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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Academics

 

The Divine Infant Catholic School has done consistently well in EQAO Provincial Testing. This year, we are able to view and learn from the test results for the 2011-2012 school year.  We can see that the students in both grades 3 and 6 exceeded both the Board and Provincial results in all areas: Reading, Writing and Mathematics. With last year's focus on Junior Math, we were able to show a significant improvement on our grade 6 results: our grade 6 math scores were elevated by 7% from last year. We will continue to focus on both mathematics and language this year.
Students are becoming metacognitive thinkers. That is, they question how and why they come to the conclusions that they reach. Students can work in groups to self-critique and to critique the collective work of their groups.
Gap Analysis:
After examining the 2011 IIRs (EQAO Individual Item Reports), teachers at The Divine Infant have noticed that in the area of Literacy, students in both divisions had some difficulties in the open answer areas of the tests. In Reading, Making Connections and Inferring were two areas requiring further development. In Writing, teachers will continue to use the same high yield strategies that assisted the students in both divisions to exceed both the board and provincial goals for 2012 - 2013.
Therefore, this year's plans will include: In Literacy, we will focus on Implicit understanding with a view on Making Connections and Inferring while reading. In Mathematics, we will focus on Patterning & Algebra and Data Management & Probability. As well as EQAO Reports, we have used data from our CAT 4 to assist our planning. From our 2011-2012 CAT scores, we are able to see a significant improvement, especially in Vocabulary, Writing Conventions, Mathematics, and Computation.
Our CCCP Initiative last year focussed on Safe Schools. We had assistance from our Guidance Teacher and our CYW to train our students as peer mediators.  This continues to be a strong focus again this year. For the 2012-2013 school year, our Social Justice Student Leaders will continue to organize and lead a number of fund-raising activities that they have put into practice in past years. Such activities include collecting funds for a number of child-related charities, collecting Canadian Tire money also to be donated, and collecting plastic milk bags to be woven as carpets and sent as foreign aid. This provided an excellent opportunity for the student leaders to build their confidence and to develop their sense of global responsibility, as well as to inspire and instill Christian Social Justice values in their peers.
Our School Social Justice Student Leaders program is the group that exemplifies the best that our school has to offer. Students lead events to provide socks to homeless teens.  They assisted younger children in making rosary beads. They assisted younger children in making paper cranes to accompany funds raised for Japan Tsunami Relief.  Students collected money for Free the Children to buy goats for a village in Kenya. They also ran a movie day to raise funds for their charities.  In all of these events, the empathy and caring of the older students for the younger students were evident. They were exemplary role models for “doing the right thing.”