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Ellison Elementary
Making a Difference at Ellison Elementary!
Our Learning Story

* Please note that this is a 'Live Document' which is currently in progress of being completed. Staff at Ellison may be working on it at any given time. Please contact the Principal, Mr. Sieben, at 250-870-5140, for details.

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Ellison Elementary school, located in the Scotty Creek subdivision of Ellison, has a diverse school population of approximately 200 students. In the past few years, Ellison has developed school plans to improve student Literacy and Numeracy levels.

Students at Ellison Elementary are embracing B.C.'s re-designed curriculum in a variety of ways. Our goal is for all students to have a success in school. Students are given opportunities to personalize their learning, challenge themselves, and work in differentiated learning environments. Some of the ways that these goals are achieved are through the use of 'Daily 5' for Literacy, and daily "Hands On" math in every Grade 1-5 classroom. As well, students are provided with literacy support and intervention through designed and targeted programs.

Ellison is working to be more responsive to student needs as it begins inquiring about "What's going on for our learners?" Answering this question will inform our staff and parents, and will enable us to provide direction for further learning.

By the end of this year, students will become more adept at the Core Competencies (Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking, Personal & Social Responsibility) as outlined in the BC Curriculum.

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What Makes Ellison a Great Place to Learn

  • ​​a collaborative teaching staff who demonstrates differentiated instruction and on-going professional development
  • a focus on the social-emotional well-being of all students using a variety of strategies and programs (i.e. Mind Up, Zones of Regulation, Whole Body Listening, the work of Ross Greene and his Collaborative Problem Solving model for determining specific areas where students are lagging skills)
  • 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, parents feel a strong sense of connection to the school and our community
  • a before school reading intervention game
  • a Yoga Club at lunch
  • Anti-Bullying Day celebrations
  • Excellence Through The Arts Drama Workshops for all students
  • Intermediate-Primary Buddies
  • Battle of the Books
  • Primary and Intermediate gymnastics programs at the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre
  • Involvement with B.C. Fruits and Vegetable & Snack Program
  • an inclusive school breakfast program
  • a brown bag lunch program
  • All staff trained in Action Schools
  • Wide range of curricular and extra-curricular field trips, including but not exclusive to:  EECO Centre, Mission Creek Park, O'Keefe Ranch, Father Pandosy ​Mission, Gardom Lake, Okanagan Science Centre, Ben Lee Park, Apple Bowl, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna Museum, Aboriginal Winter Gathering, Kelowna Community Theatre etc.