Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Canyoneering Academy Presents: What Every Parent Needs to Know About School Safety

Every child deserves to feel safe, secure, and cared for at school. That’s why in Canyons District, safety measures are focused not just on outfitting facilities with modern security features but also on building confident learners.

Canyons invites families to become familiar with our safety protocols at the next Canyoneering Academy Parent Information Night. Sponsored as part of an ongoing lecture series, the event is free, open to the public, and scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Butler Middle School, 7530 S. 2700 East in Cottonwood Heights.

At the event, families will have their choice of participating in three of six workshops covering a variety of topics, from digital safety and suicide prevention to the parent notification apps Canyons uses to keep families informed.

Administrators and law enforcement officials will talk about such safety measures as security cameras, emergency preparedness drills that schools practice throughout the year, and vestibules that require visitors to check-in at the Main Office before entering schools. They’ll also discuss less visible measures, including the Internet filters schools use to safeguard students from accessing inappropriate online content and the consistent rules and expectations that are enforced to keep classrooms free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

“Canyons District is building safe schools from the inside out,” said digital teaching and learning specialist Katie Gebhardt who is hosting a workshop on dealing with digital drama. “We’ll talk about how drama can escalate online and share tips and tools to help older kids and teens avoid and de-escalate harmful online behavior.”

Attendees will learn about the SafeUT app that parents and students can use to confidentially report anything that makes them feel unsafe. This is one of several two-way communication tools the District uses to leverage the eyes and ears of the community to maintain secure, welcoming, and high-performing schools.

Canyons Board of Education members will host a workshop to explain their role as elected officials in governing the District and charting the course for future planning and improvement. There will also be a workshop spotlighting CSD’s new full-day kindergarten programs.

“This is our final Canyoneering event of the year, and we expect there will be a lot of interest in these timely topics,” said the event’s organizer Charisse Hilton.

Spanish translators will be on hand at the event. If you are in need of additional translation services, please email

Choose to Attend Three Workshops

Real Talk on School Safety

School safety has always been a topic of discussion — and action — in the Canyons School District. Join CSD administrators and local law enforcement officials in discussing the measures in place to keep schools welcoming, secure, and prepared.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their School Board

Canyons Board of Education members will talk about their role in governing the District while introducing CSD’s new Strategic Plan, a blueprint of success for the coming decade and beyond.

Dealing with Digital Drama

Learn how to help students avoid and de-escalate harmful online behavior. Expect to come away from this workshop with tips and tools for guiding your child through their next challenge and enabling settings from popular social media apps to help prevent cyberbullying.

Save a Life, Prevent a Suicide 

Canyons School District’s Student Services Department will explain three simple steps that anyone can learn to prevent suicide: Question, Persuade, and Refer (or QPR).

There’s an App for That!

In Canyons District, staying connected is as easy as subscribing to parent notification and safety apps that, not only keep families informed but open the path to productive conversations.

What’s Cooking with Kindergarten?

 With funding from the Utah Legislature, Canyons District is excited to be offering free full-day kindergarten at each of our 28 elementary schools. Parents can also still arrange to have their child do half-day instruction.


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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


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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