If BJ Cox were to affix a moral to his music teaching skills, it would be that hard work pays off. For two years, the Indian Hills music leader and his students have tried out for the State Junior High Band Festival. Two years in a row, the band didn’t make it — but Cox and his students didn’t give up. Each time the band wasn’t selected, they improved, little by little. Now, Indian Hills’ concert band has been chosen as one of the top 15 bands to perform at the State Junior High Band Festival on March 17 at the…
Cyber-bullying, and online privacy and safety, may be what comes to mind as the digital dilemmas facing schools in today’s hyper-connected world. But at Canyons District, teaching good digital citizenship isn't just about safely navigating the Internet. It's about empowering students to use digital tools—including social media—to explore the world, gain knowledge, and connect with ideas and people. This week, Feb. 6-10, Canyons District celebrates its 2nd annual Digital Citizenship Week with activities sponsored to raise awareness of the many resources available to schools and families. Banners have been posted in hallways throughout the District, Education Technology Specialist Katie Dewey…
John Madsen has a healthy disrespect for the impossible. It’s how he explains his unlikely path to the National Football League—a career he launched without ever having played a game of high school football—and it’s what he instills in the young athletes he mentors today through his John Madsen Performance training program. “Dream big. Anything is truly possible. It happened for me. It could happen for anybody,” he told teen participants of Canyons District’s 7th annual Job Shadow Day. “And when you dream big, I want you to be a little unrealistic.” Every year in February, a cohort of CSD…
Tiffaney Castillo had only started to learn how to paint with oil when her art teacher at Jordan High encouraged her to submit an entry in the Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition. Castillo told her father she dreamed that her painting would take 11th place in the statewide contest. Instead — to her surprise and delight — Castillo took second place out of 27 selected winners. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship and recognition from Senate representatives. Her painting will hang in the Capitol until the end of the legislative session, Feb. 14-March 31. Castillo is the first Canyons student…
It's time to give our teachers some love! Send your child's favorite teacher a well-deserved valentine by nominating her or him to become the 2017 Canyons District Teacher of the Year.  Canyons schools are taking nominations for Teacher of the Year until Tuesday, Feb. 28. Each year, every Canyons District school recognizes a Teacher of the Year for outstanding teaching practices, professionalism, and community involvement. Every school-based Teacher of the Year receives gifts and prizes donated by CSD’s generous business partners and special honors from the Board of Education. Each also is nominated for Canyons District Teacher of the Year, an…