Goal! Canyons School District students scored big this year with a back-to-school kick-off with professional Real Salt Lake and Monarchs soccer players.

With smiles and high five’s, pro athletes Aaron Herrera, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Rhys Williams, Konrad Plewa, and David Diosa brought added cheer to the first day of school as they encouraged students to set new goals and reach for new heights.

“It means so much to the kids to have these role models here,” said Altara Elementary Principal Nicole Svee-Magann who joined Aaron Herrera and a paparazzi of parents, teachers and staff in extending a red-carpet welcome to hundreds of Kittyhawks.
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Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, School Resource Officers and central-office staff also joined in the fun, setting a celebratory tone for the 2018-2019 school year, Canyons District’s 10th, and reinforcing for students that our schools are welcoming safe havens for learning.

“It’s so important that our students connect with school in a way that makes them feel supported, inspired and part of something bigger than themselves,” says Superintendent Briscoe. “School should be a place for courageous exploration, finding friends, and connecting with knowledge and ideas.”

Pom-poms and school mascots were a common sight at schools. All students were given free pencils. The Mount Jordan Mountaineers were announced like royalty as they entered the school’s front doors, and newcomer Alta High Hawks were hailed by student leaders holding welcome signs. At Corner Canyon, Student Body Officers were interviewed by FOX13 for a story to urge teens and parents to drive safe and keep an eye out for buses and pedestrians.

“This is culture-building,” remarked an Alta High parent on Twitter. “Thanks to all who put such thought into my son’s first day of high school. It’s a great day to be a Hawk!”

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  • Faculty and staff are gearing up for the 2018-2019 school year—Canyons District’s 10th—with back-to-school nights to welcome parents and ease elementary students back into the rhythms of classroom life and learning.

    School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 22 for students in the first through 12th grades. Kindergarteners start on Monday, Aug. 27.

    Keep in mind that the bell schedules, or start-and-stop times, vary for each school. A complete list of bell schedules can be found here.

    Information about bus routes, where to find the bus stop, and an interactive database to find out if your child is eligible for busing, can be found here. Check here throughout the school year for weekly school breakfast and lunch menus.

    For everything else, please visit our A-Z list of parent resources at Canyonsdistrict.org/parents.

    Following are the dates and times for schools’ back-to-school nights. Please contact your child’s school with any questions.

    Alta View: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Altara: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.

    Bell View: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Bella Vista: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:20-6:30 p.m.

    Brookwood: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3-4 p.m.

    Butler: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m.

    Canyon View: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5-6 p.m.

    Copper View: Wednesday, Aug. 22, an open house from 9-10 a.m., and welcome video from 6-7:30 p.m.

    Crescent: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30-7 p.m.

    Draper: Monday, Aug. 20, 4-6 p.m.

    East Midvale: Monday, Aug. 20, 6-7 p.m.

    East Sandy: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.

    Edgemont: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m.

    Granite: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Lone Peak: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Midvale: Monday, Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m.

    Midvalley: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3-4 p.m. (family meet-and-treat), and Thursday, Aug. 30, 7-8 p.m. (parent back-to-school night)

    Oak Hollow: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Oakdale: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Park Lane: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Peruvian Park: Monday, Aug. 20, 4:30-6 p.m.

    Quail Hollow: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Ridgecrest: Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Sandy: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. (meet your teacher hour), and 3 p.m. (back-to-school and Title I information). Friday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m. (kindergarten orientation and Title I information), Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7:45 a.m. (back-to-school and Title I information)

    Silver Mesa: Monday, Aug. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Sprucewood: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m.

    Sunrise: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.

    Willow Canyon: Wednesday, Aug. 22, two 20-minute back-to-school sessions, 8:20-8:55 a.m.

    Willow Springs: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Jordan Valley: Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Rise and shine, Canyons District!  The sun had just peaked over the Wasatch Mountains when students, teachers and parents started arriving at CSD schools for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. 

    Ready and waiting to greet them with a rousing red carpet welcome were a full contingent of faculty, staff and volunteers, including Real Monarchs players who dropped by schools to help inspire students to reach for their dreams.

    At Midvale Middle, coaches for the professional soccer team gave the morning announcement, encouraging students to make and set goals. At Peruvian Park Elementary, forward Chandler Hoffman signed jerseys while saluting students with high-fives and fist bumps. Every CSD student today received a two-for-one voucher to the Real Monarchs playoff game Friday, Aug. 25 night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

    A proud, nine-year tradition, Red Carpet Day helps students feel welcome while underscoring the importance of school as a child’s ticket to the show of life. Celebrating CSD's college- and career-ready stars of the day is a moment relished each year by Amber Shill, second Vice President of the Canyons Board of Education. “It’s one of my favorite things to do.”

    CSD students also awoke to news on Wednesday that the Board of Education had endorsed placing a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot. If approved by voters, the bond would fund 11 major improvement projects in all parts of the District with an emphasis on building safe, supportive learning environments.
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  • When does school start? Where does my child meet the bus? What’s on the lunch menu?

    You've got back-to-school questions. Canyons School District has answers. Parents can stay in the know by frequently checking canyonsdistrict.org, but following are a few key dates and pieces of information for families to keep in mind.

    For Your Calendar
    Aug. 3 Online Registration Opens
    Aug. 22 Sixth-Grade Orientation
    Aug. 23 First Day of School
    Aug. 25 Canyons District Night at Rio Tinto Stadium
    Aug. 28 First Day of Kindergarten
    Sept. 4 Labor Day

    How to Register for School
    Point, click, register, it’s that easy. Starting Aug. 3, CSD families can register their children for school online. 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/. If your child is new to CSD:  You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. Click here for a list of walk-in dates.

    How to Sign Up to Volunteer
    Last year, more than 12,500 volunteers — about one volunteer for every three CSD students — registered to lend a hand in CSD schools, be it to read with a child or help a student master multiplication tables. Be a part of something great, and join our volunteer team. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. To sign-up, click here and follow the prompts.

    Information on Bus Routes
    Click here for an interactive database to find out if your child is eligible for busing, and where to find the bus stop.

    What Time Does School Start and End?
    A complete list of bell schedules for all CSD schools can be found here.

    Lunch Menus
    What's for lunch? Check here throughout the school year for weekly school breakfast and lunch menus.

    For Everything Else: A-Z List of Parent Resources
    Canyonsdistrict.org/parents



    Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! Canyons School District is preparing to roll out the red carpet for students, new principals and educational innovations, and to celebrate the student successes to come.

    "During summer break I hope all of our students and families in CSD had an opportunity to reconnect and enjoy family and friends," Canyons Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe said. "The Board of Education and Administration are looking forward to welcoming students back to school for CSD's seventh academic year, and to continuing our commitment to providing a safe learning environment and outstanding instruction that will prepare students for college and careers."

    On the first day of school Aug. 19, Canyons' 29 elementary and eight middle schools will roll out the red carpet — literally — to welcome students on the first day of school. As students enter the building, parents and teachers line the red carpet as "paparazzi" to cheer for their up-and-coming college-ready stars. The red-carpet welcome, which has become tradition in Canyons School District, serves to celebrate the start of a new academic year and underscore the importance of school as a child's path to success and college- and career-readiness.

    Also on Aug. 19, students in 14 CSD schools will be welcomed by new leaders:

    • Hillcrest High: Greg Leavitt, former Draper Park Middle Principal
    • Draper Park Middle: Mary Anderson, former Union Middle Principal
    • Union Middle: Kelly Tauteoli, former Park Lane Elementary Principal
    • Park Lane Elementary: Justin Jeffery, former Assistant Principal, Humble Independent School District in Texas
    • Midvale Middle: Wendy Dau, former Jordan High Assistant Principal
    • Canyon View Elementary: BJ Weller, former Midvale Middle Assistant Principal
    • Crescent Elementary: Mindy Robison, former CSD middle-school math team lead
    • Midvale Elementary: Chip Watts, former Assistant Principal
    • Quail Hollow Elementary: Shad DeMill, former Midvale Elementary Principal
    • Ridgecrest Elementary: Julie Winfree, former CSD Standards-Based Grading Team and Dual Immersion Team member
    • Oak Hollow Elementary: Julie Mootz, former Brookwood Elementary Principal
    • Brookwood Elementary: Corrie Barrett, former Oak Hollow Principal
    • Sandy Elementary: McKay Robinson, former Lone Peak Principal, replaces Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, the new District Administrator of Evaluation and Leadership.
    • Lone Peak Elementary: Tracy Stacy, former elementary school Principal, Eagle County School District
in Colorado.

    In elementary schools, students will experience a new schedule that brings back early-out Fridays and gives teachers uninterrupted time during the school day to collaborate and plan. Trained specialists will teach students in areas such as arts and physical education during teacher planning time. The schedule, approved by the Board of Education last spring, was crafted by a task force of teachers from every CSD elementary and Jordan Valley School, and is designed to better prepare students for college and careers.

    Welcome back, students. Here's to a great year.
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