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It’s the equivalent of the power rankings in prep sports — except it’s for academics. Fourteen students representing all of Canyons District's five traditional high schools have been named semi-finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program. They join about 16,000 other top scholars who this week advanced in the prestigious competition to vie for 7,500 scholarships worth $32 million. These coveted college recruits were chosen from 1.6 million students at more than 22,000 high schools. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents fewer than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. The number is proportional to the state's percentage of the national…
It’s officially fall in Canyons District — that special time of year when the leaves start to change, the sun sinks out of the sky earlier each day, and the unmistakable sight of campaign signs dot the valley. As Tuesday, Sept 26 marks National Voter Registration Day, the advent of fall means something new for Canyons students who are 18 — the legal age to vote. This November will be the first time 364 Canyons students will have the opportunity to make a choice in the upcoming election. From mayoral candidates to a $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal by Canyons…
Seventy-eight percent of Canyons District’s elementary and middle schools received an A or B this year under Utah’s school grading system — an increase of five percentage points over 2016. Conversely, the number of CSD’s elementary and middle schools to earn C’s and D’s fell by six percentage points, according to data released Monday, Sept. 25 by the Utah State Board of Education. The academic gains mostly reflect improved SAGE test scores, explained Canyons District’s Research and Assessment Director Hal Sanderson, Ph.D. “Our teachers and school administrators should be extremely proud. It takes years of training, effective teacher collaboration, and…
The City of Midvale has officially expressed support for a school improvement bond that Canyons District is asking voters to consider on Election Day. “The City Council feels it is in the best interests of the City and its residents to support the Bond Proposal,” which would generate funds without raising taxes to “rebuild and remodel several schools as well as install windows and skylights for natural lighting at several more schools,” reads a resolution approved by the Midvale City Council on Sept. 19. The resolution was signed by all five council members and Mayor JoAnn Seghini. Canyons District has…
The recognized parent group for Canyons’ schools has endorsed the District’s $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal that voters are being asked to consider this Election Day. The Board of the Canyons’ Region 17 PTA, which encompasses all Parent-Teacher and Parent-Teacher-Student Associations within the District, voted Tuesday, Sept 12 to publicly support the measure, which would generate funds to build and renovate schools.  The endorsement reflects the trust and support that Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, Draper, Midvale and Alta families have placed in our schools, teachers and staff, said CSD Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “We are fortunate to live in a forward-thinking community that…
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