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:

  • Complete a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability;
  • 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 with the Head of School.

Terry Fox run

Students & staff will participate in our annual Terry Fox run on Tuesday, September 26th.

Everyone is asked to bring a “Toonie for Terry”. They will be collected until Friday, September 29th.

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KGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18

The current list of staff is ready to download.

KGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18 Ver 2

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2017-18 Staff

We have many new staff members at KGMS this year as well as many returning staff. Here are two PDF documents which include photos of the staff working with your children.

2017-18 Returning Staff Photos 2

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KGMS Has Talent Show Videos

Congratulations to all the performers in the 2017 KGMS HAS TALENT show! The students should be very proud of their efforts, and it was great to be a part of the “Music Heals” initiative.

There were 2 cameras rolling for these performances. Here are the links:

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Student Portrait Day

Elementary students are required to wear their full uniform for Student Portrait Day.

Terry Fox run

Everyone is asked to bring a “Toonie for Terry”. They will be collected until Friday, September 29th.

The class that raises the most money will have a pizza party in their class!

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Outdoor School

Outdoor School

Outdoor School

Thanksgiving

The school will be closed on Monday, October 9th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, October 20th due to a Provincial Pro-D day.

Casual Day

Report Cards writing day

Students will not attend for Report Card Writing day.

Remembrance Day

The school will be closed on Monday, November 13th for the Remembrance Day holiday.

Casual Day

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Report Cards sent home

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Parent / Teacher / Tutor Conferences

Students will not attend on Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

Christmas Sing-a-long

Spring Break - March 17th to April 2nd

The school will be closed from Saturday, March 17th to Monday, April 2nd.

First day back after Spring Break - April 3rd

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, April 3rd.

Pro-D Day and Q3 Report Writing - April 20th

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Professional Development and Q3 Report Writing Day.

Casual Day - April 27th

Pro-D Day - May 18th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 18th as this is a Professional Development Day.

Victoria Day - May 21st

The school will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 25th

Report Writing Day - June 1st

Students will not attend on Friday, June 1st as this is a Report Writing Day.

Sports Day - June 7th

Sports day is on Thursday, June 7th. A hog dog lunch will be provided to students.

Casual Day - June 8th

The last casual day of the year is Friday, June 8th.

KGMS Has Talent Show

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 14th. Please arrive early.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic show!

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Last 1/2 day for students

The last day for students is Friday, June 15th and this will be a 1/2 day. Report cards will be sent home.

Gala

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2017
to benefit the
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School Bursary Fund

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Ruby & Cruise for hosting the event, our auctioneer Jeff Schwarz, all of those who secured donations, made donations, bid of auction items. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this fantastic evening possible. And to our superb Co-Chairs, Tracey & Eva!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

                     2017 Gala Video

For more information, please contact: gala@kgms.ca

Support Us

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.

Please contact us to learn more about the opportunities that your donation can create and 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

Admissionsadmissions@kgms.ca

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

Staff Contact ListKGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18 Ver 2

Outside School Hours Tutoring: KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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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

Senior High School Math Teacher

Tutor Job Posting

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