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Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

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Traditional Welcome

We would like to thank the Coast Salish people, specifically the Squamish Nation and Tsleil Waututh Nation, whose traditional territory the North Vancouver School District and Blueridge reside on. We value the opportunity to learn, live, and share educational experiences on this traditional territory.

Our Vision Statement

Our Guiding Beliefs
At Blueridge we believe in…

We believe that the personal and social development of each student can be fostered by a safe, respectful, inclusive environment. Every child is encouraged to engage in their learning and school community with accountability and a sense of empathy for others.

  • Creating a safe and positive learning environment
  • Teaching and practicing self-regulation
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Fostering a vibrant learning community
  • Strong student, staff and parent connections for the success of all students

School Goals

1. Foster inclusivity and social emotional well-being within our school community.

2. Increase school-wide reading engagement and excellence.

      3.Create a school climate that honours the First Peoples Principals of Learning.

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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

This 2021 / 2022 school year we are implementing our School Planning Vision Calendar “Creating Belonging and Making Visible Connections to the Global Community.” Each month reflects on the First Peoples Principle’s of Learning and incorporates various significant global events and dates.We will be sharing the calendar with the students and parent community at the beginning of the school year.

Due to COVID and having to maintain separate learning cohorts during 2020/2021, we focussed on how to build community within this environment. Working with small groups from individual classes student shared what their class was doing each week on the morning announcements. This built community as students looked forward to hearing their peers share as well as having this opportunity themselves. Students also engaged in the process of recommending books to their peers which we also shared on the morning announcements.

Our focus for the 2019/2020 school year is to continue building on our S.E.L and to create common language and expectations to improve school wide literacy.

Beginning in the Fall of 2018 we collected data from students, staff and parents asking what makes Blueridge great. From this we explored our strengths and stretches as a community which lead to our Social Emotional Goal. Summer 2019 our School Planning Team attended the Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support training where we learned how to implement common language and expectations for our community. PBIS complements our Second Step program which we launched in the Fall of 2019.

School Goals

1.Foster inclusivity and social emotional well-being within our school community.

2. Increase school-wide reading engagement and excellence.

3. Create a school climate that honours the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

Goal # 1: Foster inclusivity and social emotional well-being within our school community.

Learning Target 1: Develop a universal sense of belonging by celebrating individual and unique ways of being.

Strategies:

  • Staff T-Shirts
  • Our Eagle Mural
  • Fun Day Teams
  • Blueridge Handshake
  • Regular Assemblies
  • School Wide Buddy Activities
  • PBIS Restorative Chat
  • Indigenous Ways of Learning
  • Student Leadership Team
  • Extracurricular Teams
  • Band
  • Social Justice Club

Learning Target 2: Use common language and strategies to support self-regulation and develop mental and emotional well-being.

Strategies:

  • Morning Announcements
  • PBIS
  • Second Step
  • Calming Environment (learning lounge, sensory room)

Learning Target 3 Define and promote leadership within our student community

Goal # 2: Increase school-wide reading engagement and excellence.

Learning Target 1: Build students’ critical reading strategies and comprehension

Learning Target 2: Enhance school-wide reading engagement..

Learning Target 3: Visibly represent diversity of the global community by increasing k-7 literacy resources.

Strategies:

  • NVSD Early Literacy Assessment
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Literature Circles
  • Home Reading
  • School Wide Read-a-thons

Goal # 3: Create a school climate that honours the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

Learning Target 1: Embed Indigenous ways of knowing within instruction and the school environment.

Strategies

  • School Plan Vision Calendar
  • weaving of First Peoples Principle’s of Learning throughout calendar

Learning Target 2: Commit to teaching the full authentic indigenous history that honours truth and reconciliation.

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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

At Blueridge, staff are continually learning and growing their skills in order to improve the overall educational opportunities for our students. Learning together on Professional Development Days, Collaboration Days, and at Staff Meetings are an essential way for staff to monitor our progress in relation to our school goals, make any adjustments that may be needed, and ensure that we are continuing to grow as a Vibrant Learning Community.

"I value the opportunity to live and learn from the land alongside my colleagues and friends at Blueridge."
Ira Mistry
Education Assistant
Paul Clarke supporting staff to develop coding skills through interaction and manipulation of Spheros. 

School Planning Team

Our school planning team is made up of teachers, education assistants and administrators. We meet regularly to plan for all staff learning opportunities and next steps. The team receives feedback from the whole staff to provide ongoing recommendations and support.

Blueridge Revised Code of Conduct

Our Blueridge Staff led by our School Planning Team, revised the Code of Conduct based on the core components of PBIS. Our Code of Conduct highlights our priorities in regards to universally targeting Social Emotional Learning and Collaborative Problem Solving.

Evidence

Indicators of Progress

  • Office referrals – decrease 45%
  • School Based Resource Team referrals
  • Anecdotal evidence – dialogue
  • Increase in student ability to identify needs/feelings
  • Increase in student self-advocacy
  • Increase in positive problem solving strategies
  • Increase in the quantity of “caught ya’s”
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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

Collaboration and Communication

Staff at Blueridge have identified a major area of focus for our School Action Plan: At Staff meetings and collaboration times staff have been working on developing and implementing components of PBIS in collaboration with Second Step lessons. These skills are being taught throughout the school community and within our classrooms.

Social Emotional Learning is one of the 4 Pillars of Educational Practice (Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Social Emotional Learning) and at Blueridge we believe that the skills that students learn are the foundation for their academic success, their positive behaviour and their strong sense of belonging.

Please see the attached link to Second Step information videos that will help deepen parents understanding of the program and its intention for the students at Blueridge.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU3fYcLfSY30EhAFaB01afQ

Student Feedback

"We think that C. & F. should get a caught-ya for picking up garbage at recess!"
- Grade 3 Students noticing our kindergarteners helping to keep our grounds clean

Community Feedback

School Plan updates are shared at BPAC meetings. The school is always interested in feedback and would welcome hearing from you!

"We really love the caught-ya stickers. It is a great way to communicate what happens at school and what C.A.R.E.S. is all about!"
- Parent
BPAC Meeting
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Latest Progress & Updates

What makes Blueridge great?

October, 2019

Second Step at Home

December, 2019

These are examples of family activity sheets from divisions seven and nine to support Second Step lessons at home. The success of Second Step is dependent on our community’s support in reinforcing and debriefing strategies, concepts, and skills learned during Second Step lessons at school.

Second Step in Action

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

This photo shows grade 1/2 students during a Second Step lesson engaging in a Think, Turn, Tell. Classmates were taking turns in conversation to practise paying attention to others’ facial, body, and verbal clues to determine how they are feeling. They are really progressing with perspective taking and reading and responding to emotions.

The Blueridge Handshake

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Introducing the Blueridge handshake. Developed, perfected, and taught to the whole school by two grade 7 students.