Sold out! All 33 foursomes in the Canyons Education Foundation's sixth-annual golf tournament have been filled with golfers excited to hit the links for a good cause.  

Scott Harper, the Foundation’s Development Officer, said that all proceeds from the Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 event will go straight back to Canyons District students and teachers. The tourney, to be held this year at River Oaks Golf Course, 9300 Riverside Oaks Dr., funds the District’s popular Teacher Innovation Grant program, as well as college scholarships for low-income and deserving students.  
The tournament also will feature a silent auction with such items as a GoPro camera, third-row tickets to a Real Salt Lake game, overnight stays at hotels, and trips to Disneyland or Seaworld. Golfers could win a car from Karl Malone Used Car Outlet if they score a hole in one on hole No. 8. The major sponsors of the 9 a.m. tourney are Hogan Construction and VLCM.
Last year, the Foundation gave an estimated $90,000 to teachers who applied for Innovation Grants. The money pays for innovative projects that teachers have always wanted to do in their classrooms — but the price tag exceeded the school’s budget. Previous grants have funded the construction of an electric car, iPad story-telling labs, green screens for video filming and editing studios, and equipment to compete in robotics contests. Arts teachers in search of funding for special projects — such as a visiting choreographer or new rental instruments or perhaps the licensing for a show or a piece of music — are encouraged to apply. Click here to access an application.
“We have been thrilled at the response and support that we’ve received from the community for our golf tournament,” said Brad Snow, President of the governing board of the CSD Foundation. “Not only do we have a great time, we are raising money for a great cause — students and teachers in Canyons District schools.”
Please call Harper at 801-826-5178 if you have questions about the tournament or to make a tax-deductible donation to support Canyons students and teachers.
The sky is the limit for the Canyons District high school students who are rocketing toward their scholastic goals. Twelve CSD students have been named as semi-finalists in the 2015-2016 National Merit Scholar competition. The semi-finalists from Canyons in this year’s scholarship competition are:
  • From Brighton: Pyper Atkins
  • From Corner Canyon: Mitchell Hilbig, Jacob Perry, Joshua Petersen
  • From Hillcrest:  Ian Buckley, Anthony Cheng, Emma R. Kratz, Emily R. Morgan, Nityam Rathi, Dale Schlacter, Caleb Shuler, Giselle Valentine
The high-achieving students represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. They were selected based on their scores on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The list of finalists will be released in February. Winners of this year’s scholarships will be announced in spring.

Help us swing into the new school year with the sixth-annual fall golf tournament of the Canyons Education Foundation. The Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 event will be at the River Oaks Golf Course, 9300 Riverside Dr., Sandy.

The Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Canyons District, organizes the tourney every year to pay for innovative classroom activities; support the District’s initiatives in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics; and provide scholarship opportunities to deserving and low-income students. 

Because of generous tournament participation in the past, the Canyons Education Foundation has been able to raise more than $300,000 that is given to teachers in the form of Innovation Grants. Teachers are encouraged each year to apply for the grants so they can implement creative and evidence-based approaches to education in their classrooms. Last year alone, the Foundation gave $90,000 to CSD teachers as part of the Innovation Grant program.  

“For six years, the community has really stepped up on the green to help us raise funds for our students and teachers,” said Scott Harper, Development Officer for the Canyons Education Foundation.  “So many students in our District have benefited from the generosity of our business and community partners who participate in the golf tournament.  Not only is it a good cause but it’s a lot of fun, too.” 

The two major sponsors of this year’s event are VLCM and Hogan Construction. Other sponsorship levels, including the lunch sponsor and hole sponsors, are available. Questions?  Call the Foundation at 801-826-5171.
Canyons District’s new high school has a sparkling new name.

The Canyons Board of Education voted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 to name the campus Diamond Ridge High. The alternative high school will open Aug. 19, 2015, the first day of school in CSD from the coming academic year.

On the first day, up to 80 students are expected to be attending classes at Diamond Ridge High.  The first group will be made up of 16- to 18-year-old students who have been pursuing a high school diploma at Entrada, Canyons’ adult high school.

Canyons Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie said the new name appeals to students and brings to mind the meanings of the ski-trail rating signs seen on the slopes of nearby resorts. “Skiers know that runs marked with a diamond suggest difficulty and challenge, with great rewards at the end,” said Dr. McCarrie

In addition, the moniker continues the tradition of Canyons District high schools bearing names depicting the geographical surroundings.  “The ‘ridge’ in the name,” she said, “suggests a high geographical point with beauty and vision.” 

In the future, if students wish to attend the new school, which will initially be housed in buildings on the campus of the Canyons Technical Education Center, 825 E. 9085 South, they would first need to discuss the possibility of enrollment with the counselors at the school where they are attending. New-school enrollments won’t begin until January 2016. 

The Board of Education in March approved a proposal to open an alternative high school in Canyons District.  Currently, CSD students needing alternative programming leave the District to attend other districts’ alternative high schools or enroll at CSD's Entrada Adult High School.  Unfortunately, the students ages 16-18 who chose to go to into the Adult Education program instead of an alternative high school were counted as “drop-outs” by the state. 

For now, the new CSD alternative high school will be for juniors and seniors, said Karen Sterling, Canyons District’s Director of Student Advocacy and Access.  Sterling also said Diamond Ridge’s administration is dedicated to reducing the non-academic barriers that hindered the students’ attempts at success in the traditional high school setting.

Each student at Diamond Ridge will have an individualized plan to guide him or her to graduation.  The students, with the help of counselors and school staff, will map out the courses they’ll take, given the time they have available outside of work or family obligations.  Sterling says the student-specific scheduling effort supports working students or those whose family obligations make it challenging to maintain a traditional school schedule. 

Diamond Ridge also has an accelerated pathway to earning credits. The school will hold two terms per quarter so students who may be credit deficient can earn the credit faster and move on to the next class leading to the fulfillment of credits toward graduation.  The aim is to assist students to get enough credit to graduate on target with their peer group. 

“Our intent with Diamond Ridge is to maintain high standards, high expectations, high rigor and provide an environment that has highly individualized supports,” Sterling said.  “By focusing on the unique needs of Diamond Ridge students, we believe we can help each student experience success on many levels, including the achievement of a high school diploma.”

Canyons District is doing its part to curb its water usage, thanks to forward thinking, a team of high school students, and a grant from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

As a limited resource, like electricity and natural gas, it’s always important to save water, says Canyons’ Energy Specialist Christopher Eppler. But Utah’s recent dry winter has amplified the need to apply water conservation techniques across the state, as evidenced by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s recent executive order that requires state agencies to institute water conservation practices.

Under Eppler’s direction, Canyons has already been working to make each school more energy efficient. The District’s electricity and gas bills are the same as they were six years ago, for example, despite increasing prices in the industry. Now, Eppler is looking to bring the same savings and conservation efforts to Canyons’ water usage with a team of students trained in irrigation techniques from California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo.

“It’s not as difficult as it may seem to conserve,” Eppler says. “Most of the time, it’s not uncommon to take an elementary school and cut the water in half for what they need to water the turf.”

In order to initiate Canyons’ water conservation program, Eppler needed eyes on the ground to monitor each school, go through each irrigation system, examine each sprinkler head, implement proper watering cycles and ensure that the systems continue to function optimally. He received a $15,000 grant from the CUWCD to hire seven Canyons students to do just that.

The students, which include three recent graduates from Jordan and Alta High schools, participated in an eight-week after-school specialized training program to learn information from Cal Poly's Irrigation Training and Research Center to prepare for their work with Eppler this summer. They work four days a week, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., making their way through the District one sprinkler head at a time.

“Our goal is to get one school done completely, get it under control, then move to another,” Eppler said.  In just one recent work week, the team addressed the needs at five schools. In each case, the team is making sure the sprinklers are functioning correctly, taking note of the correct nozzles and heads to have in supply for custodians, and ordering replacements for broken parts.

They also determine watering schedules based on the root zone, type of grass, shade, soil type, and evaporation rate. By calculating how much water is evaporating from the soil and programming the system to water only that amount, the District can keep the grass green and healthy and save millions of gallons of water.

“We’re watering it properly, not overwatering,” Eppler said. “That is the goal. The goal is never to make it look brown, the goal is to make sure it looks the same and in good health and strong so when the kids are playing soccer it weathers well.”

  • Canyons School District has approximately 370 acres of turf to maintain.
  • One inch of water on 370 acres requires 10,046,980 gallons per day.
  • An evaporation rate of .58 inches of water per day means Canyons could be irrigating 5,827,238 gallons each night in the hottest part of the summer.
  • Canyons water usage is going down. In July 2014, the District used 16.5 million gallons less than in July 2012 and 9.5 million gallons less than in July 2013. 
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