What will students in the Class of 2027 be when they grow up? Doctors, zoo keepers, pilots, judges even Iron Man.
Canyons School District kindergartners capped their first week of school Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 with a special day dedicated to getting ready for the future. Canyons’ Kindergarten College-Ready Day, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for Canyons District teachers and principals to start talking about college and careers with their youngest students.
Throughout the District, some 2,500 kindergartners in 29 elementary schools engaged in activities and discussions about how college can help them achieve their dreams. Each received a wristband imprinted with the message, “I will be college-ready … Class of 2027.” At Quail Hollow Elementary, students drew pictures of what they want to be when they grow up. Students at Sandy and Park Lane elementaries were greeted by teachers and school leaders wearing academic regalia. Edgemont Elementary students dressed as chefs, firefighters and soldiers or in college logo-emblazoned T-shirts and received “diplomas” and three cheers for college-readiness from the Jordan High School cheer squad.
Canyons District is focused on ensuring all students are college- and career-ready when they graduate high school, and recognizes the importance of expressing this goal early in a child’s education. Kindergarten College-Ready Day premiered in 2009, the first academic year for Utah’s first voter-created school district in a century.