Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

At Castor Valley there are many measures of student achievement:
Formal reporting to parents occurs three times a year through a progress report (Nov. 7), two report cards (Feb. 5 and June 27), and parent/teacher consultations. Assessments of reading through PM benchmarks, GB+ benchmarks, Évaluation rapide de la compréhension en lecture and kinder ELOT provide us with information on student progress, and guide the delivery of instruction. We use these tools along with EQAO results to plan improvement initiatives for our school.
As well, students participate and demonstrate great success in areas of Music, Math (Caribou Math, Gauss Math). In the area of athletics, our students perform consistently well at meets for cross-country and track and field. Our junior and intermediate students have won numerous banners at regional tournaments in various sports.
Grade 8 School Leaving Awards honour students for excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, citizenship, character and outstanding contributions to our school.
Combined with EQAO results our school improvement initiatives are based on the above.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

The Castor Valley staff has identified the following areas for improvement for the 2012-13 year.


A continued focus in the area of Number Sense and Numeration through the application of critical thinking strategies to solve problems to improve achievement and student success. Continued implementation of the Targeted Implementation Program Support (TIPS, Intermediate), Nelson Math and continued implementation of the three part math lesson and use of manipulatives.

Oral Communication

A new focus will be placed on ensuring students receive the required instructional support and effective feedback to use precise vocabulary to communicate deep thinking. Students need to be prepped for successful accountable talk to facilitate thought provoking discussions and to engage in and communicate critical thinking. As this is neither subject nor language specific, this is a focus across all grades and most, if not all subject areas, as well.

Embedding Character Development

Teachers continue to embed into their long-range plans the explicit teaching of the character traits. Using varied texts, stories and activities, students are consolidating their knowledge about the OCDSB’s Community of Character. School-based initiatives such as Internet and Social Media Safety and anti-bullying presentations contribute to our overall goal of developing and nurturing respectful relationships. A Bullying Prevention and Intervention School Plan has been developed by Staff and Parents to ensure that all students and staff are free from harm and risk and feel happy and included.
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