You're out of luck if you waited to buy "Wicked" tickets through the Canyons School District Education Foundation.

The Foundation reports it is sold out of its alloted tickets. About 1,000 pre-sale tickets to the Thursday, July 19 matinee and Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 24 evening performances were available through the Foundation. 

A portion of the tickets sales is funnelled back to the Foundation.  In all, the Foundation made about $22,000.

"Wicked" is scheduled to run July 18-Aug. 26 at the Capitol Theater, 50 W. 200 South, as part of the Broadway Across America-Utah 2011-2012 season.

What time is it? It’s time for high school musicals in Canyons District.  

All four high schools and Jordan Valley School are holding final dress rehearsals in their last-minute preparations for their annual musicals. Brighton High’s musical, “Once On This Island,” starts Thursday, Nov. 10 and runs Friday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 12, and Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (The Saturday, Nov. 12 matinee is at noon). Other schools’ musicals are:
Alta High— “Crazy For You” Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Hillcrest High— “Aida,” Nov. 16-19, 7 p.m.
Jordan High — “South Pacific,” Nov. 16-18, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Also on the playbill is Jordan Valley School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” set for Nov. 16 -17 at 10:30 a.m.  Jordan Valley, Canyons’ school for severely disabled students, performs a musical as part of its music therapy. Don’t come expecting Tony Award-winning performances — but come expecting to be touched.
If there’s a door of opportunity available to her students, you’ll find Michelle Van Dyken knocking on it. The Canyons Transitions Academy educator has established a program to help students with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 transition from public school student to community member and worker.

As such, Van Dyken often is found knocking businesses’ doors to see if they might provide employment or internships to her students. For her efforts, Van Dyken was honored recently with a 2011 Arch Coal Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the Utah Education Association’s annual Superstars in Education banquet.

“(Van Dyken) sees students with autism, Down syndrome or other severe disabilities not as an impaired individual, but as someone who deserves the chance to interact with the world,” writes a co-worker, quoted on the UEA's Web site.

 “What some people may view as a quick trip to the grocery store or a stop at the library, Michelle sees as an opportunity for her students to become more independent … to learn life skills they will need as they leave the public education system.”

The award, for which Van Dyken was nominated by her peers, comes with a $1,500 check. Ten Utah educators received the awards at the banquet.
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:47

CSD Launches Charitable Giving Campaign

Dear Canyons Employees,

It is my privilege to invite you to participate in the Community Shares/Utah Annual Campaign. November always brings to mind a sense of reflection and gratitude. I am glad to partner with Community Shares/Utah to provide each of you an opportunity to share your resources with others. I invite all employees to support this noble endeavor by selecting and contributing to one of the many Community Shares/Utah charities.

Community Shares/Utah is one of three federations authorized by the State of Utah to collect donations through payroll deductions. As such, Community Shares/Utah is able to process and forward your disbursement to member non-profit organizations that have met IRS accountability standards, as well as state and federal requirements for charitable giving. Donating via payroll deductions keeps administrative costs down and ensures that donated money reaches its intended recipients.

Community Shares/Utah is a federation of 19 non-profit organizations that help each other with training, financial support and education to increase public awareness about human, animal and environmental problems and identify strategies to solve them. Through their programs and payroll contributions, they help their charities achieve good health, environmental protection, safe communities, economic opportunity, human rights and animal welfare. They assist people with disabilities, protect the environment, nurture animals, and bring about happier and healthier lives.

I invite you to be part of the change that impacts people's lives by returning a completed payroll deduction card to Kathy Anderson, Director of the Office of Partnerships and Community Service, by Nov. 18, 2011.


Dr. David S. Doty, Superintendent

Parents of children in Canyons District middle schools are invited to an “Adolescent Issues Night” that has been planned to help parents learn successful strategies to guide their children the sometimes topsy-turvy adolescent years.

The keynote speaker of the 6:30 p.m. free event on Thursday, Nov. 3 will be Richard Eyre, a popular speaker on parenting and families. His address, as well as three, 25-minute breakout sessions, will be at Union Middle School, 615 E. 8000 South.

Eyre, a former candidate for Utah governor, is a Harvard MBA, president of a management consulting company and is a ranked senior tennis player. He and his wife Linda have appeared on such shows as “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.”  Their parenting Web site — — provides ideas, guidance and creative programs for families.

Breakout-session topics include:
  • Struggling teens: What is normal and what is not
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness: Suicide and depression
  • Information on drugs and alcohol
  • Internet safety in the 21st century
  • How to recognize and support students with ADHD
  • Bullying: What can parents do?

Middle school educators in Canyons District are often asked about dealing with adolescent behaviors and maturity. The aim of this event — and several others that CSD will offer this year — is to provide parents with information they may find useful as they guide their children to healthy and successful habits.
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