New approaches to assessing student success at Christ King School

Preparing for team work – Grade 5 -6 Peer Supporters at Christ King School start duties this week. They are pictured here with leader

Christ King School principal, Mr. Sheldon Gallagher and K/1 teacher Miss Jaclyn Delhommeau travelled to Niagara Falls to attend an assessment summit this past week along with eighteen other administrators and teachers from East Central Alberta Catholic School Division. Mr. Gallagher attended sessions which focused on using assessment to help guide student learning.

“Rather than just having a large test at the end of a unit, teachers can use small, formative assessments to inform them of whether a student has mastered a concept. This ongoing feedback helps the teacher to provide support to those who need it and provide challenging extension activities to those who have reached mastery,” Gallagher explained.

There were also sessions on report cards, developing a homework policy and how to create high performance schools. Miss Delhommeau found the sessions very informative and has gained many new strategies and ideas to use in her classroom.

Delhommeau stated, “Engaging students and getting them involved in the assessment of their learning in a meaningful way is critical to increasing student achievement.”

On the home front, Christ King School students have been participating in Wellness Wednesdays. Wellness Wednesdays, brought to us by HEaRT, are opportunities for students to learn to make healthy lifestyle choices and will help them to grow physically, emotionally, and psychologically. October’s theme is personal safety. So far, we’ve discussed what wellness means and helmet safety, with bus safety on this week. Students have made connections regarding wellness to all areas of their lives, from spending quality time with family and friends to being active and making healthy food choices.

Speaking of healthy food, Christ King School Council Hot Lunch Committee will be providing another delicious meal on Thursday, Oct. 21. Homemade perogies, sausage, cucumber slices and a juice box are on the menu with puffed wheat squares for dessert. Our hot lunch committee serves nutritious, balanced meals to students and staff once a month.

Peer Support is up and running this week. We have ten students in Grade 5/6 who will be involved in peer mediation (conflict resolution) at recesses, and positive role modelling.

This is the second year of Peer Support in our school and we are pleased to have an opportunity for students to grow in leadership skills.

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