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Willow Canyon Wildcats

Thank you Willow Canyon PTA & Parents for the great Fun Run! There were enough donations to fund the programs this school year!!

Reflections entries are due October 22nd, the theme is "The world would be a better place if...."

September was attendance awareness month - if a student misses one day of school every two weeks, that is 10% of learning time missed or almost four weeks of school.  Students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently in third grade.

We want to encourage students to start developing good attendance habits in elementary school. We are going to honor all of our Wildcats who attend school every day during the month of October! They will receive a certificate of perfect attendance and a prize at the end of the month.

The first bell rings at 8:15 am and the tardy bell is at 8:20 am.  School dismisses at 2:50 pm.    

Friday schedule for October

  • October 10th - Students do not attend school this day
  • October 16th and 17th - Fall Recess
  • October 24th - Early out day, school will dismiss at 1:05 pm
  •  October 24th - Kindergarten schedule for the AM session is 8:20 am until 10:20 am, the PM session is 11:05 am until 1:05 pm

Link to the PTA Website with information about what students learn at each grade level http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2796

School Schedule for the 2014-15 School Year

  • First through Fifth Grades: 8:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Kindergarten: Morning Session 8:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Kindergarten: Afternoon Session 11:55 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Monday through Friday

There are seven early out days, September 26th, October 24th, December 5th, January 30th, February 20th, March 27th, April 24th

The schedule these days is as follows

  • First through Fifth Grades: 8:20 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.
  • Kindergarten: Morning Session 8:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
  • Kindergarten: Afternoon Session 11:05 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Link for Nutrition Menus for both breakfast and lunch  http://canyonsdistrict.nutrislice.com

Welcome Back Wildcats!  

July 29, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are excited about starting another school year at Willow Canyon.  As in the past, we are dedicated to ensuring your child has a positive and successful learning experience.  We are also grateful for the support you provide at home that enhances your child’s learning.  

Our theme for the year is I Can Be a Shining Star and Follow the Wildcat Way. Our students will demonstrate they are Shining Stars by focusing on their academic work and mastering the grade level core.  We have support systems in place for all learners and will work to meet their needs.  We are committed to the academic success of every child.

Students can also be Shining Stars by following the Wildcat Way to successful behavior.  We provide positive reinforcement and teach all of our students how to follow the three school-wide expectations of being responsible, respectful, and safe.  Willow Canyon is committed to cultivating a positive school climate. We want all children to feel valued.

We focus on Canyons School District’s goal of every student being college, career, and citizenship ready when they graduate from high school. Elementary school provides the important foundation required for students to meet this goal.

Willow Canyon receives a lot of support from families, the PTA, and the School Community Council. We value the partnership we have with each of you, as well as our shared goal of every child feeling valued and being successful.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Marilyn Williams




 End of Year Report for Families

June 4, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We wanted to report to you some of the things that have been happening during the school year.

As parents, you have provided a lot of support for the school. Some of the activities you helped us with are listed below. 

  • The PTA sponsored the Fun Run, Reflections Contest, Red and White Ribbon Weeks, Teacher Appreciation Week, Family Field Night, field trips for all grade levels, and monthly birthday visits to classes with a notebook and pencil for students and a candy bar for teachers.  The PTA also helped organize room parents. There were several entries in the Reflections contest, we had four students advance to the State level in the Reflections contest.
  • Our School Community Council met four times.  They helped develop our school improvement plan and discussed important issues from a parent’s point of view. This is very valuable feedback for the school.
  • Our Parent Teacher Conferences had nearly 100% attendance. Countless reading charts, math practice sheets, and homework assignments have been returned daily. Thank you to each of you. 
  • Students learned beautiful songs when they participated in the Winter and Spring Choirs, both were provided through volunteer hours.  There were many mornings when parents brought students to school at 7:30 am to practice.
  • Student Council organized two community service projects, the food drive in October and Quarters for Christmas.  Both of these were very successful because of the generous contributions Willow Canyon families made.
  • Parent support of our fundraiser in March helped us purchase a Chrome Book Lab that is set up and in use at the school.

The letter posted above last July explained the programs we have been implementing. Our theme for the year has been I Can Follow the Wildcat Way to Success. Our primary goal will continue to be understanding and meeting student needs for learning.  Willow Canyon offers a multi-tiered system of supports involving enrichment activities to extend student learning strengths, and focused interventions to support specific learning needs.  We provide positive behavior interventions and supports and teach your child how to manage his or her own behavior during the school day.  Willow Canyon teachers are knowledgeable, dedicated, talented, and maintain high achievement expectations for all students.  We want every student to be successful. 

Some of the things we have done to Follow the Wildcat Way to Success are listed below.

  • Our multi-tiered approach involves first, strong classroom instruction and then focused interventions meant to meet learning needs.  We also provided opportunities for students to participate in activities to extend learning and work in groups to reach a goal.  Battle of the Books was one such activity. There were 7 student teams in third grade and 14 student teams in fourth and fifth grade. Students read an extensive list of books and competed in a contest to see which team remembered the most key details in each book. Chess club had 65-75 students participating.  We also had a Geography Bee for fourth and fifth grade students. These were fun ways to challenge students.
  • We worked to meet student-learning needs.  Our classroom instruction is excellent due to the amazing teachers we have at Willow Canyon.  Teachers participated in collaboration time and considered student data as they developed their instruction following the Utah State Core Standards for each area of study.  Students have done a great job of applying themselves and focusing on learning.  At the mid-year point, we gave 34 students awards for making an amazing amount of progress, these students really applied themselves and we wanted to honor their hard work.
  • The fifth grade students participated in Science Fair.  We had six students who went to the District competition and one who took the State’s highest honors.
  • We provided Tier 2 Reading Services for students who needed more focused instructional intervention and Tier 2 Math Services for students as part of the multi-tiered system of supports.
  • We implemented positive behavior interventions and supports, known as PBIS.  We taught our students the expectations in class and all areas of the building during the first weeks of school.  We relied on positive praise to support the students in making good choices.  Students received thousands of Pride Paws during the school year, we have all been very proud of the great behaviors students exhibited through the school year.  We had weekly Pride Paw drawings and pulled several names out of the grade level bins, there were so many students earning Pride Paws.
  • We had monthly social skill lessons, provided by the school psychologist, meant to teach students what appropriate behavior is and let them practice it during these classes.  We started with friendship and then focused on our school expectations of being responsible, respectful, safe, and finished with appropriate playground behavior and conflict management strategies.  We purchased some new games and equipment for the playground and tried to structure recess so students had a variety of activities.  We used the new equipment to train students about game rules and conflict resolution. There were 132 students who received awards for being friendly, responsible, respectful, and exemplary on the playground.   
  • We started having Monday Morning Broadcasts to include more students in the process of weekly announcements. Students have done book reports and paid each other complements during the broadcasts. Also, this provides teachers with flexibility on Monday mornings, it is important to get right into the week’s work on Mondays.  The Broadcast is fun and can be viewed at a time during the day that works for the class schedule.

We are focused on meeting Canyons School District’s goal of every student being college, career, and citizenship ready when they graduate from high school. Elementary school provides the important foundation required for students to meet this goal.  We participated in two activities meant to help students start thinking about their future choices as they move through school and into adulthood.

  • Tool Day was a day when many parents came to school and shared information about their chosen careers.  It was a lot of fun. Parents shared great information about a variety of careers.
  • Fifth grade participated in Biz Town.  Students learned about personal finance and future career opportunities.

As stated in the letter posted above last July, the Willow Canyon community is wonderful!  We feel fortunate to have the support that is provided from the families and also the PTA and School Community Council. We value the partnership we have with each of you, as well as our shared goal of every child feeling valued and being successful.

We hope everyone has a great summer and look forward to another great year next year!

Marilyn Williams



Wildcats Follow the Wildcat Way to Success by demonstrating they know the school expectations of being safe, respectful, and responsible!

Wildcats are responsible.  If you are responsible, your teachers and parents can count on you to; 1) do what you say, 2) give your best effort, and 3) take care of the things you are accountable for doing. A responsible person is also able to independently make good choices.  If they make a mistake, they answer for their own behavior - they don't make excuses.

Wildcats are safe.  We behave in ways that keep us safe and those around us from being harmed. 

Wildcats are respectful.  Being respectful means treating others in a thoughtful and kind way.  It means we treat others the way we would like to be treated.

 Wildcat News

Link to the Choir Program  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXIumGJEzMg&feature=youtu.be

Link to Orchestra Program  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwRWd71L8aE&feature=youtu.be

We Want to Remember and Thank Our Willow Canyon Family Members Serving in the Military. 

Sergeant Daniel Swinyard – Mrs. Swinyard’s son

Kristyn Miyake – Mrs. Miyake’s daughter

Staff Sergeant Allan Clark – Mrs. Pederson’s son-in-law

Captain Beck – Mrs. Hardy-Smith’s son-in-law

Michael Watts – Mrs. Watts’ son

 Thank you Willow Canyon families for the great support during the fundraiser.  We have ordered our Chrome Book lab! THE CHROME BOOK LAB IS HERE AND WE ARE USING IT!!

 School Community Council Meeting Dates

October 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

January 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

February 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

March 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm