The majority of residents who cast ballots in the 2017 General Election voted in favor of the Canyons Board of Education’s proposal to use proceeds from a $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond to provide modern and safe schools to children in all parts of the District.

Election results indicate that 57.83 percent voted in favor of the plan, which will result in the completion of 11 major construction projects. This includes total rebuilds of Hillcrest and Brighton high schools and a major renovation of Alta High. Some 42.17 percent voted against the measure. Voter turnout was 48.2 percent, according to the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office.

"We are grateful for those who studied our proposal and voted in favor of working in partnership with us to provide safe and modern schools for the children in our community," said Board President Sherril H. Taylor. "The vote of confidence in our facility-improvement plan is very much appreciated — but we take it very seriously. As we now turn our attention to the hard work of bringing this plan to life, we also reiterate our pledge to be wise stewards of taxpayer dollars as we continue to build up Canyons together."

In addition to the Brighton, Hillcrest and Alta projects, the District will:
  • Rebuild Union Middle
  • Rebuild Midvalley Elementary
  • Rebuild Peruvian Park Elementary
  • Rebuild a White City-area elementary
  • Replace portables with classrooms at Corner Canyon High
  • Build a new west Draper elementary
  • Remodel offices at Brookwood, Granite, Oakdale, Park Lane, Silver Mesa, and Sunrise elementary schools
  • Install windows and skylights for natural light at Altara, Bell View, Brookwood, Canyon View, Crescent, East Midvale, East Sandy, Granite, Lone Peak, Oakdale, Oak Hollow, Park Lane, Quail Hollow, Ridgecrest, Silver Mesa, Sprucewood, Sunrise, and Willow Springs elementary schools

Approval of the bond measure allows the District to continue addressing needs in aging schools in Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and the town of Alta while also planning for future growth. Since 2010, when residents of Canyons District gave approval for a $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond, Canyons District has completed 12 major construction projects. The 13th project promised to the voters at the time of the 2010 bond’s passage is the renovation of Indian Hills Middle, which is expected to be complete by fall 2018.

Work on the first projects with proceeds from the 2017 bond could start this summer.

The District will keep the public updated on the progress of the projects via the website,
For high school seniors, the future is now. Even though the pomp and circumstance of high school graduation is seven months away, the high schools in Canyons District this week are emphasizing the importance of taking the next step in students’ educational journeys. 

From Nov. 6-10, 2017 Canyons District will celebrate its fourth annual Utah College Application Week — five days dedicated to helping students fill out and submit at least one viable application to a college, university or a technical-trade school. 

Although the applying for college can be a serious topic, schools have planned lighthearted events to jump-start every student’s interest in post-secondary education.

Canyons’ high schools will post college-related items on social media; urge participation during assemblies; and play trivia games and treasure hunts. Teachers will decorate their doors with memorabilia from their alma maters, and days have been set aside days for faculty and students to don T-shirts and sweatshirts of favored colleges and universities. 

While CSD’s Utah College Application Week, also called UCAW, is full of fun and games, there’s a serious side, too.  Filling out a college application can be daunting to many students, says Lisa Gardner, a counselor at Hillcrest High. However, during UCAW, counselors and administrators will be on hand to help students every step of the way, she says.    

“We bring every senior into the computer lab where we have counselors available to help them fill out their applications, answer questions, and talk to them about their financial aid options,” Gardner said during a Monday morning interview during ABC4’s “Good Morning Utah.”

“Family support is great,” she told ABC4 morning anchor Brian Carlsen, “but some students need additional support in completing those applications — and we are able to provide that for the students.”   

Gardner also said that many students cannot afford to go to college, so it's so important for each one to complete the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the federal form that students must complete in order to make themselves eligible for federal money used to pay for higher education. By filling it out, she said, students can become eligible for Pell Grants, Work Study Programs, and loans subsidized by the government.  

Canyons has placed a heavy emphasis on competing the FAFSA, holding information nights for parents and students. While all CSD schools are seeing success with this effort, Jordan High was recently recognized as one of the top five schools in the state for FAFSA completion. 

But there’s extra help for Canyons students who may need a little extra help to apply to the college of their dreams. Per tradition, the Canyons Education Foundation has pledged up to $10,000 to help low-income students pay applicable college-application fees.

Utah College Application Week, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education’s StepUp to Higher Education campaign,  complements the Canyons Board of Education’s mission to ensure all students are ready for college and careers when they graduate from high school.
The cheering crowd lining Main Street in Historic Sandy was in for a surprise as sweet as candy when the elementary school students started their annual Halloween costume parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The students gave the crowd quite a treat as they showed off their costumes, which ranged from witches and ghouls to superheroes and Disney princesses.  The parade, which draws hundreds of spectators, is one of Canyons District’s most popular Halloween attractions.

As in previous years, the annual parade was led by Principal McKay Robinson and Assistant Principal Brooke Rauzon, who donned blue Cookie Monster and red Elmo costumes.  Another group of teachers were dressed as the five seasons of road construction in Utah.

Not to be outdone, Jordan Valley, Canyons’ school for students also held an elaborate costume pageant. A crowd favorite: A wheelchair decked out to look like a flashy sliver convertible.  

Those were just two of the events that were held on All Hallow’s Eve in Canyons schools.  All across the District, costumed students and teachers marched up and down hallways, through gymnasiums filled with cheering parents, and participated in class parties.  See photos of the events in a video that can be accessed on Canyons District's YouTube channel.

Safety tips and costume rules were sent home in advance so students could enjoy the parades and performing-arts assemblies without having to take off masks or be sent home to change clothes.  

“It’s a fun day,” Union Middle Principal Kelly Tauteoli told Fox 13’s “The Place.”  Tauteoli also said the day is full of merrymaking — but learning still continues.  Students are in class and teachers lead lessons, she said, “but they do review games and have a lot of fun.”

Canyons Students on parade through District elementary schools 
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  • Parents of fifth-graders enrolled in Canyons District's Dual-Language Immersion Programs have been invited to a meeting on Monday, Oct. 30 to learn about DLI instruction in middle schools.

    The 6 p.m. event will be in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. Canyons curriculum specialists who oversee the District’s dual-language immersion programs

    Information about course pathways, high school bridge courses, program locations, and how CSD collaborates with universities will be presented. Other topics slated for discussion include the intent-to-continue process that parents will be asked to complete in order for their children to continue in the program.

    At the middle school level, Spanish programs are being provided at Mount Jordan, Union and Midvale; French classes are being taught at Draper Park and Butler; and Mandarin Chinese is being offered at Draper Park, Butler and Indian Hills.

    Questions? Please call the CSD Instructional Supports Department at 801 826 5045.
    The Draper Park Vikings raided the trophy table at the Canyons District Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Championship Race.

    The school dominated the ninth-annual event, held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Union Middle.

    First-place overall trophies were awarded to both of the Draper Park Middle boys and girls teams. Students from the Draper-area school took home 11 of the 24 individual trophies. 

    Second place went to the Indian Hills girls and Butler boys teams. Third place went to Butler girls and Eastmont boys teams. 

    The cross-country race includes the top three male runners and top three female runners in each grade from all eight CSD middle schools.

    The event marks the beginning of the 2017-2018 CSD Middle School Intramurals season. Now in its ninth year, the CSD intramurals program offers students competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate.

    This year, students also will participate in chess, 3-on-3 basketball, and soccer.

    Individual cross country winners are: 

    Boys Individual Results

    Top 3 Overall
    • McKay Wells — Draper Park
    • Steve Oler — Draper Park
    • Adam Kohlmann — Butler
    Top 8th Grade Boys
    • Steve Oler — Draper Park
    • Adam Kohlmann — Butler
    • Tanner Partridge — Draper Park
    Top 7th Grade Boys
    • Andre Engh — Draper Park
    • Brighton Birth — Eastmont (tie)
    • Tyler Goldfine — Mount Jordan (tie)
    • Jacob Tanner — Eastmont
    Top 6th Grade Boys
    • McKay Wells — Draper Park
    • Grayson Milne — Draper Park
    • Patrick Toone — Butler 
    Boys Team Results
    • Draper Park
    • Indian Hills
    • Butler
    Girls Individual Results

    Top 3 Overall
    • Caroline Rupper — Butler
    • Breanne Kennard — Draper Park
    • Ella Feinauer — Union

    Top 8th Grade Girls
    • Caroline Rupper — Butler 
    • Ella Feinauer — Union
    • Avery Hartey — Draper Park

    Top 7th Grade Girls
    • Chelsey Morton — Indian Hills
    • Teya Snowder — Union
    • Blair Walkbilling — Butler
    Top 6th Grade Girls
    • Breanne Kennard — Draper Park
    • Sarah Seamons — Eastmont
    • Kelsey Diciana — Draper Park 
    Girls Team Results                                                                                                       
    • Draper Park
    • Butler
    • Eastmont
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