Our School Plan Progress 2021-2022

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Mountain School Goals

Home of the Mountain Lions

Mountain Elementary is a vibrant K-5 school nestled in picturesque Mountain Village on Sumas Mountain.  Opened in 1992, the staff, students and families have established this elementary school as a school of excellence.  Mountain Elementary is a safe school, with high behavioural expectations and standards.  Students are actively taught appropriate social skills and they are reinforced through the use of school wide behaviour support systems.

We strive to give our children a balanced educational program.  A highly skilled and caring staff delivers classroom instruction in the core subject areas.  Our school plan focusses on literacy, along with social emotional learning.

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One of our primary classrooms is participating in a social-emotional learning activity called “COOL KID” from the "SEL Kernels of Practice". One student is chosen each day and they get to wear the “cool kid” button for the day. As a class, they brainstorm all the things that make that student cool! Students have been so positive and kind with their ideas about each cool kid. They take a photo with their poster and post it on to Seesaw for parents to see and send the poster home at the end of the day. They have  received great feedback from parents about how much they love this activity and how it teaches children to give positive feedback as well as how to receive it.

A Grade 3 class focusses on social emotional learning (SEL) by making kindness catchers on Anti-Bullying Pink Shirt Day!

Intellectual

Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

At Mountain...

We strive to give our children a balanced educational program.  A highly skilled and caring staff deliver classroom instruction in core subject areas. Our Language Arts programs boast a mix of the traditional and current literacy practices. 

 

Student's AR Progress

School-Wide Reading Results

(EM= Emerging; DV= Developing; PR= Proficient; EXT= Extending)

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Indigenous Culture and Commmunity Focus

Indigenous students have been an integral part of our school culture since the beginning.  The students receive academic support through our Response to Intervention (RTI) system and our Indigenous support worker.  The new revised curriculum (2017) embraces Indigenous learning and our Indigenous support worker works both directly with students and with teachers to help them integrate Indigenous ways of knowing. In addition, we have many cultural activities that embrace the learning of all our students.

First Nations carvers, painters and dancers make regular visits to our school.  Donna Klaver, our Indigenous Support Worker, works with our students with Indigenous Ancestry helping them develop an indigenous world view, learn more about First Peoples and develop an appreciation for their rich ancestral heritage. She also provides literacy support to our Indigenous students in consultation with their classroom teachers and the Learning Support Services teacher, Mrs. Park.

Some other aspects to our Indigenous Education program include special speakers  to tell stories, demonstrate and teach cultural activities such cooking, crafts and drumming and dancing. Fieldtrips to First Nations community events, learning centers and places with historical and cultural significance . 

The Híwus Feasthouse Field trip was approximately 5 hours in length and included the Grouse Mountain Admission, Skyride up and down, the Eco-walk, guides/storytellers, craftwork and lunch (hot chocolate, West Coast vegetable soup, flatbread, candied salmo

Arts Education

Mountain students are offered opportunities in the Fine Arts such as a Guitar Club, a Hand-bell choir, grade-level choirs, and school-wide musicals.
Mountain students went to the Orpheum Theatre and learned first hand about the different sections of the orchestra.

International Students

Each year a number of students from abroad attend Mountain Elementary. Through the International Student Program students gain an appreciation for other cultures and the many things we have in common.

Community Service Involvement

Every year Mountain students are challenged to look outward and serve their community.
Students at Mountain Elementary raised over $1,700 towards cancer research in their annual Terry Fox Run fundraising event.

Careers

Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Robotics and Programming

Learning to code prepares kids for the world we live in today. Many jobs and occupations use code directly, like web designers, software developers and robotics engineers. There will be even more future occupations where knowing how to code will be a huge asset.

Mountain students got hands-on experience coding the District Sphero kit. Students in all grades met the Hour of Code challenge this year.

Osmo kits combined with iPads provided the students a tactile coding experience.
Even the Kindergartens took to coding using the iPads.