Wednesday Pleasant Grove 

9:00 am – 3:15 pm

Canyon Grove Academy, 588 West 3300 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062

Welcome to Epic Day!  Your Educational Specialist, along with a Collaborative Teacher, help each student to learn and grow.  They are assisted by the   paraprofessionals (aide) who support the hands-on-learning environment.  The themed lessons are History-based and include STEM Activities, Science, Social Studies, Art, Math and Language Arts.  We focus on engaging, interactive, project-based lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion.  We are teaching Utah State standards with Hands-On Fun.  The students are grouped in classes youngest to oldest, Aspen, Birch, Cedar and Oak, with similar-aged peers so that they can gain valuable friendships and social opportunities.  Our Dive Deeper activities are available for you to extend the learning at home.

Please be on time so your child doesn’t miss our leadership meeting. Leadership is when your child’s Educational Specialist celebrates student accomplishments and recognizes birthdays. We will also delve into the Canyon Grove Guideposts together. Leadership lessons develop the concepts in the guideposts using learning games, songs, biographies, quotations,  discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, and movement. Our students explore each of the guideposts and examine how they can apply them in their lives. We wrap up the year with our final guidepost, Anything is Possible, to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.  Please bring students on time (between 8:50 – 9:00 am) so they can participate in leadership activities.

RECESS:  12:15 pm-12:30 pm Students play first and then eat so they do not rush through eating to get to their recess activities.

LUNCH:  12:30 pm-12:45 pm  Please send your child with a lunch from home that can be eaten within the given time frame and doesn’t require heating. Please let them know that they will be eating what you send with them in their OWN lunch.    There is no bartering lunch items.

Please send your student to school with a water bottle, home lunch, and backpack each day.

Your student also has the option of attending Innovations and Discovery Days.

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Educational Specialist – Stephanie Wheeler 

Ms. Stephanie is a Utah native, born in Murray. She has lived in Arkansas, Minnesota, Arizona, California, Denmark, and Spain, but always knew she’d return home. She has a BSE in Early Childhood and is currently working on MA in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Ms. Stephanie has taught pre-k, kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and English as a Second Language over the past 15+ years. Her favorite things to teach are math and science. 

She has two boys, 22 and 15, who, along with her dog Hunk are the most important men in her life. She loves unicorns, Halloween, sci-fi, hiking, and shoes.

Online office hours:  10am-2pm, M-F  (for security the link is provided via email)

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F

Collaborative Teacher – Julie Tate

Loves teaching children!  Enjoyed her first year at Canyon Grove.  Taught first grade for 2 years at an online charter school. Taught Elementary grades at several small private schools, and homeschooled her children for 12 years.

Hobbies include hiking up mountains, playing percussion in the local symphony, taking her children on adventures outdoors.

Went to Banff, Canada, for an amazing hiking excursion (first time without her children). She plans to keep going on many more adventures and hopes to have a travel trailer soon to explore our beautiful country.

Mother of 13 children (5 Step-children).

Online office hours:  10am-2pm, M-F  (for security the link is provided via email)

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F


Aspen – Amber Painter

Mrs Painter has been married for 25 years, she is the mom of four boys, three dogs, and now one daughter in law! She loves her family and spending all her spare time with them. She had an in-home daycare for 18 years and served in various PTA positions at her children’s school.

She went to UVU for 2 years and was working on her associate in science towards elementary education. Her favorite past time is camping with her family. She loves being in the outdoors. She also enjoys sewing, crafting and doing home improvements.  Mrs Painter loves Mexican food and is a firm believer that chocolate is the most important food group!

Birch – Tara Christensen

I graduated from Utah State University with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and have taught fifth grade for the last four years. I have nannied, worked with toddlers in a daycare, and student taught in a first and fourth grade class. I adore working with children of all ages, and helping them reach their potential. In my spare time I love experimenting with makeup, finding new restaurants to eat at, spending time outdoors and with my loved ones. I also have a cat who makes my life so happy! I can’t wait to start my journey at Canyon Grove!

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Cedar – Janet Bowen

Oak – Amber Simpson


Educational Specialists serve as a guide and support throughout the education process. Families meet with their Educational Specialist regularly to discuss student as they progress toward their goals.  Please keep in mind that this communication with your ES is essential and a requirement for participation in this program. Please show that you value our program by having a truly effective conversation about the academic progress of your student with your Educational Specialist.

At the beginning of the school year, you will create an individualized Student Education Plan (SEP) with your Educational Specialist. Your student’s SEP will outline the curriculum your student will be using and your goals for the school year. In addition you will meet regularly with your ES to collaborate on student academic growth and course completion.


Canyon Grove Academy has a common dress code. The intent of the common dress code is to minimize distractions in the learning environment, promote a sense of community among students, and increase campus safety and security.   To keep it simple we have a Canyon Grove Academy T-shirt and sweatshirt available for purchase.  This T-shirt and sweatshirt can be worn with jeans in good repair, skirts, leggings, pants, etc. We also want all toes to stay safe! Shoes must cover the entire foot and be worn in and outside the school. Students should not wear hats inside the school, but they can wear hats outside for warmth. CGA T-shirt and sweatshirt are worn by our students at all our school-sponsored activities such as Epic, Discovery, Innovations, field trips, and events.  Call the school for more information.


Drop-Off:  8:50 am – 9:00 am

  • Please encourage your students to be ready to unload, have their materials ready to go, as you enter the lineup of cars.
  • Have any last minute instructions or conversations with them BEFORE you get to the curb.
  • Once at the curb, please kindly encourage your students to exit your vehicle in a timely manner.

Please ONLY be late if there is a true emergency.

Attendance: If your student misses an Epic Day, please contact your Educational Specialist to excuse their absence.

Pick-Up:  3:15 pm – 3:25 pm

  • Please close your door and move away from the curb in an efficient manner so that we can keep the line moving.
  • Please visit with your students about their day once you have driven away from the curb.
  • We thank you for your assistance in keeping traffic flowing smoothly.

Pick-up Authorization: If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, please notify the ES before 2:30 pm.


  • Classes will only be cancelled if there is severe weather or another emergency that prohibits teachers and students from safely traveling or meeting together in a healthy environment.
  •  Parents will be notified via TEXT.

Innovations & Discovery – Thursday

Program Assigned Day to Attend Registration Dates Week of Activity Time
Epic Wednesday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Discovery 1 Thursday July 25-Aug. 8 Aug. 25-Sep. 15 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Discovery 2 Thursday July 25-Aug. 8 Sep. 22-Oct. 20 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Fall Break No Classes Oct. 11-14
Innovations 2 Thursday Sept. 19-Oct. 3 Oct. 27-Jan. 5 9:00  – 11:30 am
Thanksgiving  No Classes Nov. 22-25
Winter Break No Classes Dec. 19-30
Discovery 5 Thursday Nov. 28-Dec. 12 Jan. 12-Feb. 2 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Discovery 6 Thursday Nov. 28-Dec. 12 Feb. 9-Mar. 2 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Innov/Disc Break  No Innov/Disc. Classes  Mar. 9
Innovations 4 Thursday Feb. 13-27 Mar. 16-May 11 9:00  – 11:30 am
Spring Break No Classes April 3-7