiated assessment.
           work representing these ideas. This will be
           followed up by correspondence from teachers.

 2007-08   Communicate the learner outcomes at the           All students will have the opportunity to              Staff meetings will have a regular component
           beginning of a particular unit of study to both   demonstrate their learning in a particular area        where teachers will share/learn pedagogy
           students and parents (not just during             through their chosen style of                          regarding differentiated assessment and
           curriculum night).                                learning/assessment. (i.e. diorama, oral               learning.
                                                             presentation, dramatization)
 2008-09   Teachers will develop a learning unit, which      Teachers will provide evidence of                      Students will become aware of their learning
           will incorporate the components of multiple       differentiated assessment throughout the year          styles and advocate for themselves to
           intelligence and different learning styles.       as indicated in the assessment policy.                 maximize learning experiences.
 2009-10   All teacher professional growth plans will        Teachers will be provided an opportunity for           Students will focus on expanding their
           include some element of differentiated            regular sharing/questions regarding students           learning styles to enhance learning.
           learning and differentiated assessment.           with special needs.
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Goal 2: To continue to develop and increase a strong relationship with caregivers to consolidate the
partnership between home and school.

  Year                        Objectives                                      Objectives                                            Objectives
 2006-07   To increase attendance at scheduled academic    To maximize communication between home                To increase caregiver awareness of the
           related events for parents; specifically        and school (i.e. student agenda, e-mail, phone        availability of family supports; specifically
           Curriculum Night.                               calls, school web site, newsletters, etc.).           parenting skills.
 2007-08   To increase attendance at scheduled academic    To maximize communication between home                 To increase caregiver awareness of the
           related events for parents; specifically        and school (i.e. student agenda, e-mail, phone        availability of family supports; specifically
           parent/teacher conferences.                     calls, school web site, newsletters, etc.).           study skills and homework tips.

 2008-09   To increase attendance at scheduled academic    To maximize communication between home                To increase caregiver awareness of the
           related events for parents; specifically ISSP   and school (i.e. student agenda, e-mail, phone        availability of family supports; specifically
           meetings.                                       calls, school web site, newsletters, etc.).           health issues.
 2009-10   To increase community membership on school      To maximize communication between home                To encourage parents to become actively
           committees.                                     and school (i.e. student agenda, e-mail, phone        involved in their child’s education.
                                                           calls, school web site, newsletters, etc.).

Goal 3: To create a positive culture of school wide healthy living by June 2010

  Year                      Objectives                                      Objectives                                             Objectives
 2006-07   The school community will utilize existing      The school community will research new and            The school community will increase access to
           program to increased knowledge of health        available programs.                                   health information and health-promoting
           information.                                                                                          programs outside the school.

 2007-08   The School community will identify healthy      The School community will participate in              The School community will improve mental
           food choices.                                   physical activity on a daily basis.                   health.
 2008-09   The School community will demonstrate a         The school community will support and                 The school community will increase the
           positive attitude towards healthy living,       facilitate appropriate and accessible physical        opportunity to promote healthy eating,
           resulting in positive changes in behavior.      activity opportunities.                               physical activity and their relationship to
                                                                                                                 healthy weights and body image.
 2009-10   The school community will demonstrate a         The school community will enhance                     The school community will set up incentives to
           broader perspective of what healthy living      collaboration and integration of healthy living       reward positive attitudes and behaviors related
           entails.                                        approaches that address active healthy living         to healthy living.
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Operational Issues
  Year   Issues                                            Issues                                               Issues
                                                         Ensure that those students with special needs         To ensure maintenance service is more
            Roof of school needs repair.
 2006-07                                                 acquire adaptive equipment/technology to              efficient and effective
            Purchase of additional LCD                   ensure effective learning

                                                         Ensure that all parents are aware of school eventsEnsure that gym is supplied with additional
2007-2008   Increase technology use by ensuring all
                                                         through effective delivery of newsletters (hard materials needed for a well rounded Physical
            classrooms have quality computers/printers
                                                         copy, internet or e-mail).                        Education program.
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4. Report on Most Current Data and Last Year’s School Development Plan

Summary Analysis of Most Current School Data

Our school’s most current extrinsic data is a summary of this years school, district, and provincial results in the Criterion-Referenced
Testing conducted by the Department of Education, which is administered at the Grade 3 and Grade 6 level. This testing measures the
extent to which students have mastered specific learning outcomes at the primary and elementary level. Results identify progress we
have made in some of our goal areas and identifies some areas we still need to address. We use this data to determine success in some
of our strategies and, where necessary, to adjust the objectives for the coming year.

Our most recent provincial testing data indicates that many of our students are doing very well in the provincial testing. While we are
pleased with the results of our elementary provincial testing report, we do have concerns regarding the primary math skills. Much
time, energy and resources will, therefore, be invested next year into building the math skills of our primary students. Two of our
identified school development goals - differentiated teaching, learning and assessment and strong home school partnerships - will be
instrumental in achieving this goal.

We recognize that many of our students arrive at school in Kindergarten lacking the readiness skills necessary for language and math.
Our teachers plan diligently and work hard to consistently deliver programs which are learning outcome based and skill oriented. Much
of this work begins with the Kinderstart program and continues during the year prior to Kindergarten through the efforts of MacMorran

Classroom programs and provincial learning outcomes are communicated regularly with our parents who work hard to support school
efforts at home. In fact 92.2% of our parents indicated in the parental survey conducted during 2005-2006 that “they were satisfied with
the selection of courses available to their children at school”. In addition, we use a variety of teaching and assessment strategies to
ensure maximum learning for each child. Again, our parent survey showed that 93.1% of parents believed this to be the case as well.

Our performance in language and math skills has shown tremendous growth and this has been witnessed through both our internal and
external data. In fact, at the elementary level most of our students are achieving at or above the district and provincial level in the area
of language arts. We believe that this is indicative of the concentrated and consistent efforts of school and home to develop and improve
literacy skills. Math continues to be a challenge and is an area that we are continuously working on. This year, as an example, our
teachers continued with Professional Development Days which focused on math teaching and learning. In addition, our newsletter
contained a regular feature “Math at Home” which provided parents with tips for reinforcing at home the various math skills taught at
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Primary Language Arts CRT Results - 2008:

                                            Subtest                               School District Province
                                            Reading                                   96    89.1      88.6
                                            Listening                               93.3    86.1      85.5
                                            Demand Writing                          73.1    73.5      72.6
                                            Informational Reading                   65.4    69.7      70.7
                                            Poetic Reading                            50    55.7      56.2
                                            Visual Reading                          73.1    59.1      60.4
                                            Listening                               64.3    70.8      70.2

Primary Math CRT Results - 2008

                                                 Subtest                           School District Province
                                                 Number Operations                   72.1    75.5      75.8
                                                 Number Concepts                       72      76      75.6
                                                 Shape and Space                     73.6    76.6      76.9
                                                 Number Concepts                     60.1    60.2      61.4
                                                 Shape and Space                     71.6    77.6      78.9
                                                 Reasoning                           62.1    63.2      65.7
                                                 Communication                       58.6    59.7      59.9
                                                 Connections and
                                                 Representing                        58.6    59.7      59.9
                                                 Problem Solving                     65.5    73.3      76.1
                                                 Addition                            85.2    91.2        90
                                                 Subtraction                         78.5    81.6      81.1
                                                 Multiplication                      72.1    82.4      81.4
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Elementary Language Arts CRT Results – 2008

                                                      Subtest                    School District Province
                                                      Reading                      87.2    85.4      84.8
                                                      Listening                    91.8    91.6        91
                                                      Demand Writing               81.8    88.1      85.1
                                                      Informational Reading        71.1    79.3        79
                                                      Poetic Reading               83.3    82.4      81.1
                                                      Visual Reading               80.5      84      82.1
                                                      Listening                      40    63.7      62.6

Elementary Math CRT Results – 2008
                                                        Subtest                   School District Province
                                                        Number Operations           64.8    68.5      69.1
                                                        Number Concepts             64.3    69.8      69.8
                                                        Shape and Space             61.9    58.3      59.2
                                                        Number Concepts             50.4    57.1      57.3
                                                        Shape and Space             71.9    72.5      73.5
                                                        Reasoning                   54.4    46.6      48.4
                                                        Communication               41.3    39.3        42
                                                        Connections and
                                                        Representing                41.3     38.7     41.3
                                                        Problem Solving             47.8     52.9     56.3
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 Report on School Development Plan for 2007-2008
 The school year 2007-2008 was the second year for our 2006-2010 School Development Plan. This year we have addressed the
 objectives in the first year of our plan through identified strategies and actions. All school personnel were involved in some aspect of the
 plan. Our data indicates that we have been successful in meeting our intended outcomes and are now ready to continue with those
 objectives outlined in the second year of the plan. As indicated in the report below we will be carrying forward the successful strategies
 from the first year. We will continue to monitor progress in each goal area to ensure continued implementation of best practices. The
 goals and objectives of the plan for the past school year, along with an evaluation of each objective, are outlined below.

   Goal 1: To improve student learning and achievement through a focus on differentiated instruction and
                                  differentiated assessment by June 2010.
Objective 1.1: Development of a link on                Objective 1.2: Teachers will be involved in regular       Objective 1.3: Teachers will engage in professional explaining differentiated        professional development in the acquisition of            development in Assessment for Learning by
assessment and learning. In this website there will    questioning and investigative assessment skills.          focusing on the areas of differentiated learning
be a sub link connecting to teacher web pages          ( web site, professional articles)                        styles and differentiated assessment.
highlighting/celebrating student work representing
these ideas.
Indicators of Success: Completion and usage of         Indicators of Success: Self reflection of                 Indicators of Success: Pre/Post Test for teachers
the differentiated assessment and learning link.       questioning and investigative strategies                  - what differentiating learning and assessing
                                                       compared with other colleague observations.               strategies are being used now versus a later date.
Strategies:                                            Strategies:                                               Strategies:
1.1.1 assign task of completing and monitoring of
web link                                               1.2.1 -pd needs to be provided in the acquisition of      1.3.1- next staff meeting pre assessment of the
 1.1.2 the awareness and sharing of differentiated     questioning and investigative assessment skills           differentiated teaching/learning/assessment
 assessment and learning strategies through            1.2.2 -sharing of information from web sites and          strategies - post assessment to be administered in
 existing conferences or other forums ie. staff        other professional journals as a regular part of staff    June
 meetings, web sites, weekly correspondence            meetings and have it rotated throughout grade levels      1.3.2-staff analysis of individual learning styles to
 1.1.3 teachers will receive professional              1.2.3 - everyone sharing time to provide teachers         raise an awareness of student learning styles
 development on uploading documents and images         the opportunity to observe other teachers                 1.3.3-pd needs to be provided in differentiated
 to teacher web.                                       questioning and investigative strategies which are        learning styles and differentiated assessment skills
 1.1.4 teachers/students will update monthly or        being used; with time to discuss and reflect
 more individual classroom web pages with              privately together                                        1.3.4
 examples of differentitiated learning                 1.2.4. A check list for teacher observations to           -sharing of information from web sites and other
 1.1.5 development of a student computer club who      monitor the acquisition of questioning and                professional journals as a regular part of staff
 can assist in uploading these work sample files for   investigative assessment skills                           meetings and have it rotated throughout grade levels
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                                                                        Goal 1. Support Plan
          Financial                    Professional Development                              Communication                               Time Allocation
 1.1.1                            1.1.1                                       1.1.1                                            1.1.1
 -purchase of a scanner           -teachers will receive professional         -school website,newsletters and agendas to       - main web link created by mid
 -purchase of photo editing       development on uploading documents          communicate to parents and students              February 07.
 program                          and images to teacher web.                  -Monday Memo, first class conferences, staff     -after school inservice provided for
 -purchase of teacher web                                                     email, staff meetings                            group one and any other interested
- purchase of a digital video    1.2.1                                        -ensure acceptable user policy is in place for   teacher for establishing
camera/editing software          - organization and arrangement of            publishing student work                          differentiated learning link on web
program                          presenter for pd in the acquisition of                                                        page
                                 questioning and investigative               1.2.1                                             -3 teachers with work uploaded by
1.2.1                            assessment skills                           - staff meetings, staff emails, grade level       the end of March 07
- financial support for pd       -teacher observation check list readily     meetings                                          -Sasha and Tim to chair student
session                          available on RRE conference                                                                   grade 5/6 computer club by the end
-possible acquisition of other   -everyone sharing time to provide           -everyone sharing time to provide teachers        of March 07.
academic journals                teachers the opportunity to observe         the opportunity to observe other teachers
                                 other teachers questioning and              questioning and investigative strategies which     1.2.1
1.3.1                            investigative strategies which are being are being used; with time to discuss and              - Spring 07 for pd in the acquisition
- financial support for pd       used; with time to discuss and reflect      reflect privately together                         of questioning and investigative
session                          privately together                                                                             assessment skills
                                                                             1.3.1.                                            - group one and any other interested
-possible acquisition of other   1.3.1                                       - staff meetings, staff emails, grade level       teacher inviting a teacher the
academic journals                                                            meetings                                          opportunity to observe your
                                 -through the processes outlined in the                                                        questioning and investigative
                                 strategies professional development                                                           strategies which are being used; with
                                 will be occurring on a regular basis .                                                        time to discuss and reflect privately

                                                                                                                                - information has begun and will be
                                                                                                                                consistently reinforced in weekly
                                                                                                                                -Spring 07 for pd in the acquisition
                                                                                                                                of differentiated
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       Goal 2: To continue to develop and increase a strong relationship with caregivers to consolidate the
                                     partnership between home and school.
Objective 2.1: To increase attendance at scheduled   Objective 2.2: To maximize communication                   Objective 2.3: To increase caregiver awareness of
academic related events for parents- specifically    between home and school- i.e.- student agenda, e-          the availability of family supports; particularly
Parent/Teacher conferences.                          mail, phone calls, school web site, newsletters, etc.      parenting skills.
Indicators of Success: An increased percentage       Indicators of Success: An increased response to            Indicators of Success: Parental feedback through
of parents in attendance. (A benchmark will be       school-related correspondence.                             survey.
established in September 2007).
Strategies:                                          Strategies:                                                Strategies:
2.1.1 – Setting up afternoon and evening             2.2.1- Stress communication methods i.e.- e-mail,          2.3.1 – Links on school web site to a variety of
appointments (giving choice).                        phone calls, student agenda, etc.                          parenting services.
2.1.2 – Re-booking missed appointments at            2.2.2 – All curriculum packages to highlight               2.3.2 - Raise awareness of the importance of
convenience of parents/teachers.                     importance and methods of communication between            attending Kinderstart sessions.
2.1.3 – Phone interview after 3 attempts to meet     home and school (to be highlighted by all teachers         2.3.3- Consult with employees at MacMorran
face-to-face.                                        on curriculum night).                                      Center to get suggestions on how to incorporate
2.1.4 - Continue with mandatory parent attendance    2.2.3 – 1st newsletter of school year to indicate and      more families into the school community.
at first term reporting period.                      encourage methods of communication available to            2.3.4 – Explore the possibility of expanding the
                                                     parents.                                                   “tutors for tuition” program to include identified “at
                                                                                                                risk” Kinderstart children.
                                                                                                                2.3.5- Create a parental feedback survey to
                                                                                                                determine awareness of available services.
                                                                                                                (suggestion- this survey would be included with the
                                                                                                                 Conjoint study skills/homework tips survey).

                                                                      Goal 2. Support Plan
          Financial                   Professional Development                            Communication                                 Time Allocation
2.3.5.- Cost for developing     2.3.5- Half day PD time to develop         2.1.1- 2.3.5- School agenda, e-mail, phone          2.3.5- Measurement tool to be
pamphlets/surveys               parental feedback surveys (prior to        calls, school web site, newsletters, radio, etc.    developed by June 2007.
                                June 2007).                                                                                    Implemented in September 2007.
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                       Goal 3: To create a positive culture of school wide healthy living by June 2010.
Objective 3.1: The school community will utilize      Objective 3.2 The school community will research          Objective 3.3: The school community will increase
existing programs to increase knowledge of health     new and available programs.                               access to health information and health-promoting
information.                                                                                                    programs outside the school.
Indicators of Success: Participation rate of school   Indicators of Success School and community                Indicators of Success
community in school activities will increase.         survey and feedback from students/parents and             Implementation of new programs.
Monthly observation in participation numbers.         teacher.                                                  Conduct a school community focus group.
Implementation of new programs                                                                                   Increased parental involvement in new programs.

 Strategies:                                          Strategies:                                               Strategies;
3.1.1 Provide incentives for participation in after   3.2.1 Provide training for teachers on the topic of       3.3.1 Provide training for parents and school
school activities                                     improving healthy living.                                 community on the topic of improving healthy
3.1.2 Increase the number of school activities.       3.2.2 Organize class activities to promote physical
                                                      activity.                                                 3.3.2 Organize school / community activities to
3.1.3 Provide opportunities for students to voice                                                               promote physical activity and healthy living.
their opinions across the curriculum.                 3.2.3 Provide teacher professional development on
                                                      the topic and new research and programs                   3.3.3 Provide opportunities for community feedback
3.1.4 Organize school wide activities that focus on                                                             to voice their opinions on new programs.
improving healthy living and physical activities.     3.2.4 Provide opportunities for parents to voice their
                                                      opinions on programs.                                     3.3.4 The Kids Eat Smart Foundation supports Fruit
3.1.5 Utilize provincial government programs on                                                                 and Veggies First! This project ensures that
Healthy living                                        3.2.5 Research Kids Eat Smart Foundation                  children have access to fruits and vegetables
                                                      Newfoundland and Labrador                                 through Kids Eat Smart Clubs throughout the                                                              province.
/0413n03.htm                                          3.2.6 Extend the Healthy Living Committee to
                                                      include students, teachers, parents and community
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                                                                         Support Plan
         Financial                     Professional Development                         Communication                          Time Allocation

3.1.2     $ 200.00 – $125.00   3.2.1     Healthy Living committee        3.3.1   Memos to parents                    3.1.5   In-service for training in each
for a large prize and $75.00                                                                                                 of new resource
for smaller class prizes.      3.2.2     Collaboration with other        3.3.2   Parent meetings
                                         teachers                                                                    3.3.1   Planning time with parents.
3.2.3 Provide money for the                                              3.2.6   Communication with Parents on the
incurring professional         3.2.3     Collaboration with parents              new and updated resources.          3.3.1 Afternoon /evening meetings
development costs                                                                                                    for parents
                               3.2.6     Meetings and collaboration
3.1.4 $250.00 – for visual               with Community members –                                                    3.1.5   Implementation of government
displays                                 public health nurse, doctors,                                                       programs
                                                                                                                     3.3.2   School planning time for
                                                                                                                             organization of activities.
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The 2007-2008 school year has been very busy and successful. As this report indicates, we
have worked hard on the many initiatives identified to promote academic achievement for
all students in a caring and socially just environment. All work was done with one end in
mind – to improve the teaching and learning that takes place each and every day at
Rennie’s River Elementary. This work was done in partnership with our parents to ensure
that each child’s educational opportunity has been maximized. With that in mind, we
continue to celebrate the many accomplishments at our school and nurture each and every
child in a learning environment, that like our school motto, is filled with love and laughter

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