Connect Canyons

Connect Canyons

Learning is about making connections, and we invite you to learn and connect with us. Connect Canyons is a show about what we teach in Canyons District, how we teach, and why. We get up close and personal with some of the people who make our schools great: students, teachers, principals, parents, and more. We meet national experts, too. And we spotlight the “connection makers” — personalities, programs and prospects — we find compelling and inspiring.

Episodes

February 21, 2024 22 mins

In Canyon District, we teach and model digital safety and citizenship every day in our classrooms. And our goal really is to empower students to use technology responsible responsibly. More than that, we want them to use it to create, investigate, collaborate, and analyze - and we view parents as valuable partners in this endeavor.

 In a recent episode of Connect Canyons, we hear from teacher specialists Katie Gebhardt and Jonathan ...

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Ever wondered about the hidden gems that ignite a lifelong love affair with reading? Anyone who is fond of books knows that feeling of walking into a room with floor-to-ceiling books and taking in a deep breath. There have been a number of studies looking into that smell of old books – Is it vanilla? Grass? Maybe a hint of leather? Whichever smell comes to you first – Bibliophiles can all agree – It’s a wonderful feeling to step in...

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Few other events bring the country together like the Super Bowl. Last year's battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles drew the largest numbers of viewers in history. 115 million people tuned in to watch. Whether you're a football fan, in it for the snacks, for the ads, or the halftime show - the Super Bowl is a uniquely American tradition which, for some, borders on a national holiday. On this spe...

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“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.” It's a quote you may have heard before, particularly those who are fond of theater. But the beginning of this monologue from William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" has become a popular turn of phrase, understood by many outside of the world of performing arts. It just goes to show good theater can live on for centuries and take on new meani...

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Here at Canyon School District, we strive to provide our students with opportunities for hands on learning to ensure every Canyon student graduates college and career ready. 

 CSDTV is joining in these efforts with a new student program. Currently in its inaugural year, CSDTV has 112 student broadcasters learning about all things broadcasting. From live streaming and commentating Canyon sporting events to news broadcasts, student ru...

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January 24, 2024 20 mins

It’s no wonder the Hillcrest High School Drill Team are 28-time regional champions and seven-time state champions, with their eyes on an eighth. Two members of the coaching staff have dance, and Drill in particular, in their blood. As we learn in the latest episode of Connect Canyons, Chelsea Divine and her brother Carter Williams stared dancing almost as soon as they started walking and followed in their mother’s footsteps, “Our o...

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Fred Rogers once said, “I'm convinced that when we help our children find healthy ways of dealing with their feelings, ways that don't hurt them or anyone else, we're helping to make our world a safer, better place.” 

 In today's world, we're faced with all sorts of challenges and stressful situations, from the simple everyday tasks of getting to school on time and making sure projects are finished to the he...

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“Children love coming to our preschool programs,” says Terri Mitchell, Early Childhood Program Administrator in the latest episode of Connect Canyons. In this episode, we learn how Canyons early childhood educators are trained to guide children through meaningful interactions, turning everyday play into opportunities for learning and development. With applications open for tuition preschool, Ms. Mitchell covers how and when to appl...

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It’s the time of year where the idea of setting new goals for a new year becomes a main topic of conversation. Are you setting goals? How do you keep your goals not just through January but all year long? Eastmont Middle School Principal Stacy Kurtzhals and her son Tyler have been working toward the same goal since Tyler was a little boy – Becoming an American Ninja Warrior. 

 When Tyler was 8-year-old, he saw his first episode of A...

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In Canyons, students aren’t the only ones who know the apprehension of auditioning for a role or the thrill of a standing ovation. 

 Teachers like Hillcrest High’s RaNae Dalgleish bring to the classroom first-hand experience as professional artists — in her case, as a member of one of the most prestigious choirs in the world. Having a professional life outside of teaching can be taxing but is also personally fulfilling, as Dalgleish...

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Tennessee may be the volunteer state, but here in Utah, we have a strong history of coming together to help one another. For many years, Utahns have led the nation in volunteering, and this year is no different, according to research by Volunteering and Civic Life in America. Here in the Canyon School District, we also have a strong corps of volunteers, and we're constantly grateful for those members of our community who give ...

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National Computer Security Day is November 30th. As our education system continues to develop, computer security is top of mind. Our computers are becoming faster and more advanced. They fit in our pockets, we use them in our schools, and seemingly every facet of our lives. On this week’s episode of Connect Canyons, Director of Information Technology for the Canyons District, Scot McCombs, says the first line of defense when it com...

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Lowered blood pressure, improved immune function, more efficient sleep, and reduced risk for depression and anxiety. All these benefits and more flow from practicing gratitude. It’s that time of year where we practice giving thanks. But, as CSD’s Student Wellness Services Administrator B.J. Weller believes, it’s something we can and should practice year-round for others and for ourselves. “In any person’s life, if they want to feel...

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Choose your aphorism, from “it takes a village” to “many hands make light work.” There are many phrases we use every day to emphasize the importance of a group of people working together — and nowhere is the spirit of teamwork more apparent than in a public school system.  

 Canyons employs about 6,000 professionals, all of whom play a vital role in providing a high-quality education to students, including the District’s substitute ...

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For those who finished school before the 2000s, the idea of STEM or STEAM may as well be an entirely new subject in school, but it’s not a new curriculum – it’s a framework for teaching.

 In the latest episode of Connect Canyons, we sit down with Chandra Martz – Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for Canyons District, and Cynthia Lloyd, CSD’s Elementary STEM Specialist. We discuss the basic idea of STEM and how it is being imp...

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The vision of success for Canyons School District is that every student will graduate college- and career-ready. That extends through the average grade levels and beyond with the Canyons Transition Academy (CTA).

 In this week’s episode of Connect Canyons, we sit down with Linda Hall, the Administrator over CTA as well as Brian McGill, the director of Student Wellness Services, who’s son went through the CTA program. We discuss the ...

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From zombies and vampires to Wonder Women, Barbies, and Kens, Canyons District students are looking forward to Halloween. With that excitement comes a word of caution: In the past three years, there have been 3,200 Halloween-related injuries across the country. We want to make sure this year’s spooky festivities are fun but also safe. On this week’s episode of Connect Canyons, we sit down with Sandy Police Officer Max Zackrison to ...

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October 17, 2023 32 mins

Ever wondered how AI could revolutionize the way we learn, teach, and operate in educational institutions? We promise you an enlightening expedition into the world of AI in the classroom with the insightful Jonathan Stewart and Emma Moss, both stalwarts from the Instructional Supports Department at Canyons School District. They not only demystify different types of AI - generative, reactive, and predictive, but also show how AI has...

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The nation’s public schools are remarkably safe, and rates of bullying are on the decline. 

 But maintaining safe, bully-free learning environments remains a priority in Canyons District — and families can help by understanding the signs of bullying and what to do if they suspect or spot it. With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, the Connect Canyons podcast crew sat down with Alta High counselor Christine Astle to di...

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Recently, the Canyons School District Board of Education awarded roughly $1.6 million dollars to upgrade our libraries. New books and new reading techniques are being utilized in elementary schools across the District. In this week’s episode, we sit down with Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins, Vice President of the Board of Education Amanda Oaks, and our Library Media Specialist Gretchen Zaitzeff. They share the books and topi...

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