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Community Schools

Community schools are hubs of academic learning, healthy child development, and neighborhood cohesion.  Together, schools and various public and private partners provide comprehensive and coordinated academic, social, mental, physical, and vocational programs/services for students, families, and the community.  The best Community School models combine school-based and -linked services to maximize family, school, and community resources.  Community school approaches have been shown to produce positive school- and student-level outcomes (Blank et al., 2003)

Canyons School District’s five Title I elementary schools: Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale, Midvalley, and Sandy are Community Schools.  Midvale Middle, Mt Jordan Middle, Union Middle, Hillcrest High, and Diamond Ridge High have also been designated as Community Schools.  Using the community Collaboration Model for School Improvement (CSSMI: Anderson-Butcher et al., 2008), CSD’s Community School Initiative prioritized five pillars.  These include: academics, parent/family engagement, youth development, health and social services, and community partnerships.  Example strategies in each pillar are described below:

After-school tutoring programs targeting students with the greatest needs in reading and math; Before and After school enrichment programs, Enhanced curriculum-based instruction in classrooms, English-Language Learners programs.

GED Classes, English Language Learning Classes, Enhanced parent/teacher conferences, Family Nights, Parent Volunteerism.

Classroom social skills interventions, Recess Interventions, Before and After School Programs, Behavioral Incentive Programs, Improved Multi-tiered System of Supports/Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports.

School-based behavioral mental health, local food bank partnerships, linkages to medical, vision, and dental clinics, CARE/SST wraparound teams that problem-solve challenging student/family needs.

Business partnerships, community gardens, SB67 Midvale Partnerships for Student Success, Community-wide councils focused on city-wide planning.

Partners involved in the CSD Community Schools include key organizations such as Valley Behavioral Health, Hopeful Beginnings, PlayWorks, United Way of Salt Lake, Midvale City, Savage Industries, Utah Partners for Health, Eye Care for Kids, Community Nursing Services, UPD, Utah Food Bank, Utah Afterschool Network, International Rescue Committee, University of Utah as well as a variety of others.

  • 260 youth, on average, are served in afterschool tutoring each year
  • 818 youth, on average, involved in the extended learning program each year
  • Over 700 students are involved in Care/SST Team supports each year
  • Over 150 youth are served each year in pre-kindergarten classrooms
  • 600 students, on average, are linked to medical, dental, and vision services each year
  • Each month over 1,600 students and families are provided foot stability supports including mobile food pantries & weekend backpacks
  • Over 19,000 hours of volunteer time is provided by families, businesses, and community partners

Parents/caregivers also were involved in new opportunities (such as GED programs, English-Language Learners classes, and computer classes).  In addition, parent volunteerism has exploded at the Community Schools.  System-wide improvements also have been made, in areas such as enhanced school improvement planning, improved data systems, strengthened identification, linkage and referral systems, and expanded professional development for teachers/staff/partners.

To learn more about CSD’s Community Schools Initiative, please contact Michele Vogeler at (801) 826-5023 or michele.vogeler@canyonsdistrict.org.

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

Superintendent

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!

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

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