Michipicoten High School Receives Special Recognition

(Dr. B Stephenson Award) Back Row: Jerry Ponikvar (Chair EQAO), Matt Larrett, Cindy Jozin (MHS teachers), Joe Maurice (ADSB Superintendent) and Bruce Rodrigues (CEO, EQAO) Front Row: Tarmo Poldmaa (MHS VP), Dr. Bette Stephenson, Petar Kusic (MHS Principal)

Each year Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) visits and highlights schools that are using EQAO data to improve teaching and learning. Algoma District School Board is pleased to announce that Michipicoten High School (MHS) in Wawa is one of 13 secondary schools being profiled provincially.

Michipicoten High School is being recognized as a dedicated school community whose staff is making use of EQAO data to identify trends and make decisions about where improvements are needed for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The school is committed to student success and works hard to ensure that students have the supports they need to achieve this success.

Principal Petar Kusic was quoted in the report. “We pride ourselves here at Michipicoten for having developed a caring, challenging and safe environment in which students can excel. Through our “Team Viking” approach, we have used EQAO data to help improve our literacy skills. All the staff focuses on literacy content and improvement.”

(MHS Staff members) (Left to right) Tarmo Poldmaa (VP), Parent Council President Danette Mathias, Matt Larrett, Cindy Jozin, Kara Benka (teachers) and Petar Kusic (Principal).
(MHS Staff members)
(Left to right) Tarmo Poldmaa (VP), Parent Council President Danette Mathias, Matt Larrett, Cindy Jozin, Kara Benka (teachers) and Petar Kusic (Principal).

In addition Michipicoten High School has been honoured with the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement. This award was established in 2009 in honour of Dr. Stephenson’s pivotal role on the EQAO Board of Directors and her lifelong commitment and contribution to Ontario’s publicly funded education system. This recognition program acknowledges school communities throughout Ontario that have distinguished themselves through their leadership, data-driven strategies and whole-school approaches to help every child succeed. Each of these schools has adopted an action plan based on their unique circumstances to work toward improved student outcomes.

At MHS for instance, “Through the analysis of student responses on EQAO’s Item Information Reports, staff members noted that many students were close to achieving a higher score code and being successful on the OSSLT. Accordingly, the staff members chose to focus on the students’ ability to complete the short-writing questions competently. Using modeling, graphic organizers, anchor charts and direct instruction, the teachers introduced a consistent formula for paragraph writing across the curriculum. Realizing that some students needed basic literacy skills, they developed a similar process for teaching a standardized approach to the sentence: CCCAPS (Capitalization, Complete, Comma, Avoidance of run-on, Punctuation and Spelling).” ~ excerpt from EQAO School Profile (MHS).

School staff were thanked by Director of Education Lucia Reece and Superintendent Joe Maurice for their “… proactive and student-focused initiatives and their commitment which has created an environment where students are engaged in their learning, are comfortable asking for help and are confident about their ability to succeed.” ~ excerpt from EQAO School Profile (MHS).

The complete report on MHS and all ADSB secondary school results are available on the EQAO website at www.eqao.com.