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

Overall
  • 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

Overall
  • 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.
High school seniors: Time to apply for college! Canyons School District is hosting College Application Week Nov. 16-20. At that time, all high school seniors will be encouraged to fill out a college application during the regular school day. Counselors, teachers and volunteers will be on hand to help students, every step of the way.

“A lot of people don’t have the support at home to go out and visit colleges or even know how to apply,” Hillcrest High student Yolizma Lara, President of Latinos in Action, said of College Application Week. “It’s a helpful experience to have that available at school. I really thank you for that.”

Lara’s comments came at the Canyons Board of Education Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 meeting, in which the Board signed a proclamation to establish CSD’s 2015 College Application Week. This marks CSD’s second annual College Application Week, which is intended to demonstrate that college is not only within students’ reach, but an important part of their futures.

“I plan on … applying for BYU, the University of Utah, and Utah State,” Luke Brockbank, Jordan High Student Body President, told the Board of Education. “I’m looking forward to College Application Week. It really helps a lot of kids get going on their college applications. It’s really important. A lot of kids don’t have the resources to get started, or they don’t have the knowledge. I think this is an awesome opportunity to get these kids stated and to get it done quickly,  to help them out to be able to do what they’re not able to do at home.”

Brockbank was joined at the Board Meeting by Lara, Alta student Zac Bunkall, Brighton student Chris Newman and Corner Canyon student Jacob Boyle. The students shared with the Board their observations and appreciation for College Application Week, which they said serves as an important resource and reminder for high school seniors to start planning today for post-secondary education.

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 from high school.

CSD is pleased to report that 91 percent of CSD’s Class of 2015 applied to attend at least one college, with some high schools posting as high as 97 percent college application rates, thanks to the diligent efforts of high school counselors during College Application Week and thereafter. This year’s goal is to have all seniors fill out a viable college application.

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  • Canyons School District is home to four five-star schools — with five-star fans.

    Brighton, Hillcrest, Jordan and Alta high schools have received FIVE STAR Sportsmanship honors as part of the Utah High School Activities Association’s “Raise-the-Bar: Sportsmanship Matters” program. The program recognizes schools’ continued successful efforts to exhibit sportsmanship in the stands by embracing the values of personal responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership, respect and teamwork when cheering for the home team.

    CSD schools have made a concerted effort to promote sportsmanship among spectators as part of the districtwide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, who oversees CSD schools.

    “Canyons District holds the UHSAA’s FIVE STAR award in high esteem, and we thank the UHSAA for recognizing sportsmanship efforts in the Brighton, Jordan and Hillcrest communities,” Dr. Dowdle said. “We’re proud of the schools for their continued focus on positive behaviors in all aspects of the educational experience, and are especially proud of the students for choosing to be positive spectators and supporters of the home team. Their behavior truly helps to create a safe and welcoming place for peers and all those who visit our campuses.”

    Under the program, schools apply to earn one star each year for exemplary sportsmanship. Applications are reviewed by the UHSAA’s Sportsmanship Committee, which determines whether schools meet specific sportsmanship criteria. Earned stars are placed on the school’s sportsmanship banner, which is displayed in the school.

    The program, now in its fifth year, is part of the UHSAA’s efforts to focus on new ways to improve sportsmanship at competitive events statewide, including the Dare2Lead Student Leadership Conference and the policy, “’Do Rowdy Right’ — Cheer for Your Team and NOT Against Your Opponent.”
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