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Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

  • Formal report cards go home two times a year for grades one through six, plus a Progress Report Card in the fall. All kindergarten children receive a report card at the end of June and Senior Kindergarten children also have a report card at the end of term 1.

  • Student achievement is measured in many ways at our school. Portfolios of student work, public performances, and student-led conferences are sometimes used to showcase achievement.

  • Assemblies honour “Stars of the Month”, “Citizenship Award” winners and “Monthly Award” winners. We also recognize House System teams.

  • Each spring the students participate in Regina’s public speaking or story telling programs.

  • Students achieve success in sports events such as cross-country running, and intramural sports.

  • Grade 3 and grade 6 pupils participate in province-wide EQAO achievement testing.

  • Teachers use a variety of assessment tools and practices for formative and summative assessment as well as peer and student self-assessment. In addition to assessment of learning at the end of instructional units, teachers use assessment “for” and “as” learning with our students. Along with the analysis of testing results, we review observations of daily student performance, report card marks, in-school tests, reading comprehension analyses (PM Benchmarks, CASI, et al.) and a variety of demographic factors.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

Literacy

We have excellent literacy resources at Regina and our goal is to continue to implement strategies that will demonstrably improve student reading and writing skills across the curriculum in all grades, through a Balanced Literacy approach. Staff teams work together and with a Central Instructional Coach focusing on best practices for teaching and learning comprehension strategies across the curriculum, improving student inferring and quality thinking skills and utilizing resources to integrate curriculum areas. Ongoing professional development is supported through in-school and outside workshops.

Our Early Literacy Program in kindergarten continues to use parent and community volunteers to read with our kindergarten students. Student progress in reading is closely monitored and early intervention, where needed, will continue to be a focus. Our Early Literacy Program for Kindergarten is supported by a long standing group of community volunteers.

Numeracy


Across all grades, our main objective is to improve students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, their problem-solving strategies and the application of mathematical procedures, and to improve students’ ability to communicate required mathematical knowledge and their mathematical thinking. Teachers are using strategies such as 3-part problem-solving techniques, bansho, etc., using quality questions to promote student learning, thinking and communication skills.

Assessment

Assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning continue to be a focus across the curriculum.

Bullying Prevention and Response


At Regina, we work on building and discussing the various aspects of character development throughout our curriculum, including defining and understanding bullying, and looking at how to take action against bullying. Conflicts are resolved through Restorative Justice. We have a Regina House System for all students in grades 1 – 6 to encourage positive interaction throughout the school We continue an emphasis on Character Education with monthly themes and recognition for Citizenship at month-end assemblies.

The Arts

We have focused for a number of years on building capacity in the various areas of the Arts curriculum. Last year we secured a S’Cool Life Fund grant to purchase a class set of djembe drums, and have been learning to play them. This year, one of our School Improvement foci is to continue to apply the creative process and perform music with our drums, and to incorporate elements of dance with the drumming. We are continuing to find ways to integrate the use of the drums into various areas of the curriculum (e.g., patterning in Mathematics).

Other Initiatives

Regina Street Public School has a number of initiatives and partnerships with the community. We work closely with our child care centre, REKSAP, which is located in our building, to support our students and families. The Ottawa Public Library Book Mobile visits Regina St. P. S. every Monday, for students, teachers and members of the community to borrow books. We sometimes have a Confident Children’s Program run by Pinecrest-Queensway Community and Health Services Centre, to help children build social skills and self-esteem.

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