Come learn about Canyons District’s dual immersion language programs, including how to submit an application for your child for the coming school year.

Educators who oversee the dual immersion language program in CSD are holding a Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2013-2014 school year is Nov. 2, 2012.

Access the online application at

CSD is home to eight dual immersion language programs: Mandarin Chinese-English programs are at Draper, Lone Peak and Ridgecrest elementary schools; French-English programs are at Butler and Oak Hollow elementary schools; and Spanish-English classes are taught at Alta View, Silver Mesa and Midvale elementary schools.

All programs, except for the Midvale program, are for students entering first grade for the 2013-2014 school year. The Midvale Spanish-English dual-language immersion program is for students entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.

A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applications is greater than the number of space available in the classes.

Questions? Call the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department at 801-826-5045.


Hyrum Smith, a witty, engaging speaker known for training corporate audiences worldwide in effective time management principles, is speaking to Canyons District employees next month.
When:  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
Where:  The Professional Development Center of the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East.
The appearance by Smith, co-founder of FranklinCovey, is part of a series of keynote speeches arranged by the District’s Education Support Professional Development Committee. The event is free for Canyons District employees.
Smith is founder and board chairman of Galileo Initiative, a consulting group dedicated to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s fast-changing world. Smith is a relative of a CSD employee and is not seeking an honorarium for his appearance.
Canyons District has re-scheduled the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crescent View Middle School.

The event will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 13133 S. 1300 East, Draper.

Wet weather forced the postponement of the previously scheduled groundbreaking event on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

A relocation of the school is part of CSD’s plan to reconfigure grades and improve academic opportunities for students. The new middle school is expected to open in fall 2013.

Eleven Canyons District students are semi-finalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are among the 16,000 scholastically talented high school seniors who remain in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. The awards, worth more than $32 million, will be announced this spring. Of the Canyons students, eight attend school at Hillcrest. Two are students at Alta, and one attends Jordan.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screen of the entrants. The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, which represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semi-finalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

A semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The semi-finalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the semi-finalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

The CSD students who have earned semi-finalist status are: 

Jacob Brown
Joshua T. Fairbourn
Cory D. Goates
Aaron A. Johnson
Micah R. Johnston,
John R. Morrell
Jarom T. Norris
Caius S. Worthen

Parker Awerkamp
Macey Crockett


Jessica Lindsay
Starting Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, Canyons District will begin accepting applications from students who want to take the test for admittance to CSD’s SALTA magnet program.

This year, applications are being accepted from students in the kindergarten through fourth grades.  Current third-grade students now in the program also will need to take the test.  The parents of these students will need to fill out the online applications, as well.

The Request for Testing Form for SALTA — which stands for Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement — will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.  It will be accessible on the Canyons District Web site until Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at midnight.

No late applications will be accepted.

Testing for entrance into the SALTA magnet program will take place on:
  • Testing Block No. 1 — Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
  • Testing Block No. 2 — Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Families will be able to choose which set of testing days they want when filling out the form.

Other than the students in the third grade, students who are in the SALTA program will be grandfathered into the program for the 2013-2014 school year. The Online Testing Request Form is for students who are not enrolled in the SALTA program and wish to be tested for placement into the SALTA program next year.

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