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School Improvement and Wellness Plan

J.J. O'Neill and St. Patrick (E) Catholic Schools  SIPSA-WB

School Improvement plan for student achievement and WELL-BEING 2016-2017

Serve Well

Bring Hope

Celebrate All

SIPSA Team: At J.J. O'Neill and St. Patrick (E), all members of staff are contributors to the SIPSAW.  The SIPSAW is co-created with the triangulation of feedback from staff, students and families. 

J.J. O'Neill Catholic School - Enrolment: 300 JK to Grade 8

J.J. O'Neill Catholic School is the only Catholic school in the town of Greater Napanee and boasts a mixture of rural and urban students, being served by nine school buses. There are 12 classrooms, 16 teachers (SERT, 2 FSL), two Early Childhood Educators and five Educational Assistants, a Library Resource Assistant, an Itinerant Arts Teacher and a Child and Youth Worker. Both administrators are entering their third year in their roles.


St. Patrick Catholic School (Erinsville) Enrolment: 24 JK to Grade 8

St. Patrick Catholic School is situated in Erinsville, 30 minutes north of Napanee. It is a small rural school, with an active parent community and two classroom teachers, an FSL teacher, and a part-time secretary. Mrs. Hackett serves as the school SERT, administrator, and Itinerant Arts Teacher. St. Patrick and J.J. O'Neill share a Child and Youth Worker and Library Resource Assistant. When administration is not present, St. Patrick Catholic School relies on a Senior Teacher whose leadership is essential to the smooth operation of the building.



St. Patrick Catholic School staff works in concert with staff from J.J. O'Neill Catholic School on collaborative inquiry and Board sponsored initiatives.  The focus of both schools is to promote student learning through the lens of a growth mindset in all areas of the curriculum and well-being. J.J. O'Neill and St. Patrick Catholic Schools are part of Learning Network #1, led by Superintendent, David Giroux.

Serve Well


We believe in one another.

We will pray every day.

We have the power to Be Champions.

We will follow the path of Jesus.

We will connect with our Parishes.

We share with each other.

Celebrate All


We know how we learn best.

We ask questions and spend time looking for answers.

We have high expectations for ourselves and each other.

We congratulate others on their achievements.

Bring Hope


We care about each other.

We talk and listen to one another.

We care about our school.

We will be friends to those in need and make good choices.

Discipleship – Serve Well

As a community of learners, created in the image of God, we inspire and nurture strong communities of Catholic faith with all partners in Catholic education-home, school, parish and community.


Scholarship – Celebrate All

As a community of learners, created in the image of God, we inspire and nurture engaged communities of learning that promote high levels of student achievement, in a culture that supports the belief that all students can learn.

Stewardship – Bring Hope

As a community of learners, created in the image of God, we inspire and nurture compassionate communities of service that give witness to Catholic social teaching.





Theory of Action: If we model and share Catholic teachings then staff and students will grow in their faith and become creative and reflective thinkers.


Discipleship – School Priorities:


Promoting Positive School Climate and Well Being through our mission statement and monthly virtues infusing "Faith in Action" in and throughout our school community.

  • Strength based approach to creating transition plans for students with IEPs (PPM 156) and use of Fresh Grade to support "All About Me" Portfolio and Individual Pathway Plans.
  • Whole school approach to understanding the importance of recognizing ones' own wellness compass.
  • Through monthly themes, students will be exposed to and see themselves reflected in the Catholic Graduate Expectations


Theory of Action: If we provide students with authentic opportunities to engage in inquiry, to revise, refine, collaborate and rethink their work based on individual needs, then student learning and engagement will improve.


Scholarship - School Priorities


  • Investigate the math continuum from K-8 with a focus on communication, consolidation and collaboration (staff and students).
  • From a growth mindset stance, technology and the learning environment will be used to extend learning that promotes deeper thinking and flexibility/differentiation/UDL.
  • Learner centered assessment practices based on the ALCDSB framework.
  • Collaborative inquires will be promoted to foster student and teacher growth.


Theory of Action: If we develop a community that models and teaches responsible and accountable practices, then our students will grow to respect the earth as God's sacred creation and act to contribute to the common good.


Stewardship - School Priorities


  • Wellness is promoted and planned throughout the year
  • Environmental stewardship awareness takes place inside and outside the classroom
  • Community building strategies focus on creating a positive school climate with an emphasis on student achievement and wellbeing.
  • Servant leadership is promoted through our words, actions and choices


Look Fors: 

  • Students will lead daily prayers and monthly masses.
  • Students participate in transition planning focusing on their strengths in consultation with staff and their families
  • Staff and students take a whole school approach to wellness
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Access to supports and services (FSEAP)
  • Christian Meditations/Mindfulness
  • Restorative Circles
  • Students can articulate the connections between our monthly school themes and the CGE's.


Look Fors:

  • Triangulation (observation, conversation, product) of data to inform decision making for a complete picture of student learning
  •  "Talk Moves" incorporated into all classes
  • Collaboration and common instructional practices in mathematics across divisions
  • Fluid SERT and support staff schedules to promote student achievement
  • Classrooms engage in inquiry-based learning
  • Students can name their learning and articulate what success looks like
  • Data collection using Reading Program data board
  • Consistent early literacy practices (K-3)
  • Professional learning and building capacity supported by our Math partner
  • Regular evidence of self/peer/teacher feedback provided to all students



Look Fors:

  • Each division will participate in

outreach to community and parish,

  • Speak Up Grants will be used to continue to build student leaders
  • Eco Schools continue to be a focus through participation in BFF conference, Community Gardens and through Aboriginal Education
  • Connections to parent and larger community using social media (Twitter, website, Facebook)
  • Buddy Bench and Outdoor Classroom



Discipleship – Monitoring Strategies

  • 'Choose to be a Champion' Week,– February 21st-24th summary/feedback of the week collected from individual classes (using Padlet)
  • Visual displays of Monthly themes found throughout the school connected to CGE's
  • Admin Team invited and interacting with students over FreshGrade
  • Weekly "My Blue Print" session in intermediate division.  Sharing at staff meetings and link to "All About Me".




Scholarship – Monitoring Strategies

  • EQAO Assessments 2016
  • Classroom pre and post data (PRIME)
  • Regular updates on data board to guide early morning reading club
  • In class observation of Talk Moves.  Teachers collaborating with one another and visiting classes to document talk moves in action.  Teachers to sign up and share experiences working with Talk Moves at monthly staff meetings.
  • Students in Intermediate classes to use technology to video classes using talk moves
  • Monthly trail around "JP" builds demonstrating classroom activity and learning


Stewardship - Monitoring Strategies

  • Eco program participation and certification
  • DPA/Pals Training and implementation
  • Lunch Hour Intramural Program – self and peer assessment to be completed at end of 6 week block of intramurals.  Focus on Catholic Leadership (Exit Card).
  • Speak Up grants post project reports