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Canyons’ first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to 19 elementary and secondary school immersion programs where more than 10 percent of CSD’s 34,000 students are learning Chinese, French or Spanish. A model of bilingual instruction dating back to the 1960s, immersion programs are surfacing in classrooms around the globe as an efficient path to proficiency in a world language. Children in dual language immersion programs spend half the day learning core subjects in English and the other half learning in a target language. Utah’s model extends through high school where, if students pass an Advanced Placement exam with a score of 3 or above, they can start taking college-level courses for early college credit. The higher education partner that’s co-teaching CSD’s college-level courses is the University of Utah. Curious about the courses and how they’ll operate? You can find more information on CSD’s homepage

Elementary DLI Schools

  • Alta View Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Butler Elementary - (French)
  • Draper Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Lone Peak Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Oak Hollow Elementary - (French)
  • Ridgecrest Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Silver Mesa Elementary - (Spanish)

Secondary DLI Schools

  • Butler Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Draper Park Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Indian Hills Middle School - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Mt. Jordan Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Union Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Alta High School - (Chinese)
  • Corner Canyon High School - (Chinese & French)
  • Jordan High School - (Spanish)
  • Hillcrest - (Spanish)
  • Brighton - (Chinese & French)
Canyons’ first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to 19 elementary and secondary school immersion programs where more than 10 percent of CSD’s 34,000 students are learning Chinese, French or Spanish. A model of bilingual instruction dating back to the 1960s, immersion programs are surfacing in classrooms around the globe as an efficient path to proficiency in a world language. Children in dual language immersion programs spend half the day learning core subjects in English and the other half learning in a target language. Utah’s model extends through high school where, if students pass an Advanced Placement exam with a score of 3 or above, they can start taking college-level courses for early college credit. The higher education partner that’s co-teaching CSD’s college-level courses is the University of Utah. Curious about the courses and how they’ll operate? You can find more information on CSD’s homepage

Elementary DLI Schools

  • Alta View Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Butler Elementary - (French)
  • Draper Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Lone Peak Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Oak Hollow Elementary - (French)
  • Ridgecrest Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Silver Mesa Elementary - (Spanish)

Secondary DLI Schools
  • Butler Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Draper Park Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Indian Hills Middle School - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Mt. Jordan Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Union Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Alta High School - (Chinese)
  • Corner Canyon High School - (Chinese & French)
  • Jordan High School - (Spanish)
  • Hillcrest - (Spanish)
  • Brighton - (Chinese & French)
Yes. Canyons School District allows members of the community to schedule use of Canyons’ auditoriums, gyms, dance rooms, classrooms, kitchens, cafeterias and fields. The fee schedule for using Canyons’ buildings depends on the entity who wishes to use the facility. You can see a copy of the fee schedule here: http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/facilities-scheduling and search for availability here: https://rentals.canyonsdistrict.org/home. Looking to run the stadium stairs at your local high school, or toss the pigskin around on the football field? Fields are open for individual use, provided they’re not occupied by a sporting event.
The safety and welfare of children is a communitywide priority in Canyons District where we work with cities and first responders to keep kids safe while on their way to and from school. Crossing guards are a great example of this collaborative effort. The cities that our schools serve—Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Sandy, and Midvale—not only keep roads and sidewalks maintained and clear of snow, they also employ crossing guards who, rain or shine, help students traverse busy roadways and intersections. Staffing levels are determined by the cities based on traffic studies and in coordination with the District’s Safe Walking routes. August is Back-to-School Safety Month, a perfect time for parents to review family emergency plans and talk to their children about the rules of the road. Click here for helpful safety routines to always keep in mind:
All sports carry the risk of injury. Fortunately, most injuries are preventable—especially those due to overuse or overtraining.

 *   Take a Break: It’s important to build-in rest periods between training, practice and competitions. A useful rule-of-thumb is that children under the age of 16 should not practice more hours per week at a given sport than their age in years.

 *   Self-care: It’s important for athletes to eat a healthy diet and consume enough calories. Getting enough rest and liquids are equally vital.

 *   Keep it Fun: Training should be fun and invigorating. If it feels monotonous or painful, that can be a sign that you’re pushing too hard.

 *   Play Safe: Good sportsmanship and adherence to game rules can reduce the risk for injury.

 *   Manageable Workload: With training, it’s important to use proper technique and to keep weekly workload increases under 15 percent.

 *   Warm-up & Cool Down: It’s important to do dynamic warm-ups before training to pre-stretch and activate muscles without overstretching them, and to do cool downs afterward.
Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:05

Is Your Child Ready for School?

When does school start? Where does my child meet the bus? What’s on the lunch menu? You've got back-to-school questions. Canyons School District has answers. Parents can stay in the know by frequently checking canyonsdistrict.org, but following are a few key dates and pieces of information for families to keep in mind.

For Your Calendar

Aug. 2 Online Registration Opens
Aug. 21 Sixth-grade orientation
Aug. 22 First Day of School
Aug. 27 First Day of Kindergarten
Sept. 3 Labor Day

How to Register for School: Point, click, register, it’s that easy. Starting Aug. 2, CSD families can register their children for school online. If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process at http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org/. If your child is new to CSD:  You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. Click here for a list of walk-in dates

How to Sign Up to Volunteer: Be a classroom helper, mentor and tutor students, collect school supplies, or contribute to fundraising activities: The volunteer opportunities in Canyons District schools are only as limited as your imagination. Even the most time-pinched parents can find ways to support their child's teacher and neighborhood school—and many do. Last year, 12,989 parents and patrons devoted about 160,000 hours to volunteering in Canyons District schools. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. To sign-up, click here and follow the prompts.

Information on Bus Routes: Click here for an interactive database to find out if your child is eligible for busing, and where to find the bus stop.

What Time Does School Start and End? A complete list of bell schedules for all CSD schools can be found here.

Lunch Menus: What's for lunch? Check here throughout the school year for weekly school breakfast and lunch menus.

For Everything Else: A-Z List of Parent Resources: Canyonsdistrict.org/parents
Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:00

Is Your Child Ready for School?

When does school start? Where does my child meet the bus? What’s on the lunch menu? You've got back-to-school questions. Canyons School District has answers. Parents can stay in the know by frequently checking canyonsdistrict.org, but following are a few key dates and pieces of information for families to keep in mind.




For Your Calendar

  • Aug. 2 Online Registration Opens
  • Aug. 21 Sixth-grade orientation
  • Aug. 22 First Day of School
  • Aug. 27 First Day of Kindergarten
  • Sept. 3 Labor Day 
  • How to Register for School
  • Point, click, register, it’s that easy. Starting Aug. 2, CSD families can register their children for school online. If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process at http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org/. If your child is new to CSD:  You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. Click here for a list of walk-in dates.
  • How to Sign Up to Volunteer
  • Be a classroom helper, mentor and tutor students, collect school supplies, or contribute to fundraising activities: The volunteer opportunities in Canyons District schools are only as limited as your imagination. Even the most time-pinched parents can find ways to support their child's teacher and neighborhood school—and many do. Last year, 12,989 parents and patrons devoted about 160,000 hours to volunteering in Canyons District schools. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. To sign-up, click here and follow the prompts.
  • Information on Bus Routes
  • Click here for an interactive database to find out if your child is eligible for busing, and where to find the bus stop.
  • What Time Does School Start and End?
  • A complete list of bell schedules for all CSD schools can be found here.
  • Lunch Menus
  • What's for lunch? Check here throughout the school year for weekly school breakfast and lunch menus.
  • For Everything Else: A-Z List of Parent Resources
  • Canyonsdistrict.org/parents
With fire danger at its peak, people are reasonably concerned about safeguarding their homes and businesses. But don’t be overly alarmed these next few weeks if you hear the sounding of a fire alarm at your neighborhood school—it could be a test-run of the school’s safety equipment. Summer is the optimal time for testing school safety mechanisms, such as, fire alarms, burglary alarms and fire sprinkler systems, because “we’re able to minimize disruption and ensure that our systems are in good working order for the coming school year,” says CSD’s Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray. The testing of fire alarms is done is compliance with recommendations by the State Fire Marshall. But CSD has been testing all its safety systems since the District’s inception as a matter of good practice. There is no set schedule for the test. But, if for some reason, you happen to be inside a school building when an alarm goes off, it’s best to assume that it’s a real fire and evacuate immediately—unless you’ve been informed in advance that it’s a scheduled drill or test.

We all know teenagers live with their phones in their hands. It can be especially frustrating when your kids won’t stop texting while on a family vacation. But there is an alternative to just taking the phone away. Katie Blunt, an education-technology specialist with the Canyons School District, recently appeared on ABC4Utah and KUTV with tips for how parents can get their kids to actually learn something while using their phones this summer. Among her recommendations — a detailed list of which can be found at the following link — are to encourage kids to record and edit video journals documenting the highlights of family getaways. Did you know there are apps for creating custom geocache challenges and virtual scavenger hunts? There are also plenty of interactive websites that kids can use to find local hiking trails or learn more about a given city or town. Check out this handy website for all kinds of resources and ideas:

http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/summer-technology-activities.html

Canyons’ first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to 17 elementary and secondary school immersion programs with the expected addition of two more schools in 2018-2019 (see list below). Statewide, more than 32,000 students in 160 schools are learning Chinese, French, German, Portuguese  — and now Russian — under the immersion model, which extends through high school where students who pass the Advanced Placement exam with a 3 or above can start taking upper division college-level courses for early college credit. The higher education partner that’s co-teaching CSD’s college-level courses is the University of Utah. Curious about the courses and how they’ll operate? You can find more information on CSD’s homepage.

Elementary DLI Schools

  • Alta View Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Butler Elementary - (French)
  • Draper Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Lone Peak Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Oak Hollow Elementary - (French)
  • Ridgecrest Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Silver Mesa Elementary - (Spanish)
Secondary DLI Schools, 2017-2018

  • Butler Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Draper Park Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Indian Hills Middle School - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Mt. Jordan Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Union MIddle School - (Spanish)
  • Alta Hish School - (Chinese)
  • Corner Canyon High School - (Chinese & French)
  • Jordan High School - (Spanish)
Projected Additional High Schols, 2018-2019

  • Hillcrest - (Spanish)
  • Brighton - (Chinese & French)
Every spring, on behalf of the Canyons Board of Education, the Canyons District Administration enters into negotiations with groups that represent the employees to review the terms of compensation and benefits for the following school year. In these negotiations, which have already started for the 2018-2019 school year, licensed teachers are represented by the Canyons Education Association,

and classified employees are represented by the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association. Once tentative agreements are reached for both the licensed and ESP employees, they are forwarded to the Canyons Board of Education for approval.
In matters of public health, Canyons District takes direction from the local health authority — most often, the Salt Lake County Health Department. When a health authority notifies one of our schools of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, the school works with the health authority to identify any students and employees who may have been exposed, or who need to be excluded from school because they are not fully immunized. Click here for additional information about the Utah Department of Health’s Immunization Program.
Per District policy, CSD’s weeklong Spring Break occurs during the first full week of April. This year, schools are closed from April 2-6, with class resuming the following Monday. Spring Recess is one of several holidays stipulated by Calendar Committee Guidelines created to provide consistency in scheduling and help families plan.
We work hard as a District to prepare for and prevent emergency situations, and we’re encouraged by statistics that show schools are still among the safest places for children. Following is a list of some of the steps Canyons District has taken, and will continue to take, to maintain healthy, safe learning environments for children. In order for our safety plans to be effective, some details must be kept confidential. But here is an overview:

  • In coordination with local law enforcement agencies last year, Canyons District updated its crisis response plan. The plan includes an active shooter/intruder training module for school staff along with detailed protocols for communicating with parents and community leaders in the event of an emergency.
  • All of our schools practice lockdown and shelter-in-place drills throughout the year, in addition to preparing for a host of other threats, from fires and earthquakes to hazardous materials. Elementary students participate in these drills at least once a month. Secondary schools hold quarterly drills.
  • There is an armed police officer assigned to every school. These School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement personnel whose salaries are co-funded by the District. They serve and protect our schools while also mitigating criminal behavior by building trusting relationships with students so they can feel comfortable reporting suspicious activity.
  • Trained counselors are assigned to every school to support faculty and staff in reinforcing positive behavior. Canyons has adopted the MTSS behavioral intervention framework, which focuses on the whole child by supporting academic growth as well as students’ behavioral, social and emotional needs.
  •  One of the most powerful ways to combat violence is by reporting it advance, and our schools have a high-tech tool at their disposal to facilitate that. Canyons District was the first in Utah to adopt the SafeUT mobile app, which allows students and parents to post anonymous tips about unsafe activities or situations. The app, which also is a tool for students to confidentially seek help for emotional crises, suicidal threats or addiction problems, is monitored 24 hours a day and seven days a week by school administrators and counselors at the University of Utah. Every threat or referral is immediately acted upon.
  • We are installing security vestibules at all of our schools, which force visitors to be buzzed-into the Main Office where they must check-in before entering the school.
  •  Proceeds from two voter-approved, general obligation bonds have allowed us to rebuild schools with safety in mind. We build schools with seismic controls, state-of-the-art surveillance systems and automatic locks that require employees to have an ID badge to gain entry. We strive to locate schools out of visibility of main roads and landscapes so that playgrounds are shielded and people can’t easily see inside the school, while employees working inside have a clear line of sight down the halls, and to the parking lot and front entrance. We also strategically locate entryways and exits.
  • The District has formed an Emergency Management Committee comprised of Board of Education members, school and district-level administrators and risk management professionals. This committee meets at least quarterly to debrief after emergencies and to review and refine the crisis response plan.
Yes. Canyons District’s maturation program, an informational presentation for fifth-grade students and their parents, is being held a month later than usual. Presentations conducted by professional speakers have been scheduled through the months of March and April. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which dates best fit their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes. The aim of the program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that were previously held at each individual school, is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved instruction districtwide. Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home. All programs start at 7 p.m.
*Midvale Middle School
Tuesday, March 6 — Boys Program
Thursday, March 8 — Girls Program

Union Middle School
Tuesday, March 13 — Girls Program
Wednesday, March 14 — Boys Program
Indian Hills Middle (currently located at Crescent View) 
Tuesday, March 27 — Boys Program
Thursday, March 29 — Girls Program
Butler Middle School
Wednesday, April 11 — Girls Program
Thursday, April 12 — Boys Program 
*Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentations at Midvale Middle.
Moving up from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school can be exciting and anxiety-producing for students and parents. But Canyons District’s schools have programs and traditions in place to ease the transition and prepare students for success. In the winter, middle school teachers often drop by elementary schools in their feeder system to meet with fifth-graders and talk about the different elective courses that are available in grades 6-8. Middle school guidance counselors meanwhile are meeting with eighth-graders and their parents to explain high school graduation requirements and map out academic plans tailored to students’ college and career aspirations. Over the summer, families will receive detailed information about online registration. And in the fall, middle schools open their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to find their classes and try opening their lockers for the first time. For parents of students with special needs, the District also sponsors
It’s the parenting dilemma of the digital age: How do we encourage our kids to take advantage of all that technology affords while protecting them from the documented dangers of too much screen time? How do we model healthy use of technology when we, too, fight the allure of smart phones and social media, excessive use of which has been linked to soaring rates depression and suicide? At CSD, good digital citizenship is promoted every day in our classrooms, and it’s not just about teaching students to safely navigate the Internet. We empower students to appropriately use digital media to explore the world, gain knowledge and connect with new ideas and people — and we invite parents to participate.
As CSD schools celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, Feb. 5-9, tips and resources for continuing the conversation at home can be found at Commonsensemedia.org. There parents can find advice on how to stop cyber-bullying, apps for monitoring their child’s devise use, and lists of age-appropriate movies and video games. Internet safety, however, also is a priority for the District. CSD also uses a Lightspeed Systems content filter that blocks inappropriate material, based on a database of more than a billion entries. The filter can be adjusted for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and allow schools to override the filter’s default settings to access specific sites. Searches for Google Images use safe search, and if the content is inappropriate, the user is not granted access. These filters prevent inadvertent exposure, however, if a determined user finds a way to access inappropriate content, our Information Technology department can review the Internet history of the person in question for up to 40 days to determine if administrative action is necessary.
Yes, Canyons District does conduct hearing screenings in our elementary schools. Canyons’ audiologist conducts annual hearing screenings for kindergarteners, second-graders, and fifth-graders, as well as students who are new to the District and those who receive special education.
Generally, the answer is no. Once a school administrator approves a transfer permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and their permit is not revoked. Permits, however, must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school. OF SPECIAL NOTE: Students enrolled in a Dual Language Immersion Program, or SALTA magnet program for advanced learners do not need to fill out School Choice Open Enrollment permits. Once Dual Language Immersion students advance from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school, they must complete Intent to Continue forms through a separate process, which indicate whether they’d like to continue their language studies at the school into which their current school feeds. For example, Butler Elementary feeds into Butler Middle School. Immersion students may also apply to attend a school outside of their current feeder system, and those applications are approved on a space-available basis. Still have questions? You can find more information about School Choice applications on the Planning and Enrollment Department’s web page, and answers about Intent to Continue forms on the Instructional Supports Department’s web page.
Each year, Canyons District nurses sponsor flu-clinics where they make flu shots available to all employees. Custodial crews routinely sanitize classrooms and restrooms. The District also works with Salt Lake County Health Department to prevent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Click here for additional information about the Utah Department of Health’s Immunization Program.
Yes. Canyons School District allows members of the community to schedule use of Canyons’ auditoriums, gyms, dance rooms, classrooms, kitchens, cafeterias and fields. The fee schedule for using Canyons’ buildings depends on the entity who wishes to use the facility. You can see a copy of the fee schedule here: http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/facilities-scheduling and search for availability here: https://rentals.canyonsdistrict.org/home. Looking to run the stadium stairs at your local high school, or toss the pigskin around on the football field? Fields are open for individual use, provided they’re not occupied by a sporting event.
Parents can easily make their lunch payments online any time of the day or night. Schools also accept personal checks. If, for any reason, parents forget to make a payment, or two, the District will contact parents directly. Students will never be denied a lunch, nor will they be approached for money. CSD’s Nutrition Services Department will work with parents — and only parents — to resolve unpaid balances. Curious what’s on the lunch menu on any given day? Check here.
Canyons District schools generally release class schedules after a student is fully registered and has paid all student fees. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so if you have logged in to Skyward and can’t see your schedule, contact the Main Office at your school.
Canyons District schools generally release class schedules after a student is fully registered and has paid all student fees. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so if you have logged in to Skyward and can’t see your schedule, contact the Main Office at your school. 
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:46

Is my child eligible for busing?

Eligibility for busing is largely determined by Utah laws governing school transportation, but finding out if your child is eligible for busing is easy. Just click here for an interactive database where you can plug in your address to see if busing is available and where to find the bus stop. Non-qualifying students can submit a request for transportation services so they can ride with their qualifying siblings or neighbors — if there is space available on the bus. Space-available permits are granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. You can request a permit application from your school, starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Families will be notified about whether their permits were approved by Sept. 15.
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