district_of_distinction_black.png
The official organization of Canyons District educators has endorsed the District’s $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal that is on the ballot in this fall’s General Election.

The Canyons Education Association, which represents Canyons educators in salary and policy negotiations with the District, announced its support of the measure that would generate money to build and renovate schools.

“Canyons Education Association is pleased to announce that the CEA Executive Board voted to support the Canyons School District bond. Patrons have seen the positive impact the previous bond had on the learning environments and safety of our students and staff, including the addition of natural light in buildings and the rebuild of aging facilities,” said CEA President Erika Bradshaw.  “The new projects planned with the current bond will continue this endeavor and create the best infrastructure of any district in the state. CEA supports Canyons School District’s efforts to renew and rebuild to create safe, attractive, and modern learning environments for all students in our district.”

If the bond proposal is approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 7, the District would rebuild Hillcrest and Brighton high schools; Union Middle; Peruvian Park, Midvalley and a White City-area elementary schools; remodel a significant part of Alta High, including the addition of a state-of-the-art auditorium and a gymnasium; build classrooms to replace the portables at Corner Canyon High; build six front office remodels; and complete natural-lighting projects at 18 elementary schools.


This is the third major endorsement of the bond measure. Midvale City approved a resolution on Sept. 19, 2017 that stated elected city leaders believe “it is in the best interests of the City and its residents to support the Bond Proposal.”  Region 17 PTA, the recognized parent group for Canyons’ schools, also backs the bond, which would raise facility-improvement funds without raising property taxes. 

Canyons District has an established track record with bond proposals. CSD has nearly completed all 13 of the major projects promised to the community in 2010 when a $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal was approved by the public.

A new Midvale Middle and Alta View Elementary, the 11th and 12th projects, opened this fall. Crews are currently working on the 13th project, a renovation of Indian Hills Middle. Construction is expected to be completed by fall. Click here for a list of all other projects.

The 2010 bond helped the District start addressing the $650 million in deferred maintenance on buildings that were inherited from a previous school district. The current proposal would fund the continuation of CSD’s plan to modernize and improve all buildings in all parts of the District.

The District’s AAA bond rating will guarantee the lowest possible interest rates are obtained when the bonds are sold.
It’s no longer referred to as “vocational education” for a reason. Career and Technical Education has gone mainstream.

Today it’s seen as the path to acquiring the kind of marketable skills needed to succeed in high-paying industries ranging from health care, science and engineering to early childhood education. What's more, those skills are now often taught in tandem with core subjects to boost achievement in literacy, math and history. In fact, 94 percent of high school students take CTE courses, not to mention millions of college-age students.

Want to know how CTE applies to you and your teenage children? Join us at the South Towne Expo Center on Oct. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. for a showcase of CTE training and job opportunities. Co-sponsored by school districts and postsecondary institutions throughout Utah, the event is free and open to the public.

 
The student voice can be heard loud and clear in the Canyons District.

To the end of creating a direct avenue for student input, the Canyons Board of Education has empaneled a Student Advisory Council made up of representatives from all five of Canyons’ traditional high schools.

This is the fifth year a council of Canyons students has been selected to serve in this capacity.

The members of the council, who were introduced during the meeting of the Board on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, were chosen through an application process.  They will meet at least six times throughout the year for leadership training, discussions with senior staff members of the District, and to give feedback to Board members on proposals that could impact students.   

The 2017-2018 members of the Student Advisory Council are Alta High’s Sydney Pexton and Taylor Wood; Brighton High’s Bradley Sullivan and Sophie Yates; Corner Canyon High’s Hope Broman and Logan Orr; Hillcrest High’s Boston Iacobazzi and Sierra Metzger; and Jordan High’s Conner Tait and Gabby Marz.

Board of Education 1st Vice President Nancy Tingey welcomed the students to their advisory role.  She says the Board looks forward to “sitting down and discussing the things” that are important to the students.  “If you see things that we could do better,” she said, “then don’t hesitate to contact us.” 

The council is facilitated by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle.
The Canyons District Office of Public Communications has received statewide honors for its efforts to communicate with parents, teachers, students and the community at large following a fatal shooting near a Sandy elementary in June.

At the recent annual conference of the Utah Public Information Officers Association, the Canyons public-relations team of Jeff Haney and Kirsten Stewart received the award for the best communications in a major incident. The significant event was the June 6, 2017 domestic-violence situation that occurred blocks away from Brookwood Elementary just moments after classes let out for the day. It was the second-to-last day of school for the year.

The incident resulted in the slayings of a mother and her kindergarten-age child.  The man who police say fired the weapon then committed suicide in the street.

“A fatal shooting in Sandy put intense pressure on the Canyons District communications team,” the state PIO organization said in its presentation of the award. “Yet, they performed with grace and professionalism.”   

Haney and Stewart Immediately put into place the District’s established emergency-communications plan after hearing of the traumatic incident, which was witnessed by throngs of children who were walking home after school. It was also seen parents who were driving their children and neighbors who were outside enjoying the warm spring day. 

While keeping the Board of Education and District administrators apprised of developments, Haney and Stewart quickly crafted and sent notifications to parents, updated the community via social media, issued statements to news reporters, wrote and disseminated talking points for principals and staff, coordinated with law enforcement, and worked with the principal and Crisis Counseling teams to provide appropriate information to parents and employees. The demand for information about the incident continued for about a week.

“This is a well-earned award,” Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said.  The response of the communications team “allowed our principals and crisis-response teams to do what was needed to support students and families, instead of being in front of the camera,” he said.
Did you know that at Canyons District, it's possible to learn two languages at the same time and to graduate from high school fluent in both? The start of October signals the opening of the window to apply for Canyons District's Dual Language Immersion Programs for the 2018-2019 school year.

From Monday, Oct. 9 to Wednesday, Nov. 22, parents and guardians can apply online to have their children learn Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese.

In addition, parents and guardians who have questions about the programs are invited to a Parent Information Night on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The 6-8 p.m. event will be held in the Professional Development Center at Canyons District’s East Administration Building (9361 S. 300 East in Sandy).

Please note, that students with siblings currently enrolled in a Dual-Language Immersion school must still submit applications by the Nov. 22 deadline. A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applicants exceeds the 56 seats available per entering class. 

On the application, parents will be asked to list their top three preferred languages and schools. Parents will be notified of their children’s acceptance into a program, or be given a choice of possible programs, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

All programs, except for the one at Midvale Elementary, are for students entering first grade in 2018-19. The Midvale Spanish-English program is for students entering kindergarten in 2018-2019.

Spanish also is offered at Alta View and Silver Mesa. French is taught at Butler Elementary and Oak Hollow. The schools offering Mandarin are Draper Elementary, Lone Peak, and Ridgecrest.

A model of bilingual instruction dating back to the 1960s, immersion programs are surfacing in classrooms around the globe as an efficient path to proficiency in a world language. Children in dual language immersion programs spend half the day learning core subjects in English and the other half learning in a target language. 

CSD’s first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to 17 elementary and secondary school immersion programs. Statewide, nearly 10 percent of all elementary students are learning a world language through the program which extends through high school where, if they've passed an Advanced Placement exam, students can start taking college-level courses for early college credit.

Questions? Call the Instructional Supports Department at 801-826-5026.
Page 8 of 88

I-CANyons

K-5-Report-Cards-FAQs