Although funding for public education has been significantly reduced since 2008, Pointe Schools teachers have received an average increase of 3% over each of the last 10 years. New Pointe Schools certified teachers make similar salaries to teachers in our neighboring districts. Prior to the 2017-2018 school year, Pointe Schools full-time returning employees received a 3% raise and the starting pay for part-time employees was increased to $12.50 per hour.
We hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer. We have missed you and can’t wait for school to begin on Tuesday, August 1st. Before school begins, here are some important dates:
- Back to School Skate Party at Great Skate, 6-9pm– Tuesday, July 25th. This event is open to students and their families! Admission is $8 and includes regular skates, a slice of pizza and a drink! Wear your 80s attire and join us for a great night of skating, laser lights and food. Teachers and staff will be on hand to join the fun! Great Skate is located at 10054 N. 43rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ.
- Meet the Teacher – Wednesday, July 26th – Students and their families are invited to campus to “meet their teacher,” complete necessary forms, and learn about the upcoming year. The times are listed below:
Meet the Teacher A-L
Wednesday, July 26th, 3pm – 5pm
Meet the Teacher M-Z
Wednesday, July 26th, 5pm – 7pm
We hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks! Be on the lookout for your summer mailer!
Tomorrow, Thursday 5/25, is the last day of school of the 2016/2017 school year! Please keep in mind that school dismisses at 12 PM tomorrow and we do not have any afterschool activities or late club. All students must be picked up between 12 PM and 12:30 PM.
Our annual summer newsletter will be mailed to families mid-summer and we will see you at the end of July for Meet the Teacher!
We wish all of our Canyon families a safe and fun summer!
We hope everyone is excited for our annual Field Day! Below are a few helpful reminders:
-please bring a sack lunch- the cafe will be not be serving lunch.
-apply sunscreen before school
-bathing suits may be worn but underneath clothing
-bring a change of clothes
-wear your flip flops
– if you bring a towel make sure it is labeled with our name
-GET READY TO HAVE FUN!
On Friday, April 28th, 14 of Canyon’s Learn-a-Thon winners were treated to a special field trip. Theses students, in grades Kindergarten through sixth, logged the most minutes in science study during our Compass Week. These students spent extra time outside of school learning about different branches of science through reading, trips to the zoo, cooking, and watching shows. These future scientists were treated to a special trip to Barnes and Noble and lunch at Chili’s!
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for Family Science Night. Students and teachers were thrilled to see everyone and show off their experiments. It was truly an out-of-this-world experience!
Thursday of Science Compass week had a different look than previous days. Rather than study the “obvious” sciences like space and animals, students took a hard look at Social Science. Kindergarteners became archaeologists and carefully excavated dinosaurs… on the basketball court! Likewise, fourth grade also studied archaeology and wrote about the vitality of archaeology in the study of ancient civilizations. In a different role, Mrs. Lee’s class created a “time capsule” in paper bags and filled them with artifacts that would tell future generations about their favorite items. Ms. Robens’ first grade studied political science and discussed why the government has laws and then created their own campaigns for president! Mr. Wernsing’s class also studied political science, through story time, and how economics led to colonists revolting for their rights. Mrs. Kramer and Mr. Sotelo conducted an experiment in which students investigated how and why people pass judgment based on appearances. Ms. Hobbs’ class took an entirely different stance and examined the effects of bullying. They then created positive comic strips on how to help people be kinder and better friends. Third grade investigated sustainable living and how to reduce our carbon footprint. In turn, they designed and then created windmills to promote alternative sources of energy. Sixth grade delved into the world of psychology by examining their dominant personalities!
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade enjoyed a special picnic lunch with their classmates and favorite stuffed friends for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Students brought blankets, special friends and shared their lunch outside. Later some even went back and read to their friends. It was a beautiful day for a picnic!
Day 3 of Science week brought out all of Canyon’s budding engineers. Kindergarteners created rollercoasters while some second graders in Mrs. Lee’s class made bristle bots (robots from toothbrush heads)! In Ms. Hobbs’ class, students created bridges and other buildings using popsicle sticks. 3rd grade created electromagnets using batteries and copper wire. They were able to pick up multiple metal objects! Simultaneously, 3rd graders in Mrs. Messersmith’s class were conducting other experiments by measuring rates of evaporation. 4th grade investigated different types of engineers and later were lucky enough to design several projects. 5th grade measured distance and wind velocity through the construction and flying of paper airplanes, which required multiple designs. Mrs. McKinney’s 6th grade class created electrical currents using a penny, a nail, alligator clips, and…. lemons!?! Ms. Messer’s 6th grade class, not to be outdone, created magnetic slime! It was a fantastic and exciting day at Canyon! Be sure to come out to our Family Night on Thursday, April 27th, from 5:30-7:30 pm, to witness more projects in person.
Canyon Pointe Academy will be having their annual Teddy Bear Picnic tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are welcome to bring in their favorite stuffed friend, and a blanket or towel. During lunch, students will be able to eat outside with their friends – both stuffed and real! Mrs. Pence’s best “friend”, Billy, will be joining the festivities!