In no order of importance, just teachers taking turns, here is what else is happening in our school.
- Grade 8 and 9’s together. Reorganize students in more meaningful ways. Pooling classes together, with Separating students on fitness levels. Students like the variety of options.
- Also doing 2 fitness days per week, culture changed this year. It was previously scheduled for one day a week. 150 – 160 kids.
- We have as many as 6 blocks per period. Sometimes they are leaking out into the hub, but when bad weather it’s worst.
- Increase in enrollment in Super Fit day. In the grade 11/12 area. Women only – get Fit class. ½ the girls did the Sun Run; it’s a transformation of their life.
- Assessment piece – digital portfolio, doing interviews, and some portfolios were tangible, but now it’s going tech, towards a blog entry recording their physical fitness development They are embedding videos, links to different sites of interest, with peer, parents and teachers doing the assessment. Using the Library to do the blogs. It’s been fast, a bit messy but fun.
- Looking at going out of the classroom and into the community. To the aquarium, Play land, ties to the elementary schools (feeder) Grade 2 working with the Grade 12s, interacting with the Grade 12s helping them and then
- The TRU for Grade 11s being entered. Sent student to the Grade 11 Physics challenge. Congeniality award. Ms. Leonard.
- New teachers James Lo and Chris welcomed to the school.
- Working with Discovery Education. Video clips added into students. Changed common assessment with the different groups together.
- Gill taken on Project Based Learning with a Naming Game.
- Now also have fish, growing for students to see.
- Update - oversee events – Costa Rica and to Europe with Science related assignments.
- Course selection online. Grade 10 – 11. There were not too many glitches but 11 going into 12, it was the students and the time it took them to register. So the 10s got most of the spots for the registration. So now they understand the process.
- Tweet scholarship information and various programs for students. Need teachers to follow @msborasa.
- Jr. teachers are working towards getting students to the same levels. Many students at different levels. The department decided it was more important to get students to master the skills then the grades. Called “Skills Mastery”. Taken main concepts, broken into the skills, and judging the mastery of each one. Doing it conceptually, pictorially, and then it’s an assessment of the skills, only (i.e. skill 1, skill 2, skill 3.). Marked out of 4. Top score, showed all. 3 – got what I meant but I did not come up to the right one. 2 – I really tried but I need to work harder. 1 – I tried. Each skill tested twice about a week to a week and a ½. To get 5 out of 5, you need to get to a 4 twice. You need to transfer the skill in different ways. Three changes, twice in class, one out of class.
- New this semester, so working at it. But you can see a different. The learning and the passion to learning are greatly improved. Parents are contacting department, stating that they like where it’s going.
- Need to make 3 skills test for each concept.
- Students did very well in the Skills Canada this year, working almost through the night to make sure their robot worked in everyway. They took best machines at the provincial in 4 games – seated 4th, and they won the Silver in the finals.
- Showing Skills Canada video.
- Too many kids leaving high school without basic skills.
- Skills Canada promotes trades and technology to the next generation to keep the skills up.
- Not enough kids are coming into schools with the skills to teach them hand skills.
- Career is working at getting a bus to the Nationals June 5th and 7th in Vancouver. Looking at sending students to see these skills and be ready for these skills.