The Spencer Valley Elementary School District (SVESD) joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on December 11, 2014, following a vote by its Board of Education. Founded in 1876, SVESD is a one-school, K-8 district with a population of 30-35 students. SVESD may be small in size, but its impact on its students’ health and wellness is quite substantial. SVESD became a Live Well San Diego partner by valuing the link between student well-being and learning by providing an environment that supports student health, physical activity and wellness.
The district provides an on-campus organic garden where students can garden every Thursday afternoon in raised gardening beds assigned to each grade level. Some of the produce that is grown in the garden is used in the school food program, which consists of homemade meals cooked from scratch every school day. Each year, SVESD students from all grade levels receive experience in the arts by participating in a Shakespeare play with two evening performances plus the annual evening dinner theatre, the main fundraising event for the district. In April 2014, the students traveled to Balboa Park to participate in the annual Shakespeare Festival and were awarded Best Scene in the Elementary/Junior High division for their performance of Julius Caesar. Through the use of 21st century learning/assessment strategies, SVESD focuses on helping students develop cognitively, physically and emotionally. All students use the online learning program - Compass Learning Odyssey - to supplement instruction, and students have access to tablets and computers to enhance their learning.
Moving forward, SVESD is committed to continuing its successful programs that support students, families and staff and contribute towards a healthy, safe, and thriving community.