The doors are shuttering for good at the old Midvale Middle, which has welcomed students into its corridors and classrooms for six decades. While the end has come for the two-story, red-bricked building on Pioneer Street, a recent groundbreaking party celebrated the start of work on a new 203,000-square-foot school that is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017 school year.

Some 150 students, teachers, administrators, and neighbors attended the Thursay, June 11, 2015 ceremony hosted by Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green, who represents schools in the Midvale area. Green, alongside fellow Board members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill, Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini, and Utah Rep. Bruce Cutler, R-Murray, among others, participated in the ceremonial turning of the dirt.

A photo album of the groundbreaking ceremony is on the Canyons District Facebook page.

At the event, Green said that the designs for the new school call for a 650-seat auditorium, collaboration spaces, a gym and fitness area, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, and classrooms built for the high-tech demands of the 21st century. “So many people have such great memories of going to school here. My own wife went to Midvale Middle, and she learned to swim in the pool here, and many of my neighbors have great stories about the friends they made and the lessons they learned in these classrooms and hallways,” Green said. 

“From the outside, this building may not appear to be more than brick and mortar.But this building is so much more than that. It represents six decades of education in our city. It’s an important part of our history and the traditions of our residents,” he said. “Kids in our neighborhoods can’t wait to leave the fifth-grade so they can follow in the footsteps of their brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, and in some cases their moms and dads, to start going to school at Midvale Middle School.”

Demolition at the site begins this summer. A community Open House on Friday, May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East. They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

“It’s exciting to think that in a few years, we’ll be in our new school. Right after the Board of Education voted on a timeline of construction for our new school, our teachers, parents, students and other members of the community met with some of the architects from VCBO,” Dau said.  “The architects truly focused on what’s really important: Our students and teachers. From day one, the focus of the design has been about creating the best learning environment for our students and a great work environment for our hard-working teachers.”

The new school, which is being built by Hughes General Contractors, is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the future home of the Midvale Middle Trojans.

The event on Thursday, June 11, 2015 will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, which will conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by members of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration, new Midvale Middle Principal Wendy Dau, and several local dignitaries, will start at 5:30 p.m. 

The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, the same location where six decades of Midvale teenagers have attended middle school. Demolition on the old, red-bricked school begins later this month. A community Open House on May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

The school, scheduled to be done in fall 2017, will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East.  They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

Throughout the summer, Canyons families can eat nutritious breakfasts and lunches at seven locations throughout the District.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children 18 and under eat for free. Cost for adults is $2 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. 

The meals will be available June 8 to Aug. 7. Meals will not be available July 3 and July 24 in observance of the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays.

No meal service will be available on Saturdays or Sundays.

The following sites will serve breakfast and lunch:

Bell View Elementary
9800 S. 800 East 

Copperview Elementary 
8449 S. 150 West  

East Midvale Elementary
6990 S. 300 East 

Midvalley Elementary
217 E. 7800 South 

Midvale Elementary 
7830 S. Chapel St.

Sandy Elementary 
8725 S. 280 East 

The following site will be serving lunch only:

Union Park
7360 S. 700 East

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A public forum to gather community input on short- and long-term facility needs in Canyons District will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at Alta High, 11055 S. Hawk Highway. 

The feedback is important to the work of a Board of Education-appointed Facilities Committee that has been meeting since the start of this school year. While the committee is studying issues that impact all parts of CSD, members have focused much attention on the current and possible future enrollment at Corner Canyon High, which is on moratorium status because of overcrowding.

To the end of addressing this immediate concern, the Facilities Committee is creating a draft proposal that would address enrollment issues through some boundary alterations. Any proposed changes, if approved by the Board, would be effective in fall 2017 for incoming freshmen, giving families two years to plan and prepare. 

However, committee members would like to receive input, address concerns and hear ideas from stakeholders before a final proposal is created and presented to the Board of Education. The committee, made up mostly of parents of Canyons District students, anticipates having a proposal ready by fall 2015.

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Prepared to be impressed with the handiwork of these Charger artists.

The Visual Arts Department at Corner Canyon will be hosting an Art Gala in the Corner Canyon High commons from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

The gala will feature student artwork and performances from the jazz band and choir. Several pieces of artwork will be for sale.

There also will be refreshments provided by students, highlights from the Literary Magazine, and a short awards ceremony at the end of the evening.

Among the work featured at the gala:  Items from six Corner Canyon students who are finalists in the Freshwood woodworking competition, which is held in Las Vegas in June. 

The students are Sadie Chidester, Elijas Chrapacas, Brad Kloos, Derek Mouser, Jacob Rubisch and Porter Thorkelson.

See photos of their work, which ranges from guitars to podiums, in an album on the Canyons District Facebook page. 

Freshwood, sponsored by the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers, includes secondary and college students in the United States and Canada. Congratulations to the students and teacher Timothy McNeill.

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