St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School
- Principal: Audrey Gribbons
- Secretary: Anne Buckley
- Grades: JK–Gr. 6
- Enrollment: 162
- Hours of Instruction:
8:45 A.M.–3:00 P.M.
St. Alexander School strives to be a family learning environment where all individual strengths, challenges, and cultural backgrounds are recognized and honored with dignity. The love of Christ is visible through the actions of staff, parishes, families, and students. A safe working climate which enhances self -esteem is established through fair boundaries and appropriate behavior.
Construction in 1958, St. Alexander Catholic School is located in a residential area in the west end of North Bay. It was named after Bishop Alexander Carter who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie for 28 years. The school has a strong tradition of family commitment and involvement and a long partnership with the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption Parish, both of which help create a school community of learning and faith.
Recognition of student achievements, participation and caring behavior occurs monthly in our Virtue Celebrations at which time one child from each classroom is recognized for displaying the characteristics of the Virtue. End of year awards acknowledge student achievement as well.
These include awards for
- 9 classrooms
- Primary Learning Assistance Centre (LAC)
- Primary Learning Skills Class
- Large schoolyard
More About Our School
For more about our school please visit our school website: http://sta.npsc.ca/
Here you’ll find monthly school newsletters and calendars, current school news and events, a school photo gallery and more.
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
Catholic Education is a holistic education designed to form and inform students, mind, body, heart and soul. It is committed to excellence as it invites students to respond in the context in which they live their faith. Catholic Education is dedicated to ensuring that the students reach their full potential so that there is success for all. St. Alexander School delivers Catholic education embedded in gospel values firstly through our Religion and Family Life programs and through the integration of the themes of Catholic social teaching.
St. Alexander School is a Catholic faith-based learning environment in which all members of the community (staff, students, parents, parish) are encouraged to live out the Gospel values of love, peace, justice, faith, hope, life, community and dignity and value of all persons. Our strength is our people: staff who are committed to modeling, promoting and integrating the faith of Jesus into the day to day curriculum and social fabric of the school; families who strive together to create "community" and parish personnel who share their faith with the children, staff and parents.
We try to live our faith through classroom and school-based liturgical celebrations which occur year-round. Programs such as Rainbows show compassion and hope for those children who have grief issues. We try to act out our sense of social justice in the wider community through activities for charitable organizations such as Terry Fox, Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, Jump Rope for Heart, MS Read-a-Thon, NADY, Diabetes, Patrick4 Life, Holy Childhood Association, etc.
As a Catholic School, our work to promote the spiritual development of our pupils is a crucial role. Students are expected to participate in religious activities including prayers, celebrations and masses. Parents are always welcome to join us at our masses and liturgical celebrations.
Assessing Student Progress
At the classroom level assessment methods in all grades include a variety of strategies-observation, self and peer evaluation, projects, portfolios, presentations, classroom tests.
Provincial testing is one way we assess our students. The EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) provincial assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for all students in grades 3 and 6 were conducted in May 2011. Results were sent to the school in the fall. Students were assigned a score between Level 1 (the lowest) and Level 4 (the highest). Students performing at Levels 3 and 4 are meeting provincial expectations.
Achievement reports are presented in two ways:
Method 1 - In Method 1 all data are reported. Method 1 expresses the number of students achieving at each level as a percentage of all of the students in the grade, including students who were exempted and those who took part in the assessment but did not produce enough work to be scored. Method 1 is EQAO's primary method of reporting because publicly funded schools are accountable for the achievement and progress of all students. School and school boards are required to use this method to ensure consistency of reporting across the province.
Method 2 - Method 2 is an alternative way of presenting data. Method 2 expresses the distribution of student results as a percentage of those students who actually took part in the assessment and produced work that could be scored. Students who were exempt, or for whom we have no performance data, are excluded. Method 2 highlights the results achieved by students who have scorable work.
Plans for the Future
Our school Action Plan continues to address three directions for movement.
- encourage more parental involvement with each child's education both at school and at home
- continued use of agendas, newsletters, Web site, Games Night, etc. as tools for communicating with parents
- increase our information to parents about curriculum expectations at all grade levels.
- encourage staff involvement in available workshops, meetings, field testing, exemplar work
- develop a repertoire of assessment strategies for all grade levels
- share areas of expertise both in the school and on Board committees.
- continue to promote literacy and numeracy at all grade level