Numeracy @ Seba Beach – washing away with “I can’t do math”

Numeracy is defined as the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For example, if one can understand simple mathematical equations such as, 2 + 2 = 4, then one would be considered possessing at least basic numeric knowledge.

Numbers are everywhere in the world and on a given any given day we do math without even thinking about it.  A numerically literate person can manage and respond to the mathematical demands of life. However, this is a skill that many take fo granted, there are a lot of individuals that struggle with Numeracy.

At Seba Beach School, we have collected data, that reveals that many of our students would benefit from a Numeracy program, somewhat similar to the literacy programthat we have in place. Similar to the Literacy program, the Numeracy programs philosophy is that students learn best when they are taught at their level, with students at their level, in small groups and that the basics need to be learned and understood before moving to a new concept.

To ensure that the students are working at the appropriate levels and that they are also being challenged, at the beginning of the year the literacy level of each student was assessed. After the students were assessed they were placed into groups with students that are at the same level and to this group was assigned an educational staff.

In October the majority of students have been working on improving and fine tuning their skills and tools related to mental math. An example of this would the skills and tools that students can use to solve. Everyone chooses a specific method to complete a question, but the idea is not to have every student complete the question in the same way, but for students to be familiar with all of the techniques and choose the one that appeals the best to them. Below are three examples of this.

 

Rounding                                                    Breaking Down                                                           Counting On

74-38=                                                        74-38 =                                                                          74-38=

round up by 2 to get 40                       74- (30 & 8)                                                                  38 to 40 is up by 2

74-40 = 34                                                74-30 = 44                                                                   40 to 70 is up by 30

34 up by 2 is 36                                       44-8 = 36                                                                      70 to 74 is up by 4

Ans = 36                                                     Ans = 36                                                                       2+30+4 = Ans 36

Students are shown these as well as the traditional format and others and practice using them, then students are free to choose their method of preference.

Not only are the Numeracy groups great for interventions to assist children in Math, but the groups also allow for more individualized focus for where students need the help and alternative practice in an environment where competition is not present, because students are grouped based on abilities.

Personally, I know that the students that I am working with are having fun, and they are still being challenged to do better and make improvements in their skills. As well, since the groupings and the information being covered is directly tied and coordinated with the new JUMP math that is being used in all of our math classes, our students are seeing the continuity. If you have any questions or would like some information, please feel free to contact the school and ask for Mr. Ram or Mrs. Wong.

Staff are excited about the design and implementation of our Numeracy program and all of its possibilities. . We are looking forward to the successes of our students, to seeing the results of students being more independent and confident. Overall, the staff at Seba Beach are looking forward to making our belief and mindset that “ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN” a reality.  Come, join us.

LITERACY @ Seba Beach – Kids who Read, Succeed

The ability to communicate your thoughts is among one of the most important aspects that will determine your success in relationships, ability to make money, as well as your life. Without a proper supply of vocabulary, literary capacity, and determination to do better, you will have a very difficult time being independent. Language learning is perhaps one of the most difficult things to master, and so, mastering any language requires a great deal of practice, determination, and continual usage.

With all of this in mind and understanding the needs of our students Seba Beach School has created and implemented a school wide literacy program. The basis behind the program is that students learn best when they are taught at their level, with students at their level, in small groups and that the basics need to be learned and understood before moving to a new concept.

To ensure that the students are working at the appropriate levels and that they are also being challenged, at the beginning of the year the literacy level of each student was assessed. After the students were assessed they were placed into groups with students that are at the same level and to this group was assigned an educational staff. For example for one month students will look at all of the skills and tools that one can use to sequence stories.

The students will practice this using readings, story boards, and other methods that are relevant for group levels. Bi-weekly at the longest educational staff will meet as a group to discuss techniques, strategies that are successful, strategies that need to be changed, and how students are progressing and whether or not they are ready to move to the next skill. To measure the growth and improvement of each student they will be assessed once every reporting period this will provide us with the best possible information to plan for each student. To help and communicate with parents the school will post updates to the school website to share the skills and tools that the school is using. This will provide parents with ideas that can be used to continue the work that is happening at the school.

Please fell free to access our information and share it if it is beneficial. If you are interested in the program please feel free to contact the school and ask for Mr. Ram, Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Melmoth.

Staff are excited about the Literacy program and all of its possibilities. . We are looking forward to the successes of our students, to seeing the results of students being more independent and confident. Overall, the staff at Seba Beach are looking forward to making our belief and mindset that “ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN” a reality.  Come, join us.

If You Look To The West The STARS Shine!

Being able to have sports teams is a challenge facing schools in rural locations. The schools that are located on the west end of Parkland County have come up with a solution to this challenge. The solution is to join together and combine our children and resources. This allows our children to experience the joy of being on a sports team. The schools involved are Wabamun, Entwistle, Seba Beach, and Tomahawk, and it’s just a coincidence that the when abbreviated the school names spell WEST.

This fall the principle of these schools met and decided that it was definitely a win-win situation for everyone involved to make a combined team. The students that want to play on a school sports team will get the opportunity to do just that. This takes a little more dedication from the students and parents because it is not as easy as staying after school for practise. Some students on the team must now travel to the practices  depending on which school is the host school. So far, Seba Beach has been the host school. This was a challenge that most students and parents were willing to take so that they can play the sports they love.

This school year there were two West End teams for volleyball, with students coming from Wabamun, Seba Beach and Tomahawk. The teams formed were a junior girls’ team, coached by Katherine Kindrat (Seba Teacher) and a senior girls’ team coached by Stephanie Khondowe-Wong (Seba Teacher). It was a season of growth and learning for the players, coaches and parents. It was a season of success for the junior and senior girls. Both teams overcame obstacles and developed friendships that will continue to grow throughout the school years.

The junior girls WEST STARS were able to reach a high level of success this season. They had their shares of wins and losses throughout the regular season. The team attended two tournaments. The first tournament at Living Waters helped these girls to see that they were just as good as all the other teams. The second tournament closer to the end of the season at Spruce Grove Composite High school was where these STARS really began to shine brightly. The girls played hard and came together as a team should and made it to the Association finals. The final match was very close and the girls came home with Second place, beating out many schools in Parkland County that have not had to face the challenges of combining students from different schools to make a team. It was wonderful to see!

When the tryouts were held for basketball, the turnout was awesome. There were enough boys and girls from the four schools that three teams will be made for the basketball season. From this turnout there was a developmental team formed with grade 5 and 6 students coached by Mr. Ferzli (Seba Teacher), a senior girls’ team coached by Katherine Kindrat (Seba Teacher) and a senior boy’s team also coached by Mr. Ferzli.

The season has already started and although the outcomes of the games have not been in the WEST STARS favor so far, we just need a little while to get the team polished up so we can really shine out there! It looks to be a busy season for all those involved. A four-School basket-ball team is another first for Parkland County West End Schools and is another exciting first for the WEST STARS sports team.

The game schedule has been made with games being held on Tuesdays after 4pm start, the tournament dates set with the Memorial Tournament on February 15th and 16th and the Championship Basketball tournament will be held March 5,6,7,8,9 & 11th in Stony Plain or Spruce Grove. The players are excited for this opportunity to come together and shine.

LETS GO STARS

Hearts are bigger than Wallets.

I am EXTREMELY proud to say that I am the Principal of Seba Beach school. I am always proud of my school and my students, however recently the students and staff at Seba Beach school proved that anyone can make a difference and that their hearts are just as big as others.

Why am I writing this, you may ask, so I will tell you. Over the past couple of weeks the students of Seba Beach took on a “stuff a bus challenge” that was presented By Spruce Grove’s Save-On Foods and Royal Lepage Westgate. The challenge was to collect the most amount of food donations for the food bank. The winner would be based on a Per capita basis, which ensured a level playing field for all participants. I am elated to report that Seba Beach school was able to collect 8 items per capita, which translates to 800+ items.

As Mr. Wilhauk has stated, one of the “initiative is developing the younger generations sense of community” For more on the Challenge and a future goals please visit the Stony Plain Reporter. The students were extremely excited when they were informed yesterday and met with Trevor Wilhauk from Royal Lepage. The students, staff and community are looking forward to their BBQ in the Spring/Summer, however they are more excited that they have the bragging rights of winning the challenge against other schools in Parkland School Division.

The staff and students at Seba Beach look forward to next years challenge and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the most Memorable of New Years.