With rousing cheers — and a few joyous tears — Canyons District on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 celebrated the pending opening of the new Midvale Elementary School.

With the snip of 36-inch, red-handled shears, members of the Canyons Board of Education, administrators, teachers, parents and dozens of Midvale Mustangs cut the red ribbon to mark the completion of the 85,000-square-foot school.

The occasion was one of celebration and anticipation. An emotional Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini recounted the long wait for a Board of Education with a listening ear and a plan of action to bring needed building upgrades to the community.
The new Midvale school, which replaces the outdated 61-year-old building on Center Street, is the first construction project completed with funds earned from the $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.
Mont Millerberg, who represents Midvale on the Canyons Board of Education, emceed the event. The 9 a.m. ceremony drew about 150 community members of all ages, and included honors for Midvale principals past and present.
At the celebration, Canyons Superintendent Dave Doty paid a special tribute to the men and women of Westland Construction who worked so diligently to complete the new elementary in one year. The groundbreaking was Aug. 3, 2011.
“When I took this job four years ago, I held a meeting with all of the teachers at every school to answer questions and outline my priorities for this new district. I distinctly remember my meeting with the Midvale Elementary faculty, at which we spent more than an hour discussing the inferior condition of the school and the faculty’s skepticism that anything would be done to improve it,” Dr. Doty said. “I recall telling the faculty that, while I couldn't promise an outcome, I could promise my best efforts to make the rebuild of Midvale Elementary the new district's highest priority.”
The design by NJRA Architects was lauded. “I may be biased but I think this new school is the most beautiful new building in Midvale,” Milllerberg told the audience. All of Utah’s five national parks are subtly depicted in the building design, he said, and the history of Midvale City also is depicted in specific areas of the school.
“Board by board and brick by brick, we have built a school that is as good or better than any other elementary school in the entire state,” Millerberg said.  “Our children deserve nothing but the best.  As a Board of Education, that’s what we promised — and that is exactly what we have delivered.”

The new school, 7852 S. Pioneer St., covers 9 acres of the 25-acre educational campus it shares with Midvale Middle School. It has natural light in rooms and hallways. The school has state-of-the-art classrooms, a large gymnasium and auditorium and more playground space. To the delight of Principal Shad DeMill, the new school will have air conditioning and a new heater for the cold winter months.

Teachers will be able to move into their classrooms next week — just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 27.
Do your students need a review for the Advanced Placement history test?
Alta High’s Social Studies Department is inviting students across the District to a review featuring Randy W. Roberts, professor of history at Purdue University.
The review, which is free for Alta students but $10 for students from other schools, will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in the auditorium at Alta High School, 11055 S. Hawk Hwy.
Topics include:
  • “Vietnam: The Legacy of Six Presidents, and How and Why we got There”
  • “World War II: Decisions That Changed America”
  • “Civil Rights Through the Eyes of Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali”

Roberts, who has authored or co-authored 17 books, has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize. He’s been a commentator for HBO, BBC, PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, and was a consultant on documentarian Ken Burn’s “Unforgiveable Blackness.”
Alta High School "Wilkommen" — welcomed — 16 German exchange students and two chaperone teachers to Utah late last month with a new experience for the foreigners — an American high school cafeteria breakfast.

"It's pretty awesome. I did not expect everything to be so big — the mountains, the streets, the shopping malls," said Jeremias Zeller, a German exchange student staying with Alta junior Tandin White. "In Utah, you can eat at any restaurant you want — Asian, Italian, Mexican."
More than 1,000 students chanted "We love Clifford!" as the Big Red Dog landed in KSL-TV Chopper 5 at both Sandy and Midvalley elementary schools on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The beloved book character visited the Canyons District schools as part of the Read Today program.
"This is all about the love of reading and creating a new world for yourself every time you open a new book," Will Iverson, a representative with Scholastic, said to the enthusiastic kids. "We love to see how excited you are about reading and about books."
How prepared are Canyons District employees, students, and local law enforcement to respond to a Columbine-like crisis?

Beginning this week, Canyons high school students will gather in assemblies to hear of lessons learned from recent school shootings, how to spot and report suspicious activity to prevent acts of violence, and be given an opportunity to participate in Canyons’ School Safety Drill planned for June 18 at Alta High School.

The “Plan, Prepare, Protect” assemblies will involve principals, District officials, school counselors, the Utah School Boards Association and local law enforcement in relaying Canyons’ efforts to keep employees and students safe, and provide an opportunity for emergency responders to practice and fine-tune their tactics in the event a gunman enters a school.
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