We're Hiring!


Family Connections

Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Alta Bids Welcome To German Exchange Students

Alta High School “Wilkommen” – welcomed – 16 German exchange students and two chaperone teachers to Utah late last month with a new experience for the foreigners – an American high school cafeteria breakfast.

“It’s pretty awesome. I did not expect everything to be so big – the mountains, the streets, the shopping malls,” said Jeremias Zeller, a German exchange student staying with Alta junior Tandin White. “In Utah, you can eat at any restaurant you want – Asian, Italian, Mexican.”

“While we’re here, we want to make our English better, and maybe we can bring Germany nearer to the people here.”

The students from Dillingen an der Donau, Germany, are staying with 13 local host families and one teacher through mid-April. Nearly all the families have a student studying German at a Canyons District school.

The exchange is facilitated by the German American Partnership Program, a non-profit organization that aims to build connections between the two countries.

“There’s a decreasing number of German programs in the country, but there’s a lot of Germans who want to do the exchange program,” said Jo Carmiol, the former German teacher at Alta who initiated the exchange. “It helps keep German alive and well in Utah.”

Students taking German classes at Indian Hills Middle School and Summit Academy also are involved in District activities with the exchange students. Canyons District is facilitating out-of-school activities such as a hike to Ensign Peak, a tour of the State Capitol and shopping at City Creek Center. The German students visited New York City before flying to Utah and also headed to Moab over the Spring Recess.

Alta High junior Annika Burton and her family were excited to have two German students staying at their home. They’ve planned to take their guests to Park City, 2002 Winter Olympic venues, This is the Place Heritage Park – and experience food shopping at Costco.

“I want to learn about how they live because it’s so different,” said Burton, who plans to visit Europe next year on a senior trip. “Other than that, I want to have fun with them.”

Click here to view photos

Share This Post

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

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Canyons School District is committed to making this website compliant with the ADA. At this time, we recognize that not all areas of this website may be ADA compliant. We are currently in the process of redesigning and creating new website content to be compliant with the W3C Level Two guidelines. If you are experiencing issues with this website, please contact us here communications@canyonsdistrict.org