Ken Vance, a neighbor of the new high school in Draper, praised the partnership with Draper City and the School District to address residents' traffic concerns regarding the new high school and move the entrance on Golden Pheasant to the east. He said he is happy with the plan presented to the Board tonight.
Elisa Kelson, who lives on Golden Pheasant Drive next to the new high school, thanked the district and architects for working with neighbors to ease traffic concerns and moving the entrance to the east. She asked the Board to approve the proposal presented tonight.
The Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda: Dec. 7 minutes; December Board Hires and Terminations; 2011-12 Large Capital Improvement Projects; Site Lease Agreement for Bella Vista Elementary; Purchasing Bids; Advanced Diploma Emphasis Proposal; and Student Overnight Travel for Brighton Dance, Student Body Officers and Choir and Band; Hillcrest Cheer; and Jordan Boys Tennis. The Board also approved the 2011-2012 school calendar recommended by the District Calendar Committee.
Dr. Dave Doty praised 37 Hillcrest students earning International Baccalaureate Diplomas who earned 5.4 million combined in scholarship money. He collected Board signatures on a letter of sympathy and support regarding the shooting death of a Millard Public Schools assistant principal in Omaha, Neb. Millard is a fellow member of the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts. Dr. Doty also highlighted the Civility and Community 2011 Initiative in which he is a participant.
Mont Millerberg attended the Hillcrest High staff reunion, and praised the Utah School Boards Association Convention and training sessions. He congratulated Board leadership for their successful election, and thanked the District Calendar Committee for its work.
Paul McCarty, a 37-year educator, said he's never seen a District collaborate with communities as much as Canyons has on the new high school plans. He commended Dr. Doty, Facilities Director Rick Conger, CFO Keith Bradford, and the Communications staff for their work in that regard.
Sherril Taylor thanked District staff and Sandstrom and Associates for excellent outreach to patrons in drafting plans for the new high school.
President Cowdell thanked Sandy Police officers for providing Board Meeting security. He congratulated Board Vice President Taylor for his successful leadership election and the Board for re-electing him as president, saying he was humbled by the Board's trust.
Kevin Cromar attended the USBA convention and was elected delegate at large. He attended the Town Hall meeting for the new Midvale Elementary and the first Face to Faith video conference between Brighton High and a school from India. He also attended: holiday open houses hosted by the Region 17 PTA and Sandy City; the Granite Elementary Christmas Choir concert; a Sandy Elementary event where children received donated Teddy bears; the announcement that Hillcrest students' science project was selected to fly aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour; and a Native American/Veterans honors event. He wants to look into having more elementary schools take recess before lunch as a health measure. He noted Brighton swimmer Amanda Barrett was spotlighted in the Deseret News.
Kim Horiuchi praised ideas presented at the USBA Convention.
Steve Wrigley thanked the voters in District 5 for giving him the opportunity to serve. He promised to listen to constituents. He thanked Board members for reaching out to him and staff for working with him.
Melissa Kimmel of South Park Academy, who was named an Outstanding Paraeducator by the Utah State Office of Education for tutoring, guiding and mentoring inmates working to complete their high school education
The Jordan High School Football team, which to the 5A State Football Semifinals
The Board also recognized the following winners, finalists and participants in the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program:
Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis, Hillcrest High, "Microgravity's Effects on Morphagens in Common Species," whose experiment will fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor this spring. Teacher facilitator: Jonathan Miller.
Brighton High: Weihsuan Li and Emerson Evans, "The Study of Development of Antibiotic-Resistance in Bacteria in Microgravity." Teacher facilitator: Alexander Hildebrand.
Hillcrest High: Ryan Baker, Hillary Fair and Andrew Jo, "Investigating the Survival of Bacillus subtilis in Multi-layered Organizations Exposed to Solar Radiation." Teacher facilitator: Jonathan Miller.
Jordan High: Jack Casdorph and Whitney Peterson, "Microencapsulation of Ampicillin in Polyvinylpyrrolidone." Teacher facilitator: Gretchen Carr.
Hillcrest High: Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis, "Microgravity's Effects of Morphagens in Common Species." Teacher facilitator: Jonathan Miller.
Brighton High: Miguel Davila, Derek Jensen; "The Effects of Microgravity on the Degradation Rate of Telomeres," and Kevin Bryant, Orlando Bateman, Jordan Vogel, Raeleigh Jones and Jeremy Annen, "Apoptosis of Mouse Osteoblasts in Microgravity." Teacher facilitator: Alexander Hildebrand.
Alta High: Abbey Diener, Sean Groathouse, Haylee Johns, Nicole Moody, Marilize Van der Walt, "Inorganic Crystal Growth in a Microgravity Environment as it Applies to Potassium Aluminum Sulfate." Teacher facilitator: Jenette Stewart.
Jordan High: Brandon Call, TJ Giles, Clayton Russell, Eli Schroeder, Ryan Sperry, "Protein Crystal Structures," and Hoi Kiu Tong, Alyssa Brimley, Rachael Cheever and Quincy Steiner, "Degradation of Vitamin C in Microgravity." Teacher facilitator: Gretchen Carr
Midvale Middle: Stephen Behunin, Miranda Jessop, Samuel Li, Shalin Patel, David Sagae, "The Effect of Micro-Gravity Germination on the Nutritional Value of Triticum Aestivum." Teacher facilitator: Caroline Krater.
Union Middle: Saige Curtis, "Determine Viability of Oasis Substrate Material for Use in Hydroponic and Aeroponic Plant Growth." Teacher facilitator: Vicki Ginsburg.
Lone Peak Elementary: Tanner Beck, Trevor McFarland, Kaylen Cole, Libby Black, Ethan Foreman, "A Comparison of Brine Shrimp Development in Microgravity Versus Earth Gravity. Teacher facilitators: Corbi VanWagoner and Roger Jerman.
Community Steering Committee: Dr. David B. Kieda, Chairman, University of Utah Physics and Astronomy Department; Holly Godsey, Canyons parent and manager of various programs, University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics and the Center for Math and Science Education; Tony Romanello, Alta High Physics Teacher; Dr. Jan Sojka, Chairman, Utah State University Physics Department; Jim Wall, President, Sandy Chamber of Commerce; Rich Nelson, President and CEO, Utah Technology Council; and Kevin Cromar and Dr. Paul McCarty, Canyons Board of Education members.
Lead Teacher Facilitator: Gretchen Carr, Jordan High
Mentors: David Harris and Julie Callahan, University of Utah; Ed Galindo, University of Idaho; and Jeff Harrell, L3 Communications
Donor/Sponsors: Dr. R. Gil Moore, Utah State University; and the Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium, University of Utah and Utah State University.
School Principals: Sue Malone, Hillcrest; Charisse Hilton, Brighton; Tom Sherwood, Jordan; Mont Widerberg, Alta; Mary Anderson, Union; Paula Logan, Midvale; and McKay Robinson, Lone Peak.
Canyons Administrators: Kathy Anderson, Director of Partnerships and Community Service; Hollie Pettersson and Amber Roderick-Landward, Directors of Evidence-Based Learning; and Leslie Allen, Michelle Amiot and Rachel Hill, Evidence-Based Learning Specialists.
Chris Lake of Draper said his neighborhood supports the new high school plan presented to the community Nov. 17 and 18 because it evenly spreads parking and traffic burdens and promotes the greatest safety and convenience. He said Board members can contact him for more information on the neighborhood.
Betty Shaw, Region 17 PTA Vice President, recognized Mrs. Wallace for her advocacy and support of students and thanked her for her service to Canyons and the former Jordan School District.
Lisa Devashrayee, a Butler Elementary parent, said she is concerned community voices are not being heard on where to rebuild the school. She said she and other parents support rebuilding on site, as the majority of students walk to school and would require busing should the school be built elsewhere. She also asked for public meetings on school designs. Board President Tracy Cowdell noted the architects for the school were approved tonight, and community input would be taken.
Sarah Pearce, Butler Elementary PTA President, echoed Ms. Devashrayee's concerns about student safety and costs of transportation if the school should be built elsewhere. She also asked for public meetings on school designs.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Nov. 9 minutes; purchasing bids; November Board hires and terminations; education jobs fund monies; home school affidavit report; November financial repot; and VCBO as architect for the new Butler Elementary. The Board also approved the student overnight travel requests for Alta AP Government, Drill Team, and Boys Soccer; Brighton Cheer; and Jordan Cheer, Drama Club, Softball, and Baseball.
Financial, Academic Standards and Study Proposals and Reports Received
The Board received a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The report showed the District maintains appropriate fund balances, complies with all reporting requirements, demonstrates leadership on following new standards for financial reporting, and is likely to receive a coveted certificate of excellence for its work. The District proposes adopting a different and more rapid schedule to implement the rigorous Common Core State Standards in literacy and math, as well as provide extensive professional development and achievement coaches to assist teachers in the transition. Proposed future Study Session topics were presented, including SALTA; services for students in Special Education and Title I schools; Safe Schools issues and alternative education; and Board governance and bylaws. The Board received proposed dates for awards ceremonies and Canyons School District Education Foundation fundraisers, high school graduation locations, and proposed school calendars.
Superintendent Doty praised drama and music teachers and students for excellent high school musicals last month, and Evidence-Based Learning and the Communications staff for work on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and resulting press coverage. He thanked Mr. Bradford for his excellent work and camaraderie.
Mont Millerberg lauded the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program press event, student winners and their teachers, and former U.S. Senator and Space Shuttle Payload Specialist Jake Garn, who visited with Hillcrest science students and winners. He thanked Operation School Bell for assisting Canyons students with clothing needs, and received several compliments about the District's direction at a Hillcrest School Community Council meeting. He enjoyed Midvale Middle School's Report Card Night activities. Noting Pearl Harbor Day, he thanked veterans for their service and praised the Canyons Native American/Veterans Day honor ceremony that included a World War II Code Talker.
Dr. McCarty said Mrs. Wallace has been an excellent and well-respected Board Member and mentor. He thanked her for her service and said he would miss her.
Vice President Sherril Taylor thanked Mrs. Wallace for her service. He noted Utah High School Activities realignment decisions, including those that place Hillcrest in 4A, as the school had wanted.
President Tracy Cowdell praised Associate Director of Communications Jeff Haney for his work to create a top-notch Apex Awards, an event honoring the contributions of Canyons educators and community members. He wished Mrs. Wallace well, noting this is the last time the original Canyons Board will serve together
Kim Horiuchi thanked Mr. Haney and Communications Director Jennifer Toomer-Cook for their work on the Apex Awards. She attended a series of excellent student performances, including Brighton's "All Shook Up" musical, Ridgecrest Elementary's choir concert, and Oakdale Elementary's orchestra performance, and praised the students, excellent teachers, and strong arts education in Canyons District. She hopes state arts funding continues.
Mrs. Wallace noted Hillcrest and Brighton students' donations to the Festival of the Trees. She noted the upcoming Utah School Boards Association events including the Board of Directors meeting and USBA Day on the Hill. She noted new board member training last weekend, and that Canyons will need to replace her on the USBA Board of Directors. She said she has been honored to work with the Board, and said the District is headed in the right direction.
ACT EXPLORE, PLAN Results In
Canyons eighth-graders are doing relatively well in English, but have a lot of catching up to do in science if they are to be prepared for college and career by the time they graduate from high school.
The results of Canyons’ first-ever implementation of the ACT EXPLORE exam for eighth-graders shows 70 percent meet the college-readiness benchmark in English. But only 40 percent of eighth-graders meet the mark in math. Just over half met the benchmark in reading, and 22 percent made benchmark in science. All Canyons eighth-graders took the EXPLORE test in September.
Tenth-graders at the same time took the ACT PLAN test, also designed to indicate a student’s college-readiness. Results show a similar pattern. Seventy-three percent met the benchmark in English. Thirty-eight percent met it in math, 59 percent met benchmark in reading, and just 27 percent met it in science.
The tests are designed to show how much students know in subject areas of English, Reading, Math and Science, and whether they are on track to become prepared for college.
“I hope that this reinforces a sense of urgency in what we are doing or not doing as a school district,” Superintendent Dave Doty told the Board in Study Session. “I hope this is taken by us and all our teachers and principals as an invitation to do better, because we must do better … and give teachers and principals the professional development, support and curriculum they need to do better.”
The data is critical to students, particularly in eighth-grade. Research shows that a student’s achievement level in the eighth-grade is a bigger determining factor about college- and career-readiness than anything the student might do in high school. The data will be used to help students plan their high school schedules this winter.
The Canyons Board of Education adopted a career- and college- ready academic plan in February 2010. The plan includes optional career- and college-ready diplomas that map out a more rigorous course-taking pattern for students. The Board also voted to move ninth-grade into high school and sixth grade into middle school. The idea is to ensure students have the academic supports they need to prepare for college and career. Superintendent Doty noted the ACT EXPLORE and PLAN test data underscore the wisdom of that move.
Dr. Doty noted that 25 percent of the exams do not align to the State Core Curriculum Canyons students are learning now. However, he expects classroom lessons and the exam to better align as the District implements the more rigorous, in-depth Common Core State Standards, approved by the State Board of Education.
More information will be posted soon at http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf/Public?OpenFrameSet.
Plan to Implement Common Core State Standards Proposed
The Common Core State Standards could be implemented a little every year, and include extensive professional development for teachers, through fall 2014 under a proposal presented to the Board in Study Session.
The Common Core State Standards set a clear expectation for all students to become career- and college- ready by the end of high school. The rigorous standards, available in math and English language arts, weave advanced concepts into lessons as early as kindergarten so students can create building blocks on which to learn. The Utah State Board of Education has adopted the standards.
Canyons has implemented the math Common Core in all elementary schools. Based on feedback from principals, Evidence-Based Learning Directors Dr. Hollie Pettersson and Amber Roderick-Landward propose the following implementation schedule for other grades and subjects:
2011-2012: Seventh and eighth grades
2012-13: Ninth grade
2013-14: 10th grade
2014-15: 11th grade
English Language Arts:
2011-12: Seventh through 11th grades
2012-13: Elementary grades
Dr. Pettersson and Ms. Roderick-Landward proposed up to three weeks of paid professional development for teachers, as well as hiring an academic coach who currently is a teacher, to provide educators with the training and support they need to implement the Common Core. Funding could come from the federal education jobs stimulus money; Dr. Doty also proposes seeking support from private industry.
The state CRT exams, which are the end-of-level tests used for No Child Left Behind and other accountability purposes, will not immediately align with the Common Core State Standards. Director of Research and Assessment Hal Sanderson said the Utah Association of Assessment Directors has written a letter asking the state to temporarily abbreviate the CRTs. The idea is to test the content contained in both the Common Core and the current State Core Curriculum. He said similar adjustments were granted a few years ago when a new math curriculum was put in place.
Advanced Diplomas Report
Dr. Pettersson reported on progress that been made on the development of “emphasis options” for students who seek to earn Canyons’ advanced diplomas. Under the recommendation, students would be able to earn emphases in the following: Career and Technology Education, Humanities, Math, Science, and Arts. The academic team also is developing an Honors emphasis.
The aim is encourage students to pursue depth in their studies. The emphases would stand in lieu of a weighted grade-point average. Dr. Pettersson told the Board that the District had contacted Utah colleges and universities, the top 25 high schools as identified by Newsweek, and 10 of the top U.S. colleges and universities to discuss whether a weighted GPA was influential in admission and scholarship decisions. The issue also was discussed with counselors and faculty at CSD’s four high schools.
Dr. Pettersson said the investigation revealed that colleges and universities disregard formulas employed by school districts in favor of their own. Dr. Pettersson also noted that the high school faculties were overwhelmingly more interested in awarding emphases than developing a system to measure and assign a weighted GPA to each student. Superintendent Doty told the Board the District is working on designing a diploma seal that would be placed on diplomas to signify the emphasis achievement.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Selections Next Week
Dr. Pettersson briefed the Board on the District’s involvement in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which is a part of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. CSD is one of 14 school districts chosen to participate in the initiative, which will culminate in a project by a CSD student being lifted into space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to launch in February.
A contest will determine which project is chosen. Dr. Pettersson said the top three projects from each of Canyons’ four high school feeder systems will compete at the district level. Of those 12, three finalists will be sent to NCESSE in Washington, D.C., for final consideration. One of those projects is guaranteed a spot on the shuttle.
The District has asked four teachers to mentor the student scientists who are entering the contest. Those teacher representatives are: Lead Teacher Gretchen Carr, Jordan High; Jenette Stewart, Alta High; Alex Hildebrand, Brighton High; Jonathan Miller, Hillcrest High.
A Steering Committee of scientists and business and education leaders will determine the CSD finalists. Joining Board member Dr. Paul McCarty on the panel are: University of Utah Physics Department Chairman Dr. David Kieda; Utah Technology Council President and CEO Rich Nelson; Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce President Jim Wall; Canyons Education Association President and Alta physics teacher Tony Romanello; Utah State University Physics Department Chairman Dr. Jan J. Soika, and CSD parent and Manager at University of Utah TGLL Program Holly Godsey.
Outstanding Students, Employees Honored
The Board recognized 277 students and faculty at Canyons District schools for various accomplishments. Certificates were presented to Hillcrest’s Shakespeare competition and cross country teams; Alta’s golf, cross country and girls tennis teams; Brighton’s girls soccer, tennis, volleyball and boys golf teams; Albion, Crescent View and Butler middle schools for their team honors at the CSD Middle School Intramurals cross country meet; individual students for winning events at the middle school intramurals meet; and students who were recognized as Academic All-state winners.
Dr. Lory Curtis, principal of the South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison, for winning the Presidents Award from the Utah Association of Adult, Community and Continuing Education.
Sarah Smith, Butler Elementary School, for winning the 2010 Utah Outstanding Early Childhood/Pre-K Paraeducator Award.
Also noted were the re-elections of Tracy Scott Cowdell, Sherrill Taylor and Kim Horiuchi to the Canyons Board of Education. A welcome was extended to Steve Wrigley, who will replace the retiring Ellen Wallace. Also mentioned were the election of legislators LaVar Christensen, Steve Eliason, Ken Ivory and Derek Brown.
Dr. Doty won Communicator of the Year at the Golden Spike Awards, sponsored by the Utah chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators.
Boundary Steering Committee Update
K-16 Director for Elementary Schools-South Tamra Baker updated the Board on work done by the Boundary Steering Committee. Mrs. Baker, who is facilitating the committee’s deliberations, said the Committee has met with several city planners, examined residential growth data and transportation costs, and is now looking at programs that could affect a school’s enrollment and facility needs. The Board decided to calendar additional meetings to study and discuss the growth and programmatic issues that impact both the District’s overall academic and construction plans.
Volunteer Policies Discussed
Dan Harper, legal counsel from the firm Burbidge and White, recommended the Board study policies that govern employee voluntarism in schools. Mr. Harper told the board that the practice of allowing employees to volunteer at the schools in which they are employed could run the District afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Board directed Mr. Harper to work on a policy that wouldn’t overly restrict voluntarism while also safeguarding the district from class-action suits.
Employee Wellness Programs Presented
Jeremy Drecksel, a program manager for Public Employees Health Plan, presented information about programs offered through PEHP that aim to reduce insurance costs by improving the overall health of members. Programs such as “Waist Aweigh” and “Healthy Utah” offer financial incentives for qualifying participants if they meet certain health-related goals. PEHP also has an interactive Web site, “Wellness Works,” that provides information on diet, nutrition and fitness.
Patrick Christensen, who works in the Canyons District Transportation Department, expressed a concern about the lack of training provided to employees of the department.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Oct. 18 minutes; purchasing bids; a home school affidavit; October financial reports; board hires and terminations. The Board also approved overnight travel for the Alta cheerleaders; Brighton drill team; Hillcrest art history and theater students; and Jordan girls basketball; American Sign Language, and Academic Decathlon.
Canyons Apex Awards Report
The Office of Public Communications gave an update on plans for the Canyons Apex Awards, a Nov. 16 by-invitation-only event that will honor leaders in the community, as well as Canyons District’s employees and volunteer of the year.
Dr. Doty reported on a meeting with patrons who neighbor the proposed high school campus in Draper. Dr. Doty told the board two additional meetings to gather community input are scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18.
Kevin Cromar reported on events he attended, including the NFFSD conference in Topeka, Kan.; the Canyons Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Meet; and the meeting with Draper patrons about the new high school. He also commented on recent studies that focused on academics at charter schools, and voiced concern that any future charter school expansions could negatively impact neighborhood schools. He also asked the Administration to gather data on the number of CSD elementary schools that schedule a noon recess before lunch meals are served.
Tracy Scott Cowdell said he was excited at the prospect of rebuilding Mt. Jordan Middle School with bond funds. He also expressed support for Jordan High’s football team in its semifinal game Thursday against Bingham.
Dr. McCarty thanked Dr. Ginger Rhode, CSD Deputy Superintendent, for a book she gave Board Members. Dr. McCarty also commented on elementary school schedules allowing recess time before eating the lunchtime meal. He said the children are happier and there is less waste.
Mont Millerberg reported on a Hillcrest High meeting during which Dr. Doty presented information on the Face to Faith program. He also attended the District-sponsored screening of “Waiting for Superman,” which he said serves as a good springboard to begin community discussion about issues facing public schools.
Canyons is looking into providing e-mail and online document storage to all Canyons students via Microsoft Live@edu. The e-mail accounts would be in a “closed campus,” meaning students could not receive e-mail that was not from the Live@edu system. The online document storage would allow students to maintain an extensive education portfolio. In other news, the Information Technology Department worked extensively and creatively to secure more than $100,000 from the E-Rate federal program, which reimburses schools and libraries for communication services. The Board also met in closed session to discuss matters concerning real property and personnel.
The Common Core includes higher-level math concepts in lessons beginning in kindergarten. The idea is to lay a foundation for mathematics understanding and student success. The Common Core also increases rigor for all students and addresses the Canyons' higher-level math achievement gaps. Board members lauded the Common Core because it includes higher-level math concepts beginning in kindergarten and integrates math and science disciplines in a manner that more closely reflects 21st Century learning – and real life.
Dr. Rhode and her staff proposed that new Common Core math standards be implemented in seventh and eighth grades next school year, and in high school grades by 2012-2013. They also proposed that Language Arts Common Core State Standards be implemented in seventh through 12th grades next school year, and in elementary grades in 2012-2013. The Board plans to discuss a number of issues related to Common Core implementation, including textbook adoption, the impact of new standards on gifted education, and the desirability of additional magnet programs, in upcoming meetings.
Meanwhile, Canyons is offering professional development and opportunities for students to catch up or get ahead in efforts to boost career- and college-readiness:
• Students earned 310 original math and science credits in the new Summer Block
• USTAR centers in middle- and high school show students how the disciplines relate to real life
• Full-day kindergarten is offered at Title I schools, and additional student supports are in the works
• Elementaries provide extra help for students in reading and math
• Middle school teachers collaborate to examine student performance and fine tune their approach to ensure students receive the help they need
• All 11th graders will take the ACT this year; all eighth- and 10th-graders are taking the ACT EXPLORE and PLAN tests to better prepare them for college and careers
• Response to Intervention model used to catch students before they fall behind.
Canyons Education Association President Tony Romanello presented the Utah Education Association campaign, "Taxation, Equitable Funding and Education Excellence." The campaign pushes for broad-based tax structures and adequate funding, and encourages investments in research-based school reforms that include educators. It says public education investments bring greater economic returns than equal investments in corporate subsidies or tax cuts. The Board also met in closed session to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct.
The Board recognized the following students and employees:
National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists: Alta High: Alexander R. Burton, Sean A. Groathouse and Nicole M. Moody; Brighton High: Kevin A. Bryant and Grant B. Taylor; Hillcrest High: Anne C. Ashton, Christina A. Crum, Caitlyn E. Gallagher, Russell P. Johnston, Julianne Linton, Brenton D. Maybe, Katrina E. Mikell, Sangjae Park, Jason J. Rammell, and Samuel B. Watson.
Mackenzie Woolf, Brighton High, last spring received a College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship
Hillcrest students competing at the July FBLA National Leadership Conference won Second Place in Banking and Financial Systems, Fifth Place in Networking Concepts, Sixth Place in Business Law, and Seventh Place in Business Ethics at the. Participating were seniors Namisha Balagopal (Electronic Career Portfolio), Julianne Linton (Business Ethics), Jason Rammell (Networking Concepts); and alumni Jason Chen (Banking and Financial Systems), Albert Cui (Client Services), Tyler Draper (Banking and Financial Systems), Blake Ellison (Business Law), Brad Marshall (Banking and Financial Systems), and Erin Recanzone (Business Ethics). The FBLA Advisor is Hillcrest Business Department Chair Ed Mondragon.
Paul Winkelman, Hillcrest High School Counselor, received the 2010 Utah Best of State Award for Best Administrator in the Education Category
Alta High teacher Susan Nielsen, was awarded the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants Champion of the Profession Award
Lane Valum, District School Psychologists Coordinator, was named Psychologist of the Year by the Utah School Psychologists Association
Niloufar Sanatinia, Canyons School Psychologist, received the Utah School Psychologists Association's Barbara Bennett Excellence in Diversity Award
Laurie Fue, Speech-Language Pathologist, was named Educator of the Year by the Brain Injury Association of Utah
Les DeMille, welding instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center, received a Special Excellence Award from the Utah Education Association.Region 17 PTA leaders presented the Board with a giant "check," indicating volunteers provided more than $1.9 million worth of volunteer hours to Canyons schools in the past year.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Sept. 7, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 minutes; purchasing bids; Home School Affidavit Report; September financial reports and Board hires and terminations; foreign exchange student enrollment approval; and aligning CSD Special Education Policy Manual to reflect state policy changes in Least Restrictive Behavior Intervention Guidelines. The Board also approved overnight travel for Alta High Academic Decathlon, Theatre, Baseball, Wrestling, Cross Country, and Band/Orchestra; Brighton High Model United Nations and Baseball teams; Hillcrest High Debate, Drill Team, and Performing Arts Department; Jordan High Choir/Band/Orchestra and Drill Team; and CTE FBLA.
The Board approved the Utah Consolidated Application, which Canyons submits to the state to receive funding for programs including Title I, Indian Education and Homeless Education, Special Education and K-3 special money. Dr. Rhode detailed plans to use the money to improve academic achievement.
The Board unanimously voted to limit individual Board Reports to five minutes, and urged Board Members to focus on education issues during comment time.
Betty Shaw, Region 17 PTA Vice President, urged the Board to issue a statement opposing efforts to create partisan elections for state and local school boards. Board elections currently are nonpartisan. She also thanked the Board for honoring her late son with a donation to the Boy Scouts of America.
Board President Tracy Cowdell said he was pleased that partisanship has not been an issue on the Board, which focuses on children and education policy matters. He said the Board would take Mrs. Shaw's request under advisement.
Superintendent David Doty attended the 5A Girls State Tennis Tournament last week, and praised the performance of individual Brighton athletes, many of whom have received Academic All State honors. He wished well participants in the 5A State Cross Country Championships. He attended the 5A Girls State Soccer quarterfinals, and noted that Brighton advanced to the State Title round. He praised the success of the Middle Schools Intramurals Cross Country Meet, in which participation increased this year by about 20 percent to 145 students. He praised Hillcrest High's Drama students for their overall win at the High School Shakespearean Competition, and Canyons Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray and Communications Director Jennifer Toomer-Cook for their response to the stolen bus incident Thursday. Dr. Doty's first Spanish column in El Observador was published this month, and will be a monthly feature in the Spanish-language newspaper. He also attended the Salt Lake Chamber's screening of the education-reform documentary "Waiting for Superman." He said it was unfortunate teachers associations took a hit in the film, and feels fortunate to have a collaborative relationship with the CEA.
CFO Keith Bradford said architects are starting to draft plans to rebuild schools. He said work started on Butler Middle School plans today, and will start Wednesday for Sandy and Midvale elementaries, and next week on the new high school in Draper. Architects are meeting with District and school representatives, as well as high school principals regarding plans for the new high school. Meetings will continue weekly until designs are drafted for public input at Town Hall meetings, which will be scheduled the week before Thanksgiving for the new high school.
Ellen Wallace attended the Utah School Boards Association's Board of Directors meeting last week. She said the USBA state convention is Jan. 6 – 8, 2011, and meetings for new board members and superintendents are Dec. 3 and 4. She agrees with Mrs. Shaw that school board races should remain nonpartisan. She also suggested the District, as it offers summer educational opportunities for students, petition lawmakers to keep per-student funding for students who graduate early.
Kim Horiuchi attended the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts conference in Topeka last week. There, she presented "Grease-Free Lunches, Ultimate Frisbee, and Skiing with the Superintendent: Innovative Approaches to Student Fitness from Utah's Newest School District" with Board Member Kevin Cromar, Executive Director of K-16 Student Achievement in Elementary Schools Trenton Goble, and Ms. Toomer-Cook. She said the presentation was well received by attendees and attracted local TV news coverage. She also learned about First Lady Michelle Obama's obesity prevention program, and toured the Brown v. Board of Education museum, hosted by the daughter of the plaintiff in the landmark education case.
President Cowdell thanked Mr. Romanello and Ms. Roderick-Landward and Dr. Pettersson for their presentations. He also thanked the IT team for its help at Board meetings.
Sherril Taylor, a member of the Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees, provided a UHSAA realignment update, saying the most recent proposal would classify 24 schools in 5A, and Hillcrest High as a 4A school.
Paul McCarty thanked Mr. Romanello for his presentation, saying he hoped it would be presented to the Legislature. He requested a Boundary Steering Committee update.
Mont Millerberg expressed gratitude for community support of the Canyons School District Education Foundation's Inaugural Golf Tournament; for adjusted health benefits that cover colonoscopies; for the hard work of principals, who he visited during Prinicipals Week; and community involvement in designing schools. He also agreed school board elections should remain nonpartisan.
The Board unanimously approved contracts with the following architects for the first five projects of the $250 million bond voters approved last June:
Midvale Elementary School Replacement: NJRA Architects
Sandy Elementary School Seismic Upgrade: MHTN Architects
Albion Middle School Renovation: FFKR Architects
Butler Middle School Replacement: VCBO Architects
New High School in Draper: Sandstrom Associates
In all, 23 architectural firms responded to Canyons' request for Statement of Interest and Qualifications in regards to the bond projects. An Architect Review Committee, established at the Board's direction, examined firms' proposals and toured 14 schools before bringing recommendations to the Board for tentative approval last month. The Board plans to hold community meetings to learn what the public would like to see in their new schools in the coming weeks.
The Board narrowed discussion topics for future study sessions, and tentatively agreed to devote the Oct. 19 study session to the Canyons Academic Plan, including SALTA, assessments, and the Common Core State Standards. Other future study session topics could include middle school matters, Title I school issues, and Board governance policies. Staff will place the topics into common themes, and bring them back to the Board for further discussion and prioritization. The Board also firmed up its its inaugural awards banquet, in which it will recognize the Canyons teachers, employees and volunteer of the year, as well as honor elected and city officials and media and business partners who were integral in the District's creation and success. The banquet will be Nov. 16.