Here’s to six great years! On the sixth anniversary of Canyons School District, CSD wishes to thank its leaders, employees and communities for their continued support of and dedication to preparing all students for college and careers. Because of their unified efforts, the 2014-2015 academic year was one for the books.

The Class of 2015 received more than $30 million in scholarship offers. Seventy-two percent of graduating seniors earned CSD Honors or Advanced diplomas — the most on record since the Board of Education first awarded the unique college- and career-ready diplomas in 2011. With a highest-possible AAA bond rating, the Board of Education approved the issuance of the final $42 million of the $250 million bond voters approved in 2010; broke ground for the rebuilding of Butler Elementary School and Midvale Middle School; and unanimously voted to rebuild Alta View Elementary School. This fall, CSD will cut the ribbon on the newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle School, and elementary students will begin the 2015-2016 academic year with a new schedule designed to improve instruction and student success. Happy birthday, CSD!



Canyons History



2009-header
On a brisk, clear day on Nov. 6, 2007, residents in the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley headed to the polls to vote in an election unlike any other. On that day, their votes made history. For the first time in Utah in nearly 100 years, a new school district was on its way — and Canyons District has been making history ever since. 

Canyons District began independent operations on July 1, 2009, and we have kept the revolutionary vision of those voters at the center of all we do. With a laser-like focus on helping every one of our students become college- and career-ready, the District has been breaking barriers and raising the bar.

As administrators, teachers, and employees of the District, we understand the success of our students begins with our own responsibility to strive for a similar rigor in our administrative operations as in our academic programs. In addition to receiving awards for budget excellence in 2010, 2011,  2012 and 2013, the District successfully campaigned for a $250 million bond to build and renovate schools.  As a result of our sterling financial track record, Canyons District has received the highest possible bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service. We also actively involve members of the community with volunteer programs, and partner with civic and business leaders to elevate our students’ educational experience. 

The symbols of Canyons District are three majestic peaks that rise above our namesake. Yes, the peaks represent the magnificence of the mountains that stand tall above our schools, athletic fields and playgrounds, but they also represent the obstacles that may face us, and our students, and our resolve to rise above them.  Here, we present an overview of Canyons' accomplishments, with an invitation to engage with us on our continued exciting journey to new heights in education.

 2015

college ready gradsCollege-Ready Class of 2015 
An estimated 72 percent of graduating seniors earned CSD Honors or Advanced diplomas — the most on record since the Board of Education first awarded the unique college- and career-ready diplomas in 2011.
record scholarshipsRecord Scholarship The Class of 2015 earned more than $30 million in scholarship offers — a record for CSD students. Students secured a record 5 Sterling Scholar awards in Math, Science, Social Science, Visual Arts and Speech/Theater/Forensics; a U.S. Presidential Scholarship; 2 National Merit Scholarships; and a Coca-Cola Scholarship.
six uhsaa champs6 UHSAA State Championships 

5A:

Girls Basketball - Brighton
Boys Tennis - Brighton Boys Soccer – Alta
Debate – Hillcrest
Theatre – Hillcrest

4A:
Theatre – Corner Canyon
building momentum grndbrkBuilding Momentum 
CSD broke ground on the rebuilding of Butler Elementary and Midvale Middle School and the Board of Education voted to rebuild Alta View Elementary, all to be funded with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in 2010. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle School will open its doors to students in fall 2015.
Bond Final Issuance 
Canyons District received the highest-possible AAA bond ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investor services on the sale of the final $42 million in bonds approved by voters in the $250 million bond election of 2010.
 

 2014

briscoe-appoint-thumb• Board names Dr. James Briscoe, Ed.D., as Canyons Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014  cch-kids-thumb• Class of 2014 secures $24.6 million in scholarship offers 
Honors-graduates-thumb• 71% of Class of 2014 earns one of CSD's college and career-ready diplomas • Record 5 students earn perfect ACT scores
• 15 National and state honors for outstanding educators, leaders • I-CANyons standards-based report card implemented in all elementary schools
 • AAA Bond Ratings provided by Moody's and Fitch Ratings agencies  mnt-jornd-brick-thumb• Mount Jordan Middle School construction begins, funded by bond
 • Construction begins on dedicated Brighton High soccer field, adjacent to Butler Middle student-advisory-thumb • Student Advisory Council to the Board of Education created

 2013

grade-recon-thumb• Ninth graders joined high schools, and sixth graders moved to middle schools to improve academic achievement and give students support needed to prepare for college and careers.  puzzle-thumb-2013• Middle School Schedule Schools made more time for math and language arts – including extra help and enrichment – and launched Utah's first sixth-grade STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) courses to better prepare students for college and high-demand careers. 
 • New School Boundaries adjusted districtwide to accommodate grade reconfiguration (a result of fewer elementary students and more high school students) and future school enrollment and capacity.  cch-thumb-2013• Corner Canyon High opens
 • Butler Middle School opens  draper-park-mid-thumb• Draper Park Middle School opens
 • Hillcrest High new wing opens  • Brighton High Bengal Building opens
 • National Sunshine Review Gives CSD a Sunny Award for having one of the most transparent government websites in the nation  • Board names Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ginger Rhode as Interim Superintendent

 2012

ap-honor-thumb• Canyons is named to the College Board's 2011-2012 Advanced Placement Honor Roll, an honor shared by just 367 school districts nationwide.   boundaries-thumb-2012• Following an extensive community process, the Board of Education finalizes new school boundaries for the 2013-2014 school year.
 mountain-view-park-2012 • In collaboration with Cottonwood Heights City, Canyons welcomes the community to Mountview Park, built on the property of the namesake school closed prior to Canyons’ inception. graduate-thumb-2012 • Board awards Honors and Advanced Diplomas to 62 percent of the Class of 2012.
 midvalley-ribbon-thumb• Canyons opens new Midvale Elementary School. albion-IMG thumb• Canyons opens renovated Albion Middle School 
 • Canyons breaks ground on Crescent View Middle School, rebuilt in Draper and renamed Draper Park Middle School.  

 2011

groundbreaking-cch-2011• Canyons breaks ground on Corner Canyon High School in Draper, the first building project to begin under the $250 million bond.  diploma-thumb-2011• Canyons becomes the first school district in Utah to award differentiated diplomas. Canyons’ Advanced and Honors diplomas indicate students completed more rigorous courses, two years of foreign language instruction, and, for the Honors Diploma, earned college-ready benchmark scores on the ACT. These diplomas awarded to 60 percent of Class of 2011.
 • Moody’s Investors Service assigns Canyons the highest possible underlying bond rating of Aaa at the District’s first bond issuance.  • Renovation begins on Albion Middle School, funded by bond.
 sandy-thumb-2011• Seismic upgrades, funded by bond, completed at Sandy Elementary.  groundbreaking-midvale-elementary• Construction begins on Midvale Elementary School, to be rebuilt adjacent to Midvale Middle School.
 cvhs-thumb-2011• Canyons District launches the Canyons Virtual High School.   groundbreaking-buttlermiddle-thumb • Construction begins on to rebuild Butler Middle School, funded by the bond.

 2010

medals-01-thumb• Board of Education approves a college- and career-ready academic plan. The plan includes reconfiguring grades to better address students’ academic needs and Utah’s first college- and career-ready diplomas, supported by the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah Board of Regents, the Utah Technology Council, and the Salt Lake Chamber.  butmid-const-thumb• A facilities assessment identifies $650 million in building needs districtwide.

• Voters approve $250 million bond referendum to start addressing District building needs.
face-to-faith-thumb• Canyons becomes Utah’s first school district to offer Face to Faith to high school students. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation program allows students to video-conference with peers around the world about how faith and belief shape their views on global issues.  • Canyons becomes Utah’s first school district to approve ACT EXPLORE, PLAN and college-entrance tests for all eighth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students, respectively.

 2009

july-1-2009-thumbJuly 1 Canyons begins operations as Utah’s first new school district in nearly 100 years. intramurals2009-thumb• Canyons launches its Middle School Intramurals Program.
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Live on 2News: Sebasthian Varas tells of free meal sites for kids in need
http://kutv.com/features/studio-guests/free-lunch-and-breakfast-summer-program-offered-by-canyons-school-district

Corner Canyon student, brother gather trial size goods to help others, receive $500 in 2News 'Pay It Forward' feature
http://kutv.com/features/pay-it-forward/pay-it-forward-donate-those-trial-sized-items

Online registration opens Aug. 4 in CSD
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631651/Canyons-District-to-open-online-registration-in-August.html

Scholarships! DNews spotlights Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon grads among Class of 2015's scholarship-winning athletes
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631646/High-school-sports-Nearly-650-athletes-taking-talents-to-next-level.html?pg=all


Commencement rites for Canyons District high schools and special schools have been celebrated in the past several weeks. The Canyons Board of Education and Administration, along with proud parents, friends and supporters, wish the graduates good luck and prosperity as they leave our schools to make their marks on the world. We offer to them these thoughts from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  

Alta High

Graduating high school can sometimes be scary — but Alta High’s seniors were encouraged at the Thursday, June 4, 2015 ceremony to face their fears in order to accomplish great things. “There will be times when you fall and stumble while you are climbing,” Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe told the graduating class of 2015 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center at the University of Utah. “It is that time when it is the most important for you to pick yourself up and keep going. You will remember these times the most.” Briscoe was joined at the event by Principal and alumnus Brian McGill, Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor, Vice President Steve Wrigley and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie. Teachers, parents and grandparents also gathered at the arena to celebrate Alta’s achievements with songs from Alta’s acclaimed choir and select students. Alta has a long list of courageous accomplishments for 2015, including state championships for Alta’s band, with a drum line that remains undefeated; the boy’s soccer team, which won its sixth state championship against rival Brighton last month; and choirs, which swept a regional competition and garnered an exclusive invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After completing a year that included fundraising the most money ever to be donated by Alta High to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the senior class has even more reasons to be proud: One-third of the class received advanced diplomas, the rigor of which is matched by less than one-fourth of students nationwide; students received some $4.2 million in scholarship offers; 94 percent of the graduating class is enrolled in a two or four-year college or university, compared to the national average of 55 percent; students took enough Advanced Placement or concurrent enrollment classes to equal $1 million in college tuition and 2,400 college credits earned. Still, the school’s graduation theme, “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear,” a quote from George Addair, kept the focus on the next step after graduation. “From here we are on to bigger and better things,” senior class president Jakob Kohler told his fellow graduates. “We can’t ever forget all the amazing things we did at Alta High School. Wherever you go in life, remember Hawks fly as one.”

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

Brighton High

In waves of blue and orange, Brighton High’s class of 2015 rolled forward on Thursday, June 4, 2015 to claim their high school diplomas. The students were congratulated by Superintendent Jim Briscoe; Director of Student Advocacy and Access Karen Sterling; Board of Education members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill; and Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore. Principal Charisse Hilton expressed pride in her Bengals, announcing that this year’s senior class is among most accomplished in the history of Brighton High. This year, the school has an 83 percent pass rate on Advance Placement exams, 90 percent of the students plan to pursue post-secondary education, and 60 percent of the graduating class has received at least $250 in scholarship money. One student alone, she said, received $1.9 million in scholarship offers, and the total earned by the graduating class is $9.5 million. In the past three years, she said, this group of students raised more than $70,00 for charity, including $30,000 this year to benefit the anti-cancer Millie’s Princess Foundation. In addition, 80 percent of the graduating class also went above and beyond the state’s graduation requirements to earn the unique-to-CSD Honors and Advanced Diplomas, which signify the students took a more rigorous route to graduation. Among other honors, the BHS Class of 2015 also boasts two National Merit Scholars, one state Sterling Scholar winner, Model U.N. state champs, team state championship trophies in girls basketball and boys tennis, individual state honors in swimming, and track and field, and 14 student-athletes who earned Academic All-State Honors. Brighton’s athletic record this year for all sports was in the top three among Utah 5A schools. The leaders of the students congratulated the class on its collective accomplishments and asked the members to always remember the year’s theme, a quote by John D. Rockefeller: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” High school, said senior Julianna Woodland, is a time “when we find ourselves — but we aren’t done yet, at least I’m not.” Woodland urged her classmates to not let fear of the unknown stop them from pursuing their dreams — no matter how big they may be. Dr. Briscoe lauded the graduating class for achieving “one amazing resume,” and encouraged them to never let obstacles get in their way of reaching their personal and professional goals.  Commencement was held at the Maverik Center.

See our Facebook photo album of Brighton's commencement rites.

Hillcrest High

In so many ways, the commencement ceremony for Hillcrest High on Thursday, June 4, 2015 was a celebration of beginning and endings. In her final graduation rites before her upcoming retirement, longtime Hillcrest Principal Sue Malone addressed the Class of 2015, thanking them for embracing the school’s many traditions of excellence. “I am proud and honored to serve as principal of Hillcrest High,” she said. Through tears, she lauded the class for its unity and strength during a year with many heartaches and losses. In just the past two months, the school has coped with the loss of Assistant Principal Dr. Paul Kirby, who died after suffering a stroke, and the automobile-accident deaths of two students. “Dr. Kirby had a deep love for students. He was a close and loyal friend,” said Malone, before presenting an honorary diploma in Dr. Kirby’s name to his sisters. “Hillcrest High simply will not be the same without him.” The 421 graduates also suffered the loss of a student with muscular dystrophy. Through all the trials, Malone, who also received an honorary diploma for her dedication to the school, told the family, friends and faculty who attended the rites at the Maverik Center, the senior class has stayed “Husky strong.” “It’s not what this class has accomplished,” Malone said. “It’s how they did it.” The graduating class has taken hundreds of International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement exams and, so far, has earned a total of $7.6 million in scholarship offers. The class is made up of Utah Scholars, recipients of the Utah Regent Scholarships, National Merit Scholar Finalists, Coca-Cola Scholars, and three of the 14 state winners of the Sterling Scholar competition. “There is no limit to our success. Hillcrest Huskies are proud and they never give up,” said Andrew Limb. “We have no limits. There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.” Canyons Board member Robert Green urged the graduates to be safe in their journeys, always look forward, be mindful of others, and serve the community. The greatest work that can be done, he told graduates, is to serve others “It will transform you, and it will transform those around you.” The students were congratulated by Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie, Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling, Board members Sherril Taylor and Green, and Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini.

See a Facebook photo album of the Huskies' graduation ceremony.


Jordan High

Once a ‘Digger, always a ‘Digger! The wet spring weather broke long enough for Jordan High’s Class of 2015 to receive their diplomas on the school’s football field. The Thursday, June 4 2015 ceremony was the sole CSD commencement rite to be held outdoors. Clad in grey and maroon robes, the students marched in groups of four onto the field, where they were greeted with applause and cheers from family and friends. The some 430 graduates have a lot of which to be proud. Nearly 300 graduated with given-only-in-CSD Advanced or Honors Diploma, which means they took more — and more difficult — classes than required by the state to graduate from high school. Those who received the Honors Diploma also scored high on the four sections of the ACT college entrance exam. In addition, 10 of the graduates finished with a 4.0 GPA from their freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior coursework. In the past three years, the Jordan High Beetdiggers have achieved a high level of distinction in the arts, academic and athletics. They’ve been fierce competitors in track and field events, cross-country, hockey, baseball, and football. A graduate of the Class of 1965 returned to speak to graduates, and he told them to embrace the future and immerse themselves in what the world has to offer. Students also were told to surround themselves with people who have goals and aspirations. Such attributes, they were told, are contagious.

Check out the 'Diggers' graduation ceremony, as captured in photographs.

Corner Canyon High

Corner Canyon’s Class of 2015 is ready to charge into the world after the graduation ceremony at the Jon M. Huntsman Center at the University of Utah. Students, teachers, administrators and members of the community gathered together to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and perseverance — and share a few words of wisdom for one last time. “I encourage you to view life’s challenges as Edmund Hillary did as he scaled Mount Everest,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie told the audience. “Graduation is a step toward your dreams. From now on, no matter how steep the journey, your education is always with you.” McCarrie was joined by Canyons Board of Education Vice President Steve Wrigley, and Board member Chad Iverson, who represents Corner Canyon in District 7, as well as Draper Mayor Troy Walker and Principal Mary Bailey. As students and administrators spoke to the crowd, they referred to the school’s graduation theme, “Your life is yours and yours alone, rise up and live it,” which is a quote by author Terry Goodkind. Corner Canyon’s talented jazz band, concert choir and select students performed for their fellow graduates, in homage to their shared memories and experiences and in anticipation of the road ahead. In the two years since Corner Canyon was built, the Chargers have lived up to their school motto, “Semper Excelsius,” or “always higher.” The school earned state championships this year in cheer and boy’s lacrosse, with a state champion wrestler and swim team that took second place at the state competition. On top of that, students raised and donated $54,000 to charities and contributed a combined total of 17,000 community service hours. Half of the graduating class has earned scholarships, with a total of nearly $6 million offered and more than 200 seniors earned Canyons District's Advanced or Honors diplomas. Bailey pointed out that the school distributed 300 academic Honor Cords to the graduates for superior accomplishments in a variety of subjects and 86 percent of the class has plans to attend college. Bailey said she is proud of her students for working hard and cultivating an atmosphere of acceptance within the school, and for accomplishing so much in such a short amount of time.“Go make the world a better place,” she told her students, with tears in her eyes. “I believe in you. I believe in every one of you. Goodbye, my friends.”

See the District's Facebook page for a photo album of Corner Canyon's graduation ceremony.

Entrada High 

Forty-six of the 126 Entrada High graduates and 26 GED recipients — who finish their schooling at various times of the year — participated in the pomp and circumstance of the high school graduation rites on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Family and friends cheered for the graduates who proudly accepted their diplomas during the ceremony in the auditorium at Jordan High School. "You did it!" exclaimed Amy Boettger, principal of Entrada, CSD's adult high school. "I want all of you to know how proud we are of you. ... We all admire all that you have done in earning your high school diploma." She urged them to keep moving forward in their educational attainment. "My hope and dream for you is that you don't stop here," she said. Boettger encouraged the graduates to enroll in college, certify in a trade, and keep improving their skills in the workplace. Student speaker Rita Ruffell, a single mother, said she returned to school at Entrada so she could provide for her family. "I had to do it for my kids and me," she said after recounting her days as a high school dropout who struggled to find work because of her lack of a diploma. She dedicated her diploma to her father, who helped her pass her mathematics classes. Graduate Kassandra Martinez, the third person in her family to graduate from high school, told her fellow graduates that "hard work does pay off." With a scholarship in hand, she'll attend Salt Lake Community College classes in the fall. "Never give up," she said, "no matter what life throws at you." Board of Education member Clareen Arnold accepted the class for graduation and advised the graduates to never stop reaching for the top. Arnold acknowledged that many Entrada students had to work full-time jobs and care for their families while also completing their studies. "I know it hasn't always been easy," she said. "I applaud you."

Entrada graduates are spotlighted in a photo album on Facebook.

South Park Academy

Pomp and circumstance filled a gathering space at the Utah State Prison Wednesday, where inmates held their heads high to receive their hard-earned high school diplomas. “Today, you are a hero,” Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook told the graduating men and women, who were cheered by about 100 family members attending the ceremony.  “Your future is very bright.” The commencement was held for students of South Park Academy, an educational institution overseen by Canyons School District and located at the prison. The South Park Class of 2015 included 241 graduates. The event featured student speakers Clint McMurtrey, Aileen Trujillo and Nathaniel Ganier, who urged classmates to never give up. “I quit making excuses. Now, I make things happen,” Trujillo said. “I’ve been an inspiration not only to others, but to myself. Students Alicia James, McMurtrey, John Luna, Nathan Ganier and Dustin Myers were named Outstanding Students of the Year by South Park Assistant Principal Tracy Moore and Principal Todd Bird. McMurtrey, who dropped out of school at age 15, now plans to pursue a degree in social work and open a shelter for homeless youth. “Remember, within each of us lies a competent, capable, intelligent individual,” McMurtrey said. Additional speakers included Canyons Board of Education Member Robert Green and Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “I measure success by the obstacles you overcome, and you should be very proud today,” Dr. Briscoe said. “You just took a key to freedom” through education, “and you’re opening the door.”

Check out our Facebook page for photos of South Park's graduation rites.

Jordan Valley School

The end of each school year is traditionally marked by mortarboards, flowing robes, and speeches about never forgetting the past while pressing into the future. It’s no different for the students at Jordan Valley, Canyons District’s school for students with severe disabilities. The school’s commencement ceremony was a celebration of how far the students have progressed — and how much they have to offer the world. Clad in gold and blue robes, the 14 students who received certificates of completion from Jordan Valley on Friday, May 29, 2015 were applauded as they made their way down the aisle during a processional. The students who have completed their time at Jordan Valley were congratulated by Canyons Board of Education Vice President Steve Wrigley, Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie and CSD Special Education Director Robin Collett, as well as scores of friends and family.

Jordan Valley grads are the focus of a photo album on CSD's Facebook page.

The Board met in Study Session to discuss ways to bring together existing goals and tenets into a statement that will remain at the forefront of their work. The Board's current mission is to prepare all students for college and careers; its guiding tenets are: student achievement, innovation, community engagement, and customer service. The Board also discussed possible ways to measure progress toward Board goals through tools including the superintendent's evaluation. The Board also favored collaborating with the Utah School Boards Association about such a measurement tool that could be piloted in CSD.

Individual Board members also expressed additional ideas for discussion during the upcoming year. Clareen Arnold suggested simplifying and better communicating to teachers the expectations of the Canyons Teacher Effectiveness Support System (CTESS), particularly the implementation of IPOP observation tool used to evaluate teachers. She said she's heard from teachers who say they don't have enough information about CTESS expectations.

Chad Iverson expressed concerns about students taking the SAGE seriously. Board Second Vice President Nancy Tingey said the concerns are shared statewide, and noted that CSD could focus on teaching students to always do their best.

Robert Green said he is most interested in science instruction and achievement and professional development on education technology.

Amber Shill said the Board should continue to work on culture of the District, and questioned whether the Board should lead teachers from the top down, or the grassroots up, or collaborative model. Iverson suggested focusing on outcomes. Tingey said it's a balance to provide meaningful support for teachers. Shill also wants to ensure the Board is working on the mission and vision statement and measurable goals.

Tingey suggested writing an official history of the District, to be penned by a third party. She suggested placing an RSS feed service on individual school websites to better communicate to the public School Community Council agendas and minutes. She also suggested creating an accountability system for disciplines that are not measured by standardized testing, such as compliance with state statute, world language acquisition, or arts, to look comprehensively at the educational experience and highlight great things happening in schools.

Vice President Steve Wrigley has been focusing on creating a positive district culture and thanked the Board for efforts to cultivate it. He challenged the Board to seek master board certification. He also believes it's important to include citizenship-ready or life-ready to the mission statement, and ensure students are prepared in skills that may fall outside of the core curriculum. He expressed a desire to balance enrollments in schools. He said he wants to engage in strategic planning and look into the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program.

President Sherril Taylor agreed with Green, that science should be addressed right away. He expressed a desire to balance high school enrollments and support efforts to make Alta High School a draw for students.

Superintendent Dr. Briscoe asked the Board to prioritize their list so he and the Administration can address the top priorities first.
Point. Click. Register. It’s that easy. 

Circle Tuesday, Aug. 4 on your calendars!  School may be out for the summer, but we’re rolling out plans for the new school year. To help you plan, we’re letting you know that online registration for the 2015-2016 school year begins on Aug. 4, 2015. 

A postcard with information about this year's online registration process has been mailed to all Canyons parents.  Additional reminders will be sent throughout the summer. 

Already have vacation plans for Aug. 4? Don’t fret — just complete the process when you return. Because online registration is not first-come, first-served, you won’t need to worry about being the first to log-in and register your child.  Also, the time you register will not impact teacher or course selection for your child.

If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process at http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org/.  Once logged in, simply follow the prompts and make personal identification updates as needed.

If your child is new to CSD:  You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. After Aug. 4, make sure to take a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address into the Main Office of your child’s school. Please call the school in advance to find out when school staff will be in the office. 

When registering online, you will need to pay any school fees using a credit card.  If you prefer to pay with cash, or qualify for a fee waiver, or need to schedule a payment plan with your school, please contact your child’s school directly.

While registration for most students will be done online, you may still register in person if you prefer.  All schools in Canyons District are scheduled to be open on specific dates and times for your walk-in registration convenience. A list of walk-in registration dates and times will be published in July on the District's website.

While Peachjar may sound like something you would pull out of your grandmother’s pantry, it’s really the name of an e-flyer company that has recently partnered with Canyons District.  

Parents this week received notification that Canyons District is launching this new method of sending electronic flyers. They also received an e-mail, which included a username and password, which welcomes them to Peachjar.

To view the flyers, parents can simply click on the Peachjar button on Canyons school and District websites or sign up through the Peachjar website to receive the flyers via e-mail. 

Parents also can opt-out of receiving the e-mails by updating the delivery preferences on the Peachjar website. 

Until now, schools have printed paper flyers from community partners and businesses that pay a fee to advertise to District families. Those flyers were shoved into backpacks — and found when parents pulled out the smashed-up papers.  This eco-friendly initiative will save paper and reduce copy costs. Posting in this “electronic backpack” also removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.
The doors are shuttering for good at the old Midvale Middle, which has welcomed students into its corridors and classrooms for six decades. While the end has come for the two-story, red-bricked building on Pioneer Street, a recent groundbreaking party celebrated the start of work on a new 203,000-square-foot school that is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017 school year.

Some 150 students, teachers, administrators, and neighbors attended the Thursay, June 11, 2015 ceremony hosted by Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green, who represents schools in the Midvale area. Green, alongside fellow Board members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill, Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini, and Utah Rep. Bruce Cutler, R-Murray, among others, participated in the ceremonial turning of the dirt.

A photo album of the groundbreaking ceremony is on the Canyons District Facebook page.

At the event, Green said that the designs for the new school call for a 650-seat auditorium, collaboration spaces, a gym and fitness area, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, and classrooms built for the high-tech demands of the 21st century. “So many people have such great memories of going to school here. My own wife went to Midvale Middle, and she learned to swim in the pool here, and many of my neighbors have great stories about the friends they made and the lessons they learned in these classrooms and hallways,” Green said. 

“From the outside, this building may not appear to be more than brick and mortar.But this building is so much more than that. It represents six decades of education in our city. It’s an important part of our history and the traditions of our residents,” he said. “Kids in our neighborhoods can’t wait to leave the fifth-grade so they can follow in the footsteps of their brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, and in some cases their moms and dads, to start going to school at Midvale Middle School.”

Demolition at the site begins this summer. A community Open House on Friday, May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East. They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

“It’s exciting to think that in a few years, we’ll be in our new school. Right after the Board of Education voted on a timeline of construction for our new school, our teachers, parents, students and other members of the community met with some of the architects from VCBO,” Dau said.  “The architects truly focused on what’s really important: Our students and teachers. From day one, the focus of the design has been about creating the best learning environment for our students and a great work environment for our hard-working teachers.”

The new school, which is being built by Hughes General Contractors, is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

CSD parents now can access their students' state-mandated test results in their private, secure Skyward Family Access accounts. This allows parents to view their child's spring SAGE results in a secure, accessible format after school lets out for the summer. Individual SAGE results were posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the same secure Skyward Family Access account CSD families use for annual online registration.

To access your Skyward account:

o Click the Skyward Family Access link.
o Use your guardian or student username and password to log in to Skyward Family Access.
o Click on the "Portfolio" tab to view your child's SAGE results.

Need help with Skyward Family Access? Here's a tutorial

Five CSD schools — Midvale Middle School and Sandy, Copperview, East Midvale, and Midvale elementary schools — have opted to provide parents with paper copies of their children's SAGE results. Paper-copy results will be mailed to parents on June 17, the same day they were posted to Skyward Family Access. Parents who do not attend the above schools but who would like a paper copy of results should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to view frequently asked questions about SAGE state testing.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 18:17

Headlines Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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