Our School Plan Progress 2018-2019

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Godson School Goals

Intellectual

Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Literacy Development

At Godson, we understand that students are much more likely to graduate if they are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3. In response, every effort is being made to ensure that our students receive daily, explicit instruction to support them on their journey toward success in reading.

Our students participate in explicit reading instruction that is based on the Daily 5 structure (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Words and Work on Writing). Students learn how to pick out "Just Right" books based on their reading level and interests. Research shows that when students choose their own books, they are more likely to become voracious readers. Teachers confer regularly with their students to set goals that help develop CAFE skills and strategies in the areas of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary.

Reading support goes beyond the classroom: Our students have the opportunity to participate in Book Buddies and Literacy Matters (afterschool reading programs), the Read:It program (early intervention for at-risk readers), D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), RAZ Kids (on-line reading and assessment programand Readers Theater which help develop literacy skills in engaging ways.

Looking at the data:

 

Math

Students are provided the opportunity to explore mathematical concepts through teacher-directed lessons, skill practice and math games. They can then apply their knowledge of concepts to solve real-life problems (example: finding the area and perimeter of their bedrooms).

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Social/Emotional Learning

Students learn best when their minds and bodies are calm. All of the teachers and EAs at Godson share a common language associated with the Zones of Regulation. This language allows students to identify which zone they are in and provides them with the tools and strategies they need to regulate their emotions and ready themselves for learning.

Character Building

Mr. Laird leads weekly assemblies that focus on character building. Guest speakers are invited to share personal stories of triumph experienced through perserverence and determination.

Community Building

Community grows and develops through play, participating in co-operative tasks, sports, community service and by building positive relationships.

 

Caring for the Whole Child

We are grateful to our community partners who work alongside us to meet the needs of our students by...

Meeting Physical needs: 

  • Breakfast program - serving 60 meals/week
  • Lunch program - providing over 100 lunches/week
  • Starfish Backpack Program (Rotary) - caring for 38 of our families each week
  • Food Hampers (Alliance Church) - blessing over 35 families/year

Providing Extra-Curricular Literacy Support (over 150 hours of additional support in 2017/18)

  • Book Buddies (Abbotsford Community Schools)
  • Literacy Matters (funded by Decoda)
  • Vocabulary Builders Club
  • Targeted support for Aboriginal Students

Offering Social/Emotional Support:

  • PAC - fostering a caring community in endless ways (field trips, hot lunch, Welcome Back barbeque, Book Fairs, Movie Night, Fun Fair, Spirit wear...)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Go Girls - 7 week after school program supporting gr. 5 girls
  • Restorative Justice - conflict resolution support for gr. 5 students
  • Summer camp (Kawkawa) opportunities funded by Alliance Church

 

Careers

Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Preparing Our Students for the Future

Students extend their learning through technology (coding, online resources and communication options) and are presented with opportunities to engage in hands-on learning and collaborative problem-solving.