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Canyons District is home to the first middle schools ever to receive STEM designations — a reflection of their strong focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Nineteen schools in Utah received the designation — and Draper Park, Mount Jordan and Union were the only middle schools. Sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education and the STEM Action Center, the designation program was created by the Utah Legislature to define the ingredients for the quality of STEM instruction needed to prepare students for college and 21st Century careers. “The designation serves as an indicator for members of the public who are looking for STEM school experiences in Utah K-12 education,” says the STEM Action Center’s website.

School leaders and curriculum specialists were thrilled to receive the designations. “This is a great honor for Union Middle School," Union Vice Principal Doug Hallenbeck said,"particularly for our science department, which has worked cohesively to attain this prestigious level of recognition. It is well deserved for the tremendous amount of work they do for the students of Union.”

In other STEM news, 23 of CSD’s middle school students received scholarships to attend science- and technology-oriented summer camps. The scholarships were sponsored by RizePoint, a software company that recently re-located to the Canyons District community. The winners were honored at a reception at the company’s headquarters, 2890 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, on Wednesday, May 18.



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Parents of fifth-graders enrolled in Canyons District's Dual-Language Immersion Programs have been invited to a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to learn about the transition from elementary school to middle school.

At the 6 p.m. event at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane (300 East), the Canyons curriculum team that oversees the dual-language immersion programs also will share information about DLI instruction in secondary schools.

In addition, information will be presented about the online intent-to-continue process parents will be asked to complete in order for their children to continue in the programs. 

At the middle school level, Spanish programs are being provided at Mount Jordan, Union and Midvale; French classes are being taught at Draper Park and Butler; and Mandarin Chinese is being offered at Draper Park, Butler and Indian Hills.

Students who seek to participate in a dual-language immersion program at a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries should submit an open-enrollment application to the school they wish to attend as soon as possible. Per state law, the Standard Open Enrollment Application forms will be accepted by Canyons schools until Feb. 19. Filling out the permit request does not guarantee placement in the DLI program at that school.  

Questions?  Please call the CSD Instructional Supports Department at 801 826 5045
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.

Midvale Middle School dominated the 2015 Canyons School District Middle School Intramurals Chess Tournament. The team won the District Championship and every board, finishing with a perfect score. Individual Midvale student winners are:
  • Table 1: Stephen Yu
  • Table 2: Alex Qi
  • Table 3: Bryan Guo
  • Table 4: Sraavya Pinjala
  • Table 5: Wensen Zhang
  • Table 6: Alan Zhao
The tournament was held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Mount Jordan Middle School. Mount Jordan students won second place, and Albion students won third place.

The chess tournament is the second event of the 2014-2015 school year's CSD Middle School Intramurals program, which was developed following input from parents in 2009 to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs.
Two other intramural tournaments remain. The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 24-26 at Jordan High. The Middle School Intramural Soccer Tournament will be held May 14 at Union Middle School.
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