A science project designed by Hillcrest students Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis is one of 16 nationwide and the only one from Utah selected by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.After several days, the Endeavour is scheduled for lift-off on May 16, 2011. The students, for sure, will be watching. Here are their reflections on being part of history, as this mission is Endeavour's final flight into space.
"It’s so exciting to be a part of history. Hope all is well at home. P.S. The weather in Florida is so much better than at home!."
Keltson’s reflections on his Endeavour experience:
I am very excited for this trip. I am so grateful for this fantastic opportunity that I have to further my experience in science, and be able to witness the technological feat of space travel. Not only do I have interests in the aspects of our experiment, but I am also very interested in the engineering and technology involved in space flights. This will be the chance of a lifetime to develop a love for both of these interests. I am so grateful towards my group members, my teachers, and the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program for helping give me the opportunity to participate in such an incredible educational experience. I look forward to examining the results of our experiment and being able to delve deeper into science. This trip really does mean a lot to me. There are so many opportunities for me to further my education in both science and technology. I have always looked towards a career in aeronautical engineering. By being involved with this launch, I will be able to get a closer look at NASA’s space program and learn more about which areas of education I should further myself in. The launch of the space shuttle is a spectacle in and of itself to look forward to. Not many people get the chance to witness the modern miracle of the launching of a man made object into celestial grounds. I can’t wait to hear the roar of the jet engines, and see the flare of the burning fuel. I am really excited for the entire experience and can’t wait until I can look back and see all of the wonderful things that I am able to pull from the experience. Once again I would like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in helping make this a reality!
A science project designed by Hillcrest students Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis is one of 16 nationwide and the only one from Utah selected by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.After several delays, the Endeavour is scheduled for lift-off on May 16, 2011. The students and their adviser, Jonathan Miller, will be watching. Here are their reflections on being part of history, as this mission is Endeavour's final flight into space.
Jonathan MillerOccupation: Physics teacher at Hillcrest High School
Education: University of California, Berkeley,
2007, B.A. Environmental Science, physics minor
University of Utah, Professional Science Master's,
Science Instrumentation and Physics
Hobbies and interests: physics, literature, and
“Frog embryos are loaded, the astronauts have arrived, and the Canyons team is ready to watch the blast off!”.
Jonathan’s reflections on his Endeavour experience:
The Student Spaceflight Experiment Program is an incredible opportunity and I am very excited about my participation. Besides the scientific relevance of our stellar experiment, observing a space shuttle launch is a wholly unique experience that has been an inspiration to thousands of individuals. This experience — collaborating with NASA and the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education — is the first step for these students to begin a successful academic career in the natural sciences, and it is a profound one. However, the importance of the SSEP program stretches beyond the individual experiments. Investment in science education is crucial for a continually prosperous society, and the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program is an incredible example of such efforts and sends a powerful message. As a teacher, a lifetime student, and a global citizen, the launch of Shuttle Endeavor will be an experience like no other.
- A retirement open house for Bill Geist, Suzannah Briggs, Pat Judkins, Ronald Langston, Carolyn McCloy, Phil Hogan, Jane Buirgy will be Monday, June 3, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at East Sandy Elementary, 8295 S. 870 East, Sandy
- A retirement open house for Larry Hayward will be Wednesday, June 12, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Board Room at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East.
If you missed the April 27 groundbreaking ceremony, here is the complete video of the historic event:
The school, which will accommodate up to 1,800 students when finished, is being built with the help of a $250 million bond approved by voters in Canyons District. It is the first of 13 projects identified as priorities by the Canyons Board of Education.
The groundbreaking ceremony at the site, 12887 S. 801 East, was historic for the District: It marked the first time Canyons District, which was founded in 2009, broke ground on a new school. The 311,000-square-foot building is expected to be done in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
"For many of us, it’s been a long time coming — too long, in fact," said Sherril Taylor, Vice President of the Canyons Board of Education, in his remarks to the crowd of nearly 200 people. "I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually ever happen. But it’s here, and Canyons District is proud to announce that it is holding true to its promise to build a high school for the families of Draper.
The school’s design aims to improve indoor environmental quality, including the amount of natural light in classrooms and commons areas. The school also will feature state-of-the-art science labs, an expanded cafeteria and kitchen, two-story academic classroom wings, a 120-seat lecture hall and a 1,200-seat auditorium. For athletic teams and physical education classes, the school also will house a 3,300-seat capacity competition gymnasium meeting NCAA standards, two auxiliary gymnasiums to accommodate ninth- through 12th- grade classes and prep teams, a track and artificial turf football field with seating for 3,500 home spectators and 1,200 visiting spectators, eight tennis courts, and a baseball and softball complex.
"This is an incredibly exciting time, and we’re thrilled to be here today to mark the official start of work on this project," said Dr. Paul McCarty, the member of the Canyons Board of Education who represents south Sandy and Draper. "This is a vision we all share, and we thank you all for your support as we construct schools — and build the future."
The school project has been designed with public input. The first step was to meet with Design Committees of architects, community members, and District and school leaders. Those committees brainstormed building plans that would enhance academic programming. Architects used the feedback from the Design Committee to create draft designs that were presented at various community meetings. The draft designs were then adjusted based on input from faculty, staff, students and patrons.
Construction of the high school will enable a districtwide grade reconfiguration plan. In fall 2013, freshman will begin attending classes at high schools, middle schools will house sixth- through eighth-grade students, and elementary schools will welcome kindergarten- through fifth-grade classes.
The final design was approved in February by the Board of Education, which chose the Orem-based firm Sandstrom Associates Architecture to spearhead the project’s design. Hogan and Associates Construction, based in Centerville, has been contracted to build the new school, which has not yet been named.
A science project designed by Hillcrest students Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis is one of 16 nationwide and the only one from Utah selected by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.After several days, the Endeavour is scheduled for lift-off on May 16, 2011. The students and their adviser, Jonathan Miller, will be watching. Here are their reflections on being part of history, as this mission is Endeavour's final flight into space.
Megan DolleParents: Kathleen Arghittu and Andrew Dolle
School: Hillcrest High School
We’re so excited to be traveling to the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It’s so exciting to be a part of history! We’re the only students in Utah to be picked to have a project in the shuttle’s payload. Hope all is well at home.
P.S. The weather in Florida is so much better than at home!
Megan’s reflections on her Endeavour experience:
Everything our team has gone through up to this point has been very inspiring. The exchange of knowledge and ideas, the hours of work and planning and the countless media interviews have all come together to one moment in time. To witness our project being taken aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be a life-changing experience. It’s still hard to believe that I helped create a project that will take place on Endeavour’s final mission. Being a part of something like this has helped me gain so many valuable skills. I have been able to further my research in the field of biology, efficiently work in a team, communicate with the public, and much more. Above all, I learned the importance of taking a chance. I would not have been able to come this far if I did not take the initiative. If students are too scared to fail, they will never be able to witness all of the great things they could have been. I believe everyone should dream big and never miss a chance to take a risk. In conclusion, I am very excited to see where this experience will take us. I hope that this will be the beginning of many new possibilities for both my team and I.
Canyons District Nurse Stacy Drew has received the Mary Ito Award from the Utah School Nurse Association for her unique contributions to school nursing.
Drew, who recently earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics, has used her skills to develop several tools to streamline nursing tasks and improve services. She developed an online Medication Training Program that Canyons uses to educate school staff on proper medication administration. She worked with the Canyons Information Technology Department to create a computerized system to track and record student immunization information. She also developed an online evaluation for District First Aid, CPR & AED Training, and an electronic vision referral system. In addition to her exceptional skills, Drew is known for her enthusiasm, sense of humor, and willingness to share her knowledge with others.
Drew, who was nominated for the award by her nursing peers at Canyons School District, received the award at the Utah School Nurse Association’s spring conference in March.
The Mary Ito Award bears the name of a nurse who spent her career working on a Wyoming Indian Reservation and her retirement working in Utah. The Mary Ito Award is given annually to a school nurse who has made unique contributions to school nursing by carrying on Ito’s inspirational spirit and mantra: “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much."
Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.
Albion Middle School Kiva
2755 E. Newcastle Drive (8890 South), Sandy
School and District officials will provide additional information and answer questions about moving to Cottonwood Heights Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year during building renovations.
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Canyons School District has received a 2011 UTAH GENIUS award as one of Utah’s Top 20 Trademark Registrants. Canyons ranks No. 8 in Utah for its 10 issued trademarks. Others in Utah’s Top 20 include businesses MONAVIE, Nature’s Sunshine Products, and Overstock.com. UTAH GENIUS recognizes creative people, companies and cities behind Utah’s economy. Awards are based on objective statistics from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Canyons received the award at the March 24, 2011 UTAH GENIUS Honoree Showcase in Salt Lake City.
March 29, 2011
Dear Parents of Students within the Alta Feeder System,
As we are sure you are all aware, Canyons District has launched an investigation into incidents at Alta High that should be of great concern to all those who seek to create and maintain school environments that are conducive to learning and free of harassment and discrimination in any form for students, faculty and staff.
The event that prompted the comprehensive probe by our Office of Civil Rights and Accommodations — allegations that a student wore KKK-style clothing and made pro-Nazi references during an assembly — is serious in and of itself. However, our examination of the events at the school that day has uncovered evidence of other very serious incidents that warrant immediate and thorough attention, including appropriate administrative action pending the results of the investigation.
Let us be clear about the policy of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration: We strongly and unequivocally prohibit and condemn all forms of racism, hatred and discrimination in Canyons schools.
Tracy Scott Cowdell, J.D., President, Canyons Board of Education
David S. Doty, J.D., Ph.D., Superintendent, Canyons School District