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Nestled in the welcoming Village of Chester, Chester District School serves a broad catchment area on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. With approximately 300 students ranging from Grade Primary to Grade Five, our school is committed to ensuring high levels of achievement for all students. As a thriving and integral part of our community, CDS offers a broad complement of programming and after-school activities and a highly committed staff.

Continuous School Improvement Goals

MATH GOAL: Students at Chester District School will demonstrate growth in the Number strand in mathematics with a focus on partitioning.

1. Teachers will use the provincial mathematics curriculum documents and yearly plans to teach partitioning strategies as they relate to their respective grade levels.
2. Teachers and students will model and record partitioning work in a number of ways, but always in the same order: concrete, pictorial, symbolical and verbal, and in context.
3. Teachers and students will use manipulative as thinking tools.
4. In PLCs and Collaborative Learning Teams, teachers will assess partitioning skills in a number of ways and analyze the data to inform classroom instruction and identify further PD priorities.

LITERACY GOAL: Students at Chester District school will demonstrate an improvement in reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension.

1. Teachers will develop and implement consistent practices for administering reliable and valid Running Records and use the results for the purpose of early monitoring student learning and achievement.
2. Teachers will extend opportunities for students to read appropriate level texts at their reading level.
3. Administration and teachers will prioritize uninterrupted reading time in the development of the 2014 – 2015 schedule for grade levels P – 3.
4. Teachers will engage in regularly scheduled PLC grade level teams and Collaborative Learning Teams with a focus on fluency and comprehension skills and implement the best practices learned.
5. Teachers will develop and implement common assessments for monitoring student growth in fluency and comprehension and utilize the information to plan instruction.
6. Teachers will develop a common understanding of the Workshop model and use it on a consistent basis

Embedded Time

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 20:23

First of all if you have taken the time to read this blog, I really appreciate your time and value your interest in our school and the learning that takes place.

This marks my first entry for our school's blog this year and I could not think of a better time to reach out to our community. I wanted to take the time tonight to quickly speak to our first Embedded Time day which took place on Wednesday, October 8th. I would think that sometimes as a parent, it may be complicated to make arrangements for these days and in turn it perhaps brings about questions as to what takes place on these days, and how it affects your children. To the latter, I ask you to please trust in the community of learners in your community's school and the unwavering commitment that they have to your children. In turn, as the principal of our school, I commit to regularly update you on our progress and successes.