Has your child watched the trending Netflix show "13 Reasons Why?" If so, it may be an important time to start a discussion about any challenging emotions he or she may be feeling, according to counselors and psychologists who provide supports to school-age children. Based on a 2007 young adult novel of the same name, the series is raising concerns of student-support and mental-health specialists, says Tori Gillett, Canyons District’s Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Coordinator. Gillett says school counseling centers have seen an uptick in students seeking support after watching the popular show, which premiered on March 31 and,…
Deploying the tactics of history’s great orators, from Pericles and Cicero to Winston Churchill and Frederick Douglass, four Canyons School District students claimed victory at the 2017 Utah State Middle School and Elementary School Debate Tournaments. More than 250 middle school and 180 elementary students participated in the tournaments, which were held at Alta High. Canyons District students won three of the four middle school events, and earned a first-place finish in one elementary event.  In all, 36 Canyons’ students earned awards. Here’s a full list: Middle School Winners Oratory 1st Place: Juseong Kang, Albion3rd Place: Raunya Barakat, Albion5th Place:…
The bell at Union Middle is about to ring, but Drew Fosse’s class has a tough task at hand: Don’t smile. Everyone is silent as Fosse slowly walks around the room with a fake scowl. The challenge — to make eye contact with Fosse and stay serious — carries a reward, which students redeem at the end of class by choosing to participate in one of their teacher’s zany activities, from karaoke to walking like a pro-wrestler. Fosse’s creative approach to keeping students motivated and engaged is just one of the reasons he was selected as Canyons School District’s 2017…
The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 approved an innovative and progressive salary schedule that will boost the starting salary for a beginning teacher more than $5,000 a year while also providing salary hikes for mid-career and veteran educators. The new salary schedule pushes the starting salary for a new teacher in Canyons District to $40,500. Also, every licensed employee will see no less than a 4 percent jump, and the average increase will be 6.5 percent.  Members of the Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of passing the salary schedule, which Canyons’ Human Resources Department…
The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 approved tentative negotiated agreements for the 2017-2018 with the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association and District Administrators. By accepting the tentative agreements, and with the vote to put into place a new salary schedule for licensed educators for the 2017-2018 school year, all employees in the Canyons District will see a boost in compensation in the coming academic year. For administrators, the District agrees to fully fund increment steps for eligible employees; a 3.25 percent cost of living adjustment to the base of the Administrative Salary Schedule; and a one-time…
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