October 12, 2012:
Burlington Central High School is being recognized for its efforts at improving student achievement and for its use of Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results to improve student learning.
The school is one of this year’s recipients of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement. The EQAO Board of Directors established this recognition program in 2009 as a tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education and public service.
Burlington Central High School, along with 26 others, will be officially presented their award during a dinner and recognition ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Toronto.
“We've adopted a very deliberate and comprehensive set of strategies aimed at improving success for students Grades 7 through 12 students,” says Principal Jonathan Shoss. “This has helped strengthen Burlington Central’s ‘one school, one community, one vision’ philosophy. These strategies have influenced every aspect of our school community, including transitioning Grade 8 students to Grade 9 to make it a less stressful experience. We have established a Grade 7-12 Student Senate and have had our Grade 7 and 8 teachers work collaboratively with Grade 9 teachers.”
Shoss continued: “I am thrilled for my teaching staff and everyone here who has bought into the vision we have for this very unique learning community. We view this award as well-deserved recognition and validation of all the work we do to support the students in our care. “
BCHS will continue the work it’s been doing, Shoss says, including emphasizing Canadian and World Studies, Social Science and Numeracy subject areas.
“All departments are identifying specific student needs using EQAO data and then incorporating research-proven strategies in an effort to improve student achievement.”
For additional information, contact:
Jonathan Shoss, Principal
Burlington Central High School