The bright lights of Broadway beckoned to Bennett Chew. The Hillcrest High graduate last week traveled to the Great White Way to learn from the singing and dancing superstars of the stage. 

Chew earned the right to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards — and to be considered for a Jimmy Award, the student equivalent of a Tony Award — by winning the Best Actor category at the 8th annual Utah High School Musical Theater Awards in May at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake. 

The University of Utah-bound student, who starred as Jean Valjean in Hillcrest’s “Les Miserables,” which also won the state’s award for Best Musical and Best Scenic Design, spent nine days being coached by industry professionals. Jimmy winners were then picked by a panel of judges.    

Although Chew didn’t walk away with a Jimmy, his final year as a Husky theater kid was full of honors. Not only did Hillcrest earn the top honor at the state musical-theater contest, the Hillcrest drama students won first place at the Utah High School Activities Association’s 6A drama competition and the sweepstakes award at the Utah High School Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. 

Winning all three honors in one year — the "triple crown" of Utah prep theater — has been done once before. Led by teacher Josh Long, Hillcrest captured all three awards in 2011-2012, when the school’s production of “Aida” earned the Best Musical honor and a national award for its star, Malia Morley. 

“Our students work really, really hard,” says Long, who has directed 50 shows since starting at Hillcrest in 2009. “And they very passionate about what they do. It is great to see them be rewarded for that.” 

Gloria Swenson, who served as president of the school’s theater group, says being in leadership for her senior year, especially in a time full of buzz, applause and recognition, has been “one of the coolest things I have ever got to do … I feel very honored.” 

Swenson recalls with a smile the final performance of “Les Miserables,” which sold out every night of the show’s Nov. 16-20 run. Folks wanted to see the show so badly they were willing to pay for entrance without guarantee of a seat. “I remember the last night,” she said, “and seeing people standing in the back.” 

Three years ago, Gabriel Aina thought his high school goals would be met on the soccer field. Instead, he found his voice on the stage. Without hesitation, Aina, whose favorite production at Hillcrest was “Hamlet,” attributes the school’s success in theater to Long’s teaching style. 

“He isn’t willing to let us drop the ball,” he says. “He teaches us that we can do hard things in life.” One of those hard things, Aina said, was learning to sing in front of a crowd, which he says he “rather dislikes” doing, even though his role as Marius in “Les Miserable” was vocally demanding.

Sterling Larsen lives in the boundaries of another high school but decided to enroll at Hillcrest to be involved in the theater program. Larsen, who was accepted to Brigham Young University, has been in nearly a dozen shows while studying at the Midvale school.  “If I had not done theater,” he says, “I would be a completely different person today.”
Back-to-school season, already? Not exactly. But while there’s still plenty of time for backyard barbecues and beach vacations, we’re busy preparing for the start of school—and to help families plan, we’re letting you know that online registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Aug. 2, 2018.

Already have vacation plans for Aug. 2? 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. 2, 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.

Need help logging in to Skyward? Contact:  801-826-5525.

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

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Altara: Starting Monday, Aug., 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alta View: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
Bell View: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from noon to 6 p.m.
Bella Vista: Monday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brookwood: Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Butler: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Canyon View: Starting Friday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Copperview: Monday, Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except on Wednesday, Aug. 8, which will go from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Crescent: Monday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Draper: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Midvale: Walk-in registration Monday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
East Sandy: Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Edgemont: Monday Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Granite: to be announced
Jordan Valley: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lone Peak: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Midvale: Monday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Thursday Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the walk-in hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oak Hollow: Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Midvalley: to be announced
Oakdale: to be announced
Peruvian Park: Starting Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ridgecrest: Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Quail Hollow: Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Park Lane:  Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Sandy: Monday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Silver Mesa: Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Sunrise: From Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sprucewood: Friday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Willow Canyon: Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willow Springs: Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Albion: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Butler: Friday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon, and Wed. Aug. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Eastmont: Monday, Aug. 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Midvale: Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Indian Hills: by appointment, 801-826-7300, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Draper Park: Starting Friday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mount Jordan:  Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 6 p.m.
Union: to be announced

HIGH SCHOOLS

Alta: Starting Thursday, Aug. 2
Brighton: The walk-in dates all run from 8 a.m. to noon and are as follows: The date for seniors is Monday, Aug. 13; for juniors, it's Tuesday, Aug. 14; for sophomores, it's Wednesday, Aug. 15; and for freshmen, it's Thursday, Aug. 16
Hillcrest: Tuesday, Aug. 7, Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jordan: Monday, Aug. 13, Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corner Canyon: by appointment, 801-826-6400, from Monday, Aug. 13 to Wednesday Aug. 15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Your child’s SAGE test results are now available online.

Parents and guardians can access their children’s results via their private Skyward Family Access account, the same account used for annual online registration. The portal is a secure site that provides parents more immediate access to their child’s SAGE results once school lets out for the summer.

Some CSD schools may have also provided parents with paper copies of SAGE test results. 

SAGE exams are administered in late spring to all Utah students in grades 3-10, and to high school seniors enrolled in chemistry and physics courses.

SAGE test results are expressed in terms of proficiency. Proficiency means that a student has a strong understanding of challenging content in math, science and English language arts, and that the student is on track to be prepared for college and careers.  The SAGE proficiency levels are expressed in four levels: Highly Proficient; Proficient; Approaching Proficient; and Below Proficient. 

Your student’s performance also will be expressed in a scaled score, as assigned by the Utah State Office of Education. The scaled score will allow you to compare your student’s subject test results from year to year. It also will allow you to compare your student’s subject test results to school district and state averages.

On an individual level, it’s important to remember that SAGE results are among many student performance indicators, including class quizzes and tests, homework assignments, and projects.

Please note: There has been a delay in the receipt of middle school science SAGE scores due to changes in the science standards. State officials are expected to make science scores for grades 6,7, and 8 available in November.

To access Skyward:
  • Click here to access Canyons District’s Skyward portal
  • Click on the Family Access tab
  • Log in to Skyward Family Access with your username and password
  • Click on the SAGE Results tab
If you have questions about your child’s SAGE results, please call the District Office of Research and Assessment at 801-826-5090.  

Need help accessing Skyward? Please call 801-826-5544 for assistance, or Click here for Skyward Family Access login instructions.

To learn more about SAGE, please visit our informational web page.
Did you know there are more jobs in the trades—carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and welding—than there trained Utahns to fill them?

Construction, along with the health and personal care industries, will account for one-third of all new jobs in the U.S. through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these jobs pay above Utah’s median wage, and through the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC), it’s possible for students to graduate from high school with the certifications and professional licenses needed to land one.

Such was the prevailing message behind CTEC’s “Connect to the Tech” event on June 18, a free open house showcase of all the Career and Technical Education programs that CTEC has to offer. Middle-school-aged students toured the center on Monday (825 E. 9085 South in Sandy), and were invited to participate in some hands-on learning exercises, from discharging pepper spray at an assailant (criminal justice) to back-boarding someone suspected to have suffered a neck or back injury (emergency responders).

“The cool thing about CTEC is you’re going to earn high school credit and college credit in most of these classes, and for a fraction of the cost of college tuition,” CTE coordinator Benjamin Poulsen told the participants. “One of the things we say is, ‘come start college with us.’”

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  • Once seen as an alternative to a college education, training in the skilled trades is now viewed as a good way to get a jump on college, and a career.

    “Last year, most of my students were aspiring electricians, and I had electrical companies offering to pay for their college education,” says CTEC carpentry teacher Tim Kidder, who explained training takes at least two years of college and two years of experience as a journeymen electrician. “They’ll pay for your education and find you work starting at $22 an hour.”

    From there, students can decide to continue with their education and seek a degree in electrical engineering, or launch their careers. Either way, they’re able to land high-paying jobs in interesting fields without accruing lots of college debt. “What an opportunity these kids have, and it’s the same with diesel mechanics, in welding, and in carpentry,” Kidder says.

    CTEC also offers technology-focused programs, including training in the biomedical field, software development, and 3D computer animation. CTEC courses are scheduled throughout the regular school day, and CSD provides students with transportation between their home high schools and the tech center.

    It’s not too late to register for CTEC courses for the 2018-2019 school year, The optimal time to begin thinking about how to fit CTEC classes into school schedules, however, is in the seventh or eighth grades before students register for high school, Poulsen says.

    A full list of programs, and their accompanying certifications and college credit, can be found online or by calling 801-826-6600. But here’s a snapshot:


    CTEC Programs
    Building Construction
    Business Leadership
    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
    Computer Systems
    Computer Programming
    Cosmetology/Barbering
    Criminal Justice
    Digital Media/3D Animation
    Emergency Medical Technician
    Fire Science
    Heavy Duty Mechanics/Diesel
    Medical Assistant
    Medical Forensics
    Nursery Horticulture
    Welding Technician
    Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

    Budget Approved

    Following a public hearing, the Board unanimously approved a financial plan for Canyons District for fiscal year 2018-2019.  The budget does not include a tax increase. The estimated $500 million budget, which is publicly accessible on the Canyons website, reflects the amount collected in property taxes and the basic state support via the $3,395-per-student Weighted Pupil Unit, the state’s education funding formula. This is an increase of $84 — 2.5 percent — over the 2017-2018 WPU of $3,111 per student. The state also is contributing another 1.5 percent WPU increase in flexible allocation. In addition, the budget includes the Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Plan; costs of the negotiated agreements with the Canyons Education Association and the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association. Each full-time teacher will receive at least a $2,235 pay increase, plus a $500 bonus in November. Among other operational costs, the budget includes bond funds to pay for the ongoing construction of the new Brighton and Hillcrest high schools and the major renovation of Alta High. Other remodeling projects will be done, as well, with money from the budget. In addition, the Board unanimously approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. 

    School Construction

    The Board discussed the priority list of schools to be built with proceeds from the $283 million general-obligation bond approved by voters in November. While construction work has already started at Alta, Hillcrest and Brighton high schools, and an architect has been hired to work on designs for the new Union Middle, the Board has yet to decide which elementary school is next in line to be rebuilt. The Administration is recommending a 2019 start-date for construction on a new Midvalley Elementary. As pledged at the time of the passage of the bond, the other elementary schools to be built with 2017 bond money are Peruvian Park Elementary, a new west Draper elementary, and a White City-area school. 

    Cottonwood Heights CDA 

    The Board heard a request to extend the Canyon Centre Community Development Area agreement into which the District entered in 2012. The redevelopment project to add commercial, residential and parking structures to an area at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon was delayed due to the recession and a legal challenge. An independent review found the current assessed valuation of the project’s budget to be reasonable. The review also determined that the use of funds would provide a public benefit, and that participation in the tax increment financing proposal is justified. The Board will take up the issue at a future meeting pending further review of a cost-benefit analysis.

    Administrative Appointments

    The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year: 
    • Colleen Smith, currently the Principal at Sprucewood Elementary, has been hired as a CSD Responsive Services Program Administrator. 
    • Lori Reynolds, currently an Achievement Coach at East Sandy Elementary, has been hired as Principal at Sprucewood Elementary.
    • Sara Allen, currently an Achievement Coach at Midvale Middle, will be an Assistant Principal at Butler Middle. She replaces Kip Carlsen, who has accepted a position in the Granite School District. 
    College- and Career-Readiness Counseling Update

    CSD School Counseling Specialist Tori Gillett reported on efforts to expand coverage of counseling supports for schools. With legislatively approved grant funding and the reallocation of some existing resources, the Department of Responsive Services has improved counselor-to-student ratios in middle school and hired counselors for elementary schools. Counseling teams also have begun basing their intervention goals on known indicators of student achievement, such as attendance, behavior, and course-understanding. These goals are coordinated with School Improvement Plans.

    Walking Route Study

    Sandy City notified the District of plans to add two lanes to 9000 South, a main thoroughfare that some Sandy Elementary, Mount Jordan Middle and Jordan High students must cross in order to get to and from school. Work on the road is expected to be completed before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. To aid students in navigating the 9000 South 300 East intersection, the city has decided to hire two additional crossing guards, bringing the total number of crossing guards at that intersection to four. The District asked a civil engineer to conduct a walking route analysis of the intersection, explained Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle. The engineer’s opinion is that, with the addition of two crossing guards, the expansion of 9000 South will not “impact the hazardous scores.” 

    Public Comment

    Patron Steve Van Maren objected to Information Technology line-items in Capital budget, and encouraged the District to pay for those items out of the General Fund. He also asked the Board to buy school buses with seatbelts. He also asked for more time to review the proposed budget. 

    Brighton High teacher Jonnie Knoble thanked the Board for teacher salary increases.  

    Recognitions

    The following students, faculty and staff were honored for the achievements:
    • Midvale Middle’s Abigail Slama-Catron, for being named the state honoree for the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award.
    • Hillcrest High’s Kara Komarnitsky and Madeline Martin and Corner Canyon High’s August Burton, for being named National Merit Scholars. 
    • Corner Canyon High’s girls track team, the 5A state champions
    • Alta High’s boys soccer team, the 5A state champions
    • Jordan High’s baseball team, the 5A state champions

    Consent Agenda

    The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the May 22, 2018 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; requests for student-overnight travel; May financial reports; administrative appointments; and approval of Community Eligibility Provision for free lunch program at four schools.

    Policy Update

    The Board of Education approved policies governing Middle School Education Requirements; Sick Leave Benefits and Retirement; sex education instruction; and Human Resource hiring procedures. The Board also approved a modified student-attendance policy.

    Board Planning

    In the study session, Board President Sherril Taylor asked Board members to provide topics they would like see addressed at an upcoming roundtable.

    Pledge of Allegiance

    School Performance Director Mike Sirois led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The reverence was delivered by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle.

    Superintendent, Business Administrator Report

    Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe congratulated the achievements of the Class of 2018 and thanked the Board members for their addresses at commencement exercises. He thanked Wilcox and Accounting Director Gary Warwood for their work on the proposed and revised budgets for the upcoming and previous school year. He looks forward to attending a Wednesday department meeting for Facilities.

    Leon Wilcox reported on bid openings for and progress on the first several projects being completed with funds from the $283 million bond — the remodel of Alta High and rebuilds of Brighton and Hillcrest high schools.

    Board Member Reports

    Chad Iverson attended the end-of-year band a percussion concert for Indian Hills Middle and Alta High’s and Corner Canyon High’s graduation ceremonies. He also attended the groundbreaking for the renovation of Alta High.

    Clareen Arnold also attended the Alta High groundbreaking and says it’s exciting to see we’re moving forward. She commended Business Administrator Leon Wilcox for making the complex task of budgeting look easy. She also attended the Retirees Banquet. She spoke at the Diamond Ridge High graduation ceremony and loved hearing students’ humbling stories. She applauded all the staff members who work hard all summer behind the scenes to clean, fix and prepare schools.

    Nancy Tingey agrees graduation is a reward and the groundbreakings are exciting. She was able to attend the Brighton and Jordan High commencement ceremonies. This year, she took special note of the smiles of the graduates as they crossed the stage.

    Amber Shill attended the Butler Middle band concert and Hillcrest High International Baccalaureate graduation ceremony. She visited the “Harry Potter”-themed escape room at Eastmont Middle and spoke at the Canyons Transitions Academy and South Park Academy commencement ceremonies. She met with Brighton students regarding the upcoming rebuild. Finally, she commended Business Administrator Leon Wilcox for his work on the budget.

    Steve Wrigley thanked the External Relations staff who prepare the Retirees Banquet. He was able to hand a diploma this year to his son at Jordan High’s commencement ceremony. Five of his children have graduated from CSD schools and have thrived from the schooling they’ve received over the years. 

    Sherril Taylor is thankful for all those who contribute to CSD’s college- and career-ready mission. He also thanked his fellow Board members for their service and the Communications team for all the extra hours they put in throughout the year. 
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