About Three Mile Plains District School

Historical Info || Structure of the School || School Boundaries ||Policies and Procedures || Financial
External Mandates and Initiatives || Perceptions and Satisfaction Levels || School Based Initiatives || Summary

Historical Information

In 1963, Three Mile Plains District School opened, with an enrollment of over 300 students.  Children from Five Mile Plains and Three Mile Plains came together in this new building.  At one time, our school was overcrowded, requiring use of Three Mile Plains Community Hall to accommodate some classes. 

We began to experience declining enrollment in the 1980’s due to population decrease.  When the Special Education classes were closed in the ‘90’s due to the new policy on inclusion, our numbers dropped further.

Recently, we have noticed an increase in our enrollment as Three Mile Plains appears to be a growth area. In September, 2005 we had approximately 132 students. For September 2007, we are projecting an enrollment of 160. Our community, staff and students share a pride in our past and look forward to continuing the tradition of providing a safe and caring learning environment for all.

Recent Events and Achievements

  • 1998   official opening of our new playground
  • 2001   achieved Emerald School status (an environmental award)
  • 2002   115 trees planted on site   
  • 2006   Parent Support Group celebrates its 10 year anniversary
  • 2006   Health Promoting School team formed   
  • 2006   After school activity program for P-6 students to begin in Spring of 06' and to continue into 2006-07 school year.
  • 2007 Year One of School Accreditation.

Our Traditions

Over the past forty years, parents, students and staff have worked together, have made many accomplishments and have established valued traditions.  Some of those traditions include:

  • Terry Fox Run
  • School choir
  • Remembrance Day assembly and laying of the wreath
  • Christmas concert and participation in Christmas Angels
  • Christmas brunch
  • Spring fling
  • Speech festival
  • Field day  


Structure of the School

As of September 2007, the building consists of seven teaching classrooms, one resource room, a Music room, a Math/ Science room, a Library, a pre-school room, a Student Services Satellite office, a computer/ book storage room, a janitor’s room, a gymnasium, two offices, and a workroom.  There is a kitchen but no cafeteria.

The grade configuration for this year is as follows: primary, grade one, grade two, grade three, grade four, grade five and grade six.  The total enrollment is 159 students.

The first bus arrives in the morning at 7:50 a.m. and classes start at 8:15 a.m.  Students attend classes for 300 minutes a day.  They receive specialist instruction in both Music and Physical Education twice a week for a total of sixty minutes per subject. The Physical Education teacher also has a teaching assignment at Aldershot School. Special services are also provided for resource and Reading Recovery.  As well, students in grades four to six receive French instruction from their homeroom teachers for thirty minutes each day.  All students attend a Library class each week for thirty minutes.

The school is staffed with 10.00 teachers, a secretary for 6 hours a day, four educational assistants, a library technician for 15 hours a week, an APSEA Itinerant teacher for 2 hours a day, a cafeteria worker for 3.5 hours a day, a day janitor who is shared with Newport Station School, and an evening janitor.

School Boundaries

Mr. Russell Burgess, transportation foreman for A.V.R.S.B., reported the following school boundaries in November 2003: (note: our transportation foreman is now David Crouchman)

Wentworth Road

            Coming along Wentworth Road the school area begins at the bottom of the hill at Morash’s Farm and includes all the houses until the very top of the hill before the big gully.  Blackmoore’s house is the last house on the left hand side of the road before the gully. 

Old Brooklyn Road

            All houses on this road from beginning to end, attend Three Mile Plains District School.

Underwood Road

            All houses on this road from beginning to end, attend Three Mile Plains District School.

Bowman Road

            All houses on this road from beginning to end, attend Three Mile Plains District School.

Tonge Hill

            All houses on this road, including Burgess Road and Pemberton Road belong in the Three Mile Plains School District.


            All houses on this road, including Hillside Lane and Swinamer Drive are included in the Three Mile Plains School District.

Mountain Road

            All of the Mountain Road homes are in the Three Mile Plains School District.

Windsor Back Road

            All homes, beginning at the intersection of Highway #1 and ending at the second driveway on the right past the “Old Brown Farm” (farm is on the left), are included in the Three Mile Plains School District.  This includes Alexander Drive and Denise Drive subdivisions.

No. 1 Highway

            All houses along the #1 Highway from the Windsor Town Sign to Reid Shanks garage (across from the Windsor Plains Church) are included in the Three Mile Plains School District.

Old Halifax West Road

            This area including Pellow Road, Old Shanks Road ending at Cooper Lane is included in the Three Mile Plains School District.

Panuke Road.

            All houses on Panuke Road from beginning to end attend Three Mile Plains District School.  This includes Maple Brooke Lane, Caldwell Road, MacLeod Court and Sampson Drive.


School Policies, Procedures, Committees and Monthly Meetings

The policies and procedures at Three Mile Plains District School guide the actions of the staff, students and parents.  It is the belief that clear communication between all members of the school community (staff, parents and students) will ensure an effective school atmosphere for the students. 

Staff and parents were involved in developing a student handbook that outlines policies and procedures for discipline, a dress code, fund raising and general school procedures for fire drill and playground usage.  The handbook is distributed to all Primary students and any students new to the school.  The handbook is updated and reviewed yearly.

Because of the small staff size, each staff member may serve on several committees.  These include:

  • Science kits and materials
  • Mathematics manipulative materials and resources
  • Mathematics mentoring
  • Language Arts resources
  • Art resources
  • Christmas Brunch
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Green School Program
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Resources
  • Social Committee
  • School Success Planning Committee
  • Health Promoting School
  • Parent Support Group
  • Nova Scotia Teachers Union representative

Monthly meetings are held for teaching staff, Occupational Health and Safety and the Parent Support Group.  Additional staff information meetings may be held as required or information maybe distributed through memos.


Sources of funding include monies raised from:

  • School photos
  • School fundraisers
  • Parent Support Group fundraisers
  • Recycling
  • Professional Development grants from the N.S.T.U.
  • Enrichment grants from the A.V.R.S.B.
  • Cost sharing grants from the A.V.R.S.B.
  • Hants County Exhibition display rewards
  • Book Fair sales
  • Charitable donations
  • N.S.T.U. Hants West Local grants
  • Corporate grants – numerous
  • Municipal grants
  • Sobey’s tapes

External Mandate and Initiatives

Three Mile Plains District School is involved in many regional and provincial program initiatives.  The elementary initiatives currently include:

Provincial Level

  • Active Young Readers
  • Writers in Action
  • Science P-3
  • Math Strategy
  • Mathematics
  • School Accreditation

Regional Level

  • School Success Planning

RCH Initiative

  • AVRSB Regional Heritage Fair

Technology Education Initiative

  • Technology Integration in the classroom

Perception and Satisfaction Levels

All staff members, students and parents/guardians, completed school performance surveys in November 2003. There was a return rate of 100% for staff, 96% for students, and over 76% for the family surveys.

Data was reported in the following areas:

·        School climate

·        School leadership

·        School management

·        Management of staff performance

·        Partnerships with parents/guardians

·        Growth and improvement

·        Teaching and learning

In all of the above areas there was 80% or greater satisfaction indicated with the school’s performance.  The survey report indicated consistent results across the seven clusters and among the three groups surveyed. There were no areas of significant weakness indicated by the results.

Detailed survey results are on file at the school office.|


School Initiatives

For a small school Three Mile Plains District School provides many varied opportunities for students.  We are fortunate to have strong community involvement.  Some of the ways we utilize this support are: 

  • Parent Support Group
  • Reading volunteers
  • Fluoride rinse
  • Hepatitis B. clinic
  • Head lice clinic
  • Christmas brunch
  • Spring fling
  • Tree planting
  • Class trips
  • Playground development

Through the collective support of community members, agencies and businesses we have initiated and established many programs including:

  • Breakfast program
  • Visiting artists and authors
  • Green School program
  • Science Technology using Lego

School Accomplishments

It is the practice of Three Mile Plains District School that students be acknowledged for their academic and extra-curricular efforts, participation, behaviour and accomplishments.  These are acknowledged in the following ways:

  • Morning announcements
  • School assemblies
  • Participant charts
  • School newsletters
  • Bulletin board displays
  • Newspaper articles
  • Certificates of participation for the Terry Fox Run, cross country, choir and speech festival

Student Learning

There are three formal assessment and reporting periods on student progress – November, March and June.  There are two scheduled times for parents to meet with teachers during the year.  In addition staff may contact parents through the year with phone calls, emails and/or notes.

Student class placement is made on the basis of class size, a heterogeneous mixture of genders, academic abilities, and special needs for learning and behaviour.

Transition between grades is accomplished through teacher meetings held in June and written thumbnail sketches of each student given to the new grade level teacher.  Primary students may have participated in the Three Year Old Screening Program, the Pre-school Registration Program, a parent information evening and a Primary Orientation Program.  Special needs students are transitioned to the school through meetings with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority or other agencies.  Transition to Middle Level is accomplished through a Student Orientation Program and meetings between the staff of each school.

Students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities such as, cross-country running, track and field for grade 5 and 6, skiing for grade 5, and choir.  Intra-murals are held on a regular basis for grades 2 through 6 at noon or after school.

Staff Learning

Staff Members have been involved in professional development at various levels; regional in-servicing, school-based in-servicing, summer institutes, conferences, Nova Scotia Teachers Union workshops, Hants West Local NSTU workshops, mentoring and university courses.

Regional in-services with the former Hants West District School Board focused on literacy learning and elementary science education.  The school was involved in a three year science curriculum implementation project that continues to be the foundation of the science instruction in the school.  With the formation of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, staff was involved in curriculum implementations initiated by the Department of Education in the areas of literacy, mathematics and science.

For the past five years staff has been involved in the following school-based professional development:

  • Information Economy Initiative Technology
  • Atlantic Canada Mathematics
  • Fine Arts
  • Reporting to parents
  • Development of a school discipline policy

Summary Statement

This profile was written as part of our on-going school success planning. This document describes Three Mile Plains District Elementary School, based on information gathered during the Fall of 2003.  It provides an overview of this school for those people wishing to learn more about it.




News and Announcements

Parent Support Group Meeting... Wednesday, March 21st

PEANUT FREE!!! Please remember that we promote a peanut free environment. Thank you!!!

NEW!!!  Criminal record and child abuse checks are required for volunteering in classrooms and for class trips.  (forms available at the main office)  Checks are valid for 3 years.  NEW!  Every 3 years!