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Our Community

LDH has a committed School Council which was active even before the school opened. The community is supportive of events at the school and has several spaces within the building that they can utilize such as the gymnasium, the auditorium and the cafeteria. This involvement will make LDH the hub of the Longfields‐Davidson Heights community. We look forward to many years of active community involvement in the school and in hosting various community activities.

Mission Statement

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

The LDH Intermediate programs include Regular English, Early French Immersion and Late French Immersion. A dedicated design and technology lab exposes students to many programs such as Skills Canada‐ . The visual arts environment is designed to accommodate a vibrant Visual Arts Program that offers varied enrichment opportunities. The grades 7 & 8 instrumental music program offers a comprehensive band program with opportunities to perform in the school and greater community as part of the school instrumental or jazz bands. At the secondary level, LDH offers a Regular program as well as Extended and Immersion French. We offer core courses at the academic and applied levels. We have a comprehensive Arts curriculum that includes music, visual arts (Regular and Immersion), and drama. We also offer food and nutrition, integrated technology, computer science, outdoor education and business. Hospitality and Tourism in the Culinary Arts Lab is a flourishing course run by Chef Kent Van Dyk. For the first time LDH is offering LINK crew and a yearbook course.

Classroom Organization

Our intermediate program runs on a balanced school day and offers various levels of rotary. All students receive 100 minutes of music instruction per week. Alternating blocks of 100 minutes of instruction by specialist teachers in visual arts and design and technology are scheduled to parallel the secondary semesters. In addition, our students receive a comprehensive physical and health education program. Our secondary students run on a semester system.

Special Education and ESL Programs

LDH offers integrated ESL support. We offer Special Education assistance at both the intermediate and secondary level. Our secondary students can access a learning strategies course for credit throughout their high school years. LDH is home to 2 centralized Autism Classes.

Clubs and Activities

Our extra‐curricular programs are vast and perse. LDH is active, at both the intermediate and secondary levels in a variety of sports. Our team sports include basketball, swimming, volleyball, badminton, field hockey, golf, track and field, soccer, cross country, rugby and football. We will be expanding our programs next three years to include hockey and wrestling. We also offer a wide array of extra‐curricular activities and clubs such as a Diversity Club, Jewellery Making, Art Club, Fitness Club, Performing Arts, Snow Ravens Ski and Snowboard Club, Renaissance, Band and Cooking to name a few. We also offer traditional clubs such as Student Council, Yearbook and Announcements. LDH is a CAPPIES school. Our students are involved in the life of the school.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Character Education is a cornerstone of the LDH philosophy. The Renaissance Club promotes character development in our students by encouraging them to be positive, caring members of the school and the community. Our Diversity Club‐HOPE, in addition to celebrating persity, works toward building understanding and appreciation for differences. As a member of True Sport our belief in character education transcends all areas of our school life. We also build understanding through school‐wide presentations that educate our students about issues of equity and persity. Our Anti‐Bullying Club helps educate promote school safety and look out for the needs of all students. The expected Student Code of Behaviour is printed in the school agenda.

Facilities and Resources

Additional technology in our Engineer and Design department allows us to print in 3D. We have a communications broadcast studio and audio recording suite as well as a large format poster and sign making printer. Adjoining intermediate and secondary Visual Arts rooms have been ideally designed to support a vibrant program and include a shared kiln.

Achievement and School Improvement Planning

Measures of Student Achievement and Success School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

As a new school our focus has been on getting to know our population in order to provide programs well suited to our students’ needs. Our school improvement plans will focus on ensuring academic success for all students and engaging our parent and community in all school initiatives. Our specific focus is on moving students up by one level in order to ensure that more students reach the provincial standard

Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative

to achieve a positive outcome.”

Students

Our students are talented have participated in various board‐wide and city wide leadership events such as the

Rainbow Youth Forum, the Sustainable Schools Conference and the Women in Leadership Initiative. Our grade 9 Art Class formed a partnership with O.C. Transpo and will have their artwork displayed on a bus, which will be seen in the area over the next 4 years. In the community LDH won a $1000 bursary in the Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade.

Staff

Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Music, Visual Arts, Guidance, and Computers in Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board‐wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. Our staff consists of many award winning teachers. These inpiduals have been recognized for their outstanding contributions in science and the Arts. Our teachers present at various conferences and workshops throughout the region and the province.

Parents/Guardians/Volunteers

Our parents and guardians are extremely supportive of LDH and our various activities. Our parents assist with our athletics program, music program and dramatic arts productions. Their volunteerism in such clubs as the Snow Ravens is significant and valued. Our School Council has led several successful fundraising events such as QSP magazine sales and a pizza sale at our Parent Night. We have regular parent volunteers who assist in the cafeteria and in the library. We appreciate the time and effort they put into raising the profile of the school.

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