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  • Alternative Program

    Alternative Program


    Cogito Alternative Program

    Program Philosophy

    Cogito is a knowledge-based program with clearly defined standards of achievement and measurable 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

    Mount Pleasant School aspires to be a capable, connected, committed school community where students work to achieve academic excellence and foster leadership skills. In partnership with parents, we strive to provide a structured environment of consistently high expectations for learning and conduct where students demonstrate diligence and self-discipline as they achieve excellent results in all their pursuits.

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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 which students share their progress.

    Goal Setting Goodies:  The principal meets with all students to discuss their goals and progress toward the goals.

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For the 2018 - 2019 school year, Mount Pleasant no longer has space in our Cogito program.

Welcome to Mount Pleasant School, a kindergarten to grade 6 learning community where students, teachers and parents work together to ensure a high quality education through the Cogito Alternative program.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Mount Pleasant School … striving for excellence!

Our school community is the result of strong relationship building, collaboration, and ongoing communication between students, parents and staff. High standards of student conduct 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 primary focus is student learning as evidenced by our student achievement results. This work includes:

Setting and pursuing individual goals

Developing metacognitive strategies

Using higher order thinking skills

Improving problem solving

Acquiring vocabulary

Reading for comprehension

Enhancing writing

On behalf of the staff, we look forward to an exciting 2017-2018 school year as we work together toward achieving excellent results from all students.

Laurel McEwan