Canyon Breeze teachers utilize the Balanced Literacy approach to reading instruction. The Balanced Literacy approach is based on student-centered teaching and learning. The Literacy Learning model consists of the four key elements of the Teaching and Learning Cycle: Assessment, Evaluation, Planning, and Instruction. The small groups are driven by the needs of the learners. The goal of the reading program is for students to become confident, accomplished readers, and writers, and enthusiastic, independent, life-long learners. Canyon Breeze has two specialists who assist teachers with the Balanced Literacy approach.
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A counselor is available on campus to assist students with educational, personal, and social issues. Parents, students, and staff can request student counseling by contacting the counselor.
The focus of the counseling and guidence program is on the developmental needs of the student. the counselor provides assistance and support to staff members including:
- Educational Development
- Personal / Social Development
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Referrals to outside resources
Kids at Hope
"Kids at Hope provides the Pendergast District with a framework for creating a positive and supportive learning environment for our children," Superintendent Ron Richards said. The Kids at Hope belief system is: All children are capable of success, no exceptions.
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Math Program at Canyon Breeze
Our goal is to create a community of mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Canyon Breeze believes in making math meaningful for students through problem solving and communication of strategies. We approach mathematics with hands-on opportunities for all students to learn. Students engage in daily problem solving, fact fluency activities as well as meaningful instruction based on Arizona State Standards. Students are assessed through STAR Math, a computer-based program assessing computational fluency and number sense, and District Quarterly Math Assessments. We offer an enrichment Cyberchase Math Club before school for students in grades two through four.
PEP: Pendergast Enrichment Program
PEP is a district-wide program for gifted students. The program is designed for those students who require special services or instruction to meet their unique needs. Areas of emphasis include; creative and critical problem-solving, research, communication, and interprersonal skill. To qualify, students must score at the 95th percentile in one or more areas (verbal, nonverbal, or quantitative reasoning) on a state approved test or by scoring 11pts. on the district approved Matrix. Students may be referred for testing by school staff or parents. Parental permission is required testing and program participation. Testing occurs three times a year.
Special Education / LD Resource
Canyon Breeze offers a continuum of services in the Special Education Department. Students are instructed using a multi-sensory model in reading, writing and math. We offer speech services, as well as, occupational and physical therapy for those students who need these services.