As one of the first employees of Canyons School District, Susan Edwards has had a front-row seat for many of the District’s defining moments.

Even before the vote on Nov. 6, 2007, Edwards was deeply involved in community discussions that led to the creation of the first school district in Utah in 100 years. From building a vital bridge of connections throughout the community to choosing the District’s first computers, Edwards has played a key role in Canyons’ history — and, after a decade of devoting day and night to its success — Canyons has played a key role in hers.

“It feels like Canyons’ history is part of my family’s history,” Edwards said recently as she reflected on the District’s upcoming anniversary. “My family sees what you can accomplish, they see the relationships and the strength it takes just to battle through. They’ve learned a lot about community service, and how important education is to me.”

Click here to see Edwards talk with ABC4 anchor Brian Carlson about Canyons District's first 10 years.

Since community was essential to Canyons’ creation, community is at the heart of Canyons’ 10-year anniversary celebration on July 1. Nearly 700 people attended a free community party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandy Amphitheater splash pad, 1245 E. 9400 South.  At the event, the District served more than 600 hot dogs, bags of chips, and bottles of water. Attendees also sang “Happy Birthday” and cheered as the Board of Education cut birthday cakes decorated with the District’s logo.

Partygoers included students and their parents, current and former employees and dignitaries, including leaders of Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy cities. Families stayed cool with water from the splash pad while picnicking on the lush grass of the park.  A live DJ turned up the volume to popular tunes. 

Canyons would not exist without the support of the community and family members throughout the District. For Edwards, the support of her family was essential in undertaking her role to help Canyons thrive. As one of the first CSD employees, Edwards wore many hats to help Canyons get off of the ground. She helped forge relationships between city leaders and district leaders, she acted as a business manager, IT director and human resources aide until those positions were filled by the experts in their fields.   

When Canyons’ first computers were to be delivered to the District, it was Edwards who waited at the building every day over Christmas break, only to discover they were marooned at the airport, because they believed all school districts would be closed, unaware Canyons was currently in an office building. Whatever the task, Edwards, now the District’s Public Engagement Coordinator, is ready to step in and help make it happen. 

“In many regards, Susan is the go-to person in Canyons District,” said Canyons School District President Nancy Tingey. “Her dedication to the District is unparalleled. Through her connectedness to the community, she is both an ambassador for the District, as well as a valuable link to bring community matters to the attention of the District.” 

Over the course of a decade, for every meeting and service opportunity, Edwards was there, but she wasn’t alone. Her four children were all in school at the time, and as they supported their mother, attending school events and more, they experienced their own firsts in Canyons history. Her son was a graduate in Canyons’ first commencement ceremony in 2010, he also was a flag bearer at Canyons’ first opening ceremony. A daughter was part of the first class of seniors to graduate from Corner Canyon, Canyons’ first brand-new high school. Another daughter was part of the first class to graduate after spending all four years at Corner Canyon. They all watched as the first middle school was built in Draper, and learned about their mother’s grit as they saw her dedicate time and energy to the District even after they all entered college.

Before Canyons was created, Edwards was involved in her children’s school community as a member of the school community council and PTA president. After Canyons’ creation, Edwards continues to devote her time and energy to supporting the District and its students, even if her own kids have moved on. 

 “I still want Canyons to be the best it can be,” Edwards said. “We’ve got 34,000 other kids. Our staff, our teachers, our children, our communities, they all rely on Canyons doing a good job. It’s not really a job we get to fail at. If we do, we’re failing a classroom of kids, and their whole education is impacted. We don’t get to fail because we are producing the people who will run our world for the next many years.”

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  • There’s no looking back now. You’ve crossed the finish line, donned your cap and gown and received your diploma.

    But graduating doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Diamond Ridge, Hillcrest or Jordan high. Canyons, the first school district to be created in Utah in 100 years, turns 10 on July 1, 2019, and to commemorate this milestone, we’re launching an alumni directory to help our high school graduates stay connected, communicate and collaborate as only they know how.

    “The directory has revealed how we have alumni living all over the world, from Australia and China to Israel and Sweden. They range in age from 18 years of age to over 100. But wherever they call home, and no matter how they’ve chosen to make a difference, they still identify as proud Hawks, Huskies, Bengals, Beetdiggers, Chargers and Raptors,” says Canyons Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards. “This online directory will make it easier than ever for us to keep our alumni informed of homecoming events, class reunions and other opportunities to reconnect with their alma mater.” alumnimap

    The directory is live, and in the coming weeks, Canyons will be emailing alumni with instructions on how to verify the information in their online profiles. The process is as simple as logging in to the portal using your first and last name, graduation year and the school from which you graduated—no matter how recently or long ago. From there, just follow the prompts to pull up your profile and make any needed adjustments. Do it by July 15, and your name will be entered in a drawing for some nostalgic prizes.

    When you update your profile, you can update your personal settings to control how and when you’d like to receive information.

    All information in the database will be kept secure and private. Canyons does not sell alumni data or grant access to outside entities. This is merely a tool to assist Canyons in getting out the word about important news, events and opportunities to give back to support the educational mission of your alma mater. 

    If you have questions about the directory and how it will be used, please see further details below, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The directory can be found at alumni.canyonsdistrict.org.

    What information is contained in the directory?
    Information contained in the directory is similar to what you might find in an old-fashioned telephone book, including, your name, home address, email address, and phone numbers. You are free to include as much or little as you want, but keep in mind that the purpose of the directory is to keep you informed. 

    How will this information be used?
    All information in the database will be kept secure and private. This is a tool to assist Canyons District in getting out the word about important news, events and opportunities to support the educational mission of your alma mater. It will be used exclusively for:
    • Sharing invitations to class reunions and other major events
    • Communicating important school and District news
    • Connecting alumni with volunteering, mentoring, guest speaking and scholarship funding opportunities
    • Contacting alumni for feedback on how we can better utilize the network to serve them 
    There are still summer adventures to be had, plenty of time for backpacking, backyard barbeques and beach vacations. Amid all the last-minute summer fun, don't forget to register for your children for the 2019-2020 schol year.  Even if you're on vacation, you can log-on and use our online registration system. 

    Online registration started Aug. 1. Because online registration is not first-come, first-served, you won’t need to worry about being the first to log in and register your child. Also, the time you register will not impact teacher or course selection for your child. So far, nearly 21,000 students have registered for the coming school year in the past week. 

    Canyons District has fixed a glitch in its online registration system that inadvertently posed questions to all patrons about a child’s refugee, immigrant and migrant status, if any. To address the concerns, the District has improved and streamlined the registration process and added clarifying language explaining that the information is needed to plan for English-language services for students whose primary language is not English. The District uses the data to apply for funding to provide supplemental instructional supports for students learning English. The survey was not intended for English-speaking students taking dual-language immersion classes. To be clear, information gathered as part of online registration at no time is shared with immigration authorities or used for immigration matters. We regret the worry or concern may have caused. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling at 801-826-5111 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    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/. Once logged in, simply follow the prompts and make personal identification updates as needed. 

    If your child is new to CSD: You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. After Aug. 1, make sure to take a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address into the Main Office of your child’s school. Please call the school in advance to find out when school staff will be in the office.  

    When registering online, you will need to pay any school fees using a credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash, or qualify for a fee waiver, or need to schedule a payment plan with your school, please contact your child’s school directly. 

    While registration for most students will be done online, you may still register in person if you prefer. All schools in Canyons District are scheduled to be open on specific dates and times for your walk-in registration convenience.

    Need help logging in to Skyward? Contact: 801-826-5525.

    The following preliminary list of walk-in registration dates and times will be updated as more dates are confirmed:

    Elementary Schools                                
    Altara Elementary, Aug. 1-16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Alta View Elementary, Aug. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Aug. 14, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Bell View Elementary, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Aug. 7, noon to 6 p.m.
    Bella Vista Elementary, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Brookwood Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Butler Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Canyon View Elementary, starting Aug. 5, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Copperview Elementary, Aug. 5-9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Aug. 6 and 8, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Crescent Elementary, Aug. 8, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Draper Elementary, starting Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    East Midvale Elementary, TBA
    East Sandy Elementary, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Edgemont Elementary, Aug. 6 – 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Granite Elementary, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Lone Peak Elementary, by appointment only, 801-826-8650
    Midvale Elementary, Aug. 5 – 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aug. 8, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Oak Hollow Elementary, Aug. 1-2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Midvalley Elementary, Aug. 5 and 7, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Aug. 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Oakdale Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Peruvian Park Elementary, starting Aug. 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Ridgecrest Elementary, Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Quail Hollow Elementary, to be announced, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Park Lane Elementary, Aug. 7-8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sandy Elementary, TBA
    Silver Mesa Elementary, TBA
    Sunrise Elementary, Aug. 5-12, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Sprucewood Elementary, Aug. 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Aug. 13, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Willow Canyon Elementary, Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Willow Springs Elementary, Aug. 5-6, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Middle Schools
    Albion Middle, starting Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    Butler Middle, Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Aug. 8, 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    Eastmont Middle, Aug. 15, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Midvale Middle, Aug. 7 and 12, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Indian Hills Middle, by appointment only, 801-826-7100, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Draper Park Middle, starting Aug. 2, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Mount Jordan Middle, Aug. 7-8, noon to 6 p.m.
    Union Middle, Aug. 5-7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and again on Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m.

    High Schools
    Alta High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Brighton High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Hillcrest High, Aug. 6-8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Jordan High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Corner Canyon, by appointment only from Aug. 13-15 between the hours 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Special Schools and Programs
    Diamond Ridge, Aug. 5-6, 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 7-8, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9 by appointment
    Jordan Valley School, starting Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    From the first sunrise on the day Canyons District was born to now, CSD schools have welcomed 28,031 bright-faced kindergartners and proudly awarded 22,426 high school diplomas.

    Canyons’ teachers have imparted 18.3 million hours of instruction, cafeterias have dished up 28 million nourishing lunches, and CSD bus drivers have logged 15.7 million miles transporting students to and from school. That’s the equivalent of 630 journeys around the Earth or 66 trips to the moon, and behind the wheel for each of those miles were drivers trained to shoulder the responsibility of safely transporting students to learning environments where they're encouraged to reach for the stars. 

    Canyons, the first school district to be created in Utah in 100 years, is a community of many talents—and behind every student achievement and success story are parents, faculty, staff, and community partners selflessly sharing those talents to enrich the lives of children. July 1, 2019 marks a decade of distinction for the District, and the Canyons community is celebrating with free hot dogs and cake from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandy Amphitheater splash park, 1245 E. 9400 South. This is a free public event for the whole family.

    “This District simply wouldn’t exist without the community’s support,” says Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “This is but a small token of thanks for all the people who make Canyons such a wonderful place to live, learn and work.”

    A decade may not seem long, considering some of the schools within Canyons’ boundaries have celebrated 50th and 60th anniversaries this year. But a lot can happen in 10 years.

    Canyons came into being through a vote by residents in five Salt Lake County municipalities who sought a school a district that was responsive to the community, emphasized career-and college-readiness, embraced innovation, and prioritized customer service. The year the District opened, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first African-American President. The country was just emerging from the Great Recession, and a technological transformation was afoot, driven largely by the Internet and other advances in communication technologies.

    Since its first day of operations, Canyons’ employees and the Board of Education have kept the revolutionary vision of those voters at the heart of everything the District does. With a laser-like focus on helping each student become career-and college-ready, the District has been breaking barriers, raising the bar, and setting new standards for public education. It’s through the caliber of Canyons' teachers, the discipline of students and the uncommon levels of community support that Canyons schools enjoy that the entire community rises to new heights in education.

    A Decade of Distinction • By the Numbers
    • Canyons’ five traditional high schools have staged more than 50 fall musicals, cheered 43 team state sports championships, and prepared graduates for roughly $300 million in college scholarship offers.
    • Seven new schools and special programs have come into being.
    • The Board of Education has approved some kind of employee compensation increase every year of the District’s existence, including a proposal this year to bring the starting teacher pay to $50,000.
    • The Canyons Education Foundation has fueled teachers’ ideas for improving instruction through the award of $708,000 in Innovation Grants.
    • Canyons' students have outpaced their peers on year-end tests, in some cases by as many as 13 percentage points.
    • Canyons’ graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 89 percent.
    • With two, tax-neutral voter-approved bonds, we have built, rebuilt or renovated 13 schools with plans for major upgrades to eight more—all while maintaining the Canyons’ AAA bond rating.
    • Canyons has welcomed the contributions of 126,000 volunteers in our classrooms.
    The Board of Education on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 approved the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year: 
    • Christie Webb, currently Principal at Copperview Elementary, will be the new Principal at Sandy Elementary. She will replace Cory Anderson, who recently had been transferred to Sandy from Bella Vista Elementary before resigning to pursue another professional opportunity.
    • Jeri Rigby, currently Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, will be Principal at Copperview Elementary.
    • Sara Caldwell, who had been assigned to be an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, will replace Rigby at Midvale Elementary.
    • Sierra Eastmont, currently a Title I specialist, will become an Intern Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle to replace Caldwell.
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