Spring Canyon Newsletter

October 2022

Thank you for a fabulous Parent/Teacher Conference Night last week!

SCHOOL FEES

If they have not been paid yet, school fees need to be paid ASAP! You can do so by contacting the finance office at 801-609-2400, or you can go SCMS.

Bookmark Contest Results!

Students submitted and voted on bookmarks for the school library book mark contest! First place will be used to mark the place of our readers this year. All submissions will be made into a beautiful collage that will be on display at the library.

SAFE ut

SAFE UT is a great resource for students and parents both! Our counselors will be sharing more about this with the students this year, but we want all parents to be aware of this resource as well. Here is a quick video explaining what SAFE UT is.

Canvas vs. Infinite Campus

There can be a lot of confusion between Canvas and Infinite Campus (aka i-Campus). The best thing to do to follow your students grades is to look on Infinite Campus. This is where the grading for all assignments will be posted. Canvas is a platform that teachers use to post assignments and organize curriculum for students, but it is not the "grading hub". Not everything a teacher grades is on Canvas (often times, classroom activities cannot be replicated on Canvas). Checking iCampus regularly is the best way to keep apprised of your child’s grades.


If you log on to Canvas as a parent you will be able to see the classes your child is taking and their assignments but the parent feature does not show student scores on individual assignments like a student’s account does (Canvas assures us this is a coming attraction).


Overall I-Campus is best for checking grades and attendance, and Canvas is best for helping your child with specific assignments.

PTA Fundraiser

During the week of Oct 24-28, our PTA will be hosting a fundraiser to raise funds to support the many activities they do in our school. The fundraiser will be a direct donation - nothing to buy or sell. Your middle schooler will come home with an envelope asking for a donation - it's as simple as that. Our community really seems to appreciate this method, we have gotten good feedback. Our PTA is responsible for many things that help our school run so well including school spirit wear, literacy week, book fairs, teacher appreciation, and parent/teacher conference meals - not to mention a general advisory to help the school keep a pulse on what is happening in the community. Please show them your support!

Social/Emotional Questionnaire

During the first week of Oct, during our PACK days (a specific day in each class set aside before term-end to help students make sure all work for that class is complete), our school is participating in a survey to understand the well-being and school experience of students. The survey asks questions like those listed below. Students will participate in this survey in one of their classes once their other work is complete.

  • If you fail to reach an important goal, how likely are you to try again?

  • How often were you polite to other students?

  • How often are you able to pull yourself out of a bad mood?

If you would like to view all the questions of the survey, please see this link.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support. If you have questions, please reach out to us. If you choose to opt your student out of the survey, please either call the office or reach out to our Dean of Students, Ms. Lundell (brittany.lundell@nebo.edu). We plan to conduct this survey again in the Spring and will let you know as it approaches.

Intramurals

Legos from Scratch Club: Mr. Troy Andersen


Times/Dates: Tuesdays Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and November 1st from 3:15-4 p.m.


Do you like creating with LEGOs? If so, the intramural LEGOs from Scratch Club is the place for you! Rather than following step-by-step instructions to build LEGO sets, students will use their imaginative minds to build their own creations using basic LEGO bricks and accessories. Each time the club meets students will be given a themed challenge-of-the-day to accomplish. Some of the themes could be Houses on Stilts, Crash Landings, Monster Creations, and more! Creations will be displayed within the school for others to see and enjoy. We will meet in Mr. Thorsen’s room (Room 1103). Limited to 30 students on a first come, first served basis. Permission slips can be found by clicking HERE


Ancient Civilization Projects: Ms. McAfee


Times/Dates: Tuesday October 4th from 3:15-4:15 p.m., Tuesday October 11th from 3:15-4 p.m. and Tuesday October 18th from 3:15-4 p.m.


Ancient Civilizations are Lit! Stay after school to create a canopic jar like those in ancient Egypt! Maybe you'd rather create a terracotta warrior like those from ancient China! Spend an hour with Mrs. McAfee on Tuesday, October 4th (3:15-4:15) to create your clay project. Then return again for 45 minutes on Tuesday, October 11th from 3:15-4:00 (before Fall Break) to paint it and add details! On Tuesday, Oct. 18th from 3:15-4:00 (first day back after Fall Break), we will create Chinese style art on a fan or ancient Egyptian art on papyrus! Limited to 15 students on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss out! Permission slips can be found by clicking HERE


You can always find information on our school website under the intramurals tab. It has been fun to involve the students and watch them participate.

p.s they are all after school and all intramurals are FREE

Choir

Students in both 6th gr take one year of fine arts. This is band, orchestra, or a rotation of drama, choir, music appreciation, and art. If your 6th grader is in the rotation class and interested in swapping the music appreciation class out for an additional quarter of choir, please reach out to his/her counselor - we have some additional space in choir and happy to make the switch.

P.A.C.K. Week October 3rd-7th

Here at SCMS, we spend a significant amount of time helping students learn how to "do" middle school - how to navigate multiple teachers and multiple classes and keep organized. We think these skills will help each student transition to a secondary setting successfully. A big part of this is teaching students how to use Infinite Campus and Canvas as a tool to help them be successful. Each term, during the middle of the term and right before the end of the term, each teacher has a specific PACK day within a week of PACK days where he/she guides the students through how to launch Infinite Campus, how to see what assignments may be missing, how to complete those assignments and/or turn them in, and how to become proficient in any missing skills. These weeks are always extra productive here at school! Our next week of PACK days is coming up Oct 3-7 as it is the last full week of the term before the term end on Oct 12.

October Calendar Items

6: Picture Retakes, during 1st or 2nd period

11: PTA meeting 10:00

12: End of term 1

13-14: Fall Break! No school

17: No School

18: First day of term 2

19: School Community Council meeting 4:00

25-26: Field trip to Classic Skating for good grades and citizenship

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