Each of our secondary school communities continually meets the high standards and high academic achievement we place on our administration, staff and students. The high success rates for the Grade 9 EQAO Math test and the Grade 10 Literacy test are just prime examples of how well our students do. Celebrations of daily success is highlighted through internal awards, graduation awards, and many scholarships. While a majority of our students easily achieve academic success, some of our students require additional support and resources. There is a wide spectrum of students that are monitored by our Student Success Teacher and the Student Success Team. This allows for students to receive the support they need to be successful. Student support is available for all, but is necessary for some. As a school community we continuously support those that are in need, and celebrate the success of all of our students.
What are they?
Every secondary school within the Halton Catholic DSB has an in-school Student Success Team that is comprised of the following:
- Student Success Teacher
- Representative from Special Education Dept.
- Representative from the Guidance Dept.
- Representative from the Literacy Team
- Representative from the Numeracy Team
- Representative from the Pathways Team
The Student Success Team meets regularly to work together to develop strategies to assist students with their individual needs.
How can they help?
The Student Success Team is responsible for two primary functions:
- To develop school procedures and models for the effective delivery of all student success initiatives.
- To track, co-ordinate, and assume responsibility for at-risk students through the Student Success Teacher
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Students have the opportunity to:
- Benefit from individualized attention and support
- Choose from more options for learning, such as expanded co-operative education, Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and e-learning
- Seek help in solving problems they previously may have faced alone.
The Role of the Student Success Teacher
Each Student Success Teacher will be working most closely with individual students, classroom teachers, community partners and Student Success Team members to ensure students earn the credits necessary to graduate. The Student Success Teacher identifies the at-risk students, initiates program changes, advocates for students and tracks progress. Often times, there is a need to be creative with timetables, workload, co-op and other alternative educational settings.
Some of the ways the Student Success Teacher will support your child include:
- Supports students through key transition points from elementary to secondary school, grade 10 to senior level courses, and from secondary school to post-secondary destinations including college, the workplace, university and apprenticeships;
- Developing positive relationships with students based on mutual respect.
- Monitoring attendance – strong attendance supports success.
- Making classroom observations.
- Communicating regularly with parents.
- Ensuring that class work is completed.
- Working one-on-one with students on assignment completion.
- Helping students develop effective work and study skills.
- Working with teachers to create behaviour/ improvement plans for student improvements.
- Accessing progress reports from teachers.
- Monitor the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 for each Student Success Student
- Track progress of each student throughout the semester at progress reports, midterm reporting, and final report.
- Accessing additional supports. This may include making referrals to guidance/youth care worker/administration. ie. Schedule recommendations.
- Advocating for student needs.
- Working on credit rescue/recovery.
- Staff Development
These comprehensive supports are in place to meet the needs of the whole student, helping ensure they have the confidence, tools and abilities to experience personal and academic success.
As Catholic educators, we embrace our faith community and the responsibility to educate our students in His words. Student Success Teachers must role-model a ‘caring adult’ environment to provide a positive and inclusive space.
What does a ‘Caring Adult’ look-like?
- Listening to the student’s concerns.
- Open door policy for students to vent.
- Mediating and collaborating with classroom teachers on behalf of the student.
- Showing different learning skills/strategies for students to use.
- Being a mentor.
- Advocating on behalf of student to parents, staff and school stakeholders.
- “Parenting” the student.
- ‘’Cheerleading’’; self-esteem building – encouraging students.