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Parents who wish to send their children to a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries are invited to submit open-enrollment applications.
 
The deadline for applications is the third Friday in February — Feb. 17, 2012.
 
According to state law, students who seek to attend out-of-boundary schools may do so unless the local Board of Education has declared the schools to be too full to accommodate more students. Only three schools in Canyons District have been given this “moratorium” status by the Canyons Board of Education:  Lone Peak and Willow Springs elementary schools and Crescent View Middle School.
 
Schools can be placed on moratorium status if enrollment projections place them above the open-enrollment threshold. State statute defines that as being the greater of 90 percent of maximum school capacity or maximum capacity minus 40 students.
 
Questions?  Call the CSD Office of Planning and Enrollment at 801-826-5181.
The attention in Hollywood may be on the nominees for the upcoming 84th annual Academy Awards, but our focus is on the rising stars of the 3rd annual Canyons School District Film Festival.
 
The festival, which will feature works by students and teachers in all Canyons schools, will be Thursday, Feb. 16 at Union Middle School, 615 E. 8000 South. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
 
Each school was allowed to submit five films, with no more than two films in six categories — feature film, documentary, animation, PSA, newscast and teacher film.
 
Click here for additional information.

You're out of luck if you waited to buy "Wicked" tickets through the Canyons School District Education Foundation.

The Foundation reports it is sold out of its alloted tickets. About 1,000 pre-sale tickets to the Thursday, July 19 matinee and Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 24 evening performances were available through the Foundation. 

A portion of the tickets sales is funnelled back to the Foundation.  In all, the Foundation made about $22,000.

"Wicked" is scheduled to run July 18-Aug. 26 at the Capitol Theater, 50 W. 200 South, as part of the Broadway Across America-Utah 2011-2012 season.

What time is it? It’s time for high school musicals in Canyons District.  

All four high schools and Jordan Valley School are holding final dress rehearsals in their last-minute preparations for their annual musicals. Brighton High’s musical, “Once On This Island,” starts Thursday, Nov. 10 and runs Friday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 12, and Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (The Saturday, Nov. 12 matinee is at noon). Other schools’ musicals are:
 
Alta High— “Crazy For You” Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Hillcrest High— “Aida,” Nov. 16-19, 7 p.m.
Jordan High — “South Pacific,” Nov. 16-18, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
 
Also on the playbill is Jordan Valley School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” set for Nov. 16 -17 at 10:30 a.m.  Jordan Valley, Canyons’ school for severely disabled students, performs a musical as part of its music therapy. Don’t come expecting Tony Award-winning performances — but come expecting to be touched.
If there’s a door of opportunity available to her students, you’ll find Michelle Van Dyken knocking on it. The Canyons Transitions Academy educator has established a program to help students with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 transition from public school student to community member and worker.

As such, Van Dyken often is found knocking businesses’ doors to see if they might provide employment or internships to her students. For her efforts, Van Dyken was honored recently with a 2011 Arch Coal Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the Utah Education Association’s annual Superstars in Education banquet.

“(Van Dyken) sees students with autism, Down syndrome or other severe disabilities not as an impaired individual, but as someone who deserves the chance to interact with the world,” writes a co-worker, quoted on the UEA's Web site.

 “What some people may view as a quick trip to the grocery store or a stop at the library, Michelle sees as an opportunity for her students to become more independent … to learn life skills they will need as they leave the public education system.”

The award, for which Van Dyken was nominated by her peers, comes with a $1,500 check. Ten Utah educators received the awards at the banquet.
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