Week One – By the Numbers

Week One – By the Numbers


4 – Days of school

7 – Classes taught

245 – Students registered at school, the most ever at the school

11 – More students than expected

3 – Pending registrations

33 – Students in my grade 6 class, too many in one class

20 – Students in my grade 3 class

0 – Discipline issues that I dealt with

30% – How much I teach this year

6 – New registrations this week

3 – Times the photocopier broke down, and I actually fixed it

7 – Nutritional breaks, 6 containers I opened

3 – Band aides I put on

4 – Parent requests to move children to a different class

2 – Students that did not put their name on their assignment in Math 6

217 – Emails, I sent 102 emails

4 – New twitter followers

7 – Followed new people on twitter

1 – Number of computer problems I was told of

89 – High fives

2 – Naps (once I got home)

1 – Goal (Tuesday night hockey game)

13 – Times I went out for supervision

6 – Peers that I talked to on the phone

10 – Classrooms that I visited

27 – Staff members

9 – Hugs (from students, 2 from staff)

Week one was great!  I am looking forward to week two.

Glad I Cannot Sleep

Glad I Cannot Sleep

I am a sleeper.  I can usually sleep anytime and anywhere.  When my head hits the pillow I am sleeping within 30 seconds, except tonight.  Ever since my first year of teaching, 24 years ago, I cannot sleep the night before the first day of school.  I am not worried about the first day.  Our school has a talented staff and we are well planned for the coming year.  Why then will I not sleep tonight?  The reason is simple excitement.  After 24 years I am still excited to see the students.  I am excited to see them as they enter the school for a new year and excited to teach my first lesson.

This year I have some added excitement.  I am entering my fourth year as Principal of Our Lady of the Assumption School.  I am no longer the new guy.  I see the excitement of new ideas, new learning activities, and new teaching methodologies.  This year some of the ‘big’ new ideas include:

  • Implementing the Balanced School Day
  • Introducing  Division II Complementary Courses
  • Starting year one of our new faith plan – Taking Our Place at the Table

This year we are trying the Balanced School Day.  The discussion and decision process took a whole year, but I truly believe we are trying something that we improve student learning.

BSD Bell times 2013-14

Typically, Division II students at our school took Art and Music and had no choice.  This year we have introduced multi graded Complementary Courses.  Now the students will have a choice of fourteen courses.  Also, it is great to see the excitement of our staff as they implement this new strategy.

cc 2013

Finally, we are starting our new faith plan.  Our opening day speaker, David Wells, gave us some challenges about Taking Our Place at the Table.  Will you show up?  Who are you inviting?  Who will want to join it?  I am happy to say the Christ centred learning environments in our school are positive, inclusive places where all are welcomed to the table.

3 challenge faith plan 2013

Although I am a sleeper, I am glad to still be so excited about the start of the school year that I will not sleep tonight.

Greg Kostiuk