Every child is unique and no two gifted children are alike. But if you suspect your child would benefit from Canyons School District’s SALTA magnet program for advanced learners, now is the time to consider applying.

Students in kindergarten through the seventh grade can apply online starting Monday, Sept. 10 through midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 3. No late applications will be accepted.

SALTA serves students who demonstrate significantly high cognitive and academic abilities in comparison to peers. Due to the time-intensive and rigorous nature of the process for determining a student’s fit for the program, parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the testing requirements well before completing an application. 

Testing is a two-day commitment, and results will be distributed in January.

All middle school applicants—with exception to Midvale Middle students—will test on November 5 and 6 at Mount Jordan Middle starting at 3:00 p.m. Midvale Middle students will test during the day at their school on November 7 and 8.

Elementary testing will take place in October. Applicants may choose between one of two possible dates per testing block and the following testing locations:

Testing Block A: Friday, Oct. 12 (after school) and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8:45 a.m.
Canyon View
East Midvale
Peruvian Park
Sandy

Testing Block B: Friday, Oct. 26 (after school) and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:45 a.m. 
Copperview
Midvale
Sunrise
Willow Springs

Questions? More information, can be found at isd.canyonsdistrict.org, or by calling the Instructional Supports Department at 801-826-5044.
It seems like life moves so much faster and forceful than for previous generations, resulting in feelings of angst for many teenagers. While anxiety is typical for students who are growing, maturing and facing challenging peer-pressure issues, an increasing number of students develop anxiety disorders that greatly impact how they can approach day-to-day activities. 

As part of Suicide Awareness Month in September, Canyons District is partnering with the Deseret News to host a free screening of the IndieFlix documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” for parents and teens. The film addresses what anxiety is — its causes and effects, and what can be done about it.

The 6 p.m. event will be Thursday, Sept. 6 at Jordan High, 95 Beetdigger Blvd.   The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local mental-health experts, including Canyons District counselors and social workers. 

The documentary raises awareness about anxiety through the stories of such people as gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, who opens up in the film about suffering from anxiety. 

The producers of the film say they have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.

Click here to reserve your spot at the event.
Goal! Canyons School District students scored big this year with a back-to-school kick-off with professional Real Salt Lake and Monarchs soccer players.

With smiles and high five’s, pro athletes Aaron Herrera, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Rhys Williams, Konrad Plewa, and David Diosa brought added cheer to the first day of school as they encouraged students to set new goals and reach for new heights.

“It means so much to the kids to have these role models here,” said Altara Elementary Principal Nicole Svee-Magann who joined Aaron Herrera and a paparazzi of parents, teachers and staff in extending a red-carpet welcome to hundreds of Kittyhawks.
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Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, School Resource Officers and central-office staff also joined in the fun, setting a celebratory tone for the 2018-2019 school year, Canyons District’s 10th, and reinforcing for students that our schools are welcoming safe havens for learning.

“It’s so important that our students connect with school in a way that makes them feel supported, inspired and part of something bigger than themselves,” says Superintendent Briscoe. “School should be a place for courageous exploration, finding friends, and connecting with knowledge and ideas.”

Pom-poms and school mascots were a common sight at schools. All students were given free pencils. The Mount Jordan Mountaineers were announced like royalty as they entered the school’s front doors, and newcomer Alta High Hawks were hailed by student leaders holding welcome signs. At Corner Canyon, Student Body Officers were interviewed by FOX13 for a story to urge teens and parents to drive safe and keep an eye out for buses and pedestrians.

“This is culture-building,” remarked an Alta High parent on Twitter. “Thanks to all who put such thought into my son’s first day of high school. It’s a great day to be a Hawk!”

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  • Draper Park’s “welcome to the jungle” orientation day for sixth-graders was fitting considering middle school can feel a bit wild and unpredictable.

    But after a day of fun and games, a performance by reigning Battle of the Bands winners, the Jazz Khakis, high-five’s from Real Salt Lake’s Leo the Lion, and banana popsicles, Draper Park’s newcomers were all smiles and ready for the adventure ahead. 
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    For 10 years, Canyons District's middle schools have opened their doors a day early to give incoming 11- and 12-year-olds a chance to find their classes, meet their teachers, and attempt to open their lockers before the hectic hustle and bustle of the first day. The event eases back-to-school jitters by walking students through a day-in-the-life of middle school—and helps set the right climate for learning.

    “In order for students to learn, they need to feel welcome and safe. A school’s climate is that palpable sense of safety and belonging that students feel when they walk into the building and interact with teachers and staff,” says Mike Sirois, CSD’s School Performance Director for Middle Schools. “It’s a vital ingredient when it comes to supporting students socially and academically.”  

    At Draper Park, faculty greeted students in safari outfits, danced to jazz tunes in the auditorium, and played ice-breaker games like, “Save Sam,” in which students are challenged to work together to stretch a life vest (gummy life saver) over Sam (a gummy worm) using two paperclips, instead of their hands.

    “The game is an object lesson in teamwork, perseverance and problem-solving,” said math teacher Cynthia Lloyd. “We want them to switch their thinking. We want them to think of math class, not as a competition, but a learning community where problems aren’t problems, they’re challenges.”

    Orientation is designed to progress just like a real school day, albeit a shortened one. Students arrive with the morning bell, attend shortened classes and learn about school rules and expectations.

    Of course, they’ll continue to get the star treatment on the actual first day of school when schools literally roll out the red carpet to welcome everyone back. This year, players from the Real Monarchs will join the paparazzi of parents, teachers and principals to cheer our up-and-coming college- and career-ready stars. 
    The Canyons Education Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Innovation Grants.

    The grants recognize and support excellence in teaching by providing funds — up to $10,000 — to enhance elementary, middle school and high school curriculum. Applications can be accessed now through 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on the Foundation’s website. Winners will be announced in November. 

    All CSD educators are encouraged to apply. “It’s a chance to directly impact the classroom, students and raise the bar on exemplary teaching methods,” says Foundation Officer Denise Haycock.

    Since its inception in 2009, Canyons District has been unwavering in its support of innovation in the classroom.

    With rapid advances in technology, the sky’s the limit, but it takes an innovative teacher to put technology to effective use, says Haycock. “The seeds of innovation start with them.”

    Since its inception in 2009, Canyons District has been unwavering in its support of innovation in the classroom. Last year, the Foundation competitively awarded $107,000 in grants to 16 teachers. Marcus Voght at Draper Park Middle used the money to invite more than a dozen professional musicians to work the band and orchestra. Others purchased virtual reality systems and 3D printers. Sunny Hafen at Oak Hollow Elementary was awarded $10,000 to purchase devices to facilitate communication among her Dual Language Immersion students.

    “Because I was able to house the devices in my classroom, versus in a shared setting, I was much more able to research and play around with the possibilities of this technology,” Hafen says. “Thank you so much for supporting teachers who already have that vision and want to take their students further than current resources allow.”

    Haycock says this year’s awards will be based on the educational merit of the projects that teachers propose. She encourages teachers to be specific about how their project would improve learning outcomes or the learning environment for students.
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