How safe are your children as they peruse the Internet while doing homework or chatting with friends over social media sites? Come learn some important steps that you can take to make the Internet safer for your families.
Hillcrest High, 7350 S. 900 East, is hosting a free Internet safety presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The presenter is Rick Cline, NetSafe Utah Project Manager for the Utah Education Network.
Topics include identity theft, cyber-bullying and ways to create a safer environment for children, teenagers and parents.
Wax up those skis and snowboards. It’s time to hit the slopes.

All students, patrons and employees of Canyons District are invited to three scheduled “Ski and Shred” events at Brighton Resort.  

The dates are:
  • Saturday, Jan. 18
  • Saturday, Feb. 15
  • Saturday, March 15  
Take a copy the online coupon and you can get a $20 lift ticket for night skiing from 4 to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales obtained with the coupon is given back to the Canyons District Education Foundation.  

Questions? Call the Canyons District Office of Partnerships and Community Service at 801-826-5115.
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CTE Directory people

District Office: 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT  84070
Name Title Phone
Janet Goble Director 801-826-5510
Trish Thomas District Coordinator 801-826-5512
Janene Nelson Administrative Assistant 801-826-5511

Canyons Technical Education Center:  825 E. 9085 S., Sandy, UT  84070 
Name Title Phone
Ken Spurlock Principal 801-826-6601
Leslie Nussman  CTE Specialist 801-826-6621
Andrea Van Hazelen Secretary 801-826-6602
Carla Matagi Registrar 801-826-6610

Alta High CTE: 11055 S. Hawk Hwy., Sandy, UT  84094 
Name Title Phone
Brent Boswell CTE Coordinator 801-826-5641
Colleen Barker Career Center Assistant 801-826-5777
Vickie Nielson Career Center Assistant 801-826-5640
Helen Brown Work-Based Learning Facilitator 801-826-5666
Lisa Willis Work-Based Learning Assistant 801-826-5666

Brighton High CTE: 2220 E. Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Hts, UT  84121
Name Title Phone
Denise Hodges CTE Coordinator 801-826-5841
Penny Staten Career Center Assistant 801-826-5843
Nancy Reynolds Career Center Assistant 801-826-5844
Eileen Kasteler Work-Based Learning Facilitator 801-826-5842

Corner Canyon High CTE: 12943 S. 700 E., Draper, UT  84020
Name Title Phone
Wayne Dittmore CTE Coordinator 801-826-6441
Kimberly Miller Career Center Assistant 801-826-6438
Danelle Cox Career Center Assistant 801-826-6438
Suzanne Riches Work-Based Learning Facilitator 801-826-6525
Holly Richards Work-Based Learning Assistant 801-826-6525

Hillcrest High CTE: 7350 S. 900 E., Midvale, UT  84047
Name Title Phone
Leslie Covington-Taft CTE Coordinator 801-826-6041
Marcee Quirk Career Center Assistant 801-826-6040
Teresa Myers Career Center Assistant 801-826-6040
Cher Burbank Work-Based Learning Facilitator 801-826-6047
Pat Wetzel Work-Based Learning Assistant 801-826-6047

Jordan High CTE: 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd., Sandy, UT  84070
Name Title Phone
Robyn Sleight CTE Coordinator 801-826-6241
Delia Bills Career Center Assistant 801-826-6240
Jill Jacobs Career Center Assistant 801-826-6240
Karen Lisonbee Work-Based Learning Facilitator 801-826-6243
Cathie Wagstaff Work-Based Learning Assistant 801-826-6243

Get ready, parents and caretakers who thought your babies would be little forever — it’s time to start thinking about preschool.

The Canyons District Early Childhood Program will accept applications for tuition-paying preschool students from Tuesday Jan. 7 until Friday, Feb. 28. The program, which integrates tuition-paying students to serve as peer models in the classroom with students with special needs, is for 3-and 4-year-old children.

Canyons offers three ways to participate in preschool: special education, Title I, and tuition. Parents can contact the Early Childhood Department to discuss their child’s special education needs.

Students who turn 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2014, and live within the boundaries of a Title 1 school can apply to participate in the Title 1 preschool program beginning March 3, 2014. The program is available at Copperview, East MidvaleMidvale and Sandy elementary schools for 4-year-olds only. Each of these schools will also have available applications to the program.

Altara, Butler, Jordan ValleyQuail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools offer children ages 3-5 preschool classes that combine students who have disabilities with those who don’t have disabilities. Each class has between 12-15 students and is taught by a teacher certified in Early Childhood Special Education and three assistants.

Canyons uses an evidence-based preschool curriculum called HighScope in its classrooms that focuses on 58 developmental indicators, such as social and emotional development, physical development, language, literacy and mathematics. Early involvement in preschool programs has been shown to improve student performance in the classroom and have positive long-term results outside of test scores. Adults who participated in a high-quality preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to have a job and committed fewer crimes, according to the HighScope Perry Preschool Study in 2005.

Tuition to participate in the program is $70 a month for classes that take place two days a week, either in the morning or afternoon, for about two hours. Acceptance into the program is determined on a first-come first-served basis.
The Canyons Family Center, which offers free courses and other counseling services to the CSD community, is unveiling the new Parent Seminar on Youth Protection. The four-part seminar, which begins Jan. 29, 2014, is designed to inform parents about resources and student supports regarding a number of issues that may challenge children and adolescents and comply with a a new state law.

The Parent Seminar on Youth Protection includes such topics as substance abuse, bullying, mental health, Internet safety and suicide prevention. Canyons last fall hosted a suicide prevention seminar for parents. The seminar was held at Hillcrest High.

Canyons Family Center provides a number of other classes designed to help parents help children through various issues, including how to make and keep friends, manage ADHD, and curb bullying. Specialty classes also include anger management; substance abuse, including smoking cessation; and truancy. The Canyons Family Center is located at Copperview Elementary.

Hours of the Canyons Family Center:

Monday — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday — 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday — 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

To make an appointment or register for classes, call 801-826-8190.

Interpreter and translation services provided upon request.
Career Connections

Career Pathways

CTE Pathways Program (Educator Information - Publications and Resources)

Visit the links below for information on USOE's Nontraditional Careers Program. 

Nontraditional Careers Program - 

Improvement Strategies
Visit the Next Vista for Learning website for great videos on various careers.

For a reliable source of information on apps used in education, visit these Utah Department of Workforce Services links for great career information for people of all ages.

_______________________________ information on free Microsoft, Adobe, or IC3 Digital Literacy training and certification for qualifying Utah  residents ages 16 and up, visit the link below.

Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) Grant

The tests for this training and certification can be taken at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

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Countless hours of college-level work done during the high school years were recently celebrated when Hillcrest High awarded the 2013 International Baccalaureate diplomas and certificates to dozens of worthy students.
Dr. Brian Bentley, coordinator of Hillcrest's IB program, said 99 students received recognition for their efforts in the rigorous, college-preparatory program. Fifty-two students earned IB diplomas, and 47 received certificates for completing courses.
The student honorees graduated in the spring from Hillcrest, one of 12 schools in Utah approved to teach IB classes. Each year, Hillcrest’s administration plans the ceremony for the first week in January, when many of the IB-award recipients, now college students, are home for the holidays. The total amount of scholarships offered to members of the 2013 graduating class reached $5 million.
The Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 graduation ceremony featured remarks by Bentley, Principal Sue Malone and recent alumnus Micah Johnston, who logged a perfect 36 composite score on his ACT.

International Baccalaureate, overseen by a nonprofit agency in Switzerland, is offered in 141 countries and aims to prepare students for life in a global economy. This is the 46th year that IB programs have been provided to students who seek a curriculum that emphasizes critical and creative-thinking skills.

To earn an IB diploma, students must take six IB courses in at least five different subject areas.  They must pass some tough exams, write a comprehensive essay and complete service in schools and communities.   

In the next two weeks, Bentley is holding a series of meetings to discuss the program with students who will become high school age next year. The 20- to 25-minute meetings, to which eighth grade students are invited, will be:
Thursday, Jan. 9
Indian Hills Middle, 1180 E. Sanders Road
8:05 to 8:35 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 10
Mount Jordan Middle, 11150 S. 300 East
11:04 to 11:45 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 13
Midvale Middle, 7852 S. Pioneer St.
8:52 to 9:12 a.m.
Albion Middle, 2755 E. Newcastle Dr.
11:14 to 12:13 p.m
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Union Middle, 615 E. 8000 South
8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East
12:21 to 12:51 p.m.
Evening informational meetings for families also will be held throughout the District in January and February. Parents and students are welcome to attend any meeting, regardless of where the children attend school.  The meetings will be:
Thursday, Jan. 16
Albion Middle, 2755 E. Newcastle Dr.
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Wednesday Jan. 22
Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Mount Jordan Middle, 11150 S. 300 East
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Midvale Middle, 7852 S. Pioneer St.
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Hillcrest High, 7350 S. 900 East
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Deadline for Early Enrollment)
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Hillcrest High, 7350 S. 900 East
6 to 7 p.m. (Before Incoming Freshman Orientation)
Questions? Please contact Hillcrest’s IB office at 801-826-6018 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Alta business students are seeking to changing the world around them — one conversation at a time.

Led by student adviser Kim Batey, students in Alta’s FBLA and DECA have been proactive about addressing local and global social change by hosting weekly before-school breakfast meetings as part of a larger Diversity Awareness Initiative.

The roundtable meetings, which were led by the students, touched on race relations, stereotypes, ethnicity, gender and bullying. The format was simple: over breakfast in a room where it was safe to express opinions, students discussed these sensitive topics and how the awareness of such issues could lead to a more inclusive school — and help the students as they make their way into college and, eventually, the global marketplace.

Teachers said that the conversations were raw, honest, intense and enlightening. The discussions also prompted some 40 students who don’t ordinarily run in the same circles to sit down across from each other and talk about personal and mature issues.

The final session, which was Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, focused on the topic of acceptance.

Alta’s Diversity Initiative culminates in a 6-9 p.m. Diversity Dinner on Friday, Jan. 10.  The guests will share with tablemates their own backgrounds and thoughts about the topics shared by the students in the diversity-discussion breakfasts.

The event will be at the Lone Peak Indoor Pavilion, 10140 S. 700 East.  The cost is $300 per table or $40 per plate.

RSVP at 801-826-5701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.