High school seniors: Get ready! College Application Week is Nov. 17-21. During that time, all CSD high school seniors will complete a college application during the regular school day with the help of counselors, faculty, support professionals and parent volunteers. 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 high school.

College Application Week Resources 

Students in all five Canyons high schools – Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan – are participating in the weeklong event, and are planning a number of activities in the weeks prior to raise awareness among peers that college is not only within reach, but an important part of their futures.

"It sets everyone on an equal playing field ... and lets them take their education to the next level," Jordan High Student Body Officer Bronson Battaglia said of College Application Week. "That's what college is all about."

College Application Week is part of the American College Application Campaign, a national initiative that aims to remove barriers to higher education and increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.

"I was the first person in my family to go to college – on either side of my family. I didn't think I had what it takes," said Canyons Board of Education Member Tracy Cowdell, who since has earned two undergraduate degrees and a law degree. "Education opened doors, and literally changed my life and my family's life."

At least 45 states this year are expected to participate in the American College Application Campaign, launched in 2005 by the American Council on Education. CSD middle schools also are participating in Utah College Application Week activities.

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  • Draper Park swept the sixth-annual CSD Middle School Intramural Cross Country Championship, with first place team and individual wins in both the boys and girls categories. The Vikings defeated competitors from all eight CSD middle schools at the Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 competition at Eastmont Middle School. Teams consisted of the top three male runners and the top three female runners in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

    The event, coordinated by CSD Athletics Director Jamal Willis and Jordan High Athletics Director Brandon Watts, started with a Parade of Athletes, began with a parade of athletes, followed by a 1.5-mile cross country race around Eastmont's campus. Individual winners were awarded medals, and the fastest teams received trophies to be displayed at their respective schools.

    The race is the 2014-2015 school year's first contest for the CSD Middle School Intramurals program, developed following input from parents in 2009 to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs. Past CSD Middle School Intramurals tournaments have included chess, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and 3-on-3 basketball.

    The Cross Country Championship results are:

    Team Awards

    Girls:
    1st Place - Draper Park
    2nd Place - Indian Hills
    3rd Place - Butler

    Boys:
    1st Place - Draper Park
    2nd Place - Albion
    3rd Place - Indian Hills

    Individual Awards

    Overall:

    Girls
    1st Place Willow Collins, Draper Park
    2nd Place Kali Richardson, Draper Park
    3rd Place Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills

    Boys
    1st Place Alex Harbertson, Draper Park
    2nd Place Connor Cornia, Indian Hills
    3rd Place David Evans-Olsen, Indian Hills

    Eighth Grade:

    Girls
    1st Place Caitlin Webster
    2nd Place Tammie Tan
    3rd Place Paige Taylor

    Boys
    1st Place Connor Cornia
    2nd Place David Evans-Olsen
    3rd Place Warren McCarthy

    Seventh Grade:

    Girls
    1st Place Kali Richardson
    2nd Place Morgan Jensen
    3rd Place Sara Gardenhire

    Boys
    1st Place Alex Harbertson
    2nd Place Haaken Groth
    3rd Place Zakia Kirby

    Sixth Grade:

    Girls
    1st Place Willow Collins
    2nd Place Maryn Granger
    3rd Place Lydia Gibbs

    Boys
    1st Place Ian Mendenhall
    2nd Place Nathan Soloman
    3rd Place Justin Sebahor

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  • In the same halls roamed by Star Wars' R2D2 and The Incredible Hulk rolled a droid designed by the Hillcrest Robotics Team.

    HARV-E, the creation of Husky Robotics, participated in the Kid Con portion of the acclaimed Sept. 4-6 event, which drew hundreds of thousands of costumed visitors to marvel in all things sci-fi – and was the first Comic Con in the country to involve FIRST Robotics students. There, about 20 Hillcrest students drove robot HARV-E to perform exhibitions. Students commanded HARV-E to kick and throw giant balls down a court at the event to the delight of throngs of cheering spectators – and even got the Utah Jazz Bear and "Mythbusters" TV star Grant Imahara into the act.

    Robotics is part of CSD's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative, aimed at preparing students for success in college and the jobs of the future. To donate to STEAM or get involved in FIRST Robotics, visit foundation.canyonsdistrict.org.
    The Board of Education is continuing its momentum on a series of building projects made possible by a $250 million bond that voters approved in 2010.

    Five of the bond projects remain. They are:

    • Mount Jordan Middle rebuild, underway now and scheduled for completion in fall 2015
    • Butler Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2016 under a new, expedited schedule approved by the Board
    • Midvale Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
    • A White City area elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017 under a new, expedited schedule approved by the Board
    • Indian Hills renovation, scheduled for completion in fall 2018

    In an Aug. 5, 2014 Board of Education meeting, President Sherril Taylor said the Board has worked hard to keep its word on the bond projects placed before voters prior to the June 2010 bond election.

    The completed projects made possible by bond proceeds are:

    • Corner Canyon High School: Fall 2013
    • Upgrades at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools to accommodate ninth-graders: Fall 2013
    • Rebuilt Butler Middle School: Fall 2013
    • Rebuilt Draper Park Middle School (formerly Crescent View Middle School): Fall 2013
    • Rebuilt Midvale Elementary: Fall 2012
    • Refurbish Albion Middle School: Fall 2012
    • Seismic upgrades at Sandy Elementary: Fall 2011

    Also underway in fall 2014 is construction of a Brighton High dedicated soccer field, located in front of Butler Middle School. The field will be one of the only stadiums created for high school soccer in the state of Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The stadium will have two sets of bleachers and accommodate 300-350 spectators. It also will include a concessions area, small team rooms and storage. The stadium was designed following extensive input from the community.
    What are your wishes for world peace? On Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, Midvale Middle School students created Pinwheels for Peace to project their dreams.

    On the petals of hundreds of brightly-colored pinwheels, the students wrote their thoughts and created art about war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others, then planted the pinwheels in the school's front lawn. The school's public art exhibit serves to mark International Day of Peace, and was led by Shelley Allen, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Coordinator.

    Pinwheels for Peace was launched in 2005 by two art teachers in Coconut Creek, Fla., to help students express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. Last year, some 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 3,500 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
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