- Congratulations Coach Bechthold!
- Skyline Network PTSA Awards 2016-2017
- Mr. LeRoy- Outstanding School Administrator
- Ms. Brimley and Ms. Cluff- Outstanding Support Staff
- Mr. Petersen- Outstanding Educator
- Kim Paulding- Spirit of the PTA
- Ms. Ardi wins Excel award!
- Skyline Network PTSA Awards 2015-2016
- Ian Collison – Spirit of PTA award
- Coach Bechthold – Outstanding Educator Award
- Sonya Swaner-Miller – PTA Involvement
- Trent Hendricks – Outstanding School Administrator
- XTERRA National Division Champ!
- Ms. Searle receives state Art Teacher of the Year award
- Educator of the Week – Terri Roylance
by B. Murray
January 11, 2018
Today is already the last day of second quarter. Tuesday will be the beginning of second semester, and things are going to be getting busy as we move toward the end of the year. Counselors have worked hard to go through all the students’ schedules and fix any issues. They are at the point where they are taking student requests for class changes. If you student would like to request a class change, they can pick up the form in the counseling center. The counselors will accept the form until next Thursday, January 18. Counselors will do what they can to accommodate requests, but there is no guarantee the schedule will allow for changes to happen.
Churchill on Parade:
We will be having Churchill on Parade on January 24, from 5:30-7pm. We will begin in the auditorium at 5:30, then students and parents will have the chance to roam the school and meet the teachers and hear about classes and activities Churchill offers. Please help us get the word out to any prospective students.
The same night, at 7:15pm, we will be having a meeting for incoming DLI parents in Mrs. Cha-Philippe’s classroom. The intention of the meeting will be to provide information about the DLI model in junior high and what classes we offer at Churchill for the DLI students.
We are currently working on two different drives at the school. We are participating in Souper Bowl of Caring food drive and Box Tops for Education collection. The Souper Bowl of Caring is run through the Granite Education Foundation and benefits the Utah Food Bank and the its efforts in Granite School District. We have been running a food collection contest with first period teachers since before the holiday break. We are doing a good job collecting food, but we still have time to really help the food bank and make an impact. We will be collecting non-perishable items until Friday, February 2.
Box Tops for Education can be collected and turned in by schools for money. At Churchill, we have determined that the money we receive back from the program will be allocated to the drama department to help with the musical. There are two collection windows during the year, and we are in the middle of the second window. We have until February 26 to collect box tops to send in for redemption. We have two collection points in the school: the main office, and Mrs. Baguley’s door to the Black Box Theater. We would like to get a nice collection of box tops to send in at the end of February.
Try-outs for next year:
Now that it is second semester, we will begin having try-outs for activities for next year. I will keep everyone posted of the dates and times for the try-outs so all students can participate. One of the strengths of Churchill is students’ ability to be involved in many different activities; therefore, it is important for everyone to be aware of try-out dates so kids don’t miss out on something they are interested in.
The first group that will be having try-outs for next year is the instrumental music groups. These groups are the Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Concert Orchestra. They will be having auditions on January 24 from 3-4:30pm, January 25 from 3-5pm, and January 26 from 3-5pm. Interested students can sign-up for a specific day and time on the sign-up sheet on Mrs. Taylor’s classroom door. Students can also email Mrs. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up an audition time.
Reading Inventory Information:
The PTSA was kind enough to include a chart of data about our school’s performance on the Reading Inventory in their Charger Chatter last week. Our kids are doing very well. This week, I thought it would be interesting to see how our students are doing compared to the other junior highs in our area-Evergreen, Olympus Jr., and Wasatch. The following data is based on the second testing window which was in December.
|School||Advanced and Proficient||Below Proficient||Growth from fall to winter|
To make the data easier to look at, I have combined the four categories to two just to see our total students who are proficient and above and then those who are below proficient. The important piece of data on this table is the growth category. The growth shows how much students have improved from the test in September to the test in December. The points are the average number of points all students increased in their Lexile score from one test to the next. The table shows that we are behind Wasatch in our overall proficiency, but our students grew more than students at any of the other junior highs in the area. The strong student growth indicates that our students are becoming stronger readers, and that is important as reading ability and comprehension affect all curricular areas. We have one more testing window this school year (March). I encourage everyone to spend 30 minutes a day reading at home.
Last year we ended the school year tied with Wasatch for the highest percent of proficient students amongst the junior highs, and we had a top three growth in junior highs behind a couple of schools from the west side of the district. We were the only junior high it be top three in both categories.
There are a lot of unpaid fees from second quarter, and we will be charging class fees from third quarter in a couple of weeks. With the change to quarterly electives, fees get charged each quarter, so please check your student’s account and make sure fees have been paid.
Early Open Enrollment for School Year 2018-2019:
The following is a letter from Granite School District about Open Enrollment:
Granite School District provides school choice enrollment in all schools where space is available. Parents are responsible for transportation when exercising school choice. This letter explains Granite School District’s Open Enrollment Guidelines; Open Enrollment is necessary for students to attend a school other than their home boundary school.
There are two open enrollment periods: Early Open Enrollment and Late Open Enrollment. The Early Open Enrollment period is the recommended time to enroll for the next school year. Late Open Enrollment period is for the current year and may be applied for at any time. Early open enrollment period for the 2018/2019 school year begins on Friday, December 1, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Open Enrollment Applications are available at all schools, and are processed in the order received. Students residing within Granite School District boundaries are given priority. Enrollment depends on space available in the requested grade, class, or program. Open Enrollment requests do not require a release from the student’s home school or district.
A one-time, non-refundable $5.00 processing fee, payable to the requested school, may be charged at the time the application is submitted. This fee can be waived for qualified applicants.
If your student is accepted for Open Enrollment, annual reapplication is not required—as long as the student remains in the same school, and space is available. When a student transitions from elementary school to junior high, or from junior high to high school, there is no automatic feeder system for Open Enrollment; therefore, reapplication is necessary to attend a school outside of the student’s home boundary school.
For more detailed information, refer to the back of the Open Enrollment Application or Granite School District’s website: www.graniteschools.org; select Departments>Prevention and Student Placement>Open Enrollment Guidelines.
The Early Open Enrollment period is an important time, and I recommend that everyone submit their paperwork during this window. The window is important because the school uses the applications we receive during this time to submit a preliminary enrollment number to the district so that we can get preliminary FTE allocated to us. The FTE is what we use to determine the number of teachers we have in the building and the programs we can offer. It is much easier for our school to accept Open Enrollment Applications if they are received during the Early Application Window as opposed to those received after the February 20 deadline. This year we did get to the point where we denied Late Open Enrollment Applications and placed students on a waiting list due to our core classes reaching capacity. I know that has not generally been the case at Churchill and people have not felt a sense of urgency to get their application turned in during the Early Window, but it is important to change that perspective and get it in.
I would also like to remind everyone that you do not need to fill out an Open Enrollment Application each year, but you DO need to fill one out if you are changing schools. So, for any of our eighth graders who are at Churchill via Open Enrollment, they will need to fill out a form if they would like to attend Skyline next year. Out-of-boundary fifth graders at any of our elementary schools will need to fill one out to attend Churchill.
As always, if you or anyone you know would like to check out Churchill, you can call the main office and speak to Mr. Murray or me about setting up a time for you to take a tour of the school. If you have friends who live out of the boundaries who would like to see the school they can do the same. We have already begun doing tours and have done around eight in the past month. The phone number for the main office is 385-646-5144. Our email addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will continue to encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook. If you go to the school’s website, schools.graniteschools.org/churchilljr/, and click on the Facebook icon in the upper right corner, you will be directed to our official page. Once on our Facebook page, you can click “Like”. Facebook will be the number one source for getting immediate updates and information about what’s happening at school.
Please use the student drop-off area on the west side of the school. The bus zone on the north end of the building and the east parking lot are not good drop off zones. With the construction on I-215, the bus has been getting to school at irregular times and we need to have the zone clear so it can pull in and drop off students. Using the east parking lot as a drop off blocks the faculty parking stalls and puts students at risk because many of them walk through that lot as they come to campus from the neighborhoods.
January 11 Last day of 2nd quarter
January 11 Pep Assembly (1:45pm)
January 12 No school for students
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School
January 17 Pioneer Theater Play for GT Students
January 23 Spotlight on Skyline (8th graders), 9am
January 24 Churchill on Parade, 5:30pm
January 24 French DLI Parent Meeting (Incoming parents) 7:15pm
January 24-26 Advanced Instrumental Group Auditions
January 30 G Vollyball @ Valley, B Volleyball vs. Valley
February 1 B Volleyball vs. Wasatch, G Volleyball @ Wasatch
Last week, Gene Bechthold was announced as the winner of the KSL Teacher Feature. Coach Bechthold has exceled at Churchill Jr. for nearly four decades as a coach and teacher. Churchill Jr. and countless alumni are proud of Coach Bechthold!