The Canyons Education Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the District, has surprised 14 teachers with the joyful news that they had received 2013 Innovation Grants.
In all, the Foundation this year is awarding nearly $90,000 to pay for creative classroom projects.
The recipients and their projects:
- Michelle Vance, Jordan Valley, $2,819, "Assessible Communication for Families"
- Joey Newman, Corner Canyon High, $3,041, "Real World Engineering Design"
- Pamela Tafili, Midvale Middle, $3,542, "Biomechanics and Beyond"
- Pamela Loveridge, Butler Middle, $4,182, “Flipped Classroom Technology”
- Richard Mellor and Jeremy Perkins, Eastmont Middle, $5,444, "Green Screen Video Production Studio"
- JoLynn Bierman, Crescent Elementary, $5,868, “iPads for Communication and Language Development”
- Clief Castleton, Hillcrest High, $6,125, “Robotics and Engineering Excellence (3D Printers)”
- Douglas Rolley, Midvalley Elementary, $8,325, "Google Chromebooks for Creativity and Curriculum"
- Julie Page, Ridgecrest Elementary, $8,959, “Immersing Instructional Technology into Dual-Immersion
- Monica Rotermund, Brookwood Elementary, $9,000, “Chromebooks in our Classroom”
- Christiana Forbush, Midvale Middle, $9,854, "Encouraging Engagement for Everyone Electronically"
- Tawny Hawkins, Brighton High, $10,000, “Subtext for English Language Arts”
- Kelly Owen, Park Lane Elementary, $10,000, “Park Lane Interactive Learning”
Teachers across the District clamored for the grants. Allison Spencer, Canyons' Chief Development Officer, said more than $340,000 in requests were submitted for consideration.
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Canyons District schools began accepting Standard Open Enrollment Applications on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Schools will continue to accept the applications through Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Students who want to attend a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries must submit these applications, which can be accessed at any CSD school or the Canyons Administration Building, 9150 S. 500 West.
Applications should be submitted directly to the school where the child would like to attend.
Once a school administrator approves an open-enrollment permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and the permit is not revoked. Permits must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.
Last year, Canyons accepted open-enrollment applications from Aug. 1-Nov. 1. This was a one-time variance to the permit process so the District could ensure proper staffing levels when Canyons schools moved to a new grade structure.
Grade reconfiguration, approved by the Canyons Board of Education in 2010 and implemented in fall 2013, moved ninth-graders into the high schools, and created middle schools of sixth through eighth grades and elementary schools of kindergarten through fifth grades.
The Canyons Board of Education has placed Corner Canyon High and Willow Springs Elementary on moratorium status. This means students who don’t live within the schools’ boundaries, if they aren’t already enrolled, won’t be allowed to enroll for the coming school year.
Questions? Please call the Canyons District Office of Planning and Enrollment at 801-826-5092.
Canyons Facilities Director Rick Conger and CSD Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray have arranged for two detectors to be placed in every building in Canyons District: one in the kitchen (where applicable), and one in the boiler or mechanical rooms. This includes all schools, the Canyons Administration Building, Canyons Support Services Center, the Bus Depot and the Warehouse. The District has invested approximately $1,800 in this health and safety initiative.
Crews will install the detectors before students, teachers and staff return to school on Monday. The devices will be placed in boiler and mechanical rooms and kitchens, which have natural-gas-burning equipment.
While the District is not required to take these steps, the Board of Education and Administration believe in creating safe, clean and well maintained learning and working environments for students and employees.
The incident at Montezuma Creek Elementary, which thankfully ended with no serious illness or deaths, has “definitely brought a lot of awareness to the hazards of carbon monoxide in our schools,” says Ray. “As a District we want to be proactive and do everything that we can do address the issue."