Canyons schools will be closed the week of April 14 for the 2014 Spring Break. Classes will resume Monday, April 21.

The Canyons School District Offices will remain open to serve the public during the first half of spring break. The District Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, and reopen Monday, April 21.
The attention in Hollywood may be on the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards, but the spotlight in Canyons District is on the rising stars of the 5th annual Canyons District Film Festival.

Parents, students, teachers and members of the community are invited to the Thursday, April 10 film festival, which starts at 6 p.m. at Union Middle, 615 E. 8000 South. At the free event, elementary, middle and high school students and teachers will receive awards for films they have created throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

Sixty-eight entries from 19 schools were judged for awards in such categories as Public Service Announcement, Animation, Newscast, Documentary, Advertisement, Feature Film, and Teacher Film. 

Hillcrest High's David Skorut, who last year won trophies in the secondary PSA and Feature Film categories, designed the poster that has been used to promote this year’s festival. Skorut’s winning design was chosen and announced at last year’s festival.

The winner of the poster contest for the 2014-2015 CSD Film Festival will be announced Thursday night.
A list of nominees, as well as the winning entries from previous years, can be found on the the District's Web site.

Can’t come to the festival? Follow the action on Twitter @CSDFilmFestival.

What time is it?  It’s time for "High School Musical" — Jordan Valley School-style.

Teachers and students at Jordan Valley, Canyons District's school for students with severe disabilities, are hard at work on their version of the Disney movie that launched the careers of Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Hudgens. 

Jordan Valley will perform its annual spring musical on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11.Curtains go up at 10:30 a.m. both days in the auditorium at the school, 7501 S. 1000 East.

In previous years, Jordan Valley students have staged such musical productions as "Peter Pan," "Beauty and the Beast,"and "The Little Mermaid." 

Stars are born in Canyons District’s Canyons Idol competition — just ask 12-year-old Lexi Walker.

Walker catapulted to America’s computer screens when her Canyons Idol National Anthem performance at the Real Salt Lake game went viral last year. She continues to be a YouTube sensation with her cover of "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." The clip has received more than 30 million views.

This year’s Canyons Idol Auditions are scheduled for Friday, April 25, from 3-5 p.m. at the Canyons Administration Building, 9150 S. 500 West.

The winner will sing the National Anthem at the 7 p.m. Real Salt Lake game on Saturday May 17 — the same night Real Salt Lake honors our Teachers of the Year at halftime.  CSD students, employees and patrons can buy $20  discounted tickets to the game.  How to buy the tickets?  Just follow the easy-to-use tool on our Web site.

It's for a good cause, too. Five dollars of each ticket sold to the game through the Web site will be given to the Canyons Education Foundation.

The Jordan Credit Union also is chipping in scholarship money for the top three audition performances. The credit union will give $500 for first place and $250 for second and third.
Need help navigating the realm of social media for your children? CSD is offering a free parent seminar on Tuesday, April 8, featuring Dr. Leonard Sax, author of "Boys Adrift" and "Girls on the Edge."

"Instagram Is Eating My Daughter, and My Son Won't Stop Playing Grand Theft Auto: What You Need to Know About the Emerging Worlds of Social Media" will be held from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the CSSC's PD Center. There, Dr. Sax will present research regarding:

• How much time spent playing video games is too much time?
• Which video games are healthy for children? How do we know?
• At what age is it OK for a child to have a cell phone? How about a smartphone? What's the evidence?
• At what age is it OK for a child to have a social media page, such as Instagram or How much should I know, as the parent, about what my child is doing online?

The presentation begins with a review of recent research showing that the more time a girl spends on social media, the more likely she is to become depressed. It explores why social media seems to pose greater risks to girls than to boys, and how parents can help kids develop skills for emerging social media. The presentation also includes research on the effects of video games, beginning with the question of why boys appear to be at least eight times more likely than girls to become "addicted" to video games such as "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto."

Earlier in the day, Dr. Sax is offering CSD teachers a workshop at Hillcrest High School on how to use gender awareness to break down stereotypes and broaden educational horizons for boys and girls.
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