Welcome to the Schuylkill Valley Elementary School!
2015 Literacy Council of Berks Read-A-Thon Winners!
Our school is home to approximately 800 outstanding students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Sixty-five teachers, a guidance counselor, school psychologist, nurse, two secretaries, and seventeen paraprofessional personnel make up our very dedicated and highly qualified team.
Schuylkill Valley Elementary School strives to provide an environment where children can become lifelong learners. Laying foundational reading skills on which all subsequent learning can be built has been the focus of our efforts at the elementary school. As with any new skill, we know students must spend significant time practicing new skills in authentic, meaningful situations; therefore, students are given extended opportunities to practice their reading skills throughout our language arts block on self-selected texts at their reading level. Students can regularly be seen engaging in their Daily 5 activities and engaged in the application of their CAFÉ Strategies during their reading instruction. Staff members regularly gather, analyze, and utilize data to inform and differentiate their instruction for our students. We utilize the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model as part of our daily lessons to guide students to independent application of skills in novel situations. Each grade level has scheduled daily WIN time (What I Need), where students are provided with academic intervention and enrichment as part of RtII. Our Title I reading program is a strong component of our intervention plan. In addition to the core curriculum in language arts, math, science, and social studies, our students receive instruction in music, art, computer, physical education, and library. Additonally, we offer a variety of services for children with special needs including speech and language support, learning support, autistic support, and gifted education to address students’ individual needs. At Schuylkill Valley Elementary School, each student is challenged to think, question, and create.
We believe in a safe, nurturing environment for all of our students. Our guidance counselor teaches classes for all grade levels as well as career exploration. Through our guidance department, some fourth grade students are trained as peer mediators to aid in conflict resolution. We also participate in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, the Peaceful School Bus, and most recently the Ophelia Project to expand our bully prevention efforts. Students participate in community service opportunities, such as collecting donations for a holiday food drive, creating placemats for a local nursing home, donating books for our community library fundraiser, and providing toiletries for a county homeless shelter. Through opportunities such as these, we prepare our students to be responsible and contributing members of society.
Together, with our Schuylkill Valley families and our community, we strive to create a partnership that enhances learning for every student. We have a very active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that supports our students and staff through a variety of projects and activities. PTO also provides hands-on support for school events such as kindergarten registration and bus ride night, class celebrations, and grandparents’ day. We encourage all parents to be actively involved with their child’s education and to take part in our PTO activities. With everyone working together, our students are empowered to be their best.
Schuylkill Valley Elementary is an outstanding place to grow and learn and we welcome and encourage you to be an active part our wonderful school community!