Programs and Events

Copper Canyon PTO has a variety of programs for the students and school.  These programs range from creative academic programs to fun family events to behind-the-scenes administration.  Together they make Copper Canyon a special place for our children!  Below are the programs and events Copper Canyon PTO sponsors throughout the year.

If you are interested in discussing other programs that will enrich the learning experience of our students at Copper Canyon, please feel free to contact the president of the PTO, Holley Stacy, at

  • Amazing Authors

This PTO program invites a children’s literature author to Copper Canyon to speak and/or conduct workshops with the students.  Students are introduced to new writing styles and are able to purchase books from these amazing authors.

  • Artist In Residence – 2nd and 5th grade

This once a year program is designed for students to experience different forms of music, dance and/or art.  The 2nd grade program produces art pieces the students can either take home or make permanent displays at school.  The 5th grade program culminates in a  dance performance for fellow students and families.

  • Be Kind People Project

The Be Kind People Project initiates social change in schools, improves the overall learning environment, and equips students with the tools they need to:
– Build positive and healthy relationship skills
– Take accountability for respectful actions and acceptance of others

– Achieve to high personal standards to their capabilities
– Extend appreciation to their school, family, and community
– Form responsible and enduring societal values.

The PTO assists in funding materials and assemblies for this phoenomenal positive program.

  • Bingo

Families come together for a night of Bingo fun organized by PTO volunteers.  Students love the prizes they can win, as well as having their favorite teachers and staff as Bingo callers and snack vendors!  Pizza is served as well prior to the event.

  • Book Fair

The PTO will hold a Book Fair in the fall that provides an opportunity for students and families to purchase books with fantastic savings.  One of the highlights of the Book Fair is Books with Dad, a morning in which students can bring their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other special someone to the Book Fair for coffee/juice and browsing.

  • Box Tops & Labels for Education

The PTO collects Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to raise funds for PTO programs.  To encourage participation, classrooms engage in friendly competition to determine who can collect the most Box Tops.

  • Bulletin Boards

Creative PTO volunteers design and maintain PTO bulletin boards located in the main Copper Canyon lobby and hallway.  The lobby bulletin board highlights upcoming PTO programs, while the bulletin board in the hallway showcases PTO’s latest event.  The students love to see pictures of themselves!

  • Clothing Drive

Each year, the PTO will host a clothing/household items drive, where CCES families get to reap the benefits of Spring Cleaning while providing the community with donations from us.  A win-win for everyone and an opportunity for us to give back to a the community in which we live and who supports our school year round.

  • Copy Cats

Copy Cats ensure that teachers do not have to use their valuable planning time making copies for their classrooms.  Copy Cat volunteers come at a time that is convenient for them to make those copies.  This program also helps to reduce backups at the school copier.  A very efficient, if not better than, Kinkos.

  • CoyoteFest

This year-end event is a celebration of the school year consisting of games, entertainment, fun, food, a silent auction and prizes which caters to students of all ages.  Students can play organized games, dance along to their favorite tunes, and enjoy time with friends and family.  Staff is always involved in this huge event as well.

  • Cultural Arts Field Trips

The PTO provides funding to subsidize every grade level to be able to attend a Cultural Arts event each year.  By the time a student leaves Copper Canyon, they will have had a wide variety of cultural experiences, including different types of theatre, museums and musical performances.  The goal is to reduce the cost of field trips for families while providing the students with a well-rounded experience within our community.  The students enjoy in-house or outside excursions from the classroom.

  • Dad’s Day Recess

We welcome our dads to come play with the students during lunch recess a few times throughout the year. Games, play equipment and water are set out for everyone’s enjoyment.  Whether basketball is your game or you just want to play tag, come enjoy your kids and their friends during their scheduled lunch recess!

  • Facebook

The PTO maintains a Facebook page to keep the community up to date on the happenings at CCES and within the community.  Visit our facebook page at

  • Family Fun Nights

Family Fun Nights allow families to gather at family- friendly local businesses for dinner or other activities.  These are excellent ways for students to see school friends and families to get to know each other outside of the school setting.  While bringing business to these local restaurants, in turn the businesses give back a portion of the proceeds from Family Fun Nights to CCES PTO.

  • Field Day

Field Day is an annual day of outdoor sports and games.  The PTO works in cooperation with Copper Canyon’s P.E. teacher.  PTO volunteers supervise the games, and the PTO provides ribbons for the student participants.  Primary and Secondary Field Days are held in the spring.

  • Game Day

This event, put on by Copper Canyon dad volunteers, focuses on diversity, sportsmanship and fun.  The entire family can compete in a variety of sports, such as basketball, soccer, hockey, hula hoops, obstacles courses, hockey, croquet, football and more to earn some great prizes while showing off their skills and enjoying time with friends and family.

  • Gift(s) to CCES

A gift is given to CCES annually or on an as needed basis with remaining extra funds raised and collected throughout the year.  Each year a gift committee is established and ideas are brainstormed established with guidance from our principal, our staff and the community for what will best benefit our entire student body.

  • Grocery Store/eScrips Programs

The PTO establishes and monitors store rewards accounts, in which a percentage of purchases at local stores are given back to Copper Canyon.  Fry’s and Target are current grocery partners. We also receive a percentage of purchases made online by CCES families if they sign up through Escrips Online.  Shop Amazon, ship with FedEx, etc. Who knew shopping could be so beneficial for our students??!!

  • Harkins Summer Movie Passes

The PTO participates in the Summer Movie Pass rebate program.  When you order your Summer Movie Passes through the PTO, Harkins gives money back to the school.  This also saves you a trip to buy your Summer Passes, and the passes go home with your child before school gets out for the summer.

  • Historian

PTO volunteers create an annual scrapbook that is displayed for all parents and visitors to see in the Copper Canyon lobby. Check it out! They also maintain the staff pictures in the hallway.

  • Hospitality & New Family Mentor

The PTO Hospitality Committee is often the first impression of PTO for families new to Copper Canyon. The committee creates welcome packets for new families, and reaches out to families that are new throughout the school year to get them acclimated and involved at Copper Canyon.  The committee also puts together Community Coffees throughout the year to give parents a chance to socialize and meet other parents.  The hospitality committee is involved in all things social at CCES.

  • Holiday Craft Day

This program allows students to choose and make crafts as gifts for loved ones for the holiday season.  Before Holiday Craft Day, students select high-quality and creative crafts to make for someone special.  PTO volunteers help students make crafts, rotate through craft stations, and gift-wrap completed crafts.  This year, this program will include an activity as outreach to the community.

  • Kindergarten Playdates

Each summer, the PTO schedules and organizes several “playdates” for incoming Kindergarten students and their families in an effort to make the transition into CCES an easier one for all.  Typically, there are at least 3 events: 1at an indoor play gym, 1 at a community, and 1 at Copper Canyon where the children get to play on the Kindergarten playground and have lunch in the cafeteria.  This allows them to walk the halls and see their classrooms before the big day.

  • K.I.S.S.

The PTO conducts its main fundraiser of the year in the fall.  Through K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Students – fundraiser, the PTO simply collects donations from CCES families, relatives, corporate matches and donations without the kids selling gift wrap or cookie dough, which covers the cost of many PTO events and programs throughout the school year.  Each year, we ask families to Keep Investing in Student Success.

  • Library Volunteers

PTO library volunteers are integral to keeping our library open during the lunch hour and after school.  Volunteers re-shelf books and work the circulation desk during lunch hours, as well as after school.   Without library volunteers, students would not have to opportunity to visit the library during times other than their classroom visits.

  • Meet the Teacher Open House

The PTO is represented at the back to school event to provide a welcoming environment, guidance, spirit wear, volunteer opportunities and more.  There’s no better way to get a kickstart on seeing old friends and meeting a new teacher. This event is usually the day before school starts.

  • Movie Night

PTO organizes and manages a fun night at the movies on the big field at Copper Canyon.  Families can bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars together.  Families often bring dinner and make a night of it.  Concessions and novelties are available for purchase.

  • Newsletter

The PTO sends a monthly electronic newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming PTO programs and events.  Not only does the newsletter provide useful information, you can also click on links for forms, pertinent contact information, and various volunteer opportunites.  Links for other helpful websites or goings-on can also be found here.

  • Publishing Lab

This program allows students to write, illustrate, and publish their own books.  Throughout the year, the teachers collect each student’s best work that is then hardbound into a one-of-a-kind anthology that the student will get to take home with them at the end of the year. Each anthology showcases the student’s growth they have made creatively and academically that year. What a wonderful keepsake for the family!

  • Quarterly Coffee

New this year, this program is held once during each quarter of the school year and is intended as an informal meet and greet where parents of CCES students have time to gather in an informal setting to enjoy great conversation and ask questions or talk about experiences with kids/school all while having that much need morning coffee.  This event is highlighted with an appearance of our very own Master of Ceremonies – Mr. Kyle Shappee.

  • School Directory

PTO assembles and distributes an annual school directory that is available to all Copper Canyon families.  With over 500 families, 700 students, and 70 staff members this is no easy task! It is a real page turner!

  • School Pictures

PTO schedules and organizes school picture days in the fall and spring.  PTO volunteers manage the flow of students throughout the day to alleviate additional work on the teachers.

  • Science Fair

In the past, PTO has provided activities and speakers for students throughout Science Week.  Each grade level has a different presentation on a variety of scientific subjects such as biology, medicine, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.  The material is engaging for students and grade appropriate.

  • Sixth Grade Promotion

As the students are moving out of CCES and unto the next chapter of their life, MIDDLE SCHOOL, the PTO assists in helping them celebrate their time here with a special event just for them and their families.

  • Speech/Debate Course for 6th Grade

The PTO provides funding for a 6-8 week Speech/Debate Course for the 6th grade students to enhance their public speaking skills by boosting confidence in front of a crowd of their peers.  The provider is an amazing teacher and presenter and our sudents are blessed to have an opportunity to learn from him.

  • Spirit Wear and Gear

This program encourages Copper Canyon school spirit with the sale of school items and apparel.  Throughout the year, families can purchase spirit items at most PTO events.  Get your gear on!

  • Star Reader and A/R incentive

The PTO recognizes and rewards students from all grade levels their reading achievement.  PTO presents PREK – 2nd grade students on a bi-monthly basis with books, ribbons and certificates to celebrate their achievement in reading. The PTO also supports all 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students on a quarterly incentive program who achieve their quarterly Accelerated Reader goals!

  • Staff Appreciation

We welcome back our amazing staff with a lunch on the day before school starts. The PTO reminds teachers and staff of their importance and value by creating monthly gifts and perks for them and planning dinner for all teachers during conference weeks. PTO Staff Appreciation also organizes a Staff Appreciation Week in the spring, with suggestions to show those special staff members how special they are.

  • Summer Reading Program

PTO encourages our children to read all summer long by holding the annual Summer Reading Incentive Program.  Students follow a reading incentive plan and keep track of their reading progress.  Upon return to school, the students receivie prizes for their reading achievement and participation.

  • Teacher Grants

Throughout the year, the teachers provide a lot of support for the PTO by handing out flyers, sending emails, talking us up, etc., as well as, many hours of their time to volunteer at PTO events and fundraisers.  For their involvement, they receive $250.00/year for their classroom to be spent at their own discretion, whether for books, supplies, or learning tools.

  • United Parent Council (UPC)

Volunteers represent our school to the United Parent Council for the PV Unified School District.  This involvement allows PTO to stay current on issues in the District that affect our school and students.

  • Variety Show

Students in grades 4 – 6 form groups and create their own acts for the PTO Variety Show.  The students rehearse in preparation for their big performance on the Copper Canyon stage for their classmates and families.

  • Volunteers

There are many opportunities to get involved at Copper Canyon.  Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a year, there is an opportunity for everyone.  Children love when their parents are active in their school.  The PTO uses an electronic sign-up for all event volunteers.  Look for the volunteer links on the PTO website and in the PTO electronic newsletter for those events, such as Book Fair, CoyoteFest and Holiday Craft Day, where volunteers are needed the day of the event.  Each PTO program also has a committee, if you are interested in helping organize/implement a specific program.

  • Website

In order to provide up-to-date information on PTO programs and events, visit the Copper Canyon PTO website (  Through the website parents and teachers can find out the latest school information, see what’s happening on the PTO calendar of events, download forms, find links for other useful websites, learn about PTO programs, find contact information for their State Legislators, obtain past PTO newsletters, see pictures and videos from school events in a secure area, and much more.

  • Other Services

The PTO supports many other behind the scenes administrative and school-related programs and services in the school and district-wide throughout the year, including: additional copier paper, water for the front office, District Track meet, donations to Horizon and Pinnacle Peak High Schools for their graduation parties, on-site technical support for teachers, playground equipment, school council, District Spelling bee, and a principal fund for the principal to use at his discretion.