Do you know where baby stars are born? In a nebula. Do you know why the North Star is so bright? It's actually three stars orbiting a common center of mass. The Salt Lake Astronomical Society shared these amazing sights and more with our 6th graders at our "Night Under the Stars" event on the evening of October 11th. Students and their families were treated to nearly 10 different high-powered telescopes manned by incredibly passionate and knowledgeable members of the Astronomical Society. The biggest hit was seeing Saturn and its rings only eclipsed by the sight of the International Space Station racing across the sky for a few brief moments. Aside from night sky wonders, there were several glow in the dark games, crafts and refreshments for our families to enjoy. Mrs. McIntosh, 6th grade science teacher, said the students were enthralled with the night and couldn't wait to discuss it on Tuesday morning. Proceeds from the refreshment sales exceeded $100 and were donated back to the Astronomical Society. It was a night out of this world!
Run, Racecats, Run!
Our elementary school raced into Fall coached by Channing Hall's very own Alicia Riddle and Michele Brinkerhoff. Runners ages 5-12 began their meets October 17th and competed in their final meet November 4th. Depending on the age of the student, distance varies from a 1K (6 and under) to a 3K (9-12 years old). Highlights from the final championship include Carlee N clocking in 4th out of 58 girls in her division and Ryan B coming in 12th out of 93 boys in his division. Great job Race Cats!
Kindergartners on the Farm
Mr Matt and Mrs Rigby's Kindergarten classes got to experience a real working farm on their field trip last week to Wheeler Farm. Students learned about milking cows, got a lesson from a blacksmith and even got to take a wagon ride around the farm. There were lots of animals to see and they were able to learn about how a farm works. This field trip coincides with their IB unit on farms. Next week, the students will give a presentation about an assigned item that is produced on a farm. It was a fun day for all and a great way to start off the year!
Students Strut Their IB Knowledge with 5th Grade Exhibition
5th grade Exhibition is a cumulative project that wraps up the IB instruction for the Primary Years Program. Students worked in groups to research an area or interest. Students then identified a problem and took action to make a difference. One group chose to research the dwindling roll of family farms and the impact that has on the quality of our food supply. Another group collected leftover packaged food from students in the lunchroom for 2 weeks and delivered the extras to the Road Home Homeless shelter. Six years of previous IB instruction was evident in the way students communicated their knowledge and showed a deep level of thinking and compassion.
Future Conservationist in our Midst!
Arianna L did her Living Museum report on Dr Laurie Marker, a Cheetah expert and conservationist. Her report was so well done it was highlighted in the Cheetah Conservation Fund's "Kids for Cheetahs Stories" in February. After hearing about Arianna's presentation, Dr Marker reached out to her. The conservationist is currently doing a tour in the United States and next month, Arianna will get to meet her hero in person! Looks like Arianna is off to a great start as a conservationist bringing awareness and education about Cheetahs to her fellow students!
May the Force of Reading Be With You!
Another fiercely competitive year of "Star Wars" themed Read Wars commenced in January! Students logged their at home reading minutes and competed against each other for prizes and, of course, bragging rights! Ms Rogers 4th grade class drew the big prize, a class party at Aerobatics. Ms Dos Santos, Ms Crain and Ms Rogers classes all won pizza parties. Out of the Galaxy CLUB with 4000+ minutes read included three students: Leah C, Liesel C, and Ayrush P. Great job to all of our reading Jedi students!!
A Knight to Remember
The Royal (basketball) court of Channing Hall was transformed into a medieval castle complete with a drawbridge entry and two imposing dragons for our first ever Mother and Son Knight. The evening began with a meal fit for a king. After dinner, attendees could train in sword fighting, bounce in the bouncy castle, paint a family crest, get a balloon sword or take silly photo booth photos. The entire evening was a magical and memorable time for both moms and sons.
Holiday Concert Rings in the Season
Channing Hall held it's annual Holiday Concert on Dec 8. Mrs Lewis and her after-school Orchestra, Choir and Band filled the halls with holiday spirit. Many standards were performed along with a few surprises, such as Channing Hall Choir's rendition of Christmas Socks! Kaden A. performed a violin solo of We Wish you a Merry Christmas. Emery and Saskia W. performed a violin solo of Carol of the Bells. Milo M. performed a clarinet solo of The Nutcracker. In all, 39 students came together to treat the audience to a concert full of holiday cheer!
Basketball Teams Qualify for State
Congratulations to our basketball teams' players and coaches for qualifying for State. Go Channing Hall Wolves!
We are Family... in Kindergarten
Kindergarteners are learning about families in their IB unit, "Where We are in Place and Time". Through centers like role play and art, students are learning about different family structures as well as the roles and responsibilities common to all families. In the play kitchen, students are randomly assigned family roles (ex. parent, kid, grandparent, etc.) and must work together to resolve issues that arise in their "household". Caring and communicator attributes are essential to success. At another center, kindergartners are asked to draw their families. They are required to use appropriate detail to complete each family member. "Unless someone in your family is bald, you must draw hair," instructs Mr. Matt. The end result taps into the students' creativity and personality. Kindergarteners end the unit with a better understanding of the diversity of family structures and their important role in it.
Camp NaNoWriMo in Session
Over the last several years Channing Hall middle school has taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge - a month of intense writing with the ultimate goal of finishing a short novel. This year the entire eighth grade, as well as a handful of 6th and 7th graders, participated. In support of our middle school writers, several special writing themed events took place over the month of November. The event kicked off with a visit from author Peggy Eddleman who spoke to the students about being a writer, ways to overcome writers' block, and creative methods to get inspiration and ideas. Later in the month, Shelly Brown, another published author spoke with students about dealing with frustration and disappointment in writing. Her encouraging words were to just keep writing. Ms. Bills, who participated in the novel writing contest herself, treated students at the half point mark with a yummy hot chocolate bar. Additionally, the 6th and 7th grade participated in a fun Ghost Story writing contest. Entries ranged from the creepy to the hilarious. Both visiting authors commented on the creativity of our students and how impressive it was to have a middle school participate in this program.
Thank You Veterans
Students did an impressive job representing Channing Hall at it's Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th. The student council led ceremony was highlighted by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by Lizzie C. The Channing Hall choir also performed several moving numbers including "America the Beautiful". Many veterans from all branches of the military were there to be honored. A table set up on the stage called the "Missing Man Table" honored all of the fallen men and women of the military. There were many tears by students and staff. A big thanks goes out to event organizers and to the students who participated making this ceremony so special.
3rd Graders Space Out at Clark Planetarium
Up, up and away...third graders blasted off on a field trip to the Clark Planetarium. The field trip capped off the IB unit "How We Share the Planet" and gave students an opportunity to explore exhibits on space and natural science. Third graders started their visit with "A Beautiful Planet" in the IMAX theater. Filmed at the International Space Station, the IMAX experience in 3D took students into space and gave them a first hand view of the international crew and daily life in zero gravity.After the movie, curious minds were at work as students interacted with scientific phenomena from cloud formation to electrical conductivity. Some of the favorite exhibits included a freezer table where you could watch ice crystals form using a magnifying glass and a rocket that challenged students to predict the optimal ratio of fuel and oxygen for propulsion. Third graders left knowledgeable of the uniqueness of earth while, at the same time, becoming more aware of the larger universe.
Channing Hall Volleyball is a Hit
Channing Hall's co-ed volleyball ended their season in 4th place with a 4-4 record. Coach Lyndie Perkins commented on the huge improvements the team made throughout their season. She said they were a fun team and easy to work with. Equally complimentary, assistant coach Jennifer Jones noted that the team worked very well together with the experienced kids showing leadership and guidance to the newer teammates. Congratulations Wolves!
On Your Marks, Get Set...GO!!
New to Channing Hall this year is Race Cats, an after school cross country running club for students kindergarten through 5th grade. The goal of Race Cats is to introduce kids of all experience and ability to the empowering and life-enriching practice of long distance running through a positive experience that emphasizes FUN and rewards effort, attitude and personal bests. Forty-seven students from Channing Hall participate in the club and are having a fantastic inaugural season. Students in K-1st grade run a 1k, students in 2nd-3rd grade run a 2k, and students in 4th-5th grade run a 3k. Coaches Alicia Riddle, Wendy Brower, and Tricia Albiston meet and train with runners after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Channing Hall Race Cats had their first meets on October 1st and 8th with fantastic times and rankings. One last meet will be held October 15th at Draper City Park. Coach Alicia Riddle expects to see some Channing Hall Race Cats advance to the USATF Youth State Championships in Prove on November 12, 2016. Go Race Cats!!!
A Night at the Museum
Thank you to all who came out Friday night and all those who contributed to another successful annual giving campaign. If you'd like to donate, contributions can still be made here.
Cross Country Runners Race to a Successful Season
I was fortunate enough to be the cross country coach to a great group of kids this year! These students were dedicated to improving their times and worked and played hard at practice. Every student on the team improved their time and made so much progress. Two of our runners, Gannon Jensen and Emma Jenson, even made it to the State Meet where they both placed in the top 20! Congratulations to all of the runners on an amazing season. I loved working with all of you!
Ms. Heather Wins State Honor
The Utah Charter Network (UCN) named Heather Shepherd Director of the Year at their Fifth Annual Summer Symposium in August. UCN works with state legislators to promote bills that further the interests of charter schools in Utah. UCN’s Executive Director, Kim Frank, who was recently appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to represent Utah’s charter schools on his Education Excellence Commission, presented the award. She compared Ms. Heather to a pillar who has stood firm and strong in a rapidly expanding charter school world. Very few directors have lasted that long or guided their schools to the level of success Ms. Heather has achieved. Her commitment and enthusiasm have led Channing Hall through almost a decade of successful student outcomes.
Art Fair Captures Creativity
Art Fair Captures Creativity
Can you walk like an Egyptian? Interpret hieroglyphics? Reincarnate your inner artist? Parents and students got the opportunity to do all that and more at the Channing Hall Art Fair this month. The art fair showcased visual and performing art at Channing Hall. Middle school students contributed the Egyptian art throughout the fair and several ran interactive workshops and a scavenger hunt.
Visual art was exhibited by grade and displayed several of the techniques and themes taught in our art program. Band, orchestra, and the dance team all performed to a riveted audience of Channing Hall families. Thank you to all who organized, attended, exhibited, performed and made this night of art a huge success. (April 2016)
Math is Everywhere in 1st Grade
During the month of March, first-graders learned to find math everywhere! They made fudge with the seventh-graders where they helped to measure ingredients. Ms. Short's class made sandwiches and learned fractions by cutting them into halves and fourths. They learned a line dance while counting steps and used math in art. They interviewed employees at Harmon's and learned how different jobs require math all the time. The end of unit celebration was a carnival that they organized and planned for kindergartners. They planned their booths, created supply lists and "rented" the items. The group members took turns working at the booth. A hard lesson was learned when they would say, "I don't want to work anymore!"
8th Grade Projects Get Personal
Channing Hall's Middle Years Program culminates with a final eighth-grade Personal Project. Students spend time during their eighth grade year planning and engaging in a project that is specific to their individual areas of interest or passion. This year's class has been busy stretching their knowledge and talents with a wide variety of thoughtful, in-depth projects. IB Coordinator Jessica Sudman says it's important that students' projects "speak to them" and are helpful to the community or to them personally.
Middle School teachers Kyna Prettyman and Grace Struiksma both took on their own personal project as an example to students and to increase their personal knowledge. Ms. Prettyman developed a program that translates percentages into IB scores, something that she now uses often. Mrs. Struiksma researched Thomas Jefferson in-depth and analyzed his choices and decisions against the IB Learner Profile. She wants to show students that "if I can do this you can do this."
While most students are the still in the process of finishing up projects, they have had some exciting initial outcomes. Olivia has been working with a friend to make cooking videos for Mrs. Tebbs' classes that students can watch if they miss a cooking lab. Cannon, another foodie, started a blog that explores the influence of culture on food (https://culturemeetsfoodcom.wordpress.com). Tim is passionate about filmmaking and is using the project as an opportunity to make a movie.
Sophia loves to write and saw the project as a way to learn about becoming a professional author. "This project has given me a personal lesson on trusting people, expressing myself and has helped me to develop my patience and determination towards writing," she says. Her book, Life is Strange, is already published and available for purchase. (http://www.lulu.com/shop/sophia-goodwin/life-is-strange/paperback/product-22646307.html)
Students will share their projects at Community Exhibition Day May 27th at Channing Hall. Come see our future! (April 2016)
Dance Under the Stars
All dressed up and out on the town, dads and daughters danced the night away at "Picnic Under the Stars," our second Daddy Daughter Dance. The enthusiasm was evident, from the dance floor to the ice cream line. The evening included dinner and dance instruction, getting even some of the most reluctant wall flowers into the action. Thank you to CHAPS for hosting and all the volunteers, including Student Council, who made the night a huge success. (April 2016)
5th Grade Takes a D.A.R.E.
Channing Hall enjoys having the Draper Police Department support our school through the D.A.R.E. program, which gives students the opportunity to learn about the dangers of drugs and gain skills to avoid illegal drugs. Students participated in hands-on exploration with "drunk goggles" that simulate intoxication. They also got to explore the SWAT bus and police vehicle. When students completed the D.A.R.E program, they received a graduation certificate. All the fifth-graders enjoyed their experience in the program, as well as their graduation party. We are grateful to Officer Lees and the Draper Police Department for their support! (April 20
2nd Grade Explores Aquarium
The exhibits at Loveland Living Aquarium made quite a splash with the second-graders on their field trip there this month. The students petted stingrays and starfish in the stingray tank, enjoyed a presentation from a very knowledgeable employee about whales and even got to watch the piranhas eat! The aquarium also boasts a 300,000 gallon shark tank along with a 50 foot long, 4,400 pound replica humpback whale hanging from the ceiling. The penguin and otter exhibits were also student favorites. (April 2016)
Great Year for Basketball Teams
Channing Hall Boys' and Girls' basketball both finish up a
successful season. The boys finished the season 2nd in their league and
one of the top 8 teams out of 29 in the district. At the basketball awards ceremony on February 24th, Coach David Nuffer said that this team
was incredibly cohesive, played with great teamwork, and were unselfish in
their play. The Girls' season was equally as positive, they also finished
second in their league. Assistant Coach, Janene Tanner, who has coached
at Channing for 5 years, said that this team was the most respectful and easiest
group to coach. Coach Lyndie Perkins recalled a game where our Channing
girls were ahead 39 - 0 in the second half. The other team scored their
first basket and the entire Channing team cheered for them. She said it
was a good example of the heart of this year's players. Congrats Wolves! (March 2016)
Galaxy Stormed by Small Readers
Kindergarten Does Shakespeare
Kindergarteners visited the Utah Children's Theater as part of the IB unit "How we express ourselves." The show "Welcome to Shakespeare" presented the cliff notes' version of several Shakespearean classics while teaching the students about comedies and tragedies. Students also got to participate in acting exercises like "wide-mouthed-rubber-baby-buggy-bumpers" and to learn how actors express themselves. Jaxon W served as "Master of the Revels" and spokesperson for the crowd giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to each show. The kindergartners enjoyed the show and everything from the theater "blackout" to Hamlet being killed with a fish. (March 2016)
Kids Come Ashore at 'Ellis Island'
In the immortal words of Neil Diamond, ¨We're coming to
America...¨ and as the second graders found out in their reenactment of
immigration through Ellis Island, the stories varied. Each student was assigned
a story of an immigrant and walked through the gates at Ellis Island to a new
life. Immigrants were of different nationalities, economic status, education
level and health. Each student got to act out their story and travel in three
classes of service. First class had plenty of room, cushioned seats and
chocolate to eat, dramatically different from the cramped accommodations of
third class. Upon arriving, immigrants passed through security and health
checkpoints with some sicker passengers facing immediate deportation due to
health issues. The project was part of the IB unit ¨Where I come from¨ and got
students thinking of their ancestry and the generations that brought them to
where they are today. (March 2016)
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
All 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in the science fair and completed a project. Each project had to propose a solution to a community problem. We had more than 100 entries - a new record for Channing Hall! Students used the scientific method to design and complete their projects, and then gave enthusiastic presentations. Over 50 students will advance to the district science fair in February. The projects will also be entered in the National eCybermission Science Fair competition. (February 2016)
In January, 4th graders were able to go on a snowshoeing adventure up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The students were led by guides who taught them about winter wildlife adaptations, how to track animals in the snow, where their water comes from, and about the natural history of the Wasatch Mountains. It was a memorable and educational field trip! (February 2016)
8th Grade Feels the Beat
Ms. Bills' eighth grade English classes finished their poetry unit with a beat poetry day. The classroom was transformed into Cafe 207, a hip coffee shop with graffiti tablecloths, a hot chocolate and treat bar, and stage with a single microphone. Students took turns reading original poems they had written throughout their poetry unit. Students snapped instead of clapped for a true Beat Poetry experience. (December 2015)
Operation Christmas Child
On Nov. 20, Channing Hall students stayed after school to participate in Operation Christmas Child. The service project began six years ago with Tomas Hollenbach who, despite his battle with a brain tumor, had empathy, compassion, and respect for the needs and feelings of suffering children throughout the world. His example has provided an opportunity for many students to participate in creating a better and more peaceful world through giving. The 172 boxes created that day will be sent to children in Mexico. (December 2015)
Celebrating World Culture
For the final project of the IB Cultures unit, Ms. Stone's third-graders researched different countries and investigated aspects of culture native to their chosen country. The kids imagined that they actually got to visit their country. They wrote travelogues and created colorful Polaroids as if they were there themselves. These projects went into a scrapbook highlighting journeys to Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, India, and Kenya. Students were asked to bring in artifacts and food items from each of those six countries. The kids were excited to try exotic foods from all over the world including Austrailian fairy bread, Indian mango lassis, Chinese dumplings, Danish pastries, and Brazilian Pao de Quiejo As a bonus, students also got to try Jelapi (funnel cake) from Bangladesh and Lavashak (soft candy) from Iran. (December 2015)
Circus Comes to Town
The circus came to town and treated Channing Hall families to the greatest show on earth. Culminating a week of annual giving, the fall festival did not disappoint. Clowns, animals, and even a lion tamer with her star entertained crowds and raised money to support our school. Student and staff involvment were key to the success along with the generous donations of families and local businesses. Thank you to all who attended! (October 2015)
Back to Pioneer Times
Fourth grade classes have been busy learning about the students' personal histories as well as increasing their knowledge about Utah history and how Utah was settled. The end of the unit culminated in a "Life in Pioneer Times" field trip to the This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. Students got to have a hands on handcart experience and discover what life was like traveling to Utah with a handcart going over hills and obstacles. They also experienced pioneer school life where they learned about the Deseret Alphabet, school house manners, class rules and punishments. Students met a blacksmith in his workshop and learned about what life would have been like as his apprentice. Back at Channing Hall, fourth graders reflected on their field trip and were able to compare and contrast pioneer life with modern life and gain an appreciation for history. (October 2015)
Getting a Taste of Farm Life
Kindergartners spent a morning at Wheeler Farms observing first hand how a farm works. Learning ¨How we share the planet," the students met cows, chickens, pigs, horses, and other animals that live on the farm. The kindergartners learned about different jobs on the farm and saw a blacksmith demonstration that included heating and bending a piece of metal. After a wagon ride past the lightning tree (a tree shaped as a result of multiple lightning strikes) and a game of tag with the local geese, students ate lunch and headed back to school. The field trip was part of a unit on farms in which students explore how food and other everyday things come from farms to local stores. (October 2015)
The Student Commute, Worldwide
Every day around the world, children have incredible journeys just to get to school. Middle school students in 6th and 7th grades visited the Utah Film Center to watch a documentary titled "On the Way to School," which followed four groups of children and captured the sacrifices and struggles they face to get an education. Samuel, 11, from India, is pushed in a makeshift wheelchair through sand and rivers for more than two miles each morning and afternoon by his younger brothers. Carlito, 11, from Argentina, and his little sister ride a horse 22 miles a day. Zahira, 12, from Morocco, walks and hitchhikes with her friends almost 14 miles through the Atlas Mountains weekly to attend boarding school. And Jackson, 10, from Kenya, dodges wild elephant herds as he runs nine miles to school with his 6 year-old sister. Back in the classroom, Channing Hall students discussed the film, wrote in their journals and reflected on how fortunate they are; it is so much easier for Channing Hall students to go to school and get an education. (October 2015)
Volleyball Team Takes 4th
Channing Hall Volleyball wraps up a phenomenal, undefeated regular season with a 4th place finish at the state tournament. Coach Janene Tanner attributes their success to the team being hustlers, working well together and having a competitive spirit. Tricia Mataele, assistant coach commented "In my four years of coaching here this team was the most naturally talented, they want to learn and they respond very well to coaching." This year's team philosophy was "work hard and have fun". They were successful at both. Congrats team on an exciting season. (October 2015)
Cross Country Runs With Honor
This season we enjoyed some success and some upset. Our girls team came to us smaller than in the past, but each girl worked hard and improved her times and kept trying even when faced with teams five times our size. The boys team successfully met the icebucket challenge, taking first place at a meet and coach Annette Barney was drenched with cold water. The students at state ran with grit and determination, representing Channing Hall honorably. "I am just thankful for being there to be inspired by each of our Wolves," said Coach Barney. (October 2015)