Friday, 02 September 2016 21:48

I'll Be Ready! Kindergarten College-Ready Day

At Canyons District, it’s never too early to start thinking about college. Capping the first week of kindergarten at CSD’s 29 elementary schools is a special celebration called, "College-Ready Day” where students receive cobalt wristbands bearing the message, “I will be college-ready … Class of 2029,” sign pledges and talk about dreams for their future. The activity drives home the point even from students’ first moments at school, that it’s important to work hard every day to be ready for the challenges of college and careers. For all students, but especially those students who have never had a family member…
Canyons Distict is expanding its high-tech arsenal in the fight to keep children safe. Elementary schools are rolling out information to their communities about access to the SafeUT app and website, which is an immediate, direct link to licensed counselors at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 31, all CSD elementary school communities will have access to SafeUT's services.  Canyons' secondary schools were among the first in Utah to roll out access to the service last year. The response was instantly positive, and students across the District were using it a a resource to receive real-time and confidential…
Anywhere else, if someone cried, “rain storm,” all eyes would scan the horizon for foreboding clouds. But at Midvale Elementary, it’s a call-and-response technique to get chatty students to snap to attention. Upon hearing those words, students stop what they’re doing and vocalize a “whoosh” sound while motioning their hands to signify water coming down—and suddenly all is quiet. The widespread use of such attention-getters is the mark of Playworks Utah, a non-profit that uses power of play to help schools cultivate safe, healthy and productive learning environments. The organization has a growing presence in Utah and a goal of reaching…
It’s the first day school, and Butler Elementary teacher Nancy Bauman has good news for her fifth grade classroom. Because they have to wait longest for lunch, they’re given a special snack at recess. “But don’t lose track of your trash, and leave it on the playground,” Bauman warns, “or you’ll lose the sneak-a-snack privilege.” Classrooms across Utah came to life on Wednesday as the 2016-2017 school year got underway, and a good portion of the day was spent rehearsing the ground rules. What do you do if you need to use the bathroom or sharpen your pencil? When is…
Wide hallways, lockers that won’t open, multiple class periods and heavier homework loads—starting middle school for the first time can be a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. For eights years, Canyons District’s middle schools have opened their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to orient themselves and ease into their new surroundings before the official start of school. “It’s a great tradition. We’ve found that it really cuts down on the nerves and the tears and helps students get acclimated,” Mount Jordan’s new principal Cindy Hansen told a KTVX reporter who profiled the…