Digital Citizenship of the Month

Digital citizenship education should be a community effort, and the impact can be more powerful when students have multiple trusted adults they can discuss issues with. One issue that’s becoming increasingly important both in and out of the classroom revolves around the following question, “How do we keep children and young people safe online while ensuring their technology use is positive and purposeful?” With Parent/Teacher conferences fast approaching this week we thought it would be a good time to share with you this post, 10 Internet Safety Tips for Parents (How to Help Your Child to be Safe Online) (Links to an external site.)This post offers 10 tips for parents looking to help their child navigate their digital lives. Check out the poster below!

Fifth-grade students and their parents invited to maturation program

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It’s difficult to know who has more trepidation about discussing health and the maturation process, pre-teens or their parents. But while growing up can be hard, talking about it needn’t be. To help you rock “the talk,” Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program  for fifth-grade students and their parents. Presentations conducted by the professional speaker Carrie Ann Kemp have been scheduled through the month of March. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which date best fits their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes. Please follow this link for event locations and times.

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Principal’s Message

From our February Newsletter:

This month I am pleased to be able to inform the Midvale community that our school has come out of turnaround status. For the last several years, Midvale has been working closely with the Canyons School District, the State Board of Education and consultants from the University of Utah to improve educational outcomes for our students. Two years ago, we started developing a restructuring plan for our school that included the switch to the two-teacher model, introduced new programs and curriculum to daily instruction, created a social emotional support team to help students, and helped us narrow our focus on providing solid core instruction on important concepts in reading and math.

We have come a long way since we started with this new plan
last year. Our students scored better than ever on benchmark assessments that
we gave throughout the year. Just before the winter break I was informed that
our growth on RISE testing last year was above the state average in all
categories. We went from “critical needs” to “commendable” on our state
accountability report in just one year. I am also pleased to report that our
benchmark assessments this year continue to show high levels of learning and
progress in reading and math. We are excited about the changes and grateful for
the support of our community through this process. We know how important it is
to have parents and families engaged in learning with teachers and students.
Thank you for making education a priority.

Just because we are no longer a turnaround school doesn’t
mean that we are finished working to make Midvale a better place. Our goal is
to continue pushing to improve teaching and learning so that our students are
performing just as well as any other school in the Canyons District. We want to
do this because we want our students to have every opportunity to succeed in
middle school, high school, and beyond. As teachers and staff of Midvale
Elementary, we look forward to working with you to make sure that this goal
becomes a reality.

Sincerely,

Mr. Watts  

10 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

The following tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  1. I will clean up my toys, and keep my room in good order.
  2. I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands before eating and after the bathroom.
  3. I won’t tease dogs, even friendly ones – and keep my hands and face away from their mouths.
  4. I will drink more milk and water, and limit soda and fruity drinks.
  5. I will apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
  6. I will find a sport or activity that I like, and do it at least three times a week.
  7. I will always wear a helmet when bicycling or boarding.
  8. I will wear my seat belt every time I get in the car.
  9. I’ll be nice to others, and friendly to kids who need friends – like someone shy or new to school.
  10. I’ll never give out personal information or pictures of myself to strangers or over the internet.

MAKE HEALTH YOUR RESOLUTION  |  Enjoy a new year of healthy possibilities!

Wendy Jaboro BSN, RN Canyons District Nurse for Midvale Elementary

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