The USDA recently awarded East Sandy Elementary the Bronze Award in the Healthier US Schools Challenge. This designation means this school not only meets the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, but they also serve a variety of healthy foods that look good, taste good, and emphasize fruits, veggies and whole grains.
Congratulations Mrs. McKinnon and East Sandy!
The Canyons Board of Education is weighing a proposal to revise the elementary school schedule next school year to provide teachers with the tools they need to help ensure success for every student.
The proposal comes from an Elementary Schedule Task Force that included teachers from all 29 CSD schools. The Task Force met four times in December and January to gather information, problem-solve, and collaborate to develop a schedule that fully supports elementary school communities throughout the District and ensures our youngest students are on track to becoming college- and career-ready. The task force took input from their colleagues at each school as well.
The option recommended by the Task Force would free up teachers during the day for collaboration time, which helps teachers work together to ensure each student succeeds. It also would restore early-out Fridays. The proposal calls for trained specialists to provide curriculum-based instruction in such areas as physical education, arts and music while teachers meet to plan and collaborate. The option would cost an estimated $865,000. The proposal also provides each school with flexibility in how to best schedule collaboration time.
The Task Force presented proposals to the Board of Education in a special Jan. 28 public Study Session. There, the Task Force recommended the Board adopt the schedule contained in Option 2, which his supported by 87 percent of elementary teachers to best meet needs of students and teachers. The Board continued its discussions in its Feb. 3, 2015 Board Meeting. The Board will discuss the proposal in two more readings before taking action. The next scheduled discussion is Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 in the 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
The proposed schedule would refine efforts put in place this school year to improve education for students. The 2014-2015 elementary school schedule was adjusted as part of the 2014-2015 teachers contract approved by the Canyons Education Association and ratified by the Canyons Board of Education. The schedule eliminated early-out Fridays to improve teacher planning and instruction, but it had unintended consequences for parents and teachers. The Task Force’s recommendations aim to address issues that have arisen with the schedule.
The proposed schedule and Task Force documents can be found on BoardDocs by clicking on the "Meetings" tab, then "2015," and the Jan. 28, 2015 Agenda.
Do you have a child that loves to cook and would love to share their talent? Canyons School District has launched across the district a recipe contest for students of all ages.
What is the prize? The submission judged as the best by our Nutrition Services Department will become part of the school lunch menu and named after the student who submitted it!
Click here for more information: http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/district-news/item/3231-recipe-contest
Show your teachers some love! Nominate your favorite teacher to become East Sandy's 2015 Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive prizes fromm local businesses, a banner for our school, and special honors at an April 28 Canyons Board of Education Reception and Honors Ceremony. Our Teacher of the Year also will have a shot to be selected as the District Teacher of the Year, which comes with additional prizes and a nomination for the Utah Teacher of the Year contest. We will surprise our winning teacher on Friday, April 3.
Here's how you can get involved:
1. Download the nomination form at www.canyonsdistrict.org. (Nominating window opens February 1 and runs until February 28)
2. Complete the form on why you think your nominee should be recognized. Criteria include how the teacher shows that students are making progress, supports the Canyons District vision and goals, and exhibits leadership skills and efforts to promote collaboration, student engagement, and community and family involvement.
3. Print and submit the form to your school's PTA leaders, or, if you are a school employee, to your principal, by Feb. 28. The School Selection Committee will consider nominees forwarded by the PTA and employees.
Canyons School District honors Teachers of the Year at every school. Winning teachers will be announced at school celebrations on April 3. The District Teacher of the Year will be announced by the Board of Education on April 28.