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Thank a Teacher: CSD Now Taking Nominations for 2021 Teacher of the Year

To be a teacher during a pandemic is to be on the front lines of the battle to safeguard the health and heart of the future. In this unprecedented era of COVID-19 — marked by hours of Google Meets, constant updates to Canvas pages, strained voices to be heard from behind a mask, and the application hand-sanitizer dozens of times a day — has heightened the importance of daily high-quality instruction by a highly-qualified teacher.  

Now more than ever, the Canyons Board of Education and Administration are committed to honoring the many ways educators are touching the lives of students even as they maintain a safe physical distance. The COVID-19-related restriction on mass gatherings won’t stop Canyons from announcing and applauding a Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Starting today, the Canyons community can submit nominations for a new Teacher of the Year.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Access the nomination form
  • Complete the form on why you think your nominee should be recognized. Print and submit the form to your school’s PTA leaders, or, if you are a school employee, to the principal, by March 5. The School Selection Committee will consider nominees forwarded by the PTA and employees.
  • Watch for social media posts featuring the March 29-April 2 Teacher of the Year surprise announcement at your child’s school.
  • Watch the Tuesday, April 20 ceremony to hear which CSD teacher was selected for their commitment, innovation, and leadership. 

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Ms. Carling

Meet 4th grade teacher, Ms. Carling, sometimes called Ms. C.

“I have taught Kindergarten, third grade, and fourth grade at Crescent Elementary. Teaching is my passion. Every student I have taught I think of as one of my own children. I love teaching the amazing kids we have at our school, and seeing the growth they make. I hope to make an impact on the children I teach. When I am not teaching I enjoy being outdoors and traveling. I love feeling the warmth of the sun, hearing the sound of the waves, and trying new things.”

Crescent is so fortunate to have Ms. C!fourth 

Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? • Time to get a jump on planning for kindergarten

The start of the 2021-2022 school year might seem like it’s light-years away, but when it comes to making arrangements for kindergarteners to attend school, the time to start planning is now. While students who are 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2021 won’t be heading to class until late next summer, there are several decisions parents and guardians will need to make before then — and it’s better to start sooner than later.

“Parents need to think about which option they want, the half-day option that we offer, or the Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program we offer as well,” said Canyons Teacher Specialist Leigh Ann Fisher. “This may determine the school their child attends, because if their boundary school isn’t offering the Supplemental program, then they need to think about, ‘Where am I willing to travel to take my child so that they have that option to have the Supplemental program as well?’”

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2021-2022 school year. Computers are available at Canyons schools for families who do not have Internet connectivity at home. The opt-in, tuition-based program is offered at schools based on community interest and available space in the building. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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