Canyons District students captured 42 awards at the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair.  The winners include Hillcrest High seniors Alex Cheng and Alex Sun, who now advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif., where they’ll compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships. Cheng's award-winning project, "Analysis of Retinal Fundus Images to Detect Macular Degeneration Using Machine Learning Methods," combines medical diagnostics with computer science, whereas Sun focused on behavioral science with a project titled, "Understanding 'Compassion Fade.'"Other award-winners of note include six middle school and elementary-age students who were named Broadcom Masters finalists. …
Whether you're a parent looking for a fun, intellectually challenging way for your kids to spend their summer, or you're a high school student desiring to get a jump on studies or play catch-up, Canyons School District offers a rich variety of summer learning opportunities for students of all ages.  Summer Semester Answer for High-Achievers   The spring weather may be teasing us with alternating sunny and snowy days — but summer isn’t too far on the horizon. While most students will be enjoying a summer break, there are many who will be heading back to class. Registration for CSD’s Summer…
High school graduation is a rite of passage, a time for celebrating academic achievement, and an opportunity to spotlight our exceptional students and faculty. It’s one of those can’t-miss events, so mark your calendars now! Canyons School District’s 2017 commencement season kicks off on Thursday, June 1 with ceremonies for: CSD’s alternative high school Diamond Ridge; South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison; and Jordan Valley School for special-needs students. The District’s five traditional high schools will all perform commencement rites on Tuesday, June 6. Following are the dates and times: Alta High — Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m., University of…
Mishele Mitchell has never thought of herself as an “athlete.” She wasn’t involved in sports as a kid; only recently did the single, working mother of three take up running as a way to squeeze some exercise into her busy day. “I never dreamed of running the Boston Marathon, or even thought it was possible,” says Canyons School District’s Facilities Scheduler. But in less than a month, on April 17, 2017, Mitchell will lace up her shoes and join the 30,000 other runners who managed to beat Boston’s strict qualifying times. The 26.2-mile race is the world’s oldest annual marathon,…
Chromebooks, iPads, Sphero devices, and Makey Makey kits: These are just a few of the digital tools in Ashley Lennox’s classroom. The fifth-grade Draper Elementary teacher also has been known to put a few analog (even living) devices to use, including, an iguana and yoga balls — masterfully marrying them with the curriculum to make learning fun and encourage students to think, problem-solve and create. But don't let her fun-filled classroom fool you. “She’s an outstanding young educator who combines creativity, technology use, classroom management, and superior teaching skills to create a classroom where all students learn and achieve,” says…
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