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Monday, 23 October 2017 22:23

The Curtain is Rising on Fall Musicals

Dust off your roller skates and pull out your leg warmers. It’s time to relive the ‘80s.

Fall musicals are in full swing, and next up on the performing arts calendar is Brighton High’s production of Xanadu on Oct. 26, 27 and 30 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. The show will be performed at Brighton’s auditorium.

Like the multi-hued leaves decorating the Wasatch Mountain range, this year’s fall theatre lineup is perhaps one of the most diverse on record. Whatever type of theater you love, CSD has something for you. Following is a list of performances and dates.  Tickets can be purchased at each school’s box office. 

  • Alta: “The Wizard of Oz,” Nov. 14-20
  • Brighton: “Xanadu,” Oct. 26-28 and 30
  • Corner Canyon: “The Little Mermaid,” Nov. 18, 20
  • Hillcrest: “Les Miserables,” Nov.16-18, 20
  • Jordan:  "The Addams Family," Nov. 9, 10, 11, and 13
With better insulating materials and sustainable building products, today’s schools are more energy efficient than those built 50, or even 20, years ago, which translates to lower energy bills and an immediate cost savings for taxpayers.

As schools and school districts grow larger, however, to meet demands of growing student populations, those energy gains can be quickly wiped out. Yet Canyons District has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 39 percent over the past eight years — even with the addition of 1 million square feet of new construction.

Since Canyons’ inception, the District has worked to address the life safety and technological deficiencies of the aging stock of buildings it received from a previous school district while also planning for growth. Among 13 major school improvement projects financed with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in 2010 were the construction of the first high school and middle school in Draper.

Yet, even with these new buildings and the added burden of having to power modern teaching tools, CSD’s conservation efforts have reduced carbon emissions by 39 percent since 2009. That’s the equivalent of taking 1,473 cars off the road per year, says Chris Eppler, CSD’s Energy Conservation Specialist.

The energy savings is partially due to a push to place mechanical systems in unoccupied mode when schools aren’t being used, while the rest is tied to heating, cooling and lighting upgrades, Eppler says. “It really comes down to doing things right. If you repair, build and operate schools correctly with an attention to quality, you will reduce energy consumption while keeping classrooms more comfortable.”

For his environmental stewardship, Eppler has received numerous awards, including being named an Energy Pioneer by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. His conservation efforts have not only saved money but have resulted in better learning environments for thousands of children.

Among other steps CSD has taken over the years to cultivate healthy schools:

WATER USAGE: Canyons is doing its part to curb water usage; the district has about 370 acres of turf to maintain. With a $15,000 grant from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, CSD hired and trained students to help survey, monitor and adjust school water schedules based on the root zone, type of grass, shade, soil type and evaporation rate. In July 2014, the district used 16.5 million gallons less than in July 2012 and 9.5 million gallons less than in July 2013. 

RADON TESTING: The District was recently honored by the Utah Division of Environmental Quality for its radon-testing program. CSD is the only district in Utah that regularly tests schools for radon with all buildings tested at least every two years.

NO IDLING: On Earth Day, 2016 Canyons became the first school district in Utah to go idle free at all of its campuses. The campaign kicked off early in the morning at Ridgecrest elementary school where no-idling signs were installed and students greeted drivers with placards, informational pamphlets and window clings to place in vehicles. Eventually, signs were placed at all Canyons schools and no-idling pledges were sent home with students, encouraging parents to voluntarily pledge to “turn their key and be idle free.”

The Draper Park Vikings raided the trophy table at the Canyons District Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Championship Race.

The school dominated the ninth-annual event, held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Union Middle.

First-place overall trophies were awarded to both of the Draper Park Middle boys and girls teams. Students from the Draper-area school took home 11 of the 24 individual trophies. 

Second place went to the Indian Hills girls and Butler boys teams. Third place went to Butler girls and Eastmont boys teams. 

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 2017-2018 CSD Middle School Intramurals season. Now in its ninth 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: 

Boys Individual Results

Top 3 Overall
  • McKay Wells — Draper Park
  • Steve Oler — Draper Park
  • Adam Kohlmann — Butler
Top 8th Grade Boys
  • Steve Oler — Draper Park
  • Adam Kohlmann — Butler
  • Tanner Partridge — Draper Park
Top 7th Grade Boys
  • Andre Engh — Draper Park
  • Brighton Birth — Eastmont (tie)
  • Tyler Goldfine — Mount Jordan (tie)
  • Jacob Tanner — Eastmont
Top 6th Grade Boys
  • McKay Wells — Draper Park
  • Grayson Milne — Draper Park
  • Patrick Toone — Butler 
Boys Team Results
  • Draper Park
  • Indian Hills
  • Butler
Girls Individual Results

Top 3 Overall
  • Caroline Rupper — Butler
  • Breanne Kennard — Draper Park
  • Ella Feinauer — Union

Top 8th Grade Girls
  • Caroline Rupper — Butler 
  • Ella Feinauer — Union
  • Avery Hartey — Draper Park

Top 7th Grade Girls
  • Chelsey Morton — Indian Hills
  • Teya Snowder — Union
  • Blair Walkbilling — Butler
Top 6th Grade Girls
  • Breanne Kennard — Draper Park
  • Sarah Seamons — Eastmont
  • Kelsey Diciana — Draper Park 
Girls Team Results                                                                                                       
  • Draper Park
  • Butler
  • Eastmont
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 19:36

Board Meeting Summary, Oct. 17, 2017

Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

Bond Proposal


The District held the statutorily required reading of previously submitted arguments for and against the proposed $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond measure that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. The pro/con arguments also can be found on the District’s website and were published in the CSD2U community newsletter sent to all parents of children in the Canyons District.  Business Administrator read the District’s pro arguments. Patron Steve Van Maren read his argument against the bond proposal. 

Calendar Update

Under a new school calendar considered by the Board of Education, Canyons District’s schools would let out for the summer in May, instead of the first week of June. The changes were put forth by CSD’s Calendar Committee, made up of employees and parents and based on a poll of more than 1,000 teachers. If approved, the calendar would take effect with the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and parents have expressed concern about CSD schools letting out later than those in neighboring districts. The later end date makes it difficult for high school students to compete for summer jobs and for teachers to keep students engaged in learning, explained Planning and Enrollment Director Dr. Floyd Stensrud. The proposed calendar also would eliminate most of the Professional Development days traditionally scheduled on Fridays, thereby alleviating the need for working parents to secure child care. There would be no change in the number of holidays or instructional days. The Board will take up the matter again at an upcoming Board meeting.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, including the minutes from the Oct. 3, 2017 meeting of the Board; hire and termination reports; student overnight travel; September financial reports; Utah’s Consolidated Applications for Funding; and a School LAND Trust Amendment for Indian Hills Middle.

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

The Brighton High Accadians presented the American flag and the flag of the state of Utah and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Brighton High Principal Tom Sherwood presented the reverence. 

Recognitions

The Board of Education and Administration recognized the following for their achievements: 
  • Corner Canyon High seniors Raili Jenkins and Addie Sepulveda, the 5A first-doubles tennis champions.
  • Corner Canyon High sophomore Emma Heiden and junior Lizzie Simmons, the 5A second-doubles tennis champions
  • Park Lane Elementary teacher Linda Tognoni, the recipient of a $2,000 grant and the winner of the Voya Unsung Hero award.  With the money, she will write a book that will give insight into autism and offer support to other students on the autism spectrum.
  • Midvale Middle teacher Shelley Allen, winner of a grant through the Chevron Fuel Your School program. The grant will pay for technology that will help translate assignments for the 32 English language learners in her class. 

Utah College Application Week

School Counseling Program Specialist Tori Gillett updated the Board on plans to hold the 2017 Utah College Applications Week Nov. 6-10. On average, 86 percent of high school seniors participated in 2016 UCAW events, which are planned to encourage students to submit at least one viable college application. According to the District’s records, 2,328 college applications were submitted by CSD seniors. Gillett also said Utah’s had the largest growth percentage of any state for completion of the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA), the process that opens the door to government assistance to attend college. Jordan High, she said, is No. 2 in the state in FAFSA completion among all Utah high schools. FAFSA Completion Nights have been held or are planned at all CSD high schools, including Diamond Ridge High. Following tradition, the Canyons Education Foundation pledged up to $10,000 to help low-income students pay applicable college-application fees.

Patron Comments

Draper Park Middle student Henry Atkin asked the Board to extend the pass times between classes and lunch period so students can have more time to get to class and enjoy lunches. He also asked for more time for exercise during the day.  

Peter Eastham spoke about the Draper Middle School Community Council and the discussions surrounding the school’s schedule. 

Parent Ginger Cavin spoke about Draper Park Middle’s class schedule. She asked the Board to review the established protocol for schools to choose their schedules. She wants to ensure the system is working.  She also expressed concern over the current schedule at the school. 

Draper Park Middle parent Katie Smith also expressed concern about the decision of the school’s SCC to decline to revisit the issue of adopting a new schedule.  She asked the Board to revise the policy to require more parent input. 

Parent Amanda Oaks expressed concern about the six-period semester schedule at Draper Park Middle. 

Draper Park Middle parent Kit Linkous told the Board a parent survey should be done so parents can have a direct voice in the establishment of a school schedule. 

Parent Chad Smith said the input is based about a concern about the process. 

Parent Wendy Smith also expressed concern about the school-schedule process, including the creation of a task force to study the issue and the completion of a parent survey. She expressed concern that the process isn’t being followed.

Sprucewood parent Tess Hortin expressed concern about the Alternative Behavior Support class at the school. She told the Board a long-term plan is needed to address the extreme and at time aggressive behavior of the students in the unit. She asked the Board to provide additional administrative help, extra communications with the parents, and allow parents to be in hallways to offer additional security.

Draper Park Middle parent Mike Neyman encouraged the Board to revisit the school-schedule policy established in January.  He also urged the Board to insist on a parent survey, and said the SCC does not represent parents at Draper Park.

PATRON COMMENT ON THE BOND PROPOSAL

Patron Betty Shaw spoke in favor of the bond proposal that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. She also noted the proposed projects that would bring in natural light to the schools.

Parent Wendy Davis said she will vote no on principle. She believes that the District should not allocate more money to the new Corner Canyon High, and that boundary changes should be enacted to solve any overcrowding at the school.  She also said the bond election should have been held during an election cycle that would draw the most voters.

Patron Steve Van Maren said he’s against the bond proposal. He said it’s “disingenuous to say” that because rates will not go up property taxes will not go up. 

Patron Sandra Shurtleff said the Board should pay off previous bonds before asking the public to approve additional ones for new school construction and renovations.

Patron Stephanie Yorgason said she will vote against the bond proposal because of the proposed project to add classrooms to replace the portables currently on the Corner Canyon High campus. 

Patron James Shurtleff expressed concern that Brighton High would be moved away from the current location. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Jim Briscoe thanked principals as part of Utah’s Principal Appreciation Week. He commended principals for their hard work and dedication. He also congratulated Business Administrator Leon Wilcox and his team for receiving the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. He also noted the Foundation’s contributions to UCAW. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox also asked the Board members to review the most current enrollment reports.  Overall, CSD enrollment has dipped about 100 students.  He also reminded employees of health insurance Open Enrollment the last week of October and the first week of November. He also gave an update on the renovation of Indian Hills Middle. Wilcox said the building should be enclosed within the next few weeks so they can work inside

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS  

Mr. Chad Iverson attended the Region 7 cross-country championships, and will be attending the state cross country meet tomorrow in Sugar House Park. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold reported on attending the ribbon-cutting of the new soccer pitch provided to Sandy Elementary by Real Salt Lake, Scheels, and the City of Sandy. She congratulated Wilcox on his team’s award and mentioned the importance of UCAW.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey expressed appreciation for the employees of Canyons District. In her role as the leader of the Utah School Boards Association, she has traveled a lot of school boards across the state. She said so much good work is being done in public schools across Utah. She expressed appreciation to the patrons who gave input about the school-schedule selection process.   

Mrs. Amber Shill thanked principals for their contributions to school communities.

Mr. Steve Wrigley said Canyons District’s principals are “amazing.” He reported on visiting the Willow Canyon SCC meeting.  He also attended the ribbon-cutting at Sandy Elementary.

Mr. Mont Millerberg urged residents to examine the bond proposal. He said schools in low-income areas will receive new schools, just like the ones built in Draper. He also reported on a service project at Midvale Elementary that provided new coats, sweatshirts, jeans and socks to students in need.  He thanked the Assistance League of Salt Lake for their efforts. 

President Sherril Taylor thanked the patrons who addressed the Board.  He also thanked Steve Van Maren for reading his argument against the bond and his rebuttal to the District’s proposal.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:42

FAFSA: Get Help Paying for College

Utahns are notorious for missing out on free federal college aid because they don't apply, or complete the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
At the start of 2016, Utah was ranked 50 for its FAFSA-completion rate.

Due, however, to a statewide effort to walk high school seniors through the application process, Utah's completion rate jumped 39 percent last year, the second largest gain in the country. Leading the way was Jordan High, which now boasts the second highest completion rate in Utah, says Tori Gillett, CSD's School Counseling Program Specialist. 

In Canyons District, all high school seniors are encouraged to complete a FAFSA along with at least one college application — and with $10,000 in financial aid from the Canyons Education Foundation, they're able to afford the college application fees. Last year, 2,328 seniors submitted college applications as part of Utah College Application Week. Of those, 85 percent said the experience made them more interested in going to college. 



Following are the dates and times for FAFSA completion fairs at a school near you. Students are welcome to attend whichever fair is most convenient for them.

Nov. 9, Jordan High, 6–8 p.m.

Nov. 9, Hillcrest High, 4–7 p.m.
Nov. 14, Corner Canyon High, 6–9 p.m. 
Nov. 16, Alta High, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Nov. 16, Diamond Ridge High, 6-8 p.m. 

By completing the FAFSA, students become eligible for scholarships awarded by individual colleges and:

Pell Grants: A Pell Grant is money the government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Eligible students receive a specified amount each year under this program. 

Work Study: The federal government gives money to colleges and universities to hire students to work on campus. This allows students to have a job while they are attending school.
Loans: These loans are subsidized by the government and have better repayment terms than loans from banks for other financial institutions.

WHERE DO STUDENTS COMPLETE THE FAFSA?
Information about FAFSA, including the online application, can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov.
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