On a Wednesday morning in January, 2017, Unified Police recommended that Midvale Elementary go on "shelter in place" while they responded to reports of a bank robbery near the school. All students were already safe inside their classrooms, busy learning as usual and largely oblivious to the safety protocol, which lasted all of 20 minutes. Had any students or faculty been outside on the playground, Principal Chip Watts and his administrative team would have calmly escorted them back inside the building and directed them to return to class before locking the doors and notifying parents. School would have carried on…
These are the people who are on the front lines at our schools, making sure students are not only guided toward high school graduation but also healthy outlooks on life. From helping students who are struggling with difficult emotions to building a school schedule that will lead to a high school diploma, our corps of 60 school counselors do so much to aid in the college- and career-readiness of Canyons District students. Canyons District lauds the dedication of our counselors by recognizing National School Counselor Week, held each year to focus public attention on the contribution of professional school counselors…
Ever wanted to try night skiing? Have no fear, this is the year. Brighton Ski Resort’s powder-filled slopes are beckoning—for half the normal price, and for a good cause. Join us for Canyons District’s Ski and Shred. All CSD students, families and employees are invited to hit the slopes at Brighton Ski Resort for just $25 per person from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following Saturdays:  Feb. 16, 2019 March 16, 2019 Print out and present the following coupon for your discount pass. Brighton Ski Resort will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the Canyons Education foundation, which funds…
Two Canyons District well-known and respected advocates for student athletes have received statewide honors for their notable careers. Morgan Brown, athletic director for Alta High, and Natalie Meyer, who has been at the heart of Brighton High’s tennis dynasty, are two of the Utah High School Activities Association’s 17 Distinguished Awards recipients for 2018.  Brown, who is in his 30th year at Alta High, was honored by the UHSAA as the Utah High School Athletic Director of the Year. Meyer, whose boys tennis team are the defending 5A state champs, was named by the UHSAA as the 5A Coach of…
By day, Stacy Kurtzhals is an administrator on special assignment supporting Canyons District schools. But on evenings and weekends, she transforms into “Ninja Momma.” Both of Kurtzhals sons—Tyler, 14 and Cooper, 10—are highly-ranked Ninja Warriors who have qualified to compete this February in the National Ninja League (NNL) World Championships in Hartford, CT. Cooper, known as the “Type 1 Ninja” for his efforts to raise awareness of diabetes, is newer to the sport than his brother, but is climbing the ranks of the NNL and Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association. Tyler, otherwise known as “TK Ninja Trickz,” is the top competitor…
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