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Draper Park boys and Indian Hills girls teams run like the wind. The two teams were crowned champions of the 2015 Canyons School District Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Race, held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Eastmont Middle School. Second place trophies went to the Union boys and Butler girls teams. Albion boys and Draper Park girls teams finished in third place.

The Cross Country race includes the top three male runners and top three female runners in each grade from all eight CSD middle schools. The event marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 CSD Middle School Intramurals season. Now in its seventh year, the CSD intramurals program offers students competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. This year, students also will participate in chess, 3-on-3 basketball, and soccer.

Individual cross country winners are:

Girls Division

Overall
  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park, seventh grade
  • Second Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Savannah Cottam, Butler
  • Second Place: Caroline Rupper, Butler
  • Third Place: Allison Maughan, Eastmont
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Anne Gleason, Albion
  • Third Place: Lydia Gibbs, Indian Hills
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont
  • Second Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills
  • Third Place: Natalie Walker, Draper Park

Boys Division

Overall
  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Drpaer Park, eighth-grade
  • Second Place: Brandon Birth, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Tanner Ricks, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Adam Kohlmatin, Butler
  • Third Place: Race Arbon, Union
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Ian Mendenhall, Albion
  • Second Place: AJ Rowland, Mount Jordan
  • Third Place: Anthony Davies, Union
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Brandon  Birth, Eastmont
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion

See a photo album on the District Facebook page.
High school seniors: Time to apply for college! Canyons School District is hosting College Application Week Nov. 16-20. At that time, all high school seniors will be encouraged to fill out a college application during the regular school day. Counselors, teachers and volunteers will be on hand to help students, every step of the way.

“A lot of people don’t have the support at home to go out and visit colleges or even know how to apply,” Hillcrest High student Yolizma Lara, President of Latinos in Action, said of College Application Week. “It’s a helpful experience to have that available at school. I really thank you for that.”

Lara’s comments came at the Canyons Board of Education Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 meeting, in which the Board signed a proclamation to establish CSD’s 2015 College Application Week. This marks CSD’s second annual College Application Week, which is intended to demonstrate that college is not only within students’ reach, but an important part of their futures.

“I plan on … applying for BYU, the University of Utah, and Utah State,” Luke Brockbank, Jordan High Student Body President, told the Board of Education. “I’m looking forward to College Application Week. It really helps a lot of kids get going on their college applications. It’s really important. A lot of kids don’t have the resources to get started, or they don’t have the knowledge. I think this is an awesome opportunity to get these kids stated and to get it done quickly,  to help them out to be able to do what they’re not able to do at home.”

Brockbank was joined at the Board Meeting by Lara, Alta student Zac Bunkall, Brighton student Chris Newman and Corner Canyon student Jacob Boyle. The students shared with the Board their observations and appreciation for College Application Week, which they said serves as an important resource and reminder for high school seniors to start planning today for post-secondary education.

Utah College Application Week, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education’s StepUp to Higher Education campaign,  complements the Canyons Board of Education’s mission to ensure all students are ready for college and careers when they graduate from high school.

CSD is pleased to report that 91 percent of CSD’s Class of 2015 applied to attend at least one college, with some high schools posting as high as 97 percent college application rates, thanks to the diligent efforts of high school counselors during College Application Week and thereafter. This year’s goal is to have all seniors fill out a viable college application.

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  • Canyons School District is home to four five-star schools — with five-star fans.

    Brighton, Hillcrest, Jordan and Alta high schools have received FIVE STAR Sportsmanship honors as part of the Utah High School Activities Association’s “Raise-the-Bar: Sportsmanship Matters” program. The program recognizes schools’ continued successful efforts to exhibit sportsmanship in the stands by embracing the values of personal responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership, respect and teamwork when cheering for the home team.

    CSD schools have made a concerted effort to promote sportsmanship among spectators as part of the districtwide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, who oversees CSD schools.

    “Canyons District holds the UHSAA’s FIVE STAR award in high esteem, and we thank the UHSAA for recognizing sportsmanship efforts in the Brighton, Jordan and Hillcrest communities,” Dr. Dowdle said. “We’re proud of the schools for their continued focus on positive behaviors in all aspects of the educational experience, and are especially proud of the students for choosing to be positive spectators and supporters of the home team. Their behavior truly helps to create a safe and welcoming place for peers and all those who visit our campuses.”

    Under the program, schools apply to earn one star each year for exemplary sportsmanship. Applications are reviewed by the UHSAA’s Sportsmanship Committee, which determines whether schools meet specific sportsmanship criteria. Earned stars are placed on the school’s sportsmanship banner, which is displayed in the school.

    The program, now in its fifth year, is part of the UHSAA’s efforts to focus on new ways to improve sportsmanship at competitive events statewide, including the Dare2Lead Student Leadership Conference and the policy, “’Do Rowdy Right’ — Cheer for Your Team and NOT Against Your Opponent.”
    A group of students has been empaneled to provide their perspectives on issues that come before the Board of Education.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle introduced the 10-member Student Advisory Council during the Board's Sept. 15, 2015 Business Meeting. The Council is comprised of two students from each high school — at least one of whom is a student body officer and the other, a junior or senior — who were selected as part of an application process. Council representatives will attend the Board’s semi-monthly meetings, discuss issues facing the Board, and provide input to the Board from a student’s perspective.
     
    Members of the Board’s 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council are:

    Alta: Joseph Hawkins, Maggie Evans
    Brighton: Tyler Hoerchel, Chris Newman
    Corner Canyon: Paige Nelson, Austin Matsuura
    Hillcrest: Mary Rudd, Taylor Pulmater
    Jordan: David Carr, Kaylin Bingham

    Dr. Dowdle said that the students will hold regular meetings, which will include presentations by District leaders, during the high schools’ lunch periods. He said he hopes to receive student input on policy matters at each of the meetings, and to bring the feedback to the Board for consideration.

    Board President Sherril Taylor welcomed the students and the opportunities their service will bring.  

    “We’re going to have a great, year,” he said, “and we’re glad to have you be a part of it.”  

    The Board established the Student Advisory Council in 2013 following a proposal from Alta student Katrina Jones. The concept was developed by a task force of student leaders, principals, and CSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie.
    Canyons School District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting — the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting — from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

    The award “represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” Stephen J. Gauthier, Director of the GFOA Technical Services Center, said in a letter to Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “We hope that your example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting.”

    The award lauds the performance of Canyons Business Administrator and CFO Leon Wilcox, and the comprehensive annual financial report he oversaw for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The comprehensive financial report was judged by an impartial panel upholding the highest financial reporting standards, including adherence to the spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate CSD’s financial story to patrons.

    The GFOA is a nonprofit, professional organization that includes some 17,500 government financial professionals. The organization has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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