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Students to Shine at Canyons District’s 10th Anniversary Festival

On a brisk, clear day on July 1, 2009, Canyons District made history. That was the first day of the first year of the first new school district to be created in Utah in nearly a century.

With a laser-like focus on helping every one of our students become college- and career-ready, Canyons District has been breaking barriers and raising the bar ever since its start.  

To celebrate the achievements of the past 10 years, the Canyons Board of Education and Administration are hosting a reception and a student-performance showcase for the Canyons District community.

The free event will be Monday May 13 at Jordan High, 95 Beetdigger Blvd. The reception, to be held in the commons area, will be from 6-7 p.m.  The District will serve refreshments and display memorabilia from the creation of the Canyons, including the time capsule that was filled at a morning ceremony on the first day of Canyons’ operations.

The performances, featuring student musical and dance groups from every corner of the District, will be from 7-8 p.m. in the auditorium.

“Students, parents, teachers, and the Canyons District community are invited to the celebrations to mark our 10th anniversary,” said Nancy Tingey, President of the Canyons Board of Education. “These celebrations are planned to recognize our community’s dedication to this noble endeavor of providing a world-class education to our children. During the festival, we will continue to spotlight the achievements and talents of our students, who are at the center of all we do in Canyons District.” 

In addition to receiving awards for budget excellence since our founding year, the District has built or renovated 13 schools since voters approved a $250 million bond issuance to pay for new and improved schools.

But the work didn’t stop there. Currently, with proceeds from a $283 million bond approved by voters in November 2017, construction work has started at five schools, including Hillcrest, Brighton, Alta and Corner Canyon high schools and Midvalley Elementary.

Academically, our students started soaring in 2009 and they haven’t stopped.

The Class of 2018 earned more than $30 million in scholarship offers, Canyons is home to this year’s General Scholar in the Sterling Scholar competition, we have 18 National Merit Scholar finalists, and seven students last year earned a perfect 36 on the ACT. 

So far this year, student athletes have won state championships in girls tennis, swimming, girls soccer, football, and boys basketball.

With every year, the bar keeps getting set higher and higher – and our students continue to soar

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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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