Welcome to the e-profile for Leo Ussak Elementary School!
We are a school with about 287 students from kindergarten to grade four.
Our staff work incredibly hard, with the support of our parents and the community, to create an engaging, positive and safe learning environment for our students. At our school, we instruct, celebrate and support all of our students to achieve their fullest potential.
We hope this school profile gives you a picture of our students, staff and programming. For more information on Rankin Inlet, please visit this website's Rankin Inlet community profile.
Our mission is to ensure all students have the opportunity for academic and social success in a positive environment.
This mission statement guides all our decisions and actions at Leo Ussak Elementary School, ensuring we are focused on encouraging our children's successful learning in a safe and positive school.
Our student population is predominantly Inuit. For many students, English is widely spoken, while for others Inuktitut is more dominant. In either case, we provide bilingual education/instructions at the school.
In general, our students are enthusiastic, engaging and come to school wanting to learn. Like many schools, students here have a diversity of abilities, strengths and needs.
A variety of extracurricular activities are offered at the school based on students' interests and staff availability. Activities tend to vary year to year, but typically include soccer, basketball and Brownies/Sparks.
Our school staff is made up of teaching teams, ranging from kindergarten to grade four. Each team has both Inuktitut and English-speaking teachers. These teachers work together with the Student Support Team to facilitate their students' learning.
The staff here are experienced, enthusiastic, and committed to teaching. Although it may vary year to year, our school has about 16 teaching and administrative positions, along with 5 support staff positions.
Programming is based on Nunavut's curriculum, as stipulated in the Education Act.
If you are a new hire and would like more information about the curriculum, your first point of contact should be your school principal and staff, as well as your Regional School Operations consultants.
Our teachers currently use some of these resources:
Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from teachers (in general) that you may want to discuss further with your principal or colleagues, some of this information may be readily available on this website, while for...
Check with your principal and the school staff to find out if an orientation session will be organized to welcome new and returning staff.
The Department of Education and the Nunavut Teachers' Association are currently developing a formal mentor program. It will be available to new teachers at a later date.
If you are interested in a mentorship, please check with your principal to see if informal mentoring is a possibility.