A Canyons District administrator has been elected by her peers to serve on the Board of Directors of the nation’s largest advocacy organization for Career and Technical Education.

Canyons’ Career and Technical Education Director Janet Goble, who has been with CSD since its 2009 founding, on July 1, 2015 will assume the post of Administration Division Vice President on the governing board of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Goble, a former Business Education Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education, says she was “surprised and excited” when told by an ACTE leader that she’d garnered the majority of votes in the association’s recent national elections. Some 4,700 CTE administrators who belong to ACTE were eligible to casts ballots.

“At first, I was, like, ‘Oh, wow. This really happened.’ It really is a dream,” Goble said with a laugh, adding that her family treated her to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House after they heard the good news. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase, on a national level, the great things that are happening in our District.”

In the post, Goble will serve as the voice of those administrators in the association, seek to bolster the membership rolls, create opportunities for productive dialogue between education organizations and business leaders, and advocate on local, regional and national levels for continued funding and support of CTE.

Goble, who has served on the Executive Board of the Utah Association of Career and Technical Education, also aims strengthen current relationships with post-secondary officials to ensure that high school principals, program coordinators, and teachers are receiving constant feedback about the CTE offerings in secondary schools. “We need to make sure that what we are doing at the secondary level feeds into and makes sense” for what is offered at the post-secondary level, said Goble.

In addition, Goble, who underwent a rigorous application and interview process in order to be eligible as a national-board candidate, will be tasked with planning and executing the Administration Division sessions for this fall’s national VISION conference, a major professional-development meeting for CTE educators. In addition to smoothing out any logistical wrinkles at the event, Goble says she wants to “make sure the division has meaningful sessions for members to attend during the national conference.” 

“I am excited about (the new position) and the chance to get a national perspective,” she said. “This is will be a good opportunity — and an important professional-development piece for me.”

The artwork on the sunset-color hued posters heralding the upcoming 6th annual Canyons District Film Festival is the work of Jordan High student Dexter Holmes.

Holmes submitted this year’s winning entry in the poster contest for the 2015 festival, which is open to all Canyons District students and teachers.  

Holmes’ design, which features a red rock formation resembling a video camera, is being used on posters, fliers, websites and other materials promoting the April 16 festival. The event will be at Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East. 

Festival organizers recently announced there would be four levels of competition at this year’s cinematic competition  — elementary school, middle school, high school, and teacher.  Entries in the judged categories — Feature Film, Documentary, Animation, PSA, Newscast, Advertisement, and Teacher Film — are due March 19. 

Need a few tips to help prepare for the festival?  Visit the festival's website for information, resources, examples of previous winners, and instructions for the submissions of entries.   

Please note:  Film festival entries that break copyright, do not contain proper credits, or do not have proper media and information releases for each person involved in the film will not be considered for awards at the CSD festival.

Anxious about your special needs child's transition from elementary to middle school, or from middle school to high school? Join us for a free workshop Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 to learn ways to help ease the transition and prepare your child for success. The workshop also will offer parents and family members information about transition timelines and expectations. A specialist from the CSD Special Education Department will be on hand to answer questions.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Canyons Technical Education Center (East Building), 825 E. 9085 South, Sandy. The workshop is made possible by the Utah Parent Center and Canyons School District.

While the workshop is free of charge, registration is appreciated. To register online, please visit http://conta.cc/1y35bxm. Or, register by calling 801-272-1051 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions? Contact Lynda Hansen at 801-708-1841 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A new era of leadership in Canyons District was ushered in on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 with a ceremonial Oath of Office and a packed-with-supporters reception for the newly seated Canyons Board of Education..

It was an electric night for new Board members Clareen Arnold, who will represent the Sandy communities in District 4, and Amber Shill, who will serve the Cottonwood Heights neighborhoods in District 2.  Family and friends flanked Arnold and Shill throughout the evening, and posed for photos immediately following the swearing-in ceremonies performed by Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. 

Re-elected Board members, Sherril Taylor, who has represented District 6 since Canyons’ founding in 2009, and Steve Wrigley, the representative in District 5, which covers White City and parts of Sandy, also were sworn into office at the event held in the Board Chambers of the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. Family, friends, and campaign supporters applauded Taylor and Wrigley at the historic occasion, as well.

The four join Robert Green, Chad Iverson, and Nancy Tingey on the duly-elected Board that provides governance for the 34,000-student District serving Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Sandy, Midvale and the town of Alta. This Board, just the fourth elected in the District’s history, is the first new Board since the appointment of new Superintendent Jim Briscoe in April 2014.

In addition, Board members re-elected Taylor as the Board President, Wrigley as the first vice-president, and Tingey as the second vice-president. 

Board members begin their work as the District starts the final phase of new-school construction that was promised as part of the 2010 voter-approved bond, and advances toward the completion of the second full year of grade reconfiguration. The Board also will be the first to see the student-achievement data culled from the college- and career-ready academic plan that included changes to the middle and elementary school schedule and the implementation of a standards-based report card for elementary school students. 

Shill, who has children in Canyons schools and has spent countless hours as a classroom volunteer as well as a School Community Council leader, publicly thanked friends, family, and campaign supporters. She said the decision to run for a seat on the school board “was not taken lightly,” and pledged to focus on ensuring excellent schools for Canyons families, maintaining open lines of communication, and actively inviting community participation in the governance process. Shill said she “looks forward to the challenges ahead.”

Arnold expressed appreciation for the support she received along the campaign trail.  “It was so much fun meeting and talking to so many people,” she said. “Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you on the Canyons Board of Education.” Arnold, a veteran educator, said she draws inspiration from her experience as a student who initially struggled with literacy and basic mathematical concepts. School became fun and exciting, Arnold said, when she found success in a secondary-school geometry class. From there, she set her sights on becoming an educator who was dedicated to helping all kinds of students. Arnold, the parent of nine children and grandmother to 19, said she will strive to “ensure educational quality for all children, to be a voice for the educators, and to be an advocate for every one of you.”

Wrigley thanked his wife and family for their support and “for sharing me with the District.” Wrigley said he’s humbled by the opportunity to serve for another term, and enjoys the energy of the new Board. “We know whom we serve, and look forward to doing great things together,” he said. “I promise to continue to be your voice in education.”  Wrigley pledged to serve as an advocate for children and families, maintain open lines of communication, and ensure the wise expenditure of taxpayer funds.

“In our home,” Taylor said, “education is everything.” Both Taylor and his wife, Pat, are retired educators.  “What this job on the Board boils down to is the students,” he said.  “If we ever lose sight of that, we don’t deserve to be here.  We should never lose sight of that.”  He expressed appreciation for fellow Board members and their willingness to serve. “It takes a lot of time to be a good Board member,” he said.  “I am so grateful to serve on this Board.  It is a true blessing.  I don’t take it for granted.”

Want your child to start attending preschool in Canyons School District in fall 2015?
New-student applications for available spots in the preschool programs at Altara, Butler, Jordan Valley, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs will be accepted starting Jan. 5.

All schools with space for tuition-paying students have morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions are 8:35-10:50 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Students can enroll in two- or four-days-a-week programs. Cost is $70 for two days a week; $140 for four days a week. 

Availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Acceptance or denial 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.

Click here to obtain additional information and to submit an application.

If you are interested in having your child attend Midvale, East Midvale, Copperview, or Sandy elementary Title I preschools, those applications will be available at the schools or the Early Childhood Development Office starting March 2. You must live within the Midvale, East Midvale, Copperview or Sandy boundaries, and your children must be at least 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. There is no fee associated with the Title I programs, which are held four days a week. 
Questions?  Please call 801-826-5112.

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