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Canyons District is accepting new-student applications for available spots in the preschool programs at Altara, Butler, Jordan Valley, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools.   

In addition to serving students needing special education services free of cost, schools with space for tuition-paying students have morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning sessions are 8:20-10:50 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 11:30-2 p.m.

Students can enroll in a two- or four-days-a-week program. Cost is $70 for two days a week; and $140 for four days a week.

Availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance letters will be mailed the first week of April. Students who are not accepted are placed on a waiting list and parents will be notified when space is available.

The enrollment window for the Title I school preschools doesn’t open until March 1. There is no fee associated with the Title I programs, which are held four days a week. Students must live within the boundaries of the schools to attend the programs, which are held 8:45-11:25 a.m. and 12:40-3:20 p.m.

Questions?  Call the CSD Early Childhood Development Department at 801-826-5112.
From a Wookie to a band of mini-pirates, teams of all shapes and sizes filled the halls of Albion Middle School Saturday, Jan. 16, for a FIRST LEGO League regional competition hosted by Canyons School District.

Students from Salt Lake and Utah counties brought robots, posters, costumes and candy to the school as they nervously waited to present their projects to a host of volunteer judges.

More than 50 volunteers — parents, grandparents, business leaders, teachers and Canyons District employees — recruited by Canyons Education Foundation helped run the event. On average, each volunteer donated about 20 hours of their time to prepare for the competition, but seeing the excitement in students’ faces as they anxiously prepared their robots and slapped high-fives at a job well done made every minute worth it, said Brittani Bailey, partnerships and volunteer coordinator for Canyons Education Foundation.

“If you have an 8-year-old who can build a robot that can throw a ball through a hoop, that’s pretty impressive to me,” Bailey said. “I am blown away by people who show up to volunteer and help these kids.”  

Each FIRST LEGO League team is judged on their ability to demonstrate positive teamwork, explain how they created their robot, propose a solution to solve this year’s theme of trash disposal and make their robot perform specific tasks in a timed setting. The FIRST LEGO League program was created to engage students and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and math in students ages 9-14.

Two Canyons District teams — Byte Force from Quail Hollow Elementary, and Ninja Sloths from Mount Jordan Middle — participated at Saturday’s competition at Albion, while other Canyons teams participated at other locations. Byte Force and the Ninja Sloths won’t be advancing to the state championship on Jan. 30 at Utah Valley University — a goal the teams have been working toward since the tournament season began in September — but their efforts were far from a failure.

“The kids on my team got a chance to learn how to problem solve real life examples as a team,” said Kristi Kimble, team leader for the Ninja Sloths and teacher at Mount Jordan. “During the competition they said several times, both to the judges and myself, that they didn’t care if they won anything because they felt like they improved from last year, they were having fun, and they worked hard. They can’t wait to come back again next year.” 

Parents of fifth-graders enrolled in Canyons District's Dual-Language Immersion Programs have been invited to a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to learn about the transition from elementary school to middle school.

At the 6 p.m. event at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane (300 East), the Canyons curriculum team that oversees the dual-language immersion programs also will share information about DLI instruction in secondary schools.

In addition, information will be presented about the online intent-to-continue process parents will be asked to complete in order for their children to continue in the programs. 

At the middle school level, Spanish programs are being provided at Mount Jordan, Union and Midvale; French classes are being taught at Draper Park and Butler; and Mandarin Chinese is being offered at Draper Park, Butler and Indian Hills.

Students who seek to participate in a dual-language immersion program at a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries should submit an open-enrollment application to the school they wish to attend as soon as possible. Per state law, the Standard Open Enrollment Application forms will be accepted by Canyons schools until Feb. 19. Filling out the permit request does not guarantee placement in the DLI program at that school.  

Questions?  Please call the CSD Instructional Supports Department at 801 826 5045
The charismatic first-ever leader of Corner Canyon High has been named the state’s top high school principal.

Mary Bailey, who has guided the successful growth of Canyons District’s newest high school since its inception, was named the Utah High School Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals. The prestigious honor was given to Bailey during a Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 ceremony in Salt Lake City.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, who has worked with Bailey since 1988, lauded Bailey for her savvy as a public-education administrator. “She’s been professional her entire career. Her standards are through the ceiling,” Dowdle said.  He added that Bailey has a notable ability to build and maintain relationships.  “Everyone is affected by her love of people,” he said.

In Bailey’s nomination, a Corner Canyon staff member described Bailey as “the heart” of the high school. “She’s the motivator, the mentor, and the supporter of everyone in our school. She is revered by the entire community.”

Bailey began her career as a teacher in the Jordan District and the Cassia County District in Idaho before returning to Utah where she worked in the Jordan central office and as principal of Copper Hills High. In 2009, she joined Canyons as the executive director of K-16 student achievement for the district’s high schools. In 2011, she was tapped to oversee the launch of Corner Canyon High, a new-school construction project that was made possible by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.

At Corner Canyon, which became an athletic and academic powerhouse the day it opened, Bailey is credited with initiating a Principal’s Roundtable to give students a voice in school matters; a Freshman Academy to help students make the transition from middle to high school; and a partnership with Microsoft that brings in company engineers to teach computer science courses.

Bailey was one of three educators honored during the morning ceremony at the Crystal Inn, 250 W. 500 West. Mountain Ridge Junior High Principal Mark Whitaker also was honored as a secondary principal of the year. Lava Ridge Intermediate School Assistant Principal Greg Bozarth received the Assistant Principal of the Year award.

Park Lane Elementary teacher Diane Nahalewski has found a way to help her special education students get the wiggles out while they learn. Now, thanks to a surprise donation from Google and Donors Choose, Nahalewski has found the money to make her project a reality.

Google and DonorsChoose surprised the special education teacher Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 with money to buy materials to create standing desks and foot swings to assist students in their learning. Nahlewski plans to use the almost $800 donation to assemble a little bit of duct tape, some bungee cords, zip ties, pool noodles, pvc pipe — and a lot of ingenuity — into a workstation that will allow each of her students room to move while they study.  

The gift came as part of an announcement that Google will fund about $60,000 in special education projects posted via DonorsChoose.org throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities seeks to celebrate innovative teachers working with students who have special needs.

Also at the school assembly, five Park Lane teachers learned they would receive $500 for each of their requests posted at DonorsChoose.org. Check out photos of the celebration on the Canyons District Facebook Page.
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