O'Connor Public School (Gr JK - 05)
Creating The world We Want
Our school serves approximately 220 students from 31 different language groups. Students participate in a variety of school-wide leadership activities including serving as Play Leaders, and as members of Student Council.
Our community partners help our students achieve at high levels, they include:
A School-age childcare program providing full day childcare, and before and after school programs. A Parenting and Family Literacy Centre which introduces parents and children to the school system through a range of play-based, problem solving activities in a culturally inclusive environment. An After-School Recreation Care program operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Department, as well as our Parent and Community Volunteers.
We work to ensure that students see themselves represented in the curriculum program and culture of the school.
We use assessment for and as learning.
We consistently provide timely Descriptive Feedback
Our Community Partners
We believe that when school and community work together, the potential for students to achieve at high levels is greatly improved. We continue our work to develop community partners to support student growth and development in the areas of nutrition, sports as well as literacy and numeracy.
We celebrate our partnership with Model Schools for Inner Cities because we work together to close the achievement gap. We are proud of the work we do regarding Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP), as it provides us with a framework for closing the achievement gap.
Student Nutrition & Learning.
Teaching & Learning
At our school, teachers work together to ensure that student learning is the work. They follow our School Improvement and Long Range Plans. They ensure that students understand the criteria for success and receive and use timely descriptive feedback to better demonstrate their learning. Teachers also do moderated marking using teacher designed rubrics.
Parents are integral to our work at O'Connor, therefore we share our Long Range and School Improvement Plans with them. We believe that when parents know what we expect their children to learn and be able to do, they are better able to provide appropriate learning supports. Parents also participate through School Council, volunteering, and Early Reading Intrervention etc.
We believe that our school must be a place where students, parents and staff all feel a keen sense of belonging and share a willingness to work together so that all students will achieve success. To this end we are developing student leadership through groups such as Student Council and PALS and through sports teams and a variety of extra curricular activities.