Episode 21: Mental Health: When Does Teen Angst Become Something to Worry About?

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Episode 21: Mental Health: When Does Teen Angst Become Something to Worry About?
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The teenage years are a time of great physical, social, and intellectual growth. But when do the normal ups and downs of teenage life become something to worry about — and seek help for?  We recently posed these questions, and more, to one of Canyons District’s school psychologists, Brandon Segura, Ph.D. As a parent and […]

Episode 20: Students, Teachers United in their Hopes for the School Year

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Episode 20: Students, Teachers United in their Hopes for the School Year
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With daily headlines focusing so much on what tears us apart, here at Connect Canyons, we’re kicking off the school year with an episode on what brings us together. We recently interviewed a bunch of students and first-year teachers. We asked how they were feeling about the school year, and about their fears, hopes and […]

Episode 19: The Class of Covid-19

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Episode 19: The Class of Covid-19
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For the Class of 2021, the recently held graduation ceremonies were more than a rite of passage marking the end of 12 or more years of schooling. They were moments of triumph for so many reasons. CSD graduates endured more than a year of loss. They adapted to quarantines and distance learning, and braved the […]

Episode 18: Time for Change: How Can Schools Take Advantage of Lessons from the Pandemic?

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Episode 18: Time for Change: How Can Schools Take Advantage of Lessons from the Pandemic?
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The pandemic has forced us to be more creative with our time. We’ve found ways to make the most of “stay-at-home” orders and working and learning remotely. We’re even teaching differently, adopting methods such as the flipped classroom where students do their assigned reading and work at home before coming to class so teachers can […]

Episode 17 : Canyons District is Writing its Next Chapter, and it’s Going to be a Page-Turner

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Episode 17 : Canyons District is Writing its Next Chapter, and it’s Going to be a Page-Turner
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The origin story of Canyons School District — a school system created in 2007 by a vote of the people — is as familiar, by now, as our track record in prioritizing college- and career-readiness, student achievement, innovation, community engagement, customer service and fiscal accountability. It’s time to start writing the next chapter. In a […]

Episode 16: Spring into Volunteering to Help Schools Finish the Year Strong

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Episode 16: Spring into Volunteering to Help Schools Finish the Year Strong
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Canyons’ schools are reopening to volunteers. With vaccination rates picking up, and the availability of rapid COVID tests, we are able to safely welcome parents, grandparents, and other volunteers back into our classrooms — and it couldn’t happen at a more opportune time. As schools look to finish the year strong and make the most out […]

Episode 15: What Canyons is Doing to Bridge the Digital Divide — and How you Can Help

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Episode 15: What Canyons is Doing to Bridge the Digital Divide — and How you Can Help
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Try imagining life without computers. Impossible, right? Technology has changed how we consume news and entertainment, make travel plans, stay in touch with our friends, shop, and even learn. Yet, a surprising number — 10 to 15 percent — of Canyons District students have no access to a computer or reliable Internet at home. In […]

Episode 14: Could Rapid COVID Testing be the Key to Keeping Schools Open?

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Episode 14: Could Rapid COVID Testing be the Key to Keeping Schools Open?
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If you live in Utah and are the parent of a high school student, chances are you’ve heard of Test to Play, the bi-monthly rapid COVID testing that athletes and performing arts groups undergo so they can safely continue to practice, perform, and compete. The test-to-play program has helped preserve the spirit-building activities that make […]

Episode 13: Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? There’s a Lot Consider, and the Time to Prepare is Now

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Episode 13: Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? There’s a Lot Consider, and the Time to Prepare is Now
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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to look ahead and make some plans for the future. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, kindergarten is one of the things that’s helpful to start thinking about now. Even if it seems your […]

Episode 12: Generous Donation of Live-streaming Innovation Helps Teachers Reach Students from a Distance

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Episode 12: Generous Donation of Live-streaming Innovation Helps Teachers Reach Students from a Distance
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It seems counterintuitive that the pandemic — a time of lockdowns, quarantines and physical distancing — could bring us closer together. But we crave human connection, especially in times of crisis, and technology, from catch-up sessions over Facebook to Zoom calls, has made it possible to keep those connections alive. Teachers have wrestled with how […]