St. Edmund Separate School

2016 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

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2016 School Stories

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Student population: 325; Grades: JK–8; Principal: Anna Pascolo-Maltby

  • One of the oldest Catholic elementary schools in the city of Mississauga
  • Multi-generational school
  • Recent upward socio-economic trends
  • Engaged parent community and visible school council-
Joanne Roddy-Rodrigues, Anna Pascolo-Maltby (Principal), Mary Beth St. Louis, Gráinne Maddison, Nuno Tome and Joanne Romano

St. Edmund Separate School has been serving the city of Mississauga since 1959. Many of the students have parents and grandparents that attended St. Edmund’s. The school has strong ties to the community and is very active in engaging its community in school initiatives.

“Support from teachers and easy access to technology that I need helps me with math and my learning.”

— Grade 8 Student

Selection Criteria

EQAO considered schools that:

  • had a significant proportion of students who did not meet the provincial math standard in Grade 3 but who improved to meet it when they were in Grade 6 and
  • maintained or increased the overall number of students meeting the provincial standard in math.

What is the profile of this school community?

Profile of Grade 3 and Grade 6 Students

Grade 3
Grade 6
Female
61%
42%
Male
39%
58%
Special education needs
9%
19%
English language learners
12%
23%
Born outside Canada
0%
0%
First language learned at home was other than English
3%
8%

How have the results improved?

St. Edmund Separate School has shown tremendously high achievement levels in all components of the EQAO assessments over the past three years. The students have consistently risen to the provincial standard in mathematics from Grade 3 to Grade 6 at a rate of 15% since 2013. Although the school’s Grade 3 achievement levels in mathematics are high, staff continue to find ways to help most of the students who did not meet the math standard when they were in Grade 3 to improve to meet it in Grade 6.

“The St. Edmund’s Family Math Night was a great chance to meet with teachers and other parents and see math in action. The way math is taught today may be different from the experience many parents had, so it’s great to understand how math is being taught today. It’s important that we, as parents, understand how we can support our students to help them learn and succeed. In particular, the focus on everyday math skills is essential, because our kids need to understand early that math is not just a school skill, it’s a life skill.”
— Patricia Meehan, School Council Chair

What initiatives have contributed to this improvement?

The Power of Community

There is a strong belief that everyone in the community is a teacher. Staff, family and community workers co-educate, co-learn and co-create opportunities for everyone. All members of the community are valued and trusted.

Data-Driven Resource Support

Students at St. Edmund are assessed for learning to determine the best possible course of action to ensure that all students’ needs are addressed. The process begins in June, when students are placed in groups according to their needs and the human resources available to support them in the upcoming school year. Programs are set up throughout the year to address the specific needs determined.

Collaborating and Co-Teaching with the Community

Internal and external resources are called upon to augment regular school programming at St. Edmund. Volunteers are valued for the skills that they bring to the school, and all volunteers are educators to the students—not just “classroom helpers.” Outside resources that are brought in are focused and have a clear plan as to their role in improving student learning.

More Resources

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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