For the second consecutive year, Canyons School District has earned two awards for excellence in creating the District’s annual budget.

Canyons District is the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting for the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Audit for the year ending June 30, 2011.
In addition, the District has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for the June 30, 2011 CAFR.
Canyons District is asking students to submit their best digital artwork for a planned display at the Computer Training Lab at the Canyons Support Services Center.

The deadline for submissions to the "Digital Art Project," which is being sponsored by the Canyons Information Technology Department, is July 31, 2012, at 5 p.m.  

For the project, students of all ages can submit original pieces of art that they’ve created using digital media — computers, tablets, etc. The artwork must be submitted as high-resolution .jpg and the student must give permission to hang the artwork in the Computer Training Lab.

A gallery of the student work will be Aug. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the CSSC, 9361 S. 300 East.

For information — and to submit the artwork — contact Liz Healy at 801-826-5371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Jordan High's band is hitting all the right notes. The band was one of two to receive the highest ratings from judges at the State Band Festival, which was held May 4-5, 2012.

The band, one of 36, received all Superior I ratings at the event, which was at Jordan High School. 

This marked the 11th consecutive year Jordan bands received superior ratings at competitions. The Beetdiggers are shooting for another outstanding showing at the State Orchestra festival May 18 -19, 2012.

Alta's band also qualified to perform at the state festival. 

Canyons District has agreed to endorse the philosophy behind and participate in “Stand4Change,” a national anti-bullying effort that will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

On Friday, students, faculty, staff and parents nationwide are encouraged to take a stand against bullying and personally demonstrate a commitment to no longer tolerate bullying in our schools and communities. The school communities that have signed up to participate are urged on that day to stand and join hands at noon to show solidarity in the campaign to eradicate bullying in U.S. schools.
The bright lights of Broadway weren’t the only things shining in New York City on one magical day in March.
To the utter surprise — and delight — of Brighton High students and advisers, the school’s Model United Nations Team was announced as one of the best at the National High School Model U.N. conference in New York.  The conference, which is a teen-student juried simulation of the United Nations, was March 6-9, 2012.
Only nine of the 133 teams hailing from elite high schools from around the world earned “Superior,” “Excellent,” or “Outstanding” status at the end of the competition.  Those are the only grades awarded by the judges. Brighton was one of the three delegations that scored high enough to land in the “Excellent” category. Two groups received the “Superior” rating and four received “Outstanding.”
“When they called the name of our school,” said Emilie Callahan, a sophomore member of the team, “we were in shock.  We didn’t even scream.  We just stood there.  It took a few minutes to sink in.”
Senior and club president Sean Whalen, who also is this year’s Wasatch Front Region Sterling Scholar winner in the computer technology category, collected the award on the group’s behalf.  The awards were announced at the United Nations’ International Headquarters, the modern-day pantheon of global diplomacy.
The “Excellent” status is quite an accomplishment, considering it was achieved against significant odds. The team, small by any standard, was pitted against teams of 30 or 40 members; some had as many as 100. The strong finish means that each BHS student was judged among the best in their committees.
The students who go to Model U.N. arrive ready to represent the interests of countries or non-government organizations. Judges evaluate the students’ debate and writing skills, and their knowledge of parliamentary procedure and international politics. They also are graded on their negotiation skills as they maneuver proposals and resolutions through committees.
Members of the Brighton team — also made up of senior Frank Gallardo; junior Olivia Esplin; junior Jessica Arthurs; junior Natalie Callahan; and junior Sam Ellis — took in Broadway shows “Wicked,” “Sister Act” and “Mama Mia” while in New York.
“Model U.N. is not everyone’s idea of cool,” said Arthurs, whose older siblings also participated in the training ground for future diplomats, “but it’s my idea of a good time.”
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