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UPDATE • THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED 

As a preventive measure, in alignment with recommendations by health authorities who are working to preempt the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed all fifth-grade Maturation Programs. We hope to be able to reschedule these events or arrange to videotape the presentations and share it with parents through a password-protected link. Once we’ve finalized our contingency plans, we’ll send an email with further instructions to all fifth-grade families.

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It’s difficult to know who has more trepidation about discussing health and the maturation process, pre-teens or their parents.

But while growing up can be hard, talking about it needn’t be. To help you rock “the talk,” Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program  for fifth-grade students and their parents.

Presentations conducted by the professional speaker Carrie Ann Kemp have been scheduled through the month of March. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which date best fits their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes.

The aim of the program is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved instruction districtwide. Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home.

*Midvale Middle
  • Tuesday, March 3 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
Eastmont Middle
  • Tuesday, March 10 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
Butler Middle
  • Wednesday, March 18 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m. 
Indian Hills Middle
  • Wednesday, March 25 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
*Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentations at Midvale Middle School.
Talking to your child about growing up doesn’t have to be difficult or awkward. To help you rock “the talk”—or start conversations about health, wellness and the maturation process—Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program for fifth-grade students and their parents.

Presentations conducted by professional speakers (Jim Kelly for boys, and Carrie Ann Kemp for girls) have been scheduled through the months of March and April. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which date best fit their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes.

The aim of the program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that were previously held at each individual school, is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved instruction districtwide.

Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home.

*Mount Jordan Middle
  • Tuesday, March 5 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
Draper Park Middle
  • Wednesday, March 13 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
Albion Middle
  • Tuesday, March 19 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
Eastmont Middle
  • Wednesday, April 10 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
*Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentation at Mount Jordan Middle School.
Never doubt that small changes can make a big difference. What started as a suggestion by a concerned Canyons School District parent has grown into a Board of Education-approved campaign to reduce schoolyard idling during morning drop-offs and pickups.

On Earth Day, Canyons became the first school district in Utah to go idle free at all of its schools. The campaign kicked off early in the morning at Ridgecrest elementary school where “no idling” signs were installed and students greeted drivers with placards, informational pamphlets and window clings to place in vehicles. Eventually, signs will be placed at all Canyons schools and “no idling” pledges will be sent home with students, encouraging parents to voluntarily pledge to “turn their key and be idle free.”

The idea originated with a parent, Cindy Boyer, who dropped by Superintendent Jim Briscoe’s office just over a month ago to share her frustration at seeing exhaust billowing into the air at her child’s school’s parking lot. Briscoe took her concerns to the Board of Education, and within a matter of weeks, the district’s “no idling” campaign was born.

Air quality along the congested Wasatch Front has improved. But Utah still has two of the nation’s seven worst cities for air pollution, according to the American Lung Association. The Utah Division of Air Quality says 38 percent of the state's air pollution comes from cars and trucks — some of it from idling vehicles. Monitoring at schools in other states has shown elevated levels of pollutants during drop-off and pickup times. And because Kids breathe about 2 gallons of air a minute, and their lungs are still developing, they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of pollutants.

“Besides educating students, I feel we have some responsibility for their health, and their future health,” said Briscoe, noting that projections show school enrollment doubling in the Canyons District area over the next 30 years.

Hundreds of Utah schools have implemented idling reduction programs under an initiative spearheaded by the Utah Clean Cities Coalition. Canyons is the first to take it districtwide, according to the non-profit’s northern coordinator Tammie Bostick Cooper.

But the initiative is really a community affair. Utah Clean Cities and Cottonwood Heights have provided no idling signs and educational materials. Officials with Salt Lake County Health Department are taking a census of idling cars outside schools before and after the campaign launch. And each school in the district is finding creative ways to engage students and spread the message.

Many Canyons schools, and all of its buses, have been idle-free for some time, said Canyons Energy Specialist Christopher Eppler. Copperview Elementary is having students in grades 3-5 write argumentative essays about the benefits of reducing idling. And on Friday, Ridgecrest held a “no idling” assembly to honor fifth-grader Kaleb Broderick who, in a handwritten letter, recently urged Cottonwood Heights to install no idling signs near public parks. The city agreed and donated an extra sign to Ridgecrest.

Reducing idling is easy to do. It protects our health and improves our air quality. It also saves money on gas. A few seconds here or there adds up over time, said Canyons Board Vice President Nancy Tingey at a recent board meeting. “I would hope every one of us would look at our own habits and consider what tiny changes we could make to improve our air quality.”

Other ‘Healthy Schools’ Steps at Canyons

  • ENERGY: Since the district’s inception in 2009, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by 39 percent — or 6,923 metric tons of CO2 — even as our facilities have grown by 1 million square feet, says Canyons’ Energy Specialist Christopher Eppler. That’s the equivalent of taking 10,311 cars off the road.  This was accomplished by upgrading heating, cooling and lighting systems in older schools and by placing mechanical systems in “unoccupied” mode when buildings are vacant.
  • WATER: Canyons also is doing its part to curb water usage; the district has about 370 acres of turf to maintain. With a $15,000 grant from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Eppler hired and trained Canyons students to help survey, monitor and adjust school water schedules based on the root zone, type of grass, shade, soil type and evaporation rate. In July 2014, the district used 16.5 million gallons less than in July 2012 and 9.5 million gallons less than in July 2013. 
  • RADON TESTING: Canyons District was recently honored by the Utah Division of Environmental Quality for its radon-testing program. CSD is the only district in Utah that regularly tests schools for radon with all buildings tested at least every two years. 
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Yes, it’s almost time for “the talk.”

To help start discussions about health and wellness, Canyons District has developed an informational maturation-process program for fifth-grade students and their parents. 

Fifth-grade boys and girls and their parents are invited to attend maturation presentations by professional speakers. We encourage parents and their fifth-grade children to attend these free events together so conversations can continue in the home. 

The aim with this program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that previously were held at each school, is to provide consistent, sensitive, and approved maturation instruction districtwide.

Presentation for Boys 
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at Indian Hills Middle, 180 E. Sanders Road, 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 8 at Union Middle, 615 E. 8000 South, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16 at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane, 7-8 p.m.
Presentation for Girls
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Indian Hills Middle, 180 E. Sanders Road, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9 at Union Middle, 615 E. 8000 South, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17 at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane, 7-8 p.m.

Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentations at Mount Jordan Middle. 

Your children are growing up. 

To help start conversations about health, wellness, and the maturation process, Canyons District has developed an informational program for students and their parents.

Fifth-grade boys and girls and their parents are invited to attend maturation programs by professional presenters. We encourage all parents and their children to attend these free events together so conversations can continue in the home.

The aim with this program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that previously were held at each individual school, is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved maturation instruction districtwide.

Please plan to join us at one of the maturation programs for fifth-grade boys and girls in Canyons District:

For Boys
  • Feb. 11 — Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.
  • Feb. 18 — Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.

For Girls 
  • Feb. 10 — Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.
  • Feb. 19 — Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.
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