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SAGE Results Coming Oct. 27: What Families Can Expect

In spring 2014, the State Board of Education required all Utah Students, beginning in the third grade, to take new state tests. The tests, called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence), were designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. They are completely different from the CRTs. Therefore, SAGE and CRT results cannot be compared.

Statewide SAGE results will be released Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. These will include results for every school district and every school in the state.

At this point, the Utah State Office of Education is reporting that fewer than half of the Utah students tested are expected to score as proficient in English language arts, mathematics and science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/58310430-219/results-standards-percent-students.html.csp.

As always, we will prepare individual student reports to share with you in conferences later in the school year.  In the meantime, parents are urged to keep a few things in mind when interpreting these scores:

-       SAGE scores cannot be compared to the CRTs. The tests are different, and measure different standards, or expectations, for student achievement.

-       SAGE tests measure whether students are meeting the state’s higher expectations for college- and career-readiness.

-       When tests that measure higher standards are first introduced, test scores typically appear lower than what parents might be used to, the state reports. However, in many cases, the state reports that test scores gradually improve in the years thereafter http://schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda/docs/Tab7.aspx. 

SAGE results will influence state school accountability reports. The State Office of Education has indicated that most Utah schools will receive D or F grades as a result of these more challenging standards. The State Board of Education will continue to discuss estimated results with members of the Utah Legislature. School grades are expected to be released to the public in December.

At this point, as is always the case with test scores, we recommend parents focus on a child’s individual achievement, celebrate successes, and set individual goals as appropriate for your child’s success.

More information and resources about the SAGE can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage

Parent Conferences and Report Cards

Parents and Guardians,

We are looking forward to seeing you at parent teacher conference. This year the parent teacher conferences will be held earlier than in years past.  Holding conferences earlier allows parents, students, and teachers the opportunity to discuss grade level expectations, how your child is doing in school, and how we can work together to ensure the best success for your child. You and your child’s teacher will complete a Student Education Plan (SEP).  The SEP is designed to outline goals for your child’s academic and social development and ways that we can work together to support your child throughout the school year.

Progress on your child’s SEP will be shown on your child’s report card.  Report cards will be disseminated the week after the first term ends, Nov 17-21. 

The report cards have been refined to be more informational and user-friendly, based on feedback from parents and teachers. You will be receiving additional information about the updated report card in the coming weeks. Additional report card information is available at the Canyons School District website under I-CANyons Report Card.

Quail Hollow Back-To-School Registration 2014-2015

The back-to-school registration process is now open. An online component is required of all Quail Hollow students, and does not impact teacher or course selection for students.

School Walk-in Registration Dates

Quail Hollow is open for face-to-face walk-in registration for new students and kindergarten August 5th and 6th (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM).

New CSD Students

Students new to Quail Hollow, including Kindergarten students, will need to begin the registration process in person at the school. While there, you will be required to present a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of address to the school representative assisting you with enrollment. You will then receive your Skyward ID and password to complete the online portion of registration.

Existing Quail Hollow Students

To begin the online enrollment process, students who are currently attending school in Canyons District will need to log into Skyward Family Access using their guardian Skyward ID and password (http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org). Once in Skyward, click on the online registration link and follow the prompts. The link will walk you through the entire registration process. It will also allow you to make changes to demographic and health information, if needed, and to pay any fees. If you prefer, computers are available at the school, where someone will be available to help you walk through the process.


New Elementary Schedule for 2014-2015

Dear Parents and Guardians of Quail Hollow Elementary Students:

We just received important news about next school year that we wanted to forward to you.

The Canyons Education Association announced Wednesday night that its members approved the 2014-2015 contract for teachers. The Canyons Board of Education approved the contract in its May 6 public meeting.

The teacher contract gives elementary schools a new schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. The new schedule is designed to help each individual student achieve academic success. It establishes consistent daily instructional time five days per week. It also redistributes time in the regular work day for teachers to plan individually and in teams so they can give special attention to each student’s achievement and adjust their lessons to ensure that all students succeed.

To assist you in your planning, our bell schedule in the 2014-2015 school year will be as follows:

-       Grades 1-5: 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM

-       Kindergarten: Morning 8:45–11:40, Afternoon 12:20–3:15

The new schedule also includes seven early-out Fridays to give teachers time for professional development. Those early-out days will be as follows: Sept. 26; Oct. 24; Dec. 5; Jan. 30; Feb. 20; March 27; and April 24. 

Early-out School Hours

Grades 1-5     8:45 – 1:30

Kindergarten  A.M. 8:45 – 10:45                P.M.     11:30 – 1:30

A sample full month schedule as well as the 2014-2015 academic calendar are enclosed.
pdfSample Full Month Schedule    pdf2014-15 School Year Calendar.pdf 

More information about the schedule and teacher contract, which includes additional compensation for teachers, can be found at
www.canyonsdistrict.org.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,



Denis Lyons