Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative   to achieve a positive outcome.”

As an elementary school, student initiatives are fully supported by staff, a number of parents and other volunteers. Suggestions coming forward by students are supported by staff who assist them in refining plans. Our students serve as lunch monitors, reading and study buddies, student ambassadors and Let’s Play leaders. A recent initiative has Students’ Council leading the way in Spirit Days and community involvement. This group of dedicated students assists at sporting events in whatever capacity they are needed from refereeing to helping with other logistical issues at tournaments and meets. These students provide leadership for Spirit Days and generally contribute to the life of the school as needed. Students also play lead roles in EarthCare and have shown leadership in sports, where they captured a number of regional banners at OCDSB competitions. In addition to informal recognition on a regular basis, we also acknowledge their contributions in our classrooms, school announcements, newsletters, assemblies and through the Principal’s Report to school council. We also conduct end of term and endofyear awards ceremonies that mainly recognize student participation and contribution to ALC. We recognize student leadership by incorporating their suggestions into our planning.
At A. Lorne Cassidy, all staff, both academic and administrative and support provide innumerable opportunities for our students to be involved to make our school a vibrant place for children in and beyond the classroom. Our staff involve themselves in leading projects within the school and at the Board level. They constantly seek out avenues to enhance their professional practice and have embraced the concepts and practical realities of becoming a Professional Learning Community. We have a homework club that assists students with tutoring and extra support in many subject areas. All students benefit from daily active, physical health breaks lead by our dynamic teachers. Each division is supported by the work of a Team Leader who works tirelessly to assist their colleagues with the implementation of many Ministry of Education and Board curricular initiatives that support student learning. We also have teachers actively involved in mentoring their colleagues. Teachers play a key role in promoting our “Community of Character” initiatives. Our staff offers a wealth of athletic and club activities to our students before and after school and at lunch. Several of our staff have been Board leaders at Daily Physical Activity workshops. All our staff demonstrate unequivocally on a daily basis their commitment to our students and doing “whatever it takes” to ensure the complete development of each child.
Our parents/volunteers have contributed countless volunteer hours in the classrooms, supporting fundraising initiatives through Book Fair, special lunch days, acting as the main leads with staff assistance for the Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart. They play an active role in supporting our band through fundraising and assisting with performances. Parents have for a number of years created a Yearbook that is a high quality product requiring many months of their time to create a lasting keepsake for our students. Parent photographers record the many events at the school so that our history and traditions are well represented pictorially. As a complement to the photos, slideshows are created for the students to view at the end of each term. Articles written and submitted by parents to the local community newspaper assist in spreading the active life that students at our school enjoy. Parents are integral to the planning and organization of the School Leaving Ceremony for our grade eight students. In addition, through School Council, parents and staff collaborate on key initiatives further enriching school life and spirit.
A. Lorne Cassidy enjoys a partnership with many businesses, service clubs and the local Crossing Bridge Community Association. All demonstrate a keen interest in the activities of ALC and contribute in many ways by making donations to events and giving their time, resources and expertise for countless initiatives within and around the school. Many of the service clubs contribute awards to our students at the Grade Eight Leaving Ceremony. We are particularly appreciative of the support of the local community newspaper, The Stittsville News, which covers many of the events at the school demonstrating how the school as an excellent place to learn and grow. In all, there is a tremendous sense of being part of a vibrant and caring community.
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