Measures of Student Achievement and Success
Students participate in the OCDSB schedule of testing:
The Education Quality Accountability Office administers province-wide tests in both language (reading and writing) and mathematics to grade 3 and grade 6 students.
English Program: PM Benchmarks for primary students, CASI for junior and intermediate students.
EFI/MFI Program: La trousse d’évaluation en lecture de GB+, for primary students, évaluation rapide for junior and intermediate students.
Success and Participation in Regional and National Programs
Participation in math competitions (Gauss, Pythagoras, and Fibonacci); participation in science competitions (Ottawa University Science and Engineering Olympics); Student involvement in quality daily physical education, Diamond National Award, Active involvement of students in both recreational and competitive sports teams.
Student Leadership and Community Involvement
Students demonstrate strong leadership in numerous school and community activities (crossing guards, student council, reading buddies, school tours); 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).
School Improvement Plans and Initiatives
The Hopewell Avenue School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA) will focus on Critical and Creative Thinking for the 2013-2015 school years. This year’s particular focus will be fostering high level thinking skills by applying appropriate reasoning and proving in all strands of the Ontario Curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on further developing students’ ability to build criteria-based judgements. This multi-year plan has been developed and programming will be been implemented accordingly. The Hopewell staff will continue working with coaches in Literacy and Numeracy programming throughout the year. The Resource Room has been remodelled to provide easier access for instruction materials and resources to deliver effective programs. Shared reading and writing continues to be implemented in primary, junior and intermediate classrooms. Guided reading continues to be a focus in primary and junior classrooms.
Safe and Caring Schools
A 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 2013-2014 school year. Our School Council has provided an excellent library of character education resources for use to all teachers and the community. A number of community groups have been invited to promote character education and anti-bullying programs such as the “It’s Cool to Care” promotion that was held in the first month of school.
Environmental Awareness/ Global Education
Hopewell students actively participate in school-wide environmental activities EarthCare, World Wildlife fundraising and Litterless Lunch. Science activities are focused on renewable energy. Students will continue to participate in charitable activities as part of our concern for global education.