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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.

    Architects working to design the new Alta View Elementary have presented their concepts to the Canyons Board of Education. Representatives of Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects presented their concepts in a Board of Education meeting Sept. 1, 2015. The full presentation can be found on BoardDocs.

    Alta View Elementary will be rebuilt on the school’s current campus, where the playground now is situated. The site already has been prepared to allow for continued student learning and safety during construction, with drop-off and playground fencing adjustments in place for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Alta View remains in the design process. Meetings were held last spring with the Alta View community and faculty regarding the new school’s design, and initial concepts were displayed at the school last spring. Alta View Principal Karen Medlin said the concepts have received positive feedback from the community. The new school not only will optimize learning conditions to help students prepare for college and careers, but provide for improved community access via parking and traffic flow, and serve as a community gathering space.  

    The Board voted in October 2014 to select Alta View Elementary as the White City school to rebuild with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010. The action followed months of public input. Groundbreaking on the new school is scheduled for spring 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

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