There are a few names for what parents and teachers fear will happen to their students over the long stretch of summer. The summer slide, brain drain, and learning loss are just a few the terms referring to the tendency of students to lose ground academically over long school breaks. But not on Allyn Cau’s watch. This year, the Alta View Elementary parent decided to tackle the summer slide head on and see what she could do to keep the Road Runners reading through the lazy days of June, July and August. She volunteered to create a program, using the…
The robust cheers heard throughout the Salt Lake Valley on Monday, Aug. 19 were likely from the back-to-school celebrations held at Canyons District schools.    Per an 11-year tradition, principals rolled out red carpets to welcome students to the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers, principals, and parents, as well as Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe and members of the Canyons Board of Education, lined up to snap photos, cheer and give high-fives and fist bumps to the students headed into school for the first time of the school year. Adding to the festivities were players from Real Salt Lake and Royals FC,…
New sixth-grade students descended on middle schools across Canyons District for orientation on Friday morning with excitement, some trepidation—and a million questions.  For the last 11 years, Canyons’ middle schools have opened their doors a day early to help newcomers navigate the hallways, learn new schedules, explore the cafeteria, open their lockers, and generally get a grip on what it means to leave elementary school. “At the end of the day, I just really want them to be excited to come back, that they’re not fearful on Monday,” said Draper Park Middle School Vice Principal Jodi Roberts. “Kids are scared…
On Monday, Aug. 19, tens-of-thousands of students will file into Canyons District classrooms with fresh hopes for a successful school year. They’ll accept new challenges and celebrate new triumphs—and they’ll do it together, secure in the knowledge that school is a place where all learners are welcome, respected, supported and safe. Such is the commitment made by Canyons District schools, and the promise behind new supports being put into place to help students navigate modern pressures and develop the confidence and character traits that are crucial for success in life and school. Over the past two years, the Board of…
Following a three-month public comment period culminating with Tuesday’s Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the Canyons District Board of Education made official its previously proposed plan to give all CSD teachers a $7,665 salary increase. Representing a double-digit increase for every teacher, this puts the starting annual teacher pay in Canyons District at $50,000. The Board unanimously voted to increase the tax rate by 0.000606 to fund the historic pay bump to licensed personnel. “We consider every dollar received a sacred trust,” said Board President Nancy Tingey who thanked members of the public for taking time to provide input on the salary proposal in person,…
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