They could have spent the summer relaxing poolside with friends, playing video games, or earning babysitting money. Instead, they chose to get a jump on high school with a deep-dive into the math and science concepts they’ll be expected to learn as entering freshmen this fall.

For four hours a day over four weeks, participants in Jordan High’s AVID summer academy immersed themselves in what it takes to be a successful Beetdigger. They attended class, conducted experiments, and completed exams while becoming familiar with the new surroundings, new teachers, and more rigorous demands of high school. For their efforts, on Friday, June 13, they were awarded cash stipends and completion certificates, and treated to a celebratory breakfast with family members. Screen_Shot_2018-07-13_at_5.20.51_PM.png

More valuable, still—they learned that they’re capable of doing hard things, and that it feels pretty good. “This summer, you’ve shown that you can do something really important,” remarked Canyons Board of Education member Steve Wrigley at the ceremony. “Believe in yourself and work hard and it will open all kinds of doors for you.”

 Made possible with an investment by the Board of Education, and modeled after a similar program at Hillcrest High, the AVID summer academy is now in its second year. Participants in last year’s academy ended their ninth-grade year with higher grade point averages than those students who were invited to the program but chose not to participate (see chart below). They reported having more confidence and also attended school more regularly.

“We didn’t have any of our participants who were falling into dangerous areas of missing a lot of school, which is something that prohibits students from being successful,” says Jordan’s Principal Wendy Dau.

How students perform in the ninth grade tends to predict how well they’ll do in high school. The idea behind the AVID program, says Dau, is to help students excel that first “sink-or-swim” year, and beyond.

Last year, the approach earned CSD the honor of being named a 2017 District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine. One of Utah’s largest newspapers called the initiative a "smart, sensible and innovative" approach “to dealing with a specific problem — one that happens to be at the heart of any education system’s principal mission — to make sure students who show up on the first day of school are still there when the bell rings on graduation day.”
Be a classroom helper, mentor and tutor students, collect school supplies, or contribute to fundraising activities: The volunteer opportunities in Canyons District schools are only as limited as your imagination.

Even the most time-pinched parents can find ways to support their child's teacher and neighborhood school—and many do. Last year, 12,989 parents and patrons devoted about 160,000 hours to volunteering in Canyons District schools.

The value of their contributions can't be overstated. We simply couldn't do what we do without them. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, have fun, make friends, and make a mark on the next generation. And now is the time to apply to volunteer for the 2018-2019 school year.

Canyons District has established procedures in line with state law, which requires background screenings for prospective school volunteers. All volunteers in schools, including members of the PTA and School Community Council, need to complete and submit a new Volunteer Application annually.

More information, including a link to CSD’s online application form, can be found on CSD’s website. Still have questions? Call 801-826-5171.


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With fire danger at its peak, people are reasonably concerned about safeguarding their homes and businesses. But don’t be overly alarmed these next few weeks if you hear the sounding of a fire alarm at your neighborhood school—it could be a test-run of the school’s safety equipment. Summer is the optimal time for testing school safety mechanisms, such as, fire alarms, burglary alarms and fire sprinkler systems, because “we’re able to minimize disruption and ensure that our systems are in good working order for the coming school year,” says CSD’s Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray. The testing of fire alarms is done is compliance with recommendations by the State Fire Marshall. But CSD has been testing all its safety systems since the District’s inception as a matter of good practice. There is no set schedule for the test. But, if for some reason, you happen to be inside a school building when an alarm goes off, it’s best to assume that it’s a real fire and evacuate immediately—unless you’ve been informed in advance that it’s a scheduled drill or test.
It won’t be too long until Canyons District school buses are on the road again.

To the end of being prepared for the Wednesday, Aug, 22 first day of school for first- through 12th-grade students in Canyons District, families are urged to review transportation plans for the coming school year. Updated information can be accessed via the e-tool CSD uses to provide information about eligibility and established bus pick-up and drop-off locations.

In particular, parents of middle school students are encouraged to look up the transportation information for the 2018-2019 school year. Utah laws governing transportation funding may affect some Canyons middle-school students.  

Canyons receives funding for busing provided to students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade who live at least 1 ½ miles from school and students enrolled in grades seven through 12 who live at least 2 miles from school.  This means that some middle school students who qualified for busing last year may not qualify again this year because they have advanced to the seventh-grade and must live more than 2 miles away from the school to receive the services.

However, Canyons has created a “space-available” permit program to help many students who no longer qualify for busing services. Non-qualifying students may submit a request for transportation services so they can ride with their qualifying siblings or neighbors — if, indeed, there is space on the bus that runs through their neighborhood. The space-available permits are granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. 

The space-available permit requests will be made available to the public on Monday, Aug. 6 at all CSD schools.  The forms must be submitted at the school where the child is enrolled. 

During the first few weeks of the school year, transportation services will not be provided to secondary students who live within a 2-mile radius of their schools, even if they have submitted a space-available permit request.  While this may be an inconvenience for some families, the District needs time to verify the numbers of students who, according to state law, are guaranteed a spot on the bus. 

Families will be notified about whether they have received a space-available bus permit by Monday, Sept. 17. 

Questions?  Please call Canyons District at 801-826-5000 or send an e-mail message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., A representative will be prepared to help you with your questions
Back-to-school season, already? Not exactly. But while there’s still plenty of time for backyard barbecues and beach vacations, we’re busy preparing for the start of school—and to help families plan, we’re letting you know that online registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Aug. 2, 2018.

Already have vacation plans for Aug. 2? Don’t fret, just complete the process when you return. Because online registration is not first-come, first-served, you won’t need to worry about being the first to log in and register your child. Also, the time you register will not impact teacher or course selection for your child. 

If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process at http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org/. Once logged in, simply follow the prompts and make personal identification updates as needed. 

If your child is new to CSD:  You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. After Aug. 2, make sure to take a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address into the Main Office of your child’s school. Please call the school in advance to find out when school staff will be in the office.  

When registering online, you will need to pay any school fees using a credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash, or qualify for a fee waiver, or need to schedule a payment plan with your school, please contact your child’s school directly. 

While registration for most students will be done online, you may still register in person if you prefer. All schools in Canyons District are scheduled to be open on specific dates and times for your walk-in registration convenience.

Need help logging in to Skyward? Contact:  801-826-5525.

Here is a preliminary list of walk-in registration dates and times, which will be updated as more dates are confirmed:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Altara: Starting Monday, Aug., 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alta View: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
Bell View: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from noon to 6 p.m.
Bella Vista: Monday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brookwood: Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Butler: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Canyon View: Starting Friday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Copperview: Monday, Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except on Wednesday, Aug. 8, which will go from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Crescent: Monday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Draper: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Midvale: to be announced
East Sandy: Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Edgemont: Monday Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Granite: to be announced
Jordan Valley: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lone Peak: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Midvale: Monday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Thursday Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the walk-in hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oak Hollow: Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Midvalley: to be announced
Oakdale: to be announced
Peruvian Park: Starting Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ridgecrest: Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Quail Hollow: Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Park Lane:  Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Sandy: Monday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Silver Mesa: to be announced
Sunrise: From Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sprucewood: Friday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Willow Canyon: Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willow Springs: Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Albion: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Butler: Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon
Eastmont: Monday, Aug. 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Midvale: Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Indian Hills: by appointment, 801-826-7300, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Draper Park: Starting Friday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mount Jordan:  Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 6 p.m.
Union: to be announced

HIGH SCHOOLS

Alta: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2
Brighton: The walk-in dates all run from 8 a.m. to noon and are as follows: The date for seniors is Monday, Aug. 13; for juniors, it's Tuesday, Aug. 14; for sophomores, it's Wednesday, Aug. 15; and for freshmen, it's Thursday, Aug. 16
Hillcrest: Tuesday, Aug. 7, Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jordan: Monday, Aug. 13, Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corner Canyon: by appointment, 801-826-6400, from Monday, Aug. 13 to Wednesday Aug. 15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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