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The Mountaineers have come home. With the snip of a red ribbon twisting in the summer afternoon wind, officials at Canyons District and Mount Jordan Middle officially opened the school for business.

The celebratory ribbon-cutting event, held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, attracted more than 500 students, parents, teachers, staff, former students and members of the community. The crowd cheered as dignitaries and school district officials took the large, red-handled scissors and sliced through the ribbon.  Then, students were able to use the scissors to cut a piece for a keepsake.

The new Mount Jordan, which officially opens on Tuesday, Aug. 18 with a sixth-grade orientation, was built with money from a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bon approved by Canyons voters in 2010. In the past six years, Canyons has been able to build, rebuild or renovate six schools, add air-conditioning to schools that did not previously have it, and construct new wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools. 

Clareen Arnold, who represents the Sandy school, thanked Mount Jordan’s teachers for the professionalism while they worked in temporary quarters since the old Mount Jordan’s demolition two years ago.

“They’ve had to pack up and move their classrooms, and they did it two times,” she said.  “They sure did a great job of making the best of a difficult time — but they did it with good cheer and an eye toward the future.  Our teachers are truly instrumental for our success as a District.  We owe them so much.”

Dr. Molly Hart, Principal of Mount Jordan Middle, said the building is not only a fantastic place for students to learn but a great place for employees to work.

The Mount Jordan community will enjoy such amenities as an elevated running track, fitness rooms, a spacious commons area and cafeteria, a 180-seat lecture hall, and an abundance of natural light in the hallways and classrooms. The school also will be wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st century education.  

Hart also thanked the crews from Hogan Construction and MHTN Architects for their hard work on the design and construction of the building. “Thank you for all your work on our school,” she said. “From now on, you are all honorary Mount Jordan Mountaineers.”


The Mount Jordan community also will enjoy a performing arts suite and a state-of-the-art theater and auditorium made possible by an investment from Sandy City.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Mount Jordan Takes AVID Schoolwide

Mount Jordan Middle will be moving into a new, state-of-the-art building in fall 2015, but Principal Molly Hart is making sure her students are getting ready now with education technology and innovative teaching strategies.

"We're preparing to go into a new building, and we needed to make sure we were prepared for a 21st century learning environment," Dr. Hart says as she talks about some exciting changes happening in her school.

Mount Jordan is the first middle school in Canyons District to take AVID, a college-readiness system designed to increase learning and performance, schoolwide. An acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, the program has been used at Mount Jordan for three years as an elective class, but this is the first year that AVID techniques are being applied schoolwide as part of a Board of Education initiative, with all of Mount Jordan’s teachers trained in the strategies.

Also new this year, Mount Jordan’s classrooms are equipped with technology at a 1:1 ratio. That means that every classroom now has a set of devices — ranging from iPads and iPod touches to laptops, Chromebooks and traditional computer labs — available to each student to be used as an appropriate classroom tool.

“We assessed our strengths and weaknesses, and we wanted to do better for the students who are at Mount Jordan,” Dr. Hart said. “We felt like putting the tools in their hands that they would use in a college and a career and giving them the strategies they would need for college and a career together would create a fantastic middle school experience.”

The school showed off its innovative learning strategies at the “Mountaineer Showcase” Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

AVID teaches students a set of strategies — such as how to stay organized, how to plan for upcoming assignments and tests, how to take notes and how to direct their focus — to help them prepare for college or the work force. It is especially geared toward helping students who come from lower-income families who don’t have a role model or relative who went to college to teach them these fundamental habits.

The system has promising results, according to the non-profit program’s Web site. Nationwide, 90 percent of 34,000 seniors who participated in the program in 2013 planned to attend a college or university after high school and 77 percent of the participants took at least one higher-level course such as an AP class. Nearly three-fourths of participants qualified for free- or reduced-price school lunch, according to AVID. At Mount Jordan, Dr. Hart says she has seen an increase in benchmark testing and more students have gone on to take AP courses.

Mount Jordan is located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy. The school will move back to its historic address, 9360 S. 300 East, when the newly rebuilt school opens in fall 2015. The building project is funded by a $250 million bond voters approved in 2010.

No royal decree necessary: Midvale Middle School is the chess king. Midvale's team dominated the competition at the Canyons Middle School Intramurals Chess Tournament on Jan. 25, 2014, where the students scored 40.5 of 42 points. Second-place went to Mount Jordan, with 27.5 points. Draper Park came in third with 25.5 points.

Additionally, Midvale students won five of six Board prizes in Tables 1-5; a Draper Park student won Table 6. They are:

• Table 1: Stephen Yu, 6.5- 0.5
• Table 2: Scott Abbott, 7-0
• Table 3: Justin Dong, 6-1
• Table 4: Wensen Zhang, 7-0
• Table 5: Bryan Guo, 7-0
• Table 6: M. Garcia, 5-2

In addition, students Tom Zhang and Alan Zhao a team posted a 7-0 record on Table 6.

The Chess Tournament is part of Canyons' Middle School Intramurals Program.  The program is aimed at giving young teens competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. This year's tournaments include Cross Country, which was held in October; 3-on-3 Basketball and Soccer, which are scheduled for the spring.
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Canyons District sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are preparing to square off at the CSD Middle School Chess Tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The fourth-annual tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Jordan Middle School, 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy, and includes the top six competitors from each of Canyons' eight middle schools. Sixth-graders are included in the tournament for the first time this year due to Canyons District grade reconfiguration, designed to better prepare students for college and careers.

The tournament is part of the Canyons Middle School Intramurals Program, created in 2009 to offer young teens competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. Other tournaments include cross country, which was held in October, 2013; 3-on-3 basketball and soccer, which are scheduled for spring 2014.
With a resounding crash of brick and glass, Canyons District celebrated the start of work on the new Mount Jordan Middle by tearing down one of the school's old walls.

More than 200 parents, teachers, students and members of the community attended the Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 event. Dignitaries included Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, members of the Sandy City Council, and Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, who attended the school as a teenager.

To the cheers of the crowd, Mount Jordan Principal Molly Hart hopped into a giant machine with a claw that was poised to pull down part of the wall to her old office. “Dr. Hart,” Board member Tracy Scott Cowdell said from the microphone, “pull down that wall.” With the flip of a few levers, the first whack was taken at the 59-year-old building. After that first swipe at the building, dignitaries then grabbed golden-painted shovels, donned hard hats and did the ceremonial turning of the dirt on the new building, which is expected to be completed in fall 2015.
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