What classes can help high school students prepare for college? Which skills will be needed in the workforce of tomorrow? Parents will receive answers to these questions and more at two free workshops, offered in English and in Spanish, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

The free, evening workshops for families of CSD high school students come as CSD gears up for Utah College Application Week Nov. 16-20.  The following workshops will be held at the Canyons Administration Building–East, 9361 S. 300 East in Sandy:

  • Picture This: Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to Gov. Gary R. Herbert and adjunct faculty at Utah State University, will discuss the importance of post-secondary education in tomorrow’s workforce. Board Room, 7-8 p.m.
  • Parents: Help Your Child Prepare for College: Karla Motta, Academic Bridge Coordinator at the University of Utah’s College of Education, will lead this workshop for Spanish-speaking families. Professional Development Center (southeast entrance), 7:30-8:30 p.m.
College Application Week encourages all high school seniors to fill out a viable college application, during the school day and with help from counselors and volunteers.  In efforts to remove barriers to college, the Canyons Education Foundation will provide up to $15,000 to cover college application fees for students in need during College Application Week.

Utah College Application Week, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education’s StepUp to Higher Education campaign, complements the Canyons Board of Education’s mission to ensure all students are ready for college and careers when they graduate high school. CSD realizes that not all high schools students know the path they will take after they graduate. College Application Week is aimed at opening doors for students, so that they have every opportunity to succeed after high school, wherever their dreams may take them.
CSD's Karen Sterling is as good as gold in the eyes of the Utah Afterschool Network. The Director of Student Advocacy and Access received the organization's "Champion in Afterschool Award" at its conference Friday, Oct. 7, 2015. The award honors Sterling's efforts to ensure all students receive the support and opportunities they need to achieve academic success, regardless of their circumstances.

"Her drive to serve students leads her to work extra-long days, often (into) the middle of the night," the organization stated in its awards program. "Karen works tirelessly with her talented team to analyze the data and find innovative ways of improving programs to make them even more meaningful, engaging, and empowering for the youth."

Sterling, who received the Board of Education's Apex Award for the 2012 District Administrator of the Year, was recognized by the Afterschool Network for her exceptional efforts in a number of areas. She was lauded for operating successful community school programs in CSD Title I schools. She also was recognized for her work to develop strong relationships with Valley Mental Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake and other ognatinzetions to bring resoruces and services to students and their families, including children staying at The Road Home overflow shelter in Midvale.

The Utah Afterschool Network is a non-profit organization that works to connect decision-makers and resources to foster polices committed to funding and sustaining quality programming for children outside of school hours.
Thank you, volunteers! Canyons School District salutes the men and women who generously donate their time and talents to help students succeed.  Last year, nearly 12,000 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.  That’s worth celebrating!

CSD recognizes its volunteer team and their contributions to student success with its fifth-annual Volunteer Appreciation Week, Oct. 19-23. All registered CSD volunteers that week will receive special discounts to local businesses, recognitions from the Board of Education, and additional honors at the CSD schools where they donate their time.

Want to join our volunteer team? Sign up here.
Brighton High School's girls freshman/sophomore soccer team gathered in a huddle underneath an October blue sky and cheered as they received the first-ever trophy for their league.

Canyons School District launched the soccer league for ninth- and 10th-graders in summer 2015 to provide more opportunities for younger students to access to high school sports. Typically, some 80 students try out for varsity and junior varsity soccer, but only 35 students are selected to play on the team. The pilot league for freshmen and sophomores included teams of 18-25 players from every CSD high school as well as two schools from Granite School District. The league culminated with a tournament competition on Oct. 7, 2015.

Scores were tallied throughout the season to determine a winner. The top four teams in the tournament belonged to Canyons: Brighton won with 13 points; followed by Hillcrest and Corner Canyon, who tied with 12 points each; and Alta, with 11 points. The championship trophy was awarded at the halftime of the Bengals’ varsity girls soccer game. There, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle called the league a success, and noted its popularity among students and families.

“The league will go on,” Dr. Dowdle said. “It’s good for our kids because there are more sports for participation, and that was our vision.”

A freshman volleyball league was offered last year, and the boys soccer league will begin in the spring.

“The kids have loved it,” Brighton Principal Charisse Hilton said as her students hoisted the trophy over their heads in celebration. The trophy will be displayed in Brighton’s front office.
Draper Park boys and Indian Hills girls teams run like the wind. The two teams were crowned champions of the 2015 Canyons School District Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Race, held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Eastmont Middle School. Second place trophies went to the Union boys and Butler girls teams. Albion boys and Draper Park girls teams finished in third place.

The Cross Country race includes the top three male runners and top three female runners in each grade from all eight CSD middle schools. The event marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 CSD Middle School Intramurals season. Now in its seventh year, the CSD intramurals program offers students competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. This year, students also will participate in chess, 3-on-3 basketball, and soccer.

Individual cross country winners are:

Girls Division

  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park, seventh grade
  • Second Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Savannah Cottam, Butler
  • Second Place: Caroline Rupper, Butler
  • Third Place: Allison Maughan, Eastmont
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Anne Gleason, Albion
  • Third Place: Lydia Gibbs, Indian Hills
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont
  • Second Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills
  • Third Place: Natalie Walker, Draper Park

Boys Division

  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Drpaer Park, eighth-grade
  • Second Place: Brandon Birth, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Tanner Ricks, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Adam Kohlmatin, Butler
  • Third Place: Race Arbon, Union
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Ian Mendenhall, Albion
  • Second Place: AJ Rowland, Mount Jordan
  • Third Place: Anthony Davies, Union
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Brandon  Birth, Eastmont
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion

See a photo album on the District Facebook page.
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