5th Grade Gift

Each year the 5th grade class donates a class gift to the school.  At our monthly assembly this morning, the 5th grade student council members presented the student body with two new custom made pole pads for our basketball court.  The old ones had seen better days and were certainly thrashed after close to 10 years of intense basketball games!  Each member of the culminating class left their mark by placing their signature on the inside of the pads.  The Canyon School community says a big THANK YOU to the class of 2018.  
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Growth Mindset & Grades

Growth Mindset & Grades

It’s hard to believe that Friday is the end of the 2nd reporting period already! You will be receiving your child’s report card in the next couple of weeks. As a staff, we have had conversations about growth mindset and grading, and how the two can complement one another.
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Jump Rope for Heart is Coming!

Jump Rope for Heart is Coming!

Thank you so much for participating in our Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart program last year! Because you did such a great job raising money to help save lives, I wanted to give you a chance to be the first to join us again. On Friday, we kicked off our Jump Rope For Heart event and you can get a head start by registering online and sending emails NOW!

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Annual School Experience Survey

Annual School Experience Survey

Each year I ask ALL of our families to participate in the annual School Experience Survey (SES). This is a very important survey administered to all LAUSD schools. The survey reports give each school important insight into what staff, students and parents think about their school's learning environment. Developed with input from parents, teachers, unions, and community- based organizations, the SES documents the perceptions of parents, staff, and grade 4-12 students about their experiences at their schools.

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Kindness Counts at Canyon!

Kindness Counts at Canyon!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This week our entire school will be participating in Unity week, a week where we stand together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. All Canyon students will participate in daily lessons and activities around bullying prevention and kindness. Teachers will lead discussions around what to do if you see bullying, the key to being a good friend, if you are bullying, if you are a target of bullying and how to be a kid against bullying.

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Great Shake Drill

Great Shake Drill

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priorities. To provide schools an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, the Superintendent of Schools has asked all students and staff to participate in a District-wide emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, October 19th at 10:30am. This coincides with California's annual Great Shake Out Drill.

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New Progress Reports Coming Soon!

New Progress Reports Coming Soon!

For the last few weeks the teachers and I have been examining the new Progress Report Cards that LAUSD has adopted this year. There are some big changes that allow the report card to be better aligned to the Common Core Standards such as, assessing math not just in the Content area, but in the Practice Standards as well. You may also notice that “Work and Study Habits” and “Learning and Social Skills” have been replaced with “Characteristics and Behaviors of a College-Prepared and Career-Ready Learner”.
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Social Emotional Learning at Canyon

Social Emotional Learning at Canyon

At Canyon we believe that it’s not just about reading, writing and math. We know that our students need social-emotional skills to thrive both in the classroom and in life. In order to support our efforts, this year all teachers are implementing Second Step, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program. Children learn social-emotional skills in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. But social-emotional skills and concepts can also be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught.

 

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Attendance Matters!

Attendance Matters!

Daily attendance is key to allowing our children to reach their dreams of a successful future. September is recognized as National School Attendance Awareness Month. Although we excel in all academic areas, we fall below the district norm in our attendance rates, which not only affects our state ranking, but ultimately can have a negative impact on your child's achievement.
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Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey Relief

As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey has overwhelmingly impacted Houston and other Texas communities.  As the devastation continues, the L.A. Unified family is joining national organizations in offering support to those in need.  

The information below provides suggestions about how you can support in this time of crisis.

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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable weekend! As you know, tomorrow there will be a solar eclipse visible on a path across the United States.  We will only experience a partial eclipse from 9:00 until noon.  Although this is a rare, educational opportunity, the safety of our students is our first and foremost priority. 

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A Big Thank You...

A Big Thank You...

Please join me in sending a heartfelt thanks to our amazing Gardening Guys (and their team). Sadly this will be the last year of their program at Canyon. I know it was a hard decision for them, but they are all making, or have made, some changes in their personal and professional lives and are no longer able to dedicate the countless hours each week to Canyon. The gardening program became an important part of their (and our) lives over the past several years.
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