Question of the Week

Question of the Week

On October 4, 2016, CSD’s Board of Education refined the District’s mission statement: Every student who attends Canyons School District will graduate college- and career-ready. The Board also approved a new vision statement to bring the future into sharp focus, inspire daily improvement, and help every employee understand his or her fit and purpose within the organization. Informing this vision, are five tenets: student achievement, community engagement, customer service, innovation and fiscal accountability. These are the pillars upon which this district was built. They are the how, the why, and the means by which the District will achieve its mission, which is to instill within students the character, skills, habits and knowledge needed to succeed in college, thrive in the workplace, and be successful in life. We invite all patrons to visit CSD’s leadership page and learn more about the District’s goals, achievements and leadership.
Schools may be out of session, but Principals and District-level personnel are contracted to work through the months of June, July and August. From June 12 to July 21, the District’s two administrative buildings will remain open for business under a “four tens” schedule: M, T, W and Th from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thereafter, District offices will be open under a regular, five-day weekly schedule. Questions? Feel free to call the District’s Main line at 801-826-5000.
Canyons School District’s 2017 commencement season kicks off on Thursday, June 1 with ceremonies for: CSD’s alternative high school Diamond Ridge; South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison; and Jordan Valley School for special-needs students.

High school graduation is a rite of passage, a time for celebrating academic achievement, and an opportunity to spotlight our exceptional students and faculty.It’s one of those can’t-miss events, so mark your calendars now!

The District’s five traditional high schools will all perform commencement rites on Tuesday, June 6. Following are the dates and times:
  • Alta High — Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Brighton High — Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Hillcrest High — Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High — Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Jordan High’s stadium (inclement weather may necessitate that the event be moved to the Maverik Center at 6 p.m.) 
  • Diamond Ridge — Thursday, June 1, 7 p.m., Mount Jordan Middle School
  • South Park Academy — Thursday, June 1, 8 a.m., Timpanogos Oquirrh
  • Entrada — Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Jordan Valley — Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
A transcript is a record of academic achievement and lists every class in which a high school student has enrolled, and the grades he or she has received. Students commonly need a copy of their transcript to apply to college, graduate, transfer schools, or to apply for a job. Students can request a copy of their transcript by contacting the registrar at the school(s) they attended. The best way to reach the registrar is to phone a school’s Main Office and ask to be connected. Need a copy of your GED? Click here for easy-to-follow directions.
Preparing a student for kindergarten can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience, but Canyons District is thrilled to welcome your little one to school. Here are some things you need to know about kindergarten registration:
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, once said, “Let us remember:  One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” While just one teacher in CSD is selected as the overall District Teacher of the Year, one teacher from every CSD school is selected each year to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. From that bunch, CSD picks six semifinalists who are observed in their classrooms by curriculum specialists. Three are then chosen to advance to a final interview with the Office of School Performance, which works with principals to supervise all of CSD's schools. 
The winning teachers at all schools have been surprised with a banner, poster, and a gift basket full of donated goodies collected by the Canyons Education Foundation. We invite the CSD community to the Tuesday, April 25 announcement of our District Teacher of the Year. A reception to honor our teachers is at 7 p.m. and we will start the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The event will be at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East.  The Canyons Education Foundation will give the winner at $1,000 cash prize.  First runner-up will receive $750 and second runner-up will receive $500.
Every spring, on behalf of the Canyons Board of Education, the Canyons District Administration enters into negotiations with groups that represent the employees to review the terms of compensation and benefits for the following school year. In these negotiations, which have already started for the 2017-2018 school year, licensed teachers are represented by the Canyons Education Association,
Per District policy, CSD’s weeklong Spring Break occurs during the first full week of April. This year, schools are closed from April 3-7, with class resuming the following Monday. Spring Recess is one of several holidays stipulated by Calendar Committee Guidelines created to provide consistency in scheduling and help families plan.
In matters of public health, Canyons District takes direction from the local health authority — most often, the Salt Lake County Health Department. When a health authority notifies one of our schools of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, the school works with the health authority to identify any students and employees who may have been exposed, or who need to be excluded from school because they are not fully immunized. Click here for additional information about the Utah Department of Health’s Immunization Program.
The daily start and end times are commonly referred to as “Bell Schedules.”  A list of the times, which are approved by the Canyons Board of Education, can be found under the Resources tab.  Just move your cursor over the word “Resources.”   Then, click on “Parents and Community.”   The schedules for elementary and secondary schools are listed under “B” for Bell Schedule.  As a rule of thumb, on Fridays, Canyons District elementary schools have “early-out” days and middle schools have “late starts” to give teachers time to plan and collaborate.

The Canyons Board of Education is comprised of seven elected community leaders who are responsible for establishing education policy for the District and guaranteeing the judicious use of taxpayer funds while providing leadership to promote student achievement. This year, the Board welcomed back three return members: Chad Iverson, Mont Millerberg and Nancy Tingey. Iverson and Tingey were re-elected by voters to serve second terms on the Board, and Millerberg, a member of CSD's inaugural Board, returns to represent the Midvale community. They join Clareen Arnold, Steve Wrigley, Sherril H. Taylor who was chosen to serve again as Board President, and Amber Shill who was elected 2nd Vice President. Tingey was chosen to serve as the Board’s 1st Vice President. Additionally, Tingey is the newly-elected President of the Utah School Boards Association. She took the helm of the organization that advocates for public schools during the association's annual conference on Jan. 3.


The Internet can be an important and useful instrument in education, but, like any tool, using its technology improperly can be harmful. We have several strategies in Canyons District to help keep our students safe while using the Internet. First, teachers at every CSD school have received specialized training on Internet safety and digital citizenship.
Help is on the way! The Information Technology Department in Canyons District has established a Help Desk to assist teachers, employees, students and guardians with difficulties they experience in Skyward. If you wish to make a change to the information in your account,have forgotten your password, or are having other complications, please contact our Help Desk and they will be happy to assist you. You can reach the Help Desk by calling 801-826-5544 during regular office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Both of the rating agencies that rate CSD — Fitch and Moody’s — have seen fit to award the District their highest “AAA” rating. A signal of confidence to bond investors, the “AAA” designation reflects Canyons’ “solid financial operations...and low debt burden,” stated Fitch in a press announcement.
Students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school — the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries — may request a transfer by going in person to their school of choice and filling out a Standard Early Open Enrollment Application. The application window for Early Enrollment permits opens Thursday, Dec. 1 and closes on Friday, Feb. 17.
This year, to make testing more accessible and less disruptive for students, we are offering SALTA testing at our schools. The application deadline has passed, but students that have already applied can access school test times and dates by clicking here.
Utah schools are open enrollment, meaning that children may enroll in schools other than those assigned to them by geographic boundaries, as long as there is room at the school. You may apply for an out-of-boundary permit, officially called a Standard Open Enrollment Applicationat the schools where you would like your children to attend. However, if you decide to go this route, you will be responsible for your child’s transportation to and from school. Two schools in Canyons District are closed to out-of-boundary students: Willow Springs Elementary and Corner Canyon High. The Board of Education approved a so-called “moratorium status” based on enrollments that place them above the open enrollment threshold defined by state statute as greater of 90 percent maximum school capacity or maximum capacity minus 40 students.  The school open enrollment period is Dec. 1 through the third week of February.  Find more information on CSD’s Office of Planning and Enrollment’s webpage.  
A:  Halloween is on a Monday this year, but each school has discretion over the scheduling of their Halloween parade, so be sure to check with the Main Office of your child’s school for details. Generally, principals set aside one day for inviting little ghouls and goblins to show off their costumes. For student safety reasons, no masks, weapons nor facsimiles of weapons are permitted.
A: Last year, Utah's high school seniors lost out on $45.5 million in free money for college because they didn’t complete a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. But this year, it’s easier than ever to complete the online application, because families can start now—three months earlier than usual—and they can use their prior year’s taxes. What’s more, there’s an unprecedented amount of money available, a whopping $180 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a "B." Think you won’t qualify for needs-based aid? It’s still a good idea to complete a FAFSA, because at many colleges, it’s required in order to access academic scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. To help spread the word so that all students can take advantage of this historic investment in financial aid, schools throughout Utah are holding free FAFSA completion fairs. Here are the dates and time for fairs in Canyons District, which are open to all students, regardless of where they attend school:

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Jordan High, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Alta High, 5-8 p.m.

Hillcrest High, 5-8 p.m.

Corner Canyon High, 6-9 p.m.
Answer: Yes. Children will not go hungry in Canyons District schools. Regardless of their ability to pay, children will receive food. Prices are reasonable for a meal in CSD cafeterias. The cost of breakfast is 90 cents for elementary school students and $1.10 for middle and high school students. The cost of a lunchtime meals is $1.75 at elementaries and $2 at middle schools and high schools, although there are ala carte menu items that students can select if they don’t want a full meal. Also, we have in-class breakfast programs at Midvale, Sandy, Copperview, and East Midale elementary schools. At those schools, students receive breakfast at their desks before learning starts for the day. Parents do not have to apply for this service; it’s provided free of charge to all enrolled students. However, parents can apply to qualify for free- or reduced-priced lunches either online or at their child’s school. An answer to an online application submitted at will be returned in 24 hours. Answers to hard-copy applications that are obtained at schools can take up to 10 days to receive. If you are earning at or below Income Eligibility Guidelines, we encourage you to fill out an application. The school will process your application and issue an eligibility determination. If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals.
Answer: Utah schools are open-enrollment, meaning that children may enroll in schools other than those assigned to them by geographic boundaries, as long as there is room at the school. You may apply for an out-of-boundary permit at the schools where you would like your children to attend.
Answer:  The Board of Education-approved bell schedules for the 2016-2017 school year can be found here.

Answer:   Enjoy your summer break!  We will welcome students back on Wednesday, Aug. 24.  Kindergarten students arrive on Aug. 29.
Answer:. Look for the button on the website that says “See All Job Postings.”  Simply follow the links to all the available jobs. Applications can be submitted online or they can be brought to the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East.
Answer: If you go to the Home Page, you’ll see the word “Resources.” Click on that word.  You’ll be directed to a page called “Parents and Community.”  This is an alphabetized list of items on our website in which parents may be interested.  Go to “Bell Schedules,” and the start and end times of our schools can be found there. 
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