Monday, 13 January 2014 13:26

Headlines Monday, Jan. 13, 2013

Around Canyons
Corner Canyon's Elisa Posey honored, rewarded by KSL's Teacher Feature
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=428&sid=28308970&title=elisa-posey---corner-canyon-high-school

Butler Elementary librarian retires
http://www.cottonwoodholladayjournal.com/pages/full_story/16767/Butler-Elementary-head-librarian-retires/

Football: Jordan's Kafentzis named 2013 American Family Insurance Utah All-USA Offensive Player of the Year; Brighton, Alta students named to Utah All-USA Team
http://www.usatodayhss.com/amfam/article/2013-american-family-insurance-all-usa-utah-football-team


Utah
Amid turmoil, SLC Board wants to close part of meeting for self-evaluation. But is it legal? 
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57379627-78/board-clara-meeting-lake.html.csp

State looks to add more school counselors; half of districts, including Canyons meeting current state goal, report says
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57379640-78/utah-counselors-students-schools.html.csp
http://schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda/docs/Tab1H.aspx

Murray Assistant Superintendent leaves post to become principal of Granite's Cyprus High
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593907/Murray-administrator-to-helm-Cyprus-High-School.html

High-tech math text a 'game-changer,' Lt. Gov. Cox says
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57378804-78/math-utah-middle-schools.html.csp

No sponsor, no spelling bee for schools in SL County
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57378854-78/bee-spelling-sponsor-lake.html.csp

Spectrum Academy breaks ground on Utah County charter campus
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593944/Spectrum-Academy-Charter-School-breaks-ground-on-Utah-County-campus.html


National
How did the Common Core become the bogeyman?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/common-core_n_4537284.html?utm_hp_ref=education

NBC learn launches 'Science of the Winter Olympics'
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2014/01/nbc_learn_launches_science_of_the_2014_olympics_video_series.html


Opinion
Trib: State Board should crack down on cyberbullying
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57379235-82/students-bullying-schools-board.html.csp

Krauthammer: How to fight 'academic bigotry' against Israel
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593987/How-to-fight-the-academic-bigotry-against-Israel.html

Letter: Learning without armed teachers
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57379222-82/teachers-armed-classes-rights.html.csp

Monday, 13 January 2014 13:26

Headlines Monday, Jan. 13, 2013

Around Canyons
Corner Canyon's Elisa Posey honored, rewarded by KSL's Teacher Feature
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=428&sid=28308970&title=elisa-posey---corner-canyon-high-school

Butler Elementary librarian retires
http://www.cottonwoodholladayjournal.com/pages/full_story/16767/Butler-Elementary-head-librarian-retires/


Utah
Amid turmoil, SLC Board wants to close part of meeting for self-evaluation. But is it legal? 
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57379627-78/board-clara-meeting-lake.html.csp

State looks to add more school counselors; half of districts, including Canyons meeting current state goal, report says
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57379640-78/utah-counselors-students-schools.html.csp
http://schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda/docs/Tab1H.aspx

Murray Assistant Superintendent leaves post to become principal of Granite's Cyprus High
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593907/Murray-administrator-to-helm-Cyprus-High-School.html

High-tech math text a 'game-changer,' Lt. Gov. Cox says
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57378804-78/math-utah-middle-schools.html.csp

No sponsor, no spelling bee for schools in SL County
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57378854-78/bee-spelling-sponsor-lake.html.csp

Spectrum Academy breaks ground on Utah County charter campus
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593944/Spectrum-Academy-Charter-School-breaks-ground-on-Utah-County-campus.html


National
How did the Common Core become the bogeyman?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/common-core_n_4537284.html?utm_hp_ref=education

NBC learn launches 'Science of the Winter Olympics'
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2014/01/nbc_learn_launches_science_of_the_2014_olympics_video_series.html


Opinion
Trib: State Board should crack down on cyberbullying
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57379235-82/students-bullying-schools-board.html.csp

Krauthammer: How to fight 'academic bigotry' against Israel
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593987/How-to-fight-the-academic-bigotry-against-Israel.html

Letter: Learning without armed teachers
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57379222-82/teachers-armed-classes-rights.html.csp

Canyons District's Project House helps students build a strong foundation for the future. Students involved in the project, which requires students in construction-related classes to build a house from the ground up over the course of a school year, are busy at work on this year's project.

Last year's project, which was sold for $366,000, featured hardwood and tile floors, granite countertops, crown molding, a gas fireplace, custom cabinets, air conditioning, ceiling fans, a covered porch with a sound system, landscaping, and energy-efficient appliances. It can be seen at 571 E. Rose Bowl Court in Sandy.
Is your student interested in becoming a firefighter? A medical assistant? A construction-site foreman? How about a computer programmer?

Canyons District's Career and Technical Education Department provides opportunities throughout the year for students to learn more about the career-training programs that are offered throughout the District, including those at the Canyons Technical Education Center. CTEC programs prepare students for college and career through various concurrent enrollment courses, industry certificates and skills training and testing.
Friday, 10 January 2014 12:56

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Around Canyons
Live on 2News: Hillcrest's Dr. Bentley encourages students to aim high, try International Baccalaureate
http://kutv.com/news/features/guests/stories/vid_2265.shtml

KSL's Teacher Feature spotlights, rewards Brighton's Aaron Hadfield
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=428&sid=28195401&title=aaron-hadfield---brighton-high-school


Utah
State Board supports bill to target poverty with afterschool programs
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593857/School-board-supports-bill-targeting-poverty-through-after-school-education.html

Students be warned: Cyberbulling may result in expulsion, police intervention
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57374581-200/students-schools-kids-devices.html.csp

Bingham student arrested for posting threats against school, peers on social media
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57374966-78/police-threats-jordan-south.html.csp
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593853/Bingham-student-arrested-for-investigation-of-terroristic-threat.html

Schools may have to hold more violence drills
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57374532-78/drills-schools-hold-utah.html.csp


Bored kids? Perfect! They'll be well prepared for adulthood, researcher says
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kids-being-bored-prepares-for-adulthood-says-uk-education-head/


Gone are the days of boys-only science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes. Canyons District is going the extra mile to make sure young women are exposed to fields that traditionally have been dominated by men — and encouraging them to take classes that would open doors to those careers.

One of the events in this effort was the "You Go, Girls — No Limits!" career fair, which featured a keynote address by a professor of management from the Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Management. Dr. Susan Madsen, who also is the director of the Utah Women and Education Project for Utah, spoke about the importance and benefits of education for women.

A select group of 200 eighth-grade girls from all eight Canyons District middle schools participated in the event, which was held in the fall. Organizers in CSD's Career and Technical Education Department have planned the event for two years and plan to do it again next fall.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:44

Headlines Thursday, Jan 9, 2013

Around Canyons
Union's Hallenbeck named Utah Assistant Principal of the Year
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593750/Three-Utah-administrators-named-secondary-principals-of-the-year.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57368210-78/principal-principals-herriman-utah.html.csp

Hillcrest holding IB informational meetings
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593762/Hillcrest-High-School-to-hold-meetings-on-international-baccalaureate-program.html

Girls Basketball: Brighton falls to Skyline
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/57370655-190/skyline-brighton-points-taylor.html.csp

Boys Basketball: Brighton falls to Olympus
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593735/High-school-boys-basketball-Olympus-cranks-it-up-defensively-blows-out-Brighton.html


Utah
Quality Counts: Utah gets C+ in educational policy, performance report card
http://edweek.org/ew/qc/2014/state_report_cards.html?intc=EW-QC14-EWH

SLC schools save $ by going green
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57369317-78/schools-energy-green-saved.html.csp

Common Core forum brings mixed reaction
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_b6d430b0-77c8-11e3-b01f-001a4bcf6878.html

Glendale students team up with Jazz players, dancers for fitness
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593781/Students-team-up-with-Jazz-players-dancers-for-fitness.html

Provo graduation rates explained
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/more-students-graduating-from-high-school-in-utah-county/article_ff0ccec2-3cd5-5c45-97d7-14ee2503cc5b.html

No injuries in Providence school bus crash
http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/article_b5736304-77cc-11e3-8140-0019bb2963f4.html

Lehi football coach fired after winning Coach of the Year honors
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593811/High-school-football-Lehi-coach-David-Hastings-fired-after-winning-Coach-of-the-Year-honors.html


National
Quality Counts: Despite progress, states face achievement, funding equity issues
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/09/16sos.h33.html?tkn=ULUFpbIYMQTnNw5V5llXXiqIL8hFiMlxnAYw&cmp=clp-edweek&intc=EW-QC14-EWH

Minorities, students with disabilities disproportionately disciplined in schools; Justice Dept. steps in
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-usa-education-discipline-idUSBREA0705S20140108
Gentlemen – and women – start your engineering! Some 200 students from 20 teams throughout the Western United States gathered Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Hillcrest High for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff – one of several hundred similar events that took place all over the world that day. The Kickoff was an opportunity for teams from all over the world to come together to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled. Participating Canyons' teams are from Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon and Hillcrest high schools.

This year's game is "Arial Assist." Teams have six weeks to create robots that can launch giant balls into goals. Teams earn points by scoring as many balls in goals as possible during a 2½-minute match, by having robots work together to score goals, by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field. Last year, teams created robots that could launch Frisbees. At the Kickoff, teams received kits containing parts they'll use to begin constructing their robots. The teams will unveil their robots at the regional contest, scheduled for March 13-15 at the Maverik Center.

Last year, Hillcrest won Rookie of the Year honors and advanced to the world competition.
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 20:02

Union Assistant Principal Named Utah's Best

Union Middle School Assistant Principal Doug Hallenbeck has been named the best in Utah, marking the second year in a row in which a leader from Canyons School District's Union Middle has received a top state award for school leadership.

Hallenbeck was named the 2014 Utah Assistant Principal of the Year during a Jan. 8, 2014 press conference hosted by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals. He follows a trail of excellence blazed by Union Principal Mary Anderson, who was named the 2013 Utah Middle School Principal of the Year.

"This is a culmination of work I've done for the last 21 years in education," Hallenbeck said. "I always told my students every day (as a teacher), 'Teach me something new.' I need to know something new. It happens every day still. I get to learn every single day walking into my job. I learn from mentors, I learn from other teachers, and I learn from students every single day. That's why I went into teaching."

Hallenbeck, a former middle school technology education and engineering teacher and high school Career and Technical Education coordinator, is noted for working to expand technology into Union's classrooms, and providing teachers the support they need to ensure student success.

"We are very impressed with Doug, and we are proud to have such a dedicated professional represent our Association and the state of Utah as the Assistant Principal of the Year at the National Competition," UASSP Executive Director Carl Boyington said in a letter announcing Hallenbeck's award. The national competition is sponsored by the National Association for Secondary School Principals and Virco Inc., which makes school furniture.

Hallenbeck is an articulate and intelligent leader with a big heart, his colleagues note. A keen problem-solver, he approaches difficult situations with a sense of calm and good humor. As a teacher, he was frequently requested by parents, who had no doubt their children would be nurtured and soar to new heights under his tutelage.

"Doug's kindness and caring of students is unsurpassed, and his efforts to help children succeed, both academically and socially, are second to none," said Dr. Ginger Rhode, Interim Superintendent of Canyons School District. "He truly is deserving of this high honor from the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals."

Canyons is home to three UASSP standouts to be named in the past four years. In 2011, Hillcrest High School's Paul Kirby was named Utah Assistant Principal of the Year. Hallenbeck's award marks the first time a Canyons District school posted two back-to-back statewide winners of top school administrator honors.

Hallenbeck will be honored in an awards ceremony at the First General Session of the UASSP's Mid-Winter Conference on Jan. 27, 2014 at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. UASSP also has nominated him to receive national honors for his leadership.

Read about Hallenbeck's and other UASSP honorees in the Deseret News.