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Bev Facey Redesign Redefined
As you’re aware, our school is planning to transition to the High School Redesign model—a province-wide initiative focused on enhancing student engagement, achievement levels and teacher practice. We know from past success in our own Division the Redesign model both improves the learning experience for students and better prepares them for life after graduation.
Over the last few weeks we’ve heard from many people about our plan to transition. I want to thank everyone who provided feedback and questions about the programming change for Bev Facey Community High. Based on what we heard from the community, we’ve decided to phase in the High School Redesign slowly over the course of both this school year and next.
At this time, we have decided to postpone moving forward with Student Personalized Learning Time (PLT) until the start of the next academic year. Personalization of learning is an essential component of the journey of redesigning a high school and very important in empowering students as they progress in the completion of their high school program.
We want to ensure that when we implement PLT, all aspects required for implementation are in place to ensure success. Allowing staff to plan PLT during the Teacher Professional Learning time during this next semester will provide us a greater opportunity to ensure that we get it right for your child. When we implement in the fall, students will be able to access additional help with subjects they find challenging, work on specific projects or assignments, dig deeper into course material, sample different options in which they may be interested, or simply dedicate the time to extra studying. Staff will determine which PLT’s are offered for each session, which will vary depending on the needs of the students.
Phase 1 –Current 2017-18 school year:
- Every Wednesday will be an early out day, with the last class ending at 2:17 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month will continue to be used for staff meetings. The Wednesdays following will be dedicated to staff collaboration, so that teachers can plan and develop expertise in classroom strategies to effectively implement additional aspects of the High School Redesign in September 2018. Giving teachers additional time during the work day to collaborate is a proven benefit to student learning.
- Those same Wednesdays will also provide students with time to catch up on missed assignments or exams under the supervision of a teaching assistant.
- Between Period 1 and Period 2 every Wednesday, students will attend an advisory session. In these sessions, a staff member and approximately 20 students will work together on citizenship and character-education programming. The teacher will also advocate for students by ensuring they’re aware of the path to graduation, and assisting with transitions between grades and beyond high school. The students will develop a close working relationship with a teacher who will act as their guide throughout the year. Evidence is clear that this type of relationship assists students in developing a greater investment in all aspects of school life.
Phase 2 –2018–19 school year:
- Wednesdays will continue to be early out days, with the last class ending at 2:17 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month will continue to be used for staff meetings. The Wednesday following will still be used by teachers to hold collaborative meetings with colleagues within and between departments to plan.
- Advisory sessions on Wednesdays, in between Period 1 and Period 2, will continue. In addition to what’s happening during the 2017-18 school year, teachers will work with students during advisory sessions to determine what will take place during personal learning time (PLT).
- On Thursdays and Fridays, the timetables will shift. Students will have a 40-minute morning period dedicated to personal learning time (PLT). During this time, students can get additional help with subjects they find challenging, work on specific projects or assignments, dig deeper into course material, sample different options or simply spend extra time studying.
Overall, we believe a gradual approach to the High School Redesign ensures smooth transition for students and staff. When we start the 2018-19 school year, we want to be sure we are fully prepared to implement a redesign program that will ensure success for everyone. We will continue to consult our community as we develop the details of the 2018-19 plan. I know we all look forward to the great opportunities redesign will provide to our students in the year ahead.
If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 780-467-0044. You may also want to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.
Facey Redesign Bell Schedule
Redesign officially starts January 31, 2018
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Redesign General FAQ's
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Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit for Success
For many students, the path to High School Completion is not a linear one.
The resource offers a process to support schools in working with youth at risk of not completing high school. At every point along the continuum of risk from prevention, to identification, to intervention and specialized supports, this resource guides schools and school teams in the collaborative process of supporting students as they work towards high school completion.
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