"Nurturing responsible individuals, together"
New year and new initiatives for students and teachers
As we head into year two of Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education, there are many more exciting initiatives for students at all grade levels this school year.
This fall, students in grades primary to 3 will benefit from hands-on learning, including using floor robots to learn sequencing and programming. Students in grades 4-6 will benefit from Innovation and Exploration Kits that include Spheros and Makey Makey invention kits. Students in grades 7 to 12 will learn coding through events, such as the Hour of Code and STEAM Olympics, and courses, such as Computer Programming 12. Coding promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and innovation. These skills are not only related to learning math, science and the arts, but they are also directly linked to many careers, including computer programming and the marine industries.
With the province's first literacy strategy for students in all grades, there will be a greater focus on the teaching of reading and writing and the development of
oral communication skills. Reading Recovery support has been increased for grade 1 students. Students in Grades 4 to 6 will have a renewed curriculum, with more time for literacy and math. Class caps are expanded to grades 4 to 6.
To help more students succeed in math, additional supports will be made available for both teachers and students. Career education outcomes will assist students as they begin thinking about their futures and the many possibilities ahead. To learn more about what is new this year, go to http://novascotia.ca/educationactionplan/ to sign up for ongoing updates from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Dear Parents and Guardians;
Welcome and welcome back to all students and their families! The summer has sure flown by. Did you know that the 2016-2017 school year marks our 50th anniversary? You will be hearing more about plans for a spring celebration as the year progresses. Today you will be receiving our first monthly newsletter. We send home at least one newsletter a month, with other letters and notices when necessary. These notices and newsletters will always be posted on our website as well. Each family should have received a Parent Handbook, which provides details such as schedules, school policies and procedures, and a yearly calendar. If you did not receive one please let us know, and we will gladly send one home.
This year, we are in the process of planning for lots of activities for students. We will once again be providing events related to the curriculum, such as skating, skiing, and snowshoeing. This is part of the Physical Education Program, and students will be assessed for their participation. This year as well, we will be arranging for some school and off site events related to the drama, music and fine arts curriculum, such as musicals, author visits, or performances. Also all classroom teachers have been encouraged to plan their own class trips, at least once throughout the year, in order to provide our students with a cultural experience of some type.
On Thursday September 22, we will be having our Meet the Staff Night, with refreshments provided, and on Monday September 26, the first Parent Group meeting of the year will take place. (see the newsletter for times) Please come out and support our school community. Also, we would love to have some new parents join the group! I am really looking forward to another great year!
Ms. Shelley Regan,
Dr. Arthur Hines School is located in Summerville, Hants Co., with a population of 100 students, 11 teaching staff, and 3 educational assistants. We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff, an active and supportive Parent Support Group and close affiliation with the Hants Shore Community Health Centre. The HSCHC provides support with our breakfast, lunch and Active Healthy Kids programs and personel to run these programs.