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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.

Homework Policy

An important component of the Cogito Program is its emphasis on homework. Homework is assigned in various subjects according to curricular expectations and the teacher's professional judgment. Homework should be meaningful and measured, but time will often vary depending upon each child's individual skill level and ability to complete daily work in class. It is marked and students are expected to make appropriate corrections.

Teachers in the Cogito Program will provide parents with a homework information sheet that describes the homework practice for the student's specific grade level.

Regular homework, central to the Cogito Program, has three major purposes:

  • Teaches personal responsibility and time management skills;

  • Provides additional opportunities for enhanced academic growth and development; and

  • Involves parents in the learning process and keeps them informed.

Parent responsibilities concerning homework are as follows:

  • Provide a time and a place, free from distraction, for the work to occur;

  • Sign the daily homework book, after examining the child's work;

  • Provide encouragement with respect to daily work as well as homework; and

  • Work closely with the teacher if a problem occurs.

Homework greatly enhances student potential for success. In the Cogito Program, it is a daily expectation from Monday to Thursday. Long-term assignments, missed daily work, or review for tests may also be done on the weekend.

Homework reinforces concepts covered during class time. Students may expect to review, practise skills, catch up, and prepare for tests. Students often require help in developing their study skills, and in organizing their time so as to balance homework, extra-curricular activities, and free time. Long-term projects or assignments that are to be completed over an extended period of time build on previous knowledge and skills and expand the student's knowledge and skills of research, organization, and time management. The requirements and scheduling of all assignments will be shared with students and parents. All students will have a home reading program in addition to their daily homework to encourage a life-long reading habit.

When appropriate, parents can use the homework book as a means to provide small written messages to the teacher. The teacher in turn may also use the homework book to provide appropriate communication back to the parent. Parent, student, and teacher initial that they have read all correspondence. Please note that these messages can and will be read by your child. We are unable to guarantee complete confidentiality within the homework books. This should be taken into consideration when determining the level of sensitivity of the correspondence and how your child might misunderstand events. Issues of a highly personal nature should be addressed by other means such as a phone call, a personal meeting or a confidential sealed letter.

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.

Student Conduct

Our goal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School is to help students behave appropriately and assume responsibility for their own actions. Students are encouraged to realize that any behaviour that disrupts or detracts from the general learning environment in our school is unacceptable. Our Positive Behaviour Program reflects the belief that students can and will make good decisions if given positive support and skills, from both the home and the school. Our objective is to provide an environment in which all individuals in our school can be successful, respected, and valued.

Our school-wide approach to discipline will:

  • help students accept responsibility for their actions;

  • help students identify and solve problems;

  • leave students' dignity intact; and

  • involve parents

Student Behaviour and Conduct (from Edmonton Public Schools Student Behaviour and Conduct Policy):

Students shall be responsible and accountable for their behaviour and conduct:

  • while involved in school-sponsored or related activities;

  • while on school property;

  • during any recess or lunch periods on or off school property;

  • while traveling to and from school; and

  • beyond the hours of school operation if the behaviour or conduct affects the welfare of individual students or the governance, climate, or efficiency of the school(s).

Parents play a vital role in developing student behaviour and conduct. It is the district's expectation that parents:

  • be aware of the board policy and regulations and the school's expectations for student behaviour and conduct;

  • review the board policy and regulations and the school's expectations for student behaviour and conduct with their child(ren);

  • work with the school to resolve student behavioural issues when they affect their child(ren); and

  • co-operate with the school's or district's recommended course of action prior to re-admission of the student following a student suspension.

Students shall show respect for:

  • school authority;

  • others and their property;

  • ethnic, racial, religious, and gender differences;

  • school attendance and punctuality;

  • work habits, assignments and homework;

  • school property such as textbooks and equipment;

  • fire alarms and safety equipment; and

  • District policies relating to smoking, alcohol, drugs and inhalants.

Failure to meet the expectations for behaviour and conduct shall result in some or all of the following consequences:

  • problem solving, monitoring or reviewing behaviour expectation with student and reprimand;

  • parental involvement;

  • temporary removal of privileges;

  • temporary exclusion of student from class;

  • in-school or out-of-school suspension;

  • behaviour contract with student;

  • restitution for property damage to an individual or board;

  • assessment of student to develop appropriate programming.

Attendance

Parents are requested to notify the school if their child is going to be absent.

To ensure your child's safety, we will call home if your child is absent and we have not been previously notified. Our answering service phone number is 780.434.6766.

Regular attendance at school is a vital factor in the successful completion of the program at each grade level. Extended absences due to family excursions or other reasons should be discussed with your child(ren)'s teacher in advance. Formal notification of the absence by letter is required. (Refer to "Absences for Holidays").

The safety of students at Mount Pleasant School is of the utmost importance. If your child is driven home from school, it is vital that he or she is picked up promptly at our dismissal time of 3:23 p.m. every school day except Thursday when dismissal time is 2:30 p.m. If you are unavoidably delayed, and cannot make alternative arrangements for your child's transportation, please contact the school office at 780.434.6766 immediately. We would ask that you make alternate arrangements for your child if this is occurring on an ongoing basis. Your support in ensuring the continued safety of our students is invaluable. Please direct any questions you might have about these procedures to the school office.