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Chase the Winter Doldrums with these Spring Plays

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.

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When Duty Calls – The Vital Role of the Education Support Professional

When Tyler Allred wrapped up his work at Union Middle on the evening of October 23, the floors were polished, the windows were washed and the hallways looked clean and tidy – just like usual. As the facility manager of a 50-year-old school, Allred always made sure his building was as well-maintained as it could possibly be; so much so, that visitors were known to say that they couldn’t tell the building’s age because it was so impressively spotless. But on October 24, as thick clouds of black smoke started billowing from a social studies instruction room, all of that

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Middle School Orientation Eases Back-to-School Jitters

Wide hallways, lockers that won’t open, multiple class periods and heavier homework loads–starting middle school for the first time can be a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. For eights years, Canyons District’s middle schools have opened their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to orient themselves and ease into their new surroundings before the official start of school. “It’s a great tradition. We’ve found that it really cuts down on the nerves and the tears and helps students get acclimated,” Mount Jordan’s new principal Cindy Hansen told a KTVX reporter who profiled the

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Summer Boot Camp Gives Entering Freshmen a Jump on High School

A new school year brings lots of changes and challenges for kids of all ages. But if there’s one year that’s especially critical – and often the most unsettling – for students, it’s the 9th grade. Ninth grade has become known as the “make or break” year of high school, because how students perform in the first months of their freshman year can determine whether they drop out or graduate. But the stakes don’t have to be that high, believes Hillcrest High Principal Greg Leavitt who test-piloted a summer boot camp this year to ease the transition for entering freshmen

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Canyons Home to First Official STEM Middle Schools

Canyons District is home to the first middle schools ever to receive STEM designations – a reflection of their strong focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nineteen schools in Utah received the designation – and Draper Park, Mount Jordan and Union were the only middle schools. Sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education and the STEM Action Center, the designation program was created by the Utah Legislature to define the ingredients for the quality of STEM instruction needed to prepare students for college and 21st Century careers. “The designation serves as an indicator for members of the public

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