Our School Plan Progress 2018-2019

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

  • Each grade will report out a common ELA and Math competency standard using common data (Writing Performance Standard and SNAP).
  • 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 (4,3,2,1 or Extending, Proficient, Developing and Emerging). 
  • 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).

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
  • Celebration of Student Achievement 
    • Term Assemblies celebrating Term achievements in Academics, Clayburn Learner Profile, Athletics, Leadership and Community Ambassadors
  • Build Smaller Communities within a Larger Building (Hallways)
    • Celebrate our First Nation heritage with Hallway Communties based on Sumas First Nations  Animals and Language 
  • Develop 3 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

Biome Inquiry

Students in POD 6A are building Habitats or Biomes as part of an integrated Science, Socials, and Language Arts unit.  Students were asked to demonstrate their understanding of how geography, plant life, and animal life are interconnected in a local biome. This is just one checkpoint in our bigger study of the impact of human beings on local species.  Students from grade 8 mentored and supported the 6s as they had gone through the process 2 years ago and had experience fleshing out rubrics as well as managing their time for a build day.  Students experience the curricular and core competences while working through a design rubric and making adjustments based on their experiences, peer and teacher feedback with reflection.

Grade 6 Science Nervous System Inquiry

Students in POD 6D represent their learning of the nervous system with the use of technology (Adobe Spark).

Addison and Tayah's Science Nervous System Video

Solving the Spread of Disease with BreakOut EDU

The premise is that Fraser Health has quite a few patients with symptoms that they can't figure out, so they ask for help from the WHO. The Learning Commons is Geneva, Switzerland, WHO headquarters.  The students are doctors.    The rest of the school is the rest of the world. With each clue the students need to solve  a COUNTRY and a CODE.  The solving of problems replicates the spread of disease world-wide as the student doctors race to find patient zero.  In the end, they have to come up with a treatment plan for the patients. Woven with the curricular competencies of Language Arts and Science are the core competencies of critical thinking and problem solving.

Middle Ages Castles and Catapults Inquiry

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

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 94-94%.  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, Basketball, Badminton, 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 and Mrs. Carlisle our Cougar Crew ensuring that every students is part of our Clayburn community with fun lunch time activities including Spirit Week, Spirit Days and Olympic Spirit Drive.  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, Mrs. Bell, our student are learning about their social emotional health and well-being. This year, all grade 6 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 Jennifer Bell, 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. 

Olympic Curling Action
POD Challenge Action

Students in Grade 8 undertake a number of POD challenges throughout the year.  A POD challenge is an opportunity to see which grade 8 POD is the best at:  volleyball, basketball, math or breaking out... Each pod has their own colour, spirit, and competitive style.  Check out the action in Volleyball. 


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

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.

Entrepreneurship Showcase

Entrepreneurship Showcase

Students in POD 6C 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 proud of the $400 donation to the SPCA.  Well done!