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Draper Park boys and Indian Hills girls teams run like the wind. The two teams were crowned champions of the 2015 Canyons School District Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Race, held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Eastmont Middle School. Second place trophies went to the Union boys and Butler girls teams. Albion boys and Draper Park girls teams finished in third place.

The Cross Country race includes the top three male runners and top three female runners in each grade from all eight CSD middle schools. The event marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 CSD Middle School Intramurals season. Now in its seventh year, the CSD intramurals program offers students competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. This year, students also will participate in chess, 3-on-3 basketball, and soccer.

Individual cross country winners are:

Girls Division

Overall
  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park, seventh grade
  • Second Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Savannah Cottam, Butler
  • Second Place: Caroline Rupper, Butler
  • Third Place: Allison Maughan, Eastmont
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Willow Collins, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Anne Gleason, Albion
  • Third Place: Lydia Gibbs, Indian Hills
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Lauren Bingham, Eastmont
  • Second Place: Morgan Jensen, Indian Hills
  • Third Place: Natalie Walker, Draper Park

Boys Division

Overall
  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Drpaer Park, eighth-grade
  • Second Place: Brandon Birth, Eastmont, eighth grade
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion, eighth grade
Sixth Grade
  • First Place: Tanner Ricks, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Adam Kohlmatin, Butler
  • Third Place: Race Arbon, Union
Seventh Grade
  • First Place: Ian Mendenhall, Albion
  • Second Place: AJ Rowland, Mount Jordan
  • Third Place: Anthony Davies, Union
Eighth Grade
  • First Place: Alex Halbertson, Draper Park
  • Second Place: Brandon  Birth, Eastmont
  • Third Place: Ryder Jordin, Albion

See a photo album on the District Facebook page.
Two Canyons District elementary schools — Granite and Sunrise elementaries — were ranked in Utah’s top 25 highest-performing schools in all three subject areas of the 2015 statewide SAGE exam, with Granite Elementary ranked among Utah’s top five highest-performing schools.

Overall,  CSD schools appear 16 times in Utah’s Top 25 rankings of elementary, middle and high school student performance on the SAGE math, science, and English language arts exams, as published in the Deseret News on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The News created top 25 lists for each school level (elementary, middle and high school) and tested subject.

From a districtwide perspective, CSD students overall showed growth in 20 of 25 tests administered over the past two years, and outperformed the state in 22 of 26 tests administered this year. This is the first year CSD administered the Math 3 test to high school students.

“We are pleased with the overall performance of Canyons students on the SAGE exams. We especially wish to congratulate our schools that have been ranked as among Utah’s best, as well as all of our teachers and school administrators for focusing on continued improvement in student achievement,” Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said. “That said, we know that we still have work to do. The Administration is examining student SAGE performance in greater depth to determine how the data can be used improve student achievement across the board.”

In the Deseret News report, Granite Elementary was ranked in Utah’s top five highest-performing schools in all SAGE subjects tested. Granite ranked No. 5 in math with 78.8 percent proficiency; No. 3 in English language arts with 78.8 percent proficiency; and No. 2 in science with 80.3 percent proficiency.  The Salt Lake Tribune also listed Granite Elementary in the top 5 of all Utah schools’ performance in all three subject areas.

Sunrise Elementary was ranked No. 16 in math with 73 percent proficiency; No. 7 in English language arts with 72.5 percent proficiency; and No. 6 in science with 76.8 percent proficiency.

Among middle schools, CSD’s Draper Park ranked No. 5 in English language arts  with 62.8 percent proficiency and No. 5 in science with 73 percent proficiency.

Also breaking Utah’s top 10 are Brookwood Elementary, ranked No. 4 in science in science with 77.1  percent proficiency; and Willow Springs Elementary ranked No. 10 in English language arts in English language arts with 70.9 percent proficiency.

Albion Middle also appeared twice in Utah’s middle school rankings, as No. 22 in math and No. 17 in English language arts.

Other CSD schools appearing in the top 25 highest-performing schools are:
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:47

Draper Park Middle School - Emily Nance

When it comes to garnering feedback from her students, Emily Nance always has an ace up her sleeve. In her lessons, students respond together orally, by giving thumbs-up and thumbs down, and by discussing in groups and with partners. She is so talented at engaging students in her classroom the she is often a source of inspiration to colleagues with her instructional strategies and evidence-based practices. Her selfless, hard-working attitude, enthusiasm, and eight-year tenure on the School Community Council are a few of many reasons Nance has been chosen as Draper Park’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 voted unanimously to lift the moratorium at Draper Park Middle School, where enrollments are expected to be around 1,450, or 100 students less than originally thought, in the 2015-2016 school year. 

The action allows for out-of-boundary permits for parents seeking to enroll their children at the school. The vote also allows entrance for students in the Dual-Language Immersion Mandarin Chinese-English and French-English programs, now offered at Draper and Oak Hollow elementaries, respectively, to continue their language immersion programs at the middle school should they not already live in the Draper Park boundaries.

Canyons School Performance Director Mike Sirois said the move opens the doors to some 20 families who desire to attend Draper Park to do so. He said people had applied prior to moratorium status, and that their applications remain time-stamped. Future applications also will be time-stamped and approved on a first-come, first-served basis, according to protocols.

The Open Enrollment window is open through Feb. 20, 2015 in accordance with state law. Applications can be accessed at any district school and should be submitted directly to the school the applicant desires to attend next school year. Parents will be notified by March 1 whether their applications have been accepted. Details on open enrollment can be found on the website.

The Canyons Board of Education has placed Draper Park Middle School on moratorium status due to high enrollments, meaning that the school cannot accept Standard Open Enrollment Applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Draper Park enrolls more than 1,500 students, slightly exceeding its capacity. The school's boundary student enrollments are expected to slightly rise in the coming years. The school currently enrolls about 35 students on out-of-boundary permits; those students' permits will be honored in the upcoming academic years according to District policy.

The statewide open enrollment window opened Dec. 1, 2014, and will continue through Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in accordance with state law. During this time, parents are allowed to apply for permits to enroll students in schools outside of their neighborhood school boundaries, unless schools are on moratorium status because they are full. Two other Canyons schools – Corner Canyon High and Willow Springs Elementary – also are on moratorium status due to high enrollments.
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