Third Graders go to Bootcamp!

The third graders enjoyed learning the process of multiplication during our annual Boot Camp week. The students did push-ups, jumping jacks, and marched while skip counting. They had a blast memorizing the renegades too. “We’re at boot camp shut the door…. 8 x 8 = 64” We’re proud of you third graders!

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Kindergartners Are Curious at the Museum of Curiosity

Kindergarten students were very excited that we were able to go on a field trip recently! We went to the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. We were able to learn about fossils, animal skeletons, do some hands on science activities and explore all that the museum had to offer. A major highlight of the trip was learning about the Polar Bear and seeing a real Polar Bear skull. Kindergarteners also loved that they were able to build blocks all the way to the ceiling, climb a ropes course, explore an obstacle course, put on a puppet show, fly across the zipline, experience a wind tunnel with 58 mph wind, and make waterfalls by redirecting water in the water play exhibit. We also can’t forget the bus ride. That was so exciting that we could have ended the field trip then! Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to help kindergarten explore and create!

Heroes in Hospitals

Recently in art class, Mrs. Carr and Granite students had conversations about helpers in our community. Students then practiced their drawing skills by drawing pictures of nurses and doctors.  These awesome projects are now hanging in the State Street IMC hospital.  We’re told that the staff love them.

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Canyons to Bring Back Six ‘Remote-Learning Fridays’

In acknowledgement of the continued pressures faced by teachers and staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canyons Board of Education has approved a plan to set aside six Fridays in the coming months for student remote learning and teacher preparation and planning.

The first “Remote-Learning Friday” will fall on Nov. 5, 2021, giving families time to adjust their schedules. Thereafter, the Administration will schedule five additional remote-learning Fridays. The schedule will take into account schools that are on a rolling ABAB calendar so as to avoid a disproportionate share of the Fridays falling on A or B days.

Remote Fridays are days of learning. Students are expected to use the time for independent study and will be provided learning packets or access to assignments on CSD’s common online-learning management system, Canvas.  Teachers will report to school for work and use the time to collaborate with peers, create lesson and intervention plans, and provide any needed outreach to students. They will also hold office hours by appointment for students and parents.

This time is not intended to be used for athletic or performing arts practices.

“The goal here is to support teachers in supporting students. Teachers need more planning and collaboration time to ensure students have the resources they need to excel, and students need more time to catch up on unfinished learning,” said Canyons Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle.

Similar to last year, teachers are reporting increased rates of exhaustion, stress, and burnout due in part to staffing shortages but also to student absenteeism, which requires additional instruction and remediation.

A nationwide labor shortage has made it difficult to hire school support staff and find enough substitutes to cover for teachers who fall ill or have to be pulled from the classroom for District-sponsored trainings. District Office staff are volunteering as substitutes, and the District has suspended the rollout of new initiatives and postponed teacher trainings that aren’t state-mandated or required as a condition of a grant. But the need for substitutes is so acute that it’s still requiring teachers to combine classes or fill in for one another on their preparation periods, leaving them little planning time.

In addition, high rates of student absences, due to illness or students being placed on COVID-19-related quarantine, are resulting in teachers having to invest extra time on interventions to keep students on track with their learning.

The Canyons Board of Education will consider at an upcoming meeting the proposed schedule for future remote-learning Fridays. As soon as the schedule is finalized, families will be directly notified through the District’s official communication channels.

CSD Students Urged to be Good Digital Citizens, Avoid Social-Media Challenges

Here’s a challenge we can agree on:  Let’s challenge each other to be kind, respectful, friendly, and show pride in your school.  And you don’t even need to video record yourself doing it.

Canyons School District is taking a strong stand against social-media challenges, especially since the recent “Devious Licks” TikTok trend caused thousands of dollars in damaged or stolen property at CSD schools.  Just at one high school, $2,000 worth of soap dispensers were stolen or broken.

Word also has started to spread online about additional monthly TikTok activities that encourage students to participate in yet more disruptive, illegal, and even assaultive behaviors.

One of the latest online “challenges” urges students to video record themselves slapping teachers or school staff members.

To be clear, this will not be tolerated in Canyons School District.

CSD schools will continue to ensure that students understand our expectations for acceptable behavior. The consequences for the assault of school personnel, or vandalized or stolen school property, may lead to the involvement of law enforcement or disciplinary action in line with Canyons District policies.

These continued challenges also represent a teachable moment as they highlight the peer pressure students sometimes encounter on social media — one of many topics that our school will be addressing during Digital Citizenship Week, Oct. 18-22.

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