If you didn’t already know she was Hillcrest High’s new head soccer coach, you might have mistaken Kyra Peery for one of her players at Thursday’s meet-and-greet with prospective team-members and parents. The former college athlete stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her team captains whom she invited on stage to explain goals for the coming year, their easy banter a mark of their growing camaraderie. “My passion for coaching is fueled by the energy that these girls bring to the program,” she said. Hillcrest is getting a new school and a new soccer program to match. Crews break ground next summer on…
Checkmate! The Mount Jordan Mountaineers raised a flag of victory at the summit of Canyons District’s Middle School Intramural Chess Tournament. At the end of the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 tourney, the team from Mount Jordan Middle, coached by Stephen Gordon, ended Midvale Middle’s five-year win streak at the annual competition for the district’s best teen players of the Royal Game.  The Midvale Trojans finished in second place. Third place was captured by the Butler Middle Bruins. All eight Canyons District middle schools fielded teams for the contest.  Union Middle Assistant Principal Taylor Hansen, who is overseeing the middle school…
Gail Miller may refer to herself as an "unwitting businesswoman." She may be unassuming and understated. But don't underestimate this quiet titan, activist and philanthropist. When her husband, Larry H. Miller died from complications of diabetes in 2009, she could have sold the family's business empire: some 60 car dealerships and a handful of professional sports teams, retail properties, movie theaters, and more. "I certainly didn't need the headache of running a business that large, and I didn't need the money," she recalls. But she felt responsible for perpetuating the family legacy, its founding principles and its philanthropic efforts. "I…
The calendar may say we’re headed into the month in which we celebrate presidents and valentines, but it’s also time to start thinking about where your preschool-age kiddo could go to preschool in the fall.  Don’t underestimate the power of play when looking for a preschool for your child, says Terri Mitchell, the Programs Administrator in Canyons District’s Early Childhood Department. “Playtime is amazingly important. It’s one of the best tools that young children have to grow and develop,” Mitchell recently told ABC4 anchor Emily Clark on “Good Morning Utah.”   In fact, Mitchell said, research shows strong links between…
The raucous orchestra of sounds reverberating through the hallways at Albion Middle School is music to Sandy LeCheminant's ears. And she's found that a close listen to the cadence and timbre of her students' adolescent chatter can help pinpoint the real reason behind the brassiest of classroom and hallway behaviors. "In this position, you get to see the process that students go through as they learn and grow," says LeCheminant, a music teacher turned middle school administrator. "You get to see them mature. You get to be the mediator as they work through adolescence. They may lose it the next…
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