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Union’s Writing Superstars

Caleb Buck was awarded the National Finalist spot for Utah’s Annual Do the Write Thing Competition, which is aimed at inviting youth to consider the causes, effects, and solutions for youth violence.  Along with winning the National Finalist award, Caleb also received a $500 scholarship.  This prestigious award comes with having his winning poem published in Washington’s Library of Congress.  An excerpt of Caleb’s poem includes: 

Hurting others grows on you like a vine

It digs into your skin and drinks from the river of blood that pumps in your veins 

Being a bully isn’t just an action or a decision.

Once you start bullying it becomes who you are.

But you don’t have to stay a bully.

That decision is on you

Likewise, Alysa Evans was also awarded a State Finalist spot.  She received a $300 scholarship, and she was one of the top 0.5% of students to submit an essay to receive this prestigious award as well.  Over 2,000 students across Utah participated in this challenge, and we are so excited and proud of our Union Bobcats who received these awards. An excerpt of Alysa’s essay includes: 

Youth violence. It happens to people. It happens to the people around you, but you don’t know that because the kids who never talk, who never answer questions in class, the shy ones that sit in the corner when there’s free time, and the ones who feel insecure about themselves. Some just think that they’re a bit on the shy side. It’s only like this because of bullying. Someone has been affected by it somehow, whether they were bullied, the bystanders, or even the bully.

Enrolling your Child for School During the COVID-19 School Dismissal

Are you looking to enroll a child in one of our schools — now, or for the coming year

Canyons School District has launched an online enrollment portal to assist families in registering new students during the COVID-19 pandemic so they can take advantage of the at-home instruction being provided throughout the “soft closure” of our schools. Traditionally, students who are new to Canyons have had to register in person so they can provide verifiable copies of their birth certificate along with other required documentation.

Now, to streamline the process, the District has created a way for families to scan and preliminarily submit those documents online. The online tool is available to all those enrolling in Canyons for the first time, whether they’ve recently relocated here and need to enroll in classes immediately, or they’re a toddler preparing for “big kid school” in the fall.

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Have Technology Questions? Our Tech-Support Experts Can Help

Technology is empowering Canyons District students to learn from home, but can pose challenges when they can’t log in to online learning platforms or their computing device malfunctions.

To help students and parents troubleshoot technology blips and breakdowns encountered while navigating the new world of distance learning, Canyons District has created a Technology Help Hotline at 801-826-5200. The hotline will be dedicated to supporting families and staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone needing to request help outside of those hours may do so through CSD’s online request form.

“The hope with the hotline is that it will give families an extra avenue for connecting with us during business hours,” says CSD’s Information Technology Director Scot McCombs. “The dismissal of schools and switch to online learning is new for students and can be stressful. We want them to know there’s help available to overcome any technological problems they encounter.”

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