The vision of Baltimore School is to empower all students through the acquisition of knowledge.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Baltimore School is to develop and foster a positive, creative and challenging learning environment; where all students have the opportunity to develop their potential as thinking, caring, confident, life-long learners. We dedicate ourselves to doing this by promoting academic excellence, respectful behavior and creating the best possible student-centered classroom learning that will collaboratively use students, teachers, parents, and community members to achieve these goals.
Our Belief Statements
At Baltimore School we believe that:
teaching/learning is a life-long process for all stakeholders (students, teachers, and parents) whereby all teaching/learning is student-focused, considering the individual needs and learning styles of each student.
a safe and caring environment must be evident in all classes and throughout the school; all stakeholders must contribute to school spirit and community pride.
establishing open communication and positive relationships foster an environment conducive to learning and for promoting respect.
teachers are knowledgeable in the courses they teach and will work with colleagues and improve professionally in order to adapt to changing needs and demands in the classroom.
student achievement and learning are enhanced when students are prepared for school, are motivated and are taught using a variety of strategies.
all stakeholders make use of available resources to offer a strong academic program enhanced with extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
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The strategic plan of the Eastern School District identifies the mission of our District to enhance achievement and success for all students, within a healthy, active, safe, caring and socially-just learning environment. We are supported by a strong team of professionals both at the school and district level who work diligently to achieve the goals of our individual school plans.
This report is an opportunity for schools to highlight the challenges and successes experienced over the past year. It celebrates the accomplishments of the school as it works to achieve its stated goals. Success is possible when teachers, parents, and community members work together in a supportive and collaborative manner.
I encourage you to review this report, reflect upon the information and discuss with your school’s administrators and teachers items of interest. It is the ongoing dialogue and engagement that maintains the commitment to our goal of enhanced learning for all.
I would like to congratulate each school for their dedication to learning and teaching as evidenced by this Annual School Report.
The 2008-2009 school year proved to be another successful year at Baltimore School. We had many outstanding events this past year, including very solid results on all our CRT and Public exams. The school spirit and overall feeling within the building was exceptionally positive and we hope to grow upon this in the upcoming year.
In regards to our school growth and development, we have completed the third and final year of our new School Development Plan. The school community has been very supportive of our efforts thus far and there is an understanding that the process is a very important one for our school and that will ultimately affect the performance of children in the classroom.
Work began late in the year to continue our school growth through the development of a new 3 year plan. This plan will be in place at the beginning of the new school year and will reflect the input gathered through surveys, focus groups and the entire review of our current procedures. All stakeholders were very willing to provide input in order to aid the continued progress of students academic and social well being.
The administration of Baltimore School would like to thank all stakeholders, parents, staff and community members, for their continued support as we continue to provide a safe and caring environment that allows students to learn to the best of their ability in the quest to life-long learning. It is through your interest and never ending generosity that we are able to provide the extra programs that are available to our students. The endless hours of volunteering, and tremendous parental support are allowing us to build on our strengths and plan solutions for our future. Thank you to all who have provided the leadership and guidance that was necessary to make this process both productive and operational, and we look forward to the fruits of our effort.
Darrell Budgell, Principal Rosemary Hartery-Brophy, Assistant Principal
On behalf of the Baltimore School Council, I would like to congratulate the staff and students on another successful year. There were many accomplishments, for both academics and sports, in the year 2008-2009. The school involvement of the staff and students is highly recognized by parents and the community and is greatly appreciated. We wish you all the best for the new school year.
Baltimore School Council
Year 2008 - 2009
Baltimore School is located in the historic community of Ferryland on the Southern Shore, the Irish Heart of Newfoundland. It takes its name from the great English explorer, Lord Baltimore who settled Ferryland in 1621.
The school was originally built in 1969, however due to an accidental fire in 1979 the school was totally destroyed and was rebuilt in 1980. Expansions which occurred in 1998 resulted in the schools present appearance. Baltimore School was originally built as a Senior High School, however today it encompasses all grades, Kindergarten to Level III.
Baltimore School is part of the Eastern School District. Our school offers Kindergarten to Level 3 and currently has an enrolment of 288 students. 98% of our student population is bussed from 11 surrounding communities: Brigus South, Cape Broyle, Admiral's Cove, Calvert, Ferryland, Aquafort, Fermeuse, Kingman's Cove, Port Kirwan, Renews and Cappahayden. This year the school had a total of 24.75 teaching units which include administration, one guidance counselor, a physical education teacher, one French teacher, one music teacher, a technology teacher, one challenging needs and 3.25 special needs teachers. Our support staff included two student assistants with a combined total of 7.5 hours per day, a maintenance-custodian, a custodian, two cleaners and a secretary. In addition to school-based staff, we have access to district office staff including a speech language pathologist, educational psychologist, ESL specialist, and program specialists. The talent, hospitality, and support of the southern shore is definitely alive and well at Baltimore School.
Baltimore School offers the prescribed curriculum as set out by the Department of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador. We strive to make course offerings to students at all academic levels so that they can achieve successes in their individual program. In all core subject areas we have continued to offer a general, academic and advanced stream. We continue to prepare our students for the high standards that will be demanded of them once they leave school and enter an increasingly competitive job market in an information driven economy.
Our school offers the entire provincially prescribed curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 9. At the High School level, 42 courses are offered including Math 3205, Math 3207, French 3200, Physics 3204 and Chemistry 3202 through CDLI.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services at Baltimore School consists of 3.75 Special Education teaching units and 1.0 Guidance Counselor allocation. Special Education teachers are responsible for providing Pathways supports to students requiring assistance as determined by comprehensive assessments and ISSP’s(Individual Support Services Plan) or IEP's (Individual Education Plans). Special Education teachers work with students who have Identified Exceptionalities by providing such services as oral testing and scribing, as well as, developing and teaching alternate courses. Guidance counseling services include such services as individual and group counseling, comprehensive assessment, post-secondary school counseling, ISSP/IEP and pathways consultation, Tutoring for Tuition Facilitation, interagency involvement and Senior High course selection. In addition to those services mentioned above, special education teachers and the guidance counselor will be using the Referral Tracking System which is the provincial database for monitoring and managing all assessments completed in our school. Student assistants are also provided to the school by the school district to support teachers in meeting severe physical, personal care and behavior management needs of students.
Key Highlights/Special Projects undertaken at School
Baltimore School is very fortunate to have the support of the various communities it serves. The following is a list of partnerships which have developed over the years and remain strong in our school:
- Fire Safety: Fire Department
- CAP Website
- School Milk Foundation
- Cadets/Royal Newfoundland Legion
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- D.A.R.E: R.C.M.P
- Public Health
- Kids Eat Smart Foundation
- Celtic Business Development
- Irish Loop Development
3 Year School Development Plan (2006 – 2009)
Goal 1: Motivate students to accept responsibility for learning.
Goal 2: To create an environment where there is greater collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders.
Goal 3: Foster the affective component of student learning by creating more diverse learning opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom setting.
Smart Board per subject area
Monday Memo on First Class
Macintosh Computer with Speak Recognition for Special Needs
Set of Cupboards mounted in Spare Room for Breakfast Program (Home Ec Room)
New Filing Cabinets
Phys Ed Equipment - Volleyball Nets/Poles / Track and Field Poles / Basketballs
Display Case for Awards in the Main Area of School
New Sound System
New Portable Band Stage
Storage in classroom (cubbies)
Library needs updating with Library Pro, Technology and Reading Material
BBQ for staff and student events
More Money for all subject areas and grade levels
Report on School Development Plan for Previous Year (2008-09)
Operational Issues Report
The identified operational issues for the 2008-2009 school year at Baltimore School ranged from fine tuning several of our procedures and protocol, to purchasing new equipment for our school. Great strides were taken to ensure all the operational issues were achieved.
During the past year, the following was achieved:
*Monday Memo was used which allowed more time for instructional issues during staff and divisional meetings.
*Resources were purchased for the Enrichment program.
*Two new Smartboards were purchased, along with 4 new LCD projectors and two ELMO machines.
*All new basketballs were purchased and attachments were added to the basketball hoops to allow for various heights.
*A New Sound System was purchased for the school.
*The Peace Garden was further developed, with the purchase of new materials.
*More money was provided to staff for consumable items..
*Standardized software was purchased to allow easy transfer of files and documents.
*A new 3 year agreement with a Food Services provider was signed which guarantees a better selection.
Primary Language Arts Assessment
Grade 1: Percentage of Students Performing At or Above Provincial Benchmark
Grade 2: Percentage of Students Performing At or Above Provincial Benchmark
Criterion Reference Tests
School Development Plan for Current Year
Operational Issues for 2009 – 2010
1. More funding to supply consumable resources for art rooms, science labs, calculators, geometry sets, classroom/department budgets, etc.
2. More student assistant time will be needed in the fall to accommodate students.
3. Students should feel welcome to attend ISSP/IEP meetings.
4. Teaching assignments need to be handed out to teachers at an earlier date, i.e. shortly after the May redundancies placement deadline.
5. Effective PD offered that is relevant to inclusion and differentiated learning by knowledgeable personnel.
6. Religion Course to be offered in High School.
7. The interpretation of actual and perceived course descriptions is skewed. Students and parents do not have a clear and concise understanding of the sub-categories for each subject area and the interwoven connection between them. I.e.…fine arts?
8. Clarifying provincial assessment issues for parents.
9. Provide students with a higher quality of healthy food.
10. Curtains or blinds for classrooms!
Appendix A – Summary of School Fundraising
Baltimore School Fundraising
The following is a summary of all fundraising undertaken at Baltimore School during the 2008-2009 school year.
Baltimore School General Fundraising:
#1 Poinsettia Sale $745.00
#2 Tickets on Print $1841.00
#3 Alumni Barbeque $25 500.00
#4 Alumni Dance $5 500.00
#5 Cook Book $822.10
#6 Gazebo Ticket sale $1170.25
Total: $35 578.35
Grad Fundraising: Dances, Bottle Drive, Bake Sales, Print Sale: $8101.58
Varsity School Sports: $4226.25
GRAND TOTAL: $51 064.78