NEW GLASGOW – Temperance Street Elementary School is going out with a bang.
Students and teacher Brie Sawyer looks on as Jane Purdy holds a glass apple, awarded from the school board to Temperance Elementary School for demonstrating improvement in student achievement over a five-year period. It was given at a student Halloween event at the Heather Lanes Bowling Alley in New Glasgow Thursday. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
The teachers, support staff and students were recognized from the Nova Scotia School Accreditation program for their efforts to make the school a better place to learn and grow. The announcement took place at the Heather Lanes in New Glasgow.
School staff were presented with a plaque and glass apple from senior school board staffers for demonstrating improvement in student achievement in reading and communication over a five-year period.
Principal Glen McCarron spoke to the students of the school as Halloween festivities wrapped up for the day.
“We set out with these two goals in mind and we have met them,” he said. “This is a special day and the staff and students are well deserving.”
By next year, the students will have left the Brown School and will be in the New Glasgow Academy, slated to open next year. The event marked the beginning of the end and a new start in a new school.
“It’s a little sad,” McCarron said. “It’s also exciting though and we’re all looking forward to the new P-8 school.”
Lynn MacLean, family of schools supervisor, noted the two goals, to improve reading and communication, were passed with flying colours.
Scott Milner, director of education, said he was proud to be in attendance for the presentation.
“This is a great example of a team coming together to achieve a task,” he said. “It shows their dedication to the community and the students.”
For the reading goal, teachers looked at the students’ data and determined a baseline from which to improve. Over five years, the students’ reading improved. The communications goal, to improve communications between students, staff and parents, was also met. According to a survey, 80 per cent of survey respondents indicated there is effective communication among all stakeholders.
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