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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

UPDATE • THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED 

As a preventive measure, in alignment with recommendations by health authorities who are working to control the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed all fifth-grade Maturation Programs. We hope to be able to reschedule these events or arrange to videotape the presentations and share it with parents through a password-protected link. Once we’ve finalized our contingency plans, we’ll send an email with further instructions to all fifth-grade families.

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  

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