Getting Involved





Getting Involved

It All Starts Here
Building Futures, Embracing Adventures.
Meet Canyons District’s Class of 2023
Soon, about 2,500 high school seniors will cross the commencement stage to receive their diplomas, joining tens-of-thousands of accomplished Canyons District alumni whose paths have taken them to destinations around the globe. Many of this year’s graduating seniors started with Canyons as kindergarteners. Some are now bound for top-tier universities, from Duke and Dartmouth to Rice, Purdue, and MIT. Others are committing to a year of service or launching into profitable careers. Each has a unique story to tell about the friends they made and lessons they learned along the way.
Graduation Schedule
colleges, universities
Presidential Scholars
National Merit Scholars
Athletic State Championships
“It doesn’t last forever. It’s such a fun time. Obviously, you’re never gonna get these years back, so you just enjoy it.”
As excited as he is to attend American University and pursue a career in law, Brighton High senior and AP Capstone Diploma candidate Ben Balent has been getting nostalgic with the end of the 2022-23 school year approaching. “It’s almost a little sad. I was talking to my mom about this. You know when you die how your life’s supposed to flash before your eyes? Yeah, I’m getting that same thing with graduation,” Balent said. “As a senior, I’m walking around the school and getting all of these flashbacks.” Some...
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Hillcrest High Graduate Meets Her Maker Culture at MIT
Jayashabari Shankar is a student driven by curiosity and creativity, and she found at Hillcrest High the freedom to pursue both. When she wanted to take four science classes, instead of three, her advisers said, “no problem.” When a section in her biology book stirred questions, her teachers encouraged her to find the answers. Nothing was outside of the realm of possibility, from extracurricular coding workshops and internships to on-campus leadership opportunities. The rigorous International Baccalaureate...
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Utah Chess Champion Plots His Next Move
With the rise of online gaming, chess is experiencing something of a renaissance — and at the top of his game in this newly competitive arena is Alta High senior Aurelius Mlynar.  What started as a fun pastime about 10 years ago has become a source of pride for Mlynar who at the age of 17 is ranked among the top 15 players in Utah. He won first place at the 2023 Utah high school chess championships and took 2nd out of 817 players at a recent national esports tournament.   “In the 11 years that I’ve...
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From Colombia to Duke University, Corner Canyon Graduate Living Her Version of the American Dream
After growing up in Colombia until she was 10 and spending six years bouncing around the United States, Catalina Giraldo says she ended up in Draper, Utah, USA, by accident. Consider it serendipity. Major life moves that led her to Corner Canyon High might’ve been from happenstance, but Giraldo’s hard work and drive are determining her future path. After impressive junior and senior years with the Chargers, her next big step will be a cross-country move this summer to Durham, N.C. Giraldo will attend...
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Jordan High Mountain Biker in Hot Pursuit of His Dreams
Justin Allen has always liked sports, especially the grueling sport of mountain biking. The Jordan High senior proudly represented the Beetdiggers at the state mountain biking championships this year and routinely finishes among the top 10 varsity cyclists in Utah. But if you ask Allen’s peers and teachers to describe him, they’ll tell you about his character. “He just always has a smile on his face, even when he’s crossing the finish line exhausted,” said Jordan’s mountain biking advisor Bob Spears....
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A Valedictorian’s Perspective on ‘Putting Yourself Out There’
After taking full advantage of what high school has to offer with academics and activities, Katelyn Simmons has a super bright future ahead — which explains why the ambitious go-getter and AP Capstone Diploma candidate has bittersweet feelings as her time at Brighton High wraps up. “I’m really excited for what’s to come and all the opportunities I have going forward,” she said. “But I’ve had such an incredible experience in high school that it’s going to be sad to leave behind both...
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Graduation Schedule

Alta High School

May 25, 10 a.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center

Brighton High School

May 25, 6:30 p.m., Maverik Center

Corner Canyon High

May 25, 2 p.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center

Hillcrest High School

May 25, 9:30 a.m., Maverik Center

Jordan High School

May 25, 2 p.m., Maverik Center

Jordan Valley School

May 19, 4 p.m., Canyon Board of Education Chambers

Diamond Ridge High School

May 24, 6:30 p.m., Mt. Jordan Middle School

Canyons Transitions Academy

May 24, 12:30 p.m., Canyons District Office, Canyons Center

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!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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