Five outstanding students at Hillcrest, Alta, Brighton high schools were among the 14 stellar Utah students who captured  category awards in the 54th annual Sterling Scholar Awards Program. 

The winners were announced during a Tuesday, March 10, 2015 ceremony at the LDS Conference Center, 60 W. North Temple.  

Hillcrest led all Utah schools with three winners. 

Canyons District has a tie to another winner, as well. Bingham High's Stephanie Jencks, who received the Douglas F. Bates Community Service Award, is enrolled in the cosmetology program at the Canyons Technical Education Center. She also serves as President of the CTEC SKillsUSA Chapter.

In all, 22 students from CSD's traditional comprehensive high schools made the finals in the prestigious competition sponsored by KSL and the Deseret News. The final round of judging was Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Corner Canyon High. 

The winning students, their schools and the categories are:
Other categories include Business and Marketing, Computer Technology, Dance, English, Family and Consumer Science, Instrumental Music, Skilled and Technical Sciences, Vocal Performance, and World Languages.

Two other awards — the General Sterling Scholar Winne and the Philo T. Farnsworth Governor's Award — also were presented during the ceremony.

The much sought-after awards “publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship of high school seniors in the state of Utah,” according to the Sterling Scholar website. 

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.” 

It's time to give our teachers some love!  Send your child's favorite teacher a well-deserved valentine by nominating him or her to become the 2016 Canyons District Teacher of the Year. 

Canyons schools are taking nominations for Teacher of the Year until Friday, Feb. 26. Each year, every Canyons District school recognizes a Teacher of the Year for outstanding teaching practices, professionalism, and community involvement.

Every school-based Teacher of the Year receives gifts and prizes donated by CSD’s generous business partners and special honors from the Board of Education. Each also is nominated for Canyons District Teacher of the Year, an honor that includes cash, prizes, and a nomination for the Utah Teacher of the Year award.

To nominate your favorite teacher for the top award, fill out the following form and return it to your school.

Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Winners will be announced April 1 in school celebrations throughout the District. The Canyons Board of Education will announce the Canyons Teacher of the Year at a special recognitions ceremony on April 26 in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Administration Building, 9361 S. 300 East.
Alta High has a new top Hawk. 

Brian McGill, currently Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High, has been appointed Principal at Alta High School.  The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. 

McGill has a first-hand familiarity with the legacy of excellence at Alta High.  After all, he’s a part of it:  McGill graduated from Alta High in 1991 with a 3.9 grade-point average.

“I am a proud graduate of Alta High, and I’m grateful to the Board of Education and the Administration for allowing me to return to my alma mater in such an important role for the community,” said McGill, who is pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in social justice at the University of Utah. 

“The teachers at Alta helped me realize my potential,” he said. “I am grateful for all they did for me, and I consider it an incredible opportunity to be able return to the school and play a part of continuing the amazing tradition of achievement at Alta.”

McGill looks forward to leading an effort to make “personal connections” with students. With the opening of Corner Canyon High in 2013, enrollment at the once-overcrowded Alta has stabilized to a level that is more conducive to building mentoring relationships with students, he said. “Alta High will continue to be known for its strong post-secondary preparation, as well as achievements in arts and athletics — all the things that Alta has been known for in the past several decades.” 

“We have a great opportunity for us to focus on the students and make our community as inclusive as possible,” McGill said. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of being a community that supports and rallies around each other.” 

McGill brings a wealth of experience to the post. Before joining the administrative ranks in Canyons District, McGill served as the principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science Early College High School; the Assistant Principal of Elk Ridge Middle School; and as a school counselor and Administrative Intern at Riverton High School.  In addition, he was the Manager of College Access and Outreach for the Utah System of Higher Education.  He also was a guidance counselor at the middle and high school level. 

McGill, who succeeds Dr. Fidel Montero, earned a master’s in educational administration, a master’s of educational counseling and a master’s of mental health counseling. He also has a bachelor’s of science in psychology.

McGill will begin work immediately in his new position. 

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