Cannon Life

  • 2nd grade built and tested packages engineered to contain and protect a cookie being shipped. After analyzing the properties of the packing materials, students packed a box with materials their team felt would protect the cookie during shipment.  Teams sent packages down multiple "conveyor belts" as well as a bumpy ride across the playground. Several of the "trucks" even wrecked and spilled the packages, sometimes that happens in real life! Some cookies remained whole and others were damaged.

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  • Hour of Code

    ​​​Cannon scholars are already busy learning to program for Hour of Code this week during Computer Science Education Week!


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  • Cannon's robotics team, RoboSTEM, had an exciting day at the FIRST LEGO League competition in December! They received the 1st place Project Award, out of 31 teams, for the best project idea and presentation to the judges! Way to go RoboSTEM! We are proud of you!!

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  • Family STEM Night Fall 2014
    More than 350 families attended the first Family STEM Night of the school year at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School. Students explained science, engineering, math and technology concepts to their families, and helped them construct windmill blades, bridges, ramps and more. Families worked together to engineer their designs and then tested them for stability, strength and balance.

    Families also toured the Cardboard Creations Museum, an exhibit created by Cannon students. They built more than 250 cardboard designs that were invented for this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge, which is a world-wide celebration of child creativity. There was also a demonstration from Cannon’s competitive robotics team, RoboSTEM. They showed off their project and robots that they designed for their upcoming LEGO League competition in December.

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  • Cannon had an amazing Friday assembly last week! Scholars met some very special guests who spoke to them about service, freedom and citizenship. One of our special guests was Medal of Honor Recipient, Doc Ballard. The Medal of Honor is awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. There are fewer than 100 Medal of Honor recipients alive today so it is a rare opportunity, indeed, to meet one of these heroes.

    Another of our special guests was former Army Night Stalker Helicopter Pilot, Gary Linfoot. Gary sustained injuries during his service which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He currently uses an exoskeleton device to walk. He spoke to scholars about his injuries and how this special device was engineered for him and others like him. He explained that this device is in its infancy and engineers gather data from his experiences to improve the device to make it better for future users. He hopes that one day the device will allow him to jump and run.
    What an amazing, real life, engineering connection!

    Col USMCR, Tim Raynor was on hand and talked to scholars about The Pledge of Allegiance. He explained that the flag is our national symbol and that each time we say the pledge we are committing our allegiance to our country and honoring all those who fought and still fight to help maintain the freedoms we enjoy everyday.

    Finally, scholars were treated to a few songs from country recording artist Corrine Chapman. In addition to her career as a singer/songwriter, Corrine volunteers and shares her talent at numerous Veterans events.

    Cannon Elementary scholars are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet these real life heroes!

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  • Meteorologist Jeff Jamison visited CAN 4th grade students for an upcoming Real Science segment! Students shared how they are using robotics to learn more about systems, models, and energy.

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  • Teachers and Scholars share their College Colors!

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  • Scholars were busy all over the building on the 1st day of school for the 2014-2015 school year!

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  • HOliday Parties
    Class Holiday Parties
    Friday, December 19th

    PreK a.m. 8:30 - 9:30

    PreK p.m. 10:45 -11:45

    K, 1st and 2nd  11 - 11:45

    3rd 10:45 - 11:45

    4th and 5th   10 - 11:30

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  • Two years ago at Cannon, we started a tradition of selecting a Community Service project that ALL of our students, campus-wide, could participate in during the holiday season!  Our first project was to collect shoes for an organization called Soles for Souls.  Through this effort, our students learned about how there are people in other parts of the world that do not have the luxury of owning shoes.  But through the help of people around the world who donate shoes to Soles for Souls, gently used & new shoes are collected and distributed to people in need. Cannon Cubs donated an impressive 800 pairs of shoes for this effort and did shoe-themed engineering tasks in class, such as wiring electrical circuits in shoes to make them light up and/or make sounds!  Last year, we selected Habitat for Humanity as the charity for our campus-wide community service project.  All students, Pre-K through 5th grade designed holiday ornaments that were on display at our Holiday Choir Concert.  These ornaments, specially "engineered" as houses, were offered to all of our parent & community guests in return for a suggested donation of $2.00.  We raised over $1,300.00 and presented it to Dallas area representatives for Habitat for Humanity!  We believe that it is very important for all of our students to understand the importance of "giving back" to our community and others in need. These campus-wide projects have provided us a way to introduce this important concept of community service to our students! 

    This year, we have selected Heifer International as the charity for our campus-wide community service project.  Heifer International works in the areas of livestock and agriculture to develop programs that alleviate hunger and poverty.  In areas where hunger and despair once prevailed, Heifer programs have reinvigorated communities through livestock, training, and Passing on the GiftClick here to learn more about Heifer International

    At Cannon, each grade level has selected a "gift" to contribute to a family in need.  Some of the "gift baskets" grade levels have decided to raise money for include: Gift of Sheep, Honeybees, Chicks, Llamas, Seedlings, or even Water Filtration systems.  Here's how it will work:

    1. Each grade level will design a holiday project that will be available for "sale" through donations, at our Holiday Choir Concert on December 18th. 
    2. With the money raised by each grade level, they will make a donation to Heifer International and designate their gift of choice. 
    • Example: 1st grade wants to raise money to purchase the Christmas Chicks gift package.  Through their gift of a flock of chicks, Heifer will help hungry families with a starter flock of of chicks and teach the family how to raise the chicks.  Since a good hen can lay up to 200 eggs per year, there will be plenty of eggs for the family to eat, share, or sell. Because chickens require little space and can thrive on food scraps, families can make money from the chicks, without spending money themselves.  Also, chickens help control insects and fertilize vegetable gardens, which is how this gift continues to give and provide more families than a typical donation could. 

    Watch for more information coming home soon from your child's grade level and thank you in advance for your support of this year's campus-wide community service project! We are excited about this year's project and each grade level is designing meaningful learning experiences around this effort!

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  • STEM

    Below is the link for the current issue of the STEM magazine. Enjoy!! 

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  • Cannon 2014- 2015Yearbooks
    are now on sale!
    Only $18 if ordered by December 31st.  The price will increase later to $20, so order your book now.  
    Click "buy your yearbook".  
    (Note:  tax will be charged.)  
    The online option will only be available until January 1st.
    Extra options available with online ordering include:  adding your child's picture on the cover, your child's name on the cover, a special year in review section.  These options will be at an additional cost.

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    • Dr. Note Required
      Don’t forget…if you check your child out of school early for a doctor’s appointment, a note from the doctor/dentist is required to excuse your child’s absence.
      Early Pick Up=Partial Day Absence=Unexcused (without a doctor’s note)

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