Honoring a proud tradition, Canyons District is bidding a fond farewell to retiring colleagues. Sixty-two employees are departing Canyons this year for their happily ever after. Some have devoted 40 years or more to Utah’s public school system, and many have worked for Canyons since the district’s inception in 2009. All of them have contributed to CSD’s success. “Whether you have worked in school classrooms, school front offices, school buses or school grounds, all of you have worked to help children, and help build a better tomorrow,” says Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor. “In all your duties, you’ve contributed to success stories that are as countless as words ever written. Our schools will continue to grow stronger — all because of the power of the gifts you have shared.”  Please join us at Open Houses to celebrate the careers of these amazing teachers, administrators and Education Support Professionals. 

  • An Open House for Ron Halbert, Esther Halliday, Jan Shreeve, and Dana Wood will be Thursday, May 18, 3:15-4:30 p.m. in the media center at Indian Hills Middle, 1180 E. Sanders Rd.
  • An Open House for Connie Farr and Peggy Robison will be on Friday, May 19, 4-6 p.m. in the media center at East Midvale Elementary, 6990 S. 300 East, Midvale
  • An Open House for Paula Barney and Vickie Sponbeck will be Friday, May 19, 3-4 p.m., at Park Lane Elementary, 9955 S. 2300 East.
  • An Open House for Susan Saunders and Cindy Dahle will be on Monday, May 22, 2:30-4 p.m. in the media center at Corner Canyon High, 12943 700 East, Draper
  • An Open House for Darlene Schultz and Leslie Conklin will be Tuesday, May 23, 3:30-5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lone Peak Elementary, 11515 High Mesa Dr., Sandy
  • An Open House for Kaylene Barney will be Tuesday, May 23, 2:45-4 p.m. in the media center at Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, Draper
  • An Open House for Phil Talbot will be Tuesday, May 23, 2:45-3:45 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge at Hillcrest High, 7350 S. 900 East, Midvale 
  • An Open House for Lark Anderson will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2:30-4 p.m. in the media center at Mt. Jordan Middle School, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane, Sandy
  • An Open House for Dr. Edy McGee will be Thursday, June 1, 3-5 p.m. in the Wasatch Room of the Canyons Administration Building-West, 9150 S. 500 West, Sandy
  • An Open House for Laura Wally, Cathy Johnson and Debbie Barker will be Friday, June 2 from 10-11 a.m. in the media center at Bell View Elementary, 9800 S. 800 East
  • An Open House for Marilynn Hampton and Patricia Jones will be Friday. June 2 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Edgemont Elementary, 1085 E. Galena Dr.
  • An Open House for Claudia Jimenez, Salvador Jimenez and Denise Layday will be Tuesday, June 6, 3-4:30 p.m. in the media center at Midvale Elementary, 7830 Chapel St., Midvale

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Get a group of American fifth-graders videoconferencing with students at a “sister school” in China and this is the conversation that transpires.

What kinds of food do you like to eat? How do you get to school, and what subjects do you learn? Do you have a favorite hobby or sport?

These questions and more topped the foreign affairs agenda Thursday evening at the Utah Capitol as a group of Mandarin learners in Draper Elementary’s dual language immersion program virtually sealed a "sister schools" agreement with the Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School of China. The digital cultural exchange was facilitated by Legislative leaders following a trade mission to Liaoning Province, a region of China with 10-year-long ties to Utah.

Chinese government officials, District and Legislative leaders, including Superintendent Jim Briscoe, House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, were on hand to mark the ocassion with gifts and dinner in the Rotunda. It was the second time Draper students have teleconferenced with their Shenyang Wanghulu peers, and an educational tool that Legislative leaders hope to use with other Utah schools.

The digital diplomacy sessions give young learners a chance to hone their language skills and observe and learn differences in social norms and cultural beliefs. Senate President Niederhauser hopes the new friendships “will last a lifetime, and bear results for generations."

Said Marianne Barrowes, a Draper Elementary parent with two children in Chinese language immersion, “It’s so valuable for these children to meet kids in another country and to actually talk to them. When we were little, we had pen pals; this is a whole new level.”

Utah’s Dual Language Immersion Program was created by lawmakers in cooperation with former Gov. Jon Huntsman who is fluent in Mandarin and also served as U.S. Ambassador to China. CSD’s first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to eight elementary immersion programs, eight middle school programs, and by 2016-17, will have world language programs in all five of its high schools.

A vocal supporter of the program, House Speaker Hughes believes it will give Utah children the skills they need to thrive in a 21st Century, global economy.
A shiny new plaque on Rich Landward’s office wall serves as recognition for his hard work. But the CSD Student Support Specialist insists that the honor isn’t just for him. Landward says he shares the honor — the Clinical Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Utah’s College of Social Work — with those around him in CSD who are dedicated to building up Care Coordination, an evidence-based initiative that links students and parents in Title I communities to mental health and other community services.
Landward, who this year supervised master-level social work interns at Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale and Sandy elementary schools as part of the Care Coordination program, was surprised with the award at a recognitions ceremony at the University of Utah. While he knew he had been nominated for the award, he says he “had no idea” he’d won.
Landward says at-school mental health services have the potential to boost student achievement.  If students have immediate access to services that can help them cope with, for example, mood disorders, trauma, depression, anger, or family disruptions, then it may positively affect how they perform in the classroom. It also has been shown to reduce behavioral issues.  
Karen Sterling, Director of the Office of Student Advocacy and Access, lauded Landward for his efforts.  “We are very excited for Rich and proud to have him on the Student Advocacy Team,” she said.
The first school bell of the year will herald in a new era for students and teachers at Albion Middle and Midvale Elementary schools.

Albion and Midvale are the first schools to be rebuilt as part of CSD’s ambitious and responsive plan to upgrade, expand and modernize educational facilities in all corners of the District. The school will open on Aug. 27, the first day of school.

Canyons District is celebrating the upcoming openings of the new schools at two ribbon-cutting events. Please join us at the following fetes:
  • Midvale Elementary — Monday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.
  • Albion Middle — Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.
The Midvale and Albion projects — and more than a dozen others, including the new Corner Canyon High, Butler Middle and the new Crescent View Middle, which are all scheduled to be done next fall — have been made possible by the $250 million bond that CSD voters approved in 2010.  

The new Midvale Elementary, 7852 S Pioneer St., covers 9 acres of a 25-acre campus it shares with Midvale Middle School. The 85,000-square-foot building, which replaces the 61-year-old building on Center Street, will have natural light in the rooms and hallways, state-of-the-art classrooms, air conditioning, computer labs, a new gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded parking lot.

Click here to see our video on the last day of school — ever — at Midvale Elementary. 

At Albion Middle School, 2755 E. Newcastle Dr., what was old is new again. Crews are now putting the finishing touches on the Sandy school’s makeover, which includes a new entryway, parking lot and landscaping. Inside, students and teachers are sure to enjoy a spacious commons area, skylights in every classroom, air conditioning, new band, dance and choral rooms, an upgraded media center, a refurbished gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded area for the kitchen and cafeteria.

Click here to see our video on the new school.

The Canyons School District will be shredding the IEP files of students who have graduated through the year 2005, or were born prior to 1986. If you would like the files, please contact the Special Education Department at 801-826-5022 to make arrangements to obtain the file. Please have appropriate ID available to pick up the files. Files will be shredded on July 30, 2012.
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