graduation-2014-artThe Class of 2014 is racing toward the finish line of their public school experience, with many poised to begin their new journey with one of Canyons’ unique college- and career-ready diplomas.

Commencement ceremonies have been scheduled as follows for CSD’s five high schools, South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison, Entrada Adult High School, Jordan Valley School, and Itineris:

  • Alta High— Tuesday, June 3, 10 a.m., UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University
  • Brighton High — Tuesday, June 3, 1 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — Tuesday, June 3, 3 p.m., UCCU Events Center at UVU
  • Hillcrest High — Tuesday, June 3, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High — Tuesday, June 3, 6 p.m., Jordan High Stadium. (In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Maverik Center) 
  • South Park Academy — Wednesday, June 11, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Utah State Prison
  • Entrada — Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m., TBD
  • Jordan Valley — Friday, May 30, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
  • Itineris — Friday, May 30, 11 a.m., Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point

CSD high schools are firming up the numbers of students who will qualify to receive a CSD Advanced and Honors diploma, designed to indicate readiness for college and careers. Last year, 67 percent of CSD’s graduating seniors earned either an Advanced or Honors diploma. That’s an increase of 2 percentage points from the number earned by the Class of 2012, and 7 percentage points more than the number earned by the Class of 2011, which was the first in Utah to be awarded a differentiated diploma indicating college- and career-readiness.

The Canyons Board of Education in 2010 became the state’s first to approve college- and career diplomas as part of CSD’s college- and career-ready academic framework. They were supported by the Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah Board of Regents, the Salt Lake Chamber, and the Utah Technology Council.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

Canyons Night at Real Salt Lake

Join CSD and Real Salt Lake as we honor CSD’s 46 school Teachers of the Year Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. with the National Anthem performed by the 2014 Canyons Idol . Teachers of the Year will be honored at halftime.

Discount tickets are available to CSD patrons For every ticket purchased, $5 will be returned to the Canyons Education foundation.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

CSD Teacher of the Year announced

Who will be the 2014 Canyons Teacher of the Year? The Board of Education will announce the District Teacher of the Year, as well as finalists for the top honor, at a Board Reception and Recognitions event Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East in Sandy. The event gets underway with a 7 p.m. Reception for all 46 school Teachers of the Year. Teacher honors and the District Teacher of the Year announcement begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

Spring Break - April 14-18

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.
As Midvalley Elementary's fifth-grade students clapped, stomped and leaped their way across the floor as part of Ballet West’s year-end I CAN DO performance Wednesday night, they smiled and beamed — and so did the audience.

The fifth-graders participated with students from other 11 other schools who attended weekly practices for seven months to prepare for the performance. This is the first year that a Canyons District school has participated in Ballet West's Inspiring Children About Not Dropping Out (I CAN DO) outreach program.

The program aims to inspire children to stay in school while also teaching them confidence and discipline through dance and movement. Ballet West reaches some 100,000 students a year through programs like I CAN DO, said Peter Christie, Ballet West Director of Educational Programs.

“The support you show these kids is the best thing they have going for them,” Christie told the audience. “Don’t ever give up.”

Students from each school who had good attitudes, worked hard, and showed great improvement were chosen to participate in I CAN DO’s Dream Team. Those students can choose to continue to participate in the program on their own in grades 6-9 as part of the Celebration tTeam. Several students from Midvalley Elementary also received full scholarships to attend the prestigious Ballet West Academy.
The top high school marketing educator in the state is at Jordan High

Teacher Angela Short, who is celebrating her 20th year as an educator, recently received the 2014 Marketing Teacher of the Year Award from the Utah Association of Career and Technology Education Teachers. 

Short was surprised with the honor at a state conference held at the Davis Conference Center. “I had no idea. I was shocked,” she said. “I almost missed it. I stepped out to grab a sandwich and made it back with a second to spare.” 

Her family, though, had been told about the award by the event organizers — and arrived in time to see her accept the prestigious award. “They kept trying to hide, dodging behind pillars,” she recalls with a little laugh. Their behavior at home the morning of the event should have tipped her off, she says. Her husband questioned her hairstyle choice and her daughter insisted on picking out her outfit for the day. 

“I thought it was odd they were so interested in the state DECA conference,” said Short, who received a plaque for the honor. “I am thrilled with my plaque. I keep it right by my desk.” 

Short works hard to make her class fun. There are a lot of hands-on lessons. Students leave her class knowing how to bolster a brand, build customer loyalty and create retail displays that are eye-catching and convenient for the customer. She advises the students who run Jordan’s school store, where students can buy snacks and supplies. In all, they’ve been able to make about $10,000 from the store. 

“Honestly, the best day of my life is when we have a discussion in class, when we are thinking through things …and seeing the world in a different way. There is something so satisfying in that,” she said. “My goal coming in was that my students would know that I care about them. I never know if I am the only one who is saying a kind word to these kids. I take that very seriously. Once you get that, that the ultimate goal is to make the students feel loved and have a good spot to come to every day, then the test scores come.”
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:40

Headlines Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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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.