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..
Matt Watts can literally feel the teenage angst surrounding him in the hallways at Mount Jordan Middle School. “A kid goes through about five different hair styles and clothing styles when they’re in middle school,” says Watts. “They push you — but you also get the sense that they are glad you’re there for them, even though at the same time, they are trying to find their independence.”
It’s evident that Watts, who was a special education teacher before becoming an administrator, loves Mount Jordan — and the school community returns the affection. The school’s PTSA this year successfully campaigned for Watts, now in his fifth year at Mount Jordan, to be named the 2012 Utah PTA Administrator of the Year. He’ll receive the award in May at the PTA’s state conference.
“What do I like about Mount Jordan?” he asks.  “Everything.”
“I love the diversity of the students. I love the fact that I feel like I can make a difference here,” Watts says. “With it being a smaller school, we joke that we’re a family here. We can get to know the kids individually.”
Watts is one of three people from Canyons District being honored by the state Parent-Teacher Association. Alta teacher Cheryl Hughes is one of six Utah teachers who will receive a prestigious Golden Apple Award for her relationships with students, parents, PTA and the community, and Ulises Fernandez, Midvale Middle PTSA President and member of the CSD Boundary Steering Committee, will receive a Golden Apple for the quality and quantity of his volunteer commitment to children and education.
Watts says he is by turns “really excited” and “shocked” and “very honored” about the statewide award.  “We have a great parent base,” he says, “It’s been a wonderful and fun time to work alongside the PTA.”
Congratulations to Watts, Hughes and Fernandez for their well-deserved honors.

Click here to read a Salt Lake Tribune story on Fernandez's volunteer efforts at Midvale Middle.

An electrifying new logo has been selected for the Corner Canyon Chargers: A fierce artistic rendering of a war horse ready for battle.

The bold design serves as the visual representation of the mascot of the new school, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.

Graphic artist Joel Pilcher submitted the successful suite of navy and silver designs. His work features the image of a charging stallion with a jagged-edge mane, and interlocking “C’s” in block letters. The various designs will be used to brand Corner Canyon High School on letter jackets, uniforms, booster-club apparel, athletic fields and courts, and school letterhead.

A District committee, which included PTA President Elect Kathryn Myers and Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey, selected the logo after examining submissions from three graphic artists.


Aspiring student-scientists in Canyons District are competing this month for a chance to participate in regional, state and international science-project contests.
Approximately 200 students — 160 elementary and 40 middle school and high school students — have entered projects in the 3rd annual CSD Science Fair. Winners of the Canyons competitions advance to the regional round of judging.
The CSD Science Fair for elementary students was Feb. 13-14.
The Charger is the mascot of the new Corner Canyon High School in Draper.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 17 picked Chargers from a roster of several potential mascots. The list included Cougars, Diamondbacks, Falcons and Raptors.

No other high school in Utah has adopted Chargers as a mascot.

The Charger — a war horse — “is entirely appropriate,” said Dr. Paul McCarty, a member of the Canyons Board of Education. “The horse has been a prominent animal in Draper.”

“I like the alliteration; I like the appeal,” said Board member Kevin Cromar. “It’s something that will unify the community.”

The colors of the new school, which will open in 2013, are navy, silver and white.
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