Our School Plan Progress 2017-2018

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Blue Jay Elementary School Goals

Blue Jay Elementary School Plan - Academic Language Development

Based on math, writing and reading assessment gathered during the 2016-2017 school year, the Blue Jay Elementary staff articulated concern that students seem to be struggling to communicate their thinking or learning at a deeper level of understanding. The staff decided to focus the school goal on unpacking the curricular competencies to identify the academic (Tier 2) language that students need to be able to effectively communicate their learning. 

Blue Jay teachers working hard as they 'dive in' to the Academic Language in our revised curriculum. Thank you to Michelle Gill, District ELL Helping Teacher, for facilitating a great day of learning!

Student-written Reader's Theater presentations with Mr. Bubel and their classmates providing constructive feedback using academic language to deepen their thinking.

Grade 3 students playing "Vocabulary Scramble". Which classmates have the synonym and antonym for their vocabulary word?? Active engagement as they learn some tough words!!

Kindergarten Math lesson. They are learning how to answer the question "What is the difference?"....a tough, abstract concept for five year olds!

Kindergarten Math Academic Vocabulary Development

Intellectual

Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Literacy Development at Blue Jay Elementary - "Daily 5" Highlights

Many teachers at Blue Jay Elementary have incorporated the work of Boushey & Moser (commonly known as "The 2 Sisters") into their classroom routine to support literacy development. A "Daily 5" routine has students rotating between 5 targeted, individualized stations; "Read-to-Self", "Work-on-Writing", "Read-to-Someone", "Listen-to-Reading" and "Word-Work". This routine creates an environment where the teacher is then able to work with small groups of students, targeting specific areas of growth in their reading and writing development. Take a look at some of the amazing evidence of growth that is happening as a result!

Daily 5 "Word Work" in Grade 2 supported by our ELL teacher

Daily 5 targeted "Guided Reading" lesson

Daily 5 "Read to Self" in Grade 2

"Word Work" in Grade 1

More "Word Work" in Grade 1

So proud of the "Word Work" she's done!

"Guided Reading", targeted reading instruction, time for this lucky and hard-working group of students!

This student was reading at PM Level 0 in September......just listen to the evidence of growth!!
Grade 1 Writing - Listen to these early writings listening for the letter sounds!

Literacy Development at Blue Jay Elementary - "BLITZING" Highlights

Building on the work of Janet Mort, our Grade 1 to 3 teachers, with the support of our ELL and LSS team, provided daily, targeted, "Blitzing" games to work with our most at-risk students. We focused on Sight Word development for Term 1 and are currently doing a Guided Reading focus during our BLITZ time. Have a look at some of the interactive, fun, games that students engaged in as they were learning their sight words.

Students and teachers working hard to improve reading skills at Blue Jay Elementary! Hallowe'en is no exception! 

Provincial and School-Based Reading Assessment Reports

FSA Reading Results - 2016-2017

Grade 4 FSA Scores - 2016-2017

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Blue Jay Elementary Fine Arts

Our students participate in a variety of Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art activities in the classrooms at Blue Jay Elementary. 

Blue Jay Elementary Athletics

Blue Jay Elementary students are able to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as Basketball, Volleyball and Track and Field. Many staff members help out to make these opportunities possible for our students.

Grade 5 Boys Basketball

Blue Jay Elementary Aboriginal Education

Incorporating the First Peoples' Principles of Learning into our classrooms is an important part of our day to day functioning at Blue Jay Elementary. Students participated in the recent Syo:ys Week and learned much about the Aborinigal culture through many presentations.

Blue Jay Elementary Cultural Celebrations

Blue Jay Elementary is a culturally diverse environment. Staff facilitate and embrace many opportunities where students can explore and understand the various cultures represented at our school. 

Diwali Celebrations
Eugene Reimer dohl drummers came to help us celebrate Diwali!
Celebrating Chinese New Year

Careers

Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

STEM and STEAM at Blue Jay Elementary

We know that our students are growing up in a time where job opportunities will demand creative, critical thinking skills. Students are being challenged to work collaboratively to creatively solve real-life problems using various STEM and STEAM tools. 

Spheros at Blue Jay

Blue Jay Community Connections

At Blue Jay Elementary we work to model behaviours and provide opportunities where students develop caring, empathic and altruistic values. 

Div. 5 took time to honour Constable Davidson by writing the Abbotsford Police Dept. notes of support. Our police liaison officers came to accept the gifts.

Blue Jay Elementary raises $1300 for The Terry Fox Foundation