J G Workman Public School (Gr JK - 08)
487 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON
Today, students of the classroom; tomorrow, leaders in our community.
J.G. Workman Public School is located on the southeast corner of Birchmount Road and Danforth Road. The school was first opened in 1949 and was named after the Chairman of the Scarborough Collegiate Board at that time.
This neighbourhood school serves approximately 210 students representing various language groups and countries.
J.G. Workman Public School offers regular programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, as well as Junior and Intermediate M.I.D. (Mild Intellectual Disability) Classes. We also offer a full day early learning program for Kindergarten.
As an Eco School, we are proud of our Gold Level Certificate of Excellence, striving to reach Platinum status this year. The students, parents and staff work together to apply their knowledge, skills and values to care for and protect the environment. We teach and practise energy conservation, waste minimization, green purchases and ecological literacy. The environment club takes on many projects to help us "think green". Parents fundraise to support the school's greening effort.
We learn to read, so that we can read to learn.
- Improve student achievement in literacy through a variety of programs and professional development.
- Focus on balanced literacy programs for all students to promote strong independent readers and writers adept at higher level thinking.
- Track student data using the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) and CASI (Junior Reading Assessment) to monitor student progress and determine student learning needs.
- Use descriptive feedback to help students progress to a higher level of achievement.
Our focus is to improve student achievement in numeracy through a variety of programs and professional development.
- Use the Teaching Critical Pathway to plan and deliver focused instruction in mathematics.
- Use of manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts.
- Emphasize problem solving skills and link mathematics with real world application.
Information Communication Technology
- Use a range of ICT tools for research, inquiry, problem solving, decision making, creativity and communication .
- Use and transfer ICT knowledge to locate, retrieve, organize, manipulate, analyze and evaluate information.
- Develop strategies to integrate computer technology across the curriculum.
- Develop a school website to improve communication with parents.
Continue to facilitate Grade 8 to 9 transition by:
- visiting feeder high schools;
- offering transition evening to inform parents and students of various options for high schools;
- working with itinerant guidance to look at different pathways.
Character is what we do when no one is looking.
- Focus on the ten TDSB character attributes that are an integral part of our teaching and learning throughout the year.
- Continue to use Tribes and various anti-bullying programs to foster empathy and responsible behaviour .
- Recognize and celebrate student success at monthly Great Golden Bear Award Assemblies.