Debbie Beninati loves teaching music. She can’t imagine doing anything else. But that’s not all the Sandy Elementary Music Specialist does in the name of the arts. When she’s not teaching, Debbie is advocating for the importance of continuing to make comprehensive elementary music education available in public schools. For her tireless devotion, Debbie was named Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA). The award, which is given annually to only one elementary teacher statewide, was announced earlier this month at UMEA’s Professional Development Conference in St George. It’s not her first public recognition. In…
The American Heart Association joined the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday in lauding the educators and support staff at Corner Canyon High who used CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator to revive a 14-year-old student who had suffered cardiac arrest at school.   At a Feb. 21, 2017 meeting in the Board Chambers of the Canyons Administration Building-East, the association gave national HeartSaver Hero awards to Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen, Assistant Principal Christian Cowart, teacher Elisa Posey, school nurse Nancy Purcell and hall monitor Joyce Spencer for their life-saving efforts when student Porter Lewis collapsed during a physical…
When Mount Jordan middle was demolished and rebuilt in 2015, then-principal Molly Hart saved a stack of bricks in her office to pay homage to the 59-year-old school. Later she discovered the school had an even greater treasure with a history as old as the original building: a Steinway and Sons 1954 Model B classic grand piano. The piano was cracked, out of tune and badly in need of extensive repairs. It looked as bad as it sounded and seemed as though the cost to fix the instrument would be significantly more than it was worth. All of the hammers needed…
Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The appointments are for the coming school year.  The appointments are:  Stacy Kurtzhals, currently Principal at Eastmont Middle, will become a Program Administrator in the Special Education Department.  Charisse Hilton, currently Principal of Brighton High, will become Principal of Eastmont Middle. Tom Sherwood, currently Principal at Jordan High, will become Principal at Brighton High. Wendy Dau, currently Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal at Jordan High. Mindy Robison, currently Principal at Crescent Elementary, will become Principal at…
Advocate, example, amazing — these are just a few of the words parents, coworkers and students use to describe the abilities of Eric Murdock, a counselor at Hillcrest High and Entrada. Murdock has made such a difference in the lives of his students that the Utah Association of Career and Technical Educators’ Guidance Division has chosen him as the School Counseling Educator of the Year. Murdock works tirelessly with all students and their families to forge individualized paths to graduation and help his students achieve their dreams. "I've never met a Counselor who cares more or gives more than Eric…
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