Achievement and SLP

Measures of Student Achievement
Student achievement is measured in many ways at Charles H. Hulse Public School. These include: collaborative assessment of student work, parent-teacher consultations, and participation in board wide assessment programs including the ELOT, Early Literacy Observation Tool for our Kindergarten children, PM Benchmarks assessment, given at the primary level and CASI given at the junior level. In addition to these, students in grades 3-6 participated in math testing using the Prime Test. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) grade 3 and grade 6 assessments are administered province-wide during the month of May.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning through the use of anchor charts, accountable talk and descriptive feedback. Our focus this year continues to be helping students acquire lifelong skills through uncovering and applying knowledge in meaningful ways through critical thinking and authentic learning tasks. Student agendas provide students with a tool to organize their assignments and provide daily communication between home and school.
Other programs designed to promote and reward student achievement and success include the “Hulse Habits”, a character education program whereby students are recognized and acknowledged for demonstrating positive behaviours such as citizenship and personal development.
Our successful physical education program provides our students with numerous opportunities to develop their self-esteem. Many of our junior students participate in daily house leagues and are also trained to be referees. As a result, our teams are very successful in system-wide competitions. Fair play and skill, coupled with excellent leadership and positive attitudes, provide a rewarding experience for our students.
Probably the most significant measure of our success is watching the countless newcomers that arrive from many different parts of the world become active participants in our school community.
School Improvement Plans and Initiatives
Staff, students and parents work collaboratively to sustain our vision for improved student learning. The basis for our plans and initiatives for the 2012-2013 school year stem from teacher input, classroom assessments, EQAO, CASI and PM Benchmark data.
Our school improvement plans are closely linked to the results of these assessments, and focus on areas of student achievement which need to be improved. This year, our data suggests that our greatest area of need is Mathematics. Our school improvement plan centres around helping students apply and express their understanding of concepts with clarity and accuracy by solving rich word problems. Our school was a key participant in the JMI (Junior Math Initiative) project.
For our goal of academic excellence, we are continuously striving to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to successfully participate in a competitive and rapidly changing global society. Our plan is based on a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goal. A school wide task is developed and a baseline assessment is administered. After an intense focus on our goal, we re-evaluate our processes and our students’ learning to determine the success of our initiatives. We then plan the next steps we need to take to support the learning of our students.
Our school is on a ‘Balanced School Day’ that provides uninterrupted blocks of time for teaching and learning. Further, our school continues to refine the an inclusion-based model of delivery where all students participate in the activities and themes of the regular classroom, with a few students receiving targeted Special Education and/or ELL withdrawal support for a short block of time during the day
Enhancing partnerships with our parents and the community is an ongoing goal at our school. Last year we invited the Charles H Hulse and larger community for an evening focused on Special Education. Our goal was to dispel any myths surrounding students receiving help for special learning needs. Our guests included Ridgemont HS students. They provided a very enlightening testimony regarding the help received and the many strategies they developed to enhance learning and ensure success. We offered a curriculum evening to invite parents to come and learn how they can be active participants in their child’s education. To maximize the participation of our community, transportation, dinner and childcare were provided. On Saturdays, International Language Education program classes in Arabic and Somali help promote literacy in the children’s first languages, which assists with the successful acquisition of literacy skills in a second language.
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