Schools in Canyons District were among those statewide that took a moment on Wednesday to commemorate a milestone in America’s fight for civil rights.

Bells at numerous Canyons District schools rang out at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 to mark the moment 50 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream" speech.

Gov. Gary Herbert urged all Utah schools to participate in this "Let Freedom Ring" initiative.

The following CSD schools signed up to participate in this statewide event:
  • Alta View Elementary
  • Altara Elementary 
  • Bell View Elementary
  • Bella Vista Elementary
  • Butler Elementary
  • Draper Elementary
  • Lone Peak Elementary
  • Oakdale Elementary
  • Sandy Elementary
  • Sprucewood Elementary
  • Willow Springs Elementary
  • Albion Middle
  • Eastmont Middle
  • Indian Hills Middle
  • Mount Jordan Middle
  • Corner Canyon High
  • Hillcrest High
  • Jordan High
If Indiana Jones had a much younger little sister with an appetite for adventure and archaeology, she’d probably be just like Ashley Rudd.

Like Indiana, Rudd doesn’t love spiders and snakes — and she definitely prefers fettucini alfredo over foreign foods. But she hasn’t let that stop her from taking her own adventures in archaeology in the Middle East.

The freshman at Brighton High recently returned from her second trip to Israel where she helped excavate the Beit Lehi archaeological dig. This time, she recorded her travels on a blog — — so friends and family could follow along.

“The first time I heard I got to go, I was so nervous, and I thought, ‘I don’t know if I even want to do this,’ ” Rudd says about her big trip. “But I did it and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”

While in the Middle East, Rudd rode camels, floated in the Dead Sea, visited Petra, and explored the intricate tunnels of an ancient buried city outside of Jerusalem. Her father is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Beit Lehi Foundation, which represents the site where archaeologists have discovered olive presses, burial chambers, and a columbarium — a spacious room where birds were raised for sacrifice and food and trade.

Rudd took pictures of her travels and posted them, along with interesting facts about the area, on her blog. She says she was nervous at first to travel to a different country and eat different food, but as soon as her two-week trip was over, she was already looking forward to going back as soon as she can.

“I’m always like, ‘Let’s just go have an adventure now!’ ” Rudd says. “That’s just the word that’s in my mind. It was great.”


Students attending Brighton High School are sure to notice that there’s a welcome addition to their campus. 

Brighton High on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 celebrated the official opening of the new Bengal Building. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held right before the Bengals' first football game of the season, which the team won.  

Principal Charisse Hilton asked Student Body President Mitchel Kenney to do the ribbon-cutting honors with the giant scissors. During the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, Kenney was surrounded by Hilton, Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore and Canyons Board of Education Members Kim Horiuchi and Nancy Tingey.

The new building houses science and computer labs, classrooms, a dance room, weight room, and other amenities that students have been eagerly anticipating. Brighton football Coach Ryan Bullet told the crowd at the Friday event, which also attracted students, parents and teachers, that the new weight room is one of the best in the state. 

Construction on the building was planned to accommodate an increased number of students attending Brighton High as part of Canyons District’s grade reconfiguration. Beginning this year, ninth graders in the District attend high school; sixth graders attend middle school. Elementary schools are for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

See photographs of the event on our Facebook page.
A strong sense of community was a theme at the ceremonial opening of the new Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. A crowd of more than 400 students, parents, teachers and patrons in Canyons District gathered to celebrate Butler’s completion and participate in a ribbon-cutting event.

“In my years of experience, I’ve learned a few lessons about how a school can become the heart of a community,” Butler Middle Principal Paula Logan told the crowd, which included such dignitaries as Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Rep. Steve Eliason and Sen. Brian Shiozawa. “As American philosopher John Dewey once said, ‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.’ ”
Less than a year ago, a damp day washed out Draper Park Middle School’s groundbreaking plans, but not a rain cloud was in sight Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as parents, teachers, students and patrons gathered in the evening sun to celebrate the new school’s completion.

Members of the Canyons District Board of Education, Draper City Council, Unified Fire Authority, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, and other local leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event to show their support of the first public middle school built in Draper.

The school itself was built in an astonishing 11 months, but residents in the area have been waiting decades for a middle school, Canyons District Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd of about 500 people who came to celebrate the historic day.
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