To say students and staff at J.W. Inglis Elementary are proud of their school is something of an understatement.
“Our students are amazing, and they enjoy coming to school,” said principal Maggie Badgero, at Wednesday’s Vernon School District board meeting, which was held in the J.W. Inglis gym this month.
“They accomplish great things every day — they are inventive and curious and we learn from them every day.”
Badgero outlined the school’s growth plan, whose goal is to improve student achievement in social responsibility.
“We want students to have a sense of pride and belonging, to feel safe,” she said.
One way of doing that is to make sure every student has a school T-shirt.
“When I saw all the kids in the field with their T-shirts on, they were so proud of their school and it had a big impact on making them feel they belong to our school.”
The school’s other goal, said Badgero, is to improve student achievement in writing style, using a variety of strategies, with a 30 per cent improvement in the past year.
As well, the school is involved in reading early intervention, so that all students are reading at grade level by Grade 3.
“Our staff is passionate about moving reading forward, and our librarians and parents are all working collaboratively, and as educators we encourage our children to take risks in their learning.”
Other areas of focus for the school are improving math skills and introducing healthy snacks.
“The joy, the caring and pride at J.W. Inglis is amazing — our students support each other and make connections that will last for years.