Destiny Discover
Improvement Plan

FAITH

The staff of St. Luke Catholic Elementary School will work with students, parents and St. Luke Parish to integrate knowledge of Catholic doctrine in order to promote students' growth in faith and virtue and to deepen commitment to Christ and the Church.

- teaching prayer, Catholic teachings and scripture
- Integrating the Gospel values throughout the curriculum
- actively participating in the life of St. Luke Parish through Masses, pastoral visits and sacramental preparation
- celebrating Catholic Education Week - theme - "Renewing the Promise", May 6 - 11, 2018
-implementation of the HWCDSB 'Faith in Action Calendar' which highlights a different Catholic Social teaching each month and students will be recognized for their sharing of these teachings at our monthly awards recognition assemblies
- teaching the Catholic Virtues and celebrating these virtues at our monthly awards recognition assembly
-teaching and participating in Christian Meditation -prayer of the heart, being with God in the silence and stillness of the moment
- an emphasis will be placed on teaching the parts of the mass, mass responses, and the proper etiquette and reverence at Mass
- participating in food drives, charitable work and donations, toy drives, social justice initiatives, Pilgrimage, visiting Nursing Homes, to provide humble service to humanity
- actively participating in the Ontario Eco-Schools Program, Diversity, and Restorative Justice Practices

LITERACY

The staff of St. Luke School will work to foster the acquisition, understanding, and independent application of literacy competencies in all students across all curriculum areas.

- student will clearly articulate the Learning Goal and Success Criteria of the lesson
- Reader's and Writer's Workshop
- co-constructed success criteria
-timely, descriptive feedback
- scaffolded learning
- gradual release of responsibility
- differentiated instruction
- design rich, robust thinking tasks which promote higher level thinking (i.e. inquiry, open ended questions)
- use of effective questioning as a strategy to promote deeper thinking and understanding (Why would? How did?)
- ensure the instruction is diversified through assistive technology such as Kurzweil, Word Q, e-texts
- ensure that the Learning Commons is an integral component to Literacy instruction, providing a rich diverse collection of books, web tools and other relevant digital resources to enhance student learning

NUMERACY

The staff of St. Luke will work to improve student's ability to comunicate and apply their mathematical thinking and reasoning using oral language and written representation in order to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts.
- students will clearly articulate the Learning Goals and Success Criteria of the lesson
- use of the 3 part Math Lesson; Getting Started, Working On It and Consolidation
- teaching math through a collaborative inquiry process
- co-constructed success criteria
-timely, descriptive feedback
- consistent and effective use of math manipulatives, graphic organizers, concrete graphs and tables to model their mathematical thinking in order to problem solve independently and in groups
- ensure student's are effectivley communicating their mathematical thinking - i.e. explain and justify
- use of effective questioning and prompts to help students formulate their mathematical ideas and reasoning i.e. How do you know? Why is that?
- provide rich problems which allow students to explore different strategies and solutions
- improve knowledge and understanding of computational skills through daily review and reinforcement

PATHWAYS

The staff of St. Luke will work to implement innovative, supportive and equitable programming that reflects the learning needs and interests of all students in their development as independent, life-long learners.

- provide a goal setting process which will give students the opportunity to generate authentic long and short term goals throughout the year
- explicitly connect instruction and programming to the learning skills and work habits
- i.e. Student Development: e.g. self regulation, independence, organization and initiative
- i.e. Interpersonal Development: e.g. collaboratoin, responsibility
- i.e. Career Development: e.g. responsible decision making, self-assessment, awareness of opportunities
- ensure the use of daily work, exemplars, success criteria, anchor charts, bump-it-up-walls and assessment results for each student to inform and guide the goal setting process
- consistent use of the agenda and virtual classrooms as a communication tool between home and school and to ensure assignment completion in order to achieve success of goal setting
- ensure the use of K - Grade 6 -All About Me Portfolios and Grade 7 -8 -Career Cruising for each student to inform and guide their goals setting process
- authentic learning experiences and experiential learning are built into all subject areas and programs

CATHOLIC, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & SERVICE

The staff of St. Luke will work to establish and foster equitable, inclusive and engaging school and classroom environments to increase student achievement.

- create a classroom culture which respects the dignity of each child and sees each child as a gift from God
- provide several faith enriching opportunities for all students to participate in and lead acts of service for each other, the school, parish, community and the world
- provide differentiated instruction which is respectful of the students' learning styles and interests
- recognition and celebration of student achievement in all areas of learning
- students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their talents through various co-curricular activities

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School is highly committed to promoting academic excellence with the Gospel values permeating all aspects of the curriculum. Curriculum expectations are followed and evaluated. Data from assessments and learning tools are used to monitor and enhance student learning and achievement on an on-going basis.