Director's Annual Report 2018
The Director's Annual Report for 2018 covers the 2017-2018 school year and provides a view into the many amazing things happening in our schools and our school board. This year’s report, #WeAreKPR, has both a print and video format.
Please click here to view the print version of the report, and please take a few minutes to watch the short videos below. You can also access all of the videos at once, through our Director's Annual Report Playlist.
Messages from the Chairperson of the Board and
the Director of Education
On behalf of my colleagues and our partners, it is with pleasure that we share the 2018 Annual Report. When we talk about who 'we' are as a school board, and the many accomplishments we are proud to share, we are really talking about our students and our staff. - Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board
It is our sincere pleasure to once again share with you, through our annual report, a window into our world. Our goals for our students and school board are purposeful. We will continue to improve student achievement and raise confidence in public education. We believe in the power of education to improve the lives of those in our care, and make our communities stronger. Together, We Are KPR! - Jennifer Leclerc, Director of Education
#WeAreKPR - Jack Mantle
Jack Mantle is the head custodian at Central PS in Bowmanville. Not only is Jack a great custodian, he also, like many of our staff, has a passion for student success. He makes it a priority to provide service excellence and put people first.
From starting a student Recycling Club, to talking to students about art, to appearing in the school concert, he has a great rapport with students, staff and the community.
Roseneath Public School - A Small School With Big Heart
Roseneath PS truly embodies our We Are KPR values. The small school of 160 includes students from Alderville First Nation and the surrounding community.
The school staff works collaboratively to support student success in literacy and math, and to create an inclusive environment where everyone can feel like they belong.
Developing Communication Skills for Learning and Life
In the Learning and Life Skills (LLS) classroom at Highland Heights, a staff team are experiencing tremendous results by helping students improve communication skills.
Many of the students have limited verbal skills, but through the use of technology and consistent staff efforts, the results are amazing!
Focus on Action at KPR's Second Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month
We celebrated our second-ever Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month in November with outstanding guest speakers, elders and leaders from across Canada.
The speakers and events introduced students to the rich cultures, contributions and ways of knowing of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
November 5-9, Treaty Recognition Week, marked the start of all KPR schools' starting each day with a land acknowledgment: We would like to acknowledge that this school is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga First Nations.
Changing Lives with the Focus on Youth Program
Focus on Youth is a summer employment program to help students experiencing risk factors to overcome barriers to employment, and achieve success at school and in life. For some of our students, this program has been life-changing.
The program is offered in all KPR secondary schools. Students in this year's program attended an end-of-summer event to celebrate their success in the program.
Early Help in Reading Goes a Long Way
Reading is a fundamental skill that unlocks the door to success across all subject areas. We are incredibly proud of the success of our Reading Recovery early-intervention program in helping struggling Grade 1 students read and write.
Ambreen Ali at Newcastle Public School is one of many students who has benefited from Reading Recovery.
Supporting Positive Transitions from Elementary to Secondary School
At our secondary schools, students can earn specialist designations on their diploma, start apprenticeships, earn college credits, gain advanced standing at university, and try their hand at careers that interest them.
KPR staff go out of their way to put families minds at ease, answer questions and help students choose the best possible options for them.
Leading the Nation in Researching Effective Teaching
We were pleased to announce in June a groundbreaking research partnership with Trent University. Roger Neilson in Peterborough is now Canada's first public elementary research school. It brings educators and researchers together to learn more about how children learn and to explore best practices for teaching.
We look forward to sharing the knowledge and learning practices developed through this project, to support the success of all our students.
Our Schools - the Centres of Our Communities
We are proud to have one of the most successful Community Use of Schools programs in the province. Last year our gyms, libraries, classrooms and fields were used over 50,000 hours by not-for-profit student, community and seniors' organizations.
Our schools are filled with groups 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. weekdays and most weekends for activities such as Scouts, Guides, soccer, volleyball, basketball, yoga, pickle ball, church services and a wide variety of special events.
Kindergarten: A Smooth Start to an Exciting Milestone
Having a child start school for the first time is an exciting milestone. We make the transition as smooth as possible, in a number of ways. Kindergarten Registration is now online, and available from our Kindergarten portal page, where families can find a wealth of information and resources.
We host Regional Kindergarten Information Sessions where parents can learn more about the Kindergarten program and have their questions answered. In the spring, each school also hosts an Orientation event where families can tour their new school, learn more, and ask more questions!
Living, Learning and Leading in a Changing World 2015-2018
As an organization committed to continuous improvement, we believe it is critical to take time periodically to pause, reflect, and consider how best to move forward toward greater success, for our students and staff.
To that end, every four years we ask ourselves, and the parents and public we serve, what are the most crucial needs in public education today, and tomorrow.
Living, Learning and Leading in a Changing World 2015-2018 is a culmination of a 10-month journey of consultation, dialogue and realization that began in 2015. Our most recent Strategic Priorities update contains an overview of ongoing work in all departments, and specific expected outcomes and plans of action, in support of the strategic plan.
Equity and Inclusive Education - Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Environments is a key area of focus of our Strategic Plan. We are committed to creating safe and positive environments by fostering a culture of respect and inclusion. Please click here to read about our actions to further this commitment during the 2016-17 school year.
BOARD MAINTAINS READING, WRITING IMPROVEMENTS OVER TIME; MATH REMAINS A FOCUS
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board students have largely maintained the improvements they have made in provincial testing over time in the areas of reading and writing, while mathematics results remain an area of concern. Please see here for individual school results.