Principal's Message

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It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of September.  It was wonderful meeting and seeing many parents and grandparents at our pancake breakfast and open house this month.  Staff appreciated the opportunity to meet and chat with families.  Feedback from parents, students and staff was positive with everyone enjoying the opportunity to share in a meal, visit with one another and see the school.  It was amazing how quickly we were able to feed over 1100 staff, parents, students and their families!  At East Lake School, we believe parents play an important role in their children’s education and offering events such as this is our way of saying thank-you.

As a school, children are at the centre of everything we do with the needs of learners driving our decision making.  As the month of September has progressed, staff have been getting to know your children to ensure their needs inform the daily instruction taking place in each classroom.  In the classroom, teachers gather information about student needs from ongoing observations, student work, and assessment data.

In language arts, at the elementary level for example, teachers gather information related to each student’s reading level.  The data they gather provides information related to each child’s ability to fluently read text, understand what they’ve read and their instructional level.  This information is then used to plan lessons targeted at individual student needs.  During language arts time, teachers provide whole class, small group and/or individual instruction to students based on the data they have collected.  During these lessons, teachers continually collect information that informs their lessons the following day.

In math classes, teachers continually assess student progress in relation to number sense and related math skills.  Teachers observe students as they work through math problems and analyze student errors to determine next steps.  They use this data to inform the next day’s lesson.  This may mean re-teaching a concept, providing more, or less, challenging work, working with a small group and/or introducing a new concept.  The direction of the lesson depends on student progress.

These are just two examples of how the needs of learners drive decision making and instruction.

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