Parent Innovations & Discovery 2023-24 Orientation
Welcome to Canyon Grove Academy! I am Jana Stout and I am the Supervisor for Innovations and Discovery. These programs are awesome and I love creating and executing these educational adventures and experiences for our students.
This orientation was created for parents to help make your student’s participation in these programs this year easy to navigate.You are accountable for learning, understanding and putting this information into action, keeping track of registration dates, registering on time, following the rules of the programs and communicating with me if you have any questions. If by the end of this orientation you still have questions that were not addressed then please contact me. I am happy to help.
What is the difference between Innovations and Discovery?
Innovations happens in the morning. Classes are from 9:00-11:30 am. Innovations is always on campus and uses our resources we have at the school. One session of Innovations lasts for 8 weeks. Discovery runs in the afternoons. Classes generally are from 12:15-2:45 (with possible adjustments to the start and end time depending on our venue or activity). Pay attention to the sign up for the specific schedule of that session.
Discovery is all about trying a wide variety of things. These activities can be on or off campus. One session of Discovery lasts for 4 weeks. The day your location will have Innovations and Discovery is assigned and will remain the same throughout the school year but the times of day rotate according to which program your location is participating in. During Innovations your students will be divided into groups and will rotate through three classes with their group. Discovery is often similar but sometimes the groups are divided differently according to the activity we are doing for that session.
Again, Innovations is in the morning and Discovery is in the afternoon and your location will flip flop back and forth between those two programs throughout the year. You can find your location’s schedule of programs for the year at the top of this page as well as a location specific schedule on your location’s Epic webpage which is located on this website, go to “Programs”, “Epic”, then select your Epic location, the either click on the Innovations/Discovery box at the top or scroll down to the very bottom of that page.
When will my student have Innovations and Discovery?
Innovations and Discovery are on a rotating schedule according to the location you are enrolled in. Each location will be assigned to one or the other, Innovations or Discovery, but never both at the same time. The day your location will have Innovations and Discovery is assigned and will remain the same throughout the school year but the times of day rotate according to which program your location is participating in. These programs are optional and you are not automatically enrolled. You can find your location’s schedule of programs for the year at the top of this page as well as a location specific schedule on your location’s Epic webpage which is located on this website, go to “Programs”, “Epic”, then select your Epic location, the either click on the Innovations/Discovery box at the top or scroll down to the very bottom of that page.
How many activities are there each year?
Each CGA location will have 32 weeks of activities offered this school year with two 8 week sessions of Innovations and four 4 week sessions of Discovery. You choose what your students will participate in according to which sessions you register for.
Who can attend Innovations and Discovery?
Both programs are for enrolled students only. We do not allow parents or siblings to stay onsite with us during these activities.
What are the rules of the Innovations & Discovery programs?
- Behavior: Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and ready while they are participating in Innovations or Discovery. We have a three strikes rule with behavior issues. If a student gets three strikes in one day then parents will be contacted to pick up their student and a parent will need to work with the Supervisor to come up with an improved behavior plan before your student can return to classes.
- No electronic devices: Please have your students leave their electronic devices at home. If we see them in use students will be asked to put them away and if this is not followed then staff will hold the device until the end of the program.
- Dress Code: Students are required to wear their CGA shirt/sweatshirt as the top layer and closed toed shoes. No hats are allowed. If your students are repeatedly not following dress code then they will not be allowed to participate and we will call you to come and pick them up.
- Food: No food is allowed on the bus or at Innovations or Discovery. Water is allowed. If your student brings a water bottle please have their name on the bottle.
- Transportation: You must stick with your transportation selection for both directions for the entire session.
- CGA Students Only: These programs are for enrolled Canyon Grove Academy students only.
What if my student has special needs?
On the sign up there is space titled “Comments/Special Needs,” please use this area if you have a comment or question about the session (I will not see these until registration closes so if you need an answer sooner then email me directly.) or to list any special needs for the student which is basically any information that you feel our staff needs to know. Sometimes that is allergies, mental health issues, behavior tendencies, etc. You will need to submit these with each registration. As I mentioned before, parents and unenrolled siblings are not allowed to stay on location with us. If you have a very unique need you can contact me to see if we can find a solution.
Is there any fee to participate?
No, all these activities are provided free of charge but they do cost money. Please only register if your student plans to attend all of the program. Not attending when you have registered as explained below will affect your ability to participate in these programs.
Why is attendance important?
Attendance is tracked for Innovations and Discovery and can affect your student’s participation in the programs if students miss too many days. We have limited space in each of these programs so we ask that you only sign up if you can commit to attend the whole session. We are happy that we can offer these opportunities to our students free of charge but these activities are not free so sign up responsibly. When you do sign up we are planning on having your student there. We know that things come up and students will miss occasionally which is why we created our attendance rules the way we did but if you know you will not be able to attend then please do not sign up.
What are the consequences of missing too many days of Innovations or Discovery?
If a student goes over the limit of absences that student will not be able to participate in the next session, even if you are registered. For example, if you have too many absences during Discovery 1 then the student will miss out on Discovery 2. If a student has two many absences in Discovery 2 then they will miss out on the next session which would be 8 weeks of Innovations. After sitting out a session then you can participate again. Beware of planning vacations during a session because you never know when sickness or emergencies are going to come up that may put you over the limit of absences.
What if we decide to withdraw from the session?
If you withdraw before the registration deadline there is no consequence. If you withdraw AFTER the registration deadline or during the session whatever is left in the session will count as absences and we will follow the attendance rules rubric to determine if you student will be able to participate in the next session or need to sit out. Please sign up responsibly. The dates and times of the session are clearly posted. Check your calendars before you sign up.
How many absences are allowed?
If you have any of the below you are not in compliance and will be asked to sit out of the following session. Excused absences are counted differently than unexcused absences.
2 unexcused absences
2-3 excused absences
Combo of 1 unexcused absence and 1-2 excused absences
3 unexcused absences
3-4 excused absences
Combo of 1-2 unexcused absence and 1-2 excused absences
How do I excuse an absence?
To excuse an absence email email@example.com before the absence or the day of letting me know the reason for the absence. Emails without explanations may be counted as an unexcused absence.
On-campus Check In:
Unlike Epic we have all students participating in Innovations and Discovery check in on arrival and check out when leaving. Yep, they check in AND out. When we are on campus you can use the carpool lane to let your kids out by the front doors of the school. There will be a staff member waiting with the check in roll just inside the doors. If they are late, students must still check in with a staff member, usually that is me, by going into the front office and letting them know you need to check in for Innovations or Discovery before joining their group. We will start classes and activities on time so please check in your students at the time listed in the sign up details. That is usually about 10 minutes before classes start. If there is not a staff member ready to check in students please stay with your student until we are able to get them checked in.
On-campus Check Out:
At the end of the day, all students must be checked out with a staff member before you take them, even when we are on campus. For pick up on campus you can drive through the carpool lane and we will check out students to the first three cars. If you do not use the carpool lane you can park and walk up to the staff member with the roll and check out your students before you take them with you. If you are sending someone other than yourself to check out please let me know.
Bus Check In:
If your student is riding the bus they will be checked in and out of the bus. You will arrive at the bus location at the time indicated on the sign up. When the bus arrives, students will line up by the door to be checked in. Once checked in they take the first seat available on the bus. The bus will leave as soon as all students in line are checked in. If the bus is moving when you arrive then you are late and will be responsible for transporting your student to wherever we are going that day.
Bus Check Out:
At the end of the day when the bus arrives back on location students will remain on the bus until they are checked out. Parents picking up will line up by the door with a sign with their family last name or student’s name on it to show the bus driver. He will announce the name over the loudspeaker on the bus, we will check those students out and excuse them from the bus to go with you. We have 10 minutes to get students checked out both on campus and with bus transportation so please arrive on time. If you are late we will call you to make sure you are on your way just before that 10 minutes is up. If you are not there to pick them up within that 10 minutes then your students will have to ride the bus back to the school and you can pick them up at the school. The front office closes at 4:00 pm.
Can I check out my student early?
Yes, you may check your students out early. To do so you must show your ID. Anyone other than you checking students out early also must show their ID and be on the release list in Aspire for the student.
What if we switch enrollment locations?
If you change your enrollment locations, ie. where your student attends Epic day, any time throughout the year please update me with that ASAP. That will affect participation and registration for Innovations and Discovery. Switching Epic locations with the registrar doesn’t automatically switch over to Innovations and Discovery. Please communicate these changes with me and I can go over options with you to hopefully not disrupt your student’s participation in these programs.
At CGA we refer to your student by the location that they are enrolled in. This is very important information to know since we have so many locations. It will determine who your Epic Teacher is, when and where you attend Epic, your assigned day to attend Innovations and Discovery and how we group and communicate about your student. If your student is enrolled in one of our distance locations, Springville, Draper or S. Jordan we will refer to you as being part of the Springville group, Draper group, etc. For those that are enrolled to attend Epic at our main Pleasant Grove campus (aka PG campus) the day you attend Epic is how we distinguish you. If your student attends Epic at the school on Tuesdays then you are part of the PG Tuesday group. If you attend Epic on Wednesdays you are part of the PG Wednesday group and so on. I know that this can be confusing when we add in which day those students will attend Innovations and Discovery like the PG Tuesday group will attend on Wednesdays but just stay focused on when and when they attend Epic, the PG Tuesday group, and you won’t go wrong.