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Episode 11: You Are What You Eat — So For Kids, It Better Taste Great

For some students, knowing what’s on the lunch menu might not be the most important part of the day. But for Canyons Nutrition Services Department, it’s everything. From taste tests to strict health requirements, locally sourcing ingredients and analyzing what’s a popular meal and what’s not, Canyons goes to great lengths to make sure students have healthy, delicious food choices every day at school. This year, the meals are provided to students for free through exemptions allowed by the USDA. In this mouth-watering episode of Connect Canyons, we will take you behind the scenes of Canyons’ Nutrition Services Department and

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Episode 10: This Year’s Bumper Crop in School Improvement Funding

What is Utah’s Permanent State School Fund? That’s a jargony name that may not mean much to some of our listeners. But this fund is special. It has a special place in Utah’s history, it plays a vital role in fueling school improvement, and to understand its origins and purpose, we went straight to the source: The custodian of the school fund, Utah’s State Treasurer Dave Damschen. In this episode of Connect Canyons we talk to Mr. Damschen about the role of locally-elected School Community Councils in determining how the funds are spent. We also talk about how the fund

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Episode 9: Be a Hero, Support Your Neighborhood School by Substitute Teaching

Created by a vote of the people, Canyons District has always enjoyed uncommon levels of community support, and this year — when parents, grandparents and patrons ask what they can do to help — invariably, the answer is substitute teach. More do-gooders have signed up to cover classrooms this year than ever. Even so, COVID-related health and safety precautions have heightened demand for substitutes as teachers are placed on quarantine or, out of abundance of caution, asked to stay home with a sore throat, a cough or the sniffles. Learn why schools are still on the hunt for helping hands,

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Episode 8: So, You Want to Switch Classes? Here’s What it Takes to Make that Happen

Ever wonder what it’s like to build a course schedule for a public high school? In Canyons District, we refer to this undertaking as “building a board,” which makes it sound like a parlor game. But the process of making sure the courses you offer align with the faculty members who are certified to teach those courses and with what students want or need to take in order to graduate, is more like piecing together a Spiderman puzzle with thousands of pieces that are all the same shade of red. It’s a heroic effort, it’s complicated, and in this pandemic

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Episode 7: A Conversation with Dr. David Parker About Building “Authentically Inclusive” Schools

What’s the recipe for student success? Relationships, relationships, relationships. Call it a twist on the “three Rs,” but relationships are truly the foundation of all learning, from the time we are infants enthralled in a game of peek-a-boo to the mentors who influence our path through school, college and the workplace. To borrow an oft-quoted phrase:  Students don’t care what you know (about reading, writing or arithmetic) until they know how much you care. So, how can schools create the right conditions for relationships to flourish? According to Dr. David Allen Parker, they must intentionally work to build, through practice

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