In their debut appearance at the regional FIRSTRobotics competition, Hillcrest High students and their creation, the robot HARV-E, captured the All-Star Rookie Award. As a result, the team and its adviser, teacher Clief Castleton, qualified for the world championship later this month in St. Louis, Mo.

CSD was represented at the event by Hillcrest and Alta high schools, both first-time entrants. The contest at the Maverik Center, attended by 44 schools from 10 states, required students to design and build remote-controlled robots that also can climb walls or throw discs into goals. FIRSTRobotics is a nonprofit organization focused on engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.  

The Hillcrest team is raising funds to attend the world championship. On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Arby's on 129 W. 9000 South in Sandy will donate to the team 15 percent of the proceeds earned from 5-8 p.m. Additional information about Hillcrest Robotics, including how to make a donation for the students to go to the international competition, is on the school's Web site. 

Take a look at a KSL-TV Channel 5 story about FIRSTRobotics.
See the Hillcrest FIRSTRobotics team on ABC4. 
The Huskies talk to KUTV's Heidi Hatch about the upcoming world contest.

Many Canyons District schools are participating in the 2013 Great Utah Shakeout
 
The second-annual statewide earthquake safety drill will be Wednesday, April 17, at 10:15 a.m. At that 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 schools, businesses, hospitals, city governments and families in case of an earthquake. The Great Utah Shakeout is sponsored by FEMA Region VIII, Emergency Essentials, Wal-Mart, Utah Disaster Kleenup, Deseret News, dailybread.com and the Enterprise Business Journal.

See ABC4's report of Altara Elementary participating in the Great Utah Shakeout.
David Skorut is the Ben Affleck of Canyons School District.

Like the director of “Argo,” which took the night’s big award at the recent 85th annual Academy Awards, Hillcrest’s Skorut was the big winner at the 4th annual Canyons District Film Festival, held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Eastmont Middle School.

Skorut took home trophies in the secondary PSA and Feature Film categories, and won the festival’s first-ever poster contest. His design will be used to promote the 2014 CSD Film Festival throughout the next school year.

The winning entries are available for viewing on the CSD Education Technology Web site. 

The festival celebrated the best in films that were written, directed, acted and produced by students and teachers in the Canyons School District.

Seventy-nine entries from 21 schools across the District entered films in eight categories: Public Service Announcement, Animation, Newscast, Documentary, Advertisement, Feature Film, Teacher Film, and Poster Contest. Entries were first submitted at the school level. Each school, with the help of its Education Technology Specialist, selected its top entries to go on to District-level competition.

At the same time NCAA athletes were hustling for a national hoops championship, aspiring Sweet 16ers from Canyons District middle schools were hitting the court in their own version of March Madness.
 
Union and Indian Hills both ran away with two first-place trophies in the District’s Middle School 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Boys and girls teams from CSD’s eight middle schools competed at the fourth-annual event, held April 2-4, 2013. About 430 students competed at the tournament.    
 
Also netting first-place wins were teams from Crescent View and Albion.
 
The NCAA tourney-styled contest, complete with a bracket system that winnowed the field to overall winners for each age group, is part of Canyons District's Middle School Intramurals Program, developed to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive extracurricular programs.
 
First- through fourth-place winners were awarded trophies; all participants received ribbons. This year’s winners are:
 
Seventh Grade
  • Boys: First Place: Union (1); Second Place: Albion (1); Third Place: Indian Hills (1); Fourth Place: Mount Jordan (2)
  • Girls: First place: Albion (2); Second Place: Indian Hills (1); Third Place: Eastmont (2); Fourth Place: Indian Hills (2)
 
Eighth Grade
  • Boys:  First Place: Crescent View (1); Second Place:  Indian Hills (1); Third Place:  Albion (1); Fourth Place: Mount Jordan (1)
  • Girls:  First Place: Indian Hills (1); Second Place: Albion (1); Third Place:  Indian Hills (2); Fourth Place: Union (1)
 
Ninth Grade
  • Boys:  First Place: Indian Hills (1); Second Place:  Mount Jordan (1); Third Place:  Indian Hills (2); Fourth Place:  Butler (1)
  • Girls: First Place: Union (1); Second Place:  Crescent View (1); Third Place:  Indian Hills (1); Fourth Place: Eastmont (1)
 
The coaches are:
Albion:  Courtney Long, Ryan Durrant
Butler:  Megan Leach
Crescent View:  Ken Smikahl
Eastmont:  Joe Karlsven
Indian Hills:  Ron Halbert
Midvale:  Kip Saunders
Mount Jordan:  Joel Smith
Union:  Kelsey Gill
Canyons District has announced the dates and times of its 2013 high school graduation ceremonies:
  • Alta High— Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m., UCCU Center at Utah Valley University
  • Brighton High — Wednesday, June 5, 1 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Hillcrest High — Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High — Thursday, June 6, 2 p.m., UCCU Center at Utah Valley University
  • South Park Academy — Wednesday, June 12, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Utah State Prison  
  • Entrada — Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Mount Jordan Middle School
  • Jordan Valley — Friday, May 31, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
  • Itineris — Friday, May 31, 11 a.m., Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point
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