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Goals and Areas Of Focus

At Black Mountain Elementary, we continue to engage in our district's focus on truth and reconciliation.  To live out our district's Equity in Action Agreement, we focus on indigenizing our curriculum in many ways, including through connecting the Four Food Chiefs to our Attributes of a Learner. We have made a goal of reviewing each Indigenous title in our library to determine if it is an authentic resource and or if it reflects values and beliefs of the Indigenous community the resource represents. We are deeply honoured to take up this work on behalf of all our students, and we are proud to learn on the traditional unceded territory of the Okanagan Syilx people.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

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At Black Mountain Elementary, we are deeply committed to the growth and development of the whole child.  We strive for academic growth by attending to the social and emotional needs of our students, and we believe that building character is a vital part of helping children flourish as lifelong learners who will live good lives.  There is no end of the list of traits within character education, and we believe that we honour our students and their families through our commitment to this very important facet of education.

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‚ÄčOur District's Strategic Plan

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PURPOSE:

To educate students in a safe, inclusive, equitable, and inspirational learning environment where each learner develops the attributes and competencies to flourish in a global community.

OVERARCHING GOAL:

Our learners will develop foundational skills and core curricular competencies so that they can be empowered to follow their passions and strengths and thrive holistically as resilient and engaged global citizens.‚Äč


The Central Okanagan School District Goal Statement:

Each student (K-12) will provide evidence of being a learner, thinker, innovator, collaborator and contributor.

The Attributes

What it means at BME

A Learner is a person who is engaged, resilient and seeks to understand through:

  • Literacy, Numeracy, and Subject competencies
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Self-Direction, Work Ethic and Accountability
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Financial Literacy

A Learner…

  • Is enthusiastic about learning and accomplished across the curriculum
  • Can transfer and apply learning to real-life situations
  • Shows higher-level thinking skills
  • Is self-motivated, independent, organized and persistent

A Thinker is a person who analyzes, makes connections, inferences, asks questions, and transfers knowledge through:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Open Mindedness and Reflection
  • Flexibility and Adaptability

A Thinker…

  • Asks questions
  • Can solve problems with a variety of different strategies
  • Considers multiple points of view
  • Is self-reflective and seeks feedback for improvement

An Innovator is a person who sees possibilities and generates original ideas with value through:

  • Curiosity and Imagination
  • Creativity, Design, and Performance
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurship

An Innovator…

  • Is imaginative, creative and curious
  • Willing to take thoughtful risks with their learning
  • Explores new and unique solutions to problems
  • Is resourceful and inquiry focussed

A Collaborator is a person who excels at working with others to create new understanding through:

  • Appreciating Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Interdependence
  • Relationship Building‚Äč

A Collaborator…

  • Is inclusive and accepting of others and their ideas
  • Communicates clearly and respectfully
  • Works well as a part of a team and supports all members in a group.

A Contributor is a person who participates in the local and global community through:

  • Finding, Following, and Sharing Passions
  • Respect, Empathy, and Kindness
  • Integrity and Ethical Behaviour
  • Civic and Environmental Responsibility
  • Embracing Diverse Cultures and Lifestyles

A Contributor…

  • Is kind, respectful, empathetic and compassionate
  • Sets a positive example for others
  • Willingly volunteers to make the school community a better place; shows responsible citizenship
  • Shows initiative and actively participates in classroom and school activities