Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Middle School ELA

At Canyons School District, we exist as allies to relentlessly learn, innovate, and sustain the pursuit of equity in education. Our guiding principles include:

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re always happy to help out with resources. Reach out to Scott Christensen or to your on-site coach and we will set up a time to meet and bounce ideas off one another.

The Instructional Guides provide teacher-created and curated resources. As well, we will have the opportunity to meet across schools and grade levels to collaborate and share resources four times this year during our District-Wide Early Out.

Below is a text we studied recently as a district or that we recommend and reference. If you would like a copy, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Gallagher, Kelly, and Penny Kittle. 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Heinemann, 2018.

You can submit a novel for approval by completing the application in the Novel Database (login required).  Please review these step-by-step directions for support. 

We recommend that you:

  • review the application questions before starting the application.  The application times out, so if you have the answers prepared beforehand you will be able to copy and paste the answers into the correct fields. 
  • review the pages in the instructional guides about text complexity – quantitative and qualitative measures. 

The committee meets 6 times per year: September, October, January, February, April, and May.  If you submit your application before the first of the month, the book will be reviewed at the next meeting.  If the committee decides the book needs further review, they may take an additional meeting to determine approval status.  You will receive emails letting you know the status of your application throughout the process. 

Top of Mind

District Day
August 16th, 2023

We're excited to launch the new school year with a keynote from author and speaker, Dr. Jeff Wilhelm. We will then have time to collaborate in departments, grade levels, and in our feeder systems.

District Day Slides

EMPOWER Resources

Resources from Jeffrey Wilhlem's presentation on E.M.P.O.W.E.R. can be located at the Middle School ELA Resource Hub.

Early Out
September 8th, 2023

Our first Early Out will be on September 8th at Midvale Middle School. 

Recently Approved Novels

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Secondary ELA Team

Scott Christensen

MS ELA Specialist


Lesli Morris

HS ELA Specialist


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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