Whether you’re a parent looking for a fun, intellectually challenging way for your kids to spend their summer, or you’re a high school student desiring to get a jump on studies or play catch-up, Canyons School District offers a rich variety of summer learning opportunities for students of all ages.
Summer Semester Answer for High-Achievers
The spring weather may be teasing us with alternating sunny and snowy days but summer isn’t too far on the horizon. While most students will be enjoying a summer break, there are many who will be heading back to class. Registration for CSD’s Summer Semester opens April 10 and runs through May 26. Three classes are offered in a blended-learning format: computer technology, financial literacy, and participation skills and techniques. About 40 percent of the coursework can be done online. So, high school students could take their laptop to the pool, and do some homework while they also are enjoying the nice summer weather with friends and family. Of course, it’s helpful if they live close to Mount Jordan Middle in Sandy where the face-to-face classes are being taught. The school is only one block away from a TRAX station so kids from all across the valley can take public transit to the class. Registration and payment for all courses will be submitted through the website. The cost per class is $35 (plus a one-time $25 registration fee). Fee waivers are available for qualifying students.
Virtual High School
On the go this summer? No matter. High school students can get a jump on their studies or play catch-up from almost anywhere by enrolling in online courses through Canyons Virtual High School. With few exceptions, registration is open year-round and students can enroll for up to four courses at a time. Course fees are $35 per quarter credit course (if applicable, fee waivers from the 2016-17 school year are honored). Click here for more information or to register.
Sing and dance like Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.” Build a rocket and journey into outer space. Become a mad scientist, make jewelry, or program videogames. Canyons District “Community Education” summer camps are much more than fun and games. They offer students a chance to tinker and dream, build friendships and social skills, and cultivate a love for lifelong learning. Weekly camps exist for all grades, from elementary through high school, and run from June through early August. Registration is open now and camps are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Weekly camp information and registration can be found at entrada.revtrak.net under “Community Education.”
Individual schools also host summer camps. Following is a sampling of offerings. For more opportunities, check with your neighborhood schools.
ALTA HIGH ROBOTICS: Robotics camp offers a great introduction to engineering concepts, wiring, computer programming and manufacturing. Students will use their acquired knowledge and problem-solving skills to battle their opponents. The camp runs daily from 8 a.m. to noon June 26-29 at Alta High in room 1916. Admission costs $120, which includes a t-shirt, robotics materials and snacks. Come have fun making robots, solving problems, and making new friends. You don’t have to be going to Alta, or have any prior knowledge on mechanics or building. No plans, no blueprints, just your own ingenuity. Registration is open now at: http://ahs.canyonsdistrict.org/robotics.html
HILLCREST HIGH ROBOTICS: This camp is open to elementary and middle school-age youth interested in robot building and programming. Four, four-day sessions are being offered in July and August. The camps run for half-a-day in the morning or the afternoon. In order to accommodate as many youth as possible, each child will be permitted to attend only one session. Each participant will take home new skills and knowledge, a T-shirt, and a small robot toy. The cost of camp is $125, and parents mus provide transportation. For details, including camp dates and registration information, visit the Husky Robotics Team’s website.
BRIGHTON HIGH WOODWORKING: Brighton High is hosting a free, one-day woodworking class where students can learn concepts in design and engineering. The program is great fun for girls and boys in grades 7-10. There are two classes to choose from: June 27 or 28. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/woodclass or contact Paul.Otterstrom@canyonsdistrict.org.