305 Binning St. Listowel, ON N4W 1G4
Telephone: (519) 291-3250 Fax: (519) 291-5294
Principal - Angela Cowley
Welcome to Listowel Central Public School
Welcome to Listowel Central Public School - A Great Place To Be!
This is my fourth year as principal at Listowel Central Public School! I am so very happy to be here.
Listowel Central Public School is the educational home for 378 students from kindergarten to grade 8. Our school team works to provide an atmosphere where children develop in a caring and nurturing learning environment that is carefully crafted, yet ever changing, to meet the diverse needs of all of our students.
Listowel Central Public School has an extremely supportive School Council. Parents contribute a great deal to our school community through their involvement in many facets of our educational experiences. Their support is appreciated and necessary to move our school forward academically and socially. This year School Council plans to continue its fundraising focus on SmartBoards. We are working towards one in each classroom.
We have intense, well aligned school goals for the 2013-2014 school year; these goals are directly related to the Avon Maitland District School Board’s newly revised strategic plan. We have committed to maximizing student outcomes and to creating positive and inclusive learning environments. I will share a little about the way we do this.
Improving student achievement in literacy and numeracy, with a continued focus on non-fiction writing, as a subject on its own, and across the curriculum continues. Check out our EQAO results! This focus has paid off. We have implemented, school-wide, four main purposes for reading and writing: TO NARRATE, TO DESCRIBE, TO PERSUADE, TO INFORM (to explain, to recount, to instruct, to report).
It is the purpose of "to explain" that we are continuing to delve into with a laser-like focus; we are working to define the very best means of teaching and encouraging students "to explain" their thinking, especially in reading and math (writing is embedded, see above). At the same time, we take into consideration the four categories of knowledge and skills: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING, THINKING, COMMUNICATION, APPLICATION. It is the "thinking" category that we have put at the forefront again this year, with a new and exciting twist. We are learning how to-and then teaching students how to- “make their thinking visible”.
Our work in creating positive and inclusive learning environment is something that we are proud of. We have so many activities in place to ensure this happens; here I will share three main ones. Each and every student and staff member is on a house team. House teams meet in multi-aged groupings at least once monthly to give student voice to many of our initiatives (e.g. environmental, inclusive practices, and character development). Our grade seven and eight students work towards a school letter that develops volunteer and leadership skills. As well, we have adopted a school-wide, sometimes progressive approach to negative behaviours: IGNORE (but only for one day), SAY STOP (use strong words to describe what you do not like), REPORT (to adults until you feel the matter is resolved). If and when something is reported we follow the HOAP process: HONESTY, OWNERSHIP, APOLOGY, PLAN. The purpose of this process is ensure care for all involved, to increase student accountability, and to put in place a plan so that the behaviour is not repeated.
There are many opportunities for volunteers. We are always seeking people to work directly with students who could use an extra layer of support. There is a new opportunity for volunteers this year. We are seeking creative, talented, and skilled community members to provide sessions for students during our Preferred Activity Time. Do you have something to share along these lines with young people? We would love to hear from you.
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Listowel Central Public School - A Great Place To Be!