Monday, 03 March 2014 14:31

Headlines Monday, March 3, 2014

Around Canyons
Emergency responders, Jordan Valley team up to create preparedness kits

Shot clock or no shot clock? That is the question (Brighton mention)

5A State Boys Basketball: Alta, Brighton, Hillcrest play Tuesday; what to expect from each?

State reveunes up $58 million; legislative leaders pledge education a priority

More than 20 teacher-student sex abuse cases in Utah since 2009

How to know if a child is bring groomed by a sexual predator?

Lawmakers want millions more to go to STEM Center

Parents, Alpine District argue over whether child has special needs

Funding woes threaten Granite's Mill Hollow camp

Advocates, legislators compromise on 'Count My Vote' initiative

S. Jordan lunch lady saves choking child

Elected leaders nationwide support preschool, but funding remains the catch

Common Core: What some see as sudden attack on state's rights others know is carefully crafted education reform

The Atlantic shines light on dark side of fraternities

Letter: SL District misusing money to excuse lunch debacle

Brighton High recently rolled out the diplomatic red carpet for the Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States.
Her Excellency Elena Borislavova Poptodorova visited the school on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 as part of a Town Hall sponsored by the Brigham Young University's Center of the Study of Europe.
Hundreds of Brighton High students in Advance Placement and Model United Nations classes attended the address, titled, “From the Holocaust to the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Tolerance and the History of Europe.”
Poptodorova said she considered it “an honor” to meet and speak with the Brighton students who will be representing her native 7 million-resident country in an upcoming Model United Nations competition. The ambassador also gave students and teachers an insightful look at Bulgaria's history throughout the world wars of the 20th century and the challenges associated with the rise of democratic rule and capitalism.
“Everybody wanted change to happen,” she said, “but we didn’t know” it would happen slowly, in stages, with hard work and patience. She joked: “We wanted to be teleported” to the days when social, legal, economic and political change was already entrenched in the country.
To create a world of peace, freedom and prosperity — and to avoid crimes against humanity such as those committed by the Nazis during World War II — she told the students to be vigilant in their awareness of “tolerance and the importance of the moral choice.”

She said: “The United States and Europe are the forces working together to maintain the symbolism of the falling of the Berlin Wall.”
After her remarks, the ambassador, who served in Bulgaria’s Parliament from 1990-2001, entertained queries from the students, who asked insightful questions about the state of her country’s education system and regional differences as a result of the various occupations throughout Bulgaria’s history.
Friday, 28 February 2014 14:22

Headlines Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

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'Invincible' teens share distracted driving experiences with Corner Canyon students

Sterling Scholar finalists compete for top honors at Corner Canyon

2013 Canyons Idol Lexi Walker appears on Queen Latifah

Live on 2News: Alta, Hillcrest ACT aces offer testing advice

5A State Girls Basketball: Alta stuns undefeated Riverton to advance to semifinals

Bill seeking to limit cities' ability to form new school districts advances (Canyons mention)

Senate gives preliminary approval to statewide education funding equalization bill

Should governor, Senate have a say in picking the state superintendent?

House kills bill to give tax credit to home-schoolers

James' Journey: From autism diagnosis to mainstream classroom

After-school program aims SLC kids toward college

Lawmakers advance parent bill of rights in education bill, but not without tweaks

Panel votes to beef up U. Reading clinic

BYU study: Books, not breast milk, give babies academic edge

Obama launches effort to boost achievement of black, Hispanic young men

Newark superintendent boycotts board meetings

About 100 Canyons District students attended a luncheon to celebrate getting a taste of the professional world during the recent Job Shadow Day.

Thanks to dozens of willing professionals involved in careers ranging from human resources and architecture to retail and running a city, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 started with students attending work and observing their professional mentors’ normal job routines. Then, the professionals and students networked further by attending a luncheon at Gardner Village hosted by Canyons' Career and Technical Education Department. 

“Amazing things happen when we partner with those who are in the industry,” said Trish Thomas, District CTE Coordinator, as she watched the crowd mingle.

The keynote speaker of the luncheon was entrepreneur Jason Bangerter, who shared some of his latest projects with the crowd. Bangerter, who founded Struck, a world-renowned local branding firm, was encouraged by a teacher when he was in high school, Thomas said, and that early beginning helped him to achieve his dreams.

“Our biggest motivation is to help students make career connections now,” Thomas told the crowd.  Thomas is among the Canyons District staff that planned events and activities to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month throughout February.

Many of the students did their best to look the part for the experience — so much so that it was hard to tell who was a student and who was a professional as the two groups chatted with each other over lunch.

Brighton High sophomore Valeria Heredia said she was delighted that her job shadow experience in a retail setting included trying on clothes to become more knowledgable about the product. “I want to do it again next year,” Heredia said.

Her mentor for the day, Tasha Hilton, who is the manager of a local Maurices clothing store, beamed as she listened to Heredia describe how fun her experience was. Hilton knows first hand how helpful participating in a job shadow event can be. “When I was in high school, I remember doing a job shadow,” Hilton said. “It made us more career-focused than other students, so to have that option in the community, I think, is really important.”
Even the coldest heart could have been warmed by the dulcet tones of Lexi Walker, who appeared Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 on “Good Morning America” to participate in a national sing-a-long of "Let It Go" from the Disney smash "Frozen." 
Clad in a shimmering white dress, Walker, who gained local notoriety as the 2013 Canyons Idol, knocked out her solos with the style and ease of a veteran Broadway star. At the Times Square performance, Walker and two other singers fronted the New York City Children’s Chorus.
'GMA' was really fun,” Walker said in text message to Canyons District late Wednesday. “It was great to hear a lot of different people sing their versions of the song, and I felt like I blended in so I wasn’t nervous at all.”
The live performance kicked off with a solo by stage and film actress Idina Menzel, who voices the “Frozen” character Princess Elsa. Menzel, who won a Tony Award for originating the role of Elphaba in "Wicked," will sing “Let It Go” on the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2.
The tune, which has been nominated for Best Original Song, has become a worldwide hit, and has prompted many aspiring singers to record their renditions. Videos of a few — including one featuring Walker with Alex Boye' and the One Voice Children's Choir — have gone viral. The video with Boye’ has logged more than 20 million views.
But her trip to the Big Apple didn’t end with "GMA." She also appeared on "The Queen Latifah Show."

Dressed in a jean jacket and a flowing pink skirt, Walker belted out “Let It Go” for the studio audience.
“Queen Latifah is very cool, and I like her a lot,” Walker said. “Everyone there was very professional, and I loved how organized it was.”
Walker has become a well-known performer in Utah since she turned heads with her “Star-Spangled Banner” at the outset of Canyons District Night with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The YouTube video of her performance has been viewed more than 400,000 times. 
She also has performed the national anthem at the July Fourth Stadium of Fire concert-and-fireworks show with pop star Kelly Clarkson; at USANA’s 2013 International Conference; and at the "We Are Hope" concert at the LDS Conference Center.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:21

Headlines Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Around Canyons
2013 Canyons Idol Lexi Walker spotlighted in Good Morning America's 'Frozen' singalong

5A State Boys Basketball Tourney: Brighton, Alta, Hillcrest hit the court Tuesday

Schools could cut four days off academic year under bill

Questions remain with $200 milllion bill to upgrade school technology

School tech bill passes first hurdle

Audit finds poor oversight of online education

SLCC expands STEM program for high school students

U. unveils new arts and education complex

My View: Rethink ed funding, stop Speaker's bill

Bagley: Old School v. New School

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:59

Headlines Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

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CSD pilots cameras to photograph drivers who fail to stop for school buses

5A State Girls Basketball: Brighton girls defeat Hunter in tourney opener

5A State Girls Basketball: Alta uses depth, rallies to beat Taylorsville

Boys Basketball roundup: Jordan beats Copper Hills; Granger def. Hillcrest; West Jordan def. Brighton

Wrestling: Alta's Findlay nails down Super State title

South Jordan contemplates new district creation (Canyons mention)

Audit finds poor oversight of schools' online education

Speaker's ed plan takes fire from Common Core opponents

SLC District backs off PR firm RFP following lunch fiasco; cupcake apology to school pending

Bill would restrict new district creation

House passes bill to replace diesel with alternative fuel school buses

Jazz players read to kids who meet challenge

BYU won't comment on honor code violations anymore

U. to open Korean campus in fall

Maryland schools use conflict resolultion to curb bullying suspensions

Computer science goes from elective to requirement

Ed Department to schools: protect student data

Teen suspended for bringing beer to school, which he says was accidental

Letter: Praise for Holladay preschool

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:07

Your Small Change Can Make A Big Difference

Your small change can make a big difference.
The Canyons Education Foundation has launched a donation drive called “Canyons Cans,” which will feature silver cans placed conveniently near the cash registers of some 100 businesses throughout the District.
When you’re presented with pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters after a purchase, please consider dropping a few cents into the cans. The money, which will be collected regularly, will directly benefit students, teachers and schools in Canyons District.
"We highly value all of our relationships in the community, and see the Canyons Can as a simple way for every individual to give a little and collectively make a big difference in the lives our students and teachers," said Laura Minson, Canyons' Coordinator of Partnerships and Volunteers.
Keep your eyes out for this no-hassle fundraising effort to improve education in Canyons District.
Akbar KhanRemember the names Akbar Khan and Valerie Sanchez. Today, the 17-year-old seniors at Hillcrest High School are prestigious Coca-Cola Scholars — but don't be surprised if tomorrow they are the country's next Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton.

Khan and Sanchez were chosen out of 90,000 applicants from across the nation to receive a $20,000 scholarship to the university of their choice from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. On April 3, the two will join 148 of their fellow student finalists at an all-expenses paid scholar weekend in Atlanta, and compete for an additional $10,000.

"Both of these kids are passionate about what they do and what they believe — and they are not just passionate about helping themselves, but about helping others," Hillcrest High Principal Sue Malone said as she congratulated the two in her office recently. "They study very hard, take the most rigorous classes, and are involved so much in our community that I don't think anything is impossible for them."

Roselind SanchezKhan and Sanchez, along with all of the other tens of thousands of applicants, only had about a 0.16 percent chance of being selected, so the fact that they were both selected from the same school is extremely rare. In Malone's eyes, that's just more evidence of how unique and special Khan and Sanchez are.

"They just amaze me," Malone said. "We are going to hear about these two later on in life."

Khan and Sanchez are both highly motivated and involved students with diverse family backgrounds. Khan's mother immigrated to the U.S. from India at a young age, and his father immigrated from Pakistan. Khan, who was raised in Salt Lake, started his own non-profit organization in his early teens called Bags to Riches as a way of collecting and distributing free bags and backpacks to children in need. The organization has already distributed some 12,000 bags around the world. Khan also works with the ONE Campaign, a political advocacy group started by U2's Bono, and he hopes to attend the University of Pennsylvania next year. Khan says he looks to his parents and grandparents for inspiration to make a difference in the world.

"At the end of the day, it's about making an impact," Khan said after receiving the news from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "If you asked me my goal two years ago, I would say my goal was to get into a top college. My goal is no longer to get into a top college — my goal is to create an impact. A scholarship and going to college will facilitate that. I think that is very special."

Sanchez comes from home where English is a second language — she and her parents immigrated from Peru — and she will be the first in her family to attend college. Sanchez's accomplishments range from holding leadership positions in the Utah-Idaho Key Club and International Baccalaureate program to working as one of Midvale City's five Youth Ambassadors — but she has her sights set even higher. She hopes to attend Yale University next year, become a Rhodes Scholar, and then receive a PhD at Harvard University. Her ultimate goal is to become the Secretary of State, or Secretary General to the United Nations to work on education. No matter what she does, Sanchez is sure to shine.

"Leadership is about inspiring others," Sanchez said. "It's not about getting numbers up; it's about inspiring other people and never forgetting who you are, no matter what you have in life. You always have to remember your goals and how you got there."
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:43

Headlines Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Around Canyons
Canyons, Alpine test cameras to catch motorists speeding past school buses

Albion accommodates student with pollution sensitivities with video conference; absenteeism rises with Utah's inversion

Crescent Elementary Skypes with international peers; House OKs technology grants

South Jordan City talks splitting from Jordan District (Canyons mention)

CSD high schools start Boys 5A Basketball Tourney tonight

Granite Police outfitted with military rifles

Gas line repairs close Bingham High

Shorter school year in store?

Trib profiles 12 YouTube science channels to watch

Senate panel OKs school grading changes

Bill to extend school day for low-income students gets preliminary nod

Alaska looks to eliminate high school exit exams

Nebraska ed groups back bill to encourage school breakfast

Textbooks not aligned to Common Core?