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PE & Health News

It was so great to meet many of you during parent/teacher conferences this fall, and I look forward to meeting more of you as the year goes on. The excitement of accepting my first teaching position at Canyon Creek has not yet begun to fade, I am truly enjoying the school and community.

In the last few years, I'm sure you've noticed changes in the world of education, especially in reference to standards and assessments. Health and physical education has not been left out of these changes! I'd like to give you all a small glimpse of what is sometimes referred to as the "New PE:"

Across the country, physical education programs have been shifting from competition based activities to individual fitness and "lifetime sports." The reasoning is that in adulthood, your student are more likely to regularly participate in yoga or ride a bike for exercise than play flag football or hockey. Moving away from competitive group activities allows more students to get involved in exercise, which show academic benefits as well as stress relief. This individual approach lets students track their own success which aligns with the current emphasis on assessment and tracking results that we're seeing in the midst of education reform. This type of assessment is working its way into PE with the overall goal of lifelong health.

As a sport and competition enthusiast, I definitely think there is a place for competitiveness, however, I believe in leveling the playing field with modifications to move away from a PE where the skilled students dominate the game and those not as skilled stand on the sidelines hoping to go unnoticed. I am enthusiastically ready to indulge myself in this innovative shift in physical education. I hope to expose your students to as many activities as I can so that they can be confident to stay physically active when they leave Canyon Creek.

Always feel free to email Ms. Allen with any questions or concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guidance Lesson Update from Mrs. Tennant...

Mrs. Monforton has facilitated lessons in my absence and will continue through the month of January. Thank you to Mrs. Monforton for all your hard work!

Coming up in February when I return, k-8 will be covering personal safety. The students will learn the "No, Go, Tell" model to use in situations where they do not feel safe. Students are encouraged to Say No, Get Away, Tell Someone, and to Keep Telling until someone believes them. Students are also encouraged to recognize good and bad secrets. Bad secrets are those that give you an uneasy feeling. If you have an "uh-oh" feeling, it is a good indication that something is not right and you should tell an adult immediately. 

Parents of 8th Graders

West High is coming to pre-register students for High School on February 2nd and will return to finalize registration and class selections on February 21st. Please keep an eye out for a transition letter in the mail that gives more information on this subject.

The West High parent PAC meeting will be on February 7th, at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria at West High. This transition meeting will discuss all the information you as parents will need to know to send a child to West High. They will be covering courses offered, graduation requirements, registration, clubs and activities, as well as answering any other questions you as a parents might have about high school. Please plan to attend this meeting if your child is going to West High next year. This is the only parent meeting offered by West High for all new incoming students.

Save the date: West High Freshman Open House on April 24th at 6:00 pm in the auditorium!

Wear a Hat to School?!

As a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip, the 8th graders are hosting Hat Day! 

Students who bring $1.00 on Friday, January 12th will be able to wear a hat all day at school!

Happy New Year...From Mr. Lipp

Dear Canyon Creek Families,

Canyon Creek Students are back in the swing of things this week with a new year to look forward to. As usual, students have jumped into the groove of school, practices, and activities. In the next few weeks, the school has some major events coming up that benefit our students a great deal in living their school lives. Please take a close look inside and take note of some of the activities that are available to help out students.

This is also a great time to get your child involved in the school, especially when the long winter months drag on. Currently we have a volleyball season starting on January 29th (5th-8th grade). We will be sending out an invite to all parents shortly in regards to our parent meeting. Missoula Children's Theater is a great experience for our students and I highly encourage them to give this a try. The productions are always fabulous and the students really enjoy themselves as they perform. This is an intense week of practices during the evenings, but the end result is amazing.

This month will also have one of the largest fundraisers that the 8th grade students host to raise funds for their year end trip. On January 12th-14th, we will be hosting the Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament. This is a busy weekend and the expectation is that all 8th grade students help out. We also encourage parents to volunteer for this tournament. We have many jobs that need to be filled for the three days and any help is appreciated. Please see Ms. Kugler for the schedule of times or events that need to be filled. The 8th grade students also know how to get you signed up.

Canyon Creek School is excited about all of the activities and events going on this month so come out and join us! We wish all of you the best in the New Year, and hope that 2018 brings many good things to all of you. 

Happy New Year!

Brent Lipp