Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Headlines Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Around Canyons
Corner Canyon assistant tennis coach gives youngsters free lessons in exchange for good grades, self-discipline
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608566/Its-more-than-just-the-tennis.html

Peruvian Park student wins Days of '47 Most Original art award
http://www.sandyjournal.com/story/2014/08/07/education/most-original-award-for-days-of-47-art-contest/265.html

Football: CSD home to 3 of DNews' Top 10 Players to Watch
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608578/10-players-to-watch-during-the-coming-high-school-football-season.html

Football: High expectations for Corner Canyon's second year on gridiron
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608568/High-school-football-Big-expectations-for-2nd-year-Corner-Canyon-in-Region-7.html

Beetdigger Colton Shaver named 2014 Louisville Slugger High School All-American
http://baseballnews.com/2014-high-school-all-americans/


Utah
State Deputy Superintendent explains resignation
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58284516-78/hales-education-state-utah.html.csp

School reopening in polygamous Hilldale called 'bright light' of community
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608511/New-school-provides-hope-second-chances-for-FLDS-community.html

Granite not only district hiking taxes
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608550/Granite-Salt-Lake-school-districts-approve-tax-increases.html


National
Republican National Committee condemns new AP History framework
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/08/college_board_statement_on_ap.html

The changing face of U.S. public schools: For first time, majority of students to be non-Caucasian
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BACK_TO_SCHOOL_MAJORITY_MINORITY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

How much does it really cost families to ready kids for school? 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765658241/Rising-back-to-school-lists-costs-give-families-a-lesson-in-economics.html

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Academic Collaboration of American Indian Students


Who: American Indian High School Students

What: A collaborative team consisting of an Adult Facilitator, an American Indian Student Facilitator, and American Indian Student Collaborators.

Where: Jordan High School, Media Center

When:
September 17 (Orientation),
October 1, 15,
November 5, 19,
December 3, 17,
January 7, 21,
February 4, 18,
March 4, 18,
April 1, 22
May 6,20 
(5:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

Why: To become aware of personal strengths; develop academic goals towards high school graduation; develop a sense of career and college readiness; and to contribute to a learning community that consists of students, parents, and school professionals.

Each Senior Facilitator becomes eligible and competitive for the American Indian Services Scholarship!

Each Junior Facilitator and Student Collaborator will receive a certificate of completion!

Objectives: The objective for the Academic Collaboration of American Indian Students is to provide academic collaboration opportunities to American Indian students that are conducive to…

1) supporting and assisting participating American Indian students in their efforts of attaining a high school education/diploma.

2) developing a sense of college and career readiness by creating a vision of applying, entering and completing a post-secondary education/training program.

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Academic Collaboration of American Indian Students:
http://youtu.be/YH70887X4tY 
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Headlines Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Around Canyons
'New Canyons Superintendent: Out in Front'
http://www.sandyjournal.com/story/2014/08/07/education/new-canyons-superintendent-out-in-front/262.html

Live on 2News: Dr. Briscoe on what drew him to Canyons, ideas for the future
http://kutv.com/news/features/guests/stories/vid_2900.shtml

CSD announces new administrative appointments
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608330/Canyons-School-District-announces-new-administrative-appointments.html

Mount Jordan rising
http://www.sandyjournal.com/story/2014/08/07/education/mt-jordan-made-of-steel-beams-set-in-place/263.html

Football preview: Beetdiggers seek to come out strong with Kafentzis, six returning starters
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608426/High-school-football-Jordan-Beetdiggers-2014-preview.html


Utah
More than $500,000 severance package coming to former Jordan Business Administrator 
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58272075-78/district-jolley-agreement-jordan.html.csp

State Board votes to renew NCLB waiver despite Common Core protests; PTA, UEA, superintendents support vote
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276195-78/utah-waiver-board-core.html.csp

Utah's No. 2 School Official Brenda Hales abruptly resigns
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276491-78/hales-board-education-friday.html.csp

Granite Board OK's tax hike
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58275968-78/district-tax-horsley-pay.html.csp

County Council looks to turn old Hartvigsen pool into adaptive pool for community 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608507/SL-County-Council-considering-former-Hartvigsen-School-pool-for-adaptive-recreation-programs.html


National
Trial set to begin in Atlanta cheating case
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765658179/Trial-of-12-set-to-begin-in-Atlanta-cheating-case.html


Opinion

Jordan District 'buyout' appalling
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58276621-82/district-jordan-jolley-buyout.html.csp

What started as a childhood love of horses has turned recent Alta High graduate Madison Bigler into an award-winning champion.

After five years of riding and training her horses to compete in dressage competitions, Bigler has won several prestigious awards, including first place in the country at her level in her age group and the bronze medal from the United States Dressage Federation.

Beyond all of those awards, Bigler says her favorite part of competing and training her two horses is having a connection with her animals. She rides four or five times a week, and visits her horses every day, rain or shine. For her, taking care of them is a labor of love.

“I love the fact that each of (the horses) has their own personality,” Bigler said. “And you’ve got this thousand-pound animal that will listen to you. … I look forward to going to the barn every day and hearing them talking. They know who I am, and that is very cool.”

Bigler, who plans to attend the University of Utah this fall and study to be an animal doctor, knows her horses so well she can tell when one is having a good day — or if one is feeling stubborn. Dressage is a highly disciplined sport that requires the animal to be attentive to its rider, so knowing when to push and when to back off can be key.

“When the communication (between horse and rider) is right, it helps the horse get through the harder parts of the training,” Bigler says. “A lot of it is ‘speed up, slow down,’ … but it’s based on the rider and what horse you’re getting on.”

Bigler started riding horses when she was 7 years old, thanks, in part, to her father’s love of animals. At one point, he owned a pet store. Now, her parents are firmly on “Team Bigler,” attending each of their daughter’s shows — despite the fact that her mother is allergic to all of the hay and dust that come with horses and horse competitions.

“I was the horse-crazy kid and I never grew out of it,” Bigler said. “My parents were really hoping I would grow out of it … but I wouldn’t be able to do it without them. They’re my big support system.”

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Headlines Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Around Canyons
Football preview: Alta Hawks look to remain competitive
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58267303-77/hawks-alta-stephens-key.html.csp

Football preview: Corner Canyon strong in preseason
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608274/High-school-football-Corner-Canyon-Chargers-2014-preview.html


Utah
South Jordan drops idea of splitting from Jordan District for at least one year
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58265172-78/district-jordan-south-council.html.csp

Mayors host bus tour of Jordan School District
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608222/School-principals-city-mayors-tour-Jordan-School-District.html


Opinion
Letter: Jordan District has talked to cities all along
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

Work to Start on New Brighton Soccer Stadium

In just a few months, Cottonwood Heights, a significant part of Canyons District, will be home to a high school soccer stadium, one of just a handful in Utah.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 approved the construction bids for the new full-sized soccer field in front of Butler Middle School. It will be the dedicated field for the soccer teams at Brighton High, which are known for their skills and tenacity and have a long-standing tradition of success on the pitch. Last fall, the Bengals’ girls soccer team claimed the 5A state championship trophy.

“It will be so nice to have the stadium — not only as an addition to the community but to carry out the championship legacy for Brighton soccer,” said Kim Horiuchi, a member of the Board of Education who represents Cottonwood Heights neighborhoods.

Since spring, the District has solicited input on the project from many people in the community, including Brighton High Principal Charisse Hilton, the Brighton School Community Council, and the high school’s soccer coaches. They gave valuable advice on the design of the field and planned amenities such as bleachers, parking, and a concessions stand.  

The extensive and wide-reaching effort to obtain community advice and comment delayed construction. However, Horiuchi said, the short waylay was worth it to ensure that the project meets the needs and wants of the community.

“I do appreciate all the input that we have received on it, not only from the community but from the Brighton High School Community Council, as well,” said Horiuchi.  “We felt that gathering that input was necessary.” 

Nancy Tingey, who also represents Brighton High as a member of the Board of Education, shares that sentiment and recognizes the value of working with community partners. "Thank you for your patience and engagement in this project. The new home for Brighton soccer will serve the school and community well for many years to come."  

The soccer-field project, which will be completed by Hughes Construction, is the latest in a string of improvement and revitalization projects undertaken at CSD schools and District property in Cottonwood Heights. 
The new Butler Middle School is the largest project that has been completed since the District’s inception in 2009.  But CSD students, employees and patrons also now enjoy Brighton’s new Bengal Building; a new track at Brighton for student and community runners; Mountview Park; and playing fields and tennis courts where the old Cottonwood Heights Elementary once stood.

Furthermore, the Board of Education has approved a timeline for construction for a newly rebuilt Butler Elementary, a scheduled project funded by the $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond approved by CSD voters in spring 2010.  According to the timeline, work on a 70,000- to 75,000-square-foot Butler Elementary would begin in spring 2015 and be completed by fall 2016.  

Crews will soon begin work in earnest on the soccer field. When completed, it will be part of the athletic complex in Cottonwood Heights that has become ground zero for creating champions in soccer, tennis and swimming.  

In addition to the title-holding girls soccer team, Brighton’s boys tennis team has topped the state tourney seven times and last year BHS players won state titles in singles and doubles competitions. Brighton also has the most accomplished swimming program in the state. Last year, both boys and girls swimmers, who train at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, won state championships, and this year the boys team won its sixth straight 5A state trophy.   

Butler Elementary Construction Timeline Expedited

The Board voted to expedite the Butler Elementary construction timeline and bond issuance by one year. Design work and community collaboration will begin immediately. Construction is to begin in spring 2015, and the school is to open on the current Butler Elementary campus in August 2016. The action aims to ensure that the bond debt rate would remain at the current level amid fluctuating assessed valuation, and that the District can take advantage of lower construction costs, which are rapidly rising. The Board also was asked to advance the timeline of the White City school rebuild by one year, for an August 2017 opening. The Board will continue those discussions in a future meeting.

Board Member Kim Horiuchi said the projects are needed sooner than later, and praised the Board's action.

For details or to listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs and click Agenda Item 2A.

New Leaders Announced

The following leaders have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons schools and District Offices:
  • Tamra Baker was named Director of Student Support Services. She has been serving as a Director of School Performance since 2009.
  • Albion Middle Principal JoAnne Ackerman and East Midvale Principal Alice Peck have been named School Performance Directors. In their new administrative posts, they will supervise the District's 29 elementary schools.
  • Mike Sirois, who has been a School Performance Director since 2009, will oversee Canyons middle schools and the elementary school directors. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle will oversee high schools as part of his duties.
  • The selection of Ackerman and Peck as District-based administrators created positions at both Albion and East Midvale. Darrell Jensen, who is serving as Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become the new leader at Albion Middle. Justin Pitcher, an Assistant Principal at Brighton High, will replace Peck at East Midvale Elementary.
  • Jana Crist, who has been working as an administrative intern at Alta High, replaces Jensen at Jordan High, and Matthew Schelble, who has been an administrative intern at Brighton High, will replace Pitcher at Brighton High.
  • Also, Shawn Walker, who has been the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, has been assigned to Copperview Elementary, replacing Jethro Jones, who resigned this summer to accept a principal job in Kodiak, Alaska.
  • Jessica Vidal, who has been the Achievement Coach at Oak Hollow Elementary, will assume the Assistant Principal role at Midvale Elementary.
  • Todd Bird, who has been serving as CSD's Coordinator of Student Support Services, has been appointed as the District's new Juvenile and Adult Corrections Education Administrator. In this role, among other duties, he will serve as principal at South Park Academy, the District's high school at the Utah State Prison. He replaces Dr. Lory Curtis, who retired last spring.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie announced the new appointees. She noted that the openings attracted a number of outstanding candidates, which speaks well of the Board and the administrative team.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, who took the helm of Canyons District July 1, acknowledged the personnel changes came close to the opening of the new school year. However, he said that it was in the District's best interest to take the time to ensure key roles were filled in the best manner possible to improve communication channels, keep the district moving in a good direction, and ensure all Canyons students are college- and career-ready.

BHS Soccer Field Construction Bid Approved

The Board approved construction bid for the new Brighton High dedicated soccer field, located in front of Butler Middle School. The new soccer field will be completed by Hughes Construction. The District since last spring has solicited input on the project from many people in the community, including Brighton Principal Charisse Hilton, the Brighton School Community Council and the high school's soccer coaches. The extensive effort to obtain community comment delayed construction, but was worth it to ensure the project meets the needs and wants of the community, Board Members said.

The Board discussed the costs of excavation and retaining walls. CFO Leon Wilcox noted cutting back costs of the project would make it so the project would not meet the needs as identified by the Brighton community. Board Member Robert Green said the field is great for the school and community. Board Member Tracy Cowdell noted the Board asked the community to weigh in on the design, and said the topography of the area was challenging but worth the work. Horiuchi noted the Brighton community had long advocated for the field and has been approved, and appreciates the SCC and community input on the field. She said the process delayed the construction slightly but was well worth it. She said she hopes the filed will serve community need and serve as an excellent home for Brighton Soccer.

For more information or to listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 6.

Bond Project Update

The Board received an update on current bond projects, which include:

• Mount Jordan Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2015
• Butler Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2016
• Midvale Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• A White City elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• Indian Hills renovation, scheduled for completion in fall 2018

President Sherril Taylor noted the Board has worked hard to keep its word on the bond projects. Wilcox said the District is examining the condition of the families in follow-up to the 2009 report indicating CSD had $650 million in building needs. The examination will help determine how many of those needs have been addressed, and how many remain. It is expected to continue over the next several months. The Board also looked at a facility condition report of the three White City schools: Edgemont, Bell View and Alta View to inform discussions about the bond project.

For details or to listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 2A and 7A.

Board Action

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the June 10 and July 8 Minutes; Purchasing Bids; Foreign Exchange Students for the 2014-2015 School Year; Administrative Appointments; and Student Overnight Travel for Alta Choir, FCCLA and Journalism; Brighton Cross Country; and Jordan Girls Tennis.

For more information or to listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs and click Agenda Item 6.

The Board determined Taylor will represent the Board with the Draper City Community that Cares program, with Cowdell serving as an alternate.

Board Second Vice President Nancy Tingey and Board Member Chad Iverson will serve on a new Standing Committee for Policy Review, as will Green as his schedule allows. The committee also will include Dr. Briscoe, Acting General Counsel Dan Harper, Policy Coordinator Jeff Christensen, and Chief of Staff Charles Evans. The committee will look at Utah recommended policy and Canyons District policy, and recommend updates. Tingey noted Canyons has been using the old Jordan District policies and that a review is needed.

Patron Comments

Parent Kristi Ellis welcomed Dr. Briscoe, and asked the Board to rethink the elementary mastery-based grading process and report cards, which she opposes. To listen to her comments, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 5.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Briscoe said he has been working to learn as much as possible about the Canyons community in a short period of time. He said he has had many discussions with parents and administrators in the past few weeks, and has learned that the Canyons culture has evolved in the past five years, and has been moving at a fast pace and accomplished many innovations. He said that he feels confident that the new District appointments will boost morale with teachers and principals and clean up communication channels. In referring to the new appointees, he said the right people were selected for the right positions, and that he is excited about the new leaders and the upcoming school year. He thanked Board Members for their patience and feedback to date. He said he enjoyed meeting students from Corner Canyon High School, and meeting a Hillcrest parent whose recent graduate was serving an LDS mission on the south side of Chicago where he once lived. He also said he was able to observe a Brighton High football practice, and said he gets a lot of energy from such visits with parents and students. He thanked everyone for their support.

CFO's Report

Wilcox gave the Board copies of the budget book, which is posted at www.canyonsdistrict.org to ensure budgetary transparency. He updated the Board about remodeling projects, including newly painted interiors and carpeting at Jordan Valley; classroom millwork and office upgrades at Draper Elementary; blacktop and vents nearing completion at Sandy Elementary; 11 of 12 portables in place at Corner Canyon High; exterior and playground upgrades at Ridgecrest Elementary; and Alta High improvements, which include tennis courts and converting the auto shop to classrooms and a robotics lab. He said that while new Alta classrooms may not be completed in time for school to start, Principal Brian McGill was working to make accommodations. He also noted cleanup and repairs were going well at Eastmont Middle School, whose lower level was damaged by flood from a sprinkler line break last week. He said damaged carpet and wood flooring was removed, and noted that because school custodians had waxed the tile, none of the tile flooring requires replacement. He also said the Eastmont classrooms are ready for school to begin. Cowdell said he would be interested in scheduling a Board field trip to visit the projects during a regularly scheduled meeting.

Board Reports

Green welcomed principals Walker and Pitcher to Midvale schools, and thanked their families for their graciousness and sacrifices. He relayed a story about meeting a ceramics teacher and he noted the arts bridge many subjects. He noted the standards-based report card may not be perfect, and can always be refined.

Horiuchi said she is looking forward to a great school year. She enjoyed representing the Board in the Butlerville Days parade, and appreciated the community support there. She attended the "Fiddler on the Roof" community play held at Butler Middle School, whose auditorium seats 1,000 people due to a partnership with the Board and Cottonwood Heights City. She thanked Conger's team for adjusting seating and sound as needed by the production. She attended a Cottonwood Heights City Council meeting, where she reported on the District's fifth anniversary, including the following milestones: the Board's 2010 approval of the academic plan; 2010 voter-approved $250 million bond; 2011 debut of the district's Advanced and Honors diplomas; the 2011 Advanced Placement National Honor Roll award; Mountview Park, created in partnership with Cottonwood Heights City; a national Sunny Award for one of the most transparent government websites in the nation; naming Briscoe superintendent following a national search and extensive community input process; the $24.6 million in scholarships offered to the Class of 2014; and the District's AAA bond ratings. She said she is proud of that amazing work, and hopes to continue to move Canyons forward as an education leader in the state.

Tingey said she appreciated being able to participate in the meeting electronically. She also attended "Fiddler on the Roof," which she said was amazing. She congratulated the new administrative appointees and thanked them for their service and for sharing their talents with the CSD community. She also thanked Ackerman for her service to the Albion community, and welcomed Jensen as the new principal of the school. She thanked Dr. Briscoe for his work to meet the community over the summer.

Vice President Steve Wrigley praised the standards-based guarding workshop for parents, offered last week by national grading expert Ken O'Connor. He recommended the Board view the videotape of the workshop, and that it be placed on the Web site. He noted the Board's discussions to expedite the White City elementary school rebuilding project, and said he was looking forward to discussing the bond project in that area. He also noted he is looking forward to the Sept. 4 meeting at Silver Mesa Elementary, where the community can meet Dr. Briscoe.

Cowdell welcomed Dr. Briscoe to Canyons, and to Pac 12 territory and home of the University of Utah. He joked that he was a little nervous that one of the new appointments approved that evening. How, he asked, will Jensen be able to do one of his popular "selfies" with the Jordan graduates next year? He wished Jensen well and said he would do a great job at Albion, and thanked the other appointees for their work. He praised the employees who have worked throughout the summer to work to prepare campuses for school to start. He welcomed the teachers returning to their classrooms to prepare for the academic year. He said he's more optimistic than he's ever been for the start of the school year.

Iverson joked with Cowdell about the U. football team not being ranked in the Pac 12, and indicated he is a Brigham Young University fan. He said he's excited about the future, Dr. Briscoe's leadership, the direction of Canyons and the start of the school year, and noted we have a lot of good things going. He said he will introduce Dr. Briscoe to Draper residents Wednesday evening. He said he agrees with the patron's comments about the standards-based report card, and noted that he is excited about the changes coming this school year to the report card, as presented in the June Board Meeting. He said the Board will need to have serious discussions about standards-based report cards in middle schools before making any decisions.

Taylor noted he is hosting a Meet the Superintendent Meeting at Indian Hills Middle School on Aug. 13. He welcomed Dr. Briscoe to his first full Board meeting, and said Dr. Briscoe already has done more than he imagined possible, including meeting so many people in the community. He said he is excited to have the new superintendent here and for the school year, and congratulated the new appointees. He praised teachers, and said he was excited to welcome them back to school and thanked them for the good work that they do to put students first.

Closed Session

The Board met in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual and pending or reasonably imminent litigation.
Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. 

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools and District Offices:

Albion Middle Principal JoAnne Ackerman and East Midvale Principal Alice Peck have been named School Performance Directors. In their new administrative posts, they will supervise the District’s 29 elementary schools. 

The selection of Ackerman and Peck as District-based administrators created positions at both Albion and East Midvale. Darrell Jensen, who is serving as Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become the new leader at Albion Middle.  Justin Pitcher, an Assistant Principal at Brighton High, will replace Peck at East Midvale Elementary.

Jana Crist, who had been slated to start an administrative intern at Alta High, replaces Jensen at Jordan High, and Matthew Schelble, who has been hired to be an administrative intern at Brighton High, will replace Pitcher at Brighton High.   

Also, Shawn Walker, who has been the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, has been assigned to Copperview Elementary, replacing Assistant Principal Jethro Jones, who resigned this summer to accept a principal job in Kodiak, Alaska.

Jessica Vidal, who has been the Achievement Coach at Oak Hollow Elementary, will assume the Assistant Principal role at Midvale Elementary.

In addition, Todd Bird, who has been serving as CSD’s Coordinator of Student Support Services, has been appointed as the District’s new Juvenile and Adult Corrections Education Administrator. In this role, among other duties, he will serve as principal at South Park Academy, the District’s high school at the Utah State Prison. He replaces Dr. Lory Curtis, who retired last spring.

Tamra Baker and Mike Sirois also have accepted new roles in the administration. 

Baker, who has served as a School Performance Director since 2009, has taken up the charge of launching a new Student Support Services Department as envisioned by Superintendent Jim Briscoe.

Sirois’ role as a School Performance Director has been expanded.  He now supervises Ackerman and Peck, as well as overseeing the principals of the District’s eight middle schools.