We’re hiring! Yes, it’s true. Canyons District is looking for a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Jim Briscoe who announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year. But it’s also that time of the year when our talent scouts crisscross the country in search of top teachers to lead our classrooms.

Teaching candidates who are interested in getting to know Canyons a little better are invited to a free “Flip the Interview” Open House on Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. The event, held at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane in Sandy, is an opportunity for hiring prospects to interview us — our principals, instructional coaches, and more — to become better acquainted with our schools and our culture.

Hiring efforts this year have been helped by the $7,665 pay raise approved for teachers last spring by the Canyons Board of Education. “We’ve already screened hundreds of candidates,” reports recruiter and Human Resources Administrator Jo Jolley.

But the District is always in search for high quality candidates and continues to accept applications for teaching, counseling and support staff positions. FlipInterview copy

At a time when teachers, due to a nationwide teacher shortage, can choose where they want to live and work, why are so many choosing Canyons?

Utah’s quality of life, and reputation as a safe, affordable place to raise a family helps. Some are drawn by our outdoor riches. How many schools reside footsteps from the Greatest Snow on Earth, or five national parks?

“Others know that because this District was created less than a decade ago by a vote of the people, we enjoy uncommon levels of community support,” says Human Resources Administrator Sally Sansom. Utah has long led the nation in rates of volunteering.

Teachers who apply to CSD also remark on its enduring commitment to funding teacher training and coaching supports, Sansom says. The District offers nearly 100 hours of free professional development annually, and teachers in every one of our schools have day-or-night access to an instructional coach. 

Join us on Feb. 20, or take a moment to familiarize yourself with our job openings online, and see what we have to offer you at this stage in your career.

Superintendent Candidates: https://supersearch.canyonsdistrict.org/
Teachers: https://www.teachers-teachers.com/employer/canyons-school-district-6537
Licensed and Administrators: https://jobs.canyonsdistrict.org/hr/home.cfm
Support Staff: https://jobs.canyonsdistrict.org/human-resources/index.cfm#!/home
Substitute Teachers: https://jobs.canyonsdistrict.org/human-resources/index.cfm#!/jobDetails/17019
Whether in the classroom, or on the starting block, court or mat, these sporting scholars bring everything they’ve got. For persevering through years of tough quizzes, meets, matches and performances, 22 students representing all five of Canyons District’s traditional high schools have earned Academic All-State status in winter sports.

Sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, the Academic All-State Award is reserved for high school seniors who have a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, or achieve a cut-score that takes into account grades and performance on college-entrance exams. The following 22 winter honorees bring to 48 the total number of CSD students to be chosen this year for the award:

Amelia Nelson, Brighton
Elle Kilgore, Corner Canyon
Nicole Spilker, Hillcrest

Girls Swimming
Cienna Wilko, Brighton
Sydney Haddock, Brighton
Annika Manwaring, Corner Canyon
Grace Poulson, Corner Canyon
Julianna Smith, Corner Canyon
Johnson, Corner Canyon
Laura Wan, Hillcrest

Boys Swimming
Jones Loveall, Alta
Fa'alataitaua Fitisemanu, Brighton
Sean G. Farrenkopf, Brighton
Jacob Kessler, Corner Canyon
Richard Barnes, Jordan
Wade Stepan, Jordan
Caylor Willis, Hillcrest

Girls Basketball
Caroline Murri, Alta
Chloe Norseth, Brighton
Kaitlyn Sterner, Jordan

Boys Basketball
Zachary Katzenbach, Hillcrest

Boys Wrestling
Kaden Westerlind, Corner Canyon
Hindsight may be 20/20. But for the Class of 2020, there’s no looking back — not when a bright future is coming into sharper focus by the day.

This summer, a group of high school seniors who don’t remember a time before Google or smart phones, who lived through the Great Recession and witnessed the election of our first African American President, will receive their diplomas and embrace adulthood.

Whatever’s in store for this generation of scholars, dreamers, inventors, athletes and artists, here’s betting it will be groundbreaking. So, circle your calendars and join us in celebrating the achievements of our exceptional graduates.

Canyons District’s five traditional high schools will perform commencement rites on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Ceremonies for special programs and schools will be held on separate dates (see below). 

  • Alta High School — May 28, 10 a.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Brighton High School — May 28, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — May 28, 2 p.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Hillcrest High School — May 28, 9:30 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — May 28, 6:30 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge High School — May 27, 7 p.m., Midvale Middle School
  • South Park Academy — June 10, 8 a.m., Timpanogos Correctional Facility 
  • Entrada — June 30, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Canyons Transitions Academy — May 26, noon, Canyons Center, Canyons District Office
  • Jordan Valley School — May 22, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley Cafeteria
A national search for the next superintendent of the Canyons School District launched today, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.

The application to become Canyons’ fourth-ever chief executive was made available to prospective candidates at 8 a.m. Advertisements promoting the search will be appearing in national publications and on education-related websites until the end of the five-week application window.

The Canyons Board of Education opted to fast-track plans to find a new leader after the current superintendent, Dr. Jim Briscoe, on Jan. 14 announced his upcoming retirement from a 38-year career in education. In order to take advantage of peak hiring season, and with the goal of having a new superintendent in place by Dr. Briscoe’s last day on June 30, 2020, members of the Board established an application window to run from Feb. 10 through Friday, March 13, 2020.

Information about the national search, including the job description and required qualifications, can be found on the Canyons District website.

At the end of the application window, a third-party facilitator will review the applications and ensure the candidates meet the established qualifications before the names of the applicants are forwarded to the Board of Education for consideration.

The Board of Education, which hires and oversees the superintendent, will identify applicants it would like to interview. From that field, finalists will be chosen. After a final round of interviews, the successful candidate will be chosen and appointed by the Board.

As the search begins in earnest, the Board of Education seeks community input on the desired traits and experience of a new leader of the 34,000-student district. The Board is providing several avenues for the Canyons community to contribute to the conversation about the characteristics that students, parents, patrons, teachers, staff, and business partners would like to see in the new superintendent.

Links to online surveys will be sent to parents and employees via email. Responses will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 21. Three Town Hall meetings Feb. 25-27 also have been planned to gather additional input. 

“This public input process was created specifically because of how seriously the Board of Education is approaching the search for Canyons’ next leader,” said Board President Nancy Tingey.  “Any and all thoughts about the characteristics, experience, academic credentials, and leadership style desired by this community in a new superintendent will be considered as the Board reviews applications and interviews the top candidates. Please know that your voice matters, and we invite you to participate as we gather this much-valued information.”

The new superintendent will succeed Briscoe, who was appointed in 2014. Dr. Ginger Rhode, the first-ever Deputy Superintendent of Canyons District, served as Interim Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year. She assumed the role when Dr. David Doty, the inaugural superintendent hired in 2008, stepped down to accept a position with a national education-reform organization. 


Tuesday, Feb. 25 
6:30-8 p.m. 
Jordan High, 95 Beetdigger Blvd.  

Wednesday, Feb. 26 
6:30-8 p.m. 
Corner Canyon High, 12943 S. 700 East

Thursday, Feb. 27
6:30-8 p.m. 
Albion Middle, 2755 Newcastle Dr.
To make up for the instructional time lost due to the weather-related cancellation of school on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, a make-up day will be held on Presidents Day.

All Canyons District schools will now hold school on Feb. 17 on their usual Monday schedules. Buses also will be operating that day.

The Presidents Day holiday was previously set aside by the District’s Calendar Committee as the designated make-up day for emergency school closures for the  2019-2020 school year. Under Utah law, public schools must conduct school for at least 990 instructional hours over a minimum of 180 days each academic year, and recover any days lost due to inclement weather. Districts are expected to build a recovery day into their calendars so as to provide families and employees advance notice of the possible need and timing for a make-up day.

Canyons’ calendars are approved each year by the Board of Education based on the recommendations of a committee made up of parents and District employees.

Decisions to cancel school are never made lightly. The early morning call for a “Snow Day” was made by administrators after consultation with Transportation Department personnel surveyed roads and reported conditions were too slippery and hazardous for safe travel. The weather-related cancellation was the second in Canyons District history.

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Your Make-Up Day Questions Answered

Why do schools have to schedule a make-up day? 
Under Utah law public schools must conduct school for at least 990 instructional hours over a minimum of 180 days each academic year, and recover any days lost due to inclement weather. Canyons District’s calendar guidelines stipulate that make-up days be held on Presidents Day. 
What will happen if I keep my child out of school on the make-up day?
Canyons schools will follow current attendance policies, which allow for planned vacations. Parents wishing to excuse a student’s absence need to follow the usual steps by phoning their school’s attendance office. You can find more information on the district’s attendance policies here

What happens if we have more snow days this year? 
If Canyons District uses up all of its designated make-up days, it can petition the state Superintendent of schools for a waiver of any additional days missed. Such waivers are generally granted only under extraordinary circumstances. CSD may also decide to change the school calendar by extending the school year. Any changes made to the current school calendar would have to be approved by the Canyons Board of Education.

What time will school start and end on Monday, Feb. 17?
Schools will operate according to their usual Monday schedules, as will buses. Click here to access the bell schedules for elementary schools, and here for middle and high schools.

For the secondary schools, will Feb. 17 be an A day or a B day?
The middle and high schools that are on block schedules are planning on Feb. 17 being a B day, since the snow day was a B day. This means students will have two B days in a row.
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