Shannon Lake Elementary Learning Story
History of Our School
Shannon Lake Elementary was opened in September 1993 in the middle of a growing residential subdivision approximately 4 km from the town center of West Kelowna. The initial school population was 278, growing to approximately 400 students by 2019.
Strong Music and Library programming provide enrichment for all students, and are both greatly appreciated in our wider community. A full-time Indigenous Student Advocate provides cultural programming, academic support if required and acts as a liaison between home and school. An itinerant Resource Teacher provides instructional supports for designated students and works closely with both classroom teacher and our Certified Education Assistants (CEAs).
The school is fortunate to have a very active and supportive Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). Fundraising activities include hot lunches (aligned with the Healthy Food Choices Guidelines), family fun fairs, barbecues, community dances and movie nights. Funds raised are allocated to the school in consultation with staff to support teaching and learning through additional field trips and the purchase of resources and technology. In the summer of 2019, a new state-of-the-playground was installed at our school thanks to the PAC and a grant from the BC Government. Parents and community members are also active in supporting student learning through supportive partnerships between home and school, and as classroom volunteers. An active and committed School Community includes parents, teachers, both administrators and students working together to set learning goals and ensure growth and success for each student.
Shannon Lake Elementary services a population of almost 400 students. In the spring of 2018 the Westside Schools undertook a reconfiguration and our grade 6's were moved to the middle school so we are now a kindergarten to grade 5 school. A significant emphasis has been placed on INQUIRY, LEARNING COMMUNITIES, CORE COMPETENCIES, THE FIRST PEOPLES PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING, THE OECD 7 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING and LEARNER AGENCY. Academic progress is supported with caring for the social-emotional aspect of a child's time at the school. We see social-emotional development, along with literacy and numeracy development, as areas of a child's overall educational experience.
At Shannon Lake Elementary we…
- Learn best in a trusting environment
- Can show our learning in a variety of ways and have a balanced of different learning opportunities
- Ask questions, make mistakes and take risks to further our learning
Shannon Lake is a great place to learn!
- Integration of INQUIRY across grades and subjects
- Using the OECD 7 Principles of Learning to guide planning, instruction, assessment and reporting
- Innovative learning Environments
- Providing opportunities for student voice and choice - Learner Agency
- a strong, well established School Based Team to support students and families
- a Pyramid of Interventions model to support students and classroom teachers
- students, staff and parents feel a strong sense of connection to the school
- School Choir for primary and intermediate
- Cultural Assemblies
- Lego Club and Chess at lunch time
- Garden Project
- Shannon Lake Park is a valuable learning space for students
- Many sports opportunities such as intramurals, Track and Field, Cross Country Running
- Intermediate-Primary Buddies
- Battle of the Books
- Primary/Intermediate swimming and skating programs
- Involvement with B.C. Fruits and Vegetable & Snack Program
- Wide range of curricular and extra-curricular field trips
Shannon Lake Park
Innovative Learning Communities
Communicating Student Learning
SLE teachers are using…
- portfolio based communication to provide a "window into the classroom" and an opportunity for three way conversations (student, teacher, parent)
- specific descriptive feedback about what learners can do, what the next steps in learning are, and how we will support continuous growth
- consistent Key Assessments across grade levels
- designing instruction that is responsive to student learning needs and interests