Collaboration Time

MacNeill Secondary was founded on the guiding principles of effective practice, flexibility, and choice.  When MacNeill originally opened in 2003, it was a small school with only 277 students (Gr. 7 & 8 plus Incentive program).  As a small school, the staff worked hard to find time to work, learn and plan together.  MacNeill has grown over the years and now has around 800 students and close to 70 staff members.  However, the staff remain committed to maintaining the founding principles of the school, and continue to reflect on systemic structures that will allow us to best support the diverse learners in our school.

2011-2012 was MacNeill's  first year participating in structured collaboration time.  Collaboration Time is when two or more staff members come together over time with the goal to increase student engagement, achievement and learning.  Eight days are scheduled throughout the year for collaboration time, where staff members come together for 75 minutes to discuss effective practice, instructional strategies, curriculum, cross-curricular learning or assessment.

2017-18 Collaboration Time Dates:

               September 26 (Day 2)                                                                 

               October 31 (Day 1)

               November 28 (Day 1)

               January 16 (Day 2)

               February 13 (Day 2)

               March 6 (Day 2)

               April 10 (Day 1)

               May 15 (Day 1)

Collaboration Day Schedule:   

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Staff Collaboration - Students are not expected to be at school

9:45 AM - 10:48 AM
Period 1

10:48 AM - 11:06 AM
Nutrition Break

11:06 AM - 12:09 PM
Period 2

12:12 PM - 1:16 PM
Period 3

1:16 PM - 1:56 PM
Lunch

1:56 PM - 2:59 PM
Period 4

**  To ensure collaboration time does not take away from student learning in their academic classes, we have eliminated our advisory class on collaboration day as well as the following day to allow for increased time in the academic classes.

Revised Wednesday Schedule (following collaboration days)

8:30 AM - 9:43 AM
Period 1

9:46 AM - 11:00 AM
Period 2

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nutrition Break

11:30 AM - 12:43 PM
Period 3

12:46 PM - 2:00 PM
Period 4

On Collaboration Time Days, students may choose to catch-up on their sleep as the first period start time is not until 9:45am, or they may choose to study at home.  The school will remain open for students who choose to come to school before 8:30am for the purpose of quiet self-directed study.  Any students who arrive after 8:30am will be directed to the lounge to wait until 9:30am before going to their lockers.