The first school day in Canyons is rolling up quickly — students in first- through 12th grades return to classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19 — and the District’s Transportation Department is hard at work preparing for the 2015-2016 school year.

Utah laws governing transportation funding may affect some Canyons District students, particularly middle school-aged children, so parents are encouraged to review their child's transportation plans for the coming school year.   

Canyons District receives state funding for busing provided to students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade who live at least 1.5 miles from school and to students enrolled in grade seven through 12 who live at least 2 miles from school. 

This means that some middle school students who qualified for busing last year may not qualify again this year because they have advanced to the seventh grade and must live more than 2 miles away from the school to receive the services. 

Also, in the past, Canyons District has spent some $1.3 million to provide unreimbursed transportation services to neighborhoods where it would have been hazardous for the children to walk to school.

This year, Canyons District has slightly reduced the number of within-walking-distance bus routes that are designated as hazardous based on the risk to our pedestrian students as they negotiate the roads. Improvements made to walkways or roads, or the addition of crosswalks and crossing guards, have led to the removal of routes from the “hazardous route” list for the coming school year.

However, students who don’t qualify for transportation services are invited to submit a request for busing services so they can ride with their qualifying siblings or neighbors — if there is space available on the nearest bus. The “space-available permits” will be granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

Permit applications will be made available at schools at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. The permit applications must be submitted to the school where the student child is enrolled. 

Families will be notified about whether they have received a permit to ride the bus by Sept. 14. 

Help us welcome the Mountaineers back home.  The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of the newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle School. 

The Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m.  A 6 p.m. ceremony will be at 9351 Mountaineer Lane — the traditional site of the Mount Jordan campus. During the two years of construction, students have attended school at the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S.  500 East. 

The new Mount Jordan Middle was made possible by a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bond approved by Canyons voters in 2010. The new school will be approximately 200,000 square feet and built to emphasize such areas as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The school also has a gymnasium with an elevated running track, fitness rooms, a spacious commons area and cafeteria, a 180-seat lecture hall, and an abundance of natural light in the hallways and classrooms. The school also will be wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st century education.  

The Mount Jordan community also will enjoy a performing arts suite and a state-of-the- art theater and auditorium made possible by an investment from Sandy City.

The new Sandy middle school, scheduled for completion in fall 2015, is the sixth rebuilt or new school Canyons District has completed since 2009, when CSD became the first new school district to be created in Utah in 100 years.

The Brighton High Bengals are gearing up to make fresh tracks at two new athletic fields. 

This fall, the Bengals’ girls soccer team, always a contender for the state title, will be the first to play at the new soccer stadium. In addition, the Bengal football squad, which last year reached the 5A semi-finals, will have its maiden outing on the home field's newly installed artificial turf.

Construction crews at both locations worked throughout the spring and summer to ensure that the fields were done before the Bengals were scheduled to play at home for the 2015 season. 

The community is invited to two ribbon-cutting parties to cheer the end of construction and start of play at the two facilities.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m., Brighton’s players, coaches, the BHS administration, and the Board of Education will host at short ribbon-cutting celebration before the first home game of the season. The event will be at Brighton’s new soccer fields, built in front of Butler Middle, 7530 S. 2700 East.  Hot dogs and water will be served to attendees who arrive to cheer the Lady Bengals to victory against Northridge. 

Wear your blue-and-orange Bengal gear to the Friday, Aug. 21 home game at Brighton. At 5:30 p.m., before the Bengals kick off for the first time on their new, colorful field, Brighton’s student body and administration, as well as the Board of Education, will applaud the installation of the turf. Officials will snip a red ribbon, hear a few words from football players and coaches, and celebrate with food from Brighton’s boosters. The tough Brighton squad will face Herriman at that night’s game. 

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The 2015 Legislature raised property taxes to help meet the capital needs of struggling school districts. These higher rates will generate $75 million statewide for districts meeting the criteria established in the legislation, SB97. Residents and business owners in Canyons will be required to pay the tax, but the District will not qualify to receive funds generated by it. The tax increase, which is expected to be an extra $5 on a $250,000 home, was imposed by state lawmakers and the Canyons Board of Education has no control over the tax nor the garnered revenues.
Canyons School District is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 attendance incentive payouts per employee.  The incentive amounts are calculated based on the number of eligible full-time employees and the number of sick, personal and no-pay days taken. The incentive will be included in your paycheck on July 23.

The 2014-2015 payout amounts are as follows:

Employee Group

No Absences

One Absence

Two Absences














*The amount is calculated based on a 40-hour work week. If an employee worked less, the amount would be prorated according the hours worked.

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Folks living near Midvale Middle are hearing the cracks and groans of a 60-year-old brick building coming down to make way for the future.

Demolition at the school at 7852 S. Pioneer Street started this week — and workers will be on the site for the next two years while they construct a new campus for the community. The building is being dismantled so the District can build a new 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building, which is scheduled to be done in fall 2017.

The new school will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East, Sandy. Students who used to walk to the Midvale Middle will be bused to the temporary school.

However, the scope of construction has changed the District's transportation plans for these students. There is a new bus stop.

Instead of meeting near the campus, students will need to meet seven buses near the Midvale City Park and the Midvale Boys and Girls Club, 7631 Chapel St., at 7:15 a.m. Buses will leave the park site at 7:20 a.m. After school, the buses will leave the school in Sandy at 2:57 p.m. and arrive back at the Midvale Park and Boys and Girls Club at 3:20 p.m.

For late-start Fridays, buses will leave in the morning at 8:55 a.m. 

When school starts this year, the Midvale students will be welcomed by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen.

The new school is funded by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! Canyons School District is preparing to roll out the red carpet for students, new principals and educational innovations, and to celebrate the student successes to come.

"During summer break I hope all of our students and families in CSD had an opportunity to reconnect and enjoy family and friends," Canyons Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe said. "The Board of Education and Administration are looking forward to welcoming students back to school for CSD's seventh academic year, and to continuing our commitment to providing a safe learning environment and outstanding instruction that will prepare students for college and careers."

On the first day of school Aug. 19, Canyons' 29 elementary and eight middle schools will roll out the red carpet — literally — to welcome students on the first day of school. As students enter the building, parents and teachers line the red carpet as "paparazzi" to cheer for their up-and-coming college-ready stars. The red-carpet welcome, which has become tradition in Canyons School District, serves to celebrate the start of a new academic year and underscore the importance of school as a child's path to success and college- and career-readiness.

Also on Aug. 19, students in 14 CSD schools will be welcomed by new leaders:

• Hillcrest High: Greg Leavitt, former Draper Park Middle Principal
• Draper Park Middle: Mary Anderson, former Union Middle Principal
• Union Middle: Kelly Tauteoli, former Park Lane Elementary Principal
• Park Lane Elementary: Justin Jeffery, former Assistant Principal, Humble Independent School District in Texas
• Midvale Middle: Wendy Dau, former Jordan High Assistant Principal
• Canyon View Elementary: BJ Weller, former Midvale Middle Assistant Principal
• Crescent Elementary: Mindy Robison, former CSD middle-school math team lead
• Midvale Elementary: Chip Watts, former Assistant Principal
• Quail Hollow Elementary: Shad DeMill, former Midvale Elementary Principal
• Ridgecrest Elementary: Julie Winfree, former CSD Standards-Based Grading Team and Dual Immersion Team member
• Oak Hollow Elementary: Julie Mootz, former Brookwood Elementary Principal
• Brookwood Elementary: Corrie Barrett, former Oak Hollow Principal
• Sandy Elementary: McKay Robinson, former Lone Peak Principal, replaces Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, the new District Administrator of Evaluation and Leadership.
• Lone Peak Elementary: Tracy Stacy, former elementary school Principal, Eagle County School District
in Colorado.

In elementary schools, students will experience a new schedule that brings back early-out Fridays and gives teachers uninterrupted time during the school day to collaborate and plan. Trained specialists will teach students in areas such as arts and physical education during teacher planning time. The schedule, approved by the Board of Education last spring, was crafted by a task force of teachers from every CSD elementary and Jordan Valley School, and is designed to better prepare students for college and careers.

Welcome back, students. Here's to a great year.