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New Year Brings Renewed Commitment to Dual Language Immersion in CSD Schools

The Draper Elementary Dragons sure know a thing or two about celebrating the Lunar New Year. In what has become a proud tradition, students this week performed Chinese songs and dances in the school’s brightly decorated gym while beaming parents looked on – the culmination of weeks of rehearsal and preparation and years of instruction […]

Here’s What School Choice Looks Like in Canyons District

For Hillcrest High senior Laura Wan, the question of which school she would choose to attend began as early as kindergarten, when her parents steered her to an advanced learner’s program at Canyons District’s Peruvian Park Elementary.  After completing the SALTA program in elementary school, she chose Midvale Middle for its Middle Years Program, and […]

Apply online for CSD’s Dual-Language Immersion Programs

Did you know that at Canyons District, it’s possible to learn two languages at the same time and to graduate from high school fluent in both? The start of October signals the opening of the window to apply for Canyons District’s Dual Language Immersion Programs for the 2019-2020 school year. From Monday, Oct. 8 to Wednesday, Nov. […]

Building a Healthy Community One Yoga Pose a Time

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, after school lets out for the day and classrooms fall dark and silent, Draper Elementary teachers shed their dress clothes – and daily cares – for tights and t-shirts and head to the gymnasium. For 30 minutes, they sweat, stretch and breathe to the soothing voice of yoga instructor Stephanie […]

Chinese Dignitary Receives Dragon-Sized Welcome

The Draper Dragons received a special visit this week from a Chinese dignitary. Education Minister Counselor Cen Jianjun toured Draper Elementary’s Mandarin Chinese-English Dual Language Immersion classrooms while on a visit to Utah sponsored by Brigham Young University. Fourth and fifth grade students had a chance to interact directly with Counselor Cen, and ask him […]

I’ll Be Ready! Kindergarten College-Ready Day

At Canyons District, it’s never too early to start thinking about college. Capping the first week of kindergarten at CSD’s 29 elementary schools is a special celebration called, “College-Ready Day” where students receive cobalt wristbands bearing the message, “I will be college-ready … Class of 2029,” sign pledges and talk about dreams for their future. […]

The Draper Dragons: 40 Years Strong, Legacy Continues

In 1976, when Draper Elementary opened mid-school year, students formed a “moving day” brigade and carried their own tote trays up the street from the old Draper Park School to the new building where the school resides today. It’s a moment recorded in photos and now part of the 40-year-old school’s lore – and, for […]

Draper Students Schooled in Digital Diplomacy

Get a group of American fifth-graders videoconferencing with students at a “sister school” in China and this is the conversation that transpires. What kinds of food do you like to eat? How do you get to school, and what subjects do you learn? Do you have a favorite hobby or sport? These questions and more […]

6 Earn Bronze Awards in HealthierUS School Challenge

Six Canyons elementary schools are raising the bar for health and nutrition, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Altara, Oakdale, Brookwood, Peruvian Park, Draper and Sprucewood elementaries have received the HealthierUS School Challenge bronze-level award from the USDA. The schools received the award for their efforts to improve the quality of foods served, […]

Dual-Immersion Students Connect with Chinese Peers

Draper Elementary students learning Mandarin Chinese have made contact with peers at their sister school learning English from halfway around the world. Fifth-graders in the Mandarin Chinese-English Dual-Language Immersion program participated in a teleconference with students at their newly designated Chinese sister school, Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School in China’s Liaoning Province, on Monday, Nov. 16, […]

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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