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Afterschool Programs
Community Education offers a variety of after school programs at Sunrise.  Flyers will be sent home at the beginning of the school year via Peach Jar.  More information is available at:

Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in 130 Utah elementary schools.  The arts specialist works collaboratively with the regular classroom teacher to deliver quality, sequential, and developmental arts instruction in alignment with the state Fine Arts Core Curriculum.  This program is bringing music, visual arts, dance, and theatre back into the classroom.  And, as the art form integrates with language arts, math, social studies, and science, it is helping to reinforce the classroom core.  Arts integration provides students with a deeper level of understanding in grade-level core content, and enriches the learning experience for both students and teachers.  Sunrise will have a music teacher next fall.  More information is available at:

Each month, we learn about a character trait.  Teachers select a student who best models the character trait.  Students are then honored at an assembly.  Parents/Guardians of award recipients are invited to the assembly.



What Does it Mean?

August & September


Think and act in a positive way about yourself, others and property.



Do what you say you will do and what is asked of you.



Do your part to make your school and community better.



Show you care about the feelings of others through your actions.



Treat others in a fair and honest way.



Being a person others want to be with.



Work together with others.



Giving up hurt or angry feelings towards others.

May  & June


Be truthful and do the right thing.

First Grade Reads to the Principal
This is a first grade reading program.  Beginning in January, first graders will come to Principal Swanicke’s office and read to her.  A note will be sent home to parents/guardians letting them know that their student has been selected.  Parents/Guardians can select a book or the teachers will pick a book for the students.  First graders will receive a pin and book provided by the PTA.

Keyboarding Goals
Sunrise has schoolwide keyboard goals.  They are:


15 w/m with 3 or fewer errors


20 w/m with 3 or fewer errors


25 w/m with 2 or fewer errors

When students meet their grade level keyboarding goals, they get to come to the office and receive positive praise and a prize provided by Sunrise PTA. 

Math Facts Mastery
Sunrise has schoolwide Reflex math goals.  They are:

  • 2nd grade
    • pass out of addition/subtraction by October
  • 3rd grade
    • pass out of multiplication and division by November
    • assign addition/subtraction again and pass out by March
  • 4th grade
    • pass out of multiplication and division by October
    • assign addition/subtraction again and pass out by December
  • 5th grade
    • pass out of all math facts by October

When students meet their grade level Reflex math goals, they get to come to the office and receive positive praise and a prize provided by Sunrise PTA.

4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a before school music program with two evening performances.  There is a district fee involved for participation and instrument rental.  Waivers are also available.  More information will be provided at the start of the school year.

Principal Swanicke’s SOARing Eagles
This program begins in September.  Every week, teachers will select a student’s best work to be displayed in the front entryway.  Parents/Guardians will be notified at the beginning of the week that their student has been chosen.  Parents/Guardians will be invited to school on Friday morning to see their student receive a certificate and pencil from Principal Swanicke. 

radKids is a Personal Empowerment Safety Education program.  It is dedicated to providing children with a hands-on, activity-based, physical skill development—empowering children with instinctual options they need to recognize, avoid, and if necessary, respond to potential danger.  When a child is approached or grabbed, the response needs to be immediate, instinctual and absolute.  Sunrise instructs 2nd and 4th grade classes and uses radKIDS strategies as a part of the school-wide behavior plan.  For more information, visit or email Melanie Ferguson, who oversees radKIDS at Sunrise, at

Schoolwide Reading Challenge
Sunrise teachers implement a schoolwide reading challenge supported by Sunrise PTA.  The goal is to motivate students to read while improving all the awesome reading skills that they need.  The criteria are as follows:

  • 1st – 10 books
  • 2nd – 20 books
  • 3rd – 30 books
  • 4th – 40 books
  • 5th – 50 books

At the end of the year, we have a schoolwide party for the students who have completed the challenge.  We will also have prizes for students along the way (25% passed off, 50% passed off, 75% passed off) provided by Sunrise PTA.

Safety Patrol
5th graders can apply to assist fellow students and patrons by becoming part of the school Safety Patrol.  Students must commit to assisting those coming to and leaving school each day.  Students are part of a team to ensure safe walking procedures before and after school.  Students are selected on their ability to be responsible students and set positive examples for their classmates.

Sunrise Singers
Sunrise Singers is a PTA sponsored student choir for 2nd – 5th grades.  Students practice before school in the Kiva.  Sunrise Singers have a winter and spring performance.  They also perform at school assemblies.

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