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Springvalley Elementary School
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Our Learning Story
OUR LEARNING STORY
Our mission  at SVE is to inspire every student to think, learn, achieve, care  and enjoy a healthy lifestyle
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Springvalley Elementary School serves families in the Rutland area of Kelowna. Over the decades, the school community has grown and changed, and made a difference in the lives of so many that call Rutland home.  

Currently Springvalley Elementary serves 275 children spanning from Kindergarten to Grade 5.  Our diverse student population includes a vibrant Aboriginal community, numerous students for whom English is a second language, and students from many other ethnic backgrounds. At the heart of Springvalley is a collaborative, inclusive community where we learn to treat others the way we would like them to treat us. 

Our school is rooted in collaborative approaches to teaching and learning.  This collaboration includes not only staff and students but also parents.  This year, in recognition of the incredible power of parents to impact the learning of children, we are inviting parents to join learning conversations using evidence of learning posted on the electronic portfolio platform FreshGrade.  Students, parents and teachers are regularly having conversations about what each child is doing well, and their next steps in their learning.  Our goal is to place each child at the heart of these conversations, so they own their learning and drive their own progress.  Teachers are also learners at Springvalley Elementary, and to promote growth, teachers will be collaborating together regularly to further their effectiveness in meeting the needs of all students. 

Learning is not limited to just academic subjects at Springvalley Elementary.  Learning to regulate our emotions and how to best focus on our learning are critical competencies to develop.  Learners learn best when they are calm, focused and alert. 

In order to ensure that no child falls through the cracks, we use a Response to Intervention (RTI) model of support to identify and target the needs of our gifted, vulnerable and at-risk learners.  Teachers, Certified Educational Assistants, our Learning Assistant Teacher, our Teacher Librarian, our Resource Teacher, our Speech Pathologist, our Counsellor, our Aboriginal Advocate, our English Language Learner Teacher and the Admin team all collaborate to address the needs of each individual child.

Socrates once said "Wisdom begins in wonder."  Every day, the hearts and minds of educators and students at Springvalley Elementary are filled with wonder.  As we ask questions, together we will discover where we will go next.  Wisdom is never static.  It changes, evolves and grows as we continue to ask questions and collectively develop vision for the future.