Canyons District student-athletes are acing tests, quizzes and homework while also scoring big on the playing field.

In addition to the four state championship trophies won already this year in Utah High School Activities Association-sanctioned sports, 26 students from all five of Canyons District’s traditional, comprehensive high schools have earned Academic All-State Honors in fall sports. 

The UHSAA selects students on the basis of their athletic ability and academic proficiency.  

Boys Golf
  • Dylan Ricord — Alta High
Girls Tennis
  • Emilee Astle — Alta High
  • Elizabeth Simmons — Corner Canyon High 
  • Madison Lawlor —  Jordan
Girls Cross Country
  • Emily Liddiard — Hillcrest High
  • Ellie Anderson — Brighton High
  • Karlie Branch — Corner Canyon High
  • McKayla Kimball — Corner Canyon High
Girls Soccer
  • Megan Munger — Brighton High
  • Amelia Munson — Brighton High
  • Kaitlyn Conley — Brighton High
  • Megan Astle – Corner Canyon
  • Gwendelyn Christopherson — Jordan
  • Erika Oldham — Jordan
Boys Cross Country
  • Tavin Forsythe-Barker — Alta High
  • Declan Gleason — Brighton High
  • Joshua Johnson — Brighton High
  • Peter Oldham — Corner Canyon High
  • Michael McCarter — Corner Canyon High
  • Brandon Johnson — Corner Canyon
  • Jeddy Bennett — Jordan High
  • Samuel Bennett — Jordan High

  • Baylor Jeppsen — Corner Canyon High  
  • Caden Johnson — Corner Canyon High
  • Austin Schaurgard — Jordan High
  • John Hillas — Brighton
There’s never a good day to receive a bomb threat. But it’s hard to imagine worse timing for the threat lodged against Sunrise Elementary last year.

It was November on the first Tuesday after the long Thanksgiving weekend, and students were just settling back into a steady routine when the phone rang in one of the classrooms at Sunrise. The person fated to answer the anonymous, blocked call was a substitute teacher. “There’s a bomb set to go off in the cafeteria in five minutes,” was all the caller would say.

The clock was ticking, but Sunrise students were well practiced at evacuating the school. Within three minutes of the phone call and Principal Margaret Swanicke’s immediate evacuation announcement, all 650 students plus employees had exited the building and reassembled at a predetermined location. Everyone was safe and accounted for.

“The kids were calm. They assumed it was a drill and knew exactly how to behave and line up outside,” Swanicke says. “That’s why you do emergency drills, and why you should take them seriously, because you never know when something might actually happen.”smallbombthreat

In Canyons District, November is the month for elementary schools to practice responding to a bomb threat. Middle and high schools do lockdown and shelter-in-place drills.

Bomb threats are rare, affecting fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s nearly 99,000 public schools on any given year—and 90 percent are hoaxes—as was the case with Sunrise. But hoax threats are no joke.

Since 2014, there has been a 33 percent increase in these types of threats against schools, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, disrupting schools and wasting precious law enforcement resources. “We have to take each threat seriously and thoroughly investigate it to determine its credibility,” says Canyons District Risk Manager Kevin Ray. “What some students might think is an innocent joke can be very costly in terms of instruction-time lost and all the law enforcement personnel who have to respond.”

For this reason, law enforcement agencies are taking hoax threats more seriously and prosecuting them as federal crimes. Canyons District encourages parents to talk to their children about the risk of posting and sharing hoax threats on social media, and urges anyone who sees something unsafe to say something by reporting it through the anonymous crisis and safety tipline SafeUT.

The problem with sharing tips in public forums, such as Facebook or Instagram, is that it lends credibility to false threats and stirs panic in school communities. “There’s nothing that strikes fear in the heart of a parent than to hear their child may be in danger,” Swanicke says. “This is why we have well-established protocols in place for directly and immediately notifying parents of emergencies in as clear and transparent a way as possible. Parents deserve to know about the safety and whereabouts of their children, and keeping everyone informed helps all of us keep cooler heads in a crisis.”

The threat at Sunrise was ruled-out as baseless following a full sweep of the school by police and K-9 units. But as with all such events, it was a learning experience for the District, which updated its emergency notifications to more accurately reflect the steps that students and faculty are trained to take during a bomb threat. The school also made changes to entry and exit points to allow for greater mobility in the event of an emergency.

“The hoax bomb threat wasn’t a planned drill, but it gave us a chance to examine and refine some of our safety measures,” Swanicke says. “This is why we approach each drill as if the emergency were real.”
Halloween — the one night of the year when what we have to fear is more than fear itself. To keep your little zombies, witches and ghosts safe as they haunt the neighborhoods on All Hallow’s Eve, Canyons District is passing along these safety tips. 

Kevin Ray, Canyons District’s Risk Management Coordinator, annually provides tips for families who are headed out for a night of fun, frolic and frights. First, he says, parents should examine the haul of goodies the costumed kiddos bring home at the end of the evening.  Make sure the wrappers are intact and treats haven’t been touched or altered.

As your children romp the sidewalks, make sure they travel in packs, he said.  Traveling in groups maximizes the safety of children. It’s easier for motorists to see packs of werewolves and Clifford the Big Red Dogs headed to the next house for more Snickers, Twizzlers and Hershey Bars. 

Yes, we know your little ballerina wants to wear her slippers. But encourage sturdy — and warmer — footwear for Halloween, Ray says. According to the weather forecasters, temperatures could dip into the 40s, so revelers should put on a few more layers to enjoy the hocus pocus just a little longer. 

The National PTA also is handing out some safety reminders for hob-gobblins headed out to gobble up treats.  The country’s oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy in the country reminds parents to add splashes of color to costumes.

Even if one of your children hasn’t chosen Inspector Gadget as a costume, there are safety gadgets that can be used to help children make their way through the dark.  Says the PTA’s website: “Take the extra step of attaching reflective tape and giving him or her a flashlight. Even if they are on the sidewalk, many homes turn the lights down to emphasize their Halloween spirit for the night.”

Safety experts also encourage parents to accompany their children on their trick-or-treating trips through neighborhoods.   

Drivers should be on high alert, as well.  Slow down.  Keep your eyes peeled for dashing young princes. “Look around your vehicle. Before backing up your car, be sure to walk behind your vehicle; but keep in mind that by the time you start your vehicle a child could easily have moved behind your car. You can never be too vigilant,” the PTA says. 

Parents are encouraged to check the District’s dress code policy and their child’s school on the costume rules for the Halloween parties, parades, and performing-arts assemblies. For the most part, though, masks and weapons, either real or facsimile, are not allowed.
Parents of middle and high school students enrolled in Canyons District's Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Programs have been invited to a meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 to learn about DLI instruction in middle and high school. 

The 6 p.m. event will be in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. Canyons curriculum specialists will be on hand to discuss course pathways, high school bridge courses, and the intent-to-continue process that fifth- and eighth-graders will be asked to complete in order to continue in the program in middle and high school. This helps the District better anticipate scheduling and hiring needs for the upcoming year.

Questions? Please call the CSD Instructional Supports Department at 801 826 5045.

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With a sharp chirp of a whistle, the best student runners from all eight of Canyons District middle schools took off running with their eyes on the rolling grassy route in front of them — and their hearts set on being the first to cross the finish line.

Under sunny skies, two boy and girl runners from every grade at every CSD middle school competed on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at the 10th annual CSD Intramurals Cross Country Championship Meet. They all ran roughly 2 miles around Union Middle School’s campus.

Hundreds of friends and family lined the route to cheer the students as they jostled for position and pushed themselves to high speeds.

At the end of the race, Draper Park Middle captured the first-place trophies for both the girls and boys teams.

In the girls' race, Eastmont finished at No. 2 and Union captured third place.

For the boys, Mount Jordan raced to the second-place spot and Midvale Middle snagged third place.

The overall top boy runners were Mount Jordan’s Diego Lopez, Draper Park’s Grayson Milne and Mount Jordan’s Levi Wilcoxon.   The overall top girl runners were Eastmont’s Sarah Seamons, Draper Park’s Avery Garcia and Draper Park’s Bre Kennard. 

The race is the school year’s first contest for the middle-school intramural athletics program, which was developed to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs. Individual winners will be awarded medals and the fastest teams will receive trophies to be displayed at their respective schools.

See Canyons District's Facebook page for a photo gallery of the race.
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