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The recognized parent group for Canyons’ schools has endorsed the District’s $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal that voters are being asked to consider this Election Day. The Board of the Canyons’ Region 17 PTA, which encompasses all Parent-Teacher and Parent-Teacher-Student Associations within the District, voted Tuesday, Sept 12 to publicly support the measure, which would generate funds to build and renovate schools.  The endorsement reflects the trust and support that Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, Draper, Midvale and Alta families have placed in our schools, teachers and staff, said CSD Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “We are fortunate to live in a forward-thinking community that…
When Thurl Bailey enters the room, it’s hard not to pay attention. The retired NBA star who played for the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves stands at 6 foot 11 inches, so when he speaks, people tend to listen — especially if you’re under 4 feet tall and going to elementary school.  But Crescent Elementary is hoping when Bailey comes to speak at a Watch DOGS rally at the school from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 that the students aren’t the only ones who are inspired. Principal Camie Lloyd is counting on all of the fathers in the…
A teacher committed to seeing that all students thrive, no matter the difficulties they face. A lawmaker who knows public education from the inside out. An administrator who is boosting student achievement one apple at a time. Two mayors who put their reputations on the line to support the creation of the first new school district in Utah in 100 years. These are but a few of the 12 outstanding individuals and community partners to be honored Sept. 12, 2017 at CSD's eighth annual Apex Awards banquet. The Apex Award is the highest honor given by Canyons District's administration and…
Canyons School District students continue to outperform their Utah peers on most of the SAGE tests, in some areas by as many as 13 percentage points. It’s an encouraging trend, driven by improved scores on most elementary and middle school tests. “We continue to reap the dividends of major initiatives undertaken over the years,” said CSD’s Research and Assessment Director Hal Sanderson, Ph.D. “The data reflect the quality and hard work of our teachers, as well as the District’s unwavering focus on research-based instructional practices and the high standards embraced by our Board of Education.” State SAGE results for the 2016-2017…
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 Canyons Education Foundation Director Laura Barlow. “With their training and boots-on-the-ground perspective, teachers know what works and doesn’t work to help students succeed. The seeds of innovation start with them.” Such was the impetus behind the Foundation’s Innovation grants, which are awarded each year to fuel teachers’ winning ideas for enhancing classroom instruction. Applications for the 2017-2018 round of grants…
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