While the family is enjoying picnics, water slides, holiday fireworks and popsicles on hot summer days, don’t forget to start making back-to-school plans for your 4-year-old kiddos. 

Canyons continues to accept applications for spots in preschool programs in all parts of the District. For the 2018-2019 school year, tuition-based preschool programs will be held at Altara, Bella Vista, Butler, Edgemont, Jordan Valley, Oakdale, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools. 

Interested? Click here to see the application.

Canyons preschools follow a curriculum that lines up with the core standards of learning at the kindergarten level. As a result, children who attend preschool programs in CSD schools have the foundation to meet the challenges of kindergarten. Also, students are paired in classrooms with students who require special-education services so they can serve as peers and role models in language and social skills. 

Cost is $100 per month for students attending two days per week and $200 a month for students attending four days. There’s also a one-time $20 registration fee. Availability for the program in the coming academic year is based on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Morning sessions are from 8:20-10:50 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  

In addition, free school programs are provided at Title I schools. Students who turn 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2018, and live within the boundaries of Midvale, Copperview, Sandy and East Midvale elementary schools can apply to participate.

A lot of learning happens in preschool — but it’s also a lot of fun. Don’t underestimate the power of play when looking for a preschool for your child, says Terri Mitchell, the Programs Administrator in Canyons District’s Early Childhood Department.

“Playtime is amazingly important. It’s one of the best tools that young children have to grow and develop,” Mitchell told ABC4 anchor Emily Clark on “Good Morning Utah.”  

In fact, Mitchell said, research shows strong links between creative and imaginative play and language, physical, cognitive and social development. “In preschool, they are learning foundational skills. They will learn patterning, and the quantity of numbers,” Mitchell said. “They also have the opportunity to learn socially.  It may be the first time that they are away from mom and dad and grandma and grandpa.”
What a year!  In the past 365 days, Canyons District, which was founded on July 1, 2009, continued its drive to provide a world-class education to the children who attend public school in Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and the town of Alta. The 2017-2018 school year — CSD’s ninth academic year — was marked by sky-high achievements, including state-title victories by all five of CSD’s five traditional high schools, the passage of a $283 million bond to build and improve schools, the naming of National Merit Scholars and Sterling Scholars, and an estimated $32 million in scholarship offers for the 2,830 graduates in the Class of 2018.  But that’s just a small-piece-of-cake taste of all that was achieved by CSD students, faculty, staff and supporters. Here’s a look at some of the major achievements of CSD since its last founding-day anniversary: 
  • Nearly 59 percent of voters give approval to CSD is issue up to $283 million in general-obligation bonds to build and improve schools.
  • The newly rebuilt Alta View Elementary welcomed students for first time.
  • Crews near completion of renovation of Indian Hills Middle, the 13th and final project promised to voters at passage of the 2010 $250 million bond.   
  • CSD maintained  a AAA bond rating, resulting in savings to taxpayers
  • Seventy-eight percent of CSD elementary and middle schools received school-grade scores of an A or B, an increase of five percentage points over 2016. The number of elementary and middle schools to earn Cs and Ds fell by six percentage points. 
  • Eighty-three percent of CSD elementary schools and 75 percent of middle schools in CSD were above state average, according to PACE.  Sixty-six percent of elementary schools and 63 percent of middle schools showed higher growth than schools averaged statewide. 
  • Four CSD high schools were recognized for the number of students who take Advanced Placement courses. Brighton High ranked No. 8 out of all Utah high schools for the number of students who take and pass the tests. On the list of the Utah high schools with the highest AP participation rates, Corner Canyon ranked No. 5, Hillcrest No. 8 and Alta No. 10.
  • For the eighth year, CSD received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association for School Business Officials International and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. 
  • The Canyons Education Foundation delivered some $104,000 to 16 teachers to fund innovative classroom projects.
  • Edgemont and Midvalley elementary schools celebrated 60th anniversaries.
  • Albion Middle’s Sandy LeCheminant is named Utah Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • Alta High's Rique Ochoa named Utah History Teacher of the Year.
  • Alta and Hillcrest musicans perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 
  • Canyons Education Foundation awards $11,000 in student scholarships at annual Spring Gala.
  • Three CSD students won categories at 56th annual Sterling Scholar competition. 
  • Two Hillcrest students and one Corner Canyon high school student earn National Merit Scholar status. Fourteen students from all five of CSD’s traditional high schools were named semifinalists.
  • CSD student athletes individual and team state championships in cross country, girls tennis, boys tennis, wrestling, girls track and field, swimming, boys soccer, baseball, theater and girls golf. 
  • Hillcrest’s production of “Les Miserables” wins Best Musical at the Utah High School Musical Theater Competition.
  • Groundbreaking events were held to mark start of work on rebuild of Hillcrest High and major renovation at Alta High. Work on a new Brighton High also has started.   
The bright lights of Broadway beckoned to Bennett Chew. The Hillcrest High graduate last week traveled to the Great White Way to learn from the singing and dancing superstars of the stage. 

Chew earned the right to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards — and to be considered for a Jimmy Award, the student equivalent of a Tony Award — by winning the Best Actor category at the 8th annual Utah High School Musical Theater Awards in May at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake. 

The University of Utah-bound student, who starred as Jean Valjean in Hillcrest’s “Les Miserables,” which also won the state’s award for Best Musical and Best Scenic Design, spent nine days being coached by industry professionals. Jimmy winners were then picked by a panel of judges.    

Although Chew didn’t walk away with a Jimmy, his final year as a Husky theater kid was full of honors. Not only did Hillcrest earn the top honor at the state musical-theater contest, the Hillcrest drama students won first place at the Utah High School Activities Association’s 6A drama competition and the sweepstakes award at the Utah High School Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. 

Winning all three honors in one year — the "triple crown" of Utah prep theater — has been done once before. Led by teacher Josh Long, Hillcrest captured all three awards in 2011-2012, when the school’s production of “Aida” earned the Best Musical honor and a national award for its star, Malia Morley. 

“Our students work really, really hard,” says Long, who has directed 50 shows since starting at Hillcrest in 2009. “And they very passionate about what they do. It is great to see them be rewarded for that.” 

Gloria Swenson, who served as president of the school’s theater group, says being in leadership for her senior year, especially in a time full of buzz, applause and recognition, has been “one of the coolest things I have ever got to do … I feel very honored.” 

Swenson recalls with a smile the final performance of “Les Miserables,” which sold out every night of the show’s Nov. 16-20 run. Folks wanted to see the show so badly they were willing to pay for entrance without guarantee of a seat. “I remember the last night,” she said, “and seeing people standing in the back.” 

Three years ago, Gabriel Aina thought his high school goals would be met on the soccer field. Instead, he found his voice on the stage. Without hesitation, Aina, whose favorite production at Hillcrest was “Hamlet,” attributes the school’s success in theater to Long’s teaching style. 

“He isn’t willing to let us drop the ball,” he says. “He teaches us that we can do hard things in life.” One of those hard things, Aina said, was learning to sing in front of a crowd, which he says he “rather dislikes” doing, even though his role as Marius in “Les Miserable” was vocally demanding.

Sterling Larsen lives in the boundaries of another high school but decided to enroll at Hillcrest to be involved in the theater program. Larsen, who was accepted to Brigham Young University, has been in nearly a dozen shows while studying at the Midvale school.  “If I had not done theater,” he says, “I would be a completely different person today.”
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: Walk-in registration Monday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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: Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
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: Friday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon, and Wed. Aug. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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.
Your child’s SAGE test results are now available online.

Parents and guardians can access their children’s results via their private Skyward Family Access account, the same account used for annual online registration. The portal is a secure site that provides parents more immediate access to their child’s SAGE results once school lets out for the summer.

Some CSD schools may have also provided parents with paper copies of SAGE test results. 

SAGE exams are administered in late spring to all Utah students in grades 3-10, and to high school seniors enrolled in chemistry and physics courses.

SAGE test results are expressed in terms of proficiency. Proficiency means that a student has a strong understanding of challenging content in math, science and English language arts, and that the student is on track to be prepared for college and careers.  The SAGE proficiency levels are expressed in four levels: Highly Proficient; Proficient; Approaching Proficient; and Below Proficient. 

Your student’s performance also will be expressed in a scaled score, as assigned by the Utah State Office of Education. The scaled score will allow you to compare your student’s subject test results from year to year. It also will allow you to compare your student’s subject test results to school district and state averages.

On an individual level, it’s important to remember that SAGE results are among many student performance indicators, including class quizzes and tests, homework assignments, and projects.

Please note: There has been a delay in the receipt of middle school science SAGE scores due to changes in the science standards. State officials are expected to make science scores for grades 6,7, and 8 available in November.

To access Skyward:
  • Click here to access Canyons District’s Skyward portal
  • Click on the Family Access tab
  • Log in to Skyward Family Access with your username and password
  • Click on the SAGE Results tab
If you have questions about your child’s SAGE results, please call the District Office of Research and Assessment at 801-826-5090.  

Need help accessing Skyward? Please call 801-826-5544 for assistance, or Click here for Skyward Family Access login instructions.

To learn more about SAGE, please visit our informational web page.
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