E-Bulletin, June 9, 2015

1. JR Walkof School Presentation • Principal Larry Schroeder was joined by teachers Margaret Bergen, Cyndie Wiebe, and Allison MacKinnon-Seymour and School Liaison Worker Linda Hiebert to present an overview of the JR Walkof Storytime/Pre-School Initiative.

• The program offers an opportunity for children to come into the school to become familiar with routines and the school environment. • It is the first leg in promoting literacy. A story is read and children participate in various activities related to the story of the day. At the end of the time, each child takes home a “book bag” with books and various activities and then exchange it for a different one the next week. • In 2014-2015, approximately 80 children participated in the program.

2. Early Years Literacy Results – May 2015 • This was the first year for doing spring assessments with kindergarten students. Results indicate that divisionally 71% of kindergarten students are reading at or above grade level. • For grades 1- 3, 78% of students are reading at or above grade level, which is a continuing improvement from previous years. • In 2015-2016, grade 4 students will be assessed and included as part of the literacy initiative.

3. Middle Years Assessment Results 2014-2015 • Grade 7 Math - GVSD results are down slightly from 2013-2014 but are above the provincial average in all categories.
    - Significantly better in the category of ordering decimals.
    - Consistent slight upward trend in results in the category of mental math.
    - Since 2008-2009, there has been an approximate increase of 6% in the number of students demonstrating meeting grade level expectations.

• Gr. 7 student engagement - Above the provincial average in 4 of the 5 categories.
    - Strongest category is students accepting responsibility for assignments.
    - Since 2008-2009, there has been an approximate increase of 10% in the number of students demonstrating being established in most categories.

• Gr. 8 English Language Arts - Above the provincial average in all categories.
    - Strongest category – students understand key ideas and messages in a variety of texts.
    - Since 2008-2009, there has been an approximate increase of 25% in the number of students demonstrating meeting grade level expectations.

4. Gr. 12 Provincial Standards Tests Results – Semester 1 – 2014-2015 • Gr. 12 Essential Math - Results are higher than the provincial average, in both mean scores and pass rates.
    - Mean score = 67.1
    - Pass rate = 88.6

• Gr. 12 Pre-Calculus - Lower than provincial average in both mean score and pass rates.
    - Mean score = 58.1
    - Pass rate = 67.6

• Gr. 12 English Language Arts - Consistent across all categories of the test with provincial averages.
    - Mean Score = 66.5
    - Pass rate = 86.0

5. 2014-2015 Teacher Hiring • To date, 58 positions have been posted and filled for the 2015-2016 school year. • There is currently 1 vacant position to be filled, with interviews and hiring planned to take place before the end of June.