Holy Family discusses achievement findings

The Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division’s board discussed the findings from a recent report on student achievement during its monthly meeting Oct. 9.

As part of its plan, Holy Family calls for 90 per cent of kindergarten students to be ready to learn according to the Early Years Evaluation; 80 per cent of Grade 1-9 students tol be reading, writing and achieving math at or above grade level, and Grade 4-9 students will self-report a level of engagement above Canadian norms in 80 per cent of measurements, according to the Our School survey.

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Eighty-nine per cent were classified as prepared, 10 per cent above the provincial average and first in the province.

The findings showed that in terms of reading, 80 per cent of Grade 1s, 82.4 per cent of Grade 2s and 80 per cent of Grade 3s were at or above the provincial level in 2018-19.

In writing, 79.7 per cent of Grade 4s, 69.5 per cent of Grade 7s and 64.7 per cent of Grade 9s were at or above the provincial norm.

And in terms of math, 86 per cent of Grade 2s, 83 per cent of Grade 5s and 78 per cent of Grade 8s were at the provincial level.

Grade 3 reading was 7.5 per cent above the provincial average, Grade 4 writing was nearly 20 per cent above the provincial average and in math, all three grades were above the provincial average.

“We are very proud of our outstanding results in readiness, reading and math,” Holy Family said in a report released after the meeting.

Holy Family says it is proud to be home to a diverse student population that includes 137 English language learner students in Grades 1-9, 72 students with intensive needs and 29 self-identified Indigenous students.

Also during the meeting, the Holy Family board announced it will attend the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association annual general meeting and conference, where trustees will witness the value of using Strength Finder in their teamwork.

A report was presented with the results from an information technology security scan assessment performed by IBM. IBM did what Holy Family describes as an “exhaustive search” of the division’s Google environment and found absolutely zero issues.

“IBM was very impressed as rarely do they find no issues when doing this type of search in other school divisions.”

Holy Family is promoting the upcoming 60th anniversary for Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur in Estevan. A community event will be taking place Oct. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m., with displays, music, refreshments and other activities for the public to enjoy.

The next meeting will be Nov. 26.

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