Please join us!

Please join us!

I hope to see you on Thursday evening for our Open House and Science Fair.  The classrooms will be open between 5:30-7:00pm and the science fair will be held in the auditorium between 6:00-7:00. This is a great opportunity to see all of the hard work that your child has done this year.  

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Middle School Articulation

As part of the Palisades Complex of School’s ongoing collaboration with Revere Middle School, this year we incorporated the elementary teachers visiting the middle school and the middle school teachers visiting the elementary schools. After an eye-opening visit to Revere, Mr. Stoll and Mrs. Watson opened up their own classrooms to 6th grade Revere teachers Eric Matsu and Jeremy Alpert.

Mr. Matsu and Mr. Alpert spent the day with our students and learning about a day in the life of a Canyon 5th grader. They joined them in their classrooms for language arts and math lessons, spent part of the morning at PE and got to visit our science lab with Mr. Veero. The most powerful part of the day was when Mr. Matsu and Mr. Alpert conducted a “middle school Q & A” session with the students. They talked to the students about the middle school experience and what they could do to be well prepared for next year. They gave simple suggestions such as practicing using a combination padlock so students would be prepared for lockers with combos, how to organize your materials, what to bring to class, etc. They stressed to students that they expect them to be well organized when they come to class so that instructional time would not be wasted. They shared information about the homework load and expectations for completion as well as about how the teachers collaborate to ensure that each student’s workload is balanced. Our students learned about a “tardy sweep” and the importance of getting to class on time each period. Mr. Matsu and Mr. Alpert answered many questions from our 5th graders. I think it was a great opportunity for our students to make some human connections with actual teachers from the middle school since at this time, middle school is still somewhat of an abstract concept for many of them.

Mr. Matsu and Mr. Alpert were very impressed with our students. They shared that they appreciated listening to the dialog between our teachers and students. They appreciated that our students spoke in complete sentences and that they were asked to expand on their responses and explain their thinking. It was great to hear them share that in their time at Revere, that the Canyon (and other Palisades complex school) students are recognizable and that we are doing a superb job in preparing them for their middle school experience.

This was just one part of the Palisades Complex’s ongoing commitment to try to prepare our students for the transition from Canyon to middle school. I believe that this added component of having the teachers come to us was a very valuable experience not only for Mr. Stoll and Mrs. Watson, but for the students as well.

Please mark your calendars for “Ready, Set, Revere” to be held on Saturday, May 20th. This is just another great opportunity to find out more about the exceptional teaching and learning that is going on at our feeder middle school. We value our collaboration with Revere and appreciate that many of our students thrive there after leaving Canyon.

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Canyon’s First Robotic Team

Canyon’s First Robotic Team

On Sunday, March 19th, ten 3rd-5th graders known as “The Flying Cows” represented Canyon at the First Lego League-Competition at Legoland. Under the guidance of their coaches, Eric, Mr. Velado and Lily, our participants had an awesome opportunity to practice imaginative thinking and teamwork while challenged to research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and to develop a solution. They were also required to design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
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California Wildlife Day

California Wildlife Day

Did you know that the California State Senate and Assembly have recently passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 23 by Senator Bill Monning establishing California Wildlife Day on March 20th? We were lucky to learn all about this at our last few Community Service Committee meetings. This special day will fall on the Spring Equinox each year and serves as a reminder to protect the extraordinary native plants and wildlife in our state.
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Digital Learning News

Digital Learning News

I am happy to share that Canyon is now officially a 1:1 school in grades 2-5. What this means is that we have enough technology devices for each student to all be working at the same time. This was made possible by Booster and the purchase of 150 new Chromebooks.
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Lockdown Drill

Lockdown 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 Tuesday, March 7th.
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A Successful Event

A Successful Event

Thank you to everyone for taking part in our 3rd annual Jump Rope for Heart. We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day! Our students jumped their little hearts out as they rotated through 7 different stations. They got their blood pumping, they learned the importance of taking care of their hearts and they raised money for an important cause.
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Be a Heart Hero!

Be a Heart Hero!

Even though February is the shortest
 month of the year, it’s filled with all
 sorts of holidays and observances—
Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President's
 Day, and more. And of course February is 
American Heart Month. What a great time to make
small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
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Survey Says...

Survey Says...

It is that time of year where I ask you to please take a few minutes to take the annual School Experience Survey (SES). The survey results give our school important insight into what staff, students and parents think about our school's learning environment and what we can do to make it even better.
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I hope that you enjoyed your Winter Break and had lots of opportunities to celebrate with family members and friends. January is always about fresh beginnings and positive change. I love the promise of the New Year and all the possibilities that exist for our children here at Canyon!
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Holiday Blessings

Holiday Blessings

Winter Break is almost here and I know everyone is looking forward to some much-needed rest. Of course, many of us still have shopping, traveling and holiday get togethers to get through first. But in the grand scheme of things, if those are the only things causing us stress, we are truly blessed.
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Coding at Canyon

Coding at Canyon

Computer Science Week is December 5-11, 2016 – Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today’s world. Learning even the basics will help students in virtually any career—from architecture to zoology.

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