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Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

Vision to Goal Setting
Visioning involves a school-based engagement process that highlights the strengths in our school community while identifying areas for future focus and development.

In April 2017, all Westview staff members worked together on a vision to goalsetting activity. Staff members sat in small groups to respond and share ideas around the guiding questions. Each question was introduced one at a time. Staff members took time to think and respond individually and then share with their table group. There was a large share out after and all responses were collected on each question and saved to be referred to at a later date.

Guiding Questions
1. What educational and social experiences does Westview offer?
2. What are Westview’s unique strengths?
3. What is Westview’s purpose as a learning community?
4. What kind of school do we hope to be?

In May 2017 parents were invited to be part of the process and share their ideas and thoughts regarding the same four questions as the staff had. After receiving feedback, this was presented at the PAC meeting at the end of May. All members attending the meeting had time during the meeting to provide their thoughts. In the fall of 2017 teachers will work with students to gather their input.

School Goals

  1. To promote a sense of belonging and engagement through continued honouring of community diversity.
  2. To deepen our understanding of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing and integrate into all areas of curriculum.
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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

Goal 1

To promote a sense of belonging and engagement through continued honouring of community diversity.

Objective:

To develop a kind and safe environment where students, staff and parents are supported as they work towards a common purpose

Strategies:

  • monthly celebration assemblies
  • mixed aged grouping activities, “Together Time”
  • PAC events
  • Zones of Regulation
  • WE club

Goal 2

To deepen our understanding of Indigenous culture and Ways of Knowing and embed into all areas of curriculum for all learners.

Objectives:

  • to promote Indigenous student leadership
  • to establish an Indigenous Working Group to collaborate and develop capacity
  • to make use of newly acquired resources and maintain momentum in an authentic way

Strategies:

  • Indigenous Student Leadership
  • embedding oral story telling
  • Indigenous drumming incorporated in music program
  • visual arts
  • understand local Indigenous history and place to continue building community
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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

  • local Elders and Knowledge Keepers sharing
  • community participation in School Planning and District Strategic Planning
  • surveys
  • attendance at school events
  • community feedback
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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

  • PAC meetings
  • weekly communication parents/guardians “Monday Message”
  • staff meetings
  • social media
  • community feedback
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Latest Progress & Updates

Westview School Plan 2020-2021

To promote a sense of belonging and engagement through continued honouring of community diversity.

Westview has open communication with parents/guardians and the community. The Monday Message is published weekly to keep the community informed. Westview has also started a Facebook Page for parents and guardians to stay up to date. Due to Covid 19 school events this year were done in a virtual format.

New Playground

A focus at Westview Elementary this year has been the much anticipated accessible playground. Through generous donations from the Westview PAC, the City of North Vancouver and the NVSD a new accessible playground was opened to much anticipation and happiness.

Second Step

As part of Westview Elementary’s goal of promoting a sense of belonging, all classes participated in the Second Step Program to focus on Social Emotional Learning.

Spirit Days

Westview Elementary held many spirit days to continue to build a sense of community and connections. Two of the most popular, were Jersey Day and Pajama Day.

Winter Celebrations

This year Westview Elementary held a virtual Winter Celebration in which each class shared and acted out the words to one chorus from a song. This was followed up with a school sing along virtually from our classrooms.

Remembrance Day

Students from each division shared readings, poems and art through a virtual assembly to honour and acknowledge Remembrance Day

Thanksgiving

Due to Covid 19 Westview Elementary was unable to hold our annual Thanksgiving meal. This year we held a virtual assembly and shared story about being thankful.

Halloween Parade

Students had the opportunity to share their costumes in a virtual parade this year! Great fun was had by all!

Westview Elementary recognized and honoured the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School, all those who attended Indian Residential Schools, those who did not come home and those waiting to be found.

To deepen our understanding of Indigenous culture and Ways of Knowing and embed into all areas of curriculum for all learners.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21st 2021

Westview Elementary recognized and honoured National Indigenous Peoples Day this year through a month long participation in a beading project to learn and understand about Material Culture through Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Students and Staff contributed beading pieces to a school community project which was unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Principal shared the Oral Story of the Two Sisters which connected Westview Elementary to place and an understanding of connections to the land.

Student leaders shared and reviewed the learning that had taken place prior to unveiling the project through a virtual presentation.

Student Leaders welcome the school community and honoured guests following process and protocol

School Wide Beading Project and Drum Painting

This year Westview Elementary participated in a school wide Beading Project to share the meaning of the Material Culture and beading. Staff participated in Pro D Sessions before visits to classrooms to share with students. Students and staff contributed pieces to the community project.

The second part of the School Wide Project was to invite Gordon Dick,Tsleil-Waututh/Lil’wat, to continue to share teachings about the feather and logo he gifted to Westview Elementary in 2019.

With Gordon’s permission Intermediate students painted the drums that previous Intermediate students made.

School Wide Beading Project of the Two Sisters and drums painted by students with logo of the Feather gifted by Gordon Dick.

Dogwood 25 Initiative

Two classes participated in the Dogwood 25 Initiative to embed Indigenous perspectives in Math Curriculum.

During the year Division 3 examined Beading and Weaving as Patterning, Graphing Coding and Measurement; Spindle Whorls as examples of Translation, Rotations, and Reflections. They also examined how Contemporary Indigenous artists apply teachings to art. Through story and teaching, students made Dream Catchers using the concepts of spirals in nature, the Fibonacci Sequence and Indigenous Storytelling. In addition, students explored Maple Tapping through Indigenous Storytelling, to develop an understanding of spirals, ratios, probability, solutions and measurement. through connection to land and place. Students also investigated perimeter and area through understandings of Bentwood boxes.

Division 6 took to the local trails on a weekly basis to build a stronger connection to the land. Students explored a variety of concepts, but measurement was a primary focus this year. Students explored the forest to find sticks that they would use as rulers, then measured different objects found along the local trails. While measuring these objects, they learned to identify different plants and trees, and to use descriptive language about what they were measuring. Students measured creek depth and width over time, as well as salmonberry bush growth over the course of a few months. Through stories and exploration, we connected to the First Peoples perspective that the land is a garden, and we considered the anticipation and signs that are important for First Nations Peoples living off the land. Students learned about different trees growing on our local trails and took measurements of their circumference. When learning about the sizes of different long houses of the Squamish Peoples, we went to the field with meter sticks to get an idea of the great size of these buildings.

Intermediate Classes Weaving Project.

All intermediate classes learned about the cultural material of Coast Salish weaving and had the opportunity to learn how to make a quarter bag.

Intermediate Students weaving Quarter Bags

Salmon Release
Two classes led the Salmon Release this year following process and protocol. Students from the Indigenous Leadership group and Ms. Rudy Forgie, ISW, led the classes in releasing the Salmon.

Indigenous Student Leadership Group leading the Salmon Release

Salmon Welcome

This year, Westview Elementary, followed process and protocol to welcome the Salmon Eggs. Students from the Indigenous Leadership Group, Ms. Forgie and Ms. Maki led the school in song with the Salmon Welcome Song gifted by Latash, Maurice Nahanee.

Students from the Indigenous Student Leadership Group singing the Salmon Song

Student brushing Salmon tank with cedar

Playground Preparation and Opening

Students from the Indigenous Leadership group and staff prepared the playground site following process and protocol to prepare the space for the construction of a new playground over Spring Break. Once the playground was completed the staff and students prepared the playground to be opened following process and protocol.

Students and staff following process and protocol to prepare the playground work to be done.

Indigenous Youth Group
During the 2020-21 school year Westview Elementary in partnership with the NVSD Indigenous Education team and Game Ready established a youth group to explore finding balance through cultural teachings and sport.

Orange Shirt Day
Due to Covid 19, Westview Elementary could not gather in person to honour and acknowledge Orange Shirt Day. Classroom discussions, learning about Orange Shirt Day and sharing of story occurred.

Division 3 Orange Shirt Day Beading to honour those who attended and did not return from Indian Residential School.

Downie Wenjack Legacy School

Downie Wenjack Legacy School


Westview Elementary continues with the commitment to learn about Truth and Reconciliation and the history of Residential school in Canada. Westview Elementary participated in the Legacy Week again this year.

Indigenous Student Leadership Group

Westview Elementary established an Indigenous Student Leadership Group during the 2019-2020 school year. This year, students were able to participate and lead in various virtual events at the school this year.

Westview School Plan 2019-2020

To promote a sense of belonging and engagement through continued honouring of community diversity.

Communication

Westview has open communication with parents/guardians and the community. The Monday Message is published weekly to keep the community informed. Westview has also started a Facebook Page for parents and guardians to stay up to date.

Together Time

At Westview, our community comes together in multi-grade groups to share and learn together. We call this Together Time. Students and all staff have the opportunity to build relationships and build a sense of community.

Thanksgiving

Pancake Breakfast

Monthly Celebration Assemblies.At Westview we hold many different assemblies to honour the diversity of our community. These assemblies may include the Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, Halloween Costume Parade, Remembrance Day, Together Time, Winter Celebrations, Salmon Welcome and many different student led events.This year Westview celebrated the diverse talents of students K-7 and held our first Talent Show.Student performances included singing, dancing, magic, beat boxing and DJ demonstrations. The talent show brought the Westview community together to highlight and celebrate the many talents of our community.

PAC Events

At Westview, our active Parent Advisory Committee hosts many different community events. These events are open to all students and their families. Some of these events include an ice cream social, Halloween Dance, Multicultural Dinner, and Celebration and PAC movie night.

WE Club

Intermediate students are participating in the WE Club. Westview’s WE club is working to build community and bring about positive change.

Connecting During Covid 19

During the Covid 19 Pandemic Westview is working hard to stay connected with the Westview Community. Westview staff have participated in a car parade, a photo collage and made a workout video to connect with our community and to share that we are in this together.

Westview Car Parade

Hello Collage from Westview Staff

Westview Workout Video

To deepen our understanding of Indigenous culture and Ways of Knowing and embed into all areas of curriculum for all learners.

September 2019 – Indigenous Student Leadership group established.

This group is open to all Westview students of Indigenous ancestry. The group meets weekly to learn and share culture together.

October 4, 2019Curriculum Implementation Day

Westview staff explored Core Competencies through Indigenous perspectives and story telling.

Orange Shirt Day 2019 – Preparation and Assembly

Students presented on the process and protocol followed to make t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day as a school-wide community. Reciprocal relationship between Tsleil-waututh artist and NVSD Indigenous Cultural Worker, Gordon Dick, and parent artist, Pamela Westerman, made this possible. All staff and students of the Westview community wore their orange t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day to welcome Sempulyan to share his personal story as a Residential School survivor.

October 15, 2019 – Student presentation at Public Board Meeting

November 1, 2019 School -based Professional Day

Swalklanexw, Dallas Guss, led Westview staff on a walking tour of Xwáyxway, Stanley Park, to develop understanding of local place and connection to land through story.

November 18, 2019 – Squamish Carver, K’na’kweltn, Darren Yelton

K’na’kwetn shares the story of place and process of carving the Kyactn Pole that he carved for Westview

January 9, 2020 -Circle in the Box

Swalklanexw, Dallas Guss, facilitated the experiential learning ‘Circle in the Box’ to continue staff development on understanding of what it means to walk in two worlds.

February 14-2020 Salmon Welcome

On February 14, 2020 Westview was honoured to welcome Swalklanexw, Dallas Guss to share the story of The Salmon People and work with Westview Indigenous Student Leadership Group to welcome the Salmon. The Indigenous Student Leadership Group led each Together Time group through singing of the Salmon Song and brushing off the cedar tank with cedar.