Be brave, parents. It's time for 'the talk.' To help start conversations about health, wellness and the maturation process, Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program for fifth-grade students and their parents. Presentations conducted by professional speakers have been scheduled through the months of March and April. All presentations run from 7-8 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which dates best fit their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes. The aim of the program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that were previously held…
The Canyons Board of Education and Administration grieve for the victims and families affected by Wednesday’s event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  Traumatic events such as the incident in Florida are unsettling for everyone, and we want to reassure our communities that Canyons School District has many measures in place to keep kids safe, including regular scenario-based drills. While we don’t believe there is an immediate threat at any of our schools, the Canyons District security team, including School Resource Officers, are on high alert, and we have asked our principals to be extra vigilant in enforcing…
Two Canyons District educators have joined the elite ranks of teachers to earn a National Board Certification. Philippe Vanier, a science teacher at Eastmont middle, and Anne Clyde, an achievement coach at Jordan Valley, recently completed the rigorous certification process overseen by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The voluntary program is widely regarded as the gold standard in teacher certification, requiring years of work for completion. “It feels good to be able to get it and to reach that standard,” Vanier said. “I wanted a professional development experience to help push me to the next level. It helped…
From the first American production of an epic war play to a tale told with fog, gun shots and strobe lights, high school students in Canyons District are hard at work to bring a variety of stellar performances to the stage this spring. You don’t have to travel all the way to New York City to experience the magic of the theater, just head down the street to your closest high school and see one of these timeless plays: "Dunsinane"Originally premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland in 2010, David Grieg’s sequel to Macbeth will…
On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, after school lets out for the day and classrooms fall dark and silent, Draper Elementary teachers shed their dress clothes — and daily cares — for tights and t-shirts and head to the gymnasium. For 30 minutes, they sweat, stretch and breathe to the soothing voice of yoga instructor Stephanie Williams who volunteers her time each week to provide these teachers a little time for themselves. “I love yoga,” she says, “I love teaching yoga.” The 32-year-old hatched the yoga-on-the-go idea over Christmas break with her mother, Draper Elementary Principal Christy Waddell. Williams was looking for…
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