By day, Stacy Kurtzhals is an administrator on special assignment supporting Canyons District schools. But on evenings and weekends, she transforms into “Ninja Momma.” Both of Kurtzhals sons—Tyler, 14 and Cooper, 10—are highly-ranked Ninja Warriors who have qualified to compete this February in the National Ninja League (NNL) World Championships in Hartford, CT. Cooper, known as the “Type 1 Ninja” for his efforts to raise awareness of diabetes, is newer to the sport than his brother, but is climbing the ranks of the NNL and Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association. Tyler, otherwise known as “TK Ninja Trickz,” is the top competitor…
The Sundance Film Festival has become a great place for star-struck Utahns to encounter a brush with fame. But star-gazers at Canyons School District need travel only as far as the central office building. Kirstin Anderson Pearson, who works on CSD’s Help Desk assisting patrons with Skyward, Canvas and other computerized tools, co-produced one of the films chosen to premiere this year at Sundance. The 10-minute-long fictional piece, “The MINORS,” was screened along with a selection of shorts in Park City, and will run once more on Friday, Feb. 1 in Park City. The film, which is about a grandfather…
The path Tami Pyfer took to finding her dream job wasn’t exactly how she imagined it would be. The Governor’s Education Advisor had three life goals when she was in the eighth grade. First, she wanted to be a mother—check. Second, she wanted to be a teacher—check. Third, she wanted to be a famous singer—still working on that one. “The advice I would give…is don’t give up on your dreams, but be open to change,” Pyfer told an audience of about 100 students and their mentors at Canyons’ Job Shadow Day luncheon on Tuesday. “Sometimes dreams change. Sometimes you don’t…
Kindergarten is a critical year in a child’s education—and to make sure students get off to a strong start, Canyons District has expanded the number of hours some of its kindergartners spend in the classroom. Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2019-2020 school year. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2019 to participate in the opt-in, tuition-based program. Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Phase one of the application window will close…
Calling all Isaac Newtons, Marie Curies and Charles Darwins. Canyons School District is holding its annual science fair in late January and early February, and is in need of adult volunteers to participate as judges. As judges, science professionals will have the opportunity to memorably impact the lives of some very talented young people. Judges must register online, and are needed to help with the elementary division (5th and 6th grade) and the secondary division (7th – 12th grade). Hundreds of entries are expected this year. Winners of their age groups will advance to the Regional Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, where students can win up to…
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