Hillcrest High School Assistant Principal Paul S. Kirby on Wednesday, Jan. 19 was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary Principals. “It’s been said that a teacher affects eternity,” Kirby said at the ceremony in Salt Lake City during which he received his award. “Well, the same could be said of assistant principals. ” Kirby, a Ph.D. candidate at Utah State University, began his career in public education as an advanced placement Spanish teacher in 1992. He also has served as assistant principal at West Jordan High School and Brighton High School before joining the…
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:28

New Canyons Board Sworn In

The seven-member Canyons Board of Education began anew Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, with one newly elected member and three re-elected members taking the oath of office.Steve Wrigley is the new representative of District 5, which includes Sandy and the White City area. Elected to the seat in November 2010, Wrigley replaces Ellen Wallace, a four-term member of the Jordan Board of Education and inaugural member of the Canyons Board of Education.Re-elected members Tracy Scott Cowdell, Sherril Taylor and Kim Horiuchi also were sworn in by Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. Cowdell represents District 4 in Sandy; Taylor represents District…
An Indian Hills eighth-grader’s star is on the rise. Savannah Keyes, a 13-year-old singer, was plucked from obscurity to perform last week on the talk show “Ellen.”The producers of Ellen DeGeneres' Emmy-winning daytime talk show spotted Savannah's performances on YouTube, were impressed by her vocal ability and decided to book her as a musical artist. The show, which featured a stage-savvy Savannah belting out the Dixie Chicks hit “Let ‘Er Rip,” aired last Wednesday.  This is Savannah's biggest performance to date, although she was the opening act for Peter Cetera, former lead singer of the band Chicago, when he appeared…
Students at two Canyons District schools know how to make sense — and cents — out of the stock market. Teams from Midvale and Crescent View middle schools won three of the top five spots in a competition that teaches students about the American economic system by simulating the bull-and-bear world of Wall Street trading. In this year’s statewide Stock Market Game, which is overseen by the Utah Council on Economic Education, Midvale Middle won first place in its age division by managing a 17 percent return on the market value of their mock stock portfolio.  The second-place Crescent View…
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 22:06

Canyons Receives Tech Innovation Grant

Canyons School District has received a $48,000 State Superintendent Innovation Grant, aimed at encouraging innovative use of technology to improve student achievement. Canyons is one of seven recipients statewide to share in the $375,250 in grant money offered by State Superintendent Larry K. Shumway. More than 400 teachers, schools and districts applied for grants. Awardees were chosen "because they have the potential to revolutionize learning and management in our schools," the Utah State Office of Education reported. Canyons will use the money to support data-based decision-making for students who are at risk for academic failure. Canyons achievement coaches and specially…
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