Canyons District on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 started accepting applications to its Dual Language Immersion Programs for the 2016-2017 school year.

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 20, 2015. 

In addition, parents and guardians who have questions about the programs are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the building’s Professional Development Center.  

CSD is home to eight elementary Dual Language Immersion Programs: Mandarin Chinese-English programs are at DraperLone Peak, and Ridgecrest elementary schools; French-English programs are at Butler and Oak Hollow elementary schools; and Spanish-English classes are taught at Alta ViewSilver Mesa and Midvale elementary schools. 

All programs except for the Midvale program are for students entering first grade for the 2016-2017 school year. The Midvale Spanish-English dual-language immersion program is for students entering kindergarten for the coming school year. 

A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applications is greater than the number of space available in the classes. 

Questions? Call the CSD Instructional Supports Department at 801-826-5045.

Canyons School District is home to three five-star schools — with five-star fans.

Brighton, Hillcrest, and Jordan high schools have received FIVE STAR Sportsmanship honors as part of the Utah High School Activities Association’s “Raise-the-Bar: Sportsmanship Matters” program. The program recognizes schools’ continued successful efforts to exhibit sportsmanship in the stands by embracing the values of personal responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership, respect and teamwork when cheering for the home team.

CSD schools have made a concerted effort to promote sportsmanship among spectators as part of the districtwide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, who oversees CSD schools.

“Canyons District holds the UHSAA’s FIVE STAR award in high esteem, and we thank the UHSAA for recognizing sportsmanship efforts in the Brighton, Jordan and Hillcrest communities,” Dr. Dowdle said. “We’re proud of the schools for their continued focus on positive behaviors in all aspects of the educational experience, and are especially proud of the students for choosing to be positive spectators and supporters of the home team. Their behavior truly helps to create a safe and welcoming place for peers and all those who visit our campuses.”

Under the program, schools apply to earn one star each year for exemplary sportsmanship. Applications are reviewed by the UHSAA’s Sportsmanship Committee, which determines whether schools meet specific sportsmanship criteria. Earned stars are placed on the school’s sportsmanship banner, which is displayed in the school.

The program, now in its fifth year, is part of the UHSAA’s efforts to focus on new ways to improve sportsmanship at competitive events statewide, including the Dare2Lead Student Leadership Conference and the policy, “’Do Rowdy Right’ — Cheer for Your Team and NOT Against Your Opponent.”
East Midvale Elementary had a big birthday to recognize at the annual PTA fundraising carnival this year.

On its recent 50th anniversary, the school has a lot to celebrate. From the new carpet the school received over the summer, to the corn and tomatoes growing in its courtyard garden, to the shrubbery and picnic tables donated by a local business for the United Way’s Day of Caring, there were plenty of reasons to party.

“Every year we have a carnival, but we blew it up this year for a chance to get out to meet and greet the community,” Principal Justin Pitcher said. “The school is the community center for our students, that’s why we host them here. The more they come here, the more comfortable they are.”

Hundreds of parents, students and patrons of the school attended the party, which included a rock climbing wall, enormous bounce houses, food trucks, live music and photo opportunities with Leo, the Real Salt Lake Lion, and Grizzbee, the Grizzlies’ mascot bear.

The school and PTA began planning the fundraiser in February. Most of the money raised from the event is used to pay for fieldtrip buses, says PTA President Heather Erickson. But the carnival is also an opportunity for the school to give back to the community, Erickson says. The bounce houses and rock climbing wall are fun, but the best part of the event is the annual clothing drive.

“There are parents who are barely making it who come and support our carnival, so we try to give them something in return,” Erickson said. “I just think the clothing drive just alleviates stress. Parents who come here know this is something they can count on in the fall.”

Erickson collected 14 over-sized sacks of gently used clothing for infants, children and adults, including shoes, new underwear, coats and some ski gear. Parents could take as many clothes as they needed, no questions asked, for free.

The school has a variety of resources to benefit its community, which includes a small population of refugees who attend East Midvale. The school has a full-time psychologist, social worker and special education teachers to help meet the needs of students.

“It’s awesome,” said Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green, who represents the Midvale area. “It’s a great school with a great principal and a great community.”

See the District's Facebook page for a photo album of the event.

Parents can keep up with the great things going on at East Midvale Facebook page and website.

Libby McShinsky is seeing double in her classroom at Alta View Elementary.

McShinsky used iPads that were purchased with a 2014 Teacher Innovation Grant from the Canyons Education Foundation to help students learn about exponents — and the results were effective in multiple ways.

"I was teaching them about exponents, and I had this idea that cloning is like that," said McShinsky, who received $4325.62 for her grant application titled “Illustrating Math Story Problems Using iPads.” 

"They knew that they had to master the math concept in order to make themselves into exponents,” she said. 

Teachers and Education Support Professionals in Canyons District are invited to apply for 2015 Canyons Education Foundation Innovation Grants, which can range in size from $1,000 to $10,000. Grants are awarded to teachers needing extra resources to promote excellence in the classroom and raise the bar on exemplary instruction.

Last year, the CSD Foundation gave away some $90,000 to Canyons teachers who submitted high-quality applications for funding.

Grant applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

 Applications can be accessed on the District's website.

Winners of the grants will be notified in November with a surprise visit by a Foundation “prize patrol” carrying balloons and giants checks. 

Questions?  Call the Foundation’s Scott Harper at 801-826-5178.

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