Director's Annual Report 2019
The Director's Annual Report for 2019 covers the 2018-2019 school year and provides a view into the many amazing things happening in our schools and our school board. This year’s multimedia report, #WeAreKPR, has both a print and video format.
We invite you to 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 Director of Education and the Chairperson of the Board
It is my great honour and privilege to serve the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board as its Director of Education. In my role, I am grateful for the opportunity to see, first-hand, the incredible joy and energy our students bring to our schools each day, and the dedicated passion of our staff in bringing each learner’s gifts to life. Every day, I am convinced even more of the power of public education to provide a way forward for all students.- Jennifer Leclerc, Director of Education
With this report, we celebrate another year in our life at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Along with my fellow Trustees, I am very honoured to be a part of what we believe is essential for the continued success of our communities, province and country: the education of our youth. - Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board
#WeAreKPR – Jenny Moore
Through the #WeAreKPR campaign, we continue to highlight the inspiring people and stories of our school board. From our teachers, to our secretaries, custodians, educational assistants, child and youth workers, early childhood educators, counsellors, central support staff and other professionals, our people have a profound impact that cannot be overstated. On a regular basis, our employees want to shine a light on the amazing efforts of their colleagues. Kathy Wollny, Child and Youth Worker at R.F. Downey Public School in Peterborough, reached out to tell us about Jenny Moore, a Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT), who puts her heart and soul into her work every day.
International Students Foster Global Learning
When students come from other countries to experience education in Canada, we welcome them wholeheartedly and embrace the opportunity to share new experiences and learn together. There are 72 English Language Learners (ELL) at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School (or TASSS for short) for the 2019-20 school year. Students from Kenya, Iran, Spain, Iraq, Mexico, Russia, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, The Philippines, China, Syria, Eritrea, France, Vietnam and Costa Rica have chosen to make Peterborough their home – some for just a year or two to study here, while others have moved to Canada with their families to start a new life.
A Great Start to School Lasts a Lifetime
In 2019, we hosted a total of four regional Kindergarten Information Sessions, which attracted roughly 375 families. Two of those sessions were held in the Municipality of Clarington, the fastest growing region in the Board and one of the fastest growing in Ontario. Representatives of local child care providers, EarlyON, municipal Social Services, public libraries, local health units and the Five Counties Children’s Centre joined us in providing information and support to the preschool families.
We Champion Indigenous Education for All
All KPR high schools this year began teaching the Grade 11 Contemporary Indigenous Voices course, which serves as the compulsory Grade 11 English credit for all students. The course is one of many initiatives to incorporate Indigenous history, perspectives, and reconciliation into all grades. In 2019, students and staff at Roseneath Centennial Public School were honoured with a visit from the Wenjack family, in appreciation of the school’s efforts towards reconciliation and support of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.
Arts and Culture Come Alive at Adam Scott CVI
All KPR secondary schools offer students the opportunity to take a SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) to gain skills and experiences in a specific career area. This program allows students to focus their learning on a specific sector while still meeting graduation requirements, and helps them transition into apprenticeships, college, university, or the workplace. Students who complete a SHSM receive six certifications relevant to the sector, make important connections, and receive a red seal on their diploma.
Learning for Life at Port Hope HS
At Port Hope High School, students in the Learning and Life Skills program have diverse abilities and backgrounds, and the focus for all is developing essential skills for success in life. Primary areas of programming include math, language, communication, social skills, work experience, and healthy, active living. All of our students come to school with different skills and abilities, yet our fundamental philosophy remains the same. We provide programming and supports to meet our students’ unique needs, support their successful transition into life after school, and open the doors to new directions and destinations.
Teaching and Learning Math Together
Three years ago we launched an intensive instructional model, called Scope and Sequence, to support students in learning math from Grades 1 to 8. We have seen our students experience real progress and improvements through this program, and we continue to roll out this model to even more schools. We believe it will continue to help students master the challenging concepts within mathematics instruction. Students and staff at Vincent Massey Public School in Bowmanville shared their thoughts on how the scope and sequence initiative has changed the way they deliver math programs for students.
Minds Matter @KPR
KPR continues to intensify its focus on student mental health and well-being. Introduction of the student-curated handbook titled BE WELL – Your Mental Health Matters: A Student’s Guide to Resources and Help, was just one of many steps taken in 2019. Schools across KPR took part in a variety of activities focused on mindfulness and strategies for coping with stress, including Mental Health Awareness Week in May, and Bell Let’s Talk Day in January. Sportscaster and mental health advocate Michael Landsberg also spoke with students and staff at Cobourg Collegiate Institute.
A Plan for Everyone: Excellence in Learning, Life and Community
Every four years, we reach out to students, staff, families and our communities, to develop a strategic plan for our organization. The strategic plan is more than just a document; it is a compass for our organization, and we want to ensure that everyone can see themselves reflected in it. Our strategic plan identifies key priorities for our schools and school board, and guides our planning and decision-making, including how we allocate our budget. In December 2019 we were pleased to finalize our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan – Excellence in Learning, Life and Community. After many months of discussion and dialogue, we believe that this plan is innovative and responsive to the needs of our students and communities.
Every. Student. Matters.
Every student matters. This simple, yet profound statement is the reason why we are collecting data about the backgrounds, experiences and needs of our students and school communities. We want to address opportunity gaps - so every student has the chance to be successful - and we want to close achievement gaps, so every student IS successful. The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board conducted its first Every Student Matters Census in the 2018-19 school year.
COMING SOON: data and results for the 2019 Census.
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.