Our School Plan Progress 2019-2020

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Ross Elementary School Goals

Intellectual

Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Semantic Gradients are used to broaden and deepen students' understanding of words related to a topic. Students in this photo consider placement of a continuum of words by order of degree regarding word meaning.

Illustrated vocabulary allows students to integrate visualization, personal, and literal meaning into their learning. Such student-centered instructional strategies contribute to inclusive classrooms where students feel comfortable talking about how they see things.

"Comprehension Showdown" (from Kagan Cooperative Learning) is a game requiring all participants to demonstrate their understanding of whether text is fact or opinion. After reading a text card, teammates show their answers at the same time.  If correct, the team celebrates.  If not, the teammates must communicate their rationale, coach each other, and then celebrate.

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Partnering with the food bank was a terrific way to spread our spirit of giving and kindness throughout our community during the month of December.  Our charitable students, through the education of their teachers and the support of their families, warmed the hearts of many by accepting donations of non-perishables to help those in need.
 
 

 
 

Ross teachers have spent long hours discussing and identifying traits they believe to be essential for individuals who are healthy, contributing citizens of the world. The result of our discussions is HEROIC - H (healthy), E (eager to learn), R (responsible), O (owners of our behaviour), I (individuals), C (communicators). Deep learning is the process students experience in acquiring these, and other competencies.  Through carefully-planned, real-life experiences our students will acquire physical health, socio-emotional learning, personal responsibility, entrepreneurialism and other related skills required of high functioning individuals in a complex world.

In addition to enhancing language and listening skills and increasing I.Q., studies show that there are many social benefits of learning sign language.  These include:

  • Developing empathy
  • Understanding individual differences
  • Reducing frustration
  • Increasing self-esteem
  •  Enriching relationships
  •  Facilitating bilingual learners

Careers

Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Teamwork, hospitality, punctuality, reliability, attendance, attitude, personality and performance abound as our Grade 5 students serve breakfast to the Ross community at our annual Santa Breakfast. The students worked alongside the Ross P.A.C., the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club and, of course, Santa to ensure everyone received a satisfying breakfast of pancakes and sausages.

Kindergarten students are excited and deeply engaged as they work together to code the computer - programming it to make it land on the rhyming word for rug. Learning coding at a young age prepares our studentes for future careers. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, language arts, and confidence.

Preparation for the working world means students must be able to work with others to do things they might only know how to do individually, for example to...

  • assess the nature and difficulty of a task
  • break the task down into steps or stages
  • plan a strategy
  • manage time

Students also need to know how to handle issues that only arise in groups, for example, to:

  •  explain their ideas to others
  •  listen to alternative ideas and perspectives
  •  reach consensus
  •  delegate responsibilities
  •  coordinate efforts
  •  resolve conflicts
  •  integrate the contributions of multiple team members

At Ross, we help students develop these skills and to see their value in professional life.