The South East Cornerstone Public School Division's (SECPSD) board announced at its September meeting that it has been recognized by the South East District Athletic Association (SEDAA).
The Cornerstone board was saluted for outstanding support to the students, schools and athletic programs, as well as for a commitment to the philosophy of student athletics. It's the second highest award presented by the SEDAA.
Commissioner of athletics Fred Jerred lauded the school board's support, which ensures the success of students and viability of the program. The board and senior management team ensured there was a full-time commissioner of athletics to provide the needed support to students and the district.
The board also provided financial support and sub releases for all levels of athletic competition.
“The board of trustees is made up of members who have been terrific advocates for high school sports,” said Jerred. “Their support and leadership are second to none.”
Along with providing financial support, the school board's trustees and the senior management team are active in activities in the southeast district, and attend the general meeting every year. There is an opportunity to provide feedback from the SEDAA executive, which doesn't exist in many districts.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*A variety of data sets and sources are periodically presented to the board that are integral to the monitoring and integration of the divisions’ four-year plan. The data sources align with the division's priorities of mathematics, early learning and graduation rates, and include samples of data information based on several priority areas.
The first is early learning and care. Students are provided with individualized attention and have individualized development milestones, which are assessed through the early years evaluation. The early development instrument is used to determine readiness for Kindergarten, to set system goals and determine growth. The division also uses AIMSWeb for reading fluency and reading comprehension thrice annually at the Grades 1 to 3 levels.
The Tell Them from Me Student Survey is next. It is used to measure factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other outcomes. Approximately 53 per cent of the students were surveyed between the elementary and secondary levels, in areas such as school environments, academics, math and school completion. The results indicate similarities between SECPSD students and Canadian counterparts. At both the secondary and elementary levels for example, students indicated they have a positive sense of belonging, have friends at schools they can trust and feel safe attending school.
The final one is using data in mathematics to measure and monitor student growth at Gordon F. Kells School in Carlyle. School-based initiatives and learning outcomes are continuously measured and monitored to determine student growth and areas for improvement. At Gordon F. Kells, the staff realized that in order to improve mathematics and mathematics instruction, each individual within the school community has a role to play.
*The initial year-end financial report shows that as of August 31, revenues were slightly higher than budgeted; however the revenue and expense categories may change to reflect the tax reconciliation, amortization expenses and the payable expenses that would be incurred up to the finalization of the audited year-end financial statements.
*The South East Cornerstone Public School Board approved the local collective bargaining agreement with the South East Cornerstone Teachers’ Association during the board's monthly meeting September 23. The pact is retroactive to August 1, and it expires July 15, 2015.
*The next regular board meeting is Friday, October 11.