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Sydney District and Curriculum

From wikimedia commonsThe schools in Syndney use the provincial curriculum which is referred to as the Learning Outcomes Framework. This curricular framework provides an overview of the skill sets required to become proficient within the academic subjects at each grade level. These targeted skills are the essential standards of learning that will develop in students critical thinking and other higher order thinking skills. The knowledge and skills students acquire while in school additionally provide them with college and career readiness in order to make a seamless transition to life after graduation.

We currently cover the following Sydney-area school district: Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Schools in Sydney include:

Cusack Elementary School is located on 500 Birch Hill Dr, Sydney, NS B1P 3V9, Cusack Elementary School covers grades K-8 and can be contacted at 902-564-0431.  The staff at Cusack Elementary School are dedicated to improving communication among school staff, administrators, parents and students.They believe that it’s important that all parties be consistently formed about and involved in the development of programs, policies and other information so that the effectiveness of programs can continue to be built upon. The mission of Cusack Elementary School is to foster the development of students, and equip them with the skills to become active and productive members of the 21st century. Like other other students in the province of Nova Scotia, students at Cusack Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes the Nova Scotia Curriculum Standards. In grade 3 mathematics, the curriculum is divided into strands, and some strands are further divided into substrands. Students are expected to demonstrate their number sense, use patterns to describe the world and solve problems, and use direct and indirect measurements to solve problems. Mathematics students also work on geometry, and learn about 2D and 3D shapes, and their relationships between them. Students also work on transformations of shapes, and are expected to describe and analyze the position and motion of objects and shapes. In statistics and probability, students collect, display and analyze data to solve problems. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with Mathematics tutoring, please contact us.

Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School is located on 199 Jameson St, Sydney, NS B1N 2P7, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School covers grades 6-8 and can be contacted at 902-562-6130. Students at Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School have the opportunity to participate in a grade 6 Intensive French Program, and a Grade ⅞ French Immersion program. The French Immersion Program allows for students to take classes entirely in French. This helps to increase their level of understanding of the language and gain experience in speaking the language. Students in middle school take courses in mathematics, English, physical education, arts, and business education. Like other students in Nova Scotia, students at Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School are taught a curriculum that includes the Nova Scotia Curriculum standards .Although French Immersion students take many classes in French, they are also required to take English Language Arts as well. In grades 4-6, students focus on being active readers, meaning they understand and make connections between texts and other situations when reading. Students in English Language Arts read a variety of texts, including fiction, poetry, newspaper articles, and more. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with reading and writing help, please contact us.

Sydney Academy is located on 49 Terrace St, Sydney, NS B1P 2L4, Sydney Academy covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 902-562-5464. The school is one of the two main secondary schools in the city of Sydney, with the other being Riverview Rural High School. Sydney Academy has previously been housed in six different buildings, and it was originally founded in 1841. Sydney Academy is the only school in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Taking IB courses allows for students to take college level courses while in high school. At the end of grade 12, students are also able to obtain an IB diploma. The curriculum for the IB program focuses on critical thinking and engaging students in the context of both their local and global environment. Sydney Academy offers IB courses to students in grade 11 and 12, and a preparatory program for IB for grade 9 and 10 students. The mission of Sydney Academy is to develop independent, knowledgeable and well-rounded young people who are able to problem solve and engage in their local and global communities. In high school, students are now able to take classes in more specified areas. For example, students wishing to take Science courses now have the opportunity to take classes specifically in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. SchoolTutoring Academy offers tutoring in all these subjects. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy one-on-one tutoring could help you or your child, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Sydney District Curriculum

The Learning Outcomes Framework describes how learning the processes of algebra will reflect in relational problem-solving skills and how the writing process taught in English classes is used to develop a range of advanced thinking skills. Teachers are expected to follow a scope and sequence of skill building in order for students to push further in their abilities to solve problems or convey messages. The long-term goal is that students develop the competencies that allow them to be independent, creative thinkers.

As students mature, the academic options available to them are far greater and offer a pathway for them to take toward their post-secondary goals. Students may specialize in subjects such as Communication Technology or Energy Technology and expect that the curricular goals will coincide with the expectations of these professional fields. Students may also opt for a more general approach in which they take courses in Math and the Pure Sciences along with Language, Communication and Social Science courses.

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Satisfying curiosity serves as positive reinforcement for learning and practice. Curiosity combined with confidence in their abilities creates a life long, self-motivated learner.
While having the correct tools to apply is important, it does not replace critical thinking; anyone can copy down a formula like F=MA, but without understanding the basic premise of how the parts relate conceptually, and what they mean, one will have a very difficult time of applying them effectively. Being able to rationalize abstract concepts, as well as the relationship between ideas and constants is the basis for letting formulas and equations do the work for you, and not the other way around.
I think that all children should be given an opportunity to learn and to reach their potential. Sometimes, in order to reach that potential, one on one help is needed. This can make learning personal and fun for the student, which I believe should be one of the goals of education.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Sydney Educational News

  • International Learning - The International Student Program has partnered with the Centre for Spanish and Mayan Studies of the University of Campeche in Mexico to award almost two dozen scholarships to local students to attend a leadership camp in Mexico.
  • Combined Classroom - Students in the elementary grades may benefit from combined classrooms. These are classrooms in which students from different grade levels are together in one class. The environment of these classes promote cooperation and other unique teaching and learning experiences between students.
  • Fine Arts Program - Students in the district have the chance to take courses in a range of visual and performing arts. Recently the music students joined forces with the local 101.9 FM station to broadcast over the airwaves.

Sydney Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Sydney, Nova Scotia

The city of Sydney is located in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is the largest urban area on Cape Breton. When Cape Breton was a colony, Sydney was the capital, until 1820 when the colony merged with Nova Scotia and the capital moved to Halifax. During the early 20th century, Sydney was the home to one of North America’s main steel mills, giving the city its nickname of “The Steel City”. Sydney’s coal reserves also helped to make it an industrial center. In the first and second world wars, Sydney was a major staging area for ships bound for England. The city is also part of the Industrial Cape Breton region.

The city was named after Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney who was Britain’s home Secretary at the time. Today, visitors to Sydney can enjoy the city’s mix of metropolitan charm and hospitality. Being a waterfront community, residents and visitors to Sydney can enjoy walks, watch ships in the harbor or stop to watch a busker.

In 2016, the population of Sydney was 29,904, making it the second most populated city in the province of Nova Scotia. According to a 2016 census by Statistics Canada, the average age of the population in Sydney was 45.1 years old. The median employment income in the city in 2015 was $27,240 .

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design serves the craft community in Cape Breton Island. The centre promotes and markets crafts in Cape Breton through exhibitions, special events and fine craft showcases. The center also operates a permanent, year-round store-front gallery and gallery shop which represents over 90 Cape Breton artists. The Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design also promotes craft education and also offers programming for children and youth.

World’s Largest Fiddle

The World’s Largest Fiddle is located in Cape Breton Island at the Port of Sydney. The Fiddle and Bow reaches about 60 feet in height, and is officially named Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh, or the Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh, With Ceilidh being a Gaelic Word which translates to visit. The fiddle itself is made of solid steel. The giant fiddle also plays a medley composed by Sydney Musician Kinnon Beaton. Nearby the fiddle, is the Big Fiddle Market, which features 40+ Artisans, crafters and vendors from Cape Breton Island and the surrounding area. Items sold include alpaca wool clothing and accessories, Canadian Maple syrup, handmade soaps and accessories, and wood crafts. Vendors also sell unique handcrafted jewellery made with ancient petrified wood, gemstones, beach glass, and more.

Petersfield Provincial Park

The Petersfield Provincial Park overlooks the Sydney Harbour on Cape Breton Island. The park contains remnants of 4 cultural periods, from the late 18th to mid 20th century. Visitors to Petersfield Provincial park can have a picnic at one of the park’s picnic tables. Petersfield Provincial Park also contains an extensive network of trails covering about 7km. The park is open throughout the year, although no facilities or services are provided in the winter. Other popular activities that can be done at the park including bird and wildlife watching, cycling, hiking and snowshoeing.

Interesting Facts

  • One of the largest saltwater tidal lakes called Bras d’Or Lake, is located at the center of Cape Breton Island and covers 425 square miles.
  • In 2011-2012, the Sydney Harbour was dredged. This helped to make Sydney a world-class harbour facility. Cruise ships often dock at the Sydney Harbour.
  • One notable native of Sydney is Arthur B. McDonald, a physicist who was jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics with Japanese Physicist Takaaki Kajita.
  • In 1912, a Sydney group formed a professional hockey club to compete for the Stanley Cup. The team was called the Sydney Millionaires, fur to the fact that players were the highest paid in the Maritimes. The team who the 1913 Maritime Professional Hockey League Championship, but lost the second and final game of the Stanley Cup.

Chalk Talk: Goals of the Physical Education Curriculum

The physical education curriculum focuses student learning on motor skills, movement patterns, and wellness. Students demonstrate motor control by taking part in various games and sports that require both fine and gross motor movements. Students are required to both score and defend while playing games such as volleyball, badminton, and pickleball. They acquire an understanding of strategies and tactics that help them to successfully participate in games and sports. These tactics include the use of multiple movement forms, including running, sidestepping, and maintaining balance. Additionally, physical education students learn about wellness. Students gain insights into the value of healthy relationships, proper nutrition, and the health benefits of regular exercise as well.

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