The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the future home of the Midvale Middle Trojans.

The event on Thursday, June 11, 2015 will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, which will conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by members of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration, new Midvale Middle Principal Wendy Dau, and several local dignitaries, will start at 5:30 p.m. 

The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, the same location where six decades of Midvale teenagers have attended middle school. Demolition on the old, red-bricked school begins later this month. A community Open House on May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

The school, scheduled to be done in fall 2017, will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East.  They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

Prepared to be impressed with the handiwork of these Charger artists.

The Visual Arts Department at Corner Canyon will be hosting an Art Gala in the Corner Canyon High commons from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

The gala will feature student artwork and performances from the jazz band and choir. Several pieces of artwork will be for sale.

There also will be refreshments provided by students, highlights from the Literary Magazine, and a short awards ceremony at the end of the evening.

Among the work featured at the gala:  Items from six Corner Canyon students who are finalists in the Freshwood woodworking competition, which is held in Las Vegas in June. 

The students are Sadie Chidester, Elijas Chrapacas, Brad Kloos, Derek Mouser, Jacob Rubisch and Porter Thorkelson.

See photos of their work, which ranges from guitars to podiums, in an album on the Canyons District Facebook page. 

Freshwood, sponsored by the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers, includes secondary and college students in the United States and Canada. Congratulations to the students and teacher Timothy McNeill.

The third annual Spring Gala of the Canyons Education Foundation at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was a “Jaws”-sized success.

The Foundation raised some $52,000 for college scholarships, teacher-innovation grants, student-health initiatives, and the CSD Foundation endowment.

In addition, the Foundation’s first-ever scholarships for soon-to-be-graduates of CSD schools were announced at the Thursday, April 30 gala, which featured an inspiring keynote from New England Patriot and Super Bowl Champ Sealver Siliga. ABC4 anchor and reporter Emily Clark also served as the emcee for the evening. 

In all, the Foundation awarded $8,500 to seven students who have faced unique challenges in their drive to complete their high school educations and pursue a college degree. 

The recipient of the inaugural Canyons Education Foundation $2,500 “Rising Star” college scholarship is Carlos Rivas, a senior at Jordan High. Rivas, who is a member of Jordan’s Latinos in Action, accepted the big check and a gift bag at the gala. Rivas came to the United States from his native El Salvador just four years ago and yet is on track to graduate in a few weeks. 

Students from Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest, Jordan and Entrada were chosen to receive $1,000 “Bright Star” scholarship awards.  They are: 
  • Alta — Heather Asay
  • Brighton — Laura Thackeray
  • Corner Canyon — McKenzie Curtis
  • Hillcrest — Alex Marin
  • Jordan — Erica Keddington
  • Entrada — Taylor Simpson
“We wanted to help students who have overcome challenges and obstacles to earn their high school diplomas,” said Brad Snow, President of the Board of the Canyons Education Foundation. “We wanted to help the students who had to learn a new language at the same time they learned their multiplication tables. We wanted to help the students who are the first in their families to graduate from high school.  In short, we wanted to help those who needed help the very most.”

The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization made up of volunteer business and community leaders that complements and supports Canyons District’s mission of making sure every student graduates college- and career-ready.

See the District's Facebook page for a photo album of the night's festivities.
Connie Crosby spends her days making sure that children who live in local homeless shelters are provided a pathway to a better life. From before sunrise to well past sunset, Crosby, who is affectionately known as “St. Connie” throughout Canyons District, works tirelessly to secure basic health, nutrition and educational needs for families who just need a little boost to break free of the cycle of poverty.

Not only does Crosby ensure that homeless students have backpacks, books, pencils, and clean clothes as they head to school, she’s relentless in arranging immunizations, doctor visits, vision testing — even the delivery of juice for diabetic students.

For these reasons, Crosby was honored on Monday, May 11, 2015 with the third-annual Canyons District Above and Beyond Award, which is presented yearly by the CSD school nurses to one person who has consistently gone the extra mile to help the nurses promote student health and safety.

“Many times it’s difficult to narrow down to just one person because so many people in our district go out of their way to help students and families,” said Martee Hawkins, the team lead for CSD school nurses. “But we didn’t have a hard time this year. It was a unanimous decision … (Crosby) is a true advocate for our students and an asset to Canyons School District.”

Crosby accepted the award at a ceremony in the Wasatch Room of the Canyons Administration Building. District administrators, including Superintendent Jim Briscoe and Assistant Superintendents Drs. Kathryn McCarrie and Bob Dowdle, as well as several principals who regularly work with Crosby, attended the award ceremony.

Crosby thanked the nurses for the honor and expressed appreciation for the District’s ongoing support in providing assistance to students who qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

When more than 400 hundred business and marketing teachers meet this summer for a statewide conference, one of the first things they will see is Brady Hartog’s colorful handiwork.

The artwork on the cover of the conference program is a crisp and snappy design that was created by the Hillcrest High freshman, who won the chance to have his work featured. 

Teacher Ed Mondragon encouraged Hartog to enter the Utah State Office of Education-sponsored cover-design contest, which was Hartog’s first-ever entry to such a competition.

Mondragon praised his student for blending his computer-science skills with his creative side. “He’s artistic — and he does programming, too,” Mondragon said of Hartog, who also is a member of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter. “He’s someone who can help our FBLA program for several years.” 

Laura DeShazo, the business and marketing specialist from the USOE, recently visited Hillcrest to announce Brady as the winner of the competition.

In addition to the publication of his work on the conference covers, Hartog also received an Adobe Creative Suite software license.

For his part, Hartog says it’s “great to get my work seen by so many people.”

What’s clear, however, is that the sky is the limit for the well-spoken ninth-grader. While he “can’t deny the possibility” of becoming a professional graphic designer, he says he also “could be an engineer. Or maybe the President of the United States.”

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