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. 

Margaret Stenersen 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

This is our reading data over the past three years. (2015-18)

We develop strong literacy and numeracy skills in learning environments that are relevant, engaging and flexible. We develop core competencies, thinking and communication. This year there was a focus on STEM activities and collaboration. 

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

Self-regulation - Students who are personally aware and responsible take responsibility for their own choices and actions. They set goals, monitor progress, and understand and regulate their emotions. They are aware that learning involves patience and time. They are able to persevere in difficult situations, and to understand how their actions affect themselves and others.

In all classrooms at Margaret Stenersen students learn about self-regulation strategies, environments and techniques that ready their bodies and brains for learning.
Calm corners with comfy seats and soft lighting allow help busy minds and bodies the chance to calm as well as an understanding that everyone at some point needs a quiet place to gather thoughts.
Wiggle stools, vibrating or squishy seats, quiet fidget toys allow students minds to concentrate and their bodies to move.

Students developed social responsibility awareness in local, global and environmental issues.

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

In the BC Curriculum the following are some of the curricular competencies we are working on in the area of Careers.

Set realistic short- and longer term learning goals, define a path and monitor progress
Demonstrate respect for differences in the classroom
Work respectfully and constructively with others to achieve common goals
Create cultural and social awareness; achieved by exploring self-identity, acknowledging cultural differences, honouring indigenous traditions, etc