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Students and staff at Cambridge Public Elementary School have good reason to be proud of themselves. Principal Susan Kelly presented Upper Canada District School Board trustees (UCDSB) with a progress report, during the Feb. 22 boardmeeting, on the school’s suc- cess with its CPS School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. The goal of the plan is tomeet the UCDSB’s own standards for curriculum excellences and so meet or beat the Ontario Education Ministry’s gui- delines. The CPS plan is designed to help students improve their math and reading skills, in- cluding both speed and comprehension. Recent education skills studies suggest that improvement in understanding non-fiction

Staff and students at Cambridge Public Elementary School are proud of the progress they have made in meeting the curriculum standards of the Upper Canada District School Board. —photo Vicky Charbonneau

text, like essays and news reports, will also lead to improvements in understanding all other forms of text, like general reading and writing.

Cambridge Public’s student improvement plan puts more emphasis on the use of non- fiction in its literacy programming to help improve students’ ability to understand what they are reading. Staff makes regular use of non-fiction vocabulary and also various assessment techniques, strategies and prac- tices.These same techniques are part of the UCDSB’s own Summer Learning program. The non-fiction text helps broaden the students’ own general knowledge and also helps them better understand other non- fiction texts, like news reports, printed ins- tructions for doing some task, and such.They are also better able to read and understand and appreciate non-fictionworks like essays, biographies, and also general fiction. The CPS plan also makes use of graphs

and charts to help show students the goals they can set for themselves with their literacy skills. As part of the program, the school has also increased the number of non-fiction books available for children to read in the classrooms and in the learning common areas. In the field of mathematics, Cambridge Public teachers are using daily number talks to help students say out loud what they are thinking when trying to work through an arithmetic problem to the correct answer. The school is providingmore training for staff on how to identify what kinds of strategies individual students use to problem solve, and to help teach themmore efficient ways appropriate to their grade level to get the correct answers.


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ARC report recommends school closures in Upper Canada district


students, and services. “The board has significantly more in- struction space than it receives funding to operate and to maintain our schools,” the final report stated. “The board has signifi- cantlymore space than it can generally use to demonstrate business cases to theministry for capital upgrades to schools.The board’s excess inventory of school buildings contin- ues to age which, in turn, is expanding its need for capital upgrades, and the provincial funding the board receives for all aspects of schools favours the consolidation of schools to demonstrate optimal levels of enrolment and efficient use of school space.” For the UCDSB’s Prescott-Russell neigh- bourhood of schools, the ARC final report recommended Plantagenet Public School be closed as of September 2017 and its students transferred to Rockland Public School. The report also recommended confirmation by June 30 of this year about the boundary for the school catchment area, dealing with the area south of County Road 3, which in- cludes the Village of St-Isidore. The goal is to determine whether in future, any UCDSB students from that area attend elementary and secondary schools in Vankleek Hill or in Rockland. The ARC report includes recommenda- tions dealing with other UCDSB schools in other neighbourhood catchment regions. The UCDSB board will make its final decision on the ARC report and recommendations at its March 23 public meeting.

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The future is not looking good for at least one English elementary school in the Prescott-Russell region. The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) received the final report on its Student Accommodation ReviewCommittee consultation process (ARC) during the Feb. 15 board session. The ARC process began last year as the UCDSB tried to find ways to reduce its operation costs, in the wake of declining student enrolment numbers. The UCDSB, like other school districts, depends on student subsidy funding from the province for the bulk of its operation costs. But the Education Ministry’s alloca- tions to each school district depend on stu- dent enrolment. Reductions in total student enrolment for a district means a reduction in the annual student support funding from the ministry. As stated in the UCDSB final report, the essential question for our school district throughout this (ARC) process remains, given the resources available to our school district, “do we have the right number of schools in the right places to support our vision for educational programming?” The ARC review process examined stu- dent numbers at all UCDSB elementary and secondary schools, and determined which schools are under-populated, given the cost to maintain both of them in terms of staff,

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