Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Our school follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, available on the Board's website. Student achievement is measured through a variety of assessment tools such as portfolios, rubrics, student-led conferences, observations, peer and self-assessments, written tests, oral presentations, anecdotal records, checklists, student logs or journals, projects, audio or video tapes, etc. Our teachers utilize the Early Literacy Observation Tool, Levelled Literacy program, PM Benchmarks, GB+, CASI and Évaluation Rapide as part of the reading assessment, and our students participate in the Grade 3 Provincial Testing. Any students who require additional support and assistance are referred by their classroom teacher to a School Based Team Meeting. The team, which includes the Principal, Learning Support Teachers and the classroom teachers, assess the needs of the student and determine a course of action in consultation with the parent. This includes further observation or assessment, accommodations and modifications within a regular class setting, additional support from one of our Special Education team, or referral to outside specialists. Our Special Education Team works closely with classroom teachers to assist in planning for the needs of their students.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

Our Literacy and Numeracy goals are developed after carefully reviewing EQAO results, our PM Benchmark and CASI results, the results of our pre- and post-tests of School Improvement goals, along with daily observation and assessments, report card results, demographic factors, and other available resources. To achieve our literacy goals we have a number of literacy initiatives. These include; the early literacy program, reading buddies, the home reading club, and public speaking activities. We have recently expanded our library resources in French, English and dual language books. We have also expanded our collection of levelled books for classroom use. In an effort to further improve our student achievement, teachers incorporate the four branches of literacy: shared/guided reading; self-selected reading; writing, and working with words.

This year our School Improvement Plan is identifying critical thinking and communication in numeracy. This year’s goal is to enhance these skills with a particular focus on Algebra (Equality and Equations). In addition, our Wellness goal is to support our students’ emotional and social development through a variety of initiatives. School Council is very dedicated in helping us update our technological resources and currently a large portion of funds raised go toward the purchase of SmartBoards; with their goal being to purchase one SmartBoard for every classroom. Another school initiative focuses on student self-management through positive behavior strategies and on promoting a safe and caring school, in which all of our students feel valued. We work on achieving these goals with a focus on conflict resolution, anti-bullying, environmental stewardship, family, multiculturalism and anti-racism. Forest Valley promotes an environmentally friendly use of resources. Our school operates a successful composting and recycling program. It is a tradition at Forest Valley to generously support a number of charitable organizations each year. The purpose is to teach our students the importance of sharing, developing empathy for others and to increase their awareness of various types of physical conditions in people.

Other Initiatives:

We pride ourselves on the variety of special programs and activities that are sponsored by our School Council such as our Book Fairs, ‘Tis the Season’ family event, the Valentine Family Dance, Springapalooza and a special Moving Ahead activity for our grade five students. Our students, staff and families have organized various philanthropic events that have supported; the homeless, impoverished children, the Terry Fox Walk, the United Way, the Gloucester Food Bank and global issues.

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