Sterling Scholar, check. National Merit Scholar, check. Presidential Scholar, check, check, and check. Hillcrest High’s Alexander Cheng has won the equivalent of the triple-crown of academic achievement, a feat matched by only one other student in Canyons District history: his brother, Anthony. Throughout their educational careers, Alexander Cheng and Anthony Cheng broke educational ground with top awards at science fairs and other scholarly competitions. But the past few months have been particularly productive for Alexander, as were the culminating weeks leading up to his brother's graduation in 2016. A senior at Hillcrest who has been accepted to Stanford, Alexander Cheng…
Electronic devices—from smart phones to smart watches—afford us many conveniences. But what are the consequences of us becoming more and more reliant on these devices? What are we sacrificing in exchange? Would you believe, brain power, health and human connection? According to Christy Kane, Ph.D., a counselor with the organization TotumLink, too much screen time is rewiring our brains and leaving a lasting impact on our children’s biochemical and emotional health. But it’s possible through moderation to strike a healthy balance between the use and over-use of electronic devices, she told students and families at a recent Youth Protection Seminar…
Canyons School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Free meals will be made available to attending children 18 years or younger.   Meals will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for  lunch beginning June 10 and ending Aug. 2 at Copperview, East Midvale, and Sandy Elementary Schools. Meals will also be served at Jordan and Hillcrest high schools June 10 through Aug. 2.  Meal times for Jordan High will be 7:45-9 a.m. for breakfast and 10:45-12:30 p.m. for lunch.  Meal times for Hillcrest High will be 7:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.…
The concept is really quite simple: If a student is feeling insecure, depressed or fearful, or any other emotion that is at the root of concerning behaviors, chances are they aren’t learning at high levels. To the end of helping all students feel a sense of balance, which could improve achievement, Canyons District proposes the implementation of a social-emotional curriculum.  The “Second Step” curriculum, which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is being considered for adoption by the Canyons Board of Education. CSD’s Responsive Services Department, created to…
On a brisk, clear day on July 1, 2009, Canyons District made history. That was the first day of the first year of the first new school district to be created in Utah in nearly a century. With a laser-like focus on helping every one of our students become college- and career-ready, Canyons District has been breaking barriers and raising the bar ever since its start.   To celebrate the achievements of the past 10 years, the Canyons Board of Education and Administration are hosting a reception and a student-performance showcase for the Canyons District community. The free event will…
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