When Does the New School Year Begin?
1st-5th graders start on August 20th.
Kindergarten students start August 25th.
Starting this fall, all elementary schools in Canyons District will adopt a new schedule that is designed to help each individual child achieve academic success. The new schedule establishes consistent daily instructional time five days per week and redistributes time in the regular workday for teachers to plan individually and in teams so that they can give special attention to each child's achievement. While the new elementary schedule calls for full days (6 hours and 30 minutes) of instruction Monday through Friday, it doesn’t do away with early-out Fridays altogether. Seven early-out Fridays have been planned to give teachers time for professional development. Those early-out days will be Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Dec. 5, Jan. 30, Feb. 20, March 27, and April 24.
Here are some tips from Dr. Ruth A.Peters from an article she wrote for Parenting & Family Magazine, June 25, 2013. First, note these important facts:
- All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
- On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.
- Low-income children and youth experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers.
- Studies show that out-of-school time is a dangerous time for unsupervised children and youth.
- Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
We are extremely proud of the progress our school has made over the last three years. Teachers have worked very hard to adapt to our changing community and the individual needs of every student at Midvalley. When we examined the trends at Midvalley over the last 6 years, we knew that changes needed to be made. Of course, change is never easy. We have had great support from the district as we have implemented a new core curriculum in Math and Language Arts. Along with the new curriculum, we have adopted Pearson's Envision Math and Reading Street. The implementation of these two new programs has helped us focus our efforts and standardize the delivery of a common scope and sequence in these two essential subjects. We have also refined teaching skills by focusing on evidence-based instructional practices. All teachers have worked to increase the amount of time-on-task, student engagement, student opportunities to respond and positive as well as constructive feedback. Explicit instruction in Reading, Math and Science is helping us make gains we have not seen in years.