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305 Binning St. Listowel, ON N4W 1G4
Telephone: (519) 291-3250 Fax: (519) 291-5294
Principal - Angela Cowley

Welcome to Listowel Central Public School

Principal - Angela Cowley

Welcome to Listowel Central Public School - A Great Place To Be!

This is my fifth year as principal at Listowel Central Public School! I am still excited about
all that I am learning, seeing, and enjoying.

Listowel Central Public School is the educational home for about 380 students from kindergarten to grade 8. This is our first year with Full Day Kindergarten. We have fully embraced it!

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. We strive to keep our learning in this area fresh and modern; this year,
for example, we will learn about something key--building resiliency in children.

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 technology. We still need a few SmartBoards in order to have one in each classroom and more iPads are very much desired in our 21st century classrooms.

As always, we have intense, well aligned school goals for this school year. These goals are directly related to the Avon Maitland District School Board’s strategic plan. We have committed to maximizing student outcomes and to creating positive and inclusive learning environments.

I will share a little (just a little – I could go on forever) about how 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. 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). This year we are experimenting more with form and audience based on student choice.

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.

Last year, we learned how to-and then taught students how to- “make their thinking visible”. We learned and implemented so much, but there is more to be done!

Like every year, we add a new twist. This year we will better develop our understanding of the inquiry model as it relates to students' thinking and learning desires.

Our work in creating a positive and inclusive learning environment is something that we continue to be proud of. We have so many activities in place to ensure this environment. 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 to 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, especially with obtaining the “golden ticket” – the ability to read. We are seeking creative, talented, and skilled community members to provide sessions for students for our PICKS (aka mini-electives). Do you have something to share along these lines with young people? We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for visiting this website. Our hope is to update it regularly with School Council news, Twitter postings, the monthly newsletter, calendar, etc.

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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 519 291 3250 or at angecowl@fc.amdsb.ca

Listowel Central Public School - A Great Place To Be!

Angela Cowley
Principal
Listowel Central Public School

 

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Last updated: October 20, 2014