News from Oak Canyon Junior High    

By: Principal Diane Wanamaker

“Together We Learn for Life”

May 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

It was a great evening last night, celebrating our amazing 9th grade class. Thanks to all who attended, and those who worked so hard in preparation.

 

Ninth Grade Dance this Friday

Don’t miss the fun this Friday from 7:00–10:00pm. The theme for the night is “Fifty Years of Rock and Roll”. Tickets are $5 at the door.  Dress is casual, but school dress code will be enforced.

Lagoon Day May 29th

This is a reminder that Lagoon permission forms and bus ticket purchases are due this Friday. Here’s all the info again:

 

Ninth Grade Lagoon Day is on Wednesday, May 29, and all 9th grade students are invited! A signed permission form is required, and those attending will need to ride the bus. Students will purchase their Lagoon ticket at Lagoon’s ticket office at the front gate for $35.00 (checks not accepted).  You can submit the parent permission form here, and purchase the bus ticket for $10.00 here. Both can also be done at the finance office, and need to be completed by Friday, May 24. Students will need to provide their own lunch or bring additional money to purchase food and drinks. Dress should comply with the school dress code. No sleeveless tops, no short shorts. The administration reserves the right to deny participation in Lagoon Day and other year-end activities if a student has had truancy or discipline issues during these last two weeks of school.

 

Lagoon Day Schedule:

9:00 Students called to the auditorium for instructions

9:15 Load buses and depart

5:30 (approximately) Buses arrive back at Oak Canyon

 

Yearbooks

You can still purchase a yearbook, while they last, for $40 at the finance office. We only have 100 left, so please don’t procrastinate and be disappointed. Ninth graders will receive their books during the last period on May 28th. All other students will receive theirs during A1 on Yearbook Day, May 29th.

Cross Country

Cross country will be starting up this summer, and is open to all of next year’s 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Contact coach Mashburn at janinemashburn@alpinedistrict.org for more information about summer workouts, starting August 1. She will also be posting updates on her Google Classroom for Cross Country throughout the summer. The code to join that is 5d7ws0. Get started running on your own, and then come be on our team and run with us!

 

Summer Food Assistance is Available

If your family is experiencing financial hardship, we have food vouchers available for Tabitha's Way in American Fork. These vouchers are good for two visits per month during the summer. You can pick up a voucher in the financial office, or from your counselor. We are here to help.

Last Chance for Eagle Cards—Just $5!

Eagle Cards are on sale in the main office or from a PTSA Board Member for just $5. This is less than the cost of just one free meal at Costa Vida or free movie at Water Gardens! Have a happy summer! Keep an Eagle Card in your pocket!

 

Storytelling Day Camps This Summer

Oak Canyon is planning a storytelling festival for students next year. Perhaps these summer day camps, sponsored by the Orem City Library, would be a great chance to boost your creative writing and storytelling skills! You can find all the info here.

 

ForkFest Outdoor Music and Arts Festival June 8

Fork Fest is an outdoor music and arts festival that provides the perfect ambiance for the finest local bands and will be the ultimate summer kickoff! The festival will boast three stages, twenty-eight bands, and fun activities for the entire family such as foam machines, bounce houses, children’s art tent, unreal photo opportunities, food trucks, and vendors! Join us on June 8th in Art Dye Park, American Fork for a full day of entertainment and fun!

 

The purpose of Fork Fest, in addition to having a great time, is to raise awareness and money for plans to remodel the historic Harrington School in American Fork into a community sharing center for the arts. The Harrington School in American Fork was the birthplace of public education west of the Mississippi. It was named after Leonard Harrington, the first mayor of American Fork who lobbied for tax-supported free public schools.

 

See the flyer for this event here, or get more information and buy tickets at https://www.forkfest.org/ 

 

 

Dates to Remember

May 17          All library books due

May 20              Fine notices sent home

May 20-24         Hope Week

May 21              9th Grade Honors Night 6:30 (watch for invitations in the mail)

May 24              9th Grade Dance “Fifty Years of Rock and Roll” @ 7 pm $5

May 27              Memorial Day -- No School

May 28          9th Graders receive yearbooks during B8

May 29              9th Grade Lagoon Day

May 29          Yearbook Day for 7th/8th graders

May 30          Last Day of School 7:45-9:15

May 15, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

The countdown is on! Let’s finish the year strong. Please review Skyward with your student and make sure they have given their best effort in their work for this quarter. We also ask you as parents to please see that students come to school dressed appropriately. It is difficult to maintain an academic atmosphere if students are dressed for fun in the sun. (The time for that will be here soon enough!) Shorts and skirts should be at least mid-thigh in length, and tops should have sleeves and cover the back and belly. Hats should not be worn in the building. Thank you for your support!

 

With only two weeks left in the 2018-19 school year, we are already looking toward next fall. The digital world is a different one than the world we grew up in, and has had a huge impact on learning in schools, both positively and negatively. The Faculty Council, with the help of a task force, has been gathering information about cell phones in schools, and considering what kind of policy would best teach responsible, healthy cell phone use in our school, and create an environment where students could focus more on their learning and growth than on their cell phones. The guiding intent is to find ways to increase student safety and responsibility, as well as personal and academic growth.

 

We are interested in parents’ input on a possible school-wide policy for next year regarding cell phones and headphones in classrooms (currently teachers each set their own policy). What kind of policy do you think would best teach responsible, healthy cell phone use, and create a classroom environment where students could focus more on their learning and growth than on their cell phones? A reply with your thoughts on that question is invited.

 

For those interested, here are links to a few of the articles the task force collected:

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/18/research-shows-that-cell-phones-distract-students--so-france-banned-them-in-school--.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/09/21/schools-are-banning-smartphones-heres-an-argument-why-they-shouldnt-what-they-should-do-instead/?utm_term=.a5a55381c57e

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2018/08/14/should-smartphones-allowed-classroom/959154002/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/01/22/teens-who-spend-less-time-in-front-of-screens-are-happier-up-to-a-point-new-research-shows/?utm_term=.dca94db88984

https://www.safesearchkids.com/cell-phones-in-school/#.XNWfc-hKjIV

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tessa-contract-page

 

Lagoon Day May 29th

Ninth Grade Lagoon Day is Wednesday, May 29, and all 9th grade students are invited! A signed permission form is required, and those attending will need to ride the bus. Students will purchase their Lagoon ticket at Lagoon’s ticket office at the front gate for $35.00 (checks not accepted).  You can submit the parent permission form here, and purchase the bus ticket for $10.00 here. Both can also be done at the finance office, and need to be completed by Friday, May 24. Students should  bring their own lunch, or additional money to purchase food and drinks. Dress should comply with the school dress code. No sleeveless tops, no short shorts. The administration reserves the right to deny participation in Lagoon Day and other year-end activities if a student has had truancy or discipline issues during these last two weeks of school.

 

Lagoon Day Schedule:

9:00 Students called to the auditorium for instructions

9:15 Load buses and depart

5:30 (approximately) Buses arrive back at Oak Canyon

 

Yearbooks

You can still purchase a yearbook, while they last, for $40 at the finance office. Ninth graders will receive their yearbooks during the last period on May 28th. Seventh and eighth grade students will receive theirs during A1 on Yearbook Day, May 29th.

 

Last Chance for Eagle Cards—Just $5!

Eagle Cards are on sale in the main office or from a PTSA Board Member for just $5. This is less than the cost of just one free meal at Costa Vida or free movie at Water Gardens! Have a happy summer! Keep an Eagle Card in your pocket!

 

New Marquee

Thanks to everyone who helped with the effort to get a new electronic marquee. I think it looks amazing, and it will be even better when it has power! (which we are having some problems with, but should be solved soon) This has been a joint effort with a major donor, a PTSA gift, patron donations, and school money. We can do so much together. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

Lost and Found

Please come in and check our lost and found for anything that your student has lost. It’s amazing what we find around here! We will donate anything left at the end of year.

PG Girls Basketball Camp

Click here for more information about this summer camp.

 

Dates to Remember

May 15, 16    Spring Choir Concerts 7 pm  Don’t miss Mr. Harper’s last concert!

May 17          All library books due

May 20          Fine notices sent home

May 20-24     Hope Week

May 21                 9th Grade Honors Night 6:30 (watch for invitations in the mail)

May 24          9th Grade Dance “Fifty Years of Rock and Roll” @ 7 pm $5

May 27                 Memorial Day -- No School

May 28          9th Graders receive yearbooks during B8

May 29                  9th Grade Lagoon Day (more info coming soon)

May 29          Yearbook Day for 7th/8th graders

May 30          Last Day of School 7:45-9:15

May 6, 2019

Dear Parents,

Just two information items this week.  Have a good one, and thanks for helping your students hang in there to the end and finish strong!

Utah Aspire Testing for 9th Graders

Starting tomorrow, ninth graders will take the Utah Aspire Plus, which is a hybrid of America College Test (ACT) Aspire and Utah Core test items. The test will include subtests for Reading, English, Math, and Science. It will provide students a predictive score for the ACT, which is taken by all Utah 11th grade students and is the main college readiness assessment for local universities. There are many reasons for students to give their best efforts on these tests. Utah Aspire Plus testing will be May 7-10. Because some of the test sections are longer than our regular class periods, a different bell schedule will be used for everyone on those days. You can see the bell schedule for this week here.

These testing conditions will be similar to an ACT test. Please note that students who arrive more than five minutes late will not be able to start the test, and will need to do makeup testing, which will cause them to miss future classes. Also, if a student is checked out during a test, they will not be able to finish the test later. That test will have to be submitted and scored, even though it isn’t finished. Please avoid checking out 9th graders this week if at all possible.

Teacher Appreciation Week

All this week is being celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks to the PTSA for all the love! If there’s a teacher you especially appreciate, it’s a great time to send a little note letting them know!

Dates to Remember

May 6-10           Faculty Appreciation Week

May 7-10              Utah Aspire Plus testing for 9th Grade (click here for altered bell schedule, which affects everyone)

May 7-10,13,14 RISE testing for 7th/8th English Language Arts

May 8                  Band Concert 6:30 pm

May 9                  Orchestra Concert 7 pm

May 14                  AP Human Geography Testing

May 15, 16                Spring Choir Concerts 7 pm

May 20-24        Hope Week

May 21                 9th Grade Honors Night 6:30

May 24                      9th Grade Dance @ 7 pm $5

May 27                  Memorial Day -- No School

May 28                 9th Graders receive yearbooks during B8

May 29                  9th Grade Lagoon Day (more info coming soon)

May 29                 Yearbook Day for 7th/8th graders

May 30                      Last Day of School 7:45-9:15

May 1, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

The end of the school year is fast approaching! I would like to take this opportunity to genuinely thank parents, staff, students, and members of the community who make Oak Canyon such a great place to be. In addition to testing and academic learning, the next few weeks will be filled with many activities and experiences for our students. Here are a few reminders to help make sure the rest of the year will be safe and a great time for all.

Dress Code

As warm weather arrives there is always a need for reminders about dress code. There is a strong connection between how students dress and their conduct and academic performance at school. Please take a minute to review Oak Canyon’s dress code here and help us maintain a positive and appropriate environment.

Bikes and Skateboards

Riding a bike to school offers some great benefits, including a sense of independence for students  and numerous health benefits. Bikes need to be put in the bike rack (on the north side of the front of the school), where they will be locked up during the school day to keep them secure. Please remind your student not to park bikes behind the school, at the top of the hill, or in other areas on school grounds. Skateboards need to be stored in student lockers during the school day.

Lunch Accounts

As the end of the year approaches, please check your student’s lunch account to make sure the balance is paid and up-to-date. If you end the year with a balance in your lunch account, it will be transferred to next year’s school (if in Alpine District).

You can check your account balance at  www.mypaymentsplus.com

 

 Dates to Remember

April 30-May3   RISE testing for 7th/8th Science

May 6-10           Faculty Appreciation Week

May 7-10              Utah Aspire Plus testing for 9th Grade (click here for altered bell schedule, which affects everyone)

May 7-10,13,14 RISE testing for 7th/8th English Language Arts

May 8                  Band Concert 6:30 pm

May 9                  Orchestra Concert 7 pm

May 14                  AP Human Geography Testing

May 15, 16                Spring Choir Concerts 7 pm

May 20-24        Hope Week

May 21                 9th Grade Honors Night 6:30

May 24                      9th Grade Dance @ 7 pm $5

May 27                  Memorial Day -- No School

May 28                 9th Graders receive yearbooks during B8

May 29                  9th Grade Lagoon Day (more info coming soon)

May 29                 Yearbook Day for 7th/8th graders

May 30                      Last Day of School 7:45-9:15

April 24, 2019

Dear Parents,

Another year-end event, where we look for evidence of growth, is state testing. RISE testing (replacing SAGE) will begin tomorrow, April 25, for 7th and 8th grade Math students. Science and English Language Arts testing will follow, according to the dates in the Dates to Remember below. These state-wide assessments can provide valuable information to students and parents, and especially to us as a faculty about the quality of our instruction. The validity of that information is dependent on tests being given to all students, and on students giving their best effort on these assessments. Though scores aren’t used for class grading purposes, we sincerely appreciate your support in encouraging your students to give their best efforts during these tests. We want the time that is used for these assessments to provide quality information about student learning to students, parents, and our school.

 

Ninth graders will take the Utah Aspire Plus, which is a hybrid of America College Test (ACT) Aspire and Utah Core test items. The test will include subtests for Reading, English, Math, and Science. It will provide students a predictive score for the ACT, which is taken by all Utah 11th grade students and is the main college readiness assessment for local universities. Again, there are many reasons for students to give their best efforts on these tests. Utah Aspire Plus testing will be May 7-10. Because some of the test sections are longer than our regular class periods, a different bell schedule will be used for everyone on those days. You can see the bell schedule for this week here.

 

If you do choose to opt your student out of these tests, the required form is available on our website. Please bring that signed form in to the office in advance; we will accept forms only from parents, not from students.

 

Trading Sleep for Smartphone Time

On testing days, or any other day, getting enough sleep is critical for students’ health, emotional well- being, and academic performance. Here’s an article about how smart phone use is affecting the amount and quality of teens’ sleep.

 

Alpine Days April 25, 26

Alpine Days, the final track competition for all district junior highs, will be tomorrow and Wednesday afternoons. Please come and support our amazing athletes starting at 1:00 on Tuesday and 2:30 on Wednesday. See the full schedule here.

 

Freaky Fun this Friday

This Friday, April 26, is Student Appreciation Day. To celebrate, the PTSA is sponsoring another Freaky Fun Friday. There will be treats for everyone, music and games, and a drink truck will be here selling sodas for $3 at lunch. Thanks to the PTSA for providing fun activities that add a little spark to the week, and help students enjoy school.

 

Food Deliveries at School

School deliveries from Door Dash or other food delivery services are very disruptive and strongly discouraged. Thanks for your help in keeping students’ focus on learning, and keeping our campus secure.

 

New Electronic Marquee

We are making progress toward the purchase of a new electronic marquee for Oak Canyon. A huge thank you to all those who have already contributed! If you would like to help, you can do so using the yellow “donate” button on the home page of our website. (Donations will be processed through the foundation and will be tax-deductible.) Even small gifts add up quickly--we appreciate any help you can give for this purpose!

 

UVU Summer Reading Program

UVU and the Institute of Reading Development are offering reading classes for readers from age 4 to adult this summer. Click here if you would like more information.

 

Dates to Remember

April 23-26           RISE testing for 7th/8th Math

April 26                  Student Appreciation Day / Freaky Fun Friday (drink truck at lunch)

April 30-May3   RISE testing for 7th/8th Science

May 6-10           Faculty Appreciation Week

May 7-10              Utah Aspire Plus testing for 9th Grade

May 7-10,13,14 RISE testing for 7th/8th English Language Arts

May 8                  Band Concert 6:30 pm

May 9                  Orchestra Concert 7 pm

May 14                  AP Human Geography Testing

May 15, 16                Spring Choir Concerts 7 pm

May 20-24        Hope Week

May 21                 9th Grade Honors Night 6:30

May 24                      9th Grade Dance @ 7 pm $5

May 27                  Memorial Day -- No School

May 28                 9th Graders receive yearbooks during B8

May 29                  9th Grade Lagoon Day (more info coming soon)

May 29                 Yearbook Day for 7th/8th graders

May 30                      Last Day of School 7:45-9:15

April 19, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Oak Canyon students are shining in so many ways. Check out these upcoming performances and results from the past week.

 

Little Women—Last show tonight!

Don’t miss the final performance of our production company show, Little Women at 7:00 in the auditorium tonight! It’s fantastic. Thanks to Mrs. Palmer, and her long-term sub, Mrs. Broberg for helping these students produce a wonderful show.

 

Spring Art Show—Also last chance!

An amazing display of Spring Art Show entries is in the foyer through tonight for public viewing. You’ll be surprised what middle school artists can produce! Thanks to Mr. Adamson and Mrs. Otterson for all their work in curating the show. You can see all the winners here.

 

Battle of the Books

Over fifty Oak Canyon students competed this year, and twelve others came over from CVJH to participate. That’s a whole lot of reading that’s been going on! It was a blast and the kids did a wonderful job!  Ms. Batchler ran the show, and librarians from all over our cluster helped, along with several of our English teachers. Congratulations to all the literature lovers at Oak Canyon! Here are our final winning teams:

 

1st  Place

Hanna Bird

Ivy Saunders

Ivy Anderton

Anna Liu

Lana Hansen

 

2nd Place

Wesley Kinsey

Eliza Dastrup

Catherine Bao

Rose Nuffer

Emmaline Jones

 

French Fair—Congrats to Madame Flood and company

This week at the BYU French Fair, with thirty-eight schools competing, Oak Canyon won its 5th GRAND PRIX trophy in a row!  Here are just some of the outstanding performers:

 

Brielle Larsen - Grand Prize French Spelling Bee

Jenna Storrer - Grand Prize French 3 Poetry

Eva Stavast - Grand Prize Academic Posters

French Choir - Grand Prize (Jenna Storrer, Kyra Olsen, Mia Dameron, Jodie Bethel, Cassidy Cooper, Jessika Loveridge)

Culture Bowl - Grand Prize (Isabelle Cooper, Ki Christiansen, Shea Flood, Jacob Williams)

We have more second and third place awardees than I can list, but here’s the team that made the magic happen. Bon travail!

 

Testing

Rise and Aspire testing begin next week. Please watch for more information on Monday.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dates to Remember

April 15                         OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

April 15-19         Spring Art Show

April 15                PTSA Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza in AF 5-9

April 18-19             Little Women -- Spring Bravo Play

April 19                  Utah Shakeout Drill

April 26                  Student Appreciation Day / Freaky Fun Friday (drink truck at lunch)

May 6-10           Faculty Appreciation week

May 8                 Band Concert 6:30 pm

May 9                 Orchestra Concert 7 pm

May 14                 AP Human Geography testing

May 15, 16        Spring Choir Concerts 7 pm

May 21                9th Grade Honors Night 6:30

May 24                9th Grade May Dance @ 7 pm $5

May 27                 Memorial Day -- No School

May 29                 9th Grade Lagoon Day

May 30                 Last Day of School

April 9, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. There are lots of important and exciting things ahead in the final seven weeks of the school year. Let’s finish strong!

 

Today’s Track Meet Rescheduled for Next Tuesday

Today’s scheduled meet versus Lehi Junior High will, instead, be April 1 at 3:00 at Skyridge High School.  Go Eagles!

 

Little Women

The last dramatic production of the year will be in the auditorium at 6:30 on April 18 and 19. You won’t want to miss this production of Little Women by OCJH Bravo.

 

Battle of the Books April 15

Did you know that Oak Canyon students compete every year in the Beehive Battle of the Books?  Enthusiastic students meet on Wednesdays to discuss books, win prizes, and answer trivia questions. Students form teams of five, divide up books nominated as Beehive Books by The Children's Literature Association of Utah. During the school year, they read their chosen books.  In March, students across the state vote for their favorites and the winners are awarded the Beehive Book Awards. Student teams then compete against each other to see which can correctly answer the most questions about the 20 books. This year 14 teams from OCJH and Canyon View battle for prizes and bragging rights on April 15 after school in the Media Center.  Congratulations to the 45 OCJH students who participated and best of luck to our teams! And thanks to Jen Batchler and LaRee Linville who make this activity, and all kinds of literacy activities, possible for students. If your student likes to read or would like to meet new people look for announcements next fall to join Beehive Battle of the Books 2020!

 

Student Council 2019-20

Congratulations to all students who participated in our recent student body elections. The willingness to take a risk is key to success in all areas of life. Thank you to everyone who participated, for their example in putting themselves out there in an uncertain situation. Their courage and confidence demonstrate that they are all very important leaders in our school.

 

Here is next year’s Student Council. We look forward to working with these student leaders in building and nurturing the positive culture of our school:

 

President:                          Countlyn Bunker

VP:                                      Lucy Miller

Historian                            Sadie Cunningham

Activities:                           Isabel Reese

                                            Kindra Hallam

                                            Rylee Swalberg

                                            Sabrina Romero

                                            Allison Cannon

                                            Kaylee Pettigrew

8th Grade Rep:             Emma McIff

                                        Kennedy Jensen

                                        Emma Ibanez

Techies:                         Lucas Patten

                                        Brextan Bezzant

                                        Kiersten Lumsden

 

TSA Winners

Kudos to Mr. Redford and this year’s TSA members for continuing OCJH’s long tradition of excellence through Technology Students of America. Special congratulations to these 9th grade 1st place winners, who will attend the National Competition in Washington, D.C this summer: Ezra Ross, Matt Clift, Jonathan Jensen, Kyle Hicken, and Ricky Hopkins.

 

Here are all of the results of this year’s statewide competition.

 

1st place, Digital Photography- Adam Clark

1st place, Electrical Applications- Ezra Ross, Matt Clift

1st place, System Control Technology- Tyler Craddock, Kyson Hiatt, Jonathan Jensen

1st place, Video Game Design- Jake Bauer, Kyle Hicken, Matt Clift, Eliza Dastrup, Jonathan Jensen, Ricky Hopkins

 

2nd place, Forensic Technology- Alea Maxwell, Matt Clift

2nd place, Off the Grid- Anna Liu, Catherine Bao, Hanna Bird, Eliza Dastrup, Kyle Hicken

2nd place, Tech Bowl- Logan Smith, Jonathan Jensen, Tyler Craddock

2nd place, Website Design- Ezra Ross, Conner Godfrey, Adam Clark

 

3rd place, Children's Stories - Hanna Bird, Catherine Bao, Anna Liu, Kyle Hicken

3rd place, Leadership Strategies- Alea Maxwell, Adam Clark, Conner Godfrey

3rd place, Stem Animation- Jake Bauer, Alea Maxwell, Conner Godfrey, Eliza Dastrup, Catherine Bao, Kyle Hicken

 

Success for FCCLA

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is another national organization that Oak Canyon makes available to students. Thanks to Mrs. Weight and Ms. Braswell for giving students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Here are the results of this year’s statewide competition:

 

Bailey Tucker received 1st Place Gold in Career Investigation Jr. Category and qualified for Nationals in Anaheim, California this summer.

 

Sariah Apo just missed a State placement in the runoffs for Entrepreneurship Jr. Category

 

Adam Clark placed 3rd in State in Interpersonal Communications Jr. Category

Audrey Swank placed 3rd in State in Environmental Ambassador Jr. Category

The Saunders Sisters (Sloane, Ivy, and Emery) received a silver medal score in their fabulous Food Innovation Jr. Category project

 

Power of One Achievement (Goal setting Modules)--Audrey Swank

Go For The Red Membership Campaign Individual Recognition: Audrey Swank, Maecyn Curtis, and Ivy Saunders

 

Orchestra Festival

Oak Canyon’s various orchestra groups had a very successful festival appearance just before Spring Break. Every group received Superior ratings and had one of their best performances all year! Special thanks to conductor Teresa Cheney.  You all make beautiful music together!

 

Dates to Remember

April 15                         OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

April 15-19         Spring Art Show

April 15                PTSA Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza in AF 5-9

April 18-19             Little Women -- Spring Bravo Play

April 19                  Utah Shakeout Drill

April 26                  Student Appreciation Day

March 29, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring Break! I hope you have some great family time this coming week while we all take a little breather from school and get our yards ready for summer (at least that’s what I’ll be doing). School will begin again on Monday April 8th, which will be an A day. Enjoy! And as my mom always used to say, “Have fun, be good, and be careful.”

 

THS Football Parent Meeting

A mandatory parent meeting will be held on Tuesday April 9 for all parents of current 8th-11th graders who would like to play Timpanogos High School Football next school year. The meeting will be held in the THS auditorium at 7:00. You can download the THS Football team app to stay in the know.

https://twolvesfootball.teamapp.com

 

Eagles of the Month

Congratulations to this month’s highlighted students, selected by the PE/Health Department. We are very happy to recognize Bryce Paulson, Kyler Francom, Brock Robinson, Isabella Morris, and Ellia Hays.

Utah State PTSA Educator of the Year

If you know Staisha Stratton, you know why she received this award! Congratulations to Mrs. Stratton for received this well-deserved recognition.

 

March 19, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

There’s a lot going on at OC this week, because it’s Spirit Week! We are proud to be Eagles, and celebrating all the great things about Oak Canyon. The assembly on Friday will highlight all kinds of performing groups, athletic teams, academic clubs, etc. There is something for everyone here. As we move into fourth quarter, and are making plans for next year’s schedule, take a look here to see all the groups and activities available at Oak Canyon. Get involved!

 

Spirit Week Dress-up Days

Wednesday – Throwback Day

Thursday – Jersey Day

Friday – Twin Day

 

Spring Art Show Entries Due March 22nd

Don’t forget to submit your entries to the Spring Art Show to Mr. Adamson (2D) or Mrs. Otterson (3D) by this Friday.  Show your stuff and maybe win some great prizes.

State Champion

Congratulations to Kort Wilkinson, who was a member of the State Championship PG High School Wrestling Team. Way to go Champ!

Congrats to FBLA

In our first year of having Future Business Leaders of America Club, Mr. Reese’s group did amazing at the state competition. Congratulations to all twelve students who competed, and to these state winners!

Mark Mansfield                             2nd place Business Etiquette            

Seth Winters                                 5th place Business Plan                     

Conner Godfrey                           4th place Career Exploration                         

Emma Bergin                                1st place Keyboarding Applications 2

Isaac Pena                                    3rd place Keyboarding Applications 2

Mark Mansfield                             4th place Keyboarding Applications 2

Kaden Clegg / Alaina Hall  4th place Local Chapter Activities Report

 

EveryDay Strong Parent Night at Pleasant Grove High School

On March 21, 6:15 to 7:30 in the PGHS auditorium, there will be a presentation from EveryDay Strong, and booths with other community partners for supporting youth and families.

Get all the information about the event here.

 

New Electronic Marquee

If you would like to donate toward a new electronic marquee for Oak Canyon, you can do so using the yellow “donate” button on the home page of our website. (Donations will be processed through the foundation and will be tax-deductible.) Even small gifts add up quickly, so thank you for any help you can give for this purpose!

 

Dates to Remember

March 18-22                    Spirit Week

March 21                    Spirit Assembly

March 21                    OC Track vs Lakeridge @ Lakeridge

March 27                         OC vs Frontier @ Lakeridge

March 21-29                    Election week

April 1-5                        Spring Break -- no school

April 9                             OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

April 15-19                 Spring Art Show

April 15                        PTSA Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza in AF 5-9

April 18-19                Little Women -- Spring Bravo Play

March 13, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

I have written in the past couple of newsletters about an anonymous donor who has helped us immensely in our planning to purchase an electronic marquee. This supporter of Oak Canyon, and the many who have donated online, are representative of so many who give their time and resources to make a difference to our students. I want to thank another secret someone who, a while ago, provided beautiful couches for our expanded space in our Life Skills classroom. Your gift is another example of the wonderful community support at Oak Canyon. I love our school mission statement, which I see in action everyday: Together We Learn for Life!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

 

Grand Concert Tonight and Tomorrow Night @ 7:00

Oak Canyon has a very long and strong tradition of musical excellence. You won’t want to miss this annual joint performance of our band, orchestra, and choir programs on March 13 and 14 @ 7:00. Tickets are $5, and all of the proceeds are used to support these wonderful programs. The benefits of a music education are obvious to me, but if you need any supporting evidence, studies have shown that students with music training have higher math and verbal scores on tests such as the SAT, have better memory, make better connections with others, etc. You can read more about it here. Enjoy the concert!

 

7th Grade Job Shadow Day This Friday

Part of the College and Career Awareness curriculum for 7th graders is a Job Shadow Day, which will be this Friday, March 15. Please arrange for your student to spend the day at work with you, or someone else, to learn about a career and experience the working world. There will be no 7th grade classes held on Friday; 7th graders who do come to school will spend the day with their CCA teacher.

Student Council Elections for 2019-2020

Applications for next year’s Student Council are due to the Main Office by Monday, March 18. If you missed yesterday’s meeting, you can pick up an information packet and application from Mrs. Ecalano or Mr. Adamson.

 

7th Grade Registration for Next Year

A reminder to return registration forms to the Counseling Office if you haven’t done so already.

 

New Electronic Marquee

If you would like to donate toward a new electronic marquee for Oak Canyon, you can do so using the yellow “donate” button on the homepage of our website. (Donations will be processed through the foundation and will be tax-deductible.) Even small gifts add up quickly, so thank you for any help you can give for this purpose!

 

EveryDay Strong Parent Night at Pleasant Grove High School

On March 21, 6:15 to 7:30 in the PGHS auditorium, there will be a presentation from EveryDay Strong, and booths with other community partners for supporting youth and families.

Get all the information about the event here.

 

Pleasant Grove Youth Cheerleading Tryouts

Tryouts are on March 14 and 15 for students who will be in 6th through 9th grades next school year. You can get all the details here.

 

 

Dates to Remember

March 13            OC Track vs Canyon View @ Orem High School  (watch for a possible weather cancellation)

March 13-14            Grand Concert 7 pm auditorium

March 15            7th grade Job Shadow Day

March 16            Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 18-22            Spirit Week

March 21            Spirit Assembly

March 21           OC Track vs Lakeridge @ Lakeridge

March 27                   OC vs Frontier @ Lakeridge

March 21-29            Election week

April 9                   OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

March 7, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

SHARP Survey for 8th Graders

All 8th graders should have brought home a permission slip last week in to participate in a state-wide student survey. The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Statewide Survey is administered every two years, to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in most public and charter school districts across Utah. The purpose of this survey is to learn how students across the state feel about their community, family, peers, and school, and assess different health behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. The information gathered is completely anonymous and is used by community organizations to better understand the health needs and the opinions of the youth who live here.

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent

In case you missed this great show, here is a link to watch the entire event. Every performance was amazing and I didn’t envy the difficult decisions made by the judges. The winners for the night were:

Grand Prize – Dylan Hansen

9th Grade Winner -- Gracelyn Wilkinson and Mary Meline

8th Grade Winner -- Winter Nichols

7th Grade Winner -- Isaac Peterson

Art Division Winner -- Sage Lawrence

Congratulations to everyone who participated!  Oak Canyon is full of very talented students.

 

Registration for Next Year’s 7th Graders

An auditorium full of excited 6th graders learned more about Oak Canyon yesterday, and received all the paperwork needed for registration next year. Please return those forms to Counseling by March 12. Counselors, elective teachers, the school nurse, and many other helpful people will be available in the Oak Canyon cafeteria on Monday March 11 from 2:00 to 6:00pm. It’s a great time to come and turn in your registration forms and get all your questions answered.

 

Thanks for Helping Us Get a New Electronic Marquee

A very generous anonymous donor has started an account with Alpine Foundation toward the purchase of an electronic marquee for the front of our school. Thanks to the many people who
have already joined in donating toward this project. Please contact me directly
if you’d like to help, or take 60 seconds to make a donation of any size using
the yellow “donate” button on the home page of our
 website. (Donations will be
processed through the foundation and will be tax-deductible.) Even small gifts
add up quickly, so thank you for any help you can give for this purpose!

 

EveryDay Strong Parent Night at Pleasant Grove High School

On March 21, 6:15 to 7:30 in the PGHS auditorium, there will be a presentation from EveryDay Strong, and booths with other community partners for supporting youth and families.

Get all the information about the event here.  For a taste of what EveryDay Strong is all about, here's a recent piece from the Daily Herald by Dr. Matt Swenson. Dr. Swenson presented to our faculty this week about how to build emotional resilience through meeting the three basic needs of teenagers (and other humans)—Safety, Connection, and Confidence. Dr. Swenson is one of the main partners in the Utah County United Way effort to enlist the entire community in meeting these needs for our youth, and reducing the incidence of anxiety and depression.

 

Student Council Elections for 2019-2020

Current 7th and 8th graders who are interested in running for Student Council positions for next year should attend an information meeting right after school on March 12. They will learn about the various positions available and the election process.

 

Pleasant Grove Youth Cheerleading Tryouts

Tryouts are on March 14 and 15 for students who will be in 6th through 9th grades next school year. You can get all the details here.

 

Oak Canyon Ballroom Team

Congratulations to the Oak Canyon Ballroom Team and their coach, Leah Rogers, on winning bronze and silver awards at the Jr High Ballroom Team Match at BYU yesterday.

 

Track

It’s not too late to join the track team. Whether you’re a sprinter, a distance runner, or a jumper or thrower, there’s something for everyone. Practices are M-Th at 3:30 at the Timpanogos High School track, and Fridays at 2:30 at the Oak Canyon track.

 

Dates to Remember

March 8                           End of term 3

March 9                           Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 11                    6th Grade Registration  2-6 pm in cafeteria

March 11                    PTSA Spirit Night @Nickel City Orem 5-9pm

March 13                    OC Track vs Canyon View @ Orem High School

March 13-14                    Grand Concert 7 pm auditorium

March 15                    7th grade Job Shadow Day

March 16                    Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 18-22                    Spirit Week

March 21                    Spirit Assembly

March 21                    OC Track vs Lakeridge @ Lakeridge

March 27                         OC vs Frontier @ Lakeridge

March 21-29                    Election week

April 9                             OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

February 26, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Don’t forget that third quarter ends next week. Teacher due dates are coming right up, so it’s a good time to sit down with your student and check Skyward.

 

Please Help Us Get a New Electronic Marquee

A very generous donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, has started an account with Alpine Foundation toward the purchase of an electronic marquee for the front of our school. The old manual marquee has lived a good life, but it’s hard to provide up to date information when a ladder is required to change the message, and we’re limited in the number of vowels we can use! We are inviting anyone who loves Oak Canyon to join this donor in helping us fund an electronic marquee to better communicate with parents. Please contact me directly if you’d like to help, or take 60 seconds to make a donation of any size using the yellow “donate” button on the home page of our website. (Donations will be processed through the foundation and will be tax-deductible.) Even small gifts add up quickly, so thank you for any help you would like to give for this purpose!

 

March 4th Professional Development Day

Remember there’s no school for students next Monday. Enjoy a little break before we start the last term of the year.

 

Counseling Needs Assessment – Parent Survey

Every three years our counselors survey students and parents to better understand how they can serve you. Please take a few minutes to let them know what you value most about their services, and what you would like to see more of in the future. Thanks.

http://www.ctesurveys.com/CTESurvey?PointerId=58&SchoolId=15

 

Looking for a Job? Come Join Us!

The lunchroom has an opening for a part-time position in the cafeteria (hours are approximately 10:00 to 1:30). Come work in a great atmosphere, close to home, and feed the best kids ever!

 

Dates to Remember

March 4                PD Day -- No school for students

March 6                 6th Grade Day 9:30 - 10:30

March 8                 End of term 3

March 9                 Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 11         6th Grade Registration  2-6 pm in cafeteria

March 11         PTSA Spirit Night @Nickel City Orem 5-9pm

March 13        OC Track vs Canyon View @ Orem High School

March 13-14         Grand Concert 7 pm auditorium

March 15         7th grade Job Shadow Day

March 16         Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 18-22         Spirit Week

March 21         Spirit Assembly

March 21        OC Track vs Lakeridge @ Lakeridge

March 27        OC vs Frontier @ Lakeridge

March 21-29         Election week

April 9                OC Track vs Lehi Junior High @ Skyridge

February 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who attended our parent night last week. It was amazing to see an auditorium full of adults, learning together about how to navigate the challenges of teens and electronic devices and social media. Thanks again to the PTSA for organizing this event. Here is a link to the resource page with hyperlinks to excellent free resources that will help you make an appropriate digital plan for your family. The book that was recommended for learning about the impact of video games on children’s brains is Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids, and How to Break the Trance, by Nicholas Kardaras.

If you missed this presentation, and are looking for a summary, here’s my attempt at boiling down two hours worth of discussion. Every family’s plan will be different, but three critical recommendations made by all of our presenters were these:

  1. It is NOT an invasion of privacy for parents to routinely monitor their children’s text messages, social media accounts (including direct messaging), etc. It is a much-needed parental protection for young teens.
  2. Simply denying digital access to teens during hours when they should be sleeping can solve many anxiety and attention issues caused by lack of sleep. Teens’ phones should be charged overnight in parents’ bedrooms, or a common family charging location.
  3. Let’s all spend much less time looking at our devices, and much more time actually connecting with each other. We need this advice as adults every bit as much as our children do.

Here’s What’s Going on Now at Oak Canyon!

Career Day - Wednesday, February 20th

On Wednesday, students will attend four different career presentations. Two will be assigned, and two will be their choice. Here are the options that you might want to review and discuss with your child. The rest of the day will be an A/B schedule. Students will attend a short session of all eight of their classes. For most classes, this will be a great day to catch up on any missing work. Thanks to the PTSA and Counseling Office for organizing this annual event, and to all the parent presenters.

Oak Canyon Has Talent - Friday, February 22nd

Don’t miss this amazing tradition celebrating the talents of Oak Canyon students this Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Only $2 a person or $10 for immediate family. It's going to be a very fun evening! (You should have FOMO on this one!)

 

 

 

 

 

Alpine School Board Meeting at Oak Canyon - Tuesday, February 26

The regular School Board Meeting for Alpine District will be held at Oak Canyon on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 in the auditorium. Please join us to celebrate the great things happening at Oak Canyon!

World Language Week

Oak Canyon just completed a great week of activities focusing on the benefits and enjoyment of learning a second (or third or fourth!) language. Poster Contest winners were Catherine Bao, Brielle Larsen, and Rachel Miller. Film Festival winners were 1st--Weston Schauers (German), 2nd--Alex Devinish and family (Spanish), and 3rd--Sariah Apo and Krista Schade (French).

 

Oak Canyon is outstanding in our language offerings featuring French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Our teachers are committed to the shift to proficiency-based teaching and learning. World language acquisition has moved from a focus on grammar and translation toward effective communication, literacy, and cultural interaction. The emphasis is now on real-world application for language use. As you think about your child’s classes for next year, consider the benefits of starting their second language learning as early as possible.

Congratulations Girls Basketball Team

Thanks to coaches, managers, fans, and especially athletes for a very successful season culminating in 2nd place in the district. Way to go Eagles!!

Boys Basketball Team Featured on Deseret News Web Edition

If you missed Oak Canyon boys’ last game of the season, you’ll want to take a look at this Deseret News video (skip to the last minute). Drae Endicott, team manager, got his chance to suit up and play with the team. Hooray to Drae and the whole team for demonstrating the values that Oak Canyon Eagles are all about.

Track Pre-Season Conditioning Workouts Continue

All students are invited to participate in Oak Canyon track. With both running and field events, there is something for everyone. Participation in pre-season conditioning is NOT required for participation during the track season, but is recommended. The last pre-season workouts will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Meet at 2:30 in the OCJH weight room. The official track season begins on Feb 25. More information is available on the website, or contact Head Coach Paul Andrus with your specific questions.

Looking for a Job? Come Join Us!

The lunchroom has an opening for a part-time position in the cafeteria (hours are approximately 10:00 to 1:30). Come work in a great atmosphere, close to home, and feed the best kids ever!

Dates to Remember

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

March 4                PD Day -- No school for students

March 6                 6th Grade Day 9:30 - 10:30

March 8                 End of term 3

March 9                 Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 11         6th Grade Registration  2-6 pm in cafeteria

March 11         PTSA Spirit Night @Nickel City Orem 5-9pm

March 13-14         Grand Concert 7 pm auditorium

March 15         7th grade Job Shadow Day

March 16         Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 18-22         Spirit Week

March 21         Spirit Assembly

March 21-29         Election week

February 11, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Please don’t forget that Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow from 3:00 til 5:45. If you can’t make it during that time, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher(s) for any day before or after school.

 

Of all the things that make life different for your teens than it was for you at their age, smart phones and social media are probably the most significant. Thanks to our PTSA, we have the opportunity tomorrow to take the conversation about devices and screen time to a whole new level in our community. The most important part of that conversation will be between you and your child. Students will attend a 30-minute assembly during the day. You can gain some common ground by attending the Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 12, starting at 6:00 in the Oak Canyon Auditorium. The speakers and panel will stay until 8:00 for questions and discussion, but if you can’t attend the whole thing, please feel free to come in and out as needed. You won’t want to miss this important information. Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends. Here’s one comment from a student at another school. “Ok so you came to my school about a week ago and I put down social media for a while, maybe thinking of what you said. I have never felt better. My daily routine used to be wake up and check my social media. Now I wake up and I see my family and it makes me feel a lot better….” Please come tomorrow night and learn with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTSA Book Fair

The PTSA will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Feb 11th through 15th. There will be drawings, games, and most of all, lots and lots of books! Come check out the displays in the Media Center. All proceeds go to buy books for the media center.

 

We still need some volunteers to help. Please sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Basketball Season Ends, Tournament Tonight!

Congratulations to the players and managers and coaches of both boys and girls basketball for a great season. The girls will play their 2nd round tournament game tonight (Monday) at 6:00 at Vista Heights Junior High. Go Eagles!

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent – Performance Division

Auditions have been held, and we have over 20 great performances for Oak Canyon Has Talent on Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.  Come and support your friends and the students of Oak Canyon Junior High.  Only $2 a person or $10 for immediate family. It's going to be a very fun evening!  Don't miss it!!!

 

 

 

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent -- Art Division

Bring your artwork to the front office by Friday, February 15th, and fill out the information sheet there.  The art entries will be on display and will be judged the night of the program, Friday, February 22nd and the winner of the art entries will be announced at the end of the program.

 

Career Day February 20

On February 20th, Oak Canyon students will be able to explore four different careers in presentations from professionals from throughout our community. The schedule will be a little different, and students will attend all eight classes (A/B Day). School will still begin at 7:45 and end at 2:15.

 

Alpine School Board Meeting at Oak Canyon on February 26

The regular School Board Meeting for Alpine District will be held at Oak Canyon on February 26 at 6:00 in the auditorium. Please join us to celebrate the great things happening at Oak Canyon!

PTSA Spirit Night Tonight

Let Panda Express in PG fix dinner tonight! Mention you’re from Oak Canyon and a portion of the proceeds will come back to our PTSA.

Track Pre-Season Conditioning Workouts Are Underway

All students are invited to participate in Oak Canyon track. Participation in pre-season conditioning is NOT required for participation during the track season, but is recommended. Workouts will be held on the following dates: Feb 13, 14, 19, 21. Meet at 2:30 in the OCJH weight room. The official track season begins on Feb 25. More information is available on the website, or contact Head Coach Paul Andrus with your specific questions.

Dates to Remember

Feb 11-15           Book Fair

Feb 11                 PTSA Spirit Night @ Panda Express 5-9pm

Feb 12                 Digital Awareness Assembly (assembly schedule)

Feb 12                 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 – 5:45pm

Feb 12                      Parent Night on Teens and Social Media (Collin Kartchner and other expert presenters) 6:00 pm

Feb 14             Valentine’s Day Dance 2:15-3:15

Feb 18             Presidents’ Day—No School

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

March 4                PD Day -- No school for students

March 6                 6th Grade Day 9:30 - 10:30

March 8                 End of term 3

March 9                 Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 11         6th grade registration  2-6 pm in cafeteria

March 11         PTSA Spirit Night @Nickel City Orem 5-9pm

March 13-14         Grand Concert 7 pm auditorium

March 15         7th grade Job shadow day

March 16         Knowledge Bowl at Oak Canyon

March 18-22         Spirit Week

March 21         Spirit Assembly

March 21-29         Election week

February 4, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

For many reasons, I’m excited that February is here. Honestly, the biggest reason is that I know that sometime during this month I am going to see green spiky daffodil leaves peeking out of the dirt! We are at least half way through the winter, (and half way through 3rd term, by the way--mid-term is on February 7). But there are several other reasons to be excited about February. Read below for the details on all the great things happening at Oak Canyon during the next several weeks.

 

Track Pre-Season Conditioning Workouts Begin Tomorrow

All students are invited to participate in Oak Canyon track. Participation in pre-season conditioning is NOT required for participation during the track season, but is recommended. Workouts will be held on the following dates: Feb 5, 7, 13, 14, 19, 21. Meet at 2:30 in the OCJH weight room. The official track season begins on Feb 25. More information is available on the website, or contact Head Coach Paul Andrus with your specific questions.

 

Yearbook Deadline

Don’t forget to purchase your student’s yearbook for $35 by this Friday, February 8. The price goes up to $40 after that deadline.

 

Parent Teacher Conference / Parent Information Night on February 12

Are you concerned about your child’s electronic device use? Who isn’t! Oak Canyon PTSA is sponsoring a parent night with Collin Kartchner and national researcher Katey McPherson on screen time/device use and social media’s impact on young people. These two experts will present an assembly to students during the day, and give an adult presentation in the evening at 6:00. I have seen their presentation before, and can highly recommend it. Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends, and make every effort to join us that night to educate ourselves on this critical issue. I guarantee you won’t regret your attendance.

 

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent -- Art Division

Bring your art work to the front office by Friday, February 15th, and fill out the information sheet there.  The art entries will be on display and will be judged the night of the program, Friday, February 22nd and the winner of the art entries will be announced at the end of the program.

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent – Performance Division

Auditions have been held, and we have over 20 great performances for Oak Canyon Has Talent on Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.  Come and support your friends and the students of Oak Canyon Junior High.  Only $2 a person or $10 for immediate family.  It's going to be a very fun evening!  Don't miss it!!!

PTSA Book Fair

The PTSA will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Feb 11th through 15th. There will be drawings, games, and most of all, lots and lots of books! Come check out the displays in the Media Center.

 

We still need some volunteers to help. Please sign up here.

 

 

 

Career Day

On February 20th, Oak Canyon students will be able to explore four different careers in presentations from professionals from throughout our community. The schedule will be a little different, and students will attend all eight classes (A/B Day). School will still begin at 7:45 and end at 2:15.

 

Dates to Remember

Feb 4-8                Foreign Language week

Feb 11-15           Book Fair

Feb 11                 PTSA Spirit Night @ Panda Express 5-9pm

Feb 12                 Digital Awareness Assembly (assembly schedule)

Feb 12                 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 – 5:45pm

Feb 12                      Parent Night on Teens and Social Media (Collin Kartchner and other expert presenters) 6:00 pm

Feb 14             Valentine’s Day Dance 2:15-3:15

Feb 18             Presidents’ Day—No School

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

 

Sports Schedule

February

6 Boys Basketball OC vs Orem @Orem 3 pm

6 Girls Basketball OC vs Orem @ OC 3 pm

7 Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

7 Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ CV 3 pm

Boys and Girls Basketball Playoffs are February 9,11,13,15

January 23, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was great to have a day off on Monday, and even better to be reminded of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. I’ve been thinking about Dr. King in the context of our conversations during Kindness Week. He was not only powerful, but he was kind. Sometimes we think of those two qualities as very different, but in their best sense, they always appear together.  “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic,” Dr. King said. Power is the ability to effect change. At Oak Canyon, we are learning together how to do so with kindness.

 

Feedback for the Principal

Please help me by taking a moment to respond to this six-item survey about my effectiveness as principal. Responses are anonymous, and the results will be reviewed with me by my supervisor. Thank you!

Parent Principal Survey English 2018-2019

 

Parent Principal Survey Spanish 2018-2019

On Time Performance

The airlines may be struggling, but at Oak Canyon, on time arrivals are up! Thank you for your efforts to help your children arrive at school on time, and make it to all of their classes during the day before the tardy bell rings. Yes, it’s particularly challenging during the winter months, but almost all students are arriving on time! During all of second quarter, fewer than 1% of students arrived late during the average class period. We know it takes a whole family to get a child to school on time, and a whole faculty to emphasize the importance of this academic habit. Thanks to everyone, especially students, for the good things that are happening in this regard. We may just decide to celebrate one day this week by dismissing school a few minutes early! ;)

 

Sick Students

Speaking of the winter months, please remember to help minimize the sharing of illnesses by keeping your student home if they have a fever, have recently vomited, etc. We appreciate their desire to be in school, but in the end, we will all be better off.

8th Grade Class Requests Due

If your student’s request form for next year’s 8th grade classes was not turned in today, please bring it to their counselor as soon as possible.

Spelling Bee

A whole hive of students competed in the final round of the Oak Canyon Spelling Bee last Friday. After several grueling rounds, Jacob Bauer emerged as the first-place winner. Second place went to Dale Milner, and third place tying finalists were Tyler Wilcock, Jordan Haderlie, Tyler Craddock, Danna Vasquez, and Anna Liu. Jacob and Dale will represent Oak Canyon at the State Spelling Bee in Salt Lake City, and will have a chance to advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this spring. Thanks to Mrs. Allan, who made this competition possible, and the whole English team for their support. And G-O-O-D  L-U-C-K to our advancing spellers!

 

Everyday Strong—Building Confidence

An adolescent’s confidence is a building block for resilience and good mental health. Building confidence is not necessarily about pushing kids to achievement. It’s a child’s feeling that he’s good at something, and especially a sense that she has the ability to handle things for herself.

 

Here are two (of four) ideas from Everyday Strong on how to help your child develop confidence. You can read the entire article here.

 

1.         Build Confidence by Trusting

What to do: Next time you are concerned about a child’s achievement levels in school, sports, or the arts, resist your urge to lecture on the seriousness of the situation or to problem solve for them. Instead, sit back without worry and give some calm reassurance and encouragement that the child will “be OK” or “figure it out.” Say something like, “I’m sure you can solve this.”

Listen carefully to understand why he’s anxious. Sometimes it’s not about confidence at all. Explore his feelings to help you understand if this is an issue of safety or connection. Is the child anxious about performing well because he’s worried about his future survival in life if he doesn’t do well on the ACT? Or is it more about relationships; for example, he’s worried he won’t be loved if he doesn’t perform to his parents’ expectations?

Why: Kids, and especially adolescents, often hide their worries, which can lead adults to believe that they aren’t taking life seriously. Just at a moment when they are feeling concerned and stressed, anxious parents pile on with added stress by saying, “Remember that your grades now will be on your transcript forever,” “How will you ever learn to…,” “If you don’t…,” or “You may wish you were better prepared when…” Unfortunately, when a child is already anxious about those issues, an added parent’s anxiety just leads to even more paralyzing anxiety. Often the best way to build confidence is to express confidence.

2.         Build Confidence by Remembering

What to do: At the end of the day, take some time to reflect and review the positive things you did together and experienced that day.

Why: Negative memories are said to be more “sticky” than positive ones, so people often need help remembering their good deeds, successes or accomplishments. For young children, just reviewing the events at the end of a typical day can improve their ability to reflect and reinforce successes. Older kids can use these memories to create important metaphors for hard work or success in life.

Previously Included Items

 

Parent Teacher Conference / Parent Information Night on February 12

Are you concerned about your child’s electronic device use? Who isn’t! Oak Canyon PTSA is sponsoring a parent night with Collin Kartchner and national researcher Katey McPherson on screen time/device use and social media’s impact on young people. These two experts will present an assembly to students during the day, and give an adult presentation in the evening at 6:00. I have seen their presentation before, and can highly recommend it. Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends, and make every effort to join us that night to educate ourselves on this critical issue. I guarantee you won’t regret your attendance.

 

 

Advanced Learning Labs

Alpine School District Gifted Services will be conducting 8 sessions of testing for placement in the district A. L. L. classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. Any interested 2nd through 7th grader in ASD is invited to attend a testing session to qualify for placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A. L. L.).  Testing for both elementary and secondary A. L. L. programs will be done on Saturdays, January 12th to February 9th. Online registration is now open and will close the Tuesday prior to each testing session.  There will be a $20.00 fee for the testing. Students on free or reduced lunch status may register on-line with a reduced cost. Registering within three days of testing is considered a late registration and will incur an additional $5.00 fee. Late registrants will be admitted upon availability. There are no refunds. If you feel that your child could benefit from placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) and you would like to begin the consideration process, start by registering them online. You can get more information in this flyer.

Track Pre-season Conditioning Starts February 5

Oak Canyon has an excellent track program, and all students are invited to participate. Check our website to get all the details. The season officially starts on February 25, but it’s never too early to come out and make some new friends and get some physical activity. Head Coach Paul Andrus can answer any questions you might have.

 

Dates to Remember

Jan 26             Chamber and Encore at State Honor Choir 2:00 Salt Lake Tabernacle

Feb 4-8                Foreign Language week

Feb 11-15           Book Fair

Feb 11                 PTSA Spirit Night @ Panda Express 5-9pm

Feb 12                 Digital Awareness Assembly

Feb 12                 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 – 5:45pm

Feb 12                      Parent Night on Teens and Social Media (Collin Kartchner and other expert presenters) 6:00 pm

Feb 14             Valentine’s Day Dance 2:15-3:15

Feb 18             Presidents’ Day—No School

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

 

Sports Schedule

January

23  Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View  @ Canyon View 3 pm

23  Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

24  Boys Basketball OC vs AF @AF 3 pm

24  Girls Basketball OC vs AF @ OC 3 pm

30 Boys Basketball OC vs PG @ OC 3 pm

30 Girls Basketball OC vs PG  @ PG 3 pm

31 Boys Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge @ Lake Ridge  3 pm

31 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge  @ OC 3 pm

January 14, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

The big news for this week is that it’s Kindness Week at Oak Canyon! I was initially a little hesitant to designate a “Kindness Week” because, after all, shouldn’t every week be kindness week? But I think it never hurts to make a special effort to focus on and reinforce a crucial value of our school—being kind. So, it may be gloomy outside, but dig out any yellow clothing for your kids to wear, and watch out for smiley buttons before you throw things into the washer. The most important thing, however, is to please join us in this discussion about kindness—why it matters, why we all sometimes fall short, and how we can make things right when we do. I can’t think of a better topic for our nightly conversations around the dinner table this week.

 

Here are the themes for each day:

Monday -- Smile and Say Hi

Tuesday – Give a Compliment

Wednesday – Just Say Thank You

Thursday – Find a New Friend

Friday – Be Kind to Yourself

 

We are excited about the Kindness Assembly on Tuesday. Our special speaker will be Leon Logothetis, host of the new Netflix and BYUTV show The Kindness Diaries, in which he traveled the globe, totally dependent on the kindness of others, and giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. Leon has documented his experiences for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Psychology Today, and the New York Times.

 

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent Applications Due on Friday

Don’t miss one of the greatest nights of the year as students from Oak Canyon show off their amazing talents. Thanks to the PTSA for organizing this annual favorite event. Any student can apply and audition, or submit an art piece for display and judging. You can read all the rules of the cash prize competition here. The electronic application (due Friday January 18) is on our website, or you can connect to it here. You’re gonna blow us all away!

 

Parent Teacher Conference / Parent Information Night on February 12

Not only is this our last Parent/Teacher Conference of the year, but there will be a tremendous learning experience available for all of us. The PTSA is sponsoring a parent night with Collin Kartchner and national researcher Katey McPherson on screen time/device use and social media’s impact on young people. These two experts will present an assembly to students during the day, and give an adult presentation in the evening at 6:00. I have seen their presentation before, and can highly recommend it. I hope you will make every effort to join us that night to educate ourselves on this critical issue.

 

 

 

Track Pre-season Conditioning Starts February 5

Oak Canyon has an excellent track program, and all students are invited to participate. Check our website to get all the details. The season officially starts on February 25, but it’s never too early to come out and make some new friends and get some physical activity. Head Coach Paul Andrus can answer any questions you might have.

 

Previously Included Items

 

Advanced Learning Labs

Alpine School District Gifted Services will be conducting 8 sessions of testing for placement in the district A. L. L. classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. Any interested 2nd through 7th grader in ASD is invited to attend a testing session to qualify for placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A. L. L.).  Testing for both elementary and secondary A. L. L. programs will be done on Saturdays, January 12th to February 9th. Online registration is now open and will close the Tuesday prior to each testing session.  There will be a $20.00 fee for the testing. Students on free or reduced lunch status may register on-line with a reduced cost. Registering within three days of testing is considered a late registration and will incur an additional $5.00 fee. Late registrants will be admitted upon availability. There are no refunds. If you feel that your child could benefit from placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) and you would like to begin the consideration process, start by registering them online. You can get more information in this flyer.

 

School Lunch Payments

As you can imagine, feeding hundreds of students in thirty minutes takes some doing, and our lunchroom staff does a great job of doing it!  Cash payments slow down the line significantly. Please have your student bring their lunch money to the lunchroom before school starts, or you are welcome to make payments online at www.mypaymentsplus.com free of charge. Thank you for your help with this so we can get our students through the lunch lines as quickly as possible. They have a lot of hanging out to do!

 

Dates to Remember

Jan 14-18           Kindness Week

Jan 15                 Kindness Assembly (Leon Logothetis from Netflix and BYUTV’s Kindness Diaries)

Jan 18                 Oak Canyon Spelling Bee

Jan 21                 MLK Day—No School

Jan 26             Chamber and Encore at State Honor Choir 2:00 Salt Lake Tabernacle

Feb 4-8                Foreign Language week

Feb 11-15           Book Fair

Feb 11                 PTSA Spirit Night @ Panda Express 5-9pm

Feb 12                 Digital Awareness Assembly (Collin Kartchner)

Feb 12                 Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 12                      Parent Night on Teens and Social Media (Collin Kartchner and other expert presenters)

Feb 14             Valentine’s Day Dance 2:15-3:15

Feb 18             Presidents’ Day—No School

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

 

Sports Schedule

January

16 Boys Basketball OC vs Lakeridge @ OC 3 pm

16 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake ridge @ Lakeridge  3 pm

17 Boys Basketball OC vs Orem @ OC 3 pm

17 Girls Basketball OC vs Orem @ Orem 3 pm

23  Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View  @ Canyon View 3 pm

23  Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

24  Boys Basketball OC vs AF @AF 3 pm

24  Girls Basketball OC vs AF @ OC 3 pm

30 Boys Basketball OC vs PG @ OC 3 pm

30 Girls Basketball OC vs PG  @ PG 3 pm

31 Boys Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge @ Lake Ridge  3 pm

31 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge  @ OC 3 pm

January 7, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

Happy new year and a happy new semester! For me, one of the best things about the holiday break is having some down time to reflect on the year that is ending—its highlights and successes, as well as the things I am hoping to have a do-over on. I hope you and your family did some of the same celebrating the accomplishments and joys of the year past, and making some commitments for an even better year and semester to come.

 

This week’s message from EveryDay Strong suggests a simple shift in thinking (“Get Curious, Not Furious”) that may allow any parent or educator to better help a child experiencing anxiety or depression. Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you’re probably very familiar with the following scenario: You see your child who always struggles to get out of bed on time for school. It seems like they’re being willful or defiant. In fact, you might start to think, “She just is doing this for the attention,” or, “The problem is that he is lazy.”

When you think that, the natural response is to offer rewards and punishments. You might say, “If you don’t get out of bed right now, you’re not going to get to play Xbox when you get home tonight!” Or, “If you miss the bus and I have to drive you, I’m going to be very upset!”

Sometimes, this response is the best we can do on a harried, frustrated, chaotic morning. But when you have a peaceful moment, consider the following approach. Psychologists call this the “get curious, not furious” method. This perspective is less concerned about consequences for “bad behavior” and more about trying to understand what’s happening inside your child’s mind.

It involves asking questions like:

Rewards and consequences have a place in child-raising, but too often, the end result is that the child feels more alone, more isolated, guiltier and more ashamed and let’s be honest, you do too. “Get curious, not furious” is a way for you to feel calmer and more in control. It’s also a way to support and strengthen your child’s mental and emotional health.

You can read the entire article here, or learn more at everydaystronguw.

 

New Addition to Administrative Team

We are excited to welcome Linda Snow as the newest member of the Oak Canyon administrative team. Linda will be with us for the next few months as an administrative intern with BYU’s School Leadership Program. Linda lived in Southern Utah where she worked in elementary schools and also taught at Forbes Elementary here in ASD. She has more recently had administrative experience at Lehi High, Lindon Elementary, and in Houston, Texas.

 

Oak Canyon Has Talent is Coming on February 22!

Don’t miss one of the greatest nights of the year as students from Oak Canyon show off their amazing talents. Thanks to the PTSA for organizing this annual favorite event. Any student can apply and audition, or submit an art piece for display and judging. You can read all the rules of the cash prize competition here. The electronic application (due Friday January 18) is on our website, or you can connect to it here. You’re gonna blow us all away!

 

School Lunch Payments

As you can imagine, feeding hundreds of students in thirty minutes takes some doing, and our lunchroom staff does a great job of doing it!  Cash payments slow down the line significantly. Please have your student bring their lunch money to the lunchroom before school starts, or you are welcome to make payments online at www.mypaymentsplus.com free of charge. Thank you for your help with this so we can get our students through the lunch lines as quickly as possible. They have a lot of hanging out to do!

 

State Honor Choir

Congratulations to Mr. Harper and the Encore and Chamber Choirs, who have been invited to perform at the Utah State Honor Choir Performance Saturday, January 26th at the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 2:00. We are excited and proud to have them represent Oak Canyon at this big deal event.

Oak Canyon Spirit Night Tuesday at Orem Zupas

If you’re feeling like taking the night off from cooking dinner, take the family to the Orem Zupas between 5:00 and 9:00.  Mention you’re with Oak Canyon and our PTSA will receive a portion of the proceeds. Feel free to invite the people around you in line to be with Oak Canyon too!  :)  

January Special Education Parent Night

Thursday, January 24th

Special Education Office Conference Room

350 North State Street, Lindon

 

6:00-7:00 p.m. Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

This presentation will explain how the transition from Special Education pre-school to kindergarten process works, including: assessment procedures, determination of needs, available placements, and timelines. This class is for ADULTS ONLY.

Registration available at https://utahparentcenter.org/events/2019-01/

 

7:10-8:00 p.m. Transition from Elementary to Middle School/Junior High and High School

The transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school is bound to create some anxiety for students and parents. Join us for a discussion about what can be done to help ease the transition and prepare your student for success.

Open to all parents who have a student who is struggling, on a Section 504 Plan or an IEP.

Registration available at https://utahparentcenter.org/events/2019-01/

Childcare is not available.  Other Questions? Please contact Maria Wiscombe, Utah Parent Center Consultant, at maria@utahparentcenter.org or 801-318-1959

 

PGHS Mini Cheer Camp

Pleasant Grove High School Cheer Squad is holding a mini cheer camp (ages 3-14) on January 23, 24, and 25. The cost is $25. You can get more information and register here.

 

BYU’s Discover STEM Event

The Mathematics Education Association at BYU is hosting their annual Discover STEM Event for 6th-8th grade students on February 23rd from 9am to noon. This is an excellent opportunity to see real-world applications of mathematics, statistics, science, engineering, computers, technology, and other STEM fields. The deadline for pre-registration is January 25th. Students who pre-register will get a free Discover STEM t-shirt. Click here to pre-register. Walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

Valley Visioning Survey and Public Workshop

Utah County is projected to double in population by 2050 and add approximately one million people by 2065. The implications of this growth for our quality of life, and our future economy, depend on us taking proactive steps to create the future Utah County residents want. To this end, Valley Visioning has been launched to bring Utah County stakeholders and residents together to form a common vision for the future. Staff, students, and parents are invited to participate in this survey, and/or attend a public workshop on January 8 from 6 to 8pm at Pleasant Grove High School.

Additional information on these workshops, the Valley Visioning process, and more can be found at https://utahvalleyvisioning.org/.

Previously Included Items

 

Advanced Learning Labs

Alpine School District Gifted Services will be conducting 8 sessions of testing for placement in the district A. L. L. classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. Any interested 2nd through 7th grader in ASD is invited to attend a testing session to qualify for placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A. L. L.).  Testing for both elementary and secondary A. L. L. programs will be done on Saturdays, January 12th to February 9th. Online registration is now open and will close the Tuesday prior to each testing session.  There will be a $20.00 fee for the testing. Students on free or reduced lunch status may register online with a reduced cost. Registering within three days of testing is considered a late registration and will incur an additional $5.00 fee. Late registrants will be admitted upon availability. There are no refunds. If you feel that your child could benefit from placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) and you would like to begin the consideration process, start by registering them online. You can get more information in this flyer.

 

Save the Date

On February 12 our PTSA is sponsoring a parent night with Collin Kartchner and other experts on the effects that social media and excessive screen time have on young people. Collin is a local social activist who started a movement to #savethekids and #savetheparents by speaking to children, parents, and educators across the state and country to spread awareness about social media’s impact on teen anxiety, depression, and suicide. This event for parents will be in conjunction with our February Parent Teacher Conference, and students will attend an assembly during school on the same day. We hope to learn more as educators, and open up this important conversation between teens and their parents. Please put the date on your calendar now.

Dates to Remember

Jan 8               PTSA Spirit Night @ Zupas in Orem 5-9pm

Jan 14-18               Kindness Week

Jan 15                 Kindness Assembly (Leon Logothetis from Netflix and BYUTV’s Kindness Diaries)

Jan 18                 Oak Canyon Spelling Bee

Jan 18                Oak Canyon Has Talent Applications Due

Jan 21                 Martin Luther King Day—No School

Jan 26             Chamber and Encore at State Honor Choir 2:00 Salt Lake Tabernacle

Feb 4-8                Foreign Language week

Feb 11-15           Book Fair

Feb 11                 PTSA Spirit Night @ Panda Express 5-9pm

Feb 12                 Digital Awareness Assembly (Collin Kartchner)

Feb 12                 Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 12                      Parent Night on Teens and Social Media (Collin Kartchner and other expert presenters)

Feb 14             Valentine’s Day Dance 2:15-3:15

Feb 18             Presidents’ Day—No School

Feb 20             Career Day – A/B Day

Feb 22             Oak Canyon Has Talent 7:00pm Auditorium

 

Sports Schedule

January

9 Boys Basketball OC vs A.F. @ OC 3 pm

9 Girls Basketball OC vs A.F @ A.F. 3 pm

10 Boys Basketball OC vs P.G. @ P.G. 3 pm

10 Girls Basketball OC vs P.G. @ OC 3 pm

16 Boys Basketball OC vs Lakeridge @ OC 3 pm

16 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake ridge @ Lakeridge  3 pm

17 Boys Basketball OC vs Orem @ OC 3 pm

17 Girls Basketball OC vs Orem @ Orem 3 pm

23  Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View  @ Canyon View 3 pm

23  Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

24  Boys Basketball OC vs AF @AF 3 pm

24  Girls Basketball OC vs AF @ OC 3 pm

30 Boys Basketball OC vs PG @ OC 3 pm

30 Girls Basketball OC vs PG  @ PG 3 pm

31 Boys Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge @ Lake Ridge  3 pm

31 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge  @ OC 3 pm

December 18, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

As we wrap up the first half of this school year, I want to express my appreciation to each of you for the good you do in your families, in our school, and in the larger community. I truly feel honored to be part of Oak Canyon. I am grateful for my association with each of you, our faculty and staff, and especially with your children. I wish each one of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. See you on January 3rd for the start of second semester.  Please remember to have your student come with his or her schedule in hand.

 

Thanks for a Successful Food Drive

Mr. Bearden represented our school and delivered all the food that was collected at Oak Canyon to the new food pantry at Utah Virtual Academy. This Salt Lake school serves a high number of families who are in need. Here’s a clip from a report on Channel 13 on Monday about the pantry and Oak Canyon’s role in creating it. Thanks again for your generosity.

 

 JetBlue Ticket Auction

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? The PTSA auction for two JetBlue round trip tickets ends December 22nd at 10 am. You can see black-out dates here and here, and terms and conditions of the tickets here. The tickets are valid now until September 1, 2019.

 

The site to enter your bid is: https://www.32auctions.com/ocjhptsa

 

EverydayStrong

I have mentioned previously the partnership between Alpine School District and the United Way’s EverydayStrong. This community effort is to help all of us help our children to be more resilient as they face today’s challenges. Going forward I will be sharing some thoughts from EverydayStrong’s Instagram account and their website. I find them so valuable in learning how to increase our children’s sense of safety, connectedness, and confidence. I hope you will find these snippets worth considering too.

 

Embrace Your Parenting Imperfections

“There is no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– Robert Tew⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Children don’t need perfect parents, they need you. There is no such thing as a perfect parent or perfect child. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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It is normal for parents to feel worried, angry, guilty, overwhelmed, confused or inadequate because of a child’s behavior. Keep your sense of humor, trust your instincts and seek out help and advice when needed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Children are resilient and forgiving, and usually learn and grow from their mistakes. Most children turn out well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

everydaystronguw

Dates to Remember

Jan 3                          First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

Jan 8                          PTSA Spirit Night @ Zupas in Orem 5-9pm

Jan 9                          Oak Canyon Has Talent Applications Due

Jan 11                 Adobe Field Trip (Mike Redford)

Jan 14-18         Kindness Week

Jan15                 Kindness Assembly

Jan 16             Group Photos in the Auditorium

Jan 17             Science Demo Team to Bluffdale Elementary 8:30-1:30 pm

Jan 18                 Oak Canyon Spelling Bee

Jan 21                 MLK Day -- No School

Jan 22-25     Spirit Week

Jan25                 Spirit Assembly

 

 

Sports Schedule

January

9 Boys Basketball OC vs A.F. @ OC 3 pm

9 Girls Basketball OC vs A.F @ A.F. 3 pm

10 Boys Basketball OC vs P.G. @ P.G. 3 pm

10 Girls Basketball OC vs P.G. @ OC 3 pm

16 Boys Basketball OC vs Lakeridge @ OC 3 pm

16 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake ridge @ Lakeridge  3 pm

17 Boys Basketball OC vs Orem @ OC 3 pm

17 Girls Basketball OC vs Orem @ Orem 3 pm

23  Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View  @ Canyon View 3 pm

23  Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

24  Boys Basketball OC vs AF @AF 3 pm

24  Girls Basketball OC vs AF @ OC 3 pm

30 Boys Basketball OC vs PG @ OC 3 pm

30 Girls Basketball OC vs PG  @ PG 3 pm

31 Boys Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge @ Lake Ridge  3 pm

31 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge  @ OC 3

December 13, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are definitely on the countdown now! Only five days of school left in this semester. Our last day, December 19, will be an A/B day, where students will attend a shortened session of all eight of their classes. Report cards for second term will be available on Skyward on January 7.

 

Second semester begins after the holiday break on January 3rd. Students should come that day with a copy of their schedule in hand so they will be ready to begin their new semester classes. Please contact your child’s counselor with any needed class change requests by December 19. If you are not able to come in to the counseling office, you can call or send a note with your child. Please take care of this before the break so that learning can begin on the first day of class.

 

Thank you for the outpouring of love and concern for Mr. Perazzo. Many have asked how they can help the Perazzo family through this difficult time. One possibility is to donate to the GoFundMe account set up by a family friend. Here is a link to that page.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found collection is overflowing. Please check for any lost items by December 19, when we will make room for more by sending our first semester’s collection to charity. Students may begin losing items again on the first day of the new semester.  

 

New Roof, Clean Walls

You may have noticed that all the fencing and equipment have been cleaned up and hauled away, and we have a brand-new roof just in time for the snow! Whew! Our next improvement project will be cleaning the brick inside the building. This long overdue process will brighten up our hallways and remove the seemingly impervious adhesive (hint: never use Liquid Nails for anything short of eternity) left behind after removing old posters, etc. The A and B halls will be done over the Christmas break, with other areas to follow. We hope to complete the entire project by the end of summer. Please share your ideas for redecorating our hallways, and creating a school building as excellent as our students.

 

Save the Date

On February 12 our PTSA is sponsoring a parent night with Collin Kartchner and other experts on the effects that social media and excessive screen time have on young people. Collin is a local social activist who started a movement to #savethekids and #savetheparents by speaking to children, parents, and educators across the state and country to spread awareness about social media’s impact on teen anxiety, depression, and suicide. This event for parents will be in conjunction with our February Parent Teacher Conference, and students will attend an assembly during school on the same day. We hope to learn more as educators, and open up this important conversation between teens and their parents. Please put the date on your calendar now.

 

Save Another Date

Oak Canyon Has Talent, Lindon’s favorite talent show will take place in the Oak Canyon auditorium on February 22. Watch for the application next week—they will be due on January 9th. All kinds of performance numbers are welcome, and there will be a division for visual arts as well. Please encourage your kids to get their act together over the Christmas break! Numbers should be no longer than two minutes long.

 

Advanced Learning Labs

Alpine School District Gifted Services will be conducting 8 sessions of testing for placement in the district A. L. L. classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. Any interested 2nd through 7th grader in ASD is invited to attend a testing session to qualify for placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A. L. L.).  Testing for both elementary and secondary A. L. L. programs will be done on Saturdays, January 12th to February 9th. Online registration is now open and will close the Tuesday prior to each testing session.  There will be a $20.00 fee for the testing. Students on free or reduced lunch status may register on-line with a reduced cost. Registering within three days of testing is considered a late registration and will incur an additional $5.00 fee. Late registrants will be admitted upon availability. There are no refunds. If you feel that your child could benefit from placement in an Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) and you would like to begin the consideration process, start by registering them online. You can get more information in this flyer.

 

All State Band

Four Oak Canyon students have been selected for All State Junior High Band. They are: Clara Hainsworth, Emily Shaw, Hezekiah Bowden, and Andrew Kenney. Congratulations to these fine young musicians. The All State Concert is Saturday Jan. 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Abravanel Hall.

 

Students of the Week/Month

These students have recently been honored as students of the week!

Lily Lawrence, Nathaniel Bunker, Logan Smith, Kyra Jensen, Tate Conley, Kyle Hicken, Amanda Howell, Alexa Kirk, Abigail Motto, Clayton Ecalano, Conner Doyle.

 

These students were selected by the Social Studies Department as Eagles of the Month and honored by the PTSA:

Leticia Janoti, Braxton McDonald, Dylan Hansen, Kelly Washburn, Emily Shaw and Ryken Davis.

 

 

Below are some reminders about current service projects and fund raisers going on at Oak Canyon. Don’t forget that the online auction for two JetBlue tickets ends on December 22.

 

 

Canned Food Drive – Please Be Generous

Our Canned Food Drive is in full swing. This year’s drive is helping to create a food pantry at Utah Virtual Academy, a Salt Lake school which serves a high population of homeless students and families in great need. The need is so severe that we have been sending food each week as it has been coming in. This pantry will make a difference for many young people and their families who experience hunger regularly. Please be generous as generous as you can. The drive will go through December 18th.

 

 $5 Eagle Cards Make Great Gifts!

Eagle Cards, regularly $10 each, are on sale for $5 through December 19. You can buy them in the office or from a PTSA Board Member. This is one of the best discount cards out there and is a very nice gift for neighbors, friends, or yourself!

 

JetBlue Ticket Auction

Jet Blue Airways has donated 2 round trip tickets to our PTSA to auction off to help pay for programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff. The auction will run from now until December 22nd at 10 am. You can see black-out dates here and here, and terms and conditions of the tickets here. The tickets are valid now until September 1, 2019.

 

The site to enter your bid is: https://www.32auctions.com/ocjhptsa

 

Please share this with family and friends...anyone can place a bid. If you have any questions, contact Talina Jensen 801-494-3982.

 

 

Reminder about Amazon Smile

Please remember to use Amazon Smile to have a portion of all you spend on Amazon come back to Oak Canyon Junior High.

 

Sign up for Amazon Smile and select “PTA Utah Congress Oak Canyon Jr High PTSA” as the organization to receive .5% of your purchase total. That may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly with a large number of people participating. The PTSA will use these funds toward a school gift, such as a new electronic marquee, or blacktop and basketball hoops in the courtyard behind the school. Learn more about Amazon Smile here. You can sign up using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0508143. (When you shop, be sure to use the smile.amazon.com site. Other than that, everything else is exactly the same.)

 

Dates to Remember

Dec 14                          Last day for Giving Tree donations

Dec 19                          A/B Day  (regular school hours)

Dec 19                          Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester

Jan 3                              First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

Jan 8                              PTSA Spirit Night @ Zupas in Orem 5-9pm

Jan 9                              Oak Canyon Has Talent Applications Due

Jan 11                 Adobe Field Trip (Mike Redford)

Jan 14-18         Kindness Week

Jan15                 Kindness Assembly

Jan 16                 Group Photos in the Auditorium

Jan 17                 Science Demo Team to Bluffdale Elementary 8:30-1:30 pm

Jan 18                 Oak Canyon Spelling Bee

Jan 21                 MLK Day

Jan 22-25         Spirit Week

Jan25                 Spirit Assembly

 

Sports Schedule

 9 Boys Basketball OC vs A.F. @ OC 3 pm

9 Girls Basketball OC vs A.F @ A.F. 3 pm

10 Boys Basketball OC vs P.G. @ P.G. 3 pm

10 Girls Basketball OC vs P.G. @ OC 3 pm

16 Boys Basketball OC vs Lakeridge @ OC 3 pm

16 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake ridge @ Lakeridge  3 pm

17 Boys Basketball OC vs Orem @ OC 3 pm

17 Girls Basketball OC vs Orem @ Orem 3 pm

23  Boys Basketball OC vs Canyon View  @ Canyon View 3 pm

23  Girls Basketball OC vs Canyon View @ OC 3 pm

24  Boys Basketball OC vs AF @AF 3 pm

24  Girls Basketball OC vs AF @ OC 3 pm

30 Boys Basketball OC vs PG @ OC 3 pm

30 Girls Basketball OC vs PG  @ PG 3 pm

31 Boys Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge @ Lake Ridge  3 pm

31 Girls Basketball OC vs Lake Ridge  @ OC 3

December 4, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music that is performed at schools all across our community, and especially here at Oak Canyon. Hearing our young students make beautiful, heartfelt music together never fails to choke me up. I agree with Jewel, who said, “Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.” I appreciate our music teachers, who devote their time, talents, and hearts to giving this remarkable gift to their students.

 

Amid our holiday preparations, our hearts are heavy, but full of hope, as we have learned that Assistant Principal Perazzo is facing a significant challenge. Last Friday Jacob was diagnosed with lung cancer. It is, of course, a shock to all of us. We will miss him at school for the next few months as he spends time in treatment and with his loved ones. I know our school, and our whole community, will rally around him and his family as they climb this mountain.

 

The following information items are all repeated from last week’s newsletter. Please pay particular attention to the service projects going on at Oak Canyon. I think service to others is just the ticket right now.

 

Canned Food Drive – Please Be Generous

Our Canned Food Drive is in full swing. This year’s drive is helping to create a food pantry at Utah Virtual Academy, a Salt Lake school which serves a high population of homeless students and families in great need. The need is so severe that we have been sending food each week as it has been coming in. This pantry will make a difference for many young people and their families who experience hunger regularly. Please be generous as generous as you can. The drive will go through December 14th.

 

Giving Tree for Teens

OCJH Student Leadership Council is working on our annual service project, Giving Tree for Teens. This is a wonderful, opportunity to help local youth who are in real need.  Last year, we were able to help more than 140 teens. We are collecting NEW gifts and items for teens in crisis and foster care. Youth who are placed in foster care during the later part of the year are not on any lists to receive Christmas gifts, during a time in their lives when they are most in need.  All donations will go to our local community through the Utah Foster Care Foundation.

 

Some donation suggestions: gift cards, board or card games, sports equipment, hoodies, trendy socks, make-up, cologne or perfume, art or craft projects and supplies, video games, school supplies, shoes, hair accessories, hair products, curling or flat irons, gloves, scarves, hats, jewelry, DVDs, room décor, posters, local sports team items, ball caps, batteries, accessories, cool T-shirts, I-tune cards, cash, etc. One important donation need is winter gear—coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc.

 

There are donation boxes in the office until December 13th. Contact Cristie Wood if you have any questions or donations you would like to have picked up - email at cristiewood@yahoo.com, text or call 801-837-6574.

 

$5 Eagle Cards Make Great Gifts!

Eagle Cards, regularly $10 each, are on sale for $5 through December 19. You can buy them in the office or from a PTSA Board Member. This is one of the best discount cards out there, and it’s a very nice gift for neighbors, friends, or yourself!

 

JetBlue Ticket Auction

Jet Blue Airways has donated 2 round trip tickets to our PTSA to auction off to help pay for programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff. The auction will run from now until December 22nd at 10 am. You can see black-out dates here and here, and terms and conditions of the tickets here. The tickets are valid now until September 1, 2019.

 

The site to enter your bid is: https://www.32auctions.com/ocjhptsa

 

Please share this with family and friends...anyone can place a bid. If you have any questions, contact Talina Jensen 801-494-3982.

 

Reminder about Amazon Smile

Please remember to use Amazon Smile to have a portion of all you spend on Amazon come back to Oak Canyon Junior High.

 

Sign up for Amazon Smile and select “PTA Utah Congress Oak Canyon Jr High PTSA” as the organization to receive .5% of your purchase total. That may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly with a large number of people participating. The PTSA will use these funds toward a school gift, such as a new electronic marquee, or blacktop and basketball hoops in the courtyard behind the school. Learn more about Amazon Smile here. You can sign up using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0508143. (When you shop, be sure to use the smile.amazon.com site. Other than that, everything else is exactly the same.)

 

Dates to Remember

Dec 1-14                      Canned Food Drive

Dec 4                             Choir Christmas Concert 6:00 and 7:30

Dec 5                             4H Parent Showcase 4:00-5:00 in cafeteria

Dec 6                             Orchestra Christmas Concert 6:00

Dec 7                             9th Grade Dance “Winter Waltz” 7:00 – 9:00  $5 Best Dress

Dec 11                          Netzsmart Assembly

Dec 12                          Band Concert  6:30

Dec 13                          Last day for Giving Tree donations

Dec 19                          A/B Day  (regular school hours)

Dec 19                          Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester

Jan 3                              First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

 

Sports Schedule

 

December

5              Boys Basketball vs Frontier @ Frontier 3 pm

5              Girls Basketball vs Frontier @ OC 3 pm

6              Boys Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ OC 3 pm

6              Girls Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ Mountain Ridge 3 pm

12             Boys Basketball OC vs Vista  @ Vista 3 pm

12             Girls Basketball OC vs Vista @ OC 3 pm

13             Boys Basketball OC vs Timberline  @ OC 3 pm

13             Girls Basketball OC vs Timberline @ Timberline 3 pm

November 28, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

The busiest time of the year is officially here. I hope your holidays have gotten off to a great start. There are three weeks left in second term, and twenty-six shopping days til Christmas. We can do this!

 

Correction: December 19 is a full day of school (sorry)

Our Dates to Remember section has indicated that school would be released early on December 19, but that was in error. There will be regular school time that day (7:45 – 2:15), but students will attend all eight periods.

 

JetBlue Ticket Auction

Jet Blue Airways has donated 2 round trip tickets to our PTSA to auction off to help pay for programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff. The auction will run from now until December 22nd at 10 am. You can see black-out dates here and here, and terms and conditions of the tickets here. The tickets are valid now until September 1, 2019.  The site to enter your bid is: https://www.32auctions.com/ocjhptsa

 

Please share this with family and friends...anyone can place a bid. If you have any questions, contact Talina Jensen 801-494-3982.

 

Canned Food Drive – Please Be Generous

Our Canned Food Drive is in full swing. This year’s drive is helping to create a food pantry at Utah Virtual Academy, a Salt Lake school which serves a high population of homeless students and families in great need. The need is so severe that we have been sending food up each week as it has been coming in. This pantry is  making a difference for many young people and their families who experience hunger regularly. Please be as generous as you can and load your kids down with food on their way out the door!. The drive will go through December 14th.

 

$5 Eagle Cards Make Great Gifts!

Eagle Cards, regularly $10 each, are on sale for $5 through December 19. You can buy them in the office or from a PTSA Board Member. This is one of the best discount cards out there (mostly 2 for 1 offers) and is a very nice gift for neighbors, friends, family, or yourself. It’s a good time to stock up!

 

Giving Tree for Teens

OCJH Student Leadership Council is working on our annual service project, Giving Tree for Teens. This is a wonderful, opportunity to help local youth who are in real need.  Last year, we were able to help more than 140 teens. We are collecting NEW gifts and items for teens in crisis and foster care. Youth who are placed in foster care during the later part of the year are not on any lists to receive Christmas gifts, during a time in their lives when they are most in need.  All donations will go to our local community through the Utah Foster Care Foundation.

 

Some donation suggestions: gift cards, board or card games, sports equipment, hoodies, trendy socks, make-up, cologne or perfume, art or craft projects and supplies, video games, school supplies, shoes, hair accessories, hair products, curling or flat irons, gloves, scarves, hats, jewelry, DVDs, room décor, posters, local sports team items, ball caps, batteries, accessories, cool T-shirts, I-tune cards, cash, etc. One important donation suggestion is winter gear—coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc. The need for these items is critical.

 

There are donation boxes in the office until December 13th. Contact Cristie Wood if you have any questions or donations you would like to have picked up - email at cristiewood@yahoo.com, text or call 801-837-6574.

 

Reminder about Amazon Smile

Please remember to use Amazon Smile to have a portion of all you spend on Amazon come back to Oak Canyon Junior High.

 

Sign up for Amazon Smile and select “PTA Utah Congress Oak Canyon Jr High PTSA” as the organization to receive .5% of your purchase total. That may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly with a large number of people participating. The PTSA will use these funds toward a school gift, such as a new electronic marquee, or blacktop and basketball hoops in the courtyard behind the school. Learn more about Amazon Smile here. You can sign up using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0508143. (When you shop, be sure to use the smile.amazon.com site. You will see your regular account, but a percentage of what you spend will come back to Oak Canyon.)

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 29                          Ballroom Competition @ American Heritage 5:00 – 9:00

Nov 30                          Spelling Bee Preliminary Test during B6

Dec 1-14                      Canned Food Drive

Dec 4                             Choir Christmas Concert 6:00 and 7:30

Dec 5                             4H Parent Showcase 4:00-5:00 in cafeteria

Dec 6                             Orchestra Christmas Concert 6:00

Dec 7                             9th Grade Dance 7:00 – 9:00  $5

Dec 11                          Netzsmart Assembly

Dec 12                          Band Concert  6:30

Dec 13                          Last day for Giving Tree donations

Dec 19                          A/B Day  (regular school hours)

Dec 19                          Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester

Jan 3                              First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

 

Sports Schedule

 

November

29             Boys Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ OC 3 pm

29             Girls Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ Skyridge 3 pm

 

December

5              Boys Basketball vs Frontier @ Frontier 3 pm

5              Girls Basketball vs Frontier @ OC 3 pm

6              Boys Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ OC 3 pm

6              Girls Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ Mountain Ridge 3 pm

12             Boys Basketball OC vs Vista  @ Vista 3 pm

12             Girls Basketball OC vs Vista @ OC 3 pm

13             Boys Basketball OC vs Timberline  @ OC 3 pm

13             Girls Basketball OC vs Timberline @ Timberline 3 pm

November 20, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving season, high on my list is the opportunity to associate with the outstanding teachers and staff, excellent students, and dedicated parents of Oak Canyon Junior High. Thank you for the time, effort, and love you spend on your own children, and all of the young people in our community. I hope you enjoy these few days off, and have a safe and enjoyable holiday with your family!

 

Amazon Smile

Since you just may be doing some shopping this week, please remember to use Amazon Smile to have a portion of all you spend on Amazon come back to Oak Canyon Junior High.

 

Sign up for Amazon Smile and select “PTA Utah Congress Oak Canyon Jr High PTSA” as the organization to receive .5% of your purchase total. That may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly with a large number of people participating. The PTSA will use these funds toward a school gift, such as a new electronic marquee, or blacktop and basketball hoops in the courtyard behind the school. Learn more about Amazon Smile here. You can sign up using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0508143. (When you shop, be sure to use the smile.amazon.com site. Other than that, everything else is exactly the same.)

 

Sub For Santa

If your family needs assistance this holiday (or would like to give some), you can apply on the Sub for Santa website at www.subforsanta.org.  You can also get more information by attending one of the local Open Houses listed on this flyer.

 

4-H Teen Winter Retreat

Utah County 4H sponsors a Teen Winter Retreat in January for 9th through 12th graders at Aspen Grove. Oak Canyon students may be able to attend free. For more info, call 4H Site Coordinator Lindsie Lewis at 801-850-3800.

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 21-23                   Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29                          Ballroom Competition @ American Heritage 5:00 – 9:00

Nov 30                          Spelling Bee Preliminary Test during B6

Dec 1-14                      Canned Food Drive

Dec 4                                 Choir Christmas Concert 6:00 and 7:30

Dec 5                             4H Parent Showcase 4:00-5:00 in cafeteria

Dec 6                             Orchestra Christmas Concert 6:00

Dec 7                             9th Grade Dance 7:00 – 9:00  $5

Dec 11                          Netzsmart Assembly

Dec 12                          Band Concert  6:30

Dec 19                          A/B Day  

Dec 19                          Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester

Jan 3                              First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

 

Sports Schedule

 

November

26              Boys pre season Basketball OC @ Timpview 3 pm

28             Boys Basketball OC vs Willowcreek @ Willowcreek 3 pm

28             Girls Basketball OC vs Willowcreek @ OC 3 pm

29             Boys Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ OC 3 pm

29             Girls Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ Skyridge 3 pm

 

December

5              Boys Basketball vs Frontier @ Frontier 3 pm

5              Girls Basketball vs Frontier @ OC 3 pm

6              Boys Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ OC 3 pm

6              Girls Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ Mountain Ridge 3 pm

12             Boys Basketball OC vs Vista  @ Vista 3 pm

12             Girls Basketball OC vs Vista @ OC 3 pm

13             Boys Basketball OC vs Timberline  @ OC 3 pm

13             Girls Basketball OC vs Timberline @ Timberline 3 pm

 

November 12, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Can you believe that this week we are officially halfway through 2nd quarter? Please check Skyward with your student to celebrate their good work, and take notice of any missing work or struggles. We are here to help your student learn and be successful.

 

This term we have seen considerable improvement on tardies in general, but especially first period tardies. I know that getting to school on time is a family project. Thanks for all you are doing to help your students be here and be ready when school starts!

 

Freedom Week

We are excited to celebrate our freedoms, and those who sacrifice to make them possible, this week during Freedom Week. Thanks to the PTSA for making this week possible. Here is a flyer with the activities for each day.

 

Spelling Bee

This year’s Spelling Bee (for 7th and 8th graders) will be held on January 18th. This is a fantastic, fun activity. Our school winner will have the chance to keep competing all the way up to state, and possibly the National Spelling Bee in the spring in Washington DC. Mrs. Allan will hold prep sessions for any students who would like to come after school on the next three Tuesdays (Nov 13, 20, and 27) in her classroom (C128). The preliminary qualifying test will be given to all students who want to participate during school on November 30th. Contact Mrs. Allan for more information and a word list at mallan@alpinedistrict.org.

 

Ballroom Competition

There will be a junior high Ballroom Competition on November 29 at American Heritage from 5:00-9:00 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased for $5 with (register4comps.com).  Tickets will cost $7 on the day of the event.  

 

Eagle Projects

Two outstanding Eagle Projects were recently completed at Oak Canyon. Tyler Light’s project was to provide the contents, and assemble an emergency kit, for every classroom in our school. Drae Endicott’s project was to install a long jump pit for our track and field athletes. A huge thank you to both of these young men, and all those who helped them complete these challenging and significant projects. We have a fantastic Oak Canyon community!

 

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 12                             PTSA Spirit Night at Airborne in Lindon  5-9

Nov 12-16                   Freedom Week

Nov 16                          Freedom Assembly

Nov 21-23                   Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29                          Ballroom Competition @ American Heritage 5:00 – 9:00

Nov 30                          Spelling Bee Preliminary Test during B6

Dec 1-14                      Canned Food Drive

Dec 4                             Choir Christmas Concert 6:00 and 7:30

Dec 5                             4H Parent Showcase 4:00-5:00 in cafeteria

Dec 6                             Orchestra Christmas Concert 6:00

Dec 7                             9th Grade Dance 7:00 – 9:00  $5

Dec 11                          Netzsmart Assembly

Dec 12                          Band Concert  6:30

Dec 19                          A/B Day  School Dismisses at 11:45

Dec 19                          Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester

Jan 3                              First day of 3rd quarter/2nd semester

 

Sports Schedule

 

November

7              Boys and Girls Tryouts Start

26              Boys pre season Basketball OC @ Timpview 3 pm

28             Boys Basketball OC vs Willowcreek @ Willowcreek 3 pm

28             Girls Basketball OC vs Willowcreek @ OC 3 pm

29             Boys Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ OC 3 pm

29             Girls Basketball OC vs Skyridge @ Skyridge 3 pm

 

December

5              Boys Basketball vs Frontier @ Frontier 3 pm

5              Girls Basketball vs Frontier @ OC 3 pm

6              Boys Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ OC 3 pm

6              Girls Basketball vs Mountain Ridge @ Mountain Ridge 3 pm

12             Boys Basketball OC vs Vista  @ Vista 3 pm

12             Girls Basketball OC vs Vista @ OC 3 pm

13             Boys Basketball OC vs Timberline  @ OC 3 pm

13             Girls Basketball OC vs Timberline @ Timberline 3 pm

 

November 5, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Here’s what’s going on this week at Oak Canyon:

 

Music Man Jr.

Our fall musical, Music Man Jr., will be presented in the auditorium this Friday, Saturday, and next Monday at 7:00. You won’t want to miss this great night of family entertainment. Tickets are $5. The Winter Art Show will also be on display in the foyer during performances. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful pieces students have created.

 

Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for the boys’ 9th grade team will be November 7 and 8 from 2:30 to 4:15. Tryouts for the girls’ 9th grade team will be the same days, 4:15 to 6:30.  Good luck to everyone trying out!

 

Freedom Week Essay Contest

Entries are due this Friday November 9th after school for this year’s Freedom Week Essay Contest. Cash prizes will be given for winners in each grade ($25) and for the overall winner ($50), who will read his or her essay in the Freedom Assembly. The theme is “Freedom to Dream”. Bring your entries to the office.

 

We Need Your Photos of Family Members Who Have Served

Please submit photos of loved ones who have served in the military. A slide show of Oak Canyon patriots will be shown as part of the Freedom Assembly. Photos should be emailed to jkbeeston@gmail.com by November 9th.

Here is a flyer with all the details about Freedom Week, including the Essay Contest and photo submissions.

Lacrosse

9th-12th Boys and Girls HS Lacrosse Parent/Player meeting:

When:  Tuesday Nov 6th @ 7:00 pm

Where:  PGHS Cafeteria and Student Center

Who:  At least one parent and the player

Why:  To discuss fundraising, Winter and Spring schedules, tournaments, fees, coaches Q and A, volunteering etc. to get ready for the upcoming Spring Season!

Bring any friends interested in lacrosse, new and experienced players are all welcome!  For more info visit this website www.pleasantgrovelacrosse.com

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 6-12                      Winter Art Show

Nov 9                            Freedom Essay Contest Entries Due

Nov 9,10,12               School Musical, The Music Man Jr.

Nov 12                             PTSA Spirit Night at Airborne in Lindon  5-9

Nov 12-16                   Freedom Week

Nov 21-23                   Thanksgiving Break

October 31, 2018

 

Dear parents,

 

Happy Halloween to you and your family!

Costumes are allowed at school tomorrow, but please remember these restrictions: No masks, no painted faces, no weapons (even very fake ones), and your costume must not violate the dress code (see Student Handbook). Thanks for helping your students have fun AND use good judgement about their costume choices.

 

Emergency Kits for Oak Canyon Classrooms

Please see the letter below from Tyler Light. We are excited about this important Eagle Project, and encourage anyone with an interest to get involved in helping Tyler complete it. You can donate items or money directly to him, or if you prefer, you can use a credit card through the “Donate” button on the Oak Canyon website (directly linked here). Please write “Oak Canyon Emergency Kits” as the purpose of the donation. Thanks for your help!

 

Hello, My name is Tyler Light. For my Eagle Project I am making Emergency Kits for each of the classrooms in my school. I have made it easy to donate all of the items for the kits. Here is the LINK to see the list of items needed for the project. If you do not want to buy anything for the project you can donate money to buy the items.  If you have items or cash to donate, or have any questions, please let me know by email (tylerlight04@gmail.com) or call me at 801-691-1600. You can also donate money through the school website. I am excited to receive anything you are willing to donate. Thank you so much."      Tyler Light

  

Freedom Week Coming Soon

We will celebrate our freedoms, and all those who have sacrificed to make them possible, during Freedom Week November 12 – 16. One of the activities sponsored by the PTSA is an Essay Contest. Entries are due on Friday November 9th after school. Cash prizes will be given, and the overall winner will read his or her essay during the Freedom Assembly.

 

We also want to recognize Oak Canyon family members who have served in the Military. Please send photos to jkbeeston@gmail.com by November 9th. These photos will be used in a slide show during the assembly.

 

Here is a flyer with all the details about Freedom Week, including the Essay Contest and photo submissions. This is a great week of honoring those who serve us, and remembering how blessed we are to live in the United States of America. We hope you’ll get involved, and thanks as always to our great PTSA.

 

Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for both boys and girls 9th grade basketball teams begin on November 7. For details, girls should contact Coach Scott Crockett, and boys should contact Coach Tyler Marshall. Good luck to everyone trying out!

 

Timpanogos Soccer Meeting

Any 9th grade boys interested in trying out for soccer at Timpanogos High School should attend the Preseason Player and Parent Meeting on Wednesday November 7th at 8:00 in the Little Theater at THS.

 

PTSA Reflections

It's time to show your creativity and enter Reflections! Every entry will be recognized, and cash prizes will be given to top entries in Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Photography, Visual Art, and Music Composition.  

Forms are available in the office, and on the Utah PTA website.  www.utahpta.org/reflections

Theme: Heroes Around Me

Due Date: November 5th at 2:30 pm, Main Office

Please read the general rules and those specific to your category so your work won't be disqualified.  Use of copyrighted Marvel or DC superheroes is not allowed.

October 24, 2018

 

Dear parents,

 

I hope you had a wonderful break, and are as excited as I am to have a fresh start for 2nd term.

 

One thing we hope to do better at as a school this term is reducing the number of students who are tardy to class. Being on time is not only an important life skill, but it can be a strong predictor of academic success. One of our Oak Canyon values is to be an “Active Learner”. Arriving on time to class, with the materials you need, is a first step to doing your best to learn. We call it “Be there and be ready.”

 

Most of our students are doing an outstanding job at this. Last year, the average student had fewer than 2 tardy marks per quarter. That’s pretty amazing, considering that they attend approximately 180 class periods during that time. Thanks to all of you who help your students get here on time in the morning, and expect them to be on time to their other classes during the day.

 

But, there are some students who have developed a poor habit that isn’t serving them well. We are implementing some new procedures to try to encourage them to turn over a new leaf this term and get to class on time. Please read below for how you can help.

 

Excusing Tardies

We appreciate your efforts to get your student here on time. For those times when it can’t be helped, please send your student with a note, or send an email to our attendance secretary, or call the office to excuse your student’s first period tardy. We know that life happens sometimes, so if you’ve had a situation at home, or a transportation problem, or whatever the cause, please communicate with us so we can mark the tardy as excused. This helps us immensely.

 

Unexcused Tardy Process for Second Term

Starting now, unexcused tardies will be watched more closely with the following responses:

·      3 tardies: Counselor or administrator will visit with the student to see how we can help.

·      5 tardies: Attendance secretary will call home to inform parents of the concern, and work toward a solution.

·      6 tardies: Student will make up missed class time with lunch detention for the 6th, and each additional, tardy.

 

 We appreciate your support in helping our students be Active Learners.

 

Halloween Costumes

Costumes are okay on Halloween, with the following restrictions: No masks, no facepaint, no weapons, must follow dress code.  Thanks for helping your students have fun AND use good judgement about their costume choices. If you haven’t been inside the school this month, please come in and walk through the halls to see the great Halloween doors many of our faculty have created.

 

Dates to Remember

Oct 30                              Picture Makeup Day

Oct 31                              Halloween

Nov 6                                Reflections Entries Due

Nov 6-12                      Winter Art Show

Nov 9                            Freedom Essay Contest Entries Due

Nov 9,10,12               School Musical, The Music Man

Nov 12                             PTSA Spirit Night at Airborne in Lindon  5-9

Nov 12-16                   Freedom Week

Nov 21-23                   Thanksgiving Break

October 15, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for all you do to help your children do their best in school. I hope it has been a good first quarter for your family. Either way, enjoy Fall Break and the fact that we all get a fresh start when second term starts next Tuesday. It’s a great time to talk to your child about his/her academic goals, and the personal and academic habits that will bring them to fruition. Please let us know how we can help.

 

National School Lunch Week

Along with schools across the country, we are celebrating National School Lunch Week. A huge shout out to our kitchen staff for all they contribute to our school. They don’t just do their job, they truly care about our kids. This week all students who eat school lunch will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

 

Scary Story Contest

Fall Break might be a great time to write a scary story! Entries are due in the library on October 29, and prizes will be awarded on October 31. See more information here.

 

Winter Art Show

Please pick up an application and submit artworks to be considered (art must have been created no earlier than June 20, 2018 to be eligible). Categories include painting, monochromatic drawing, color drawing, ceramic vessels, and ceramic sculptures. Entries are due on October 24. See Mr. Adamson or Mrs. Otterson for more information.

 

PTSA Reflections

And don’t forget about Reflections! Every entry will be recognized, and cash prizes will be given to top entries in Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Photography, Visual Art, and Music Composition.  

Forms are available in the office, and on the Utah PTA website.  www.utahpta.org/reflections

Theme: Heroes Around Me

Due Date: November 5th at 2:30 pm, Main Office

Please read the general rules and those specific to your category so your work won't be disqualified.  Use of copyrighted Marvel or DC superheroes is not allowed.

 

Cross Country Season

Thanks to coaches Janine Mashburn and Natalie Matthews for an outstanding first season of cross country at Oak Canyon. At the twelve-school district championship meet last week, Oak Canyon took many honors:

7th Grade Boys - 6th place

7th Grade Girls - 5th place

8th Grade Boys - 2nd place

8th Grade Girls - 5th place

9th Grade Boys - 10th place

9th Grade Girls  - 3rd place

Congratulations to numerous Oak Canyon athletes who achieved their fastest time of the season at this race, and to several who received individual honors:

Cameron Nutig - 8th place in 8th grade boys

Martin Galvez -  9th place in 8th grade boys

Maren Jones -  7th place in 8th grade girls

Ellia Hays - 8th place in 8th grade girls

Amanda Day - 3rd place in 9th grade girls

 

Red Ribbon Week

The celebration continues.  Thanks PTSA!  Remember to wear a hat on Tuesday, and camo on Wednesday.

YOLO – Be Drug Free!

 

Students of the Week

Congratulations to Lily Lawrence and Nathaniel Bunker, our fantastic students of the week! When you’re in the school, stop by the display case in the foyer and get to know more about these wonderful students.

 

Faculty Kudos            

Two faculty members were recognized by their fellow teachers this month for some outstanding accomplishments. McKell Ferguson, who teaches English 7 and 8, recently presented a paper to the Tolkien Society at Oxford University. Doug Anderson, who teaches AP Human Geography and Honors World Geography, has been selected as a Geography Teacher Fellow by the American Geographical Society. As part of this honor, he will attend the AGS Fall Symposium next month at Columbia University. You can learn more about these two representatives of our outstanding faculty in a display case in the foyer.

 

Dates to Remember

Oct 15-17          Red Ribbon Week

Oct 17                    End of first term

Oct 18-19          Fall Break

Oct 22                 Professional Development Day – no school for students

Oct 30                    Picture Makeup Day

Oct 31                    Halloween

October 10, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

End of Term

The last day of first term is next Wednesday, October 17. Please make sure your student is aware of work deadlines that are at hand.

 

Red Ribbon Week

Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be Red Ribbon Week, a great celebration provided by our PTSA -- YOLO Be Drug Free! You can see the fun activities planned here. Remember to wear red on Monday, hats on Tuesday, and camo on Wednesday.

 

Fall Break

There will be no school for students on October 18,19, and 22. Please enjoy some great family time. Second term will begin on Tuesday,October 23.

 

Perfect Part-time Job for an Oak Canyon Parent

Considering working part time while the kids are in school, with all the same days off and everything? We have the perfect position for you! We have an opening in our lunch room for a three-hour position. If you’re looking for a job with a family friendly schedule, and great people to work with every day, you can apply or find out more information here.

 

Good Luck to Cross Country

The District Finals for cross country are today at 3:30 at Timberline Middle School.  Go Eagles!

 

Students of the Week

Congratulations to Emily Hall and Morgan Sausedo, our students of the week. We appreciate you!

 

Women in Technology

Last week, Ancestry.com invited young women from across our district to come to their facilities for a Women in Technology event. They toured the facilities and heard panel discussions with employees to learn about the fantastic opportunities available in tech, especially for women. Thanks to Mr. Redford, who took a group of Oak Canyon girls (by far the largest from any of the schools) to participate in this great showcase of the possibilities out there for girls who code!

 

October 3, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Oak Canyon is proud to join the rest of Alpine School District in a partnership with United Way of Utah County and their EveryDay Strong efforts. This consortium of community organizations is responding to the reality that every year, the number of children and teens in Utah County experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression is going up. EveryDay Strong is an approach that is based on the idea that kids thrive and are resilient when they feel safe, connected, and confident. We are working to provide this kind of environment at Oak Canyon, and know you are doing the same in your homes. The free parent activity guide available here is full of easy and fun activities you can do with your children to build their resilience, and tools to understand safety, connection, and confidence, and which your child might need most at the moment. EveryDay Strong also has an Instagram presence, with positive posts about connecting with our kids and building their confidence. I’m not very active on social media, but if you’re interested in my opinion, almost every post gets a heart from me.

 

Please don’t let the end of the term sneak up on your student. It’s definitely time to contact teachers with any questions about any missing work or other improvement opportunities. Two weeks from today, first term will be history. Let’s finish strong!

 

Shakespeare Team

A team of twelve thespians represented Oak Canyon at the Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City last week. They gave performances to be proud of, and had a wonderful learning experience. They’re still quoting The Foreigner, one of the professional productions they were able to see while they were there. A big thanks to Mrs. Palmer and Mr. Harper for making this experience possible for their students.

 

Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge bowl is finally here! We are looking for all students who would like to put their historical knowledge to the test and accept the challenge.  HOW IT WORKS.  In March we will host the Knowledge Bowl with other teams from around the district. The Oak Canyon team will prepare with History Department teachers 3 or 4 times a month after school for an hour, in Miss. Matthews’s room (treats will be provided). Come and join by visiting with Miss Matthews or Mr. Marshall.

 

Boys’ Basketball Open Gym

Open gym for 9th grade boys is currently happening every Tuesday and Friday after school from 2:30-3:30. Come and play!  Tryouts will be in early November.

 

Girls’ Basketball Open Gym

All girls (grades 7-9) are invited to come and play basketball on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30, and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30. Tryouts for the 9th grade team will be held in early November, but for now, anyone who wants to play basketball is welcome.

 

Girls Bantam Basketball Tryouts

Date: Tuesday, October 9th

Time: 5th, 6th, 7th grade @ 7:00pm, 8th grade @ 8:00pm

Where: Pleasant Grove High School, Main Gym

 

Interested in Wrestling?

Information about the Pleasant Grove Recreation program for K-4th grade can be found here.

 

Students of the Week and Eagles of the Month

Congratulations to Abigail Pickard, Paige Parry, Clark Pilkinton, and Luke Smith, who have been selected as Students of the Week so far this year. In September, the science department honored these students as Eagles of the Month: Jenna Storrer, Andrew Kenney, Camilla Senior, Indigo Johnson, Brooklyn Thomas, Ari Cox, Kate Banner, and Sam Payne.

 

Dates to Remember

Oct 3              Cross Country at Canyon View 5:00

Oct 8               Encore/THS Choir Concert  7:00 @ THS

Oct 10              Cross Country Championships 3:00 at Timberline

Oct 10               Fall Choir Concert  7:00 in the auditorium

Oct 15-17  Red Ribbon Week

Oct 17              End of first term

Oct 18-19   Fall Break

Oct 22        Professional Development Day – no school for students

Oct 30                Picture Makeup Day

Oct 31                Halloween

 

September 24, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

It’s time for the countdown to the end of first quarter to begin. Only three and a half weeks to go! If you haven’t had a mid-term review with your student already, this week would be a great time to sit down together and talk about their learning experience. There will be plenty of successes to celebrate, and there may be some habit adjustments needed as well.

 

Here is a link to Skyward where you can find specific information about your student’s attendance, assignments, test scores, etc. You can also use the Skyward App on your phone.

 

Picture Day and Vision Checks

Pictures will be taken for all students on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week during students’ English classes. Eighth graders will also have their vision screened on the same day.

 

If you wish to pre-purchase your child’s school pictures, you can do so here with the code: oakcanyonjralpinefall18. Instructions for purchase will also be sent home in a packet. Purchase is not required.

 

PTSA Reflections

Oak Canyon PTSA Reflections has begun and the due date is right around the corner!!! Reflections is about expressing yourself through the arts. We look forward to seeing your entries in Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Photography, Visual Art, and Music Composition.  

Forms are available in the office and on the website www.utahpta.org/reflections

Theme: Heroes Around Me

Due Date: November 5th at 2:30 pm, Main Office

Please read the general rules and those specific to your category so your work won't be disqualified.  Use of copyrighted Marvel or DC superheroes is not allowed.

 

Book Fair

Thanks for the great support for this year’s first Book Fair. It is so fun to see students in the library and excited about books. The proceeds of the book fairs, more than $600 this time, are used to purchase books for the library. Keep reading!

 

Bantam Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade boys Bantam Basketball will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:00-9:30pm at PGHS in the main gym.

 

Lost and Found

If your child has lost an item (either precious or mundane) please check the Lost and Found in room D118. Items are also put out on a table in the foyer every Wednesday. Because of the volume of items collected, we need to clear them out occasionally. Please check for any items you’re missing before October 17, when this batch will be donated to charity to make room for things that haven’t even been lost yet. J

 

Dates to Remember

Sept 25-26         Picture Day (English Classes)/Vision Screening        

Sept 26                 Cross Country Meet at Lakeridge 5:00

Sept 27                 9th grade BBQ right after school

Oct 3                     Cross Country at Canyon View 5:00

Oct 8               Encore/THS Choir Concert  7:00 @ THS

Oct 10            Cross Country Championships at Timberline

Oct 10            Fall Choir Concert  7:00

Oct 17            End of first term

Oct 18-19  Fall Break

September 18, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

Over the next few months you will see some action on the roof here at Oak Canyon. Replacing the roof is part of an ongoing effort to refurbish and care for our building, and provide a safe and attractive facility for students. You will see some fencing (right now it’s in the back, but later it will be in the front of the school) to keep students a safe distance away from the equipment, falling materials, and any other potential dangers. Keep an eye out for other improvements inside the building, coming soon.

 

Last week was our first ever junior high cross country meet in the district. It was very exciting to see a large crowd cheering all of the runners on. Don’t miss the chance to come and see what our runners  can do tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:00 here at Oak Canyon.

 

Wrestling

For those interested in wrestling, here are some opportunities at THS:

•      Jr. High Program - Grades 5-8  T, W, Th  Nov 6 – Jan 25  5:15 to 6:45

•      High School Program - Grades 9-12 Monday – Friday Nov 6 – Feb 9 3:00 – 5:30

Both programs meet in the THS Wrestling Room.

For more information contact Coach Nicholes at anicholes@alpinedistrict.org

Free Ice Cream That Just Might Change Your Life

On Monday evening, September 24th, you can take your family and go see some of the amazing opportunities for students in CTE programs. Students who prepare, and explore career fields early, can get invaluable FREE training in high school that may just change your mind about whether everyone needs a four-year college degree. Don’t miss this chance to visit Mountainland Technical College, and learn about the opportunities that are waiting for your students just around the corner. See all the details here.

 

District Parent Night for all parents who have a student who is struggling, on a Section 504 Plan or on an IEP.

 

Utah Parent Center and Alpine School District Parent Night

Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Special Education Office

350 South State Street, Lindon

 

Whether it’s your first IEP meeting or your tenth, or whether you are requesting that your child be evaluated for an IEP, the overall experience can be stressful. This workshop will help you understand your role, rights and responsibilities in the IEP process, as well as teach you how to effectively prepare and be a participant in the IEP team meeting.

 

If you have questions, please contact Maria Wiscombe at 801-381-1959 or maria@utahparentcenter.org.  (Childcare is not provided.)

 

PTSA Freaking Fun Friday

This event is just to add a little fun to the school week with games, music, and a drink truck. Come and help, come and enjoy a cool drink with your student, or just ask your child “Did anything fun happened today at school?“ (AND what they learned!) Thanks to the PTSA for bringing their sparkle to Oak Canyon. It’s all happening this Friday, September 21 during both lunches. Get all the details here.

Speech Contest

Is your student interested in public speaking? Pick up information from the office about the Mary Kawakami Speech Contest for junior high and high school students. Entry forms are due October 10, and the theme is “America, Our Country”.

 

Dates to Remember

Sept 19                 Cross Country Meet at Oak Canyon  5:00

Sept 21             Freakin Fun Friday  -- activities and drink truck at lunch  

Sept 25-26         Picture Day (English Classes)/Vision Screening        

Sept 26                 Cross Country Meet at Lakeridge 5:00

Sept 27                 9th grade BBQ right after school

Oct 3                     Cross Country at Canyon View 5:00

Oct 8                           Encore/THS Choir Concert  7:00 @ THS

Oct 10                            Cross Country Championships at Timberline

Oct 10                  Fall Choir Concert  7:00

September 11, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

The midpoint of first term is almost here, and our first Parent Teacher Conference will be held this Thursday, September 13th. Teachers will be available in their classrooms to visit with you from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. Students are welcome to come to the conference as well. Keep in mind that there are no set appointment times for these conferences so, out of courtesy to others who might be waiting, please keep your visits brief. If you need a longer conversation with a teacher, you can always make an appointment on another day before or after school. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, and don’t forget to stop in at the Book Fair in the Media Center!

 

Getting Involved

Research has shown us what intuitively just makes sense: students who are involved in student groups and extra-curricular activities tend to get better grades and enjoy school more. It is much easier to find a sense of belonging and school pride in a smaller group with a common interest. There are many opportunities available to pursue talents and build skills, make a difference, and make friends! Here's a list of ways to get involved at Oak Canyon.

 

Girls’ Basketball Open Gym

Open gym has begun for girls’ basketball. All girls (grades 7-9) are welcome to come and play on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30, and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30. (Eventual tryouts for the school team will be for 9th graders only.)

 

Health Information

Last week, the district emailed some information to parents about increasing instances of pertussis and norovirus. Here is a letter from our school nurse, Mandy Townsend, about these two illnesses. As Mandy advises in her letter, school attendance is extremely important, but if your child is truly ill, please keep him/her home. If you have questions, you can contact Mandy at mjennings@alpinedistrict.org.

 

Support Oak Canyon with Every Amazon Purchase

Did you know that every purchase you make on Amazon could be generating funds for Oak Canyon Junior High? Sign up for Amazon Smile and select “PTA Utah Congress Oak Canyon Jr High PTSA” as the organization to receive .5% of your purchase total. That may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly with a large number of people participating. The PTSA will use these funds toward a school gift, such as a new electronic marquee, or blacktop and basketball hoops in the courtyard behind the school. Learn more about Amazon Smile here. You can sign up using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0508143. (When you shop, be sure to start on the smile.amazon.com site. Once you’re there, everything else is exactly the same as on the regular Amazon site, except you’re supporting Oak Canyon.)

 

Newly Elected Members of School Community Council

A big thank you to all those who participated in the recent SCC election, both by being on the ballot and voting. Here are the newly-elected members:

·      Laura Clement (parent)

·      Seth Cox (parent)

·      Cristie Wood (re-elected parent)

·      Lisa Lister (school employee)

 Information is on our website including meeting dates, agendas, and Trustland Plans for our school.

 

 PTSA Info

·      If you would like to come and help sell suckers (world’s best job) during lunch on Fridays or at evening performances, please sign up here.

·      Oak Canyon Spirit Night is on Monday September 17 at PG Costa Vida from 5:00 – 9:00. Mention you are with Oak Canyon and a portion of the proceeds will go to our PTSA. What a great excuse to not cook dinner! :)

 

Dates to Remember

Sept 11-14         Book Fair in OCJH Media Center                            

Sept 12                 Cross Country Meet at OJH 5pm

Sept 13                 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 - 8:00pm        

Sept 17                Spirit Night @ PG Costa Vida 5:00 - 9:00

Sept 19              PTSA Board meeting 10:00 — everyone welcome

Sept 19                 Cross Country Meet at Oak Canyon        5pm

Sept 21             Freakin Fun Friday  -- activities and drink truck at lunch  

Sept 25-26         Picture Day (English Classes)/Vision Screening        

Sept 26                 Cross Country Meet at Lakeridge 5 pm

Sept 27                 9th grade BBQ right after school  

September 5, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

Hopefully you know that this week is Welcome Week, with lots of fun dress up opportunities and lunchtime activities. Please check our website for all the details. Of special note is our first DANCE of the year, on Friday from 2:15 to 3:00. It is for all three grades, and is free. A junior high dance is a beautiful thing—very different from my memories of lining the walls of the gym with my friends, my heart beating and my palms sweating with simultaneous hope and fear that someone might ask me to dance. There seems to be no asking anymore, kids just dance! I hope your students will come and have a good time.

 

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be next week, September 11-14, in our media center. If you would like to volunteer during the fair, please sign up here.

 

Accident

As you may have heard, there was an accident last week where one of our students was injured as she crossed the street in front of a bus. Luckily, she is recovering and back to school. This incident is an important reminder about safety for all of us. Please emphasize with your children the need to be cautious in their travels. But especially, we as adults need to be extra aware of young pedestrians while we are driving to and from school. On time is important, but safety first!

 

Update on Intersection

Speaking of safety, I want to report to you on crosswalk improvements on the 2000 N/200 S intersection leading to OCJH. For the past year, communication has been taking place between Oak Canyon parents and administrators and Lindon and Orem Cities to improve the safety of this crosswalk. A huge thanks to Nicol Brown and School Resource Officer Curtis Campbell, who have done most of the legwork in bringing this issue to the attention of city officials on this shared roadway. Preliminary work has been done, a project plan is in place to which both cities have agreed, and bids have been received but not yet accepted. We are optimistic that work on this project will begin relatively soon. In the meantime, please be particularly careful in this area.

 

Strengthening Families

Would you like a family experience where you can learn skills that will strengthen any family? Strengthening Families is a nationwide program often charging up to $2000 for the experience. UVU offers the program for free to Alpine District families, including ten weekly sessions (dinner is included for the whole family and child care is provided). You can see more information here. If you are interested, please contact your counselor here at school, or call the Strengthening Families program directly at 801-862-7235. Registration for the next session closes on September 9.

 

Sports Programs

The only school-sponsored sports for junior high students in Alpine School District are basketball, track, and now cross country (yay!). Other opportunities, however, are available in the community. Here are some examples that have come across my desk:

 

For info on local lacrosse programs, click here.

For info on local tennis opportunities, click here

 

Dates to Remember

Sept 4-7             Welcome Week                            

Sept 11-14         Book Fair in OCJH Media Center                            

Sept 12             Cross Country Meet at OJH 5pm

Sept 13             Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 - 8:00pm        

Sept 19              PTSA Board meeting 10:00 — everyone welcome

Sept 19             Cross Country Meet at Oak Canyon        

Sept 21             Freakin Fun Friday  -- activities and drink truck at lunch  

Sept 25-26         Picture Day (English Classes)/Vision Screening        

Sept 26             Cross Country Meet at Lakeridge

Sept 27             9th grade BBQ right after school  

August 24, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the second week of school. I hope everyone is settling in, and over the shock of the early alarm clock.

Don’t Miss the Fun Tonight!

We are celebrating the start of school with a big event for all Oak Canyon families tonight (Monday) at 6:00pm. There will be music, food trucks, prize drawings, free t-shirts, and for those who want to participate, a colorful chalk run! Thanks to the PTSA, and many business partners, for providing this fun opportunity to build our school community in support of all our kids. We hope to see you there!

Not Too Late to Enroll in AP Human Geography

Did you know that Oak Canyon offers AP Human Geography to ninth grade students? This article recently came out, highlighting the outstanding performance of Oak Canyon students. On the national test, which awards college credit for students who pass, Oak Canyon has a 90% pass rate. Compare that to a 54% national pass rate (which includes freshmen through seniors in high school).

Even though it is great to earn college credit, there are other benefits to taking an advanced class. AP students learn how to be independent thinkers and learners, read and write on a higher level, participate in deep discussions and support their positions, and learn about topics that aren’t included in regular high school classes.

There are still some slots open in AP Geography for this year. If you are interested in this learning opportunity for your student, please contact your counselor ASAP.

Dates to Remember

Aug 27                PTSA Fun Run 6-8 pm                        

Sept 3                 Labor Day - no school                                        

Sept 4-7         Welcome Week                                

Sept 11-14         Book Fair in OCJH Media Center                                

Sept 12         Cross Country Meet At OJH 5:00

Sept 13         Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 - 8:00pm        

Sept 19         Cross Country Meet At OCJH         5:00        

Sept 25-26         Picture Day (English Classes)/Vision Screening        

Sept 26         Cross Country Meet at Lakeridge 5:00

Sept 27         9th grade BBQ        right after school

August 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

Here we go! I hope all the picture taking went well this morning, and that you moms who are prone to this (I was one) have dried your tears by now. We look forward to working with you to give your students a great year of learning and growth at Oak Canyon Junior High.

If you are interested in a great job (with a schedule that works as a parent) assisting Oak Canyon students in special ed classrooms, please contact Jed Francis jfrancis@alpinedistrict.org  for more information. We have three positions open, all of which can be tailored to your individual preferences working 15 to 29 hours per week.

Dress Code

In order to maintain an atmosphere of academic and personal excellence, the dress code at Oak Canyon includes the following requirements:

 Please help us maintain a learning environment of excellence by ensuring that your student is dressed appropriately for school.

The Oak Canyon Student Handbook outlines other important school policies. It is available on our website, or you can download it here.

PTSA Welcome Back Family Event Next Monday

Don’t miss a great night of family fun to celebrate the start of the school year next Monday August 27th. From 6:00 to 8:00 there will be music, food trucks, and lots and lots of color. The first 300 students will get a free t-shirt. Whether you want to run (race starts at 6:15), walk, or just watch others do that (and get covered with colored chalk), come over and have a fun time with other Oak Canyon families. Click here for details.

Cross Country

Our new cross country team is starting workouts this week. The boys’ and girls’ teams are both open to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. No tryouts are needed--just come and join the team! The first workout will be after school Monday August 27. Whether you’re a beginning runner or an old pro, you will be an important part of the cross country program. Contact Coach Janine Mashburn janinemashburn@alpinedistrict.org or Coach Natalie Mathews nmatthews@alpinedistrict.org  for more details.

School Community Council Election

Parent nominees for the School Community Council will be accepted until August 31st. This council allocates a substantial budget, and creates the annual School Improvement Plan. To put your own name on the ballot, or nominate another Oak Canyon parent, please complete this form by clicking here. Voting will take place using an electronic ballot emailed to parents in early September.

 Apology

There was a communication error on the ending time of 7th Grade Day last Friday—two different end times were publicized. I apologize for the inconvenience that caused for some of you. We are committed to doing better going forward.

August 8, 2018

Dear Oak Canyon Parents,

I know. I can’t believe the summer is over either! But I am very excited to welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 school year at Oak Canyon.

Some fantastic new teachers will be joining our faculty, and we have been busy at the school making a few improvements. For example, the technology in the media center is greatly improved; English classes and science classes will have dedicated Chromebook carts in their classrooms this year, some landscaping has been added in the front of the school, and some tables are on their way to make eating outside more comfortable for students.

 

Open House Thursday, August 16 4:00 – 6:00

The school will be open and staff will be here to assist you in paying fees, buying gym clothes, joining PTSA, creating a lunch account, logging in to Skyward, etc. And most importantly, teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome you and answer any questions you or your student might have. Please come and join us.

 

7th Grade Day Friday, August 17  7:45-10:45

Next Friday, 7th graders will have the building all to themselves for a few hours. (Yes, buses will be running.) The purpose of this day is to help 7th graders get familiar with the building, find their classes and meet their teachers, try out their locker, and get excited about being an Oak Canyon Eagle! Lots of help will be available for navigating this new experience. Pizza will be served in the cafeteria (no charge). We will do our best to bring these newbies’ anxiety level down before school officially starts on Monday, and know you will try to do the same at home.

 

First Day of School Monday, August 20 7:45 - 1:15   (See bell schedule on school website)

The first day of class for all students is Monday. See you bright and early! For those unfamiliar with our drop-off traffic flow, please pay attention to the signs and directions painted on the parking lot.

 

Skyward – Your Source for Almost Anything You Want to Know!

Here is a link to Skyward where you can find your student’s schedule, locker number, attendance, grades, assignment scores, favorite flavor of ice cream (just kidding about that last one). If you haven’t done so already, it is crucial that you update your student information and give permission for your child to use the computers at school. Please do that right away, as your student will not be able to use any school computer until that permission is granted. There is a Skyward App you can download on your phone that is convenient for daily purposes, but updating your information can only be done on a desktop/laptop on Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Directions are here. Help will be available at the Open House if you need it.

 

PTSA

Oak Canyon’s PTSA organization is outstanding. Please join this fantastic group of parents who add tremendous value to our school. Whether you are a current member or not, please respond to this very brief survey about how we can better communicate with you, and how you might like to be involved in any way, large or very small.  Communication Survey

 

Back to School Chalk Run/Walk/Party

Save the date for Monday August 27 for our first Oak Canyon chalk run! We are so excited to start this new tradition. This is a free event sponsored by the PTSA and Oak Canyon business partners. It will be a fun event for the whole family—both runners and non-runners--with food trucks, music, and colorful chalk. Free shirts will be given to the first 300 students. All the details are available here ( Fun Run Flyer).

As mentioned, this is a free event, but donations will be accepted, going 100% to a PTSA gift to the school. Gifts being considered include a new electronic marquee, and/or adding a basketball area and other recreation equipment to the courtyard behind the school. Donations are completely optional. The main goals of this event are to celebrate our great school and community, and have some fun together.

School Community Council Election

Parent nominees for the School Community Council will be accepted until August 31st. This council controls a substantial budget, and creates the annual School Improvement Plan. To put your own name on the ballot, or nominate another Oak Canyon parent, please complete this form by clicking here. Voting will take place using an electronic ballot emailed to parents in early September.

 

Special Ed Paraprofessionals Needed

We have three openings for paraprofessionals to work in our special education classrooms. One of the positions also includes some clerical work for the special ed department. These are 29 hour positions, but could be split if the people hired want to work fewer hours. For more information, please contact Jed Francis, jfrancis@alpinedistrict.org, or apply on the Alpine District employment site.