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  • Time To Learn

    Hi Principals/VP’s!!

    As per our usual/past practice, please be advised (and/or reminded) that schools add 7-minutes (at least) to their daily instructional time to provide for CLT/embedded collaborative time.

    The P-3 instructional minutes policy from the DEECD is pasted below.
    The Time To Learn Strategy (2002)  & the 4-6 document are/ is attached for your perusal.
    Please note: Core French is now 1 hour every other day for grades 4 – 9.

    Please submit to Shauna your 2017-18 daily instructional minutes per day with identification of the 7-minutes add-on…..by June 15.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.
    Have a great day!!
    Revised Time to Learn Strategy: Grades Primary - Three
    Instructional time includes:

    ü  Scheduled time for the purpose of instruction, assessment (for and of learning) and other student activity as directed and supervised by the teacher

    ü  An integrated model where outcomes from one or more subject areas (Health, Information Communication Technology, Science, Social Studies and Visual Arts) are addressed within Language Arts and /or Mathematics for active and interactive learning

    ü  Block of time required for mathematics instruction
    Students need time to learn and teachers need time to teach.  It is critical to use time efficiently in order to provide all students with every possible opportunity to be successful.  The following represents the minimum instructional time* as adjusted to reflect Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education 2015: The 3Rs: Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.

    English/ FI


    Grade 3

    recommended current

    Integrated Language Arts

    123 m/day
    615 m/week

    90 m/day
    450 m/week

    158 m/day
    790 m/week* includes second language instruction FI

    115 m/day
    450 m/week

    Integrated Mathematics

    75 m/day
    375 m/week

    45 m/day
    225 m/week

    90 m/day
    450 m/week

    60 m/day
    300 m/week

    Physical Education*

    20 m/day
    100 m/week

    20 m/day
    100 m/week

    30 m/day
    150 m/week

    30 m/day
    150 m/wk

    Physically Active Time*

    10 m/day
    50 m/week

    10 m/day
    50 m/week


    60 m/week
    60 m/wk
    60 m/wk

    Integrated Subjects (Social Studies, Health, ICT, Visual Arts, Science)

    Health- 50 m/wk
    Social Studies- 90 m/wk
    ICT- not specified
    Visual Arts- 60 m/wk
    Science- 90 m/wk

    Health 60 m/wk
    Social Studies-110 m/wk
    ICT- not specified
    Visual Arts- 60 m/wk
    Science- 110 m/wk


    240 minutes/ 4 hours of teaching  per day (may include 15 minute recess)

    300 minutes/ 5 hours of teaching per day (may include 15 minute recess)

    *In the 2002, Time to Learn Strategy, Instructional Time and Semestering, the goal for Physical Education was set at a goal of 30 minutes per day. There is a recognition that boards are still working toward this goal and therefore for PE only this represents the minimum desirable instructional time. Learning packages will be developed and provided to assist teachers in offering daily Physically Active Time, which is general activity distinct from Physical Education classes and may be included in recess if criteria are met.

    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 5:46 AM by Shauna Murphy
  • Student Success Plan School Report

    Hi Principals & VP’s!

     Please see below a message from Kim Matheson, Director, Student Achievement EECD, and the attached template (as per the two questions I shared with you  two or three weeks ago) for the SSP Annual Report 2016-17, which is due in June.

    FYI, Kim will be meeting with Principals/us  for a Q & A on May 15.

     Thank you and please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.



    Dear Principals, 

    I am pleased to provide you with an interactive pdf of the Student Success Plan School Report (here). This report has been simplified for the 2016-2017 school year. This is meant to be an evolving process based on the feedback we receive from you through your board's Student Success Planning coordinator. 

     I am visiting school boards across the province at your principal's meeting to discuss and answer your questions relating to Student Success Planning. I look forward to seeing you then.

    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 5:39 AM by Shauna Murphy
  • Spring SAC Information Sessions 2016

    SAC Sessions 2017.docx

    Posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:33 AM by Shauna Murphy
  • SSP "Safe & Inclusive Learning Environment" Goal: GTG Survey Questions & CRP Supportive documents

    I had two Principal inquiries on this yesterday so thought I would send out a succinct refresh.


    For those that were using the  Getting To Great survey, and for those that want to implement it now or in the near future (a school based decision), please be advised that the survey questions were shared with you via google in November. This enables you to choose those questions relevant for your school/goal.


    Also, as most schools are/have integrated RCH within your “safe & inclusive learning environment” goal, I shared CRP information for you/your teams on October 5 from Tom Henderson.


    If you have any questions on this (or cannot locate the info), or on SSP in general, please contact me at any time. If you want me to drop in to discuss SSP, please let me know, I would love to.

    Posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:11 AM by Shauna Murphy
  • SSP Provincial Team

    Good Morning Principals & VP’s!!

    Our SSP Provincial team met on March 28 and we had great embargoed discussions on SSP which were delivered to the Directors. We realize that school improvement is on going (as per your integrated classroom practices, the Education Act….) but really wanted to submit recommendations which were/are responsive the needs being voiced by schools across the Province.

    One area of discussion was the 2016-17 Report (Annual Report), and we proposed that these two questions below constitute the basis of the school-responses (with the actual template to follow):

    •   What did your school accomplish this year as it related to school improvement?
    •   As you continue this process in your school, what supports do you anticipate needing?


    I would like to THANK YOU (and your school teams, SAC’s et al) for the terrific efforts devoted to school improvement. Due to your synergistic efforts, responses last year to the Auditor General recommendations and the submissions of detailed  TCRSB SSP School Plans (before November, 2016), I am proud to advise that we have 90% of our school plans submitted!! A very impressive achievement thIs year, especially in relation to all the challenges and complexities we have faced!


    Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions, and I will release additional SSP information in the future, as received.

    Have a great week!!


    Posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:47 AM by Shauna Murphy
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