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Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? Apply for CSD’s Supplemental Kindergarten Program

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Ready for “big kid” school? Kindergarten is a critical year in a child’s education, and to make sure students get off to a strong start, we are expanding the number of hours some of our kindergartners spend in the classroom. Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Our school is among 20 throughout the District that is offering the program. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2020 to participate in the opt-in, tuition-based program. Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Phase one of the application process will end on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11:59 p.m., and by Feb. 12, families will be notified of whether their students have been admitted to a school of their choosing or placed on a waiting list. Canyons District will continue to accept applications after Feb. 5. Students who apply after that date will be added to a waiting list or invited to enroll at schools that still have openings. 

Students who are accepted into the program will receive nearly four additional hours of instruction every school day. The participating children begin and end school at the same time as the school’s first- through fifth-grade students. Cost for the program is $2,950 a year, and can be paid in monthly installments. A 10 percent discount is available for parents and guardians who pay the yearly tuition in full at one time. Read more on CSD’s website.

January 2020 Newsletter

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together?
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Our Chief Example to Others this month is ‘”Grit? which involves promoting

strength, resilience and perseverance in children. Check out the following for more info.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

To have “grit” children need to be resilient. This means being able to handle challenges with ease instead of always viewing life as a struggle. Have you ever wondered why some youth get involved in dangerous activities and get trapped, but others continue to contribute to society in positive ways even when they have had to face many difficult situations?

The Search Institute has done some interesting research over the years and they have identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities called Developmental Assets that have a tremendous impact on young peoples’ lives. These assets make it less likely that youth will get involved in problem behaviors and will engage in productive behaviors. This “power of the assets” can be seen across all cultural and socioeconomic groups of youth. You can find a great wealth of information and research for families, communities and schools at:

https://www.search-institute.org/

The assets are grouped into eight major categories for external and internal building blocks that help children and teen’s successful growth and development.

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Nominations Now Accepted for 2020 Teacher of the Year Honors

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“I touch the future,” once said Christa McAuliffe, the American teacher and Space Shuttle Challenger crew member.  “I teach.”

To honor the stellar teachers who encourage students to seek their dreams and reach for the stars, the Canyons Board of Education and Administration encourage members of the community to submit nominations for the 2020 Canyons Teacher of the Year Award.

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