Bryce Bollinger is all set for an important date: He’s got his tie, a clean, pressed shirt, black slacks — and a shiny, Gerhard Baier trumpet.

On Thursday, March 15, Bollinger, an eighth grader, will be one of about 40 students in a Butler Middle School band who will perform at an elite music festival for Utah junior high and middle school bands.

The school’s symphonic band is the first in Canyons District to earn the chance to perform at the Utah Music Educators Association-sponsored event, which will be in the Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah. The band won the opportunity at an audition earlier this year. They scored a “superior” rating.
The teenage years can be notoriously difficult to navigate. Canyons District recognizes this, and has planned an “Adolescent Issues Night” to provide parents some successful strategies as they guide and support their growing children.

The keynote speaker of the 6:30-8:30 p.m. free event on Thursday, March 22 will be Joshua Covey, who leads business development initiatives for FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program. Covey, who lives in Draper, has earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from UCLA.

His address, as well as two 45-minute breakout sessions, will be at Eastmont Middle School, 10100 S. 1300 East.   

Breakout-session topics include:
  • How prescription drug use can affect your teen’s brain
  • Recognizing the early signs of drug or gang activity
  • How parents can help stop bullying in schools
  • Internet safety in the 21st century
  • How to approach tough topics with your teenager
The aim of this event — and others that Canyons District is offering this year — is to provide parents with information they may find useful as they guide their children to healthy habits.

This is the second of such events planned and sponsored by Canyons District middle school administrators and the Region 17 PTA. The first CSD Adolescent Issues Night, held in October at Midvale Middle School, was well-attended and received by parents of CSD students.
Canyons District recognizes the important role a principal plays in a community.

That is why we have planned a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 13  from 6 to 7 p.m., at Oak Hollow Elementary, 884 E. 14400 South, to receive input from parents, students and faculty about the qualities and characteristics the community would like to see in a new principal.

The District is launching a search to fill the position vacated by Principal Trenton Goble, who left to pursue other professional opportunities.

Corrie Barrett, a former assistant principal at Butler Middle and Alta high schools, is serving as the interim principal.
If you have any questions about the meeting, please call the Canyons District Office of Public Communications at 801-826-5084 or send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Canyons District has announced the dates and times of its 2012 high school graduation ceremonies:
  • Alta High School — Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m., UCCU Center at Utah Valley University
  • Brighton High School — Tuesday, June 5, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Hillcrest High School — Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — Tuesday, June 5, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • South Park School — Wednesday, June 13, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Utah State Prison  
  • Entrada — Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., Mt. Jordan Middle School
  • Jordan Valley — Friday, June 1, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
Linda Dalton Walker is the kind of teacher who doesn’t mind if students color outside of the lines. What matters to this veteran educator is if her students can express their knowledge of all parts of the curriculum with bold, broad strokes.

In her color-splashed classroom at Ridgecrest Elementary, science lessons about animal species roll into time spent creating collages of all kinds of creatures with photos spliced from National Geographic magazines. On another day, students are asked to illustrate stories that they’ve written using words from vocabulary lists. Then, those pages are photographed and turned into short movies.
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