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Parents spoke, and we listened. Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Canyons District’s schools will let out for the summer in May, instead of the first week of June. “Teachers and parents have expressed concern about our schools letting out later than those in neighboring districts,” says Planning and Enrollment Director Dr. Floyd Stensrud. “The later end-date makes it difficult for families to coordinate summer vacations and for high school students to compete for summer jobs.” The changes will take effect with the start of the 2019-2020 school year, and were approved by the Board of Education based on recommendations…
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:25

Wiping Out School Lunch Debt One Penny at a Time

Students at Lone Peak Elementary are doing their part to wipe out school lunch debt, one penny at a time. For their holiday donation drive this year, students were challenged to scavenge kitchen drawers and sofa cushions for loose change. The goal: Collect enough cash to pay off the past due lunch balances at their school. The campaign exceeded expectations, however. In all, students raised more than $3,000 — enough to cover their school and pay down 70 percent of the lunch balances at two neighboring Title I schools within the District. Turning the campaign into a contest helped. Classes…
Alta High School last week welcomed talkative visitors for the 30th annual Black and Silver Debate Tournament.  Eighty schools from 14 states were represented at the Tournament of Champions-qualifying event, with 500 students who came from as far away as Florida to compete.  From Thursday to Saturday, some 200 adult chaperones and judges accompanied the students, who debated various topics in public forum, policy debate, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. “It’s very busy, logistically speaking,” said Alta debate coach Tanya Roundy. “It really pulls us together as a team, because they spend a lot of time working to get things to come together…
The Board of Education, acting as a Board of Canvassers, on Tuesdsay, Nov. 21, 2017 voted unanimously to accept the tally of the votes in the Nov. 7 bond election — the results of which will enable the District to immediately continue building up Canyons with modern, safe and welcoming schools.    According to the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office, 57.8 percent of the 51,429 residents who cast ballots voted in favor of the District’s $283 million bond proposal. Some 42.2 percent voted against the tax-rate-neutral measure. Voter turnout was 48.2 percent.  A canvas, or an examination, of the returns…
Sunrise Elementary teacher Patricia Stephens-French froze when the door to her classroom opened and a crowd of folks in blue shirts filed in. She took one look at the giant check in the hands of a member of the Canyons Education Foundation and she knew exactly what was happening: her wish was about to come true. Each year, Canyons’ Education Foundation raises funds to offer grants to teachers with big ideas in Canyons District. Teachers apply to receive the $1,000 to $10,000 grants based on their innovative ideas on how to enhance teaching in their classrooms through technology, materials or…
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