The library at Williamstown Public School.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Williamstown Public School is a quality institution where students feel safe, staffed by teachers committed to making a difference for their students.
Provincial standardized testing scores beat the Ontario average recently in all six areas, and there is a high degree of parent involvement in the school, earned in part through excellent communication with families – including through social media.
More work must be done though to elevate Grade 3 reading scores to the same high level that students attain in Grade 3 writing, where 92 per cent of students meet the provincial standard.
Those were the conclusions of a review of school operations led by Superintendent Valerie Allen and submitted to trustees during Wednesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
“Staff members have high expectations for their students, and they work hard at achieving these expectations, through student support, differentiated instruction, and by using student work to plan next steps in the learning journey,” said Allen.
The report found that Williamstown is a school with a strong academic culture. Staff members believe in differentiated instruction and data-driven decisions to generate student success.
The school attains high results in EQAO testing through the use of school-wide math carousels with a focus on algebraic reasoning, and a school-wide read-aloud program with a focus on comprehension strategies and questioning, said Allen. Staff members also take full advantage of the board’s any device, anytime, anywhere program, allowing students to use their own devices in the classroom.
The school’s standardized testing scores are above the provincial average in Grade 3 and Grade 6 reading, writing and mathematics testing, noted Allen.
Still, more work must be done. The school will continue to focus on math instruction in all grades, extending the use of manipulatives across the junior division. Staff members will also work through professional learning communities to ensure that Williamstown’s students have access to high quality instructional practices and instructional resources ranging from iPads to resources for real-world learning.