Welcome to the 2012-2013 Superintendent’s Report

Welcome to the 2012-2013 Superintendent’s Annual Report.

I’m Elwin LeRoux, Superintendent of the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB). I am pleased to share this report with you on behalf of Judy White, who was Acting Superintendent of the HRSB during the 2012-2013 school year.

This story begins five years ago, when the HRSB set out on a journey to make every school an improving school by 2013. At that time, I recall thinking it was a daunting task. However, we have succeeded, in part because this vision remained at the forefront of our beliefs, our goal-setting and our decision-making:

“Every student can learn. Every school will improve.”

Five years later, I’m proud to report that each of our 137 schools is indeed an improving school!

How do we know?

Improvement looks different at every school. We know schools have improved when more students are achieving at higher levels – both in the classroom and on formal assessments. We know schools have improved when teachers have learned and have adjusted their practices in order to meet every student’s needs. We know schools have improved when equitable learning opportunities are available to all students. These are just a few of the measures we use to define improvement.

I am extremely proud of the progress we have made and equally excited to share our schools’ stories of improvement with you. There are many in this Superintendent’s Annual Report.

I urge you to explore this report in detail. You can use the navigation bar at the top of the page to help you find your way around the site. You can also link to topics of interest in the description below. Be sure to promote this good news with others with our sharing app located at the top of each page.

How did we do?

Each year, the Governing Board and Senior Staff establish goals to guide the development of Business Plan priorities. To learn more about those goals and our progress on each of their priorities in 2012-2013, visit our Business Plan section.

To get a better understanding of exactly how schools have improved this year, visit the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) section. Here, you have the opportunity to hear directly from staff members at some of our schools. The great work of ten improving schools is showcased in short videos, photos and excerpts from reports written by each school’s CSI team.

Although only a fraction of our improving schools are highlighted in depth in this report, every one of our schools has an improvement story to tell. Visit the School Reports to the Community page to find a link to individual school reports.

As you make your way through the Assessment section of this report, you will notice that we have continued to administer the board’s Grade 2 literacy assessment. However, the 2012-13 school year is the first year for all provincial assessment results in Grades 3, 6 and 8. Over the past five years, our results demonstrate improvement. What I am most impressed with is the way teachers are using assessment results to better understand their students. While the data gives us a benchmark from where to work, more importantly, it helps teachers change the way they support the individual needs of every student, particularly those who continue to struggle to meet expectations.

Each year, we ask students, staff and, in some cases, parents/guardians to tell us how we are doing, by completing the Getting to Great survey. Identifying and understanding the strengths and challenges in our schools helps us enhance learning for every student in every school. The results are available in the Survey section.

It’s not just schools we are highlighting in this report; every HRSB staff member plays a role in helping students learn and schools improve. Don’t forget to check out the Recognition page, where we celebrate some of our staff members for their excellence in supporting schools and students.

Moving forward

The end of the 2012-2013 school year signals a time of transition for the Halifax Regional School Board. We are now following a new four-year Strategic Plan as developed by the Governing Board which will guide our work through to 2017. With this plan, we have a new mission statement:

“Providing a high quality education for every student every day.”

As the Superintendent, it is my role to ensure that at the end of every day, each and every one of our schools is working effectively and creatively to provide a high quality education for every one of our 48,000 students. This is a tremendous responsibility; however, I have an incredible team of administrators, teachers and support staff who are dedicated to making this happen.

The 2013-2014 school year is well underway. To see the goals we are working towards, visit the 2013-2014 Business Plan. Please remember that our schools have great news stories to share throughout the year. Visit our website regularly and follow us on Twitter.

You can also provide feedback on this report by sending us an email at feedback2013@hrsb.ca .

Sincerely,

Elwin LeRoux
Superintendent
Halifax Regional School Board

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