Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Early Childhood Home Learning

Your child’s learning can be strengthened and hastened when you supplement their classroom experiences are supplemented with at-home learning and growth opportunities.  Canyons Early Childhood Department is committed in supporting you as parents in the education of your young children!  We have created a collection of resources to help you in this endeavor.

Part of the daily routine in our preschool classrooms is called Plan-Do-Review. We do Planning Time, Work Time, and Review Time. The goal is to improve the intentionality of activities and provide ongoing engagement with adults and peers.

This has the following benefits:

  • Brings more purpose to what they are doing
  • Increases independence
  • Expands language as they communicate their plans and then review them with you
  • Develops a sense of time and accountability

Here are some practical ways to implement this process:

  • Planning for a meal/snack – then helping with the creation and consumption – then review what you accomplished
  • Help your children take pictures or videos and share them with their teacher to show what they have accomplished as part of their “review time”
  • Meal times and bedtime are good times to review the day. Ask questions about feelings, predicting next steps, new plans for tomorrow.

Understanding COVID-19

Talk to your child about factual information of COVID-19 when asked. Be aware that developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion in young children.

Maintain a normal, consistent routine when possible. This can be reassuring to young children.  Make sure to give lots of breaks for you and them.

Helpful Resources:

Goodbye Questions!  Hello Conversation!

You have probably noticed that when adults are talking with children, adults tend to rely heavily on questions.  “What’s that?”  “Do you like playing with cars?”

When children are asked a question, they are required to only provide a limited response.  If we shift our conversational pattern away from questions and towards comments, we have the potential to shift daily moments into opportunities for learning.

Instead Of This … Say That

  • “What did you draw?” … “I see a big green line!”
  • “What’s that?” … “I see a big crane!”
  • “What do you have?” … “You are holding two cars!”
  • “Do you like it?” … “Mmm, this pizza is delicious!”

Additional Resources: is a great resource for fun, engaging, creative activities.

In addition to resources available at your local library, the following online resources provide access to free books and literacy activities:

These videos support families who have young children who struggle with language development, engagement with appropriate play, and participating in social exchanges (turn taking).

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

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