Spotlight November 24

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November 24, 2015

Spotlight on Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School

During the November 24 Board Meeting, representatives from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines shone the spotlight on the school, sharing why it is so important to the Fort Erie community.

View the presentation here.

As part of the presentation, teacher Chad Faner performed his own song, Know Him.


Niagara Catholic Celebrates Culture of Life

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Alex Schadenberg

Niagara Catholic’s Third Annual Culture of Life Conference took place at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre on November 5. Approximately 140 students from our eight Catholic secondary schools gathered together to explore and discuss key concepts of the Culture of Life.

This year’s Keynote Address was by Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The conference also featured workshops by the St. Catharines Right to Life Association: Rachel Mathie spoke about her experience with the L’Arche Community, which fosters an understanding about the value placed on individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual delays, and Nikki Sinke spoke about the effects of sexual relationships on our brain chemistry and provided strategies for teenagers to live a chaste life.


EQAO Assessments for Grade 3 and 6 Reading and Mathematics Shared with Board

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the assessment results for Grade 3 and 6 students who wrote provincial Mathematics and Literacy assessments in May and June, including the results for the Niagara Catholic District School Board.

Students writing assessments

Junior students at Niagara Catholic showed an overall improvement in reading, writing and math. Eighty-three per cent of students met or exceeded the Provincial standard of Level 3 or better in reading, a one per cent increase over the previous year. Eighty-five per cent of students met or exceeded the Provincial standard in Junior Writing; also a one per cent increase over 2013-2014. On the Mathematics assessment, 60 per cent of Grade 6 students met or exceeded the Provincial standard, up two per cent over the previous year.

Seventy-four per cent of Niagara Catholic’s Grade 3 students met or exceeded the Provincial standard in reading, the same percentage as students in 2013-2014. The number of students who met or exceeded the Provincial standard in writing slipped 81 per cent in 2014-2015, and Primary mathematics results showed 67 per cent of students who wrote the assessment meeting or exceeding the Provincial standard, down four per cent over 2013-2014.

Provincial results were not released for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Student success is paramount at Niagara Catholic,” said Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil. “Assessments give one piece of the picture, but it’s important to note the small successes that happen in our classrooms every day: The way a student helps another to grasp a new concept; the way in which students collaborate with each other to write stories design artwork, and the joy that fills a classroom when a student who has struggled with a concept succeeds and the whole class celebrates. These successes are no less important than a percentage on a test. We are grateful at Niagara Catholic to have a team of partners committed to student success on all levels, from our students and teachers, to parents, administrators and the Board of Trustees.”

Director of Education John Crocco said the Board will continue to work toward areas of strength continue to move forward, and to focus on areas where improvement is needed.

At Niagara Catholic, we are proud of theexemplary Catholic leadership of our school and system administrators, the dedication and skills of our talented staff and the commitment of our students to academic excellence” said Mr. Crocco. “EQAO assessments are one of the many pieces of evidence that Niagara Catholic uses as a system, and schools use individually, to measure student achievement. Combined with other data, assessments, and the important interactive dialogue with students, parents and staff throughout the school year, this provides consistent opportunities for feedback and planning to design and provide programs and services for the success of all students in all schools throughout the Niagara Catholic District School Board.”

Niagara Catholic’s EQAO Assessment Results are available online.


Snow Removal Tender Approved

snow ploughNiagara Catholic will contract five companies for snow ploughing and salting services this winter.

Griffin Construction, Niagara Compost Soil Farm, Sacco Construction, Ltd., Steele’s Landscaping and Stevensville Lawn Service will clear the ice and snow from Niagara Catholic schools this winter.

Griffin Construction, Niagara Compost Soil Farm, Sacco Construction, Ltd., Steele’s Landscaping and Stevensville Lawn Service will clear the ice and snow from Niagara Catholic schools this winter.

The complete report is available in Section C8 in the November 24 Agenda.


 

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