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As Alta View students looked out of their classroom windows last year, they saw a strange shape taking place in the corner of the field behind the school.

What looked, at first, like a jumble of beams and blocks was no mystery, however. They knew they were watching the creation of the schoolhouse that would replace the Alta View students had attended since 1963.

The new, 700-student capacity school is the 12th in CSD to be rebuilt or renovated as part of an aggressive plan to upgrade and modernize educational facilities in all corners of the District. The school will open to the public for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 17 at a ribbon-cutting event. The ceremony will start promptly at 6 p.m., followed by an open house tour for students, families, faculty and the community.

The new Alta View has a new address: 917 E. Larkspur Dr., in Sandy. It is the second new facility to open this year; on Tuesday, Aug. 8, Midvale Middle debuted to applause from a crowd of hundreds.

The building will feature a security vestibule that will require all visitors to be seen by school staff before they enter the building, a large commons area filled with natural light and a grand staircase leading to second-floor rooms, a media center, activity room and a computer lab. In addition, the building will be equipped with state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems and voice amplification equipment for teachers in the classroom.

With completion of these rebuilds and the remodel underway of Indian Hills Middle, CSD will have fulfilled the $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. It’s a goal achieved without raising taxes, while maintaining CSD’s AAA bond rating, and in keeping with founding vision of the five communities who, in 2007, voted to turn CSD it into an achievement-oriented district of distinction.
Feeding elementary school kids is a tricky business — especially when it comes to teaching students about nutrition, encouraging physical activity and serving healthy, delicious drinks and meals that even picky eaters won't refuse. But thanks to the efforts of school administrators, lunch managers, and the District's Nutrition Services Department, Canyons students have world-class food to eat in a "smarter lunchroom."

The USDA recently awarded 14 of Canyons District's elementary schools the Bronze Award in the Healthier US Schools Challenge. This designation means that each of these schools not only meets the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, but they also serve a variety of healthy foods that look good, taste good, and emphasize fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Congratulations to Canyons District Nutrition Services and the following elementary schools for their achievements:

Alta View
Bell View
Bella Vista

Copperview
East Midvale
East Sandy
Edgemont
Midvale

Midvalley

Quail Hollow
Sandy
Silver Mesa
Sunrise
Willow Canyon
The Canyons Board of Education unanimously voted to rebuild Alta View Elementary  with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010.

The Board action came at its Oct. 21, 2014 Business Meeting, and  followed months of public input from White City township officials, parents, and the principals and School Community Councils at Alta View and neighboring Bell View and Edgemont elementary schools. Alta View was identified as the school to be rebuilt largely because of its advanced age and condition.

The Board's vote allows the process to design the new school to begin. CSD's school design process includes community members, employees and school and District leaders. The rebuilt Alta View Elementary is slated to open in 2017.
Canyons District on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 started accepting applications to its Dual Language Immersion Programs for the 2015-2016 school year.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

In addition, parents and guardians who have questions about the programs are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CSSC’s Professional Development Center. 

CSD is home to eight elementary Dual Language Immersion Programs: Mandarin Chinese-English programs are at DraperLone Peak and Ridgecrest elementary schools; French-English programs are at Butler and Oak Hollow elementary schools; and Spanish-English classes are taught at Alta ViewSilver Mesa and Midvale elementary schools.

All programs except for the Midvale program are for students entering first grade for the 2015-2016 school year. The Midvale Spanish-English dual-language immersion program is for students entering kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applications is greater than the number of space available in the classes.

Questions? Call the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department at 801-826-5045.