Zeke Michel found his calling long before he could verbalize it as a career goal while working as a peer tutor mentoring fellow Hillcrest High students with intellectual disabilities. That nascent interest steered him to seek a job as an after-school custodian at Jordan Valley, Canyons District’s school for students with severe disabilities. In 2015, when an opening presented itself, he applied for a position as a para-educator at the school, which blossomed into a full-time teaching job. Four years later, he was named Jordan Valley’s Teacher of the Year. “I just fell in love with the kids at Jordan…
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:51

Sign up Now to Volunteer in CSD Schools

Be a classroom helper, mentor and tutor students, collect school supplies, or contribute to fundraising activities: The volunteer opportunities in Canyons District schools are only as limited as your imagination.  Even the most time-pinched parents can find ways to support their child's teacher and neighborhood school—and many do. Over the past 10 years, more than 126,000 parents and patrons have contributed an estimated 1.6 million hours of service to Canyons District schools.  Each year, in accordance with state law, all Canyons District volunteers must submit a Volunteer Application, which can be found on the District’s website and completed by online…
Of all the variables in education, one thing is certain: Teachers matter. A quality teacher influences student performance more than any other aspect of schooling. But Utah, one of the fastest growing states in the country, is in the throes of a teacher shortage. Faced with this reality, and the need to fill an annual average of 280 open teaching spots over the past five years, the Canyons Board of Education is doing its part to elevate the teaching profession by bringing salaries in line with those of other professionals in Utah, making it possible for teachers to pursue their…
Who among us doesn’t like a good back-to-school sale? But if you stumble across a great discount somewhere and find that you’ve purchased more than your family can use, consider donating to Canyons District’s 4th annual school-supplies drive. Canyons’ annual summer Gathering for Good donation drive is joining forces with one of Utah’s most popular radio stations, Z104 KSOP and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors to collect school supplies for students in need.  Join us as we take part in the three-day “Tools for School” event. Giving is easy. Just drop off your donations in the south-end parking lot of The…
In 1969, a new high school was built to accommodate rapid growth in the southeast suburbs of Salt Lake County, an area now known as Cottonwood Heights. Perched atop a sloping sandpit with peerless views of the Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake Valley, Brighton High has been an area landmark ever since. Distinguished by its futuristic, circular design—some say it looks like the Millennium Falcon, though the first “Star Wars” movie didn’t debut until eight years later—there is no other school quite like it. A lot has changed over the past 50 years, and the time has come to rebuild…
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