A shutterbug at Jordan High is helping Canyons District send wishes of a picture-perfect yuletide.

A photograph taken by 17-year-old Shellby Carvalho shines bright on the cover of the District’s 10th annual holiday card, which is sent to local legislators, Utah’s members of Congress, and Canyons’ major supporters. 

The star of Carvalho’s photo is her snow-white dog, Cali, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees and Labrador mix she adopted from the Humane Society of Utah. 

“Because my dog is white, I thought that was a symbol of simplicity and purity, which is what the holiday season is all about,” says Carvalho, who takes Advanced Placement art classes and is the school’s Sterling Scholar candidate in the visual arts category.

“I’m so happy that I was able to make it happen,” she said about the photo shoot, which required stringing up colorful lights well before the holiday season and getting the dog to sit still long enough to snap the shot. She also edited the images and used a photo-enhancement program to complete the design.

Carvalho plans to major in environmental studies at Westminster College next fall.   

This is the fifth year Canyons District has asked students to create artwork for the official holiday card.  Students from Corner Canyon, Brighton, Alta and Jordan Valley School have provided artwork in previous years.
Calling all bilingual 11th and 12th grade students: If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you can apply to have an official Seal of Biliteracy added to your high school transcripts.  

The Seal of Biliteracy is placed on a high school graduate's transcript by the state of Utah to certify for employers and universities that the student has demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one world language. It is evidence of a student's readiness for a career, college and for engagement as a global citizen. 

High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the seal starting Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The application window closes on Jan. 24, 2019.  

To apply, students must obtain a form from their school’s Counseling Center. As part of the application process, students may be required to take a language proficiency exam sometime between March 5-15. Individual schools will determine the date, time and location of testing as well as a make-up testing date.

Additional guidelines and information about the application process can be found at your high school's counseling center.

They go the extra mile to tailor instruction. They document everything, not because it’s a federal requirement but because they want parents to be able to meaningfully celebrate their children’s progress. They have hearts of gold and a work ethic to match.

With the season of giving approaching, we’d like to take a moment to recognize those who give so much of themselves to ensure all children reach their potential. Over the past few months, CSD’s Special Education Department visited schools to surprise 10 educators and related service providers with Exceptional Service Awards.

This year’s awardees are exemplary of caliber of instruction delivered each day with patience and care in schools throughout the District.
Mary Weidman-Hoffman is a speech pathologist at Copperview Elementary. She was nominated for the growth she has made personally and professionally. She does a phenomenal job advocating for students, coordinating services, and connecting with outside providers as well as serving as a resource for school staff and faculty.
Heather Litster is an early childhood educator at Butler Elementary. She was nominated for her positive attitude and her ability to differentiate instruction for a wide range of students while still maintaining the fidelity of the curriculum. Her "I can do it” attitude makes her a valuable member of the early childhood team.
Teresa Ockey is a psychologist at Sandy Elementary and was nominated because of her impact on student learning at her school. She is actively involved in her school community and is invested in the success of all students.
Marian Gladbach is the department head at Jordan High. She builds positive relationships with students, and is known as a "fierce advocate” for their educational needs. Marian is actively involved in her school and with the other special education teachers on her team.
Jodi Brown is a resource teacher at Willow Canyon Elementary. She is an exceptional teacher who works hard, while deploying an unmatched sense of humor, to help her students make progress toward their goals.
Emily Christofferson is a speech pathologist at Draper Elementary. Though relatively new to Canyons, she has shown real leadership in overcoming challenging circumstances this past year while stepping up to help keep the school’s special education team on track with their paperwork and organized.
Angelee Gardiner is a speech pathologist at Silver Mesa Elementary. She promotes positivity with everyone, from the students she singles out each day for praise to the colleagues she uplifts with encouraging remarks. Angelee has knack for making the mystery of special education language accessible, which shows in her ability to keep parents actively engaged in their child’s education.
Dana Crosby is a resource teacher and member of the Student Support Team at Willow Springs Elementary. Always patient and kind, Dana has been known to spend hours calling parents or writing emails to update them on their student’s progress. She doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to overseeing the master special education schedule, or finding new ways to reach and inspire students to learn.  
Linda Draper is a special education teacher at Union Middle. A leader, an innovator, a tremendous worker, and an advocate for all students—particularly students with learning disabilities—Linda brings to Union a fresh perspective about instructional strategies that motivate learners and is continually seeking ways to differentiate her instruction.
Becky Morgan is a resource teacher at Bell ViewRelationships are important to Becky, which is why she takes time to get to know her students and their families as well as the school’s staff. A mentor to new teachers, she interacts with everyone in a kind, supportive way, including students whom she buoys with words of encouragement while holding them to high expectations.

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It’s like clockwork. With the arrival of cold weather come winter colds and sniffles, posing the inevitable quandary for parents: How sick is too sick to send your child to school? Sometimes, it’s obvious. If your child is feverish and shaking or vomiting, he or she is probably in no condition to be learning. But what about a nagging cough or sore throat? Canyons District encourages school employees and students to stay home when:

  • They are not well enough or seem too run down to participate in class.
  • Their cold symptoms are accompanied by a fever of 101 F or higher.
  • They have a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye/ conjunctivitis (crusty and red eyes with yellow or green discharge).
  • They have vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period, or have diarrhea.
  • They have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, such as bronchitis or strep throat. In such cases, keep a child home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics. 
A word on lice: Once a child has been treated, he or she can return to school.

What Do Schools Do to Prevent the Spread of Disease?

Canyons District has about 5.8 million square feet of space to keep cleaned, which is accomplished each day with special attention paid to touchpoints, or highly-trafficked areas with which students come into direct contact, such as door knobs, computer keyboards, and drinking fountains. Deep-cleaning to combat specific illnesses entails using specialized chemicals and tools, such as electrostatic sprayers, which can cover an entire area with a bug-fighting coating of disinfectant. Parents can help by reminding children of the importance of good personal hygiene. The best way to stop the spread of disease is to thoroughly wash hands after using the restroom and before preparing or eating meals.
Under Utah law, students who wish to attend a school other than their neighborhood school—the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries—may apply for a transfer by submitting an Open Enrollment request.

In Canyons District, families are able to submit these forms online from the comfort of their home or office using our Online Permit Portal. For the 2019-2020 school year, the window for applying for the school-choice permits opens Saturday, Dec. 1 and closes on Friday, Feb. 15. 

School transfers are approved when space is available and on a first-come, first-served basis. Paper permits are no longer available.

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 must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.

To guide families through the process, the Department of Planning and Enrollment has created tutorials in English, Spanish, and French. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Department’s website. The Main Office at your local school also is a good resource for information.
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