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2 CSD Teachers Among 30 U.S. Educators Chosen for Prestigious NASA-funded Training, Education Program

Two stellar Canyons District educators have been selected by a NASA-affiliated institute to attend a prestigious astrophysics teacher-training program that includes a flight into the stratosphere on a jumbo jet carrying a massive reflecting telescope used to detect light sources from the depths of space.    Hillcrest High’s Clief Castleton and Corner Canyon High’s Milo Maughan are among the 30 high school, middle school, and community college instructors from 10 states chosen as 2021 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. They are the sole Utah teachers in this year’s co-hort, which was announced Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 by the SETI Institute. SETI houses

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CSD High Schools Announce Graduation Dates, Plans

Canyons District’s Class of 2021 will celebrate their graduation from high school with some well-deserved pomp amid unusual circumstances. CSD’s high schools have brainstormed solutions for a safe and proper send-off for graduates this pandemic year, in keeping with state health restrictions and school community wishes. Each school’s graduation plans were crafted in consultation with students and parents, including PTA and School Community Council leaders.  The plans include drive-thru graduation ceremonies, parades, neighborhoods decked out with signs, balloons and decorations, modified stage walks, music, speeches, livestreams and video recordings, and school-themed gifts, among other festivities. As described during the Canyons Board

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New Health Order Provides Schools Ways to Safely Hold Dances, Travel

A new order issued by Utah health officials heralds a safe return of rites of passage that have been enjoyed by decades of high school students: Dances and overnight travel for activities. Patterned after the successful “Test to Play” and “Test to Stay” protocols that have opened doors for students to remain engaged in activities and in-person learning, the new COVID-19-related directives, referred to as “Test to Dance” and Test to Travel,” are part of the directives that took effect on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Plans for safe school-sponsored dances can start immediately at Canyons District high schools. Because of the

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Portable Learning: Canyons to Provide a Computer to Every Student

Now, in addition to receiving their diplomas, Canyons District’s high school graduates will be given a computing device to take with them on their postsecondary adventures. It’s all part of an extension of ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide in Canyons for students of all ages. Starting next year, every student in Canyons District will be assigned a computing device to augment and support learning. Elementary students will receive a device each year for safe-keeping at school. Sixth-grade students will lease a device for them to keep and carry throughout their middle school years; they’ll be able to take

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‘Little’ Musical Makes Big History As 1st Show in Alta’s Performing Arts Center

“I wanna be where the people are. I wanna see, wanna see them dancing. Walking around on those — what do you call ’em? Oh, feet.” If you recently saw a red-headed mermaid with a dinglehopper, a cleaver-wielding French chef chasing a musically inclined crab or a chipper blue and yellow flounder near Alta High School, there’s a good reason why. Those “performin’ fortunate souls” were among 60 Alta High students who put on the “The Little Mermaid” musical at the spectacular new Performing Arts Center on the northwest corner of the Sandy school. The classic Disney musical was the

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