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Professional Development The connection between student achievement and staff professional development is clear. Professional development is aligned with the goals in our school and district improvement plans. All professional staff members develop an Individual Professional Development Plan which is aligned with our improvement plans. Quality professional development has occurred in the areas of Assessment Analysis, Everyday Mathematics, English Language Learners training, Mentor Training, Four Square Writing, Good Grief Counseling, Everyday Math Assessment CD training. Laptop Use in the Classroom, Website Development and Brain Pop. Quality professional development reflects a whole school commitment to annual improvement as described in our District and School Improvement Plans. Staff members have also attended conferences on a number of subjects pertinent to their field. Our staff is committed to lifelong learning focused on the best instructional practices and content knowledge that can benefit all our students.

Personnel This past year we bid farewell and offered our best wishes to a number of veteran staff members including Mary Blanchard, Laurel Buckley, Nancy Castendyk and Veronica Spokis. The following teachers joined the Burgess staff this year: Julie Vinton and Amber Kelly and we also welcomed Jacqueline Berube, nurse assistant and Patricia

Girard, cafeteria worker.

After serving a year as Interim Assistant Principal, we

welcomed back Jack Canavan, Assistant Principal.

Building Maintenance/Building Project As always, the maintenance of our physical plant and grounds continues to be a priority

in terms of providing our students





and staff with a safe, clean and healthy learning works tirelessly to maintain our aging building,

especially given the number of students and community use our school experiences. Every

staff on effort is

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as well as the amount of made to keep the grounds

and and

building students,

safe and in are looking

good shape. The Burgess Building Committee, as forward to our ground breaking scheduled for later

well as staff this year. A

new addition and complete renovation of a major provide our teachers and students the best facilities our students the best in educational opportunities.

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School Security The safety of our children is a top priority. Our annual drills, conducted several times each year, include Fire Drills, Bus Evacuation Drills and Lockdown Drills. Access to the building during school hours is restricted to the Main Office Security Entrance where all visitors to the building must sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge.

Burgess Parent-Teacher Organization The Burgess PTO continues to be an extremely active group whose fundraising events help to provide cultural arts and other related programs for our students. Cultural arts programs such as the Technological Music Production with Brent Daniels, Brain Show Mania and Slim Goodbody captivated students, staff and parents. The PTO is also the main fundraising group helping to defray the cost of the Grade Six Bournedale/Project


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