The new Mount Jordan Middle is made possible by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. The new school will have a state-of-the-art auditorium; a 180-seat lecture hall; hallways and classrooms filled with natural light; an expanded cafeteria and spacious commons area; a gymnasium with two full courts, 14 basketball hoops, large locker rooms, fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training, and an elevated indoor running track with a special surface for running; and a performing arts suite for choir and band practices.
Students and staff temporarily have relocated to the former Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East, while their new school is under construction. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
Only one school in each district of the league attains this designation each year. Once a school achieves the award, it has to wait five years before it can be eligible for the award again.
Out of more than 3,000 member schools nationwide, Hillcrest is one of only 109 schools to receive the Leading Chapter Award.
Principal Sue Malone says the award reflects 619 members and degrees over 12 years. In that time, she says, several hundred students have been taught communication, analysis, leadership, and social skills.
Congratulations to current Hillcrest National Forensic League adviser Mark Doherty and the past and present students involved in competitive speech and debate.
As the school psychologist at Midvale Elementary, he dedicates his hours to counseling students, handling unexpected student-behavior crises, communicating with families, and completing the reams of required paperwork. While he may start his day with a plan, he’s rarely able to stick to it. “There’s always a curveball,” he says with a laugh.
“But that’s the cool part. It’s part of the fun,” says Matson, who has been at Midvale for a decade. Parents note that Matson has a calming influence on anxious children at the Title I school. He’s there when children need a soothing voice, a sounding board, a safety net when they need someone in whom they can confide.
Matson is one of CSD’s 44 school psychologists, the trained and certified professionals who have the important task of counseling and mentoring students who may struggle with behavioral, emotional or social issues. The work of school psychologists is highlighted this school week, Nov. 11-15. The National School Psychology Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists.
The theme of the week, as established by the association, is “We are all in! Teams work!” The aim is to focus on teaming to improve every child’s educational experience. “I try to help students, parents, and teachers to be happier and more successful,” says Matson. “I think that’s our job.”
“Our school psychologists truly are a valuable part of our efforts to increase student achievement,” said Robin Collett, CSD’s Director of Special Education. “They do so much to support our students, and not just when the students are in crisis. When students feel safe, secure and confident in their abilities, they can learn. On a daily basis, the school psychologists do a phenomenal job of helping students see and develop their potential. I'm proud of the work they do, and I'm glad they are a part of our team.”
Albion Middle School this year started a new initiative, which the administration says is likely to become tradition. While the eighth-grade students participated in the fall EXPLORE test, the sixth- and seventh-grade students participated in an Academic Decathlon. Last month, sixth- and seventh-graders took an hour-long Academic Decathlon test, which included questions specific to mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, Art, and CTE.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, Albion leaders honored the 100 top-scoring sixth-grade Academic Stars, who received a free lunch provided by business partner Chick-fil-A. The 100 top-scoring seventh-graders will receive their free lunch in December. The 100 eighth-graders who net the highest scores on the EXPLORE exam will receive their free lunch in January.
In spring 2013, recycling bins were placed in all Canyons District schools to assist in end-of-year cleaning. A contest ensued to reward the school that contributed the most to the recycling effort — counted in pounds. Eastmont won by recycling 2,263 pounds of paper.
The District total was nearly 9 tons — 17,501 pounds, to be exact — of recycled materials. That's great news for Canyons District schools, and even better news for the environment. For every ton of paper recycled, our community saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, and 60 pounds of air pollution.
To learn more about how you, your school or business can recycle, check out the "America Recycles Day" Recycling Exhibition Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the South Towne Expo Center. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., is sponsored by the Recycling Coalition of Utah. It is free and open to the public.