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Folks living near Midvale Middle are hearing the cracks and groans of a 60-year-old brick building coming down to make way for the future.

Demolition at the school at 7852 S. Pioneer Street started this week — and workers will be on the site for the next two years while they construct a new campus for the community. The building is being dismantled so the District can build a new 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building, which is scheduled to be done in fall 2017.

The new school will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East, Sandy. Students who used to walk to the Midvale Middle will be bused to the temporary school.

However, the scope of construction has changed the District's transportation plans for these students. There is a new bus stop.

Instead of meeting near the campus, students will need to meet seven buses near the Midvale City Park and the Midvale Boys and Girls Club, 7631 Chapel St., at 7:15 a.m. Buses will leave the park site at 7:20 a.m. After school, the buses will leave the school in Sandy at 2:57 p.m. and arrive back at the Midvale Park and Boys and Girls Club at 3:20 p.m.

For late-start Fridays, buses will leave in the morning at 8:55 a.m. 

When school starts this year, the Midvale students will be welcomed by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen.

The new school is funded by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.
The doors are shuttering for good at the old Midvale Middle, which has welcomed students into its corridors and classrooms for six decades. While the end has come for the two-story, red-bricked building on Pioneer Street, a recent groundbreaking party celebrated the start of work on a new 203,000-square-foot school that is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017 school year.

Some 150 students, teachers, administrators, and neighbors attended the Thursay, June 11, 2015 ceremony hosted by Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green, who represents schools in the Midvale area. Green, alongside fellow Board members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill, Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini, and Utah Rep. Bruce Cutler, R-Murray, among others, participated in the ceremonial turning of the dirt.

A photo album of the groundbreaking ceremony is on the Canyons District Facebook page.

At the event, Green said that the designs for the new school call for a 650-seat auditorium, collaboration spaces, a gym and fitness area, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, and classrooms built for the high-tech demands of the 21st century. “So many people have such great memories of going to school here. My own wife went to Midvale Middle, and she learned to swim in the pool here, and many of my neighbors have great stories about the friends they made and the lessons they learned in these classrooms and hallways,” Green said. 

“From the outside, this building may not appear to be more than brick and mortar.But this building is so much more than that. It represents six decades of education in our city. It’s an important part of our history and the traditions of our residents,” he said. “Kids in our neighborhoods can’t wait to leave the fifth-grade so they can follow in the footsteps of their brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, and in some cases their moms and dads, to start going to school at Midvale Middle School.”

Demolition at the site begins this summer. A community Open House on Friday, May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East. They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

“It’s exciting to think that in a few years, we’ll be in our new school. Right after the Board of Education voted on a timeline of construction for our new school, our teachers, parents, students and other members of the community met with some of the architects from VCBO,” Dau said.  “The architects truly focused on what’s really important: Our students and teachers. From day one, the focus of the design has been about creating the best learning environment for our students and a great work environment for our hard-working teachers.”

The new school, which is being built by Hughes General Contractors, is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the future home of the Midvale Middle Trojans.

The event on Thursday, June 11, 2015 will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, which will conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by members of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration, new Midvale Middle Principal Wendy Dau, and several local dignitaries, will start at 5:30 p.m. 

The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, the same location where six decades of Midvale teenagers have attended middle school. Demolition on the old, red-bricked school begins later this month. A community Open House on May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

The school, scheduled to be done in fall 2017, will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East.  They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:48

Midvale Middle School - Kattie Dewald

Students know that every time they go to Kattie Dewald’s classroom they can expect an exciting, challenging and inspiring class — and positive feedback for their accomplishments. Dewald uses Common Formative Assessments to achieve the highest level of student learning in her classes and understand her students’ needs. She includes literacy instruction in all of her classes and works as a team lead to encourage her peers to focus on different strategies. Her active participation in the Building Leadership Team, focus on her students, and contagious energy are reasons why Dewald has been chosen as Midvale Middle’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
What should the new Midvale Middle School look like? Students, employees and community members have put their heads together to come up with a new, innovative design.

Following brainstorming sessions with the school community, artist renderings for the new Midvale Middle School have been completed. VCBO architects created the designs for the school, to be rebuilt with proceeds from the $250 million in bonds approved by voters in 2010. Groundbreaking for the new Midvale Middle is expected in spring 2015. The new building is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

The school community will move to the old Crescent View Middle School building for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years while the school is rebuilt.

Crescent View, located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy, has served as the temporary home to the Mount Jordan Middle School community for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years during Mount Jordan's reconstruction. The new Mount Jordan Middle School, also rebuilt with bond proceeds, will open this fall.
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