Measures of Student Achievement and Success
Hopewell follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation, available on the Board’s website (www.ocdsb.ca). We also adhere to the practices in the Growing Success, Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, first edition covering grades 1‐12 inclusive and published by the Ministry of Education 2010. Student achievement is measured in many ways at Hopewell.
We assume responsibility for the success of all of our students. Several diagnostic assessments (i.e., PM Benchmarks/GB+ and other informal assessments) are administered at various time periods throughout the academic year to track and monitor students’ progress. These are used as assessments for learning to allow staff to plan richer learning experiences. As a team, we work collaboratively to consistently review these assessments and to share strategies to move all students forward in their learning. By the end of May, reading assessments in the form of PM Benchmarks are completed for students in grades 1, 2, and 3. In keeping with Ministry directives, grade 3 and grade 6 students take part in the provincial assessment of Primary and Junior Reading, Writing, and Mathematics in late spring (EQAO).
Success and Participation in Regional and National Programs
Participation in Math competitions (Caribou, Gauss, Pythagoras, and Fibonacci); participation in science competitions (Ottawa University Science and Engineering Olympics); Student involvement in quality daily Physical Education, active involvement of students in both recreational and competitive sports teams. Students also participate in Genius Hour.
Student Leadership and Community Involvement
Students demonstrate strong leadership skills in numerous school and community activities such as the Musical, Bands, Student Council, reading buddies, lunch monitors, leadership groups, school tours, the Take Action Group (TAG), visits to the local senior centres; consistent involvement in environmental awareness programs (Earth Care); students demonstrate a strong commitment to charitable activities, raising money for underprivileged members of society at the regional, national and international levels (United Way, breakfast programs, global programming, Play Structure for another school).
School Learning Plans and Initiatives
The Hopewell Avenue School Learning Plan is aligned with the Board and Ministry focus on Numeracy. The Hopewell staff will continue working with coaches in Numeracy programming throughout the year and with cross panel teachers at the Glebe. The Math Resource Room has a rich variety and quantity of instruction materials and resources to deliver effective programs. The Ministry and Board have provided many new resources with the introduction of Math being taught in English in grade 1 EFI classes.
Inclusive, Safe and Caring School (Well Being) Team
An Inclusive, Safe and Caring School and Community Team has been established as part of the Ministry and School Board mandate. An anti-bullying school wide program has been established. Character Education, Safe and Caring curriculum and equity programming will continue to be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year. Character Assemblies are held monthly with strong leadership from students, staff and community members. This school year, the School Council funded ‘Improve with Improv’ workshops for all grade 1-8 classes, and ‘Mindfulness’ training for all JK/SK classes.
Environmental Awareness/ Global Education
Hopewell students actively participate in school-wide environmental activities such as litter less lunches, milk container recycling, and green bins for paper towels. Science activities are focused on renewable energy. Students will continue to participate in charitable activities as part of our concern for global education.