Our School Plan Progress 2021-2022

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Clayburn Middle School Goals

Here's a summary of our school goals this year:

Student Achievement

  • Teachers will use "I can" statements as clear learning targets for students.
  • The school will develop common school-wide language around the reporting performance standards (Emerging, Developing, Proficient, Extending)
  • Teachers will conduct two inquiry units of their design and choice.
  • Teachers will use Social Emotional Learning stategies in the classroom (Zones of Regulation, and SEL Toolkit).
  • Celebration of Student Achievement 

    Term Assemblies celebrating Term achievements in Academics, Clayburn Learner Profile, Athletics, Leadership and Community Ambassadors

Increase a Sense of Belonging (Culture)

  • Implementation of the Clayburn Learner Profile - RESPECT
    • R = Risk Taker, E = Environmentally Sustainable, S = Socially Empowered, P = Personal Growth, E= Educational Growth, C= Culturally Respectful, T= Technologically Literate
  • Build Smaller Communities within a Larger Building (Hallways)
    • Celebrate our Matsqui First Nation heritage with Hallway Communties based on Matsqui First Nations  animals, language and characteristics. 
  • Implement a Indigenous Report Out for our Indigenous students and their families.
  • Develop 2 Special Interest Days (PD Days for Kids)
    • Include traditional field trips within the context of one day activies while exposing students to new interests, ideas and lighting a spark. 

Below is a PDF of our School Plan for Student Success


Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Catapults Inquiry

In an cross-curricular unit featuring Language Arts, Science and Social Studies, students are demonstrating their understanding of castle design (materials and geography)  while simaltaneously using science (physics, gravity etc)  to create a catapult design.  Students use a design rubric, lab reports and peer/ teacher feedback throughout the unit.

Students in Pod 7E designed and built tiny houses using their math and language art skills.  Understanding the concept of square footage (spatial awareness) on the field so their design plans were accurate as they apply space, geometry, ratios, and more while creatively marketing their home for sale!  

Students in Pod 8K with Mr. Jones learned about geometric shapes and had an opportunity to apply their knowledge to create geometric shapes.

Students in Pod 6C design their own math mazes using their math computation skills and critical thinking. Once the mazes were complete, students shared their mazes with other students to complete.

Students in POD 8K answered the question "how does an eye work? complete with a dissection of a cow's eye.

Design Thinking at Clayburn

Within every class at Clayburn  our teachers are using the Design Thinking process to have students solve big questions.  For example, Mac Smith  was asked the question, "Create a solution to a problem that exists in your everyday world."  Mac, an athlete, tackled the problem of concussions which exist in every sport but especially his passion of hockey.  In a cross-curricular unit, Mac researched, discovered the science (a concussion worthy hit) and did the math (the force of an impact) and through prototyping developed his Concussion Alert System.

Mac Smith's Concussion Alert System

The Foundation Skills Assessment is a Ministry of Education assessment conducted at the grade 7 level. The test takes place in October of Grade 7 and tests students on their Reading, Writing and Numeracy skills at the Grade 6 level.  

At Clayburn, we have focused on success for all and are proud of our high participation rate 95%.  All students regardless of their learning profile participate in the Ministry test.  

Clayburn's focus is less on complicance and more on understanding that learning is part of a larger cyle - we learn to do and understand.  We have embraced the Ministry of Education's Know, Do, Understand learning model which mearns students are  not memorzing the answers but asking big questions (which have no right/ wrong answer). This looks like students finding solutions or prototypes for their quesitons.  We have embraced both the Design Thinking and Inquiry pedagogy. We want students to not just memorize or retell (low level thinking) but to apply, sythesize, and ceate (high level thinking).  

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Intramurals @ Clayburn

Under the direction of Athletic Director, Mr. Jones and his Student Athletic Leaders students at Clayburn have the opportunity to participate in lunch time intramurals honing their Volleyball, Handball, and Dodgeball skills. Over 350 students participate with 27 teams entered into basketball with a structures rotation of games, playing in a tournament style leading to championship rounds in each sport.  Check out the gym board for teams and results.


Cougar Crew

Under the direction of Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Carlisle, Mr. Staniforth and Mr. Piper, our Cougar Crew ensuring that every students is part of our Clayburn community with fun lunch time activities including Spirit Week,  and Spirit Days.  Check out our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for up to the moment action.

Social Emotional Learning at Clayburn

Under the direction of our amazing counsellor, Mr. Kruger and Mr. Schindel, our student are learning about their social emotional health and well-being. This year, all classes participated in a series of 8 workshops that focused on understanding our brains and emotions and how they are connected to each other.  This series was created to address some of the concerns we all have about our children and students and specifically answer the questions:  How can Clayburn Middle promote a culture of self-awareness, self-control and compassion in order to be our best, do our best and exceed expectations?

Keeping in mind that “our best” is defined differently for every student, our Middle School Clinician, Kai Schindel and our school counsellor Ben Kruger, set out to help students discover:

  • their inner strengths and skills they already know and have
  • create self-awareness by striving to focus on one task, thought, feeling or problem at a time
  • promote compassion for self and others, by showing our kindness to others and to ourselves as much as possible
  • define self-control and discover how we can demonstrate it in our daily lives

In our many discussion and activities, we were able to create characters that represented the parts of our brain and its function, perform and reflect on acts of compassion, learn about instinctive and reflective reactions, construct individual wheels of emotion, brainstorm ways to “get out of the red” and learn a few skills and strategies that can help keep our amygdalas calm when we are feeling worried, angry, nervous, frustrated, elated and unable to focus.   We are excited that students are learning about, and using, common language and descriptions that demonstrate their understanding of how powerful and important our brains and emotions are. 

In addition, we have implemented Calm Kits in every classroom with teachers teaching and using Zones of Regulation language.  We also have opened the Hub providing students are area to regulate and return to class. 

Building Smaller Communities within a Large Building.  Clayburn has embraced our Matsqui First Nations within our Hallway communities featuring First Peoples animals (Raven, Bear, Orca and Eagle) with language and characteristics.  Each hallway celebrates their unique character while instilling a sense of community.  For example, the Eagles has story time with Mr. Kemp, the Orcas had underwater world, and the Grade 8's embraced each of their hallways as role models.  

Clayburn is leading the district with our Indigenous program.  We have implemented Year End reporting to our students and their families including embracing First Peoples Principles while showcasing the implementation of language classes, cultural activities (drumming, cooking, fishing) with large field trips to Xaytem, and monthly activites.  We are please to have Mrs. Benevides (Youth Care Worker), and Mr. Thomas (Cultural Support Worker) along with Mr. Williams work with our Indigenous students. 


Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Entrepreneurship Showcase

Students in grade 7  learned about Math, English Language Arts and Careers while demonstrationg their learning at the Entrepreneurship Showcase.  Woven within the unit were finances, taxation, business plans, hands-on making, time management and more.  Each student created a product and sold it to the school and Clayburn community.  Part of their profits were "taxed" with a donation to charities that they researched.  We are impressed with the level of thinking and making!  Well done!

Special Interest Days

Our hope is that adolscent students (who are curious and willing to take risks) will step outside of their comfort zone and try on an "interest" for day.  Run like teacher professional development days, the school has organzied 30 plus all day, am or pm workshops for students to step outside their comfort and try something new  - perhaps igniting an interest or future career path. 

With Technology We Can

With Technolgy We Can

At Clayburn we are embracing the use of technology to enhance student learning.  Technology ranges from low tech like cardboard, glue guns and masking tape, to mid-tech like Spheros, Circuit Scribes, or Little Bits to high-tech like 3D printers and Laser Printers to have students apply their knowledge with the know, do, understand model of learning.  Students use the Design Thinking model (question, problem-solve, research, design, prototype, retest) to generate solutions to "big" questions posed by their teachers (biq questions have no right or wrong answers).  With the Design Thinking process, we've interwoven the core competencies of communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and personal/ social responsibility.