Owen Public School (Gr JK - 06)
Ecole Owen Public School is located in an area of York Mills that was originally the St. Andrew's Golf Course. Ecole Owen is a dual track school offering instruction in both English (JK - Gr. 6) and French Immersion (SK - Gr. 6). Our school has multi-cultural diversity with one quarter of the children speaking a language other than English at home.
The Design of Owen
The design of Ecole Owen Public School involved considerable consultation with a variety of stakeholders, all working together to achieve the best possible solution for the community. Everyone agreed that the building should support the school's philosphy of openness and the library should be at its heart. The Library is a common area for all students and its focus is a "tree of learning". Thirteen classrooms ring the edge of the semi-circular library. With doors eliminated, students are constantly aware of the school community beyond each classroom.
Our recently revitalized library, full computer lab, and ongoing acquisition of Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoards) provide opportunities for staff to differentiate instruction and engage learners. Students are able to access current, relevant technology to assist them as learners.
In Literacy, both English and French Immersion, we continue to implement the components of a Balanced Literacy program at all grade levels. In Numeracy, we continue to implement the Three-Part Lesson and Math Congress. The overall focus is developing higher order, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Student success is the ultimate goal of our staff. Through Literacy and Numeracy Teaching and Learning Critical Pathways, grade teams work collaboratively to identify areas of need, plan appropriate programs and activities, and develop the most effective strategies to promote student success.
Staff Professional Development
Not only is it important for our students to become life-long learners, our staff is committed to being a community of learners as well. Team-teaching, mentoring, collaborative planning, and moderated marking all provide opportunities for the sharing of best and innovative teaching practices and the development of staff capacity and efficacy.
The staff and students at Owen are committed to caring for our environment. As a team, we work diligently and conscientiously to make environmentally responsible decisions and activities part of our everyday life.