Elmira District Secondary School

Map of Ontario displaying the City of Elmira

2018 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

Data and Schools: A Journey of Learning

Student population: 1200; Grades: 9–12

  • A rural high school, Elmira DSS is one of 16 secondary schools in the Waterloo District board. It has strong connections to its parent community, the town of Elmira and the rest of Woolwich Township.
  • The school includes a substantial student population from the Mennonite community.

“My teacher provided constant feedback and refused to let me give up. She made sure that everyone knew what they were doing before pushing forward.”

— Grade 9 Student

Analysis

  1. EQAO Data: The administration looks at the school’s EQAO data and shares them with staff members.
  2. Identify Focus: The learning support teacher for math looks at the data to see how they align with course achievement in the school and across the board.
  3. Teacher Learning: The math department meets weekly to discuss successful classroom strategies and to review student work.
  4. Supporting Learners: Having considered their students’ work, teachers implement new instructional approaches that are good for all learners but necessary for some.

Action

Teaching Practice

A learning support teacher works with students in the Grade 9 applied math course. The teacher selects strategies based on what assessments and EQAO attitude data show. The goal is to engage students and improve their attitudes toward learning math in order to increase achievement. Lessons are “chunked” and provide more differentiated learning opportunities. Students are provided more chances to work collaboratively. Strategies are shared with other department members.

Learning Profiles

Class profiles are created to provide information about student achievement. These include information about student achievement in elementary school and student learning needs. As teachers work with students in Grade 9, additional information is added based on observations and conversations with students.

“Trailblazer Meetings” are held regularly to assist students who might need additional support. These meetings include personnel from the Learning Services and Guidance department as well as teachers who have worked with the students. The goal is to collaborate on what works best for individual students, so they earn all their credits for the school year.

Grade 9

Sudbury Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board
Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Durham District School Board
M.M. Robinson High School, Halton District School Board
Elmira District Secondary School, Waterloo Region District School Board
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa Catholic District School Board
John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Elementary Schools

Pine Grove Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Simcoe County District School Board
St. Matthew Catholic School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Fleming Public School, Toronto District School Board
Springbrook Public School, Peel District School Board
Byron Southwood Public School, Thames Valley District School Board

OSSLT

Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead District School Board
South Carleton High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Holy Names Catholic High School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

McKellar Park Central School, Lakehead District School Board
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
St. Bernadette Catholic School, Durham Catholic District School Board
Beverley Heights Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Pius XII Catholic Elementary, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Sir William Gage Middle School, Peel District School Board
St. Martin School, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Grade 9

Maple High School, York Region District School Board
Essex District High School, Greater Essex County District School Board
Mississauga Secondary School, Peel District School Board
Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

St. Edmund Separate School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Pleasantville Public School, York Region District School Board
Nelles Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Centennial Road Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dunlace Public School, Toronto District School Board
St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
E. J. James Public School, Halton District School Board

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