Notes from the October 15, 2019 Regular (Public) Meeting of the South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD) Board of Education
Monitoring Report on System Goal #2 – Our students achieve at high levels.
Director of Education Lynn Little presented the Board of Education with a report portraying various data supporting the board's goal of student achievement at high levels. She explained that secondary marks - core indicators resulted in SECPSD students performing above the provincial average in 17/20 (85%) subjects at the conclusion of the 2018/19 school year and self-declared FNMI students performed above the provincial average in 11/14 (78.6%) for the same time period.
Little shared that McNaughton High School, which she called a "perennial powerhouse in drama," was successful with their Shuffling presentation at both the regional and provincial levels, taking home the Spirit of the Festival award and coming first in the province for best technical crew and best technical production as well as second for overall production and visual production, in addition to receiving several other awards and certificates.
2017-2019 reading data for Grade 1-3 indicated that at the end of grade 1, 60% of students were reading at or above grade level with the provincial average being 67%. At the end of grade 2 there were 76% reading at or above grade level which exceeded the provincial average of 72% and at the end of grade 3, 77% were reading at or above grade level, again exceeding the provincial average which was 75%. SECPSD's goal this year is 80%.
A chart was provided with respect to reading targets for grade 4-8 and explained. Another graph indicated that SECPSD is a little higher than the provincial level in writing assessments for grade 4, 7 and 9 at which levels the assessments are conducted. Data collected when students enter and exit Kindergarten was also presented in which SECPSD's students attained 90% in 4/5 domains.
The monitoring report also contained information on athletics excellence achievements in addition to mathematics spring assessments results for grade 2, 5 and 8 which were close to being on par. Also, Skovision (software which allows the school division to drill down to every outcome across the system at every grade level) indicators were presented pertaining to mathematics for grade 1-12. The data showed the outcomes where students are performing well and which outcomes require more time to support. The findings will be dissected and plans and supports will be established to determine how to assist with improvements in mathematics.
Little stated that a strong indicator of system goal #2 is the on-time (3 year) and extended time (5 year) graduation rates. In that regard, a dozen high school principals who have a 3 year average graduation rate of above 90% for on-time graduation and those who have shown a positive, incremental growth in successive years for three years shared their success stories via Flipgrid.
They identified processes utilized and initiatives implemented to attain high graduation rates. The twelve 2-3 minute videos featured administrators and staff at five schools in the east service area (Gordon F. Kells in Carlyle, McNaughton in Moosomin, Rocanville, Redvers and Wawota); four in the south (Oxbow Prairie Horizons, Lampman, Estevan Comprehensive and Carnduff) as well as three schools in the west (Gladmar, Pangman and Radville). The stories centered around the individualization of student scheduling and student programming; engagement of principals, students and parents and building relationships with students even prior to the commencement of their studies. Presentations also focused on the provision of sports and clubs, open houses, instilling confidence in students and building teachers, careful monitoring of credit attainment, transition meetings, extra curricular activities, student leadership opportunities, interventions through RtI, and the use of Cyber Stone courses. In addition, administrators expressed appreciation for the work and support of their SCCs and spoke of the importance of obtaining student input into course offerings and the opportunities for special project credits, multi-course and specialty course offerings, as well as the focus on inviting parents and students to meet with teachers to discuss graduation plans. Other components of graduation success related to apprenticeship options and diligent monitoring and support of student attendance.
Board member, Jim Vermeersch, for the City of Estevan, commented that a lot of time and effort was put into the Flipgrid presentations stating, "I love what you did with that. I love that you got the input from twelve different schools." Shari Sutter, also representing the City of Estevan, added "and you didn't take those teachers, principals and vice-principals out of the classroom." Further, Vice-Chair Carol Flynn said, "I also like the differences, the way that they all looked at it in a different perspective," and requested that the presenters be informed that the Board really, really enjoyed the presentation.
Viable Schools Report
As required by Board Policy 14, the Director of Education presented the Board with a Viable Schools Report in which September 30th enrolment numbers indicated that a couple of schools continue to fall under the enrolment threshold as identified in legislation. The two schools, both K-12, are Manor School with 65 students, 21 less than when it first fell below the threshold in 2014/15, and Pangman School with 60 students, 20 less than when it first fell below the threshold in 2004/05, with the established school review criteria for the K-12 grade configuration being 88 students. The report portrayed projections up to 2027 being 64 students for Manor and 60 for Pangman.
In compliance with The School Division Administration Regulations, information was previously presented regarding the physical condition of the schools, operation cost per student, number of grades combined in each classroom, distribution of enrolments by grade level, projected enrolments, condition and capacity of potential receiving school(s), transportation implication to the potential receiving school(s) and availability of education programming, which data, as noted by Board Chair Audrey Trombley, the Board had an opportunity to review during two previous meetings.
A motion advising the Director of Education that the Board of Education will not review any schools during the 2019-2020 school year was passed by the Board with an 8-2 vote.
The Director of Education informed the Board that the overall enrolment number for SECPSD as at September 30 was 8,366 which is 58 higher than one year ago. It was also 110 higher than the school division's June 30 enrolment number and 84 higher than the division had projected for September 30. The Director noted that there has been an increase in staff and course offerings have been adjusted at Weyburn Comprehensive School which saw the most significant increase in students (70 over projection), across the division. The Board is pleased to know that SECPSD is at its highest enrolment since amalgamation 13 years ago.
During the period October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 the Director's office processed transfer requests for 137 students to schools inside of the division and 13 to schools outside of the division, in addition to 4 requests that were denied and 6 requests that were either withdrawn/cancelled or not required.
Annual School Community Council (SCC) Workshops
A presentation on Truth & Reconciliation and the supports available in the system, networking and a yet-to-be determined topic determined via a Thoughtexchange with SCC members will be the focus of this year's workshops being held from 7:00-8:30 PM on November 4th at MacLeod Elementary School in Moosomin (east service area), November 5th at Alameda School (south service area) and November 6th at Radville Regional High School (west service area). SCC members are free to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.
Board Chair Audrey Trombley acknowledged receipt of correspondence from the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) expressing appreciation for the Board's support in allowing Ryan Fowler (Principal of Weyburn Comprehensive School) to serve on the provincial executive for the 2019-2020 school year. As well, a letter of thanks was received from SHSAA for the excellent work of Wes Kreklewich (Teacher) and Nathan Johnson (Vice-Principal), both at Estevan Comprehensive School, in hosting the 2019 Provincial Gold Championships. Recently Trombley also brought to the Board's attention correspondence from the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation thanking Susan Wilson (Principal of Cyber Stone Virtual School) for her efforts as a facilitator in making the 2019 Summer Accreditation Seminar in Regina a success. The Board applauds the leadership and commitment of all four individuals in their dedication to education.
Articles by Norm Park
Articles submitted by Norm Park, contracted reporter for SECPSD, are available at these links: Business Items, Enrolment Report, Monitoring Report, School Review
|November 1/19||Board/MLA Forum|
|November 4/19||School Community Council Workshop (East), MacLeod Elementary School|
|November 5/19||School Community Council Workshop (South), Alameda School|
|November 6/19||Board Strategic Planning Meeting|
|November 6 19||School Community Council Workshop (West), Radville Regional High School|
|November 17/19||Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Public Section Meeting|
|November 17-19/19||Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Fall General Assembly/AGM|
|November 26/19||Committee-of-the-Whole Board Meeting|
|November 26/19||Regular Board Meeting|
|November 26/19||Organizational Meeting of the Board|
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