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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


Guidance Office:

 

Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747

 

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Mr. Gary Cummings

HIGH NEEDS LEARNING CENTRE TEACHER COMMUNICATION PLAN

 

    The Learning Centre Teacher ensures that the Public Schools Program and Curricula are implemented in a way that maximizes student learning experiences. The Learning Centre Teacher is responsible for the introduction and evaluation of all students within his/her learning assignment and is committed to the provincial Special Education Policy. There is a strong commitment to Inclusive Education with emphasis on diversity, which realizes  individual needs and learning opportunities to help each child reach his or her potential.

Job Specific Components

A Learning Centre Teacher in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board shall perform such tasks as are assigned by the Principal and is required to undertake but not be limited by some or all of the tasks outlined below.  These tasks may vary from time-to-time.

·         Provide direct instruction based on identified student needs as outlined in the program plan, in collaboration with the classroom teacher.

·         Participate in the school-based program planning team process to assist in problem-solving and program planning, as needed.

·         Share the responsibility with other team members of interpreting and reporting teacher-based and standardized assessment results and other pertinent information with parents, administrators and other professionals.

·         Work collaboratively with administrators, teachers, parents and students in the design, implementation and review of comprehensive individual program plans.

·         Design, implement and evaluate instructional and behavioural programs that enhance the student’s social participation in family, school and community activities.

·         Use appropriate assessment instruments such as adaptive skills assessments and developmental screening assessments.

·         Adapt and modify existing assessment tools and methods to accommodate the unique abilities and needs of students with developmental disabilities including learning styles inventories, portfolio assessments, and functional assessments.

·         Teacher will assist students in the use of alternative and augmentative communication systems in collaboration with a Speech-Language Pathologist.

·         Assist parents and other professionals in planning appropriate transitions for students with developmental disabilities, including job placement, school-to-work and independent living.

·         Promote and maintain confidentiality regarding records and documentation.

·         Maintain ongoing collegial support through professional support sessions.

·         Be able to assume a leadership role in a Program Planning Team.

·         Be able to collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate programming for students with special needs.

·         Be able to demonstrate an expertise in a variety of assessment approaches.

·         Integration as appropriate to individual needs.

·         Be able to integrate students in the regular classroom with peers where/when appropriate, in consultation with the Program Planning Team.

 

The Learning Centre staff at Sydney Academy include

Teacher: Gary Cummings

TA’s -  Karen MacPherson, Brenda Hanna, Denise Mckay, Jennifer MacKInnon, Gail Kezele

Melissa Serroul

Accounting 11 –Communication Plan

Teacher: M. Serroul

September 2017

Overview of Course:

Accounting 11 is based on the following units of study:

 

  1. Financial Position

  2. Business Transactions

  3. Recording Transactions in T-Accounts

  4. Preparing the Income Statement

  5. Revenue & Expense Accounts

  6. The Journal

  7. Posting to the Journal

  8. Source Documents

  9. The Work Sheet

*If time allows ~ Unit 10. Classified Financial Statements

Expectations:

  • Student participation and involvement in classroom discussions and activities are necessary to maximize the learning process.

  • Attendance is a key factor in determining the level of success a student will achieve in Accounting 11. Students are responsible for all missed work. Students will have one week to hand in assignments (unless otherwise stated).  

  • Study Guide ~ to be completed independently, during class time (guides & texts are to remain in the classroom). It will be collected and assessed throughout the course.

  • Missed tests will be written on the first day the student returns following the test (providing that the absence has been excused).  After one week, the assignment/test will receive a mark of zero.  I reserve the right to make changes to missed tests.

  • Google Classroom ~ Students are expected to check the Accounting 11 Google Classroom frequently ~ this will assist them in keeping up-to-date on their work at all times.  

Evaluation/Assessment: *Subject to adjustment

Study Guide    30%

Tests    30%

Class Activities/Participation/Discussion   10%

Final Exam    30%

Contact:

 

Contact by email would be preferred. My email address is mserroulThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Global Geography Studies 12

Communication Plan

Sydney Academy

2017-2018

Overview:

The course examines some of the most important issues faced by our planet today as well as some solutions to deal with these issues.

Resources:

(1)   Text - Global Connections: Geography for the 21st Century

(2) Google Classroom ~ all assignments, updates & important information will be here. *Requires students gnspes to access.

(3)   Internet research articles

(4)   Media articles

(5)   Audio and video resources

Topics:

(1)   Geographic Approach

(2)   Human & Physical Connections

(3)   Hazards & Disasters

(4)   Pollution & Waste Disposal

(5)   Demography

(6)   Natural Resources & Resource Development

(7)   Economics & Trade ** If time allows

Evaluation:

Assignments -                                 35%

Tests -                                              35%

Final Exam -                                    30%

                                                       100%

Communication:

Students will receive marks for all class assignments, projects and tests.  Everything will be returned to the student.  Mid term report cards will be issued and correspondence with parents will occur on parent - teacher day.  Should any issues occur with the student's behaviour, attendance or progress, parents will be contacted by phone.  Should any parent require information regarding their child, they can reach me at the school, 562-5464 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Contact by email would be preferred.

Law 12 –Communication Plan

Teacher: M. Serroul

September 2017

Overview of Course:

Law 12 is based on the following units of study:

 

  1. Our Legal Heritage

  2. Rights, Freedoms, & Responsibilities

  3. Criminal Law

  4. Civil Law & Dispute Resolution

Expectations:

Student participation and involvement in classroom discussions and activities are necessary to maximize the learning process. Attendance is a key factor in determining the level of success a student will achieve in Law 12. Students are responsible for all missed work. Students will have one week to hand in assignments (unless otherwise stated).  Missed tests will be written on the first day the student returns following the test (providing that the absence has been excused).  After one week, the assignment/test will receive a mark of zero.  I reserve the right to make changes to missed tests. Students are expected to check the Law 12 Google Classroom frequently ~ this will assist them in keeping up-to-date on their work at all times.  

Evaluation/Assessment:

Projects/Assignments    30%

Tests    30%

Class Activities/Participation/Discussion   20%

Final Exam    20%

Contact:

 

Contact by email would be preferred. My email address is mserroulThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Keith Morrison

 

English 10 Communication Plan

Teacher- Keith Morrison

English 10 offers learners an opportunity to consolidate their learning from their junior high years before they specialize in grade 11. The English 10 classroom will offer abundant opportunities for students to read widely, write frequently and provide opportunities to enhance their communication skills.

Student progress will be closely monitored. Marks will be awarded for daily class participation, written work and homework assignments.

Due Dates

All assignments must be passed in on time. There will be few, if any extensions.

Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment. If the student is absent on the scheduled due date, have the assignment delivered to the school, have the parent/guardian contact the teacher or E-mail the assignment.

Testing

Plenty of notice for tests is given. If the student is legitimately excused on a scheduled test day, be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class. If it is not excused the mark will be zero.

Evaluation

80 % - tests, projects, homework, in-class assignments, oral presentations, etc.

20% - Final Provincial Exam

Contact

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Career Development 10 Communication Plan

Teacher- Keith Morrison

Career Development is designed to provide students with an environment to interact with others in preparing for a journey of self-reflection, personal development and career exploration. This course is designed to help students develop communication and self-management skills, assess their abilities and set realistic goals. Students will begin to develop and refine a career plan, make decisions about their future and prepare for the world beyond high school.

Expectations/ Creating Opportunities for Success

First and foremost, it is essential that you bring commitment and an open mind to class everyday.. Attendance in class is essential. Being late and/or absent will affect your performance and your overall experience.  To enhance student learning, make real world connections and provide exposure to careers, several opportunities will be provided to students including field trips, guest speakers and workshops. Sydney Academy is grateful to the many community partners that provide these learning opportunities. It is imperative that students, as representatives of themselves and their school, demonstrate respect and professionalism and adhere to our school’s code of conduct.

Students are also responsible for:

  • Seeking assistance with assignments when required;

  • Responding to feedback provided during the learning process.

  • Completing assignments by specified due dates so they can receive timely feedback;

  • In the event that a due date for an assignment is missed, it will be at the discretion of the teacher and principal to extend the deadline.

  • Requesting an extension for assignments in a timely manner when required

  • Students who do not adhere to the extended deadline will have missed that opportunity to demonstrate achievement towards the outcomes addressed in that assignment.

Resources

All other resources required for this course will be provided by Mr Morrison and PAHS. Resources will include computer technology, recent articles and texts. Hands-on work will be provided through field trips, guest speakers and presenters coming into our school.

Assessment & Evaluation

When determining a students’ final grade:

  • No single assessment tool (i.e. presentations, labs, demonstrations, portfolios, debates, written tests/quizzes) will account for more than half of the value of each Gradebook category

  • Learning trends over time will be considered, more recent student work and the teacher’s professional judgment

Career Development Modules and Weights

Module

Title

Includes

Value/Weight

Module 1

Personal Development

Decision-Making, Communication & Teamwork Skills, Personal Relationships & Conflicts, Community Issues, Cultural Values, Attitudes & Beliefs

20%

Module 2

Career Awareness

Skills and Personality Assessments, Job Search Strategies, Career Cruising, Post-secondary Research, Goal Setting, Resume Writing, Cover Letters, Interview Skills

30%

Module 3

Workplace Readiness

Health & Safety Act, Rights & Responsibilities, Work Ethic, Employability Skills 2000+,

First Aid and CPR Level A

OHS, WHMIS, Hazard Control and Identification

20%

Module 4

Financial Management

Financial Terms, Budgeting, Credit, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities

10%

Module 5

Lifework Portfolio

Students will keep artifacts to demonstrate growth in knowledge and skills. These items will demonstrate the development of a career plan and illustrate their interests and abilities. The Lifework Portfolio is meant for students to continue to organize artifacts of their achievements throughout their high school years and beyond.

20%

Assessment Practice

  • Students will be provided with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress toward achievement of outcomes.

  • Assessment for Learning/Formative Assessment…the ongoing process of gathering and interpreting evidence about student learning for the purpose of determining where students are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there; instructional strategy that takes place while the student is still learning and served to promote learning

  • Assessment of Learning/Summative Assessment…process of analyzing, reflecting upon, and summarizing assessment information and making a judgment and/or decision based upon the information gathered.

  • Assessment Types… On-line tutorials and assignments, peer work, observations, conversations, reflection, products

  • Assessment Tools…include, but are not limited to work samples, presentations, tests/quizzes, debates, projects, checklists, portfolios, experiments, demonstrations, anecdotal notes, graphic/visual representations, models, oral and/or written reports, journals, logs, performances

Communication Tools

  • PowerSchool (Gradebook). It is essential that students and parents check PowerSchool regularly to stay up-to-date with assessment and evaluation opportunities.

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews, Mid Term Reports, Final Report Cards

Accessing Help

Please e-mail or phone me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any immediate questions or concerns.

 

 

 

Communication Plan – Social Studies 9

Teacher: Keith Morrison

September 2017

Overview of Course:

Social Studies 9 examines Atlantic Canada through the following units of study:

  1. Physical Setting

  2. Culture

  3. Economics

  4. Technology

  5. Interdependence

Expectations:

Student participation and involvement in classroom discussions and activities are necessary to maximize the learning process. Attendance is a key factor in determining the level of success a student will achieve in Social Studies 9. Students are responsible for all missed work. Students will have one week to hand in assignments.  Missed tests will be written on the first day your return following the test (providing that the absence has been excused).  After one week, the assignment/test will receive a mark of zero.  I reserve the right to make changes to missed tests.

Evaluation/Assessment:

Projects/Assignments    25%

Tests    25%

Class Activities/Participation/Discussion   20%

Exams   30%

Contact:

Contact by email would be preferred.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Communication Plan – English 11

Teacher: Keith Morrison

September 2017

Overview of Course:

English 11 will focus on the following topics:

  1. Writing & the Mechanics of Writing

  2. Novel & Independent Novel Study

  3. Short Stories

  4. Drama (Shakespearean)

  5. Poetry

Expectations:

Student participation and involvement in classroom discussions and activities are necessary to maximize the learning process. Attendance is a key factor in determining the level of success a student will achieve in English 11. Students are responsible for all missed work. Students will have one week to hand in assignments that are not considered to be in-class assignments/projects.  After one week, the assignment will receive a mark of zero.  If an adequate excuse has been provided (doctor’s note, etc.), missed tests will be written on the day the student returns.  I reserve the right to modify missed tests.  

Evaluation/Assessment:

Speaking & Listening - 33%

Reading & Viewing - 33%

Writing & Other Ways of Representing - 34%

** There is a final exam for English 11.

Correspondence:  It would be best to contact me via email.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sean Duggan

Communication Plan - Core French 9

 

Overview:

 

Core French 9 is aimed at students gaining an appreciation for French language and culture while learning how to communicate in French both orally and through written work. This course focuses mainly on oral communication. Throughout the year new vocabulary is taught through thematic units,  correct pronunciation is modelled and students are then questioned to validate comprehension.  Students are encouraged to be unafraid of making mistakes and challenge themselves each class.  Attendance and participation are essential for students to be successful in this program.

 

Expectations:

 

All students are expected to:

  • Be respectful (listening while others are speaking)

  • Arrive to class on time and prepared for class.

  • Take responsibility for their learning and actions.

 

Evaluation:

 

Oral communication: 50%

Assignments: 30%

Projects: 20%

 

Homework assignments and projects will be posted on either the homework site or through Google classroom. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned.  Students are responsible to make up any work they missed while absent. Assessment is cumulative throughout the year.   

 

Assessment will occur in the following areas:

Speaking and listening: Students will answer questions orally and their answers will be evaluated, along with their use of French in the classroom.  

Reading:  Students will read several books this year (at an appropriate reading level) based on the topics covered orally.  Students will be evaluated on fluency and comprehension.

Writing:  Once the oral and reading components have been completed, students will complete a writing assignment based on themes.

Communication Methods:

 

Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Phone the school at 902-562-5464

  • Parent Portal

  • Send a written note to school.

Sincerely,

 

Sean Duggan

Sydney Academy

Languages Department

 

Communication Plan - English 9

 

Overview:

 

The grade nine English Language Arts Program is based on three strands: Reading and Viewing, Writing and Representing, and Speaking and Listening.  The goal of ELA is to continue building on student skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of texts.  Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze and respond to texts in a wide variety of genres.  Attendance and participation are essential for students to be successful in this program.

 

Areas of Study

  • Novels

  • Short Stories

  • Dramatic plays

  • Essay writing

  • Creative writing

  • Poetry

  • Media

  • Mechanics of writing

  • Speaking and listening

 

Expectations:

 

All students are expected to:

  • Be respectful (listening while others are speaking)

  • Arrive to class on time and prepared for class.

  • Take responsibility for their learning and actions.

 

Evaluation:

 

Speaking and Listening: 15%                

Reading and Viewing:   40%                  

Writing and Representing: 35%                   

January Exam: 10%

 

Students will assessed in a variety of methods, including the following:

      

  • Oral and Written Tests and Quizzes

  • Oral questions and classroom discussions

  • Creative Writing

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Projects and Presentations

  • In Class Assignments

  • Essay Writing

  • Exams

Tests, quizzes, homework assignments and projects will be posted on either the homework site or through Google classroom. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned.  Students are responsible to make up any work they missed while absent. Assessment is cumulative throughout the year.   

Communication Methods:

 

Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Phone the school at 902-562-5464

  • Parent Portal

  • Send a written note to school.

Sincerely,

 

Sean Duggan

Sydney Academy

Languages Department

Communication Plan - Healthy Living 9

 

Overview:

 

The Grade nine health curriculum is divided into three main areas: healthy self, healthy relationships and healthy community.  The following are the major topics discussed this year

:

  • Emotional Well Being and Mental Health Disorders

  • Nutrtion

  • The risks of substance abuse

  • Reproductive and sexual health

  • Workplace safety

  • Community Services

  • Avoidance of drugs, alcohol and the risks involved

 

Expectations:

 

All students are expected to:

  • Be respectful (listening while others are speaking)

  • Arrive to class on time and prepared for class.

  • Take responsibility for their learning and actions.

 

Evaluation:

 

Assignments: 80%

Projects: 20%

 

Homework assignments and projects will be posted on either the homework site or through Google classroom. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned.  Students are responsible to make up any work they missed while absent. Assessment is cumulative throughout the year.   

Communication Methods:

 

Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Phone the school at 902-562-5464

  • Parent Portal

  • Send a written note to school.

Sincerely,

 

Sean Duggan

Sydney Academy

Languages Department

 

Communication Plan - Core French 10

 

Overview:

 

This course focuses mainly on oral communication and involves continuous practice in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Evaluations reflect these four skills and are outcomes based. Emphasis is based on the development of French language skills through meaningful learning situations and the student’s ability to communicate effectively. Students are expected to do oral presentations in class. Throughout the year new vocabulary is taught through thematic units. Students are encouraged to be unafraid of making mistakes and challenge themselves each class.  Attendance and participation are essential for students to be successful in this program.

 

Expectations:

 

All students are expected to:

  • Be respectful (listening while others are speaking)

  • Arrive to class on time and prepared for class.

  • Take responsibility for their learning and actions.

 

Evaluation:

 

Oral communication: 50%

Assignments: 30%

Projects: 20%

 

Homework assignments and projects will be posted on either the homework site or through Google classroom. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned.  Students are responsible to make up any work they missed while absent. Assessment is cumulative throughout the year.   

 

Assessment will occur in the following areas:

Speaking and listening: Students will answer questions orally and their answers will be evaluated, along with their use of French in the classroom. In addition, students are required to give presentations using appropriate vocabulary based on a current unit.

Reading:  Students will read a variety of (grade level and ability) texts.  Students will be evaluated on fluency and comprehension.

Writing:  Once the oral and reading components have been completed, students will complete a writing assignment based on themes.

 

Communication Methods:

 

Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Phone the school at 902-562-5464

  • Parent Portal

  • Send a written note to school.

Sincerely,

 

Sean Duggan

Sydney Academy

Languages Department