Today, the the entire school participated in a flag-raising ceremony in honor of 9/11, now known as Patriot Day. The boy scouts at our school were able provide the colorguard for the ceremony, and they did a wonderful job. Together, students, teachers and staff recited the pledge of allegiance, and then we all sang patriotic songs, while gathered around our country's flag.
The 4th grade classes held their annual Utah Map Walk on Friday. Students were instructed to create a map exhibiting geographical features of Utah, using materials of their choosing. Parents and students of other classes got to walk around the classrooms to see them all. There was some amazing creatvity put into all the maps!
Last Thursday night (August 29th) Canyon hosted a Curriculum night. This was a great opportunity for parents to learn more about what their students would be learning throughout the school year. Some grades met with their teachers, while others attended the open literacy class taught by Robin Wheatley (our new reading specialist), or the Student Success session taught by the counselor, Andria Lewis. There was a well attended PTA meeting, and treats for all!
Thanks to everyone who came out! It was a great night!
Sterling McDonald, 5th grade student, and Elliana Francis, 1st grade student, each won a $50 Savings Certificate from the Ken Garff Road to Success Reading Program that Canyon Elementary participates in. Each month, if students read the required number of minutes for their class reading goal, they get to fill out an entry slip and put it in the big jars by the office to be entered for drawings throughout the year. Congratulations to Sterling and Elliana! Keep up the great reading!
Pictured L-R: Sterling McDonald and Elliana Francis
Canyon fourth-grade students study Utah history in their social studies curriculum. As a culminating activity, they had May 22, 2013 as their "Pioneer Day". Students came to school dressed like pioneer children and they got to participate in pioneer activities throughout the day. One of the activities was a potato peeling contest. Students got to see how quickly they could peel a potato. Parent helpers came to help, too. They collected all of the peeled potatoes and cooked them in Dutch ovens for the students and teachers to enjoy.
Once again, Canyon Elementary had it's annual 6th grade vs Faculty Kick Ball Game. Because there were so many more 6th grade students than faculty members playing the game, they counted each run for the faculty as 3 points. The whole school came out to cheer their favorites on. In the end, the 6th graders won 43/33. (If the faculty could have gotten just 4 more runs, they would have won!) Maybe next year.
Pictured: Music Teacher, Aileen Keliiliki, scoring a run.
Miss Bonnie Wickes is retiring from Nebo School District this year. She has taught a total of 41 years in the district. She taught 2nd grade for 6 years, 3rd grade for 1 year, 4th grade for 2 years and 5th grade for 32 years. When she describes her job, she says, "WOW!" She graduated from BYU with her BS degree and got a Math Endorsement from SUU. Some of the awards she has received are Who's Who Among America's Teachers (4 times) and the Golden Apple Award. Miss Wickes' hobbies include playing the piano/organ, cross-stitching, hiking and reading. She has been a member of several
Third-grade students got to earn class money from their teachers for their good classroom behavior. They also earned money every time they were respectful and followed directions in their specialists' classes. They saved their money to buy goods from their classmates' businesses. Students were very creative in setting up their own businesses. They had a bean bag tossing game, a candy fruit stand, paper airplanes for sale, snow cones, and washable tatoos, just to name a few.
Pictured L-R: Ethan Sandoval's Washable Tatoo Business with Payton Whitehead.