On Tuesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m., all students, faculty and staff from Canyon Elementary participated in the 2012 Great Utah Shake Out earthquake drill. More than 900,000 Utahns registered to participate in drills across the state that day. Students practiced the Drop, Cover, and Hold On earthquake safety procedure either in their classrooms or outside. How quickly we recover after a big earthquake depends on what we do to practice now. Pictured are students in Mrs. Savage's third grade as they took cover under their desks during the earthquake drill.
Canyon fifth-grade teachers made arrangements for an Earthquake Display to be set up at our school. This display told students that Utah is "Earthquake Country" and large earthquakes are possible anywhere in Utah, especially along the Wasatch Front. History shows that earthquakes strike every 350 years - the last one here was about 350 years ago. This display of pictures, graphs and charts, gave students great information and a better understanding of earthquakes.
Pictured L-R: Mason Olson, Ethan Morley, Brock Johnson and Carson Chappell.
Student, Michelle Renfeldt, and her dad, did a science experiment in Mrs. Rachel Savage's third-grade class. Michelle showed her classmates what happens when you put different amounts of sugar in cups of colored water and then add them separately to another larger cup of water. The colored sugar water separates according to their weitght, making different layers of color in the glass like a rainbow.
Pictured: Michelle Renfeldt and Mr. Renfeldt.
Students from Canyon Elementary were entertained and amazed March 9, 2012, as they watched the Jump Rope for Heart assembly put on by students from Harvest Elementary in Saratoga Springs. Jump Rope for Heart is an American Heart Association event. Participants showed their jump rope skills while pop music played. Canyon students got involved by singing the lyrics to the songs as they cheered for the jump rope routines. Students also learned that jumping rope is a healthy activity for their heart, but some boys and girls have special hearts and need help so they can grow to be happy a
Canyon third-grade students from Miss Danika Nuttall's class, participated in a Rad KIDS safety program. Rad KIDS is a personal empowerment safety education program for children. It is taught by certified instructors. The Rad KIDS goal is to empower children with an understanding of what their options are and to train them with the skills they need to be safe. At their graduation, Officer Jared from the Utah County Sheriff's Department, wore a padded suit and pretended to be a stranger. Each student got to use their Rad KIDS' skills to demonstrate how they could get away from him.
March 1, 2012, Canyon Elementary combined Dr. Seuss Day with Parents and Pastries. Students could dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and bring a parent with them before school to enjoy pastries (doughnuts) and milk. Afterwards, they got to read some of their favorite books together in the halls or classrooms.
Pictured L-R: Tye Andersen, brother, Hans Andersen and dad, Mr. Hans Andersen.
Mr. Larry Hathaway, custodian at Canyon Elementary, was invited to do a rock presentation for the first-grade students at Canyon. Mr. Hathaway has been a long time rock hound. He told the students how he goes rock hunting in the mountains and collects rocks that he can bring home to cut and polish and turn into jewelery. He showed the students some of the different types of rocks that he has collected and told them that some rocks are used for building materials, some rocks are used as dyes for clothing and some rocks have copper in them and are used to make copper wire.
Mina Money was awarded the Crystal Apple for Canyon Elementary. Mina is a kindergarten teacher that has taught for almost thirty years. She is an exceptional, innovative and creative teacher. Mina works long hours to ensure that her students have the best experience that she can provide. She is right on target when it comes to addressing individual needs and teaching, re-teaching and enriching student learning. Mina is a great leader in the school and a wonderful team member. She has presented at Utah Core Academy and has helped with other inservice in kindergarten.
Fifth-grade students from Canyon Elementary participated in a Wax Museum of United States Presidents and Wives on March 2, 2012. Students in fifth-grade study the United States and the presidents. They did their own research on their assigned president or president's wife to find important and interesting information that they could share. The day of the Wax Museum, they got to dress up like their president or president's wife, and take turns standing and sharing the information from their research. Parents and students got to attend and experience the students as "wax figures" repre