D. Aubrey Moodie is a triple track school, offering students a program of studies in the Regular Program, Middle and Early French Immersion. There are three feeder schools that send their students to us: Bayshore PS, Bells Corners PS and Lakeview PS.
We offer a full range of academic programs and are proud of our traditions in physical and health education, as well as in integrated arts. Through balanced, differentiated and specialized instruction in these areas of the curriculum, our students are exposed to the widest possible range of academic experiences.
Our English Program includes three grade 6 classes, three grade 7 classes and three grade 8 classes. The Early French Immersion Program includes one grade 6 class, one combined grade 7 class and one grade 8 class. The Middle French Immersion Program has one grade 6 class and one combined grade 7 class. Grade 6 students spend most of the day with their homeroom teacher but have the advantage of specialized teachers for Arts and Physical Education. Our Grade 7 and 8 students are on a rotary schedule for half of their day whereby they work with specialist teachers in different subject areas.
Special Education and ESL Programs
Exceptional students at D. Aubrey Moodie are well served in several different programs. Classroom teachers and our Learning Support Teachers monitor our students and provide support for those who are experiencing challenges in an integrated model. In addition, we also have two system classes: a program for pupils with developmental disabilities and a General Learning Program. We address the needs of gifted students in grades 6, 7, and 8 through a variety of differentiated activities. D. Aubrey Moodie offers ESL a combination of withdrawal and integrated support to those students who are designated for the program. We also have the support of a Multicultural Liaison Officer for our ESL students and their families.
Clubs and Activities
Our dedicated staff provides a range of experiences to help our students extend their horizons, and to develop skills and leadership qualities. Our Intramural Program offers a variety of sports at recess and we also offer a wide range of co-curricular sports activities. We have school teams in a wide variety of sports (Grade 6, and Grade 7/8 teams) including cross-country running, soccer, volleyball, basketball, touch football, and track & field. Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a number of ways, including working with our Healthy Snack program, Student Council, Orientation Week, EarthCare and Action Crew/”We School”. Other activities include homework club, choir, band, science fair, and musical/drama production.
Safe Schools Initiatives
D. Aubrey Moodie has a code of behaviour that was developed jointly by staff, students and our School Council.
We believe in the importance of maintaining a positive school climate, and work hard to ensure that our school is one in which all students feel safe, and where instructional time is maximized. Our school uses mike phones during recess times so that staff can communicate quickly with the office. Staff members wear brightly-coloured sashes when on duty so that they can easily be identified by our students.
Our Crisis Management Plan and Emergency Plan are reviewed and updated annually. We have a close working relationship with our School Resource Officer from the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police. Positive school discipline is the focus at D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School. Staff members work with students to solve problems by teaching them to communicate effectively with each other. We use our own problem-solving strategy called D.A. Hearts. Progressive school discipline includes: teachable moments, student workshops, conflict resolution, reconciliation agreements, restorative practices, mediation, in-school sanctions, while suspension and expulsion are usually last resort.