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  • Alternative Program

    Alternative Program


    Cogito Alternative Program

    Program Philosophy

    Cogito is a knowledge-based program with clearly defined standards of achievment and measuralble learning objectives. Cogito is dedicated to helping average students maximize their academic potential. Cogito (k 0 gi t o) is Latin for I reason. The program provides a Classic Liberal Arts Education and is designed for the student who is willing to work to achieve a high level of academic excellence, in a knowledge-based program, and in an atmosphere of structured and sequenced learning. Critical thinking is stressed. Students work in an environment that encourages self discipline.

    The unique program characteristics include:

    • Enriched curriculum

    • Sequenced knowledge content

    • Focus on attention and increased concentration

    • Early literacy development through explicit phonics

    • Strong mental and written math skill development

    • Teachers oriented to a classical approach

    • Direct whole group instruction

    • Strong work ethic expected

    • Regular homework required

    • Committed parental support

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  • Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    Students have the opportunity to take part in leadership roles in order to develop strong citizenship skills. The following student leadership opportunities are available:  AMA Patrols, Snow Angels, Student Council, Bus Leaders, Office Leaders, Library Leaders, Indoor Recess Leaders, Technology Leaders, Environment Leaders, Lunchroom Leaders, Playground Leaders, Music Leaders, Recycling Leaders and Equipment Leaders.

    Cogito students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and training necessary for success in a rapidly emerging global economy. Students will develop strong ethical and civic standards and a solid commitment to their neighborhood, province, country and global community. (Report to Board of Trustees, April 25, 1995)

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  • Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs and activities take place outside the regular school hours and are provided by staff on a voluntary basis. Students also participate on a voluntary basis. Clubs may include: Choir, Handbell Choir, Orff Club, Drumming Club, Running Club, Chess Club, Skipping Club and Dodgeball Intramurals.






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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    At Mount Pleasant School, we strive for excellence in academic achievement as well as student conduct and behaviour. By setting high expectations for our students and staff, and by working collaboratively with our parents we prepare our students for a range of future possibilities and teach them to be valued and contributing members of our school and the greater community. The staff of our school takes pride in our focus on teaching and learning and the development of the school community.

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  • Goal Setting

    Goal Setting

    ‌In mid-October, students, parents and teachers meet to set individualized goals for each student. The goals are accompanied by strategies with which to reach the goals. All students’ goals are subsequently monitored throughout the year. Learning Conversations provide an opportunity for teachers to meet with their students 1-on-1 or in small groups to discuss the goals. Likewise, the principal meets with all students during Thomsen Treats, during which students share their progress.


    Principal Treats: The principal meets with all students to discuss their goals and progress toward the goals.

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Information for Parents New to Mount Pleasant School (2017-2018)
Please note that the school will be mailing an information package which will include school times and fees by the end of this school year. 

Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year at Mount Pleasant School where students, teachers and parents work together to ensure a quality education. The Cogito alternative program at Mount Pleasant upholds academic excellence for all students and encourages and expects their best possible work.

Striving For Excellence!

We are a capable, connected school community.

We practice outstanding achievement and foster leadership.

We believe in consistent behavioural expectations that promote safety, pride, respect, and honesty.

Principal's Message

The staff of Mount Pleasant School welcomes you to the 2016-17 school year. At Mount Pleasant, we believe that the quality of education is enhanced when home and school collaborate. Successful collaboration requires ongoing communication. The Cogito Alternative Program handbook is designed to give parents an understanding of the daily operation of the program and school. Please read the handbook as a reference throughout the year, and if you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at 780.434.6766.

Our school community is the result of strong relationship building and the collaborative work of students, parents and staff. High standards of student conduct are supported by school-wide practices such as a positive behaviour and conduct policy, student clubs and services that foster leadership skills, a character education program, and monthly student assemblies. Our policies and practices reflect the rights of students to learn and of teachers to teach. We encourage our students to accept responsibility for their learning and conduct.

Our most important work is student learning. Our student achievement results provide strong evidence to support this belief. This year our school will continue to engage in:

  • Setting and pursuing individual goals

  • Developing metacognitive strategies

  • Using higher order thinking skills

  • Improving problem solving

  • Aquiring vocabulary

  • Reading for comprehension

  • Writing

At Mount Pleasant School parents and staff have common goals. We want our students to know what is expected of them and we provide them every opportunity to do their best and succeed. Supports include excellent home and school communication, structured learning environments, and a focus on academic excellence.

Our students and parents bring their hopes and dreams for the future, and they will depend on us to provide students with an outstanding education.

We look forward to working with you toward achieving excellent results from all students.


Carol Van Kuppeveld