Board Announces Dr. James Briscoe as Canyons Superintendent

The Canyons Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint as Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe, who has 12 years of experience as a superintendent of schools, most recently in DeKalb, Ill. The appointment, effective July 1, 2014, follows an exhaustive national superintendent search, which began last fall and included three months of community input meetings, an extensive application and interview process, and workplace site visits.

"Tonight, we're ready to appoint a superintendent who will lead our District into a bright future. We are dedicated to maintaining the current vision and mission of our District, and we're confident that together, along with our new superintendent, we can ensure that our children will leave our schools ready for college and careers," Board President Sherril Taylor said. "Dr. Briscoe, we are all unitedly behind you, and we welcome you."

Board members said Briscoe will continue to forward Canyons' college- and career-ready academic plan. They noted Dr. Briscoe, while in DeKalb, has been putting into place many of the same academic frameworks as Canyons.

"I'm ready to take the next step as we continue to celebrate all that has been accomplished and all the strides that have been made, as well as all those we will make together well into the future," Board Member Kim Horiuchi said. "I am confident in Dr. Briscoe's ability to lead the way."

Dr. Briscoe thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve the people of Canyons.

"The programs that were implemented over the last four years -- the work that must have gone into this, the rigors that must have gone into this -- the administration and staff have to be completely commended for what they've done. I'm excited about it so I can become part of it and work with the staff and administration to continue the great things that they're doing," Dr. Briscoe said.

"It's such a joy in my life to watch kids grow up and develop, become part of the community, give back to the community, and want to be part of the community. That's what I feel in Canyons School District," he said. "I just can't wait to meet all of you and get to know you ... and start to work alongside all of you."

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Insurance:
  • All PTA/PTSA must have their own Liability Insurance policy with limits in the amount $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,308,400 general aggregate.
  • A certificate of liability must be submitted at the beginning of each school year, no later than August 30th or a minimum of one week prior to the first PTA event, whichever comes first, to the Canyons Risk Management Office, c/o Kevin Ray, 9150 South 500 West, Sandy, UT  84020

General Events throughout the school year
  • Most events, i.e. school Reflections Awards, evening assemblies, Moms and Muffins, Dads and Donuts, fun runs that stay on school property and like events will be covered by your insurance, without going through this process. Events that involve the following absolutely have to have the event approved through the Canyons Risk Management office:

Hazardous Events

Aircraft/balloon events
Body Piercing
Bounce houses, inflatable play structures
Bungee jumping
On-site circuses and carnivals
Fun runs that go off of school property
Hang gliding
White water kayaking, rafting, canoeing
Mechanical amusement devices (bulls)
Motorcycle riding
Motorized sporting events      
Mountain/rock climbing; outdoor walls
Parachuting
Parasailing
Professional sporting activities
Racing-land vehicle, aircraft, watercraft
On-site riding on amusement rides
Rodeos/roping events (including practice)
Scuba diving
Skateboarding skydiving
Stage diving
Tattooing


Steps to hold a PTA/PTSA event at or on behalf of a Canyons School District School:
  • Decide on event and if a 3rd party is being hired (i.e. carnival company, fundraising company)
  • Have primary insurance issue a Certificate of Liability

  1. If no 3rd party company is hired, then primary will be PTA’s insurance
  2. If 3rd party company is hired, their insurance would be primary
  3. ALL insured entities have to be listed as “additional insured”Certificate of Liability, event date, time, place and the plan for the event would be submitted to Kevin Ray, Canyons Risk Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 801-826-5143. This needs to be submitted in a timely manner, prior to the event, preferably at least a month in advance, but no later than 1 week prior to the event.
    1. Example 1: if Corner Canyon PTSA is hosting a carnival and Fly By Night Carnival Company has been hired to provide rides and bounce houses, then Fly By Night Carnival Company would have their insurance issue a Certificate of Liability. On that certificate would be listed “Additional Insured: Corner Canyon PTSA, Corner Canyon High School, Canyons School District, Utah Office of Risk Management.”
    2. Example 2: If Alta High School PTSA hosts a fun run and no additional 3rd party company is needed, then Alta High School PTSA’s insurance company would issue a Certificate of Liability. On that certificate would be listed, “Additional Insured: Corner Canyon High School, Canyons School District, Utah Office of Risk Management. Also, if required by the city and if the fun run is going off of school property, it may need to list Sandy City.”
  4. Mr. Ray will approve of the event or decline the event and state why.
  5. If declined, the PTSA may fix any issues and resubmit for approval
The following events will not be allowed in our schools as part of a school sponsored activity.  

Excluded Activities:
  • Aircraft/balloon events
  • Body Piercing
  • Bounce houses, inflatable play structures
  • Bungee jumping
  • On-site circuses and carnivals
  • Hang gliding
  • White water kayaking, rafting, canoeing
  • Mechanical amusement devices (bulls)
  • Motorcycle riding
  • Motorized sporting events           
  • Mountain/rock climbing; outdoor walls
  • Parachuting
  • Parasailing
  • Professional sporting activities
  • Racing-land vehicle, aircraft, watercraft
  • On-site riding on amusement rides
  • Rodeos/roping events (including practice)
  • Scuba diving
  • Skateboarding skydiving
  • Stage diving
  • Tattooing

There is no coverage for bodily injury sustained by any person while practicing for or taking part in any “hazardous activity”. This exclusion is consistent with our Excess Policy and the Special Events Policy provided by the state’s current broker. 

All other terms of the policy remain the same.

If a PTA or PTSA selects to sponsor an event listed above they must produce a certificate of liability insurance naming the school, Canyons School District, and Utah State Division of Risk Management as additionally insured. The amounts of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate must be shown on the certificate. The certificate must be approved prior to the event by Canyons School District Risk Management and the Utah State Division of Risk Management.

In addition, the event vendor must produce a certificate of liability insurance naming the school, Canyons School District, and Utah State Division of Risk Management as additionally insured. The amounts of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate must be shown on the certificate. The certificate must be approved prior to the event by Canyons School District Risk Management and the Utah State Division of Risk Management. 

The Utah State Division of Risk Management does not insure PTA or PTO sponsored events under any circumstances.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kevin Ray at 801-826-5143
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Headlines Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Around Canyons
Welcome, CSD's new superintendent: Dr. James Briscoe of Illinois
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602072/Canyons-School-Board-selects-Illinois-educator-as-new-superintendent.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57881678-78/district-briscoe-superintendent-canyons.html.csp
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29693958&nid=148&title=canyons-school-board-selects-new-superintendent&s_cid=queue-12
http://fox13now.com/2014/04/29/canyons-schools-announces-new-superintendent/

Sprucewood's Michele Law named CSD Teacher of the Year
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602013/Third-grade-teacher-takes-top-honors-in-Canyons-district.html

Boys Soccer: Alta downs Bingham in long awaited rematch
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/57880386-190/alta-miller-bingham-game.html.csp


Utah
Wasatch athletes charged in hazing-like incident
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29695251&nid=148&title=2-wasatch-high-students-charged-in-alleged-hazing-like-incident&s_cid=queue-5

Students learn to fight for better grades
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10953.shtml

Eldest daughters most likely to succeed in school
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29695824&nid=1009&title=oldest-girls-most-likely-to-succeed-study-says&s_cid=queue-4

Olympus student Utah finalist in Doodle for Google prize
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602017/Photos-Olympus-High-student-wins-Utah-Doodle-4-Google-competition.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57876578-78/google-doodle-mock-plastic.html.csp

New principal for Provo High
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602027/Provo-High-School-names-new-principal.html

Kauri Sue Hamilton school hosts 'Napping House' literacy night
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57880002-78/napping-hamilton-http-kauri.html.csp


National
Ed reform movement leaves need for leaders
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/04/study_growth_in_k-12_education.html

Common standards pose teacher prep problem
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/23/29cc-preparation.h33.html


Opinion
WaPo columnist: U.S. needs GOP to be source for education solutions
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602071/US-needs-the-GOP-to-be-a-source-of-education-solutions.html


Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Headlines Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Around Canyons
Welcome, CSD's new superintendent: Dr. James Briscoe of Illinois
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602072/Canyons-School-Board-selects-Illinois-educator-as-new-superintendent.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57881678-78/district-briscoe-superintendent-canyons.html.csp
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29693958&nid=148&title=canyons-school-board-selects-new-superintendent&s_cid=queue-12
http://fox13now.com/2014/04/29/canyons-schools-announces-new-superintendent/

Sprucewood's Michele Law named CSD Teacher of the Year
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602013/Third-grade-teacher-takes-top-honors-in-Canyons-district.html

Boys Soccer: Alta downs Bingham in long awaited rematch
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/57880386-190/alta-miller-bingham-game.html.csp


Utah
Wasatch athletes charged in hazing-like incident
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29695251&nid=148&title=2-wasatch-high-students-charged-in-alleged-hazing-like-incident&s_cid=queue-5

Students learn to fight for better grades
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10953.shtml

Eldest daughters most likely to succeed in school
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29695824&nid=1009&title=oldest-girls-most-likely-to-succeed-study-says&s_cid=queue-4

Olympus student Utah finalist in Doodle for Google prize
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602017/Photos-Olympus-High-student-wins-Utah-Doodle-4-Google-competition.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57876578-78/google-doodle-mock-plastic.html.csp

New principal for Provo High
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602027/Provo-High-School-names-new-principal.html

Kauri Sue Hamilton school hosts 'Napping House' literacy night
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57880002-78/napping-hamilton-http-kauri.html.csp


National
Ed reform movement leaves need for leaders
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/04/study_growth_in_k-12_education.html

Common standards pose teacher prep problem
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/23/29cc-preparation.h33.html


Opinion
WaPo columnist: U.S. needs GOP to be source for education solutions
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602071/US-needs-the-GOP-to-be-a-source-of-education-solutions.html


The Canyons Board of Education announced that Dr. James Briscoe, who has 12 years of experience as a superintendent of schools, most recently in DeKalb, Ill., has been selected to serve as Canyons School District’s new Superintendent.

The seven-member Board voted unanimously in an April 29, 2014 meeting to approve the appointment of Dr. Briscoe, who for the past six years has served as Superintendent of Schools of the DeKalb Community Unit School District No. 428, located about 50 miles west of Chicago. The appointment, effective July 1, 2014, follows an exhaustive national search for the new superintendent, which began last fall and included three months of community input meetings, an extensive application and interview process, and site visits.

“The Board has been committed to selecting the best possible leader, and we’re confident that Dr. Briscoe’s skills, talents and experience meet the expectations of the community and are a perfect fit for Canyons School District,” Board President Sherril H. Taylor said. “We have been fortunate in our new district’s history to have had strong leaders who have focused on student achievement and college- and career-readiness for all students. Dr. Briscoe will continue to forward the Board’s college- and career-ready academic plan, and work shoulder-to-shoulder with employees and community members to achieve optimal educational outcomes for students.”

Dr. Briscoe, who chose early retirement due to pension reform in Illinois, thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve the students and families of Canyons School District.  

“The Board, Administration, teachers and the entire staff should be proud of the outstanding job they have done to implement innovative programs and set high expectations for teaching and student learning,” Dr. Briscoe said. “I am looking forward to learning more about the community, Canyons School District and our teacher and student successes.  I also plan to provide continued support to the Administration and teachers in their work to implement the initiatives and innovative programs that have helped Canyons School District develop an outstanding reputation as a leader in public education in the state of Utah."

Dr. Briscoe will transition to the Canyons superintendency this summer. The District’s first-ever superintendent, Dr. David S. Doty, resigned in spring 2013 to lead a national education reform organization. Dr. Ginger Rhode has served as Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2013 and recently announced her intention to retire July 1, 2014. 

Similar to Canyons District, the 6,200-student DeKalb School District is focused on increasing student achievement and college- and career-readiness. Under Dr. Briscoe’s leadership, the DeKalb district has focused on enhancing curriculum in reading, writing and math, improving education technology, and closing achievement gaps. DeKalb district utilizes data-driven decision-making, research-based curriculum, and the Response to Intervention framework. The DeKalb district partners with Northern Illinois University to raise student achievement and improve the preparation of future educators. It also emphasizes parent and community engagement in schools, and lauds student achievements in an array of academic, artistic, and athletic disciplines. In 2013, the district’s flagship high school, DeKalb High, was ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. High Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

“Jim has a very unique ability to see in the heart of issues before him,” said Tracy Williams, President of the DeKalb CUSD428 School Board, citing Dr. Briscoe’s work in creating a three-tiered learning system to help close student achievement gaps. “You are very fortunate to be receiving a gentleman who is one of the most compassionate leaders you will ever meet. The students absolutely love Dr. Briscoe. He is truly all about the students.”

Prior to his DeKalb superintendency, Dr. Briscoe served six years as superintendent of a 1,800-student high school district in Oak Lawn, Ill. A former sixth-grade social studies and math teacher, Dr. Briscoe worked six years as a high school principal in the high-performing Elmbrook school system in Brookfield, Wis. He served three years as a high school principal in Round Lake, Ill., and worked as an assistant high school principal for five years and junior high dean of students for three years in the community of McHenry, Ill.

The Canyons search for the new superintendent began in September 2013 and was facilitated by Superintendent Search Consultants Rickie McCandless and Claudia Seeley. The search included three months of public input meetings in which School Community Councils, students, employees, parents, and community leaders voiced the characteristics and qualifications they most desired in the new superintendent. The input was used to shape the job posting for the new superintendent.

In March, the Board announced it had narrowed its field of candidates to three finalists following an exhaustive application-review and interview process. Finalists included Dr. Briscoe; Craig Hammer, Executive Director of Secondary Schools in Washington County School District in St. George; and Dr. Kathryn McCarrie, Canyons Assistant Superintendent and Chief Performance Officer, Canyons School District.  Briscoe was selected following additional interviews and site visits to the workplaces of the finalists.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00

Headlines Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Around Canyons
Tonight: Canyons Board to announce new superintendent
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57876550-78/district-superintendent-canyons-board.html.csp



Utah
Combatting 'federal overreach' theme of Utah GOP Convention
http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/04/27/mgk-combatting-federal-overreach-primary-theme-utah-republican-convention/#.U17GavldWSp

Lawsuit: Charter school's location dangerous
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10926.shtml

Utah County 11-year-old performs at Radio Disney Music Awards
http://www.4utah.com/story/d/story/11-year-old-utah-girl-rocks-award-show/31148/RGBZvvBpukedAm6AdlITQA


Beloved BYU dance instructor killed in morning accident
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10928.shtml


National
Education new defining issue in GOP
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EDUCATION_GOP_SPLIT_1ST_LD_WRITETHRU_?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Arkansas tornado destroys new school set to open this fall
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/04/arkansas_tornado_destroys_new.html

Student data collector drops out
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/technology/a-student-data-collector-drops-out.html?nlid=10999687&src=recpb&_r=0

Indiana approves new standards; critics say they're too close to the Common Core
http://www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2014/04/28/k-standards/8405111/



Opinion
Trib: Failure to immunize endangers communities
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57875635-82/diseases-measles-parents-sltrib.html.csp

DNews: School accountability requires quantitative data
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601963/Accountability-for-schools-requires-quantitative-measures-of-success.html

Letter: Go beyond superficial to improve education
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57875305-82/assessment-grades-actions-grade.html.csp

Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Headlines Monday, April 28, 2014

Around Canyons
Corner Canyon hosts special needs prom
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/school-hosts-special-needs-prom-10883.shtml

Tribune takes a statewide look at school immunization rates (Canyons mention, CSD nurse interviewed)
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57861069-78/utah-immunization-elementary-measles.html.csp

Baseball: No. 1 Jordan suffers first seasonal loss to Bingham
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/57867540-190/jordan-bingham-game-inning.html.csp

Track: Alta wins 4x800 relay, Jordan's Kafentzis wins javelin, Hillcrest's Williams wins 100, 300 hurdles at Davis Invitational
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601909/High-school-track-Sprinters-shine-at-Davis-Invitational.html



Utah
Stansbury High teen slain in weekend fight; students grieve loss of football star, friend
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57871561-78/horowitz-patch-stansbury-com.html.csp
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10901.shtml

Students, volunteers fight to preserve Viewmont's mountainside 'V'
http://kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_10901.shtml

Ogden teachers tread lightly around SAGE opt-out issue
http://www.standard.net/stories/2014/04/24/area-teachers-treading-gingerly-around-sage-opt-out-issue

Some Davis parents think SAGE testing is a federal plot
http://www.standard.net/stories/2014/04/24/some-davis-parents-fear-sage-school-testing-federal-plot

Weber State grads told to 'build something spectacular'
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57759974-200/state-weber-family-graduates.html.csp


National
U.S., Utah grad rate reaches 80 percent
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601932/US-graduation-rate-reaches-80-Utah-matches-national-rate-in-2012-report-says.html

Common Core resistance mounts
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/23/29cc-backlash.h33.html?intc=EW-CC0414-EWH

Are contracts to blame for teacher-quality gaps?
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/16/28contract_ep.h33.html

Schools explore benefits of peer counseling
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/23/29peerconnection.h33.html

Turning the table on bullies: Students fight back with recordings, but at what cost?
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601884/Turning-the-table-on-bullies-student-fights-back-as-school-fumbles-response.html

Hawaii civil rights officer investigated for poor work, campaigning during work hours
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/25/hawaii-education-department-investigating-official/


Opinion
Trib: Replace Utah school grading system
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57865502-82/grades-schools-system-letter.html.csp

Trib: School elections shouldn't involve 'R' or 'D'
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57855588-82/boards-partisan-board-candidates.html.csp

Florez: Students, teachers are Legislature's collateral damage
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601795/Students-and-teachers-are-collateral-damage.html

Attorney: Education equity key to fostering civil rights
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57855760-82/percent-education-students-civil.html.csp

Former legislator: Let school letter grades die
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57864932-82/system-grade-letter-grades.html.csp

Letter: Let's grade schools by political party
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57864969-82/abcdf-administrators-andy-board.html.csp

Letter: Student calls for closed campuses
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601882/Closed-campuses.html

Letter: College grads need work experience
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601883/Grads-need-work-experience.html

Letter: Don't change the U. fight song
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601863/Letter-Dont-change-the-fight-song.html
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