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Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools and District Offices:

Greg Leavitt, Principal of Draper Park Middle, has been selected as the new Principal at Hillcrest High. He replaces Sue Malone, who is retiring. Leavitt will be joined at Hillcrest by Justin Matagi, now an Alta High Assistant Principal. Matagi will replace Hillcrest Assistant Principal Kelcey Kemp, who is being transferred to Alta High. 

Mary Anderson, who is serving as Principal at Union Middle, will serve as Principal at Draper Park Middle.  She replaces Leavitt, who will go to Hillcrest.

Kelly Tauteoli, now the Principal of Park Lane Elementary, will become the Principal of Union Middle. She replaces Anderson, who will lead Draper Park.

Justin Jeffrey, now an Assistant Principal in the Humble Independent School District in Texas, will be the new Principal at Park Lane Elementary.  He replaces Tauteoli, who is going to Union Middle. 

Wendy Dau, now Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become Principal at Midvale Middle. She replaces Frank Schofield, who was recently appointed Superintendent of the Logan City School District. Kerry Shroeppel, now an Assistant Principal at Draper Park, and Kip Carlsen, who has served this year as an Administrative Intern at Brighton High, also will become administrators at Midvale Middle in 2015-2016. 

Douglas Graham, now Assistant Principal at Butler Middle, will become Principal at Indian Hills Middle. He replaces Dr. Floyd Stensrud, who is the new Director of the Canyons District Office of Planning and Enrollment. Dr. Stensrud replaces Ben Lems, who is retiring. Jody Wihongi, an Assistant Principal at Indian Hills, will replace Graham at Butler Middle. Joining Graham at Indian Hills will be Haley Nelson, currently the Achievement Coach at Hillcrest High.  Nelson will be an Assistant Principal.  

Benjamin (BJ) Weller, who is now serving as an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Canyon View Elementary. He replaces Brent Shaw, who has asked to return to the classroom as a teacher. 

Denzil “Chip” Watts, the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, will become the Principal at Midvale Elementary. He replaces Shad DeMill, who will become the new principal at Quail Hollow Elementary. DeMill replaces Denis Lyons who is retiring. The new Assistant Principals at Midvale Elementary will be Matt Watts, now Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, and Jeri Rigby, an external coach for several CSD schools. 

John Hellwig, Assisant Principal at Eastmont Middle, will replace Matt Watts at Mount Jordan, and Brandon Moore, an Administrative Intern at Granger High in the Granite District, will assume the role as an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle. 

Mindy Robison, who is now the middle-school mathematics team lead in the Canyons Evidence-Based Learning Department, will become the Principal of Crescent Elementary. She replaces Debbie Shumard, who is retiring.

Julie Winfree, now the Standards-Based Grading Team Lead and a member of the Dual Immersion Team in the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department, has been selected as Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary. She replaces Teri Mattson, who is retiring. 

Julie Mootz, now the Principal of Brookwood Elementary, will become the Principal at Oak Hollow Elementary. She replaces Principal Corrie Barrett, who will become Principal at Brookwood. 

McKay Robinson, who is currently Principal at Lone Peak Elementary, will become Principal at Sandy Elementary. He replaces Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, who is the new District Administrator of Evaluation and Leadership. 

Tracy Stacy, an elementary principal in the Eagle County School District in Colorado, will become the Principal of Lone Peak Elementary, replacing Robinson, who is headed to Sandy Elementary.

Two new administrators will be hired for Copperview and East Midvale elementary schools, two of CSD’s Title I schools. Deidre Walbeck, a specialist in the CSD Special Education Department, has been selected as a new Assistant Principal at Copperview. She will work with Principal Chanci Loran and Assistant Principal Shawn Walker. At East Midvale, Laurie Steed, a Granite District educator, will join Principal Justin Pitcher as an Assistant Principal. 

An energetic, innovative, and student achievement-focused Canyons District middle school principal has been selected as the new superintendent of the Logan City School District.

Frank Schofield, the principal of Midvale Middle, was appointed the new leader of the 11-school public school system on Friday, March 6, 2015.  The Logan Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent started in September 2014 after its current Superintendent, Dr. Marshal Garrett, announced his pending retirement. 

Schofield joined Canyons District in 2009 — the first year of operations for Utah’s newest district. He first served as Principal of Sunrise Elementary in Sandy. Last year, he was appointed Principal of Midvale Middle.   

“In the six years that he’s been with Canyons District, Mr. Schofield has done a phenomenal job at the two schools that he’s been assigned to supervise. As a result of his great work, he is well-regarded by students, parents, community partners, the Board of Education, and District Administration,” said Mike Sirois, Canyons District’s Executive Director for School Performance. “On a personal level, we will miss his valuable skills and friendly demeanor. On a professional level, we’re thrilled at the opportunity he’s been given to positively impact student achievement, educational innovation, and community engagement in the Logan City School District.”

While he makes plans to hit the ground running on July 1, 2015, which will be his inaugural day as the Logan schools chief, Schofield says that he’s “been blessed, fortunate and privileged” to have been part of Canyons’ foundational years. 

“It has been one of the great privileges of my career to be surrounded by outstanding leaders and colleagues in Canyons, and I am grateful for all they have taught me,” Schofield says. “I hope to take all I have learned and apply it to our plans to continue the tradition of excellence in Logan schools. I look forward to observing the continued success of Canyons, albeit from afar, and know that I was part of something as unique and positive as the Canyons School District.”

Canyons Board of Education President Sherril H. Taylor congratulated Schofield on his appointment and wished him well when he starts work in the Cache County district this summer.

“Frank’s skills as an instructional leader range from maintaining high-quality gifted-student magnet programs to developing positive academic and behavioral supports for low-income and English language-learning students,” Taylor said. “He’s been a valuable part of our leadership team since the very beginning, and we’re sad to see him go. However, we’re pleased to know that we’ll continue to work alongside him in this noble endeavor of educating the schoolchildren of Utah.”  

Dr. Kathryn McCarrie, Canyons District's Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, says Schofield “exemplifies what a true educator is — and can be.”

“Frank is one of the finest educators with whom I have had the opportunity to work,” Dr. McCarrie said. “He always sees the potential in every student, and he believes in the abilities and potentials of his faculty. He’s ethical, committed, personable, looks for solutions to complex problems — and always puts the students first. Students are always the focus of his time and attention.” 

The Canyons School District Education Foundation is making quite a splash in its launch of a new campaign to raise money for student scholarships.

Schools of fish at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium will serve as background decorations for the Foundation's third-annual Spring Gala. 

Proceeds from the by-reservations-only event, which will be Thursday, April 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will go toward scholarships for students at Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest, Jordan, and Entrada high schools.

The keynote speaker will be New England Patriot Sealver Siliga.

Emily Clark, the morning anchor of ABC4’s “Good Morning Utah,” also has agreed to serve as the evening’s emcee.

The Canyons Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All Foundation fund-raising events and programs directly benefit Canyons students, teachers, and schools.

For tickets to the gala, or to donate an item to our live and silent auctions, please call at 801-826-5178

Claudia Gonzalez, a senior at Corner Canyon High School has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award .

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The Corner Canyon administration nominated Claudia for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Claudia has been very active in Latinos in Action, a community-based organization working to create access for Latino students.  The Corner Canyon chapter of Latinos in Action is active and performs hundreds of hours of community service including tutoring young children whose first language is not English.

“We are very proud of Claudia for demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteering her time, talent, and energy,” said Principal Mary Bailey. “Claudia is also one of our Sterling Scholars and just successfully completed her interview in the final round of competition.  She’s an all-around student, and excels in whatever she undertakes.”

Brighton High's Lady Bengals — the newly crowned 5A girls basketball champions — were honored Thursday. Feb. 26, 2015 at Utah's Capitol Hill.

They were invited to Capitol Hill by Utah Sen. Brian Shiozowa,R-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Marie Poulson, R-Cottonwood Heights. In addition, the students were congratuated on the win by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, among others. 

The team and the school also received an official citation from the lawmakers. "The Utah State Legislature recognizes and congratulates the Brighton High School Lady Bengals Basketball Team on their outstanding achievement," reads the citation. "We honor those hardworking athletes and extend best wishes for their continued success." 

The state-title win on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 was the first for the Brighton High’s girls basketball program since 2004. The team won 49-40 against last year’s top 5A team, the Fremont Silverwolves. 

In conversations with reporters immediately following the championship game, Brighton Coach Jim Gresh joked that his navy-blue sweater may have been the team’s good luck charm during the 5A tournament held at Salt Lake Community College

"My wife said stop wearing that sweater. … She may have to wash it tonight," Gresh told the Deseret News

Perhaps the sweater helped a little bit — but the Bengals' defense and rebounding are being touted as the big reasons the team bested the reigning champs.  The final-round game was a battle from beginning to end — but the Bengals pulled away in the last quarter to claim the trophy.

Additional honors were announced this week for ome members of the Brighton squad. As voted by news reporters at the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, McCall Christensen was named the 5A Most Valuable Player and Dani Barton and Lindsey Johnson earned enough votes to be named to the All-Tournament Team.  In the championship game, Christensen, Barton and Johnson scored in double-digits.

See Canyons District's Facebook page for a photo album of the celebration following the title win.
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