Every public school in Utah has a School Community Counci formed of parents and employees. Council members are responsible for developing school improvement plans, guided by test scores and with funding from the School LAND Trust Plan. SCC’s make decisions that matter. As individual members become familiar with their roles and responsibilities, as outlined by state legislation and Canyons District policy, they are empowered to significantly contribute to the improvement and success of their neighborhood school. The best way to make the most out of the experience—in addition to regular attendance at meetings— is through training. Canyons District’s Community Engagement…
Here’s the thing about school absenteeism: It’s a growing problem, and almost always a symptom of something else. It could be illness, a transportation problem—the family car broke down—or a student who is tired from working nights babysitting siblings or tending the family restaurant. “Sometimes, missed school days just sneak up on a family; a snow day here, and a sick day there, can add up fast,” says Canyons District’s truancy specialist Suzanne Ren. “There are as many reasons for absenteeism as there are students who struggle getting to school.” But from where Ren sits, that gives her an advantage…
Eleven students from four of Canyons District's traditional comprehensive high schools have been named semi-finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. They join about 16,000 others who this week advanced in the prestigious competition to vie for 7,500 scholarships worth $33 million. Finalists are chosen from 1.6 million students at more than 22,000 high schools. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. The number is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. The students and their schools are:  CORNER CANYONEric JacksonBRIGHTONEmily A. HydeJORDANBoyd H ChristiansenBrian C.…
Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:58

School Grades: CSD Celebrates Academic Gains

A majority of Canyons District schools, 71 percent, received an A or B this year under Utah’s school grading system, even with last-minute changes to the way the grades were calculated. Had the grading scale not been redrawn, 81 percent of Canyons’ schools would have received a B or higher—and the number of schools to receive an A would have doubled from 2015 to 2016. The recalculation affected 43 percent of CSD’s schools. Teachers and school administrators should be proud of their performance this year, said Hal Sanderson, Ph.D., Director of Research and Assessment. “The grades fail to reflect that…
Within the Canyons School District community, Gretchen Murray needs no introduction. Her name is already associated with excellence in education, which is why she was nominated for Teacher of the Year by her peers and the parents of her Peruvian Park Elementary students.Now the rest of Utah is getting to know the devoted fourth grade teacher. After winning the District Teacher of the Year title, Murray on Friday was named a runner-up to Utah's Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made at a banquet featuring remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert and Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction Rich K.…