Homework includes the completion of daily assignments, study, review and preparation for major assignments, tests and examinations. Students should expect subject teachers to check regularly that their work has been completed. The amount of homework depends on the subject, levels of difficulty and grade level. However, it is reasonable to expect homework (study and written) on a daily basis at the secondary level.
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Information gathered through assessment helps teachers to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations in each course.
In addition to outlining expectations for performance and attendance, each teacher will give students information regarding criteria and methods of evaluation at the outset of classes.
Evaluation is based on assessment of learning that provides evidence of student achievement at strategic times throughout the grade/course, often at the end of a period of learning. Evidence of student achievement for evaluation is collected over time from different sources including observations, conversations, and student products. Using multiple sources of evidence increases the reliability and validity of the evaluation of student learning.“Student products” may be in the form of tests or exams and/or assignments for evaluation. Assignments for evaluation may include rich performance tasks, demonstrations, projects, and/or essays.
A student must obtain a grade evaluation of 50% or more to obtain the credit in that subject.
For Grades 1 to 12, all curriculum expectations must be accounted for in instruction and assessment, butevaluation focuses on students’ achievement of the overall expectations. A student’s achievement
of the overall expectations is evaluated on the basis of his or her achievement of related specific expectations. The overall expectations are broad in nature, and the specific expectations define the particular content or scope of the knowledge and skills referred to in the overall expectations.
Teachers will use their professional judgment to determine which specific expectations should be used to evaluate achievement of the overall expectations, and which ones will be accounted for in instruction and assessment but not necessarily evaluated.
OTHER ACADEMIC POLICIES
FIELD TRIPS, EXCURSIONS, SPORTS
While students are encouraged to participate fully in school-sponsored activities, they are still responsible for work, tests and assignments in their classes. It is the responsibility of students to inform their teacher of their involvement in out of school activities. Students must be in complete uniform for all field trips and excursions, unless approved otherwise by the principal.
RETREATS AND SCHOOL LITURGIES
At various times during the year, students shall participate in scheduled liturgies and retreats. Such involvement is not only compulsory but essential to building commitment and witness to Christian faith in our Catholic secondary schools. These activities are a vital part of our curriculum. By choosing to attend Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, a student accepts various religious activities, including school liturgies, retreats or other special events, as a compulsory component for everyone in our community.
The Library functions to implement and support the curriculum of the school. The Librarian’s role is to assist students in acquiring information literacy skills by offering research instruction and reference
assistance to help students achieve their academic goals. The library provides all students with an enriched learning environment, containing a wide variety and range of print materials and digital resources that will invite intellectual growth. The Library also offers an array of recreational reading materials, in a comfortable setting, to encourage a lifelong interest in reading and learning.
The Library is open daily during school hours. Students have 24/7 after hours access to the library catalogue and online database resources
Resources available in the library include:
- Networked computers with internet access to allow students to search the library catalogue and conduct online database searches
- An extensive multi-discipline reference collection that can be used in the library.
- A number of full text databases where students can access peer reviewed scholarly magazine and journal articles. Can be accessed from home 24/7 with password authentication
- An extensive collection of E-Books are available for more subject specific information. Can be accessed from home 24/7 with password authentication
- WiFi access