We are in our eleventh year, and we are excited to continue our progess in being a “Leader in Me” school. We would like to welcome you to our school and hope that you are comfortable and happy here. Copper Canyon Elementary serves approximately 760 students in kindergarten through sixth grade on a traditional school schedule. I n addition, we serve approximately 75 students (ages 3-5) in an early intervention pre-school. This inclusion provides services to our community needing early intervention.
The school day for grades 1-6 begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m. except on Friday when school is dismissed at 1:25 p.m. to allow for teacher planning time. Kindergarten students will attend either a morning session or afternoon session. Morning kindergarten session begins at 8:25 a.m. Monday-Thursday and ends art 11:10 a.m. On Friday, the morning kindergarten session begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten sessions begin at 12:35 p.m. Monday-Thursday and end at 3:05 p.m. On Friday, the afternoon session begin at 11:25 a.m. and end at 1:25 p.m. Bus service is provided for students who live 1-½ miles or more from the school.
Copper Canyon offers a nutritious breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. each school day. The price for breakfast is $0.80 for students and $2.00 for adults. A hot lunch program is provided for students each day at a price of $1.75 per lunch. The adult price is $3.00. Reduced rates or free breakfast and/or lunches are available to students in need.
Copper Canyon has an excellent, well-trained staff. We love working together! Many teachers have their Masters Degree, several teachers have their Early Childhood degree, and fourteen are ESL endorsed. Several others are working towards masters and ESL endorsements. We have two full-time resource teachers, two full-time preschool teachers, one full time speech/language pathologist and a part-time guidance specialist to support our students.
All staff members are formally evaluated on a regular basis for the purpose of improving performance. Teachers also continually improve their skills through inservices and seminars offered by the school and the district.
We are lucky to have many volunteers and visitors come to our school. We ask that everyone check in the office upon arrival (even if you are just walking your child to his or her classroom). All patrons should enter the building through the main door. We ask that all guests use our main door, will open at 7:30 a.m. and will lock automatically at 3:40 p.m.
We encourage parents to be involved with our PTA and School Community Council. The more involved your child/children see you be, the message that will be sent to them is that you support them at school!
The curriculum meets all Jordan School District and State standards. Copper Canyon Elementary uses a Balanced Literacy Program for language arts and the Expressions Math program, which follows the state core. Balanced literacy is implemented in all of our classrooms. As part of our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP), our balanced literacy library is growing with rich reading materials purchased in conjunction with school CSIP and School Trust Land monies. Every teacher and student has access to the library.
We have implemented a school-wide assessment in reading using Fountas and Pinell, as well as other ongoing classroom assessments. We scheduled three assessment windows throughout the year for our school team to evaluate each student to establish benchmarks for monitoring instruction in the area of reading. In addition, teachers monitor students daily in reading, math and review progress during their weekly professional learning community meetings. We will be doing school-wide assessments in math this year as well. We administer 3-4 district benchmark tests in math to help monitor student progress in math.
All teachers have a laptop with wireless internet connections, as well as a phone in each classroom. Our computer lab has been upgraded with beautiful Mac computers. We also have two portable computer labs and two iPad labs that teachers can check out for their students to use in the classroom. We encourage parents to contact teachers directly through email or phone should there be any concerns regarding your child. (You can link on to the teachers on our web page.)
We have implemented a school-wide positive behavior program to recognize students for the good behavior and achievements. Teachers send many students to the office for recognition by the Principal for good citizenship or academics. Students are also given 200 club slips for weekly drawings. Also, every month, each teacher will choose one student who has made significant progress or achieved a goal to participate in “Lunch with the Principal.” McDonalds has graciously donated lunches to reward these students. In addition, students are also given Coyote Coins to be used with our Treasure Tower to redeem fun prizes for doing good things here at Copper Canyon. Coyote Pride are given to those students who achieve their grade level goals set by the teachers. Students are also recognized during and at the end of the year for Honor Roll. We also use “Think Time” to help students refocus when their behavior is inhibiting their learning or the learning of students around them.
We have two school music programs before school. Students may be involved in either choir or orchestra, with opportunities for performances twice yearly.
Students in grades five and six may have the opportunity to become members of our student leadership council. Council members are given leadership development opportunities and experiences in leadership positions that will benefit both themselves and the school.
Copper Canyon has a school-wide “buddy” program, which encourages older students to assist younger students and focuses on citizenship, literacy and fine arts.
We do not have one “gifted and talented” class. All students are given opportunities to develop their talents and abilities. Students participate in Enrichment activities. Enrichment Days are scheduled throughout the year for all students, emphasizing creativity, fine arts, and science.
Our school has a great and active PTA Organization and School Community Council. Community involvement has been terrific at Copper Canyon. PTA and the School Community Council continue to support our staff in various ways. Both organizations worked zealously this year in their fundraising efforts, which have benefited students with field trip and enrichment activities. Our overall focus as a school community has been to work together to improve in order to meet the needs of our students. One of the ways we work together is through developing and implementing our CSIP plan.
We’d love to have you help save your Box Tops for Education and also Campbell’s soup labels. Just turn them in to your child’s teacher. This helps provide materials and field trips for your child.
Please monitor your child’s progress more closely through Student Gradebook. Click on that link, use the password you were previously given, and track your child’s attendance and grades and assignments!