Souper Bowl of Caring:
We have extend the Souper Bowl of Caring drive through this week. We have had our first batch of food collected and are working on getting more ready for the Granite Education Foundation to pick up. The Granite Education Foundation sponsors the Souper Bowl of Caring, and all money and food collected during the drive remains in Granite School District to provide food for the many students and families in our district who struggle.
Churchill on Parade and Information on the School Website:
Thank you to everyone who came to Churchill on Parade. It was great to get the opportunity to meet all the students who will be new to our building next year. We were excited to see so many people; for context, he FACS department gave out 600 cookies and 400 smoothies. That is a great level of participation.
I am also happy to let everyone know that the Reconfiguration Frequently Asked Questions and Answers document is up and attached to the Churchill website so everyone can read through it. I’d like to thank Katrina Stucki, a Churchill Community Council member, for spearheading the process of getting the Q&A put together. We have created a tab specifically for the document, so when you go to the site, look at the top of the page for the “Grade Reconfiguration Q&A” tab.
We started second semester and third quarter this week. With the new semester, students are starting new electives and probably had some changes to their core class schedules as well. Statistically speaking, second quarter is the toughest quarter for students and grades because of all the breaks and holidays that fall within it. Third quarter is the right time for students to re-focus on school and academics.
With the beginning of second semester, we have also started credit recovery for ninth grade students who have failed any classes that are required for high school graduation. This list includes any English, math, science, or history classes, but also includes high school elective classes that are required for graduation. We will be offering two class opportunities for credit recovery, and our goal is to have all of our students on-line for graduation when they leave Churchill for Skyline. Counselors will be meeting with students this week to get them into the credit recovery classes. As soon as a student completes their course recovery, they will be placed back into their regular classes.
Souper Bowl of Caring:
We are getting ready to kick-off the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive. We will be doing the drive from January 23-February 3. The Souper Bowl of Caring is sponsored by the Granite Education Foundation and all money and food collected during the drive remains in Granite School District to provide food for the many students and families in our district who struggle.
Food donations are welcome, but an emphasis of the drive is also on money. The Granite Education Foundation in conjunction with the Utah Food Bank are able to turn a one dollar donation into seven dollars’ worth of food. The SBOs will be organizing the food and money drive for the school, and they welcome on help and donations.
We have amazing teachers at Churchill Jr. High. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize a few teachers who have been nominated by students or parents for recognition this year:
were all nominated for the annual Excel Award. This is an award organized through the Granite Education Foundation, and it recognizes a handful of teachers each year for the outstanding job they do for Granite School District students.
Cris Brimley and Shawna Cluff
were nominated by our PTSA for Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Support Staff awards.
These nominations are meaningful for the teachers and staff because they come from our students and parents. I would like to thank our teachers, staff, students, and parents; you all make Churchill an amazing place!
Early Open Enrollment:
December kicks off the Early Open Enrollment period for students who wish to attend school outside the boundary of where he/she lives. Once a student is accepted on open enrollment at a school, there is no need to resubmit a form annually. However, when a student changes schools, a new form needs to be submitted to the school. This means that students transitioning from elementary school to junior high or junior high to high school need to submit a form. If your eighth or ninth grader is at Churchill on an open enrollment, please check to see if you will need to fill one out to attend Skyline based on school boundaries. If your student has younger siblings that will be coming to Churchill next year, please get those forms in to us. Early Open Enrollment begins December 1st and goes until February 21st. We always have Open Enrollment Applications available in the main office.
Churchill has quite a few students who attend from outside of our defined school boundaries. We hope that the experience all of our students have at Churchill is positive and worthy of being discussed and shared with friends, family, and neighbors. With our impending reconfiguration to 6-8, the Skyline Network now lines up with the school networks in Canyons School District. We are hopeful that this parallelism will allow for students from the neighboring areas to our south to come to Churchill. One of the difficulties we face is in advertising to those communities that we are changing the set-up of our school. One of the strongest avenues for getting the word out is through word of mouth from our current students and parents. I encourage you to share with people the positive experiences you and your students are having at Churchill. We are working hard to make sure junior high is a great experience academically, artistically, and athletically for our students, and we will continue that work as we transition to more of a middle school model.
Reconfiguration/Information Meeting Dates to Mark on your Calendars:
January 23, During the school day: Skyline will be hosting all of our 8th and 9th graders for Spotlight on Skyline. This is a great opportunity for the students to get a sneak-peak into what Skyline has to offer. Programs, clubs, sports, and other activities will all be represented and presented by Skyline students for our students.
Busses will pick-up 8th graders at 8:10am and return them to Churchill at 9:55am. Ninth graders will be picked-up at 8:45am and be returned at 10:30. The staggered times will allow for the two groups to flow through the two stages of Spotlight on Skyline without overcrowding. The presentation will begin in the auditorium for a presentation and then students will go into the gym to meet Skyline students and see what club, sport, and academic opportunities are available at Skyline.
February 1, 6:30pm @ Skyline: Skyline will be hosting International Baccalaureate (IB) information meetings on these evenings.
Registration Dates to Know:
January 25 and 26: Skyline will be at Churchill to drop off registration materials to students in their English classes.
Jan. 23Spotlight on Skyline
Jan. 23- Feb. 3Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive
Jan. 31Volleyball @ Wasatch
Jan. 31Wrestling vs. Wasatch
Send a Valentine to your child! For our annual fundraiser, the PTSA is accepting orders for Valentines treat bags that will be delivered to the kids during Charger time on Valentine’s day. Please go to https://squareup.com/store/churchill-jr-high-ptsa and place your order today! Make sure and include 1) your child or children’s names and 2) whatever message you’d like to send in the comment box when you check out.
Each bag is $8 and contains a soda, some treats, chips, a coupon for a free game at Olympus Hills Bowling, a coupon for a free Menchies yogurt and more.
Orders are due February 10th by midnight (we will have a limited number of extras to sell, but to guarantee a bag, please order by the 10th). If you’d rather write a check, you may send an envelope with a check made out to Churchill PTSA to place in the Valentine Box in the office. Be sure and include a message and the name of your child.
Thank you for your support! If you have any questions or you child has special dietary needs, please contact Sonja Blodgett firstname.lastname@example.org.
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