SafeUT in CSD: Mobile app, website available for students, families
Canyons School District is expanding its high-tech arsenal in the fight to keep children safe. Cottonwood Heights elementary schools are among those rolling out information to their communities about access to the SafeUT app and website, which is an immediate, direct link to licensed counselors at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). Canyons' secondary schools, such as Brighton High and Butler and Albion middle schools were among the first in Utah to provide access to the service last year. The app and website, developed as part of a partnership between UNI and the Utah State Office of Education, serves as confidential tip line about such safety issues as suicide, bullying and threats of violence. Multiple languages are available. A link to the service is available on the CSD website.
CSD Foundation Scholarship Helps Bengal go to College
Emma Critchlow is proof that it’s never too late to start again. Once she put her mind to it, nothing could stop this former Bengal from earning a diploma from Brighton High and heading to Weber State to be a Wildcat. She overcame financial constraints and the daunting task of making up a year’s worth of school credits — lost due to chronic truancy — in order to graduate with her class. She has more than a little help paying for her college education, too, as a result of receiving a $2,500 scholarship from the Canyons Education Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the district. Last month, the foundation held its 6th annual golf tournament to raise money for scholarships for deserving students like Emma. Top sponsors of the Sept. 19 event were Hogan Construction, VCBO Architecture, VLCM, Hughes Construction, and GoEngineer. See more about Emma on the Canyons District’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/6oUK79-kbHs.
Never forget: Brighton’s patriotic display marks 15 years since 9/11
Student body officers at Brighton High spent Friday, Sept. 9 posting some 200 flags in front of the school in honor of the Sept. 11 Patriot Day — the time set aside by the country to remember the acts of terror on Sept. 11, 2001, and the men, women and children who died on that fateful day. Today's high school freshmen weren't alive then, and only know about 9/11 through stories from parents and lessons in history classes. The students pledged to never forget the horrors of that day — and how the country rallied from the rubble to rise again. Their story was shared on KUTV-Channel 2 News.
No Free Ride • School Bus Drivers Aid Marathon
Anyone who has spent any amount of time on a school bus knows drivers put up with a lot. Each day, Canyons District’s Transportation Department manages to get 16,000 students to and from school on time. On top of their regular runs, drivers handle transportation for as many as 2,600 field trips a month. And, often, they’re asked to help with special events, such as the Cottonwood Heights-sponsored Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon. Thirty-three CSD drivers showed up to bring runners from the base of the canyon to the starting line. Even though it meant pulling a weekend shift starting at 3 a.m., it was a fun, community-building experience and a nice change of pace, according to Transportation Director Bruce Young who credited his team for doing all the scheduling and planning.