What is Orton-Gillingham?

What is Orton-Gillingham?

At KGMS our tutors and teaching staff are trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method. Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing.  It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of well-trained and experienced instructors such as we have at KGMS, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the KGMS Approach are derived from two sources: first from the extensive research and practice surrounding both OG instruction and other effective methodology for working with students; and, secondly from our own specific experience of almost forty years observing how children learn to read and write and why a significant number have difficulty in doing so. Our staff members have a clear understanding of how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult and which instructional practices are best suited each individual child.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is most often associated with a one-on-one tutor-student instructional model. However, its use in small group instruction is not uncommon. A successful adaptation of the approach has demonstrated its value for class-room instruction. Reading, spelling, and writing difficulties have traditionally been the dominant focus of the approach although it has been successfully adapted for use with students who exhibit difficulty with mathematics.

 

Multi-Sensory Approach

Multi-Sensory Approach

With this multi-sensory method, students engage themselves as visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step by step from basic concepts that progress to more complex language developments. Through recognizing phonemes and their sounds, students learn to transfer this knowledge to reading and writing activities.

Students internalize their learning and gain confidence in themselves as being capable learners. Students learn at their own pace and benefit from the frequent review and practice that is required. They build the confidence that will enable them to attempt a challenge and reach for higher heights as a learner.

whole child Development

whole child Development

Academic excellence is what our staff strive for all our students. Our students grow intellectually through our comprehensive programming in humanities and sciences. In language arts our students, through guided reading and writing strategies, learn to connect with the world through texts, to analyze, evaluate, synthesize ideas and draw conclusions. In mathematics and science, our students learn through problem solving to understand concepts and to become critical and divergent thinkers. Creativity grows as our staff guide students to investigate and explore the world around us.

At Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School we know that learning is not just about academics. In addition to the balanced approach we take through the arts, physical activity and community service, we place a major emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning.

Our students explore relationships with their peers, raise their self-confidence and improve their interpersonal skills. In addition, our professional counsellors help them to reflect on such issues as bullying, body image, and healthy living.

Our Story

At KGMS, we believe that a safe, nurturing environment is key to academic success. We believe that every child is unique and that their differences should be celebrated. We believe in an innovative approach to education that’s forward-thinking yet rooted in history. We believe that every child deserves to fit in, to feel like they’re on the inside. Above all, we believe in the potential of our students.

We are committed to whole-child development, and our educational approach adapts to the individual needs and learning styles of each student. We empower our students to move past their learning obstacles so they may experience success and a sense of pride in their abilities. At KGMS, you will see dynamic and capable children who are thriving and finding joy in learning.

Watch this beautiful video celebrating the 40th anniversary of KGMS which was started by Anne Rushforth. Sadly, Anne passed away several months after the making of this video.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

Who Should Apply?

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School occupies a unique position among independent schools that specialize in teaching children with learning disabilities, being the first of its kind in Western Canada. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve determined that the following attributes are required of a potential student:

  • Submit a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability; or other supporting documentation indicating other learning challenges including, but not limited to, chronic health; visual or hearing impairments; or Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for designation of a learning disability;
  • Have average to superior intelligence;
  • Demonstrate that the primary impediments to the student’s learning process are learning differences. Any behavioral, physical or emotional issues must be of secondary concern.

KGMS is a “school of second choice”. If your first choice of school, public or private, has not met the needs of your child we invite you to consider an alternative. If your child meets the above criteria, please contact us today for a tour.

Corporate Sponsor Fundraiser

KGMS has a new, unique fundraiser opportunity available until Saturday, December 22nd.

Sedona Mobile Tire Service, a local North Vancouver company owned by a parent of one of our students has created a fundraiser program where you can have new tires or Winter tires installed at your home or office. Their area of service is in North & West Vancouver, Burnaby and Vancouver.

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Hot dog sales

The High School will hold their weekly hot dog sales every Wednesday. Funds raised go towards their Victoria/Bamfield Science Centre trip later in the school year.
  • Hot dogs – $1.00 each
  • Chips, juice, snacks – $ .75 each
They will be set up in the kitchen by the Gym.

WE SCARE HUNGER

We are asking students & staff to donate non-perishable food items until Friday, November 2nd. The donations will go to Harvest House.

  • The elementary school will earn one casual day for every 200 items.
  • The high school Grade that donates the most items wins a pizza party.

Halloween Bake Sale

Several Div 7 students are hosting a Halloween Bake Sale in support of the BCSPCA, on Monday, October 29th.

  • Drinks – $1
  • Rice Krispi squares – $2
  • Cookies & cupcakes – $1 each

Items will be on sale during recess and at lunch time in the lobby.

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Photo Retakes

For those students who were away for photo day, our photographer will return onTuesday, October 23rd for retakes.

Please email Shellie HERE to have your child added to the list of photos to be taken on the 23rd.

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Table Tennis

During the week of October 22nd to 26th, Luba and her team will lead Table Tennis workshops in Phys Ed all classes.

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, October 19th for a Provincial Professional Development Day.

Shake Out Earthquake Drill

We are participating in the Great BC Shake Out Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 18th at 10:18 am.

Click HERE for more details. Teachers will work with students to prepare them for the drill.

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Supervision Phone

If you need to contact the playground supervisor after 3:30pm to advise that you will be late for pickup, please call the Supervision cell 778-899-3371.

Cultural Calendar

Our school community includes families with ties to many different places and cultures. This is a special and amazing thing! We are making a cultural calendar for the school, so that we can all learn more about annual holidays and events that happen throughout the year for people in the school community.   That’s where you come in!   You are invited to add events to the school’s cultural calendar by clicking HERE!   A digital calendar will be created that shows what holidays and events are happening throughout the year. Different holidays and events will be featured on a school bulletin board each season.  

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend since this is a Professional-Development day.

Photo Retakes

Photos will be taken of new students and students who need a retake.

Save the Date!

Our next Gala has been booked for Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

Save the date for this fun & exciting fundraising event!

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Gala

KGMS Giving Campaign

KGMS is a non-profit organization, which relies heavily on the generosity of corporate sponsors, alumni, friends, family and community organizations to help finance the ever-increasing costs of providing specialized programming for students with learning difficulties. Your gift will help create a dynamic, supportive educational experience – one that will help each student achieve his or her unique potential.

Your donation will also help maintain stable tuition fees, generate increased enrolment, maintain excellent staff ratios and service levels, as well as provide enrichment opportunities and bursary support.

Please contact us to make a donation by cheque or credit card.

To donate by Paypal (no account required), please complete the form below.

Visit or Contact Us

If you’re considering KGMS for your child, we invite you to come take a tour with our Head of School, Dr James Christopher. For all other inquiries, please fill out the contact form below or give us a call!

Dr James Christopher - Head of School

Dr James Christopher – Head of School

Mailing Address:
420 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver, BC
V7H 1S8

Tel: 604 985-5224
Fax: 604 985-4562

Email: Dr. James Christopher, Head of School

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

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ADMISSIONS: admissions@kgms.ca

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Careers

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Kirsten White, Deputy Head of Schooljobs@kgms.ca

Positions available for September 2018:

Tutor Job Posting-Sept 2018

 

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