Davis Bay Elementary<br />School Growth Plan 2011-2012<br />
Setting Directions<br />Goal No. 1<br />For Davis Bay to continue to flourish as a small community school using an innovative Science based themed approach to attract new families and students to our school<br />
Setting Directions<br /> Goal No. 1 (cont)<br />To renew and thrive as a small community school by taking advantage of the talents of our staff and our unique situation that finds us (a) the only K-5 school in the district and (b) surrounded by diverse natural environments that provide rich opportunities for learning.<br />
Objective<br />To enhance the viability and sustainability of the Davis Bay Elementary by developing and publicizing its unique and treasured aspects. <br />(We see Davis Bay as being very “sustainable” by delivering academic programs by utilizing our natural surroundings, i.e. ocean in the front, forest and creek behind the school.)<br />
Rationale<br />After the district reorganization in the 2009/10 school year, the school is in the process of reinventing itself and must respond to meet the needs of our new K-5 school. We have begun to address these factors in the current school year and fully recognize the strong foundation that presently exists. <br />
Rationale Continued…<br />Davis Bay Elementary offers a cohesive and connective family oriented culture that supports the development of children. <br />It’s organization allows for flexible groupings that allow us to better respond to the individual needs of our students, multi-age classrooms that support continuous learning, and a school size that allows for considerable whole school focus and activity.<br />
Key Points<br /><ul><li> Many academic subjects will be organized around the theme of "Connecting With Our Environment". We will begin to explore thematically organized curriculum in the areas of student writing, science, and social responsibility.
To articulate and address the factors that make small K-5 schools highly successful.</li></li></ul><li>This foundation is based on…<br /><ul><li> Davis Bay is advantaged by parental and community engagement.
Discussions amongst staff and parents have revealed a strong commitment to developing a thematic curricular organization centred around its rich, natural setting.
Educational research is clear about the advantages of small school and we believe that the K-5 organization can be of great benefit.</li></li></ul><li>Data<br /><ul><li> The presence of an articulated and shared vision for our school.
Student, staff and parent surveys aimed at assessing satisfaction and level of support of, and engagement in, the process of school renewal.</li></li></ul><li>Goal # 2<br />Make a stronger “Reading – Writing” connection<br />Objective<br />To increase literacy through enhanced encoding and decoding skills and to understand that one has a direct bearing and strong coupling with the other. To develop in our students intrinsic motivation, self-directedness, and a passion for reading and writing. We will begin by focusing on making our goals their goals so that students see the benefits of a strong reading-writing connection.<br />
Rationale<br />Literacy is one of the central mandates of school<br /><ul><li>Study of the reading-writing connection has made staff aware that by building this connection, students' overall literacy is positively impacted in terms of student motivation and naturally following, their achievement.
Our K-5 school organization will facilitate student learning in this area as we are more flexible in our groupings and our multi-age classrooms support continuous progress. This goal links with our first goal (science-based thematic curriculum). </li></li></ul><li>Data<br /><ul><li> An all school anthology of our writing, connected to our reading or other pre-writing experiences
B.C. Ministry of Education published Performance Based Standards for reading and writing</li></li></ul><li>Strategies<br />Goal #1<br /><ul><li> David Barnum, our resident Science specialist from the “Spider” program, has agreed to offer his expertise in assisting teachers to accomplish our stated goal.
Parents could assist us in our outdoor oriented curriculum.
I would also explore the possibility of doing a whole-school Sea-to-Sky Outdoor School experience that uses their expertise in supporting students to develop strong connections to their natural environment. </li></li></ul><li>Strategies<br />Goal # 2<br />Continue to develop our reading-writing program with the help and expertise of people such as Carole Stickley and use science-based learning experiences to build the reading-writing connection. <br />Students' learning experiences in natural settings will be the springboard for their writing. They will have opportunity to write in both fiction and non-fiction and to review and reflect on their products.<br />
Structures<br /><ul><li> School focused Professional Development will support staff dialogue and enable us to utilize key resource people related to various science and writing themes.
Continue with whole school trips to surrounding sites i.e., Iris Griffith, Camp Byng as well as Vancouver destinations, i.e., Planetarium, Aquarium </li></li></ul><li>Coherence/Alignment<br /><ul><li> The strong science theme approach enjoys the commitment of staff and stated support from resident scientist, David Barnum.
The reading-writing connection aligns with both the science-based thematic approach and with the District’s goal of a strong literacy program. </li></li></ul><li>Dialogue <br />& Communication<br /><ul><li> Professional Development Days have engendered enthusiasm and commitment.
There has been general support and excitement about new directions and possibilities as evidenced by staff and the PAC. •There have also been a number of formal and informal discussions that fully support these initiatives.
Downsizing is a reality for Davis Bay and those challenges will be met with optimism and commitment for sustainability.</li></li></ul><li>Parent Involvement<br />We encourage and value parental participation on field trips and PAC meetings, in classrooms and informal gatherings around the school. <br />We know that if parents are active and enthusiastic partners, student achievement is enhanced and as the word spreads, this could potentially attract new families to our school community.<br />
Leadership<br />As a small school with a deeply committed staff and parent body, this kind of leadership naturally occurs. This quality of the school must be recognized and fostered. As well, we must be vigilant at being inclusive and ensure that all voices are valued and heard and all ideas considered; no one is left feeling marginalized. <br />It is the belief of the current school leadership that when parents, staff, and students are being heard and their input acted upon as appropriate to the goals of the school, satisfaction and school development and, most importantly, enhanced student learning will be inevitable results.<br />
Achieving Results<br />Results will be monitored both informally – i.e., enthusiasm and attitude toward the subject areas by our students, and formally – report card marks, FSA results and Performance Based Standards<br />Parental input will also be used to help assess the success of each goal. Open dialogue between administration, parents and staff is critical to gauge this type of informal assessment <br />