It’s difficult to know who has more trepidation about discussing health and the maturation process, pre-teens or their parents.

But while growing up can be hard, talking about it needn’t be. To help you rock “the talk,” Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program  for fifth-grade students and their parents.

Presentations conducted by the professional speaker Carrie Ann Kemp have been scheduled through the month of March. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which date best fits their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes.

The aim of the program is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved instruction districtwide. Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home.

*Midvale Middle
  • Tuesday, March 3 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
Eastmont Middle
  • Tuesday, March 10 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
Butler Middle
  • Wednesday, March 18 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m. 
Indian Hills Middle
  • Wednesday, March 25 — Girls Program, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26 — Boys Program, 7-8 p.m.
*Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentations at Midvale Middle School.
Affirming Canyons’ commitment to Dual-Language Immersion programs in the coming school year and beyond, the Canyons Board of Education has approved a two-school expansion of the Spanish-English DLI program.

Members of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 unanimously endorsed a proposal to launch Spanish-English DLI classes at Altara and Midvalley elementary schools in fall 2020. The decision comes after a public-input process to gauge the interest of parents and teachers in both communities.

Altara Principal Nicole Svee-Magann and Midvalley Principal Tamra Baker held meetings with faculty, members of their School Community Councils, and Parent-Teacher Associations to discuss whether the program would be welcome. The feedback from all groups, both say, was overwhelmingly positive.

“Our faculty and community are so excited for this opportunity,” says Svee-Magann.  “We believe that it will strengthen our academics and infuse new energy into our school. We can’t wait to welcome new students to our Altara family.” 

Baker says the Midvalley community is “unified around the common goal of nurturing scholars who are ready for the most rigorous courses.”

“In a community rich with over a dozen languages,” she says, “our Midvalley community embraces the academic excellence that the Spanish DLI program will continue for all of our students, not just those in the DLI program.” 

Canyons District’s central-office staff is working on the tasks that need to be done in order to provide the first- and second-grade DLI classes for the Kittyhawks and Jr. Huskies in the fall. 

The CSD Instructional Supports Department will start the process to hire teachers and conduct a special application window. Children from all parts of Canyons District may apply, but some spots will be reserved for in-boundary children at both schools. 

Children entering first-grade and second-grade in the coming year are eligible to apply for both the Altara and Midvalley programs.   

Canyons expects the demand to exceed the available space at both sites. A lottery will be held to determine the students who are placed. 

Students who have already received a placement in another DLI program or are on the waitlist may apply for these two programs without risking their placement or status on the current waitlist. A family that ends up with two placements as a result of the special lottery can select their placement of choice.

Current first-grade DLI students at any other Canyons school, regardless of the target language, may apply for a placement at Altara or Midvalley. 

Parents who want their children to be considered for a placement in either program can submit an online application March 2-20.  

CSD will begin taking applications via an online portal at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 2.  Parents will be able to access a live link to the portal on the Canyons website on Friday, Feb. 28.   

Placement notifications will be sent electronically to parents on Friday, April 3. Acceptance letters from families will be due Friday, April 17.
From the second star to the right to an enchanted florist with a horrific plant. From a campy roller skate crew to a cursed castle haunted by a doomed prince, Canyons District’s middle schools and high schools are bringing plenty of excitement your way this spring to shake you out of the winter doldrums.

Check your calendars — there are plenty of dates from which to choose — and enjoy one, or all, of these fantastic productions, which are sure to chase all the cobwebs away. All members of the public are invited to attend — don’t miss out!

Feb. 19-22: The Alta Theatre Department will be performing “Our Town” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance at or $10 at the door.

Feb. 20-22, 24: Jordan High will be presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the prequel to Peter Pan, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

March 6-7: Corner Canyon will be performing the short play, “Check Please,” a funny comedy about awful dates, in the Little Theater on March 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and March 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or at the door.

March 11-14: Draper Park Middle will showcase “Xanadu Jr.” Doors to the auditorium open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.  

March 19-21: The Hillcrest High Theatre Department presents William Shakespeare’s “Richard II” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8-10, and will be available at beginning March 1.

March 25-26: Midvale Middle will perform “Cinderella.” Doors to the auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. 

March 26-28: Eastmont Middle students will put on a production of “Music Man.” Doors to the auditorium open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.    

April 22-25: Union Middle students will perform “Once on this Island.” Doors to the auditorium open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. In addition to the evening performances, a Saturday matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on April 25.

May 1-2, 4: Brighton High will present "Where Words Once Were," by Finegan Kruckemeyer at 7 p.m. at Butler Middle School. Tickets are $7.

May 13-16: Corner Canyon will present “Little Shop of Horrors,” the musical, in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door.

May 14-16: The Hillcrest High Productions Company presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Chorus Line – high school edition” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8-10 and will be available at beginning May 1.

May 19-21: The drama program at Mount Jordan Middle will produce “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Ready for takeoff? To be an educator is to have the heart of an adventurer.

After all, learning is adventure. It’s about setting off into the unknown with a question and coming back with more questions. It means pushing past your comfort zone and embracing those magic moments when things don’t work out as planned — and it’s with this spirit that dozens of Canyons District employees are embracing retirement.
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Whether they’re withdrawing from active working life this summer to scuba dive or skydive, write a book, learn an instrument, or perform acts of service, CSD’s retirees are bound for great destinations, and deserve a proper send-off. Per a proud, 11-year tradition, they’ll be feted with fanfare at the District’s by-invitation-only Retirees Banquet on Thursday, May 14. The event is being held at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village starting with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

Please also join us at Open Houses to bid bon voyage to the amazing teachers, administrators and Education Support Professionals who intend to make this year with CSD their last. To be added to the list below, email the name of the retiree and the date, time and place of the Open House to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Retirement Open House Events
  • An Open House for Ronnie Ellingson will be held Friday Feb. 21, 2:30-4 p.m., in the Human Resources Department at the Canyons District Office.
We’re hiring! Yes, it’s true. Canyons District is looking for a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Jim Briscoe who announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year. But it’s also that time of the year when our talent scouts crisscross the country in search of top teachers to lead our classrooms.

Teaching candidates who are interested in getting to know Canyons a little better are invited to a free “Flip the Interview” Open House on Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. The event, held at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane in Sandy, is an opportunity for hiring prospects to interview us — our principals, instructional coaches, and more — to become better acquainted with our schools and our culture.

Hiring efforts this year have been helped by the $7,665 pay raise approved for teachers last spring by the Canyons Board of Education. “We’ve already screened hundreds of candidates,” reports recruiter and Human Resources Administrator Jo Jolley.

But the District is always in search for high quality candidates and continues to accept applications for teaching, counseling and support staff positions. FlipInterview copy

At a time when teachers, due to a nationwide teacher shortage, can choose where they want to live and work, why are so many choosing Canyons?

Utah’s quality of life, and reputation as a safe, affordable place to raise a family helps. Some are drawn by our outdoor riches. How many schools reside footsteps from the Greatest Snow on Earth, or five national parks?

“Others know that because this District was created less than a decade ago by a vote of the people, we enjoy uncommon levels of community support,” says Human Resources Administrator Sally Sansom. Utah has long led the nation in rates of volunteering.

Teachers who apply to CSD also remark on its enduring commitment to funding teacher training and coaching supports, Sansom says. The District offers nearly 100 hours of free professional development annually, and teachers in every one of our schools have day-or-night access to an instructional coach. 

Join us on Feb. 20, or take a moment to familiarize yourself with our job openings online, and see what we have to offer you at this stage in your career.

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