Choices at Seven...Choosing the Right Program

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LEAP
CHO ICE S AT
SE VE N...CHO O SI NG THE
R IGHT PRO G R AM
Welcome to…
LEAP Information Night
Limestone Education Through the Arts Program
2015
Calvin Park Administration
Laurie Behan - Principal
Sara Jo Ottewell - Vice Principal
Lynn Bethune – Office Administrator
LEAP TEACHERS
 ALEC DONALDSON
 LYNNIE JOHNSTON
 KEITH ALCOCK
 RACHAEL MCDONALD
 KYLA JACKSON
 CATHERINE TANG
Calvin Park Public School
Calvin Park Public School is unique in the
province of Ontario
We are a middle school, grades 7 and 8 housed in a
secondary school: Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational
Institute
Calvin Park is a school of approximately 400
students and consists of four distinct programs: LEAP
of course, as well as CORE, ATLAS and Challenge.
OUR CALVIN COMMUNITY
CORE Program
 Provides strong programming of the Ontario Curriculum for our neighbourhood
communities. Literacy and Numeracy are a focus as well as integrated studies across
the curriculum
ATLAS
 This program is designed to provide focused, structured learning opportunities for
students who are of average to above average intelligence and who are experiencing
significant difficulties with communication, organization and academic performance.
This program utilizes state-of-the-art technology to facilitate learning
OUR CALVIN COMMUNITY
 The Challenge Program is designed to meet the needs of
academically advanced and formally identified gifted students who
are seeking new learning challenges. It provides enriched, multidisciplinary curricular studies with a focus on cutting edge
educational technology and real-life application.
 TAG cross-program student leadership groups are used to build
community and educate all students about Growth Mindset.
LCVI AND CALVIN PARK
FACILITIES
 Calvin Park occupies a distinct and separate space on the second floor of
LCVI.
 Shared access includes a secondary-sized Gym, a Cafeteria equipped for stage
performance, a dance studio and school library.
 Staggered timetabling and separate lunch hour in the cafeteria minimize
contact between the two student populations.
 Special events such as Inside Ride and Carnival
 Lockers
LEAP AT CALVIN PARK
LEAP is a unique program, in which intermediate students
study all subjects required in the Ontario Curriculum through
an integrated approach that emphasizes arts activities and
creative expression.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
LEAP emphasizes:
Creative risk taking
Process and Product
Teamwork
Real world connections
Critical thinking & problem-solving through the arts
Organization & time management
BALANCED, ENRICHED
CURRICULUM
Based on Ontario Curriculum expectations
Enriched integrated arts learning across the curriculum
Focused skill development in all areas of the arts
Innovative teaching and learning environment
Subject rotary based on teacher expertise
FOCUS ON THE ARTS
Enriched Art Opportunities have
included:
 Arts-based Field Trips
 Guest Artists from local Arts
Community
 Coffeehouse
 Showcase
FOCUS ON THE ARTS
Skill development, theory, concepts, practice and product. All
students participate in each of these disciplines:
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Music - band/strings
Dance
Drama
Visual Arts
Media Arts
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
 all students in LEAP take instrumental music (concert band or
string ensemble)
 students applying for grade 8 LEAP require previous experience
on a concert band or string instrument - grade 8 applicants are
required to play their instrument on the workshop day
DEVELOPMENT OF THE
WHOLE CHILD
 Academic Success and Accountability
 Interpersonal Skills
 Community and School Involvement
 Healthy Living and Positive Self-Image
 Respect, responsibility & citizenship
ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL
SUPPORTS
 Our Teachers, Administration, Student Support Teacher and
Student Support Counsellor are all available to support the success
of every student. We work together to provide IEP accommodations
where necessary, and to help with organization, time management,
and assistive technology. We also support students through
performance and stress related issues. We can also act as liaison to
coordinate support services with community agencies.
WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS
P RO G R A M ?
 Keen Interest in the Arts
 Independent Worker
 Team Player
 Enthusiastic Learner
 Committed
 Respects Others
 Working at Grade Level
 Responsible
 Good Listener
 Risk Taker
 Organized
 Positive
WHAT COSTS CAN I
EXPECT IN LEAP?
 Art Kit approx. $75 - $100
 Instruments: Can range from free up to $400
 Field Trips – approx. $300 (includes overnight field trip to Toronto)
 Appropriate Footwear for Phys. Ed. and Dance
 Performance Attire
 Math Set
TRI-BOARD
TRANSPORTATION POLICY
 Transportation is not guaranteed
 Where routes and space exist, students may apply to Tri-Board
Transportation
 More information about bussing is available in the application
package
 Contact Tri-Board Transportation for more information
 Depending on the route, students may miss some class time
CHOICES AT SEVEN
 Applying to Programs at Calvin Park Public School
CHOICES AT SEVEN
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All applications to Choices at Seven Programs (Challenge,
LEAP, ATLAS) are done online
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Applications will be received by a Choices Program Registrar,
Tanis Fairley, at the Education Centre who will gather the
information related to the application packages
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613-544-6925 ext 394
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https://choicesatseven.limestone.on.ca
CHOICES AT SEVEN
 Report cards for Limestone students will be accessed at the
Education Centre
 Non-Limestone students will be required to deliver a copy of their
most recent report card to the Education Centre to be included
with the application package
LEAP WORKSHOP
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It’s a fun day designed for prospective students to experience “LEAP
activities”
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opportunity for the LEAP teachers to assess student’s suitability for this
unique program
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Workshop dates are: April 7th, 8th, 9th. Your child will be given one of those
dates.
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students only
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drop off at 8:00
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pick up at 2:00 - main doors of LCVI
THE DAY OF THE
WORKSHOP
 Parents are responsible for transportation arrangements to
and from the workshop.
 The cafeteria and school telephone are NOT available.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE WORKSHOP:
Music
CD
Nut-Free
Snack and
Lunch
Instrument
Comfortable Clothes
ASSESSING THE
WORKSHOP
Students will be assessed by the four LEAP
teachers and the Community Artists on:
 presentation piece
 visual arts activity
 drama activity
 movement activity
 music activity
WHAT ELSE IS ASSESSED?
 Overall Reading, Writing and
Mathematics (most current report card)
 Overall Arts (most current report card)
 Overall Learning Skills (most current
report card)
SELECTION PROCESS
 As directed by the Limestone District School Board
 Established to provide equity of opportunity
 First Round - students will be accepted from rank-order list
based on quotas established for each family of schools
 Quotas are based on grade 6 enrollment (2014-2015)
 First round ends when quotas are full
SECOND ROUND
SELECTION PROCESS
 Only one student from each school will be accepted until all
other schools have been considered
 Subsequent rounds of acceptance also follow this pattern until
all the places in the program are filled
 Students from other school boards & private schools would also
be considered at this time with one student per school being
accepted in the second round
THE WAITING LIST
 Students who are not initially offered a placement, but who
have met the criteria will be placed on a rank-order waiting
list
 Students will be accepted from the waiting list as others
decline their placement
UPON ACCEPTANCE
 LETTERS OF ACCEPTANCE, WAIT LIST, AND DECLINE
WILL BE SENT OUT FROM THE CHOICES AT SEVEN
REGISTRAR at the LDSB Education Centre
 Please do not contact Calvin Park Public School regarding your
child’s acceptance status. Direct all inquiries to the Registrar,
Tanis Fairley
ACCEPTANCE
The Registrar will be available to answer
questions related to the application
process at:
613-544-6925 ext. 394
DATES TO REMEMBER
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Friday, March 27, 2015 – applications due
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April 13, 14, 15, 2015 – LEAP workshop days
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April 27, 2015 – students notified of standing
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May 1, 2015 – registration deadline
QUESTIONS….

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