The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 approved the following administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year: 
  • Scott Jameson, currently assistant principal at Albion Middle School, promoted to principal of Alta View Elementary, replacing Karen Medlin who is retiring at the end of the school year.
  • Justin Matagi, currently assistant principal at Hillcrest High School, has been reassigned as assistant principal at Albion Middle School, replacing Jameson.
  • Matt Schelble, currently assistant principal at Brighton High School, has been reassigned as assistant principal at Hillcrest High School, replacing Matagi.
  • Justin Pitcher, currently principal at East Midvale Elementary School, has been reassigned as assistant principal at Brighton High School, replacing Schelble.
  • Matt Nelson, currently principal of Viewmont Elementary School in Murray District, is hired as principal of East Midvale Elementary School, replacing Pitcher.
  • Kip Carlsen, currently assistant principal at Midvale Middle School, reassigned as assistant principal at Butler Middle School, replacing Jody Wihongi who is resigning at the end of the school year.
  • Matt Watts, currently assistant principal at Midvale Elementary School, reassigned as assistant principal at Midvale Middle School, replacing Kip Carlsen.
  • Ashley McKinney, currently MTSS Specialist in Canyons District Responsive Services, reassigned as assistant principal at Midvale Elementary School, replacing Matt Watts.
SPECIAL EDUCATION APPOINTMENT
  • David Briggs, currently a school psychologist at Laramie County School District No. 1 in Cheyenne, Wyo., hired as a Special Education Program Administrator, replacing Stacy Kurtzhals, who was reassigned as the Elementary Support Administrator.
Four Canyons District students claimed first-place prizes at the University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair, including Grand Champion Winner Alexander Cheng of Hillcrest High who now advances to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pennsylvania.

The Utah fair, sponsored by the U.’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education, draws hundreds of students from throughout Utah, most of whom had to win a District-level competition in order to qualify. Contestants competed for tens-of-thousands of dollars in college scholarships at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium. This year’s awards ceremony was held at Alta High.

A total of 30 CSD students placed at the state fair, including the four first-place winners. An additional 10 students won special sponsored awards. The winners are:

FIRST PLACE:
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Andrew Carlton, Alta High, “What is the Ideal Ratio of Magnetism and Weight on a Simple Electric Train?”
Earth & Environmental Sciences - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Intel ISEF Grand Champion Winners - Alexander Cheng, Hillcrest High, “Automatic Detection of Intravitreal Neovascularization in Retinal Flat Mount Images Using Deep Learning Methods”
Physics, Astronomy & Math - Catherine Ma, Peruvian Park Elementary, “On Which Surface Does Ice Melt the Fastest?”

SECOND PLACE:
Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Alexander Cheng, Hillcrest High, “Automatic Detection of Intravitreal Neovascularization in Retinal Flat Mount Images Using Deep Learning Methods.”
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Sarah Hunter, Albion Middle, “School Efficiency is Key.”
Chemistry - Isolde Flynn, Granite Elementary, “To Egg or not to Egg.”
Engineering: Mechanical - Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle, “A New Guard: Evaluating Drone Propeller Guards”

THIRD PLACE:
Chemistry - Parker McKay Alta High, “The Correlation Between Brand of Painkillers and Speed of Capsule Breakage”
Medicine & Health Sciences - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”

FOURTH PLACE:
Physics, Astronomy & Math - Emma Howard, Alta High, “Diamagnetism in Salt Water”
Engineering: Electrical & Computer Science - Wentao Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Evaluation of Encryption Algorithms”
Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Matthew Simmons, Midvale Middle, “Design of Quick Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis”
Engineering: Mechanical - Marianne Liu, Midvale Middle, “Bad Hair Day”

HONORABLE MENTION:
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Teagan Kay, Albion Middle, “Swim Caps - Do They Work?”
Biology & Biochemistry - Hayden Carter East Midvale Elementary, “Oh no! My Jello won't jiggle! Using science to fight pineapple power!”
Chemistry - Analena Jacob, Butler Middle, “Effects of Different Amounts of Lotion on Slime”
Chemistry - Nathan Liew, Sunrise Elementary, “Sun Prints”
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Kira Pittman & Lincoln Zacharias, Granite Elementary, “Friction (and how weight effects it)”
Engineering: Civil & Environmental - Johnathan Rowley, Canyon View Elementary, “Which Playground Surface Breaks the Most Bones”
Medicine & Health Sciences - William Rogers & Tobin Hansen, Brookwood Elementary, “Swimming vs. Soccer”

SPECIAL AWARDS:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle, “A New Guard : Evaluating Drone Propeller Guards”
American Meteorological Society - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
American Society of Civil Engineers - Honorable Mention, Eric Chen, Midvale Middle, “A Comparison of Material Effectiveness in Preventing Ice Formation on Roads”
ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
RecursionPharma Discovery Award - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”
Society of Women Engineers - Marianne Liu, Midvale Middle, “Bad Hair Day”
U.S. Navy - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Director's Award - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”
Genius Olympiad - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Did you know that half of all Canyons District’s teachers have a master’s degree? CSD is committed to hiring the best teachers for our classrooms and providing them the resources they need to excel.

There is an instructional coach and education technology specialist assigned to every one of our schools. And, in addition to offering nearly 100 hours of free training annually, we help sponsor advanced degrees for educators looking to branch into high-needs areas. Just last week, CSD celebrated its first cohort of 10 teachers to earn a master’s degree with an ESL endorsement.

Demand for educators who are specially trained to teach students for whom English is a second, or third, language is growing, says Karen Sterling, CSD’s Director of Student Advocacy and Access. When Canyons District first opened itIMG_0195.jpegs doors in 2009, the district served 1,400 English language learners. “They were a silent minority, and now they are among the fastest growing group of students, numbering about 2,700 and speaking 89 different languages,” Sterling says.

Congratulations to our teacher-graduates — professionals who are willing to do whatever it takes to champion all children.

Todd Butler, Canyons Technical Education Center
Brandie Dyson, Bellview Elementary
Hanna Turpin, East Midvale Elementary
Katherine Willie, East Midvale Elementary
Nicole Kratzer, East Midvale Elementary
Jessica Maughan, Willow Springs Elementary
Sara Hawker, Ridgecrest Elementary
Paige Irwin, Hillcrest High (former)
Stephany Gonzalez, Silver Mesa Elementary
Noelia Ricks, Draper Elementary
High school graduation is a rite of passage, a time for celebrating academic achievement, and an opportunity to spotlight our exceptional students and faculty. It’s one of those can’t-miss events, so mark your calendars now!

The District’s five traditional high schools will all perform commencement rites on Tuesday, June 5.

Ceremonies for special programs and schools are held on separate dates in May and June. Following are the dates, locations and times:

  • Alta High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Huntsman Center at University of Utah
  • Brighton High School — June 5, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — June 5, 2 p.m., Huntsman Center at University of Utah
  • Hillcrest High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — June 5, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge — June 6, 7 p.m., Mt. Jordan Middle
  • South Park School — May 31, 8 a.m. at Utah State Prison 
  • Entrada — June 26, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Jordan Valley School — June 1, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
  • Canyons Transitions Academy — June 6, noon, Professional Development Center in CSD’s East Administration Building
Canyons District has created a plan to respond to any students who choose to participate in during-school demonstrations a part of the national conversation on school safety. 

In an effort to support all patrons and students, Canyons maintains a position of neutrality on this issue. That said, CSD believes schools should encourage civil discourse and engagement in the democratic process, as well as recognize the First Amendment rights of students. 

Accordingly, Canyons District schools will neither mandate nor intercede in the actions of students who respectfully participate in the following two national events:

  • A demonstration planned for March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shooting
  • A demonstration planned for April 20 to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting
For security purposes, school and District administrators will work with student organizers to identify a safe space for students to express themselves, provide school supervision, and will ask local law enforcement to provide extra security during these two events. 

For students who are not participating, the school day will proceed as normal. Those students will remain supervised by school staff inside the school.   

Standard attendance rules for unexcused absences, truancies and tardies may apply to students who choose to participate in spontaneous demonstrations outside of the March 14 and April 20 dates.

However, the CSD Administration also recognizes that students’ decision whether to participate is best made after students have had the opportunity to discuss the demonstrations and the students’ related feelings with their parents.

Canyons District believes it is important to provide notice about these upcoming national demonstrations to parents so that they can have those conversations with their children and make a joint decision about participation.

In letters sent to parents, principals have encouraged parents to talk with their children about the importance of respectful behavior toward all students, regardless of the other students’ viewpoints or whether they participate in such demonstrations.

This response plan was created to preserve instruction time while providing students with a safe outlet for expressing their viewpoints. 

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