Matthew Steinecke Principal [email protected] Erica Ehmann AP Students M-Z [email protected] April Wong AP Students A-L Canyon Communiqué National Schools to Watch -Taking Center Stage - Model School California Distinguished School Canyon Middle School 19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552 (510) 538-8833 Fax (510) 247-9439 [email protected] Jason Whiteman AP Intervention [email protected] November 2014 www.canyon.cv.k12.ca.us Absence Reporting 538-8833 option 1 Volume 3 Principal Message – November 2014 Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, Congratulations, we made it! We have completed our first quarter. Middle school can be such an exciting time for students and families, especially as our children grow and learn more about who they are. Please communicate openly with your children, letting them know you care and will be there for them, in success and in failure. In October we focused on Bullying Prevention. Our Counselors visited each classroom to talk about bullying and the ways to prevent it. In addition, PTA hosted Deputy Silva as she presented a Cyber Bullying Workshop. Since this is an on-going issue, we asked Deputy Silva to present to students the details in her Cyber Bullying workshop. On November th th th th 4 , we will have a 6 grade assembly and a 7 & 8 grade assembly addressing the topics of bullying, cyber bullying and other issues related to middle school students. We have several important meetings in November that I hope you will be able to attend: th African American/Black Families Network is November 5 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm. th Padres Unidos is November 12 – 7:00 pm. th PTA is November 18 – 7:00 pm. Our Math department will be sharing Common Core information. th School Site Council is November 19 – 3:15 – 5:00 pm. These are all meetings that give you, our parents/families/community members, a voice in the Canyon community. We welcome you and need your support to continue making Canyon Middle School a place that is inclusive and supportive of all our students and their families. th th We will be conducting parent/teacher conferences on November 6 and 7 for our students who are having some academic struggles in one of more classes. The purpose of parent-teacher conferences is to establish a plan for your child that will ensure his/her success. The most productive conferences are when both parent and teacher work together th th to assist a child. November 6 is a minimum day for students, with a 12:35 pm release time. November 7 , students do th th not have school. School is also closed November 10 -11 for Veteran’s Day. We do not have school the week of th th November 24 -28 , as our district honors Thanksgiving. I would like to take this moment to remind us about campus information. Visitors must check in to the main office and obtain approval if they want to be anywhere on campus between 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Visitors are only allowed for educationally appropriate reasons. Visitors are not allowed to have lunch with students or bring items to student’s classroom. In addition, supervision on campus is provided from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. If students are on campus after 4:00 pm, and they are not in sports or activities, they are not supervised. Students should be off campus within 30 minutes of the end of the school day if not in the Library or attending sports/activities. Please help us to keep our campus safe for students and staff. On January 7th we will be celebrating the California League of Middle Schools Region 4 Educators of the Year Awards Dinner. We are seeking donations from companies to support this awards event. If you know of a company that would be able to donate money or items to be given to the winners, please let Ms. Wong know. The Canyon nominee for California League of Middle School Educator of the Year will be announced mid-November. I am truly enjoying Canyon Middle School. The students and staff make this school one of the best I have known. I am often reminded of my Condor Pride! Sincerely, Matthew Steinecke ~Julie Fisher th 6 Grade Counselor ~Doug Ferman th 7 Grade Counselors ~Lucy Souza th 8 Grade Counselor Sixth Grade with Ms. Fisher Hello 6th grade! Phew! Now that the first quarter is behind you, it is important to remember that it's still a big transition to middle school, and could take some time to get a good routine down. Checking the teacherwebs and parent portal to review their grades and upcoming assignments, and checking their binder reminder, are all important tasks to help your child succeed. Keep it up! With that being said, I thought the start of middle school would be an ideal time to share an excerpt of an article I recently read from the Huffington Post, titled, "Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew" by Rachel Vail. 1. Respect me. I'm my own person, not just your kid. Sometimes I might have opinions that differ from yours. 2. I still want to have fun with you, and feel like home is safe and happy. Smile at me. 3. I need to make some of my own choices, and maybe some of my own mistakes. 4. Sometimes I'm going to be moody and annoyed and frustrated. You need to just let that happen. 5. Trust that I'll do my work. If I don't, you can help me manage my time, but wait until I'm not taking care of responsibilities to think I can't. 6. If you don't like my friends, it feels like you don't trust my judgment or like I am stupid about choosing friends. 7. I will fight you every step of the way if you make me do stuff I don't want to do (get some exercise, do my homework, write a thank-you note, practice piano, apologize to my sister, take a shower, wear deodorant... so many things), but you should probably make me do them anyway. Seventh Grade with Mr. Ferman We have now finished making anti-bully presentations in all classes. It was fun to get to talk to your students and share how we should be treating each other. Many students asked thoughtful questions and we will continue to work on treating each other respectfully. We have also finished our first quarter of seventh grade. This next quarter will include a number of special holidays. Please let me know if there is any way I can assist your family as we go through the many transitions together. Questions? [email protected] Eighth Grade with Mrs. Souza The Counseling Departments of both Canyon and Creekside are teaming up to offer various parent workshops. The first one is Parenting Around Difficult Issues: How to address social media, self-harm and the pressure to succeed. Stephen Altbaum, Marriage and Family Therapist with Kaiser will be speaking. This event will be held on Thursday, November th 13 in the Creekside Multi-Purpose Room. Please mark your calendar! Canyon will host the next workshop held in January, topic to be determined. We are preparing a parent survey that can be done through Survey Monkey where parents can identify topics that are important to them. Stay tuned for more information. California Junior Scholarship Federation – CJSF Please take a look at my website to see a complete list of CJSF members. Seventh graders will be able to join after the end of January. Students are busy completing their community service hours. We have raised $150 in box tops this year. Thanks for all of your help. The money is used to keep our Canyon campus up to date with technology. Questions? [email protected] ~By Douglas Ferman, CJSF Advisor LOST AND FOUND: Each year we accumulate large amounts of found clothing, shoes, jackets, etc. If you child loses something, please encourage them to check for it as soon as they realize it is missing. Clothing is in the cafeteria and small items (wallets, jewelry, phones, etc.) are in the main office. Items left after Friday, November 21st at 3:00 pm will be donated to charity. Early Release: Nov. 6th – 12:35 pm **** NO SCHOOL: Nov. 7, 10, 11, & 24-28 Grade Reporting Schedule Below is the schedule of when Progress Reports and Report Cards will be mailed home by quarter. Please note that Progress Reports are not sent to all students, only those with grades raising concern. Please remember that that you may check your child’s progress through the Parent Portal. nd 2 Quarter Report Cards mailed on 1/29/15 rd 3 Quarter Report Cards mailed on 4/02/15 th 4 Quarter Report Cards mailed on 6/24/15 2 Quarter Progress Reports mailed on 12/11/14 3 Quarter Progress Reports mailed on 3/5/15 4 Quarter Progress Reports mailed on 5/14/15 nd rd th SCHOOL SAFETY: DROP OFF, PICK-UP, & PARKING Please review carefully… We appreciate your patience during the recent road construction on Cull Canyon Road and Heyer Ave. We realize there was terrible traffic and have excused student tardies up until the time the traffic improved each day. As many of you are aware, traffic is very congested coming to and leaving Canyon Middle School each day. For the safety or our students and staff and in order to ease the traffic flow, please follow the directions below. Please be sure students are being dropped off and picked up in the proper areas when coming to or leaving school. Students ARE NOT to be dropped off/picked up in any RED ZONE or crosswalk. Students are NOT to be dropped off/picked up in the Staff Parking lot near the tennis courts/music rooms. Visitor parking is located in the parking lot below the C and D wings. Whenever possible, please park in the marked spaces along the perimeter of this lot so that the traffic flow is not obscured. PLEASE emphasize to your child(ren) the importance of ALWAYS using the painted crosswalks. Please do not enter the wrong way into the visitor section of the front parking lot. We understand this is sometimes an inconvenience but keeping students and families SAFE is a top priority! Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter. ~ Canyon Administration Castro Valley Unified School District 2014-2015 Schedule of Board of Education Meetings November 13, 2014 December 11, 2014 January 15 and 29, 2015 February 12 and 26, 2015 March 12 and 26, 2015 April 23, 2015 May 14 and 28, 2015 June 11 and 25, 2015 Meetings are held in the Board Room at the District Office: 4400 Alma Ave, Castro Valley and start at 7:00 pm. Agendas & Board Materials on the District website (www.cv.k12.ca.us) under Board of Education. BE COOL, GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME! NO TARDIES! Student Activities November is Native American Heritage Month! To get the most current updates on or around campus, please LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram at Canyon Student Activities! You can listen to the Daily Bulletin or check the calendar at the entryway to school and on the Student Activities link on the Canyon website to get updates as well. Magazine Sale Success! Thanks so much for your generosity in supporting our magazine fundraiser! We truly appreciate your support to fund student-based activities for the year! Spirit Week: We had a wonderful Spirit Week to celebrate the annual Battle of the Valley! Thank you to everyone who showed their spirit by dressing-up, playing lunchtime games, and of course, attending the game! Go Condors! College Day: The second Friday of each month is College Day at Canyon! Students and staff can wear their favorite college apparel and showcase the collegiate aspirations of all of our condors. We Scare Hunger: We will be holding our We Scare Hunger Canned Food Drive from October 22 – November 14. We have more families in need than ever, and we would like to help them as much as we can. All non-perishable donations will be appreciated, and they will be collected in students’ Advisory classes. Please keep us in mind when you’re shopping, and help us scare away hunger in Castro Valley! stuffing / box or bag sparkling cider gravy / can or jar canned ham (5 lb) holiday cookies aluminum roasting pans applesauce sugar/flour cornbread mix canned yams large fruit juice dried pasta boxed jello baking mixes baked beans canned fruit canned tomatoes canned vegetables Anyone wishing to donate a check may do so. Please make checks payable to Castro Valley Outreach. There are also many volunteering opportunities. The Castro Valley Outreach volunteers shop for the perishable items before delivering to families. On Friday, 11/21, you can help pick up food from schools, starting at 3pm. On Monday, 11/24, you can help sort the food at the Mormon Church on Seven Hills, starting at 9am. On, Tuesday, 11/25, you can help sort food, starting at 8am, and deliver to families, starting at 12pm. There are also other opportunities to help. Please contact Ray Harris with CV Outreach at 510.912.2775, if you are able to volunteer. Parade of Lights: Come support Canyon as we stroll down Castro Valley Blvd. in the 3 rd Annual Parade of Lights! Cheer along as our Leadership class and Student Council Representatives show the community how “Canyon Condors Light Up the World”! The parade will begin at 5:30pm. Talent Show: Canyon’s Annual Winter Talent Show is on December 19. Sign-ups to audition will be at both lunches Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18 in Room F-10. Students must sign-up one of those days in order to receive an audition slot. They will be notified of the exact time and location of their audition; auditions will be held during the week of 12/1-12/5. Ice Skating Night: Come skate with us! Our annual Ice Skating party at Dublin Iceland is coming in December! More info will be out soon, so watch for updates. We look forward to seeing you on the ice! ~Ms. Hsu and Ms. Shen, Activities Directors S.O.A.R. Safety – Organization - Achieving Goals – Respect Canyon Middle School - Sixth Grade Outdoor School Program – 2014-2015 Dear Sixth Grade Parents, Each year, as part of the sixth grade curriculum, our students attend a week at Outdoor School. More information will follow to indicate which week your child will be attending Outdoor School. WHAT IS OUTDOOR SCHOOL? Environmental study of three ecosystems Decision -making skills Cooperative learning Study of environmental protection WHEN DO WE GO? Feb. 23-27, Mar. 2-6, Mar. 9-13 WHERE DO WE GO? Camp Loma Mar located in the San Mateo Mountains WHAT DOES IT COST? The total cost for all Canyon Middle School 6th graders approximately $160,000.00 This pays for food, lodging, transportation, and medical insurance. This also pays for the professional naturalists from the Exploring New Horizons program. We are requesting a donation of $330 for each student. Monies will begin being collected following the gift wrap/cookie dough fundraiser. Any additional donations will go toward assuring that all students will be eligible to attend. If you work for a company, or know of organizations that might be willing to sponsor portions of this program, please contact either Matthew Steinecke or Kathy Huemoeller. If you are willing to be part of our Fundraising Committee, please contact Kate Stickel at [email protected] Gift Wrap Fundraiser begins October 7th. Your child earns 40% of what they sell! Plan to attend Outdoor School Parent Information Night November 13th at 6:00 pm, in the room D-11. Automated Communication from Canyon Canyon Middle School uses an automated parental notification system to contact families with important information such as attendance issues, special events and/or emergency situations. We would like this opportunity to give you more information and answer any questions or concerns you might have about our parental notification system. Although whenever possible we would like to have personal communication with our families, we are privileged to have this automated system to stay in contact with our families in a very fast and efficient way. Attendance issues and special events calls are directed to the phone number used as the student’s primary home phone number. Attendance related calls go out on the weeknights between 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. These types of calls are to inform you that your student was marked absent for one (1) or more class periods. This may remind you that you may have forgotten to report your student’s absence OR to inform you that a teacher marked your student absent. If you believe the marked absence was in error we suggest that you contact either the teacher or the Attendance Office to address the issue. Attendance email also goes out to the parent/guardian at the primary parent/guardian email address as a secondary notification when your student is marked absent and/or unexcused tardy for one (1) or more class periods. Emails are sent from the email address [email protected] Please make sure to add this email address to your contacts or unblock from your spam list so that you receive these reminders. Special event calls may also go out on weeknights and/or weekends to inform/remind you of things such as early release times on minimum school days, non attendance school days such as school holidays and/or upcoming PTA meetings and family events. EMERENCY NOTIFICATION CALLS are directed to not only the student’s primary home phone number but also to parent/guardian cell phone numbers. Emergency calls will go out anytime our school and/or School District Administrators have determined that there is an emergency situation within our school/school district or when special information needs to go out to CVUSD school families. If you receive a call from our automated phone system and you were not to hear the message in it’s entirety or would like to have the message repeated, you may press the * button on your phone’s keypad to play the message again. All Canyon messages (other than attendance issue calls) can also be found in written version on our school website at www.canyon.cv.k12.ca.us then look for the red megaphone icon marked “Auto-dialer Message”. Please make sure that your contact information including an email address is current so that you can receive this important communication. Please log into your parent portal account to update your contact data whenever there are changes to contact information including phone numbers or emergency contact persons. You may also request changes in person by the parent/guardian coming into the office or in writing. Notes to the office must include the student’s name, grade level, the name of the number you which you change such as mother/father cell phone number then the new number that you would like to replace it with along with the parent/guardian signature. We would like to remind you that students will ONLY be released to the parent/guardian and/or those persons listed as emergency contacts (over the age of 18 with a valid photo identification card such as a driver’s license) on their emergency card. For the safety of our students, students are NOT released by a phone call request. In the event of an emergency notification, we understand your concerns but ask that you DO NOT call our school with questions, as all staff will be busy resolving safety concerns. We ask that you listen to our messages carefully, read the information posted on our school website or on the Castro Valley Unified School District website at www.cv.k12.ca.us or address all other concerns to the CVUSD office at (510) 537-3000. You may contact the Canyon Middle School Attendance Office at (510) 538-8833 extension 6002 should you have any further questions about our automated parental notification system. ~ Mrs. Anderson-Kelly, Attendance Clerk JOB OPPORTUNITY: Attention! Translators and Interpreters Needed! CVUSD is looking for interpreters. We are looking for interpreters and translators for Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, and Russian. Anyone who is interested will need to be fingerprinted and have a current TB test as well as filling out a classified substitute packet. The hourly wage is $17.73 per hour. If you are interested, please contact Human Resources, attn. Lynn Lewis at 510537-3000, x1222. Additional Job Opportunities: Instructional Assistants LH/SH CVUSD also has a number of Instructional Assistant LH/SH openings in our Special Education classes. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Human Resources, attn. Lynn Lewis at 510-537-3000, x1222. VISITORS ON CAMPUS: All visitors to the school campus MUST check in and sign in at the school office and show their ID (California Driver’s License or CA ID card). . Visitors must check in to the main office and obtain approval if they want to be anywhere on campus between 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Visitors are only allowed for educationally appropriate reasons. Visitors are not allowed to have lunch with students or bring items to student’s classroom. All visitors must wear a Canyon visitor badge or District ID card. This includes anyone using the track during school hours. A special “track pass” will be provided. If you are volunteering in the Library / classroom or chaperoning on a field trip / school dance, you must have completed the Megan’s Law form. This form was part of the online re-registration process. IF you did not complete one at that time, additional forms are available in the main office and must be completed 48 hours before volunteering. This form must be completed at the start of each school year and are good through September 30th of the following school year. Castro Valley ZOO @ Canyon Have you visited the Castro Valley ZOO in Room I-5 on the Canyon campus? There are over 20 animals to view and some to handle. The “ZOO” is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8 to 8:45 am or by appointment. Please visit our new website to see how you can help keep this valuable and enjoyable resource available for our students and staff. Check out: www.canyon.cv.k12.ca.us/zoo/ SCHOOL PICTURES: IF you missed ordering fall pictures of your child you may still order them online. For easy online ordering, visit their website at: www.ciphotoca.com Canyon Middle School appreciates the dedication of our School Board Trustee Members: Charmaine Banther, John Barbieri, Janice Friesen, Gary Howard, Jo A. S. Loss Superintendent, Jim Negri Upcoming meetings: November 13th and December 11th – 7:00 PM, District Office RESPECT EXCELLENCE PRIDE Please continue scrolling for the November calendar and several fliers with special events.
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