Canyons District is hosting two Open Houses in Hillcrest’s cafeteria to introduce the new head Husky to the community.

Greg Leavitt, the current Draper Park Middle Principal who is taking the Hillcrest reins next year, also wants to hear from students, parents, teachers and community supporters about their ideas to continue Hillcrest’s tradition of excellence.

The Open Houses will be:
  • Monday, April 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Leavitt is replacing Sue Malone, who is retiring after serving for more than three decades in schools.
And the winner is .... 

The top-judged films in the 6th annual Canyons District Film Festival were announced Thursday during a 6 p.m. ceremony at Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East.  Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and principals attended the ceremony, which also featured a red carpet and donated snacks and treats from generous community sponsors.

The list of winners and their films can be found on the Festival’s web page.

Canyons District’s Education Technology Department, which oversees the event, received 172 entries for this year’s festival — an increase of about 100 entries over last year. Submissions were made in such categories as Feature Film, Documentary, Animation, Public Service Announcement, Newscast, Advertisement and Teacher Film.

The Education Technology Department also announced that, as result of the students' stellar entries and dedication to filmmaking, Hillcrest High will receive some filmmaking equipment. The equipment will make it easier for students to excel in their pursuit of knowledge about video creation and filmmaking. 

Follow the festival on Twitter at @CSDFilmFestival. Use the hashtag #csdfilmfestival.

You also can "Like" the festival's Facebook page.

Two Canyons District schools are among eight in Utah selected by China's Education Ministry and the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah to house “Confucius Classrooms.”
Principals at Draper and Lone Peak elementary schools, which are the locations of two of Canyons’ Mandarin Chinese-English dual-language immersion programs, recently received word that their schools had received the prestigious designations.
As such, both schools will receive $10,000 grants to support Chinese dual-language immersion teachers, students, and programs. The grants also promote the learning of Chinese language and cultural understanding.
Additionally, the schools will receive textbook money to support the Mandarin Chinese-English language program; an interactive cultural display; and funding for language teachers to attend language-based professional-development conferences.  
The grant is renewed annually. Draper Principal Piper Riddle, whose school cheered the designation during a colorful assembly on Friday, April 3, 2105, said the grant money “helps us get closer to our goal of a SMART Board in every classroom.” Lone Peak Principal McKay Robinson expressed appreciation for the designation and the grant funds, and said the school will plan a celebration when school starts next fall.
“The entire school benefits from cultural programs like this — we all get to develop a better understanding of the world and of different cultures,” said Riddle.  “In addition, when our school receives grants like this, it creates opportunities to free up school funds for the benefit of our students and our instructional programs.”
Draper students cheered news of the grant during their Friday assembly. Eric Chipman, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, told students during the assembly that earning the designation is “really cool.”
“You guys became a Confucius Classroom because you are an awesome school,” he said to applause.

Several dignitaries attended Friday’s event at the school. In addition to Confucius Institute leaders Fusheng Wu and Yangmin Xiao, the school welcomed Utah Speaker Greg Hughes; Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper; Draper Mayor Troy Walker; Draper City Council members Bill Rappleye and Marsha Vawdry; and Salt Lake Mayor representative Lori Bays. Chinese acrobats also performed for the students, teachers, and the visiting officials .

“We are proud of the high-quality language immersion program that we have developed at Draper Elementary, and we are grateful for the honor of becoming a Confucius Classroom,” Riddle said.  “We appreciate the many business and university partnerships we participate in that benefit our students and support our school wide goal of excellence in all we do.”
Show some deserving and low-income high school students some love — with scholarship money. The Canyons Education Foundation, which successfully generates and allocates resources to help Canyons District teachers and students, has launched a new campaign to raise money for student scholarships. 
As part of that campaign, today, Thursday, March 26 the Canyons Education Foundation is joining the "Love Utah Give Utah" campaign — 24 hours of unprecedented giving. Any money that comes to the Foundation during “Love Utah, Give Utah” will go toward student scholarships. 

This year, Canyons District counselors, parents and teachers endeavored to help some 83 percent of high school seniors submit a viable college application. Now, the Foundation is asking for assistance from the community to remove the financial barriers that prohibit some students from even attempting to go to college. The need is evident: Thirty percent of Canyons students quality under the poverty index for free or reduced-price lunches.

Still, more and more Canyons students are working hard to become academically ready for college. An estimated 71 percent of graduating seniors last year earned a unique-to-Canyons District Advanced or Honors diploma, which means they went above and beyond the state graduation requirements. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points from the number of college- and career-ready diplomas earned by the Class of 2013, and 11 percentage points more than the number earned by the Class of 2011.
Click here to join the love — and help send a kid to college.

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. 

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