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Principal's Greeting

Greetings From Our School's Administrative Team

At James L. Alexander, we are committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for all our students. We work to develop intrinsic motivation so students are able to put their best effort into all of their academic work by providing opportunity for high expectations, commitment, resilience, respect and curiosity. As a staff, we model positivity, self-motivation, hard work and risk-taking as key elements of a successful, lifelong learner. At JLA, we work together with students and families to ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Our 2021-2022 Strategic Plan, or school goal, is focused on meeting the goals of the Ministry of Education and of Saskatoon Public Schools. We are working towards ensuring each student is known, valued, and believed in. Our vision is achieved by focusing on the four pillars of our strategic plan:  academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being. Academic excellence will be displayed when students achieve success in their learning goals. Students will demonstrate character through respect, responsibility, and perseverance. Engagement will be indicated by students actively participating in relevant and meaningful learning. Well-being will be fostered as students develop the skills to make healthy choices.

At the school level, we are focusing on developing assessments to determine where each student is at and designing a course of action to improve student achievement through specific instructional strategies. Evidence of student learning will be shared by teachers to demonstrate student understanding of specific learning outcomes.

We have seen evidence that a positive attitude and growth mindset can significantly impact areas that students find challenging. It is equally as important to encourage learners and use language framed in the positive such as 'This may be hard but I can figure it out' or 'I don't get it yet'. Resilience is a significant part of success.

Chandra Gerich