Our School Planning Council (SPC) and staff have approved the following goals for 2012-2013 academic year:
Goal # 1: By the end of June 2016 South Kelowna Elementary students will be able to demonstrate the School District 23's Attributes of a 21st Century Learner.
As the world continues to adjust to the information age, it is imperative that educational practices prepare our young people for a future in which knowledge increases at an exponential pace and can be accessed almost instantaneously. The staff and School Planning Council members at SKE understand that we are at a tipping point in education and that there is a need to create a 21st century model for education that prepares our students for the demands of citizenship, postsecondary education and careers in the future.
For 2015/2016 we would like to continue our focus on going deeper into teaching the skills involved in being a successful learner in the information age. A successful learner is a person who is engaged, resilient and seeks to understand through:
- Literacy, Numeracy, and Subject competencies
- Information, Media and Technology Literacy
- Self-Direction, Work Ethic and Accountability
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Financial Literacy
This is the first sub-goal in a three year implementation plan for the main goal which is to teach students all of the specific skills that make up each of the attributes by the end of the 2017/2018 school year. Year two will focus on the skills of a thinker and an innovator, and year three will focus on the skills of a communicator and a contributor.
Goal # 2: By the end of June 2016 the percentage of primary students exceeding expectations will exceed 20%, and the percentage of intermediate students achieving a 'B' or better will exceed 75%, in writing.
Why This Goal?
Ongoing discussions with staff, parents and students have indicated a desire to include a goal to support fine and performing arts opportunities. Since we achieved the performance targets for our Numeracy goal, the SPC and staff agreed to put the Numeracy goal aside for the time being, and include a goal to support the arts. We feel that the skills needed to be a successful '21st Century Learner' can more likely be obtained in a school where the arts are infused into the teaching and learning of all curricula. The research cited is from a document titled 'Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development' written by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) for the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts (2002). The 62 studies showed both positive causal and co-relational relationships between arts education and achievement.
Maintenance Goal: Maintain a comprehensive healthy school based on the nine components of a healthy school established by the BC Network of Healthy Schools.
Why This Goal?
A healthy school is a place where students have many opportunities - in the classroom, and in every aspect of their school experience - to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development. That includes such things as:
- engaging in regular physical activity, and understanding the importance of physical activity to health and learning;
- understanding basic nutrition and learning how to make healthy food choices;
- feeling a sense of belonging and connectedness to school, developing self-esteem and social responsibility; and
- having a safe physical environment in which to learn and play.
Although we do not have any quantitative data linking our healthy school initiatives to improving student learning, we feel, through anecdotal observations, that our efforts in this area have contributed to a positive school culture and improved student learning. Most teachers report that the healthy schools initiatives do make a difference in terms of the students' ability to focus and we hope that our efforts in this area will help support achievement in literacy and numeracy.