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Bell Times

9:10 AM - 3:30 PM


EQAO Results


Brandon Berketa - 905.662.2297 | Email


Jeff Gillies - 905.527.5092 x 2361 | E-mail Jeff Gillies


Cam Galindo - 905.515.2563 | E-mail Cam Galindo

School Coucil Chair

Angela Cale

Administrative Office Staff

Mary Anderton

Our School

Tapleytown Public School is located in East Hamilton on Stoney Creek Mountain.  The original one-room stone school house was built in 1881. While many one-room schools in the area were being closed, additions were added to Tapleytown in 1956, 1959, 1964 and again in 1966 to accommodate increasing enrolment.

The school is very well established and families of many generations have called Tapleytown their neighbourhood school.
Although Tapleytown still retains the atmosphere of a country school, it has also kept apace with modernization. EQAO scores tend to exceed both Board and Provincial standards. Our school is supported this year by a Literacy Improvement Teacher. Additionally, the Empower Reading Program is  being delivered by our Learning Resource Teacher, Mrs. S. Dunn.
The staff, students and parents of Tapleytown School are dedicated to academic success and care about each other.
We are committed to:

  • providing a safe and friendly place to learn and grow
    being the best that we can be
  • helping each other learn because we all learn differently

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Learning Resource Teacher
  • Literacy Improvement Teacher
  • Math Facilitator
  • Empower Reading Program
  • Itinerant Hearing Support Teacher
  • Speech and Language Support
  • ESL consulting
  • Social Worker Support
  • Special Education consulting

Program Highlights

  • Empower Reading Program
  • School-wide Take Home Reading
  • Literature Circles
  • Kindergarten Alphabet Bags
  • Literacy/Numeracy Book Bags
  • Book Room
  • Early Success/Soar to Success
  • LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention)


  • Peer Mediation
  • Student Leadership
  • Bus Monitors
  • Lunch Monitors
  • Office Announcers
  • Milk Helpers
  • Choir
  • Recorder Club
  • Volley ball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country

Before/After School Program or Activities

Students are bused


Curriculum Focus

  • Literacy is our System focus and is supported by the many programs in our school.
    • There have been steady gains in EQAO reading scores-(results of a small sample to be interpreted cautiously).
      Grade 3
      04-05    05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
      61%          71%     71%       71%     59%Grade 6
      04-05     05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
      53%       71%        59%     83%      65%
    • Writing scores:
      Grade 3
      04-05    05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
      54%      59%       71%        64%     65%Grade 6
      04-05    05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
      53%       61%      63%      83%     76%
  • School initiatives include:
    • Early intervention (oral language development;
      Kindergarten alphabet bags, Early Success
    • Double dipping for Level 2 students (Early  Success, Soar to Success), Reading  Buddies
    • Book Rooms
    • Balanced Day Schedule to help support balanced
      literacy program
    • Data analysis (EQAO, DRA, CASI, OWA) to identify
      skills/concepts for focused instruction
    • School-wide Take Home Reading Program
    • Empower Reading
    • All Star Reading (parent volunteers)
  • Reading is our school focus as indicated by our EQAO data analysis-Profile of Strengths and Areas for Improvement.
    (Results of a small sample to be interpreted cautiously. See scores above.)
  • School initiatives include:
    • Plans per grade to address gaps: develop anchor charts for vocabulary and multiple choice processes
    • Data analysis of reading-multiple choice questions (EQAO)
    • Use of SMART Goal cycle focus
    • Use of Anchor Charts-class generated
    • Homework to provide practice of identified skills
  • Numeracy:    EQAO math scores  fluctuate -(results of a small sample to be interpreted cautiously).
    Grade 3
    04-05  05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
    64%    71%     88%       86%     53%
    Grade 6
    04-05   05-06   06-07   07-08  08-09
    55%     82%        74%       83%    82%
  • School initiatives include:
    • Data analysis (EQAO, Board assessment (grades two and five) to identify skills/concepts for focused instruction)
    • Focus on 3-part lessons
    • LRT math support
    • Use of Math manipulatives
    • School-wide participation in math lesson study

Environment Focus

School initiatives:

    • Safe Schools
      • Peer Mediation
      • Bus Monitors Safety Patrollers
      • Safe Schools/SNAC Committee
      • Character Traits
      • Roots of Empathy
    • Environmental
      • Student Recycling Club
      • Boomerang Lunches
      • Re-useable water bottles promotion

Program & Community Involvement


  • Public Health-PHN (Healthy Living, SNAC, Active Recess, Kids’ Helpline)
  • D’Youville/Brock Teacher Training
  • Secondary Schools: Volunteers, Transition Planning
  • Binbrook Library-MELD
  • Hamilton Police department-Community Liaison Officer
  • Bullying Prevention/Personal Safety/Internet Safety
  • CAS
  • Hamilton Fire Department
  • Binbrook Fair
  • Creative school Images
  • Gino’s Pizza
  • De Jong’s Dairy


Parent Responsibilities

  • School Council
  • School Volunteers: All Star Reading Coaches, Special Lunch Days, SNAC, Library, Math, Trips, Sports Team Drivers, Fundraising,
  • School Council support for class trips, books, special equipment, Information Fairs, School-wide Take Home Reading Program, parental engagement

Suggestions for Parents:

  • Help your child establish a homework routine (e.g. regular time every night)
  • Help set up a learning place for doing homework in your home for your child
  • Promote independence i.e., allow students to attempt assignments independently
  • Attempt to assist students when requested or needed
  • Encourage and monitor consistent use of the agenda planner
  • Assist your child in time management on larger projects and self-assigned work
  • Communicate with the teacher if you have concerns about homework or assignments
  • Encourage and praise your child for effective homework habits
  • Look at your child’s agenda planners on a regular basis checking for long term assignments or study schedules
  • Help your child to set specific goals for learning i.e., monthly reading goal
  • Support student learning by ensuring that your child attends school regularly, well rested and well nourished
Updated on Monday, March 19, 2018.
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