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Canyon ISD implements first Competitive Edge Week

As a way to improve communication skills that would benefit students after high school, the Canyon Independent School District has created a Competitive Edge Week, the first of its kind for the district. (File Photo)

As a way to improve communication skills that would benefit students after high school, the Canyon Independent School District has created a Competitive Edge Week, the first of its kind for the district.

According to Canyon ISD Superintendent Darryl Flusche, the program will involve all grade levels, Kindergarten through 12th grade, where students will be working on eye contact, shaking hands, professional dress attire and many other activities throughout the course of the week.

Canyon ISD said that the district's vision is to empower each student for lifelong success, and having the ability to interview and effectively communicate in society is an integral part of achieving this goal.

Competitive Edge Week will be occurring from April 16 - 21, with a different skill focused on everyday.

MONDAY - COMMUNICATION

Students will work on:

  • Smile and eye contact
  • How to give a good, firm handshake
  • Friendly greetings or introductions
  • Listening attentively and rephrasing what is being said to ensure understanding

TUESDAY - TEAMWORK

  • Students will understand how working together allows teams to build on the talents of their teammates
  • Students will learn the importance of honoring others

WEDNESDAY - ADAPTABILITY

Wednesday is Professional Dress Day! Students will get to dress in their professional best.

  • Students will learn how to be positive, flexible and adapt to their surroundings.
  • Students will learn to think of the future, to set goals and to take risks.

THURSDAY - PROBLEM SOLVING / CRITICAL THINKING

  • Students will analyze problems and learn how to solve key problems.
  • Students will learn to work together to create a plan and execute.

FRIDAY - CONFLICT RESOLUTION

  • Students will learn to forgive others and extend grace.
  • Students will learn techniques on how to handle stress.

High school seniors will also be able to participate in mock interviews April 17 - 19. By allowing seniors the opportunity to "practice without penalty", the district said this will give students the competitive edge that is needed to succeed when they interview for a future job.

Students will interview, then the following week receive feedback from the interviewer. Feedback will be given on appearance, poise, presentation, delivery, language and final impressions.

Parents are also encouraged to ask their students a variety of questions to help them prepare.

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