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: 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 All applications to Choices at Seven Programs (Challenge, LEAP, ATLAS) are done online 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 613-544-6925 ext 394 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 It’s a fun day designed for prospective students to experience “LEAP activities” opportunity for the LEAP teachers to assess student’s suitability for this unique program Workshop dates are: April 7th, 8th, 9th. Your child will be given one of those dates. students only drop off at 8:00 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 Friday, March 27, 2015 – applications due April 13, 14, 15, 2015 – LEAP workshop days April 27, 2015 – students notified of standing May 1, 2015 – registration deadline QUESTIONS….