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CSD Begins Taking Applications for Canyons Online, CSD’s New Tech-Driven Innovation

Canyons is powering up its personalized-learning options with the pending launch of Canyons Online, a technology-driven educational initiative recently approved by the Canyons Board of Education. 

Starting in fall 2021, Canyons Online will be the CSD program through which high-quality online classes will be provided to third- through 12th-grade students. Licensed teachers with advanced training in the best digital teaching and learning practices will lead classes in core subjects.  

“Canyons Online will really offer us the opportunity to act on Canyons District’s principle of innovation,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “Families will have more choice and flexibility in customizing what is best for their students.” 

Parents and students interested in the choice and flexibility provided by Canyons Online are invited to learn more about the program at two Information Nights. The next 6-7:30 p.m. event will Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the Canyons Center of the Canyons District Office, 9361 S. 300 East. The livestream can be accessed at CSDTV, the District’s YouTube channel. 

The application window for fall classes opens at midnight, Friday, April 16.  The window will remain open until April 30.  Click here to submit your child’s application.

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April 12, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Alta High School
Soar to a New ALTAtude
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.

  • COVID-19 Protocols, Mask Mandate – Despite a change in protocol in other areas around our state, face masks will continue to be required in schools, on buses and in district offices throughout the remainder of the school year. More information can be found in this CSD Update.

  • Donation Drive – Latinos in Action and Interact Club will be hosting a donation during lunch between April 12th-April 29th, and the purpose of this fundraiser is to give students a chance to give back to the community and donate sanitary items (women’s washable fabric masks, washcloths, bar soap, hair elastics, etc.) to make care packages for refugees. NO USED ITEMS!! We’re making this a competition between advisory classes for a prize.

  • State Testing is Coming Up! – Next week, Alta’s 9th and 10th grade students will join high school students throughout Utah in taking the Utah Aspire Plus exam. The Aspire test was designed by ACT and Pearson, Inc. with the goal of providing students a chance to practice taking timed tests in preparation for the ACT college-entrance exam. Utah Aspire Plus scores are predictive of a student’s performance on the ACT. The exam will provide you with feedback on your student’s college- and career-readiness, and help you to pinpoint which courses will best help him or her achieve one of Canyons’ college and career-ready diplomas. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this exam before their test dates:

    Aspire Plus Platform Tutorial 
    Aspire Plus Question Sampler

  • Blood Drive This Week – A blood drive will be hosted in the Alta High Hawk House Gallery on Wednesday, April 14th. Please see information on page 5 for details about how to participate.

  • Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies – A copy of the letter with details about this spring’s graduation ceremonies can be found on pages 6 and 7. No decisions have been made regarding the format of graduation as we await further direction from the Governor’s Office, the Salt Lake County Health Department and Canyons District Leadership regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. Graduates interested in auditioning for graduation musical performances should plan to do so on April 28th after school. Students can see Mrs. Raymond for more information. Tryouts for graduation speakers will be on April 21st. Pick up an application outside Mr. Ochoa’s room 1309.

  • Seniors who qualify for the Honors or Advanced Diploma, should have received an email through their CSD email account. A list of qualifying seniors is also posted in the Counseling Center. Please see the Diploma Options Chart for information about each of these opportunities. Students who believe they qualify for one of these diplomas, but are not on the list, or did not receive an email indicating should contact Karen Brown at karen.brown@canyonsdistrict.org by Monday, April 26th.

  • The Canyons Family Center provides a spectrum of services at no charge to the families of our students. See pages 8 and 9 for more information.

  • Math Tutoring – Both in person and virtual math tutoring is available Monday-Thursday after school or by appointment with individual tutors. Please see the Alta High Tutoring webpage for more information about this and other tutoring opportunities.

  • Hawk Stash – The Alta Hawk Stash is open after school on Thursdays in room 1110. Students and family members can also visit either the Counseling Center or Attendance Office to access the Hawk Stash during any other school operating hours.

  • Alta Summer School Driver Education – Students interested in taking summer school Dr. Ed. will need to register in the main office before or after school or at lunch. The course is for anyone who has not graduated and will be at least 16 years old by January 1st, 2022. The class will begin on June 1st and end on June 17th. It will be in person but Canvas-based.
    Please see more details here.

  • Keys to Success – Students, don’t forget to apply for the Keys to Success app online to register an account.  You have the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for college or obtain an internship!  So much good information here for you!

Keep up with all that is happening at Alta High School. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram (@alta.hawks) and frequently check the Hawkeye Online Newspaper for updated stories!

Volunteers Needed to Help Us Finish the School Year Strong

It’s time to spring into volunteering! With vaccination rates picking up, and the expanding availability of rapid COVID-19 testing, we are now able to safely welcome parents, grandparents, and other helpers back into our classrooms — and it couldn’t happen at a more opportune time.

As we look to finish the year strong, and make the most out of the last few months of instructional time, our teachers could use the extra hands and our students could use the extra encouragement.

“We’re at that point where, by taking the right precautions, it’s safe. And the help is needed,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “One of the great strengths of Canyons District has been having parents and volunteers in our buildings working with our students, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming them back.”

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