A group of students has been empaneled to provide their perspectives on issues that come before the Board of Education.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle introduced the 10-member Student Advisory Council during the Board's Sept. 15, 2015 Business Meeting. The Council is comprised of two students from each high school — at least one of whom is a student body officer and the other, a junior or senior — who were selected as part of an application process. Council representatives will attend the Board’s semi-monthly meetings, discuss issues facing the Board, and provide input to the Board from a student’s perspective.
Members of the Board’s 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council are:

Alta: Joseph Hawkins, Maggie Evans
Brighton: Tyler Hoerchel, Chris Newman
Corner Canyon: Paige Nelson, Austin Matsuura
Hillcrest: Mary Rudd, Taylor Pulmater
Jordan: David Carr, Kaylin Bingham

Dr. Dowdle said that the students will hold regular meetings, which will include presentations by District leaders, during the high schools’ lunch periods. He said he hopes to receive student input on policy matters at each of the meetings, and to bring the feedback to the Board for consideration.

Board President Sherril Taylor welcomed the students and the opportunities their service will bring.  

“We’re going to have a great, year,” he said, “and we’re glad to have you be a part of it.”  

The Board established the Student Advisory Council in 2013 following a proposal from Alta student Katrina Jones. The concept was developed by a task force of student leaders, principals, and CSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie.
Canyons School District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting — the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting — from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The award “represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” Stephen J. Gauthier, Director of the GFOA Technical Services Center, said in a letter to Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “We hope that your example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting.”

The award lauds the performance of Canyons Business Administrator and CFO Leon Wilcox, and the comprehensive annual financial report he oversaw for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The comprehensive financial report was judged by an impartial panel upholding the highest financial reporting standards, including adherence to the spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate CSD’s financial story to patrons.

The GFOA is a nonprofit, professional organization that includes some 17,500 government financial professionals. The organization has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Architects working to design the new Alta View Elementary have presented their concepts to the Canyons Board of Education. Representatives of Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects presented their concepts in a Board of Education meeting Sept. 1, 2015. The full presentation can be found on BoardDocs.

Alta View Elementary will be rebuilt on the school’s current campus, where the playground now is situated. The site already has been prepared to allow for continued student learning and safety during construction, with drop-off and playground fencing adjustments in place for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alta View remains in the design process. Meetings were held last spring with the Alta View community and faculty regarding the new school’s design, and initial concepts were displayed at the school last spring. Alta View Principal Karen Medlin said the concepts have received positive feedback from the community. The new school not only will optimize learning conditions to help students prepare for college and careers, but provide for improved community access via parking and traffic flow, and serve as a community gathering space.  

The Board voted in October 2014 to select Alta View Elementary as the White City school to rebuild with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010. The action followed months of public input. Groundbreaking on the new school is scheduled for spring 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

What do Bell View Elementary kindergartners want to be when they grow up? College ready!

“I will be college ready!” was the resounding cheer at the Sandy school as the Class of 2028 celebrated Kindergarten College-Ready Day on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Now in its seventh year in Canyons School District, Kindergarten College-Ready Day gives CSD teachers and principals the opportunity to talk about college and careers with their youngest students. Some 2,500 kindergartners in 29 CSD elementary schools capped their first week of school by engaging in activities and discussions about how college can help them achieve their dreams. Each kindergartner also received a wristband imprinted with the message, "I will be college-ready ... Class of 2028."

Bell View’s morning kindergarten classes were greeted by their teachers, Colleen Eldridge and Laura Wally, who sported University of Utah and Utah State University shirts to show their college pride. The teachers talked about the symbols of their colleges, and told students that going to college helped them to achieve their dreams of becoming school teachers. The kindergartners sported vests depicting an array of careers, from an astronaut to a forest ranger, and presented their occupations to the class while they cheered, “I will be college-ready!” Students applauded Eldridge and Principal Christine Webb as they unfurled for the kindergartners their own college-ready banner. Students next week will place their painted thumbprints and signatures on the banner to display their college-ready pledge in the school’s halls.  

Canyons District is focused on ensuring all students are college- and career-ready when they graduate from high school, and recognizes the importance of expressing this goal early in a child's education. Kindergarten College-Ready Day premiered in 2009, the first academic year for Utah's first voter-created school district in a century.  The Canyons Board of Education in February 2010 approved an academic plan that introduced Utah’s first college- and career-ready diplomas.

How can parents help young children start thinking about and preparing for college? Here are a few tips:
  • When you ask your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” follow up with the question, “Where do you want to go to college?”
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Teach organization and good homework habits.
  • Remind kids that mistakes are a valuable part of learning.
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  • On your mark, get set, go! Canyons School District is preparing to launch its Middle School Intramurals Program, now in its seventh season. Activities planned for the 2015-2016 academic year include cross country, chess, 3-on-3 basketball, and soccer. Activities are open to all students in sixth- through eighth-grades, and culminate with districtwide tournaments.

    The 2015-2016 Middle School Intramurals districtwide tournament schedule is as follows:

    -          Cross Country: Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m., Eastmont Middle

    -          Chess: Jan. 23, Mount Jordan Middle

    -          3-on-3 Basketball: March 22-24, Jordan High

    -          Soccer:  May 12 at Union Middle

    Canyons District kicked off the Middle School Intramurals Program in its inaugural academic year. The program since fall 2009 has offered students competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate.  Interested students should contact their school’s front office for details.

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