A former player for the Colorado Rockies baseball organization is sliding into the head baseball coach position at Alta High.

Jentry Beckstead, a 1998 Alta graduate who has been an assistant coach for the Hawks, recently accepted the top job. Although the season doesn’t start until spring, Beckstead already is mulling his goals for the program and starting to lay the groundwork for a positive relationship with Alta baseball boosters. 

“I plan to reach out to parents to talk about the direction we want to take the program and where we’d like the program to go,” said Beckstead, who pitched in both the minor and major leagues.

“I played in every level they had,” he said with a quiet laugh. Beckstead was chosen by the Rockies in the 38th round.

“When you first sign, when you get drafted, you obviously aren’t ready for the big leagues,” he said.  “So they work with you and let you know the ways they would like things done. You start at the bottom and you work your way up. It was a grind — but it was worth it.”

Beckstead says the Alta players are hard workers, and sees a willingness to focus on skill refinement. He also says he’s impressed with the level of talent on the team. 

"As a team, I want to see everyone improve on a daily basis," he said. "In order to do that, you have to be able to play and work together and rely on each other."

Teachers cheered, principals gave high-fives, and friendly eighth-graders gave fist-bumps to sixth-grade students in Canyons District who arrived at their schools early Tuesday, Aug. 18 for Canyons District's seventh-annual orientation day for secondary-school first-timers.

Canyons District principals plan the day each year to help ease the jitters for the students who are attending middle school for the first time. 

The back-to-school event, which is only for sixth-grade students, has been planned to make sure the 11- and 12-year-old students, who the year before didn’t have to worry about negotiating hallways with other teens or changing classes several times a day, become used to their new surroundings — and walk away with a positive memory about their first day at middle school.

The students attended shortened classes, found their lockers, met their teachers, and grabbed a snack in the cafeteria.  Some principals also held assemblies to introduce themselves, and explain the school rules. 

Mike Sirois, Canyons District’s Executive Director of School Performance, says the aim of the sixth-grade orientation is to “cut down on the tears and frustration” of the official first day of school.  "We try to give them as much of a real-life experience as we can in a half day,” says Sirois. 

On Tuesday — the day before the first official day of the 2015-2016 school year in CSD — Canyons sixth-graders arrived at their respective middle schools by about 8 a.m. and went home at about noon. 

The annual orientation day has earned positive reviews from students, parents and teachers.  

See our Facebook page for a photo album of the 2015 Sixth-Grade Orientation.
Help us swing into the new school year with the sixth-annual fall golf tournament of the Canyons Education Foundation. The Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 event will be at the River Oaks Golf Course, 9300 Riverside Dr., Sandy.

The Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Canyons District, organizes the tourney every year to pay for innovative classroom activities; support the District’s initiatives in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics; and provide scholarship opportunities to deserving and low-income students. 

Because of generous tournament participation in the past, the Canyons Education Foundation has been able to raise more than $300,000 that is given to teachers in the form of Innovation Grants. Teachers are encouraged each year to apply for the grants so they can implement creative and evidence-based approaches to education in their classrooms. Last year alone, the Foundation gave $90,000 to CSD teachers as part of the Innovation Grant program.  

“For six years, the community has really stepped up on the green to help us raise funds for our students and teachers,” said Scott Harper, Development Officer for the Canyons Education Foundation.  “So many students in our District have benefited from the generosity of our business and community partners who participate in the golf tournament.  Not only is it a good cause but it’s a lot of fun, too.” 

The two major sponsors of this year’s event are VLCM and Hogan Construction. Other sponsorship levels, including the lunch sponsor and hole sponsors, are available. Questions?  Call the Foundation at 801-826-5171.
Canyons District’s new high school has a sparkling new name.

The Canyons Board of Education voted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 to name the campus Diamond Ridge High. The alternative high school will open Aug. 19, 2015, the first day of school in CSD from the coming academic year.

On the first day, up to 80 students are expected to be attending classes at Diamond Ridge High.  The first group will be made up of 16- to 18-year-old students who have been pursuing a high school diploma at Entrada, Canyons’ adult high school.

Canyons Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie said the new name appeals to students and brings to mind the meanings of the ski-trail rating signs seen on the slopes of nearby resorts. “Skiers know that runs marked with a diamond suggest difficulty and challenge, with great rewards at the end,” said Dr. McCarrie

In addition, the moniker continues the tradition of Canyons District high schools bearing names depicting the geographical surroundings.  “The ‘ridge’ in the name,” she said, “suggests a high geographical point with beauty and vision.” 

In the future, if students wish to attend the new school, which will initially be housed in buildings on the campus of the Canyons Technical Education Center, 825 E. 9085 South, they would first need to discuss the possibility of enrollment with the counselors at the school where they are attending. New-school enrollments won’t begin until January 2016. 

The Board of Education in March approved a proposal to open an alternative high school in Canyons District.  Currently, CSD students needing alternative programming leave the District to attend other districts’ alternative high schools or enroll at CSD's Entrada Adult High School.  Unfortunately, the students ages 16-18 who chose to go to into the Adult Education program instead of an alternative high school were counted as “drop-outs” by the state. 

For now, the new CSD alternative high school will be for juniors and seniors, said Karen Sterling, Canyons District’s Director of Student Advocacy and Access.  Sterling also said Diamond Ridge’s administration is dedicated to reducing the non-academic barriers that hindered the students’ attempts at success in the traditional high school setting.

Each student at Diamond Ridge will have an individualized plan to guide him or her to graduation.  The students, with the help of counselors and school staff, will map out the courses they’ll take, given the time they have available outside of work or family obligations.  Sterling says the student-specific scheduling effort supports working students or those whose family obligations make it challenging to maintain a traditional school schedule. 

Diamond Ridge also has an accelerated pathway to earning credits. The school will hold two terms per quarter so students who may be credit deficient can earn the credit faster and move on to the next class leading to the fulfillment of credits toward graduation.  The aim is to assist students to get enough credit to graduate on target with their peer group. 

“Our intent with Diamond Ridge is to maintain high standards, high expectations, high rigor and provide an environment that has highly individualized supports,” Sterling said.  “By focusing on the unique needs of Diamond Ridge students, we believe we can help each student experience success on many levels, including the achievement of a high school diploma.”

Point. Click. Register. It’s that easy. 

Circle Thursday, Aug. 4 on your calendars! School may be out for the summer, but we’re rolling out plans for the new school year. To help you plan, we’re letting you know that online registration for the 2016-2017 school year begins on Aug. 4, 2016.  

Postcards with information about this year's online registration process have been direct-mailed to all Canyons parents. Information is also being posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.     

Already have vacation plans for Aug. 4? 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. 4, 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.

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


Code

Name

Walk In Dates







103

ALTARA ELEMENTARY

Starting 8/4/16

8:30 am - 2 pm




104

ALTA VIEW ELEMENTARY

8/4/16

12 pm - 6 pm










8/5/16

7:30 am - 1 pm




105

BELL VIEW ELEMENTARY

8/10/16

8 am - 2 pm










8-11-16

12 pm - 6 pm




106

BELLA VISTA ELEMENTARY

8-9-16

9 am - 2 pm




107

BROOKWOOD ELEMENTARY

8/10/16

9 am - 2 pm




108

BUTLER ELEMENTARY

8/10/16

9 am - 3 pm




110

CANYON VIEW ELEMENTARY

Starting 8/4

8 am - 3 pm




112

COPPERVIEW ELEMENTARY

8/8/16

9 am - 3 pm










8/9/16

9 am - 3 pm










8/10/16

9 am - 7 pm










8/11/16

9 am - 3 pm










8/12/16

9 am - 3 pm




116

CRESCENT ELEMENTARY

8/16/16

2 pm - 6 pm










8/17/16

9 am - 1 pm




120

DRAPER ELEMENTARY

8/4/16 - 8/11/16

8 am - 4 pm




122

EAST MIDVALE ELEMENTARY

8/4/16-8/18/16


8 am - 2 pm




123

EAST SANDY ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

8:30 am - 3 pm










8/10/16

8:30 am - 3 pm




124

EDGEMONT ELEMENTARY

8/10/16

9 am - 2 pm




130

GRANITE ELEMENTARY

8/5/16

9 am - 2 pm




135

LONE PEAK ELEMENTARY

8/11

3 pm - 6 pm










8/12/16

9 am - 12 pm




140

MIDVALE ELEMENTARY

8/8/16

9 am - 1 pm










8/9/16

9 am - 1 pm










8/10/16

9 am - 1 pm










8/11/16

2 pm - 6 pm




143

OAK HOLLOW ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

9 am - 2 pm




144

MIDVALLEY ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

3 pm - 7 pm










8/10/16

9 am - 1 pm




149

OAKDALE ELEMENTARY

8/4/16

9am - 3 pm




150

PERUVIAN PARK ELEMENTARY

8/4/16

9 am - 2 pm




151

RIDGECREST ELEMENTARY

8/16/16

7:30 am - 12

4 pm - 7 pm

154

QUAIL HOLLOW ELEMENTARY

8/10/16

8 am - 12 pm










8/11/16

10 am - 2 pm




155

PARK LANE ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

10 am - 2 pm










8/10/16

10 am - 2 pm










8/11/16

10 am - 2 pm




156

SANDY ELEMENTARY

8/8/16

8 am - 5 pm










8/9/16

7 am - 3:30 pm










8/10/16

8 am - 5 pm










8/11/16

7 am - 3:30 pm




158

SILVER MESA ELEMENTARY

8/11/16

7:30 am - 2:30 pm




159

SUNRISE ELEMENTARY

Starting Aug 4th

8 am - 4 pm




164

SPRUCEWOOD ELEMENTARY

8/11/16

9 am - 5 pm










8/15/16

12 pm - 6 pm




174

WILLOW CANYON ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

8;30 am - 12:30 pm










8/10/16

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm




178

WILLOW SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

8/9/16

9 am -3 pm










8/10/16

9 am -3 pm




401

ALBION MIDDLE

Starting Aug 4th

8 am - 2 pm




402

BUTLER MIDDLE

Starting Aug 4th

9 am - 2 pm




403

EASTMONT MIDDLE

8/22/16

3 - 7 pm




404

MIDVALE MIDDLE

8/4/16 - 8/23/16

Anytime










8/16/16

4 - 8 pm




405

INDIAN HILLS MIDDLE

By Appointment 801-826-7300

8 am - 2 pm




407

DRAPER PARK MIDDLE

Any Day

8 am - 2 pm




408

MOUNT JORDAN MIDDLE

8/10/16

12 - 6 pm










8/11/16

12 - 6 pm




410

UNION MIDDLE

8/4/16

6 - 8 pm










8/6/16

7 - 8 pm










8/12/16

8 - 8 pm




702

ALTA HIGH

Starting Aug 4th

8 am - 3 pm




705

BRIGHTON HIGH

8/15/16

8 am - 12 pm










8/16/16

8 am - 12 pm










8/17/16

8 am - 12 pm










8/18/16

8 am - 12 pm




706

HILLCREST HIGH

8/9/16

8 am - 2 pm










8/10/16

8 am - 2 pm










8/11/16

8 am - 2 pm




708

JORDAN HIGH

8/9/16 Freshman

7 am - 3 pm










8/10/16 Sophomore

7 am - 3 pm










8/11/16 Junior

7 am - 3 pm










8/12/16 Senior

7 am - 3 pm




711

CORNER CANYON

8/18/16

7:30 am - 12 pm




810

JORDAN VALLEY

Starting Aug 4th

8 am - 4 pm




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