Altara Elementary's beloved Kittyhawk has a new set of wings. She's still the same high-flying feline we've come to love, albeit with some aviation upgrades to keep her airborne for years to come.

As part of Canyons District's continued effort to upgrade and modernize the branding for its 50 schools and special programs, graphic designer Jeff Olson unveiled a new logo suite for Altara at a May 21 art fair, which doubled as a fundraiser benefitting one of the school's students. The event kicked off with a street parade led by the Sandy Police Officers, Alta High cheerleaders and Kit, the new Kittyhawk mascot who arrived in a convertible speedster.

The big reveal of the new school marks, featuring a kitten modeled after the famed pilot Amelia Earhart drew nearly 700 cheering students and family members. Also present for the unveiling was Zanette Nordhoff, the artist behind Altara's original logo.

"It is not an easy job to change an iconic mascot like our Altara Kittyhawk. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has ownership," says Principal Nicole Svee-Magann. "Jeff very patiently worked with me, three PTA presidents, and other stakeholders to create a beautifully developed, modern version, of our beloved feline. I could not be more pleased with 'Kit' and the fleet of artwork that accompanies her."

Over the past three years, nearly 20 school logos have received makeovers under an initiative by the Office of Public Communications to professionalize school marks and ensure they're based on original artwork. 

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  • Phone and Internet-based computer systems in the Canyons District are now operating.

    Telephone, email, Skyward and Canvas systems are available after a daylong break in service. 

    The technical difficulties were experienced as the result of an Internet-provider network outage. 

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we worked with our provider to resume services. 
    They are the people on the front lines. They teach, lead, volunteer, inspire.  

    From sunrise to sunset during the school year, a dedicated corps of top-notch teachers, first-rate administrators, careful bus drivers, and hard-working lunch and custodian staffs, technology experts and financial wizards, as well as scores of classroom volunteers, work together to run Canyons’ schools.

    The day-to-day operations may appear to be seamless: Buses roll on schedule, bells ring to start classes, teachers engage with students, meals are served, counselors provide support, and custodial and maintenance crews make sure the buildings are cleaned and readied for the next day. But it wouldn’t happen without the good work and expertise of the people who make Canyons strong. 

    For their contributions, hard work and dedication to advancing the mission and vision of Canyons District, the Board of Education and Administration seek to recognize the best of the best with the highest awards given in CSD. 

    Canyons District is now taking nominations for the 2019 Apex Awards, the annual recognitions given by CSD leaders to teachers, administrators, district office personnel, volunteers and community partners.

    The District is accepting nominations for the following award categories:   
    • School Administrator of the Year 
    • District Administrator of the Year 
    • Business Partner of the Year 
    • Volunteer of the Year 
    • Elected Official of the Year 
    • Student Support Services Professional of the Year
    • Education Support Professional of the Year 
    • Legacy Award
    Use this easy-to-use online tool to read more about the categories and to submit nominations. Nominations can be submitted until Aug. 2, 2019.

    An Apex Award is also given to CSD's Teacher of the Year.  The Canyons District’s Teacher of the Year is selected in the spring and is CSD’s nominee in the state Teacher of the Year competition. This year's winner is Jessica Beus, a third-grade teacher at Midvale Elementary. She was selected from a field of 47 teachers from every CSD school in the District.

    The winners of the 2019 Apex Awards are celebrated at a by-invitation-only banquet and awards ceremony. This year’s event will be Sept. 10, 2019 at Corner Canyon High, 12943 S. 700 East.

    Questions? Call Jeff Haney or Kirsten Stewart in the Office of Public Communications at 801-826-5084 or 801-826-5050 or send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    The beating heart of Diamond Ridge High now hangs on permanent display at the school in the form of a colorful mural inspired by the rock art of southern Utah.

    Traditionally, the heart—a muscular depiction of which is the focus of the student-made mural—is the seat of emotion. For some of the Diamond Ridge artists, it symbolizes peace and prosperity. To others, it signifies human connection. “The heart is the centerpiece. …To me, it represents what it feels like to be loved and to be accepted,” explained student artist Josie Croft at a May 14 unveiling of the painting.

    Diamond Ridge, Canyons District’s alternative high school, is a place where many teens discover just that: A sense of belonging, purpose and pride. The school is the sixth in Canyons to create a Sacred Images mural as a monument to indigenous peoples, capping a longstanding relationship with the Center for Documentary Expression and Art and its “Sacred Images” artist-in-residence program.



    Each year, the program kicks off with an immersive field trip to Nine Mile Canyons, a petroglyph site near Price, UT. Students are then paired with Lakota/Plains Apache storyteller Dovie Thomason and an artist-in-residence—in this case, with Alicia Maria Siu Bernal whose primary role was to help students unleash their creativity and guide them through the mural-making process.

    “It’s been amazing,” said Diamond Ridge’s River Troyer. “When you’re working on a big project like this, all together with as many students as this, it makes it difficult to get on the same page, because people have different ideas and backgrounds.” But to accomplish anything of significance takes the innovation and hard work of many hands, Troyer added, which also is depicted in the mural.

    Diamond Ridge’s Isabel Reynolds agrees. “It was really hard,” she says, “But as a team we created something beautiful. Without this school, I would never have experienced anything like this.”

    The Sacred Images mural is now at home in the entryway of Diamond Ridge, which is located at the Canyons Technical Education Center.

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    Real Salt Lake is helping the Canyons District community celebrate the many goals achieved during the school year and kick off a summer of fun.

    On Friday, May 24, just days before the start of the summer hiatus, Real Salt Lake is hosting Canyons District Night at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game against Atlanta United will be a celebration of the end of school, as well as the academic, athletic and artistic endeavors accomplished over the past nine months. 

    Discount tickets to the 7:30 p.m. game can be purchased online. The reduced cost — $23 per ticket — is available to the Canyons District community. From the tab "Ticket Offers," use the promo code “CSD” to snag tickets at the reduced rates. The team is providing the reduced rate so more people can come cheer for their favorite hard-working teachers. 

    Halftime will be dedicated to honoring the excellence and commitment of the 47 top teachers from all CSD elementary, middle and high schools. Right after the 35th minute of the game, the school-based Teacher of the Year will be escorted to the middle of the field at Rio Tinto to be applauded by thousands.

    Special recognition will be given to Midvale Elementary’s Jessica Beus, who was announced last month of the District’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.  Beus is Canyons’ official nominee in the Utah Teacher of the Year competition.  CSD’s top middle school teacher is Eastmont Middle’s Anna Alger and the top high school teacher is Hillcrest’s Josh Long.

    Each of CSD’s Teachers of the Year were given complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest, courtesy of Real Salt Lake and Sandy City, in appreciation of their service to students and the larger community.
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