Message from Director Mike McDonald...
It is with great pleasure that I share this annual report which outlines the successes and accomplishments of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board in the 2018-19 school year. I am proud to be part of such an incredible Catholic community where our dedicated staff, guided by their faith, engage our students, in their faith formation and academic achievement. We look forward to continue to collaborate with all stakeholders in our community as we move forward and journey together. God bless.
Our 2018-19 Spiritual Theme
JOURNEY, Encounter, Transform - Hearts on Fire (Luke 24:32)
Strategic Plan Pillar Report Card...
Catholic Faith Formation
Christian Meditation with Children in Schools
- Christian Meditation with Children continued in all schools.
- Additional Christian Meditation ‘take home kits’ created. (60)
- Special project: a book on student reflections of “Why I Like Christian Meditation” completed.
Implementation of the Grade 3 Religion Program (Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ)
- The new Grade 3 Religious Education Program, “Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ” with full implementation has been purchased and distributed across the district.
Social Justice Initiatives and Work to Support Catholic Service Organizations
- A variety of social justice initiatives have taken place across the system (e.g., volunteering at Good Shepherd, Hamilton; Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Brantford; Intergenerational visits at Riverview Terrace and Norfolk General Hospital; food drives; clothing drives, etc.
- Mission Trips organized and executed.
- Elementary social justice teams participated in Social Justice Retreat days.
Increase our profile in the community
- New visuals used for the 3-year term.
- Standardized ‘Guide for Parents' added to Kindergarten Registration Package.
- Increased use of Twitter to inform community.
- Worked with the Catholic Service Organizations, local parishes and community partners.
Improve customer service perceptions in our community
- New school-to-home / home-to-school communication system
- Second public consultation process - school climate survey
Board Improvement Plan
The BHNCDSB is committed to providing all students with learning experiences that are rooted in effective research-based practices. Our goals continue to be improving student learning and achievement in mathematics and increasing and enhancing principal and teacher learning in mathematical content knowledge and instruction. In the area of Student Achievement in Mathematics, we implemented several initiatives that were embedded in the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement 2018-2019:
Grade 2 and Grade 5 Measurement Networks
- All teachers of Grades 2 and 5 participated in three modules of learning related to building content and math knowledge for teaching in the area of Measurement.
- Educator learning was measured by a pre and post survey as well as an exit survey after each module’s learning.
- Diagnostic assessments were completed on all students in grade 2 and grade 5 in September 2019. The same assessment was be re-administered to all students in May 2019 in order to measure student progress.
EQAO Pilot Project
- Grade 3 and 6 teachers from 5 schools participated in a full day of professional learning focused on deepening understanding of the curriculum achievement categories Knowledge & Understanding, Thinking and Application. Additionally, new information from EQAO regarding the administration of the assessment was shared with educators. View our 2018-19 EQAO assessment results.
- Teachers were provided a mid-year assessment resembling EQAO experience for students.
- The mid-year assessment included multiple choice and open response questions that targeted concepts which the district has not performed well on in the last few years, including number sense and measurement.
- Teachers used student responses from the midyear assessment as the basis for moderated marking during the learning of the day.
School-based Numeracy Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): K-8
- Teachers and administrators participated in PLCs at the school level to deepen their understanding of content related to fundamental math concepts including foundational concepts of number sense, computational fluency, foundational concepts of multiplication, and/or fractions.
- Principals used educator self-assessment data and 1:1 meetings with staff to monitor educator growth regarding implementation of the concepts of fundamental mathematics.
Secondary Intermediate Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): 9-10
- Teachers of Applied and Locally Developed Mathematics courses participated in three PLCs to develop awareness and deepen their understanding of the fundamental concepts in mathematics.
- PLCs met three times during each semester. Topics included Multiplication, Representing & Comparing Fractions and Operations with Fractions.
- Teacher learning was measured and monitored through Pre and Post-Learning Surveys. Student learning was measured and monitored through diagnostic assessments administered prior to each module and again at the end of Semester
- At monthly Family of Schools meetings, principals were provided with professional learning that deepened their own understanding of the fundamental math concepts and the instructional practices that were delivered at the school-based PLCs.
Pathways, Planning and Supports
To support pathways and planning at both the elementary and secondary levels we held/hosted/participated in:
- Pathways - Women in Trades, Males in the Trades
- Pathways Day
- Ontario Skills Competitors- Board/Regional/Provincial
- Ontario Skills Students Trip- Board / Provincial
- Techxploration Days
- Destination College - Elementary Schools
- What Works - Our Community Work
- Elementary Schools
- Manufacturing Day - Secondary
- Women in Trades Days
- Future Build Event Toronto - Alternate years - Trades Day
- Elementary Schools
- Epic Jobs - Skilled Trades Day Brantford
- OYAP Opportunity Days
- Jill of All Trades - Secondary
- LIUNA Construction Symposium
- Certification/Training with Sector Partners
- Elementary Reach Ahead to Secondary
- Pathways to Work (Elementary)
- Sector Specific Guest Speakers
- Gifted and Skills Trades Boat Builds
- Job Skills/Special Education Reach Ahead
- BRC Summer Business
- Manufacturing Career Day
- Indigenous Engagement Apprenticeships
- Take Our Kids To Work