Canyons Schools will put earthquake preparedness to the test as part of the Great Utah ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill.
The earthquake safety drill, the largest in Utah history, will be Tuesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. At that exact time, those participating will “drop, cover and hold on” as if an earthquake of great magnitude had hit the Wasatch Front.
The mock disaster will test the preparedness of businesses, hospitals, city governments, schools and families in case of an earthquake.
The Great Utah Shakeout is sponsored by FEMA Region VIII, the Utah Division of Emergency Management and the Southern California Earthquake Center.
The first state to organize and execute a Great ShakeOut was California. In 2008, the Great Southern California ShakeOut was held to gauge the public’s earthquake preparedness. Mock earthquake drills have since been held in California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Guam and British Columbia. The first nationwide ShakeOut is schedule for Sept. 26, 2012 in New Zealand.
Canyons District's Office of Civil Rights and Accommodations welcomes Jamal Willis as the District’s new hearing officer. The Canyons Board of Education ratified Willis’ appointment at its March 27, 2012 meeting.

Willis, now an academic counselor for Brigham Young University’s football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis programs, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Brigham Young University. He also has earned his master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Willis, a former high school football coach and high school academic counselor, was a standout running back for the BYU Cougars and also played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Willis fills the position vacated by Justin Matagi, who became an Alta High Assistant Principal when Corrie Barrett, who previously was at Alta, was named Interim Principal of Oak Hollow Elementary.

Canyons District announces several new leadership appointments.

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools:

Corrie barrettCorrie Barrett is the new principal of Oak Hollow Elementary School.

Barrett, the recipient of the 2011 Apex Award for School Administrator of the Year, has served as Oak Hollow’s Interim Principal since February. She also has been an Assistant Principal at Alta High and Butler Middle schools. Superintendent Dave Doty said Barrett’s performance “in her previous assignments has been exemplary.”

Alan ParrishAlan Parrish
is the new Assistant Principal of Corner Canyon High School.

Parrish has served as an Assistant Principal of Brighton and Alta high schools. Dr. Doty says that Parrish “will be a great asset to Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey as she prepares to open the new high school in fall 2013.”

Both Barrett and Parrish were the successful candidates after a thorough competitive-hire process.

Parrish’s appointment creates an open position at Brighton High School, and provides an opportunity for some administrative changes in CSD high schools.

The following administrative appointments will be effective at the end of this school year:
  • Wyatt Bentley, an Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will fill the vacancy at Brighton created by Parrish’s move to Corner Canyon.
  • Steve Bailey, an Assistant Principal at Hillcrest High, will fill the vacancy left at Jordan High created by Bentley’s move to Brighton.
  • Mark Mitchell, an Assistant Principal at Alta High, will fill the vacancy left at Hillcrest created by Bailey’s move to Jordan High.
  • Mary Lauer, who has been a successful high school principal for years in Colorado, is appointed to be the new Assistant Principal at Alta High. She will fill the vacancy created by Mitchell’s move to Hillcrest High.
The Canyons Board of Education on March 27, 2012 ratified the appointments.
Sign up today to participate in Comcast Cares Day at Midvale Middle School.
The Saturday, April 21 service-oriented day starts at 8 a.m. Work will wrap up around 1 p.m.
Canyons District is pleased Comcast has chosen the middle school for the day of cleaning and revitalization. Comcast provides some of resources and volunteers, and the company makes a donation for every volunteer who arrives to help.
Breakfast and lunch, as well as a T-shirt, will be provided to volunteers.
Download the following files for more information about about Comcast Cares Day.
All Canyons employees are invited to a retirement seminar on Wednesday, March 28.

The 5:30 p.m. event at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9163 S. 300 East, will be conducted by the Center for Senior Benefits, a national organization that specializes in educating senior citizens about their Medicare, long-term care and retirement planning options.  

RSVP your spot today. You can reserve a place in the seminar by contacting Janet Ekenstam, 801-826-5368, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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