Interim Report for the Annual School Goals

This year, the school goals for St. Charles Catholic School revolve around the theme of “power”.Goals

They are:

Goal 1 – “Power of Prayer” – The goal this year is for every person in our school to experience first-hand the power of prayer. We will learn to pray together and for one another as a caring community. We will know we are successful in this objective if all members of our community experience a higher than usual level of joy-full-ness.

Goal 2 – “Power of 10” – We believe that the ability to demonstrate automaticity in math is fundamental. Our goal this year is that every student increase his/her automaticity skills in math by 10% and that every student demonstrates automaticity at or above grade level. To this end, the math teachers will be using a supplementary math program titled “the Power of 10”.

Goal 3 – “Power of Excellence in Writing” – For almost two decades the students at SCCS have been using a writing program called Excellence in Writing. Our goal this year is that through efficient implementation of the program every student increases his/her abilities in writing by 10% or more.

The staff have been collecting data in the classroom, and surveys were conducted of parents and staff. The results are as follows:

 

Goal 1 – “Power of Prayer”

  • 60% of the classrooms reported having said the school prayer to increase classroom joyfulness.
  • 87% of the classrooms reported having had classroom discussions on ways to increase joyfulness.

Anecdotal evidence:

“It is important for each family to be joyful so that the children bring that joy from their homes to the school and it keeps positive energy in the school.”

“We increased joyfulness through participation in extra-curricular activities that brought joy to the community: studying, discussing and carrying out elements of the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Charity. We have participated in donating food and money for the poor of our community. My students have been carrying out various acts of kindness to others inside the school and in their communities (finding things and turning them in, picking up things for others or helping them carry books, practicing honesty, sharing, etc.), Also, we have been praying for our friends, family, those at our school, the poor, the sick, the elderly, all who are suffering in our community and all over the world) and offering small acts of sacrifice as well.”

 

“We increased joyfulness through helping others in the larger community and presenting their service work to the class. Gift giving. Singing. Art. Prayer.”

 

“We increased joyfulness through working on cooperation and kindness during class.”

 

“We increased joyfulness through helping Siloam Mission with Thanksgiving Meal Prep, a Shampoo Drive for Siloam Mission, WE DAY attendance, helping with fundraising (after Spring Break), October Spiritual Retreat, Winter Camp Activities, School Representation and developing Positive Leaders in the building (sports, music, assembly leadership).”

 

“We increased joyfulness through many leadership initiatives.”

 

“Students increased joyfulness in the community by learning to be leaders.”

 

“I feel we are all invested in this goal. I come to work happy and with a positive attitude. I work to share that positive energy with the students and staff around me. So that they too can have a joy-filled day.”

 

Goal 2 – “Power of 10”

  • Power-of-Ten was a new math strategy for 63% of the staff.
  • 63% of the staff incorporated new “drill-and-practice” strategies this year, and 13% of the staff incorporated new computer-based “drill-and-practice” strategies.

KL, KR, Gr. 1-2, Gr. 6, 7 & 8: are all meeting our school goal.

Gr. 1 & Gr. 3: currently have 83% of students meeting goal.

Gr. 2, Gr. 3-4, Gr. 4, Gr. 5 are not meeting goals at this time, but are projected to have met them by year-end.

 

TouchMath has been piloted with students struggling in Math. Of the 8 children in this program, who entered below grade level, all exited in 10 lessons at or above grade level expectations.

 

 

Anecdotes:

 

“I focused most on the math goal, because it takes time to memorize math facts and to learn to take a test using good strategies. The writing occurs every day, as well, but involves simple examples and reminders, verbal and written, about goals. It seemed to take less time.”

 

“Automaticity of math facts is an exceptionally useful skill later in life, that many students do not have due to an increase in technological aids such as calculators built into phones.”

“Math goal- as I have been working with some students who struggle with math on TouchMath. Very positive results. Also the Spiritual/Behavioural Goal- as part of the SCCS community.”

“They achieved good success with lots of practice in writing and math.”

“Achieving and exceeding curriculum goals for: Mathematics (diverse strategies in addition, subtraction – power of ten, for automaticity in number facts), and Excellence In Writing (editing, details, description, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, using the dictionary and reference guides, etc), better reading comprehension, and also participation in literary discussions, feedback, critical thinking, using positive language, opinions, making predictions, poetry and/or using Reading and Writing in all subjects Also, for the integration of all subjects for deeper understanding and better independent, and collaborative learning.”

“I feel math is an essential skill for students to have in order to progress/move forward with other math concepts confidently.”

“Math is critical. The goal was fair. It took work but we are on track.”

“My expectations are in line with the schools goals to reach and exceed curriculum standards. I always suggest my kids put 100% effort into their school work and believe they generally are successful in math skills at their grade level.”

“I was looking for different strategies to be taught so that my child would have numerous ways to get to the correct answer. I was not disappointed! :)”

“Younger child, number awareness and simple math fact goals were met. Older child goals were met and even challenged further with higher grade level math facts.”

“Two of my children who were strong in math have furthered their understand while the one who’s not mathematically inclined still struggles.”

Goal 3 – “Power of Excellence in Writing”

 

  • 60% of staff incorporated a new ELA strategy this year to reach this goal.  All classes reported that students had improved, but that actual statistical evidence was invalid due to unreliable measurement tools.

 

Anecdotes:

“As a team, we found that this goal is difficult to assess due to interpretation of how to collect and report data. We feel that using the Bonnie Campbell-Hill continuum as a basis for our benchmark assessment would be more accurate since writing is a developmental skill.”

 

“In conclusion, we feel that this goal needs to be further refined to be more consistent and accurate among grade levels. In addition, the goal benchmarks for EIW were identified for November and May, with goal reached by June. We will assess skills again in May and June for final results.”

 

 

Regarding goals for next year:

 

  • The majority of respondents in both surveys indicated their preference that the current math goal be continued for another year.The second most significant suggestion was “problem solving” skills.

 

 

 

  • Of the three goals, parents indicated an emphasis be placed on Math development.