Family Connections

Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Class of 2034 Sets Sights on Future with Annual Kindergarten College-Ready Day

Kindergartners enjoying the assembly.

Doctors, nurses, cowboys, fishermen, and police officers were just a few of the many professions represented at a special assembly for kindergartners on Friday morning at Midvalley Elementary. 

A superhero also made an appearance alongside these everyday heroes: kindergarten teachers Ashley Bell, Vicki Houmand and Jenifer Robinson, Principal Margaret Swanicke and Vice Principal Daniel Ashbridge.

A few fun Jr Huskies.

“Say ahhh!’ – Future Doctor

 While administrators and teachers sported shirts supporting their alma maters — Brigham Young University, the University of Utah and the University of Washington — some Midvalley kindergarten students dressed up in costumes as career professionals.

As the most junior of the Jr. Huskies learned during the Kindergarten College-Ready Day event, there’s a pathway to college and careers in those professions, and so many more. “If you work hard,” Mrs. Houmand pointed out during her presentation, “you can be whatever you want.”

Such dream-building activities are a proud tradition in Canyons District, the perfect cap to the first week of kindergarten for the Class of 2034. Schools across the district set aside time to emphasize the importance of working hard every day in elementary, middle and high school to be ready for the rigors of college and careers after graduation. All schools were provided “Class of 2034” banners and every kindergarten student received a wristband that declared, “I will be ready for college … Class of 2034.”

“It’s a wonderful tradition that we have at all our Canyons schools. It’s fabulous,” Principal Swanicke said. “I think it sets the expectation that we are here to own our learning, own our behavior and listen to our teachers. …It creates a culture of learning where we all just do our best, where we are all learning and having fun together.”

Each school puts a creative twist on celebrating their students’ promising futures. The Jordan High cheer squad helped teach the alphabet by leading cheers in a Kindergarten College-Ready Day video they put together for the kindergartners enrolled in CSD’s new virtual school, Canyons Online. 


At Midvalley, Mrs. Houmand gave a pep talk about attending college while wearing a cap and gown. The principals each read popular children’s books about overcoming obstacles and working together — ”Little Blue Truck Leads the Way” and “Sheep in a Jeep.”

After a few photos and fun-and-games in the gym, the students lined up and walked in orderly fashion back to their classes to continue their quest to be college- and career-ready in 13 years.

Principal reading to students
Principal Swanicke reading to students.

“I love my job. Every day is something new, and it’s just super fun. The kids are just wonderful to work with,” Principal Swanicke said. “As a teacher, I loved the upper grades, but as a principal kindergarten is where it’s at. They’re learning, they’re fun, they’re motivated.”

Even more so after participating this fun tradition.

Share This Post

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!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Canyons School District is committed to making this website compliant with the ADA. At this time, we recognize that not all areas of this website may be ADA compliant. We are currently in the process of redesigning and creating new website content to be compliant with the W3C Level Two guidelines. If you are experiencing issues with this website, please contact us here