The past year has been a period of momentous change and milestones achieved for Canyons District. The fall of 2018 marked the start of CSD’s 10th school year and the conclusion of a fiscal year that ended $6 million under-budget. Canyons completed the 13th and final school improvement project promised to the public in 2010 when voters approved a $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond, and broke ground on the first three projects promised to voters with passage of a new bond in 2017. The Board added another pay raise to an already progressive salary schedule to aid in hiring and retaining the…
Connie Crosby’s job requires a heart of gold and a backbone of steel. As the homeless student liaison for Canyons District, she focuses her time on making sure that children who are, however temporarily, without a home have the tools they need to receive an education. Sometimes that includes making sure they have backpacks, books, and clean clothes when they head back to school. At other times, it means arranging doctor visits and immunization appointments. Crosby’s efforts were recently recognized by the Utah School Counselor Association, which honored her with the Utah School Counselors Human Rights Award for a second…
A shutterbug at Jordan High is helping Canyons District send wishes of a picture-perfect yuletide. A photograph taken by 17-year-old Shellby Carvalho shines bright on the cover of the District’s 10th annual holiday card, which is sent to local legislators, Utah’s members of Congress, and Canyons’ major supporters.  The star of Carvalho’s photo is her snow-white dog, Cali, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees and Labrador mix she adopted from the Humane Society of Utah.  “Because my dog is white, I thought that was a symbol of simplicity and purity, which is what the holiday season is all about,” says Carvalho, who…
Calling all bilingual 11th and 12th grade students: If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you can apply to have an official Seal of Biliteracy added to your high school transcripts.   The Seal of Biliteracy is placed on a high school graduate's transcript by the state of Utah to certify for employers and universities that the student has demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one world language. It is evidence of a student's readiness for a career, college and for engagement as a global citizen.  High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the seal starting Monday,…
They go the extra mile to tailor instruction. They document everything, not because it’s a federal requirement but because they want parents to be able to meaningfully celebrate their children’s progress. They have hearts of gold and a work ethic to match. With the season of giving approaching, we’d like to take a moment to recognize those who give so much of themselves to ensure all children reach their potential. Over the past few months, CSD’s Special Education Department visited schools to surprise 10 educators and related service providers with Exceptional Service Awards. This year’s awardees are exemplary of caliber…
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