Our School Plan Progress 2019-2020

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. 

Aberdeen School Goals

Literacy at Aberdeen Elementary

Our school plan for the 2019/20 school year outlines an area of focus throughout the school year. It is in alignment with both our District Strategic Plan and our Elementary Operational Plan of having students meeting expectations in reading by the end of Grade 3. Our secondary goal is the foundation of all learning: Social Emotional Learning.

Our school's inquiry questions are:

"How can we ensure that 100% of our students improve in their reading achievement throughout the school year? If a student is not yet meeting expectations, we will be able to outline how the child has improved their reading achievement throughout the school year."

"How will a focus on Social Emotional Learning positively impact student achievement and behaviour?"

At Aberdeen, we believe that every child can be successful! We strive to make sure that every child knows their strengths and can learn to love to read.

During the 2019/20 school year, the staff and students worked collaboratively toward improving reading achievement at the Aberdeen Elementary School through initiatives such as "Changing Results for Young Readers". In Abbotsford, we strive to have all students meeting grade level expectations by the end of grade 3. At Aberdeen Elementary School, we are using PM Benchmark assessments to continually assess our students’ achievement levels so that we can teach the students at the ‘just right’ level. When students are reading books within their “zone of proximal development”, they will be able to develop their comprehension and fluency skills, while expanding their vocabulary. In the early grades, staff and students are focusing on the early decoding and accuracy skills to help develop strategies to figure out unknown words. Many of the teachers at Aberdeen Elementary are using a version of the Two Sisters’ C.A.F.E. Strategies (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding Vocabulary) while teaching in small groups to meet the students’ needs in the classroom.

Lori Jamieson, a reading guru, states that "each child needs:

- To read something they have chosen
- To access text that they can read accurately and be able to comprehend the story
- To write something meaningful to them
- To talk to someone else about their reading and writing
- To listen to an adult read fluently with expression”

If you are interested in discussing the school plan or would like to help out at the school to help achieve these goals, please make an appointment with Mr. Rossi at the office. He would be happy to discuss literacy and ways to support literacy at school and at home.

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

Reading, Writing, and Math

At Aberdeen Elementary, we focus on the core skills of reading, writing, and math on a daily basis. It is our imparative to improve the skills of our students in these areas from year to year.  Attachments below include data for our three core areas (Reading, Writing, Math) and are broken down into three subgroups:


1. Overall (all students included in the data)
2. Indigenous Students
3. Students with Exceptionalities

 

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Aberdeen All-Stars Recognition

Each month, students who demonstrate strengths in the areas of the core competencies are recognized as Aberdeen All-Stars. Pictures of students are put up on the front bulletin board under the core competency where they demonstrated the most strength during the month.

Core Competencies include:
- Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Personal Awareness and Responsibility
- Positive Personal & Cultural Identity
- Social Awareness & Responsibility

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

Creating Positive, Kind Citizens
At Aberdeen Elementary School, we strive to make sure that all of our students are ALL-STARS. We recognize students for their strengths each month by posting names of students and some of their strengths. We also catch students being STARS while at school. Some of the ways that you can be an ALL-STAR are:

S. olve problems peacefully
T. ry your best
A. lways make wise choices
R. espectful and Responsible (Respect yourself, others, and the school)

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Positive Reinforcement

At Aberdeen, students receive positive reinforcement in many different ways. Each classroom has a different way to show students when they are making good choices in their learning. This positive reinforcement can be verbally acknowledging that the child is making a good choice or it could be a chart so that students can visually see when they are making positive choices.

In some classrooms, the students get "Caught in the Green Zone". When the students are in the "Green Zone", an adult in the room will acknowledge the behaviour and positively reinforce it with a sticker on a chart.

Remembrance Day

Each year, Aberdeen Elementary holds an important Remembrance Day Assembly. Three students participated in organizing and MCing this important assembly: Madison, Kathleen, and Mya.

Two students from each class are assigned to lay wreaths for the soldiers that fought for Canadian freedom.

Aberdeen Elementary recognizes the sacrifices of the fallen, missing in action, and the many soldiers who continue to serve in Canada’s armed forces.

Indigenous Acknowledgement

On September 30th, Aberdeen Elementary participated in Orange Shirt Day. Many students wore orange shirts to remember the survivors of residential schools and celebrate hope and diversity for the future. We organized an assembly to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, the significance, and reconciliation. 

Most of our students had a book read to them about Orange Shirt Day ("Shi-shi-etko" or "Orange Shirt Day") to learn about Orange Shirt Day and understand the meaning behind it.

Another way that we acknowledge indigenous culture is through an acknowledgement of the traditional lands at all our gatherings. We have indigenous students read out the acknowledgement to provide them with the leadership role and allow them to feel proud about their culture and traditions. This year, we had a student from Aberdeen say the indigenous acknowledgement at our Elementary Conference in January in front of hundreds of teachers, administrators, and school board personnel.

Sports Teams at Aberdeen

At Aberdeen, we are able to provide students with the opportunity to play after school sports including, basketball, handball, soccer, track and field, floor hockey, and cross country. In these sporting events, the students learn about being a part of a team, sportsmanship, and being a good teammate. These are important skills moving forward in life that will allow the students to work effectively in group scenarios.

Cultural Experiences (Diwali and Lunar New Year)

 At Aberdeen, we strive to celebrate various cultures at the school. The staff and students celebrated Diwali and Lunar New Year through learning in the classrooms and participating in cultural activities.

For Diwali, students were able to enjoy an assembly of learning, painting of Divas, and then had the opportunity to try some traditional foods.

For Lunar New Year, many students participated in art activities in their classrooms and learning through stories.

Pink Shirt Day

 At Aberdeen Elementary, we celebrate people's differences. Differences provide us with opportunities to learn from one another and take perspectives of other people. It also provides us with the opportunity to practice the virtue of kindness. The slogan for this assembly was "It's Easier to Be Kind" (adopted from a student from the Surrey School District). 
Classes presented songs/poems, the choir sang, and all students learned more about what it means to be kind and celebrate the differences in people.

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

Abbotsford Food Bank Collection Train

At Aberdeen Elementary, we donate to the local Abbotsford Food Bank every year around the holiday season. This year, we attempted to collect more food than ever before! We created a Christmas train of boxes in our front entranceway of our school and set the goal of each division filling up a box of food for every week in December. Since there was three weeks of donation collections, our goal was to collect 33 boxes of food. By the end of our collection weeks, we had filled up an entire watermelon container for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Well done, Aberdeen Allstars! You have all helped support many families in need during the holiday season!

Simple Machines

Being prepared for future careers includes the skill of Critical Thinking and Communication. In Mrs. Wildeman's Grade 4/5 classroom, the students were provided the challenge to build a complex machine using various simple machines that they learned about in class. All the students participated and created complex machine such as the "Can Crusher 3000", a candy dispenser, a balloon popper, a bubble gum machine, an egg cracker, a pet food dispenser, and others. This project showed innovation, creativity, and critical thinking.

Literacy Centers in Primary Education

In the primary grades, students enjoy participating in engaging, hands-on learning. While the teacher is working with small groups of students on targeted literature skills, independent students sharpen their skills in literacy games.

Valentine's Cards for Seniors in Abbotsford

The Terrific Kids leadership group at Aberdeen spread the virtue of kindness by creating Valentine’s Cards for “The Mayfair” Seniors Centre in Abbotsford. Great work at spreading joy and kindness!

Terrific Kid's Pancake Breakfast

Our Terrific Kids group making a pancake breakfast for all of our students at the school to spread the virtue of Kindness during Pink Shirt Day. The students started making pancakes at 7:30am and continued until the whole school had pancakes. Thank you to all of those students, as well as staff, who helped make this a successful initiative! Well done!

Community Helpers

Constable Marcus Dyck, our police liaison officer, was invited to our school through an inquiry from one of our Kindergarten students, Julian. From Julian's inquiry, we were able to have Constable Dyck come in to do a presentation for 3 of our classes about community helpers. They discussed the role of police officers, the police tool belt, and safety. Thank you Marcus and Julian for organizing this event!

Canuck Place Cookie Day

It’s the 2nd annual Cookie Day at Canuck Place. This is the first year that Aberdeen Elementary has taken part in this great event. The Terrific Kids sold cookies and baked goods on February 27th to help support Canuck Place. The students were able to raise over $400 to support families at Canuck Place! The students worked on the organization of this fundraiser through making signs and promoting the event over the announcements each day. They also participated in the baking and selling of baked goods. Finally, they brought their financial literacy knowledge to count and roll the money collected. Well done!

The Terrific Kids thank you for supporting Canuck Place and their service experience at the school!