St. Francis School, the only school recognized in the north from Sault Ste. Marie to the Manitoba border, was designated by the Ministry of Education Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat as a “School on the Move.”
The theme of this initiative is schools learning and working together to develop partnerships and learning communities.
This program recognizes the teamwork of teachers, high student achievement accomplishments, and growth in teacher instructional practices that resulted in the continued progress made by all students in literacy and numeracy.
“These exemplary instructional strategies developed and implemented by St. Francis teachers will be showcased to other visiting schools from around the province in the upcoming school year so that they may benefit from the experience of St. Francis School teachers,” said Mary-Catherine Kelly, director of education for the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
St. Francis principal Teresa Dennis, literacy coach Marilyn Landry, numeracy representative Jean Bujold, and Kelly attended a “Schools on the Move” celebration in Toronto, where they were acknowledged for their accomplishments by Education minister Leona Dombrowsky and Chief Student Achievement Officer Mary Jean Gallagher.
“The board is proud of the work of all our staff in our Catholic schools,” said board chair Anne-Marie Fitzgerald.
“This special recognition of excellence celebrates the great work and leadership in our schools,” noted Kelly.
“Students in our communities are well-served by excellent teachers in our Catholic schools,” she added.