Robert Ogilvie Elementary

Robert Ogilvie Elementary
9907 86 Street
Fort St John, BC V1J 3G4
Phone: (250)785-3704
Fax: (250)785-7963

Robert Ogilvie School is a vibrant, caring school community on the eastern edge of Fort St. John. It has a population of 317 students as of September 2007. Students range in ability from gifted to intensive behavior and English as a second dialect. Our school is comprised of 16 percent aboriginal ancestry. Student turnover ranges from 20-30 percent per year. We are funded as an inner city school through Community LINK funding from the Ministry of Education, which allows us to provide additional support for students through aide time and canteen support.

We have thirteen divisions of classes from grades K – 6, a .5 librarian, .8 learning assistant, 1 behaviour aide, .5 gym prep teacher, .3 French prep teacher, two .4 Reading Recovery teachers, .3 administrative behaviour support, 1.5 administration and 8 Education Assistants (EAs) working mostly full time with individual students. Our school offers many supports to students including: an aboriginal student support worker, a behavioral student support worker, counseling, a lunch meals program funded by Community LINK funding, a breakfast program, guided reading, SMART reading, reading recovery, learning assistance, a recycling program, social responsibility such as participation in the Terry Fox Run, Jump Rope for Heart, Unicef, Operation Christmas Shoebox, Jeans’ Day, etc., and extracurricular events such as soccer, badminton, track, volleyball, baseball, intramurals, RO gym night, student leadership, speech contest and science fair. Students at RO are caring and generous in their support of causes from cancer research to the food bank. Students are encouraged to develop positive leadership skills through the leadership club, working as office helpers, in the canteen, reading announcements and as classroom monitors. Additional support for students’ academic progress is provided through aide time in the classrooms. We are very proud of our behavioural support program, which is offered in the Student Support Centre, classrooms and playground as well as in social groups. The Leadership Club plans and coordinates dances and special activities for the students.

Our staff is involved in collaboration amongst intermediate and primary teachers. Staff also participates on numerous committees – Learning Resources, Student Support, Social Responsibility, Professional Development, Healthy Schools, Aboriginal Support and Safety. Staff members (both teaching and non-teaching) participate in various professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Our school community is comprised of an active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and a school planning council (SPC) which meets to assist in determining school direction. We also have many parent volunteers who help out throughout the school year. Our parent/child profile shows that in our community the number of single parent families are above the provincial average and our adults are below the provincial average for education at and above high school but are above the provincial average for annual income. Parents are regularly contacted and consulted through newsletters (at the beginning of each month), our unique “Rambler” newspaper (in the middle of the month), personal phone calls, team meetings, PAC meetings and invitations to participate in Non-Instructional days. The School Improvement Plan has been developed through discussions and involvement with teaching staff, non-teaching staff and parents. This involvement has been during an alternate May Planning Day, staff meetings and the Social Responsibility Committee. At the School Planning meeting, after participating in a data-driven process, participants agreed that we needed three areas of focus for our school next year. The areas would be creating and supporting a community that is safe and respectful, improving literacy skills for all students and providing opportunities that will promote an active and healthy lifestyle following the ministry’s focus on Healthy Schools.

Name Title Phone Email
Karen Gonzales Principal 250-785-3704 kgonzales*
Melissa DeGroot Vice Principal 250-785-3704 mdegroot*
Jody Lefebvre Secretary 250-785-3704 jlefebvre*
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