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Thirteen CSD Students Named Semifinalists in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

More than a dozen Canyons District high school students are on track to receive a financial boost for their higher education goals, thanks to their hard work in academics, extracurricular activities, and recommendations from their teachers. They are among 16,000 students nationwide chosen as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The following CSD students are on track to becoming Finalists in the competition, a designation that will be announced in February. Merit Scholar designees are selected because of their outstanding skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. If designated as finalists in February, these students will

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Canyons’ Commitment to Clean • Maintaining Safe, Welcoming and Prepared Buses, Schools

Canyons Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle took CSD’s Back-to-School COVID-19 Action Plan to a new level as he debuted a giant, bus-sized “face mask” that he sewed himself — complete with blue pleats and loops over the bus mirrors — to gently emphasize how important it is for all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of germs. “We’re doing everything we possibly can to ensure the safety of our students and employees through cleaning and through training,” said Wardle standing in front of a mask-clad bus as he demonstrated some of the extra precautions Canyons is putting

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CSD Adopts New Grading Structure For Final Term of School Year

Click here for a translatable version of this article. Canyons District recognizes the “new now” prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a period of adjustment for families. To ease the minds of students and parents in this time of distance learning, CSD will put into place a modified grading structure for the final term. The temporary grading schedule was designed so that no student would receive a failing grade for a current class while also providing some feedback about a student’s progress. This will hopefully reduce anxiety about academic standing and progress toward graduation, address equity issues, and support students

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A Fresh Take on the Classics Earns Brighton High Senior ‘Coca-Cola Scholar’ Title

Jacob Simmons is charting a bright future through an exploration of the past. Since middle school, the Brighton High senior has been bringing pivotal moments in history to life through movie making, producing documentaries that have earned him national prizes and praise. A repeat winner of state History Day contests, Simmons has, more than once, represented Utah at National State History Day competitions. In 2018, the Cottonwood Heights resident was among 15 American students chosen to participate in the prestigious Normandy Institute, a year-long course of study that pairs budding historians with college professors. Now, the 18-year-old can claim “Coca-Cola

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Trio of CSD Students Rise to Top in 2020 Sterling Scholar Contest

Three Canyons students – two from Hillcrest and one from Jordan high schools – captured first-place category honors in the 2020 Sterling Scholars competition.   The CSD winners are:  Rishab Balakrishnan, Hillcrest, in the Business and Marketing category Sanjana Kargi, Hillcrest, in the Computer Technology category Nathan Holley, Jordan, in the Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics category Ten other Canyons students earned finalist status in the 49th annual competition, sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL-TV.  The students are judged in 14 categories. The topics include business and marketing; computer technology; dance; English; family and consumer sciences; instrumental music; mathematics; science; skilled and technical

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