Learning on the Land
ROSE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Respect and Value Everyone
Rose Valley Elementary School (RVE) is nestled in the hills of West Kelowna where it backs on to protected forest park lands and endless hiking trails. We are so grateful to be able to learn and play on the traditional unceded territories of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples. The neighbouring pond brings life to the area, and the abundance of field and forest space allows students to run, play, explore, and inquire. We are a Kindergarten to Grade 5 school with approximately 325 students.
School growth plans reflect a strong focus on B.C.'s Re-Designed Curriculum, particularly the Core Competencies, as well Central Okanagan Public School's Attributes of a Learner: Learner, Thinker, Collaborator, Innovator, and Contributor. This year we are focusing on telling and celebrating our local Syilx Okanagan story.
Vision and Values:
We are a collaborative learning community. We all belong, have purpose, and strive to be contributing global citizens.
We value Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Community
Annual Learning Community Themes - a declarative statement that grounds community learning
2017 - 2018 - At Rose Valley we serve others and our community
2018 - 2019 - At Rose Valley we have joy and bring joy to others
2019 - 2020 - At Rose Valley we notice, encourage, and celebrate Each Other
2020-2021 - "Who" is YOUR name? "Who" is OUR name? Sharing and Celebrating our Syilx Indigenous Story
Rose Valley Elementary has demonstrated that we Respect and Value Everyone, especially through the COVID pandemic! No one anticipated closing and reopening our school, but working and learning through this together as a school community has brought us closer together. We were excited to welcome back our student body in September 2020, and the initial anxiety in returning soon led to a deep sense "community calm" and gratitude to be back together learning! Soon we were all saying Pete the Cat's words: "It's all good!"
Our community pulled together truly reflected what we believe from our Indigenous Ways of Knowing: "Learning supports the well-being of the self, the family and the community." Together we learn, grow and connect!
The Rose Valley Elementary School learning community collaboratively engage in a continuous process of inquiry and learning to narrow focus and determine how to best meet student learning needs. An inquiry process is used to identify needs and appropriate structures to support those needs. The cyclical spiral of inquiry model includes scanning and re-scanning school data, and is responsive in nature . Our model requires inquiry into what is happening for learners now and, in turn, informs our direction. Specifically, the guiding question is asked, " What is going on for our Learners?" As a result, RVE directs resources and support to achieve two specific goals:
- Improve reading readiness amongst primary students
- Improve literacy skills, specifically communication, amongst intermediate students
In our recent scans of available data sources we have reflected on our approach to supporting vulnerable learners. In response, we are providing targeted supports to Tier Two and Three students, and those requiring direct support consistent with the plan structured in their Inclusive Education Plans and for unidentified students who the School Based Team determines require additional supports. Data sources scanned include:
- Individual Teacher Assessments, Early Learning Profile Data, PM Benchmark Levels, School Wide Write Assessments, Whole Class Reading Assessments, Class Profile Meeting anecdotal notes and observations, and more in depth assessments conducted by the Learning Assistants Teacher -
Rose Valley staff engage in a continuous inquiry process, beginning with scanning our community and asking three questions:
- What is going on for our learners?
- How do we know?
- Why does it matter?
In response, we develop an area of focus for our entire collaborative learning community. We leverage and scan numerous quantitative and qualitative data sources to develop hunches around how to support the needs of our students best. Areas of focus have included the social emotional needs of our learners, self-regulation and anxiety. This fall we are working on developing our understanding and implementation of formative assessment, or assessment FOR learning principles.
Data sources scanned include:
- Middle Development Years Index, Student Surveys, Office Referral Data, Class Profile Meeting anecdotal notes and observations, School Based Team Meeting notes and observations, Whole Class Reading Assessments, Early Learning Profile, PM Benchmarks, School Wide Write, Response to Intervention data etc.
We celebrate how our data reflects that students at Rose Valley report a sense of belonging, feeling cared for, and a connection to school and community, including adults who care and believe they will be successful.
Rose Valley Elementary School: Engaging the Environment
At Rose Valley, we engage with the land that envelopes our school, partner with local organizations, and leverage local resources to facilitate meaningful learning. We engage with the Syilx land and we learn from the land. We truly "Love Where We Learn."
See the attachment to view Rose Valley Forest Friends guiding principles, developed in collaboration with the district Instructional Leadership Team, 2017-2018.
Rose Valley Forest Friends.pdf
Friends and Stewards of the Rose Valley Forest .See the attachment to view the updated document, revised 2018-2019:
RVE 2018-2019 Forest Friends and Stewards of the Rose Valley Forest.pdf
This year, 2020-2021, we are focusing on sharing and celebrating our local Syilx Okanagan story. At our Implementation Day, we used the local story of the Four Food Chiefs to help us reflect on our purpose as individuals and as a school. We looked at our Calls to Action from the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Agreement as well as our Central Okanagan School District Equity in Action agreement, and dove into the stories that celebrated Indigenous wisdom and brilliance.
On Orange Shirt Day, we honoured our Indigenous people, and celebrated that "Every Child Matters."
This year, Rose Valley school staff and the Parent Advisory Council continue to be collaboratively engaged in an inquiry process specific to outdoor play and learning. How does outdoor play and learning improve student engagement, personal and social awareness, and self-regulation? And, how can we work together to further develop outdoor play and learning spaces at the school? The video below is an example of this work. It was produced as part of a grant application.
Rose Valley Elementary School: Communicating Student Learning
RVE staff engage in cyclical learning around quality assessment practices and communicating student learning. With these learning targets in mind, Rose Valley has developed strategies and structures to create a foundation rich in learning opportunities, learning support, and the growth and development of all learners. Our inquiry process specific to Communicating Student Learning continues to help students step into the driver's seat of their own learning using growth portfolios, conferencing and documentation of learning. We set out to:
- engage parents in three-way conversations using specific descriptive feedback about what learners can do, what the next steps in learning are, and how we will support continuous growth
- use growth portfolios and evidence of learning over time as a platform for students to speak to their personal learning journeys
- to facilitate three way conversations about learning with students, teachers, and parents
- establishing consistent Key Assessments across grade levels
- designing instruction that is responsive to student learning needs and interests
- communicating learning using Growth-Based Assessment language, consistent across the school, in our unique Rose Valley Learning Growth Summary
RVE Learning Summary - Intermediate.pdf
RVE Learning Summary - Primary.pdf
Rose Valley Elementary School is staffed by true professionals, a team of collaborative teachers and support staff who contribute unique talents and expertise to a team that wraps support around all learners. A well established School Based Team structure includes weekly team meetings, class review meetings each term, and ongoing data analysis connected to a Pyramid of Intervention model, ensuring the needs of every student are considered and met. Where needed, before school Literacy Intervention and after school learning support programs, as well as additional Literacy Support Teachers, are available to support school goals.
The staff and students at Rose Valley are committed to developing student leaders and contributing citizens. Leadership and service opportunities are available to all learners, including opportunities to serve in the community. Our learning community partners with community organizations such as the West Kelowna Food Bank, the Kelowna Gospel Mission, the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Kelowna Women's Shelter, Village at Smith Creek Seniors Centre to live out our intention to "Serve Others and Our Community." We really are connected to our community.
Our supportive PAC (Parents' Advisory Council) meets monthly and is involved in supporting school planning, climate and culture, school initiatives, field trips, sponsoring unique learning opportunities, and purchasing learning supports for the school. The PAC is very community focused, Hopefully this season of COVID will end soon, and we can get back to community building events on campus: organizing guest speakers at meetings, welcome back events, BBQs, and Family Fun Nights. We miss seeing parents in the hallways, on field trips and in classrooms supporting students and teachers.