The Board of Education heard how a unique writing project allowed students at Pleasant Hill Community School to learn what it was like to become authors.
Students from Pleasant Hill along with teachers shared their participation in the Writing on the Hill project during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Sept. 26 meeting of trustees.
The project, which took place during the 2016-17 school year, saw teacher Lloyd Laliberte and literacy consultant Mary Harelkin Bishop work with students to create, write, and illustrate pages in their very own book. The students had their work published thanks to a grant from Dakota Dunes Community Development, and were able to take home their individual class book to share with family and friends.
The success of the literacy project became a celebration for the entire school and community.
Other highlights of the September board meetings include:
- The Board of Education received an update on its Literacy for Life strategic goal with information on student achievement results from the 2016-17 school year. Overall, more than two-thirds of students in Grades 1-3 were reading at or above grade level. In particular, there has been noteworthy growth in in the reading level of Grade 3 students during the past five years, with 78 per cent of students reading at or above grade level, a nine per cent increase since 2011-12.
- The board heard about the work being done as part of its Collegiate Renewal learning priority in terms of high school credit attainment and graduation. Results from the 2016-17 school year show the graduation rate of students within three years of starting Grade 10 was 71.7 per cent, an increase of just over one per cent from the previous year. Provincially, the graduation rate was 76.5 per cent.
- Trustees received a report noting the successful opening of the four Saskatoon joint-use school projects that include Chief Whitecap School in the Stonebridge neighbourhood, Colette Bourgonje School in Rosewood, Ernest Lindner School in Hampton Village, and Sylvia Fedoruk School in Evergreen.
Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.