Wide hallways, lockers that won’t open, multiple class periods and heavier homework loads—starting middle school for the first time can be a little daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be. For eights years, Canyons District’s middle schools have opened their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to orient themselves and ease into their new surroundings before the official start of school. “It’s a great tradition. We’ve found that it really cuts down on the nerves and the tears and helps students get acclimated,” Mount Jordan’s new principal Cindy Hansen told a KTVX reporter who profiled the event.

With elementary school, and all of its colorful comforts a distant memory, it’s important to give first-timers a primer on things, such as, opening stubborn lockers and using their school planners.

At Albion Middle’s half-day orientation, students were greeted by trumpets as they walked a red carpet and received high-five’s from their teachers. At Union Middle, math teacher Stephanie Knighton reminded her class, “You know there’s no recess? There are four minutes between classes — we’ve been giving you five today.”

Students arrived in time to hear the morning bell ring. They sat through shortened versions of all their classes, giving them a chance to walk the hallways and see how much time it takes to get from one class period to the next — or to find the cafeteria, restrooms and gym. Some schools heldintroductory assemblies and handed out snacks to tide over grumbly bellies until lunch. Students met their teachers and made new friends. “They’re just in awe of the newness of it all,” Midvale Middle assistant principal Kerry Schroeppel said as his students filed into the cafeteria to have an Otter pop and learn the rules of the cafeteria. “There’s no reason to be scared, and that’s what we try to instill in them with our enthusiasm. We are excited for this new year and we are excited for them to feel that.”

As Mount Jordan students filed out to catch their busses, an announcement rang out, “Thanks for being with us today. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.”


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Hundreds witnessed history on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016  as the doors to a brand new Butler Elementary opened and generations of students and former students, teachers, parents, and local dignitaries walked into the halls of the state-of-the-art building.

They passed under a replica of the school’s original bell, which hearkens back to Butler’s beginnings in 1877, and passed an originally curated bronze statue of a bobcat, which local residents purchased with donated money to represent the school’s 139-year history, as school leaders and students explored the spaces in which they plan to create their own history.

“We have come so far from the one-room school house that was built in Butlerville so many years ago,” Butler Elementary Principal Christy Waddell told a crowd gathered Thursday night to celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the building’s completion. “Can you imagine what the early settlers of this area would say if they saw our new school?”

The school, which was made possible by a $250 million voter-approved bond in 2010, features nearly 30 classrooms with lighting controls, audio-visual equipment and wiring for high-tech needs; large windows with stunning views of the surrounding mountains; a commons area, gymnasium and recreation room; and a lot of natural light in the classrooms and hallways.

Unique features, such as textured walls and original artwork throughout the school, were highlighted by VCBO Architecture — which designed the school — and completed by Hogan and Associates Construction.

Canyons District leaders, including Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor and members Amber Shill and Nancy Tingey, as well as CSD Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvin Cullimore and City Council members Mike Shelton, Mike Peterson and Tee Tyler attended the ceremony with hundreds of parents and students from the community who searched for their assigned classrooms.

The school will be open for the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 24.

“I have no doubt that many of you wondered if the school would be ready on time for the first day of school,” Shill, who represents the area, told the crowd. “Today would not be possible without your support. Thank you so much for your patience while we worked on your new school.”

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    Board Approves Proposal to Use ACT For 11
    th Grade Measure 

    The Board of Education voted unanimously to take advantage of the provisions of HB200, which was passed in the 2016 Legislative session. The legislation allows school districts to request a waiver on the requirement to have 11th graders participate in the end-of-year summative SAGE testing. The District now plans to use the ACT as the measurement of how well high school juniors are performing academically. The benefits of doing so include gaining valuable instructional time in other classes, particularly Advanced Placement courses. There also could be an uptick in demonstrated competency because students have incentive to do well on the ACT, a commonly accepted college-entrance exam. 

    Bell-Efficiency Study

    Could small changes to the start times of some of Canyons District’s schools save in transportation costs? Such was the focus of a recent bell-efficiency study presented to the Board by Assistant Superintendent Bob Dowdle. Using data to simulate the affects of consolidating, or piggybacking, bus routes, the study looked at two possible scenarios. Option No. 1 would entail moving the start times at some schools back or forward by 15 minutes, thereby giving drivers an extra 30 minutes to complete the longer routes. Doing so would remove 21 buses from daily operation and save up to $340,000 in bus driver labor and $360,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. Option No. 2 would alter bell times by 30 minutes and remove 33 buses from daily circulation for a potential savings of $1 million or more in labor, fuel and maintenance costs. Both options create efficiencies by combining bus routes. The longer bus routes could have the added benefit of helping to recruit and retain drivers, because the District would be able to hire more drivers on a full-time basis with benefits. Dowdle made no policy recommendations; there is currently no formal proposal before the Board. The discussion was for informational purposes only. Board President Sherril Taylor asked Dowdle to schedule time throughout the 2016-2017 school year to share the study’s findings with School Community Councils.

    Purchase of Land for Future Elementary School

    The Board of Education approved the expenditure of $6,276,596 for 13.02 acres at 11500 S. Lone Peak Parkway. It’s expected the land will be used for a future new elementary school. The sale price is equal or slightly below market value. The Board also directed Business Administrator Leon Wilcox to approve and sign all documents related to the property transaction. 

    Recognitions

    The following faculty and staff were recognized by the Board of Education:

    Aaron Hadfield, Brighton High teacher, for winning the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. 

    Sebasthian Varas, Canyons District’s Nutrition Services Director, for winning the President’s Award of Excellence from School Nutrition Association

    Principals and Athletic Directors at Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan High schools for receiving honors in the UHSAA’s “Raise the Bar” sportsmanship program. 

    Leslie Robinette, CSD English Arts Instructional Support Specialist, for her work on the National Speech and Debate Association, held this summer in Canyons District.

    The Board also recognized CSD’s new Special Education Director Misty Suarez and Union Middle Assistant Principal Taylor Hansen. 

    Consent Agenda

    The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, including purchasing bids; July’s financial reports; student overnight travel requests; hire and termination reports; the United Way agreement for 2016-2017 and the Midvale Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference date change.

    Patron Comments

    Jen Buttars, president of the Canyons Education Association, addressed the new state rule, Academic Pathway to Teaching Level 1 License, which allows non-educators to teach in Utah public schools.  She thanked CSD’s Human Resource Department for their hard work, and expressed concern that non-educators without training or mentoring would be in Canyons classrooms.

    Randy Olsen, a teacher at Jordan High, said that while he finds some merit to the new, alternative pathway regulation, it’s not a sustainable remedy to the teacher shortage. True reform will entail paying teachers more and scrutinizing college-level teacher training programs, he said.

    Mark Bessendorfer, fifth-grade teacher in CSD, said he was disappointed in the Academic Pathways to Teaching rule. He said the rule sends the message that trained educators are not valued. He said the Instructional Supports Department does a good job with professional-development for the District’s teachers.  He said that he’s concerned about the program because non-educators will be assigned to teach children. 

    Kathleen Riebe, parent and candidate for the Utah State Board of Education, said she worries about how the Academic Pathways to Teaching will be implemented, and how it will affect schools and students. She applauded the work that CSD is doing, and encouraged the Board and Administration to keep high standards when hiring men and women for classroom teaching jobs.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Dr. Briscoe said he has been pleased by back-to-school preparations as he's visited all five traditional high schools, stopped by the new Butler Elementary, and some of the elementary and middle schools. He invited the community to the Thursday, Aug. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

    Business Administrator’s Report

    Leon Wilcox said the water heaters and the boilers at Alta High are installed, He also gave an update on the Bell View parking lot project, which is expected to be done by Friday. New carpet has been installed at Bell View, as well. He thanked CSD’s IT department for their work on online registration. He also said there are some spots still available in CSD’s Supplemental Hours of Instruction for Kindergarten program. 

    Board of Education Reports

    Mr. Robert Green said he participated in the Midvale Harvest Days Parade with Mr. Steve Wrigley. He also toured the construction site of Midvale Middle. He also commented on the new APT rule. 

    Mrs. Amber Shill invited the community to the Butler Elementary ribbon-cutting. She also said she’s looking forward to attending the annual lunch that Cottonwood Heights holds for the Teachers of the Year in the city’s schools and the first-day-of-activities throughout Canyons District.

    Mr. Nancy Tingey addressed the Board’s vote to request the waiver from the state to not administer the SAGE test to juniors. She said she hoped the public would see that the District is not decreasing the rigor of the junior year, but instead putting emphasis on measures, such as the ACT, that would give schools a better look at the students’ preparedness for college and careers.  She also reported on her attendance at Hillcrest’s “academic boot camp.” 

    Mr. Steve Wrigley, participating via telephone, said he is looking forward to the coming school year. He also said he enjoyed participating in the Midvale Harvest Days Parade. 

    Mrs. Clareen Arnold expressed appreciation for all administrators, teachers and staff who have worked hard to get the District prepared for the start of school

    Mr. Chad Iverson also thanked employees for their hard work and dedication in preparing schools for the first day. 

    President Taylor said APT is a “slippery slope” and the District needs to be careful in how we handle it. He said the employees who addressed the Board were “spot on” in their comments and urged the Administration to be cautious as the District moves forward. He also thanked the Sandy City Police Officers for attending and providing security at the Board meeting.
    This cat can swim.
     
    Former Bengal Long Gutierrez, who shattered more than 40 Utah High School Activity Association swimming records while competing for Brighton High, vied this week for Olympic gold at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro against such history-making swimmers as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
     
    Gutierrez, one of just three swimmers competing for the Mexican Olympic swim team, finished seventh in his 100-meter butterfly heat on Thursday. His time of 53.34 seconds wasn't enough to qualify for the semifinals — but Gutierrez says it was an experience he’s been dreaming of since he started swimming competitively.
     
    “Not the results I was hoping for but this was one of the best experiences I have had in my swimming career so far,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “Proud to be able to represent Mexico and have so many people support me on my Olympic journey.”
     
    His fans at Brighton High anxiously awaited the news about his heat on Thursday.  “We are just so proud he is there,” said Brighton High Principal Charisse Hilton.
     
    Gutierrez’s, whose parents moved to Cottonwood Heights from Mexico when he was 2 in order to give their son more opportunities, led the Brighton High boys swim team to consecutive 5A state titles.  The dual citizen is now a senior at University of Calfornia, Berkeley,, and will return to school on scholarship this fall. When not in the pool, the dual citizen hits the books in pursuit of a degree in integrated biology.  
     
    “I’m just excited to be here,” Gutierrez told the Deseret News about his Olympic experience.  “Even with that like, that swim not being where I wanted. I’m stoked to be here. That feeling is incredible.”
    Educators work their hearts out every day to ensure children excel academically. But many of their students start the school year without the basic supplies they need to succeed.

    So, when the Canyons Education Foundation announced it was holding a donation drive to fill backpacks for homeless students  — teachers delivered. Hundreds of educators, administrators and support staff participated in Canyons District’s inaugural back-to-school “Gathering for Good” on Friday where they enjoyed a BBQ lunch and then lined up to help stuff backpacks. Sandy-based Sodaholics sold cold drinks, gifting half of all proceeds to the foundation. By midday, dozens of boxes of supplies and nearly 400 fully stocked backpacks had been loaded into a truck bound for students in transition or residing at the Road Home homeless shelter in Midvale.

    Located within Canyons School District’s (CSD) boundaries is Utah’s largest family shelter where demand has grown 300 percent in five years, according to CSD’s Homeless Liaison Connie Crosby. Her caseload, as of July, exceeded 350 school children.

    “The need is high, but thankfully, we have a very generous community,” she said. “I couldn’t do my job without the community behind me. I’m so very appreciative.”

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  • A new year. A new home. A fresh look. There are a lot of changes in store for Butler Elementary.

    Not only will students be attending classes in a new school building this fall, but when they enter the lobby for the first time, they’ll be greeted by a modernized version of their Bobcat logo. And if ever they need a little academic inspiration, they can pay a visit to the bronze bobcat statue perched in the main hall, which patrons commissioned from a local artist to serve as a reminder of the Butler’s 139-year history. “Our hope is that students can touch the Bobcat in passing as a reminder to work for good grades,” said Debbie Tyler, a member of the “Friends of Butler Elementary” committee that raised $9,500 to pay for the sculpture.

    Students, their families and members of the community are invited to a sneak preview of the new Butler Elementary — and its new logo and statue — at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Open House on Thursday, Aug. 18. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m., and the ceremony will begin promptly at 6 p.m. 

    First established in 1877, Butler Elementary has “a wonderful history and loyal following” of community members who are eager to see the inside of the new facility, which they’ve watched take shape over the past year, Tyler says. The rebuild was completed with proceeds from a $250 million bond that voters approved in June 2010.

    Of the building’s features, most remarkable of all are its uninterrupted, 360-degree views of the mountain-rimmed Salt Lake Valley. West-facing classrooms look out upon the Oquirrh range, and east-facing rooms offer a close-up of the Wasatch. Look north and it’s possible to spot Mount Olympus. Gaze south and see just past the Point of the Mountain. 

    So it’s fitting that this latest addition to the Canyons District be themed around world-famous canyons. Each learning suite is designated by a color to correspond with renowned hikes in Utah (Buckskin Gulch), California (Kings Canyon), Hawaii (Waimea Canyon), Alaska (Keystone Canyon), Arizona (Antelope Canyon) and Texas (Palo Duro). “It helps with wayfinding. This way any child, no matter what age, can identify with the different areas of the building,” explains Alex Booth, one of the architects at VCBO. 

    The building, with its jutting stairwells that lead to a balcony overlooking the school’s cafeteria was designed to leave students with that top-of-the-world feeling — and artist David Jackson hopes his statue does much the same. “I want kids to be able to walk around it and touch it so that they can relate to it and it becomes a special, cool thing at the school. It should be a way to help develop school pride; I envision kids taking pictures by it or even holding classroom discussions around it.”

    Jackson has been working as a professional artist for more than 40 years. Known for his accurate depictions of wildlife and western landscapes, the Ogden native is often called upon to produce sculptures for colleges and universities. But he says the Butler project has special meaning for him. “I taught high school art for 27 years at Bonneville High in South Ogden,” he says. “And I used to do a lot of artist-in-residence work with elementary-age kids.”

    Jackson’s interest in art began at a young age, and he says his parents recognized his talent and encouraged it. “That’s what good teachers do, whether they’re teaching art, English or math. They recognize kids who have a passion or a talent and look for ways to reinforce them.”

    Perhaps the bobcat will inspire students to follow their passion. “I would say if something brings you joy,” says Jackson, “then pursue it, and practice, practice, practice.”

    DID YOU KNOW?

    ·      Butler Elementary was first established in 1877

    ·      With its rock base, the life-sized bronze bobcat weighs well over 500 pounds

    ·      Since its inception in 2009, Canyons District has completed an average of two construction projects each year.



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    Online Registration

    All returning students must register online through their Skyward account beginning on August 4th. This registration confirms to the school that you will be attending Canyons Transition Academy this year and gives you the opportunity to update contact information.
    A new school year brings lots of changes and challenges for kids of all ages. But if there’s one year that’s especially critical — and often the most unsettling — for students, it’s the 9th grade.

    Ninth grade has become known as the “make or break” year of high school, because how students perform in the first months of their freshman year can determine whether they drop out or graduate. But the stakes don’t have to be that high, believes Hillcrest High Principal Greg Leavitt who test-piloted a summer boot camp this year to ease the transition for entering freshmen and put them on the path to excel their first year and beyond.

    About 80 students attended the inaugural program where for 30 days they received four hours of daily instruction in math, science, English and geography. The voluntary program was a commitment for students and teachers who had to forgo their summer breaks. But students who completed the coursework will start high school ahead of their peers, with a quarter of an elective credit under their belts. On Friday at a special ceremony, they received certificates of completion. Those with perfect attendance, or who finished all their work on time, also received cash incentives of up to $400 provided by the United Way of Greater Salt Lake.

    “A high school diploma is the ticket to the show of life,” Leavitt told students and their families. “There’s not a parent in here who doesn’t want their child to succeed.” But 9th grade is a period of struggle for many students.  There’s the newness of the school, and teachers, and the fact that for the first time, students have to earn passing grades in some pretty tough classes. As a result, studies show, freshmen have lower grade point averages and more absences, failing grades and behavior referrals than their older peers.bootcamp4.jpg

    In a house editorial, the Deseret News called the boot camp a cost-effective, "smart, sensible and innovative" fix for a persistent problem in education. “Improving the quality of public education in Utah has and will forever present unique challenges. Our demographics make it difficult to fund schools on a per-pupil basis as generously as do other states, even though we contribute a proportionately large percentage of public funds to education," reads the opinion piece. "The Canyons School District’s boot camp experiment is a commendable example of a tactical approach to dealing with a specific problem — one that happens to be at the heart of any education system’s principal mission — to make sure students who show up on the first day of school are still there when the bell rings on graduation day.”

    Hillcrest worked with middle schools in its feeder system to identify students who would most benefit from the boot camp, and invited them to sign a contract saying they would show up each day. Roughly 88 percent honored the contract and finished the program. “The fact that these kids who face a lot of challenges in their lives came here and completed the rigorous coursework is a testament to their character,” said Leavitt. Some students gave their stipends to their parents to supplement family food budgets.

    The boot camp is part of a larger, Board of Education-approved initiative to boost student achievement at Hillcrest by identifying struggling learners before they reach high school and offering them early supports. The investment is tangible proof of the Board’s commitment to Canyons School District’s mission of preparing all students for the rigors of college and careers, said Superintendent Jim Briscoe who advised students at Friday’s celebration to put aside the goal of graduation for now and focus on more immediate tasks. 

    “All I want you to do is get to school on time and get through the first eight weeks with no failing grades,” he said. People often set big college and career goals for themselves, and then get overwwhelmed by them because they neglect the intermediary steps, Briscoe explained while urging students to focus on the now. With small successes will come bigger successes, he added. “You came here during the summer while your buddies were skateboarding and at the swimming pool. Do you know what that tells me? It tells me that you have what it takes to succeed.”


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    Board Mulls Proposal to Use ACT For 11th Grade Measure


    Director of Research and Assessment Dr. Hal Sanderson discussed the pros and cons of eschewing the current required year-end assessment in favor of using the ACT as the measurement of how well Canyons high school juniors are performing academically. HB200, passed in the 2016 Legislative session, allows school districts to request a waiver on the requirement to have 11th graders participate in SAGE testing. Dr. Sanderson told the Board that the pros of eliminating the SAGE requirement for 11th graders include gaining valuable instructional time in other classes, particularly Advanced Placement English course. There also could be an upswing in demonstrated competency because students have incentive to do well on the ACT, the commonly accepted college-entrance exam. Furthermore, students may not be fully invested in doing their best on the SAGE test because they are neither rewarded nor penalized for their SAGE test results. Moving away from SAGE for 11th graders also would reduce the number of assessments students would be required to take.  ACT also is representative of the school because a significant portion of students opt-out of taking SAGE.  Dr. Sanderson said the cons of eliminating SAGE testing for juniors include the loss of teacher-level results by course; raise the question of where 11th grade students should be placed during SAGE testing for sophomores and seniors in such courses as physics and chemistry; and the results for SAGE physics and chemistry would be skewed because junior students wouldn’t be included in the data.  The Board will make a decision at a later meeting. 
     
    CSD Receives Grant for Summer Services for Homeless Students

    Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling updated the Board of Education on summer services that are being provided by Canyons District to homeless students, particularly those finding housing at The Road Home in Midvale. She also informed the Board of Education that CSD has received a $416, 575 grant to help cover the costs. Much of the money to provide the services comes from the Division of Workforce Services and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Funds. A private donor also contributed $10,000 for recreation costs, and the Utah State Board of Education contributed $15,000 to help cover costs.  Sterling also said CSD has been asked to present to state lawmakers on what the District is doing to help the children who live year-round at the shelter, and informed the Board that student academic progress is continually checked. 

    Proposed Volunteer Week Changes

    The Board was updated on plans to move Volunteer Appreciation Week from the fall to the spring. The Administration recommended the District hold its week dedicated to honoring volunteers in April or May, which is usually when schools plan their volunteer-appreciation events. However, under the proposal, the Board would continue to select an Apex Award winner for Volunteer of the Year; entertain during Board meeting a volunteer report by Region 17 PTA and the volunteer coordinator about the previous years’ voluntarism in CSD schools; and an annual Superintendent’s back-to-school appreciation lunch for PTA and SCC volunteer leaders. 

    Vision, Mission Statements Still in Works by Sub-Committee

    A subcommittee of the Board that has been charged with developing a mission and vision for the Board and District presented information for the board as a whole to consider. The ideas revolved around the Board’s current mission of preparing every child to be college- or career-ready at the time of graduation and the District’s guiding principals of student achievement, innovation, community engagement and customer service.  The Board also mulled establishing indicators that would tell the public how well the District is performing.

    Patron Comment

    Karen Pedersen, a member of the Canyons Education Association Executive Board and a teacher at Willow Canyon Elementary, spoke in favor of Playworks, which provides the physical education curriculum and services in CSD elementary schools.   

    Students look forward to going, she said, and enjoy the activities that have been taught. Pedersen said students are taught to be inclusive and friendly. 

    Debbie McDonald, also a member of the CEA Board, said Playworks helps students remain positive and gain sportsmanship skills. She said the whole school is involved with the activities on the playground. She said the Playworks program is fun and reduces the feeling of fierce competition. It helps students who aren’t naturally inclined at athletics feel like they can contribute to their teams. 

    Jen Buttars, president of the CEA, reminded Mr. Wrigley that he commented at a recent meeting that he wondered what teachers thought about Playworks. She said that in two years no negative reports have been made to CEA about Playworks.  Teachers, she said, say that recess has been transformed. Students are actively engaged, have fun, and learn problem-solving skills. Junior coaches also are taught important leadership skills. Some teachers say they would like the program to be expanded.  She also said she thinks there would be support to expand the program.

    Consent Agenda

    The consent agenda, including the approval of amended minutes from the July 19, 2016 Board meeting, student overnight travel; hire and termination reports; and a Diamond Ridge Bell Schedule for 2016-2017.

    Approval of Agreements with Sandy City to Spur Development

    The Board of Education voted to adopt a tax-increment financing district to spark redevelopment of the Civic Center North area. The city also approved the Interlocal Agreements with the RDA of Sandy for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development on 1,100 acres between TRAX and I-15 and 9000 South and 10600 South.

    Board OK’s Purchase of Home Near Draper Park

    The Board of Education approved a $225,000 expenditure to purchase a home adjacent to Draper Park Middle. The sale price is within the appraised value.  The Board also directed Business Administrator Leon Wilcox to approve and sign all documents related to the transaction property of this owner. 

    Updates to Parent School Support Association/Organization Policy

    The Board of Education approved updates to the Parent School Support Association/Organization Policy. The modifications call for the verification of a petition for a new or alternative parent school support group once in a five-year period; that the District will only accept a notice of intent and application prior to Oct. 1 in the current school year; and that school employees interested in receiving communications regarding a parents school support association must express this interest in writing to the Superintendent or designee. In addition, the changes state that once the group receives notice of approval and verification, the organization is given 30 calendar days to file a petition for election. The newly approved policy also calls for the District to facilitate a community meeting during which both groups can present information to the community and prohibits either side from actively campaigning on District property during school hours or during school functions. District equipment, suppliers or other District resources can be used to campaign.

    Board Approves Policies

    The Board of Education voted to approve an update to the District’s Student Discipline Policy that governs emergency safety interventions; updates to the District’s 504 policy; and clarifications to evaluation policies for instructional and administrative staff.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe congratulated the Human Resources Department on a successful Critical Policies Training on Monday, Aug. 1.  He also thanked the Region 17 PTA President Betty Shaw for serving five years as the organization’s leader. He also is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the students who participated in the Hillcrest Feeder Support Programs this summer. 

    Business Administrator’s Report

    Business Administrator Leon Wilcox encouraged the Board to attend the first home gridiron games of the season at Jordan and Alta high schools so they could see the new turf fields at the schools.  Crews also are nearing the end of a two-year renovation project at Jordan Valley, CSD’s school for students with severe disabilities. Work on the parking lot at Bell View should be done in time for the start of school, and when students return on Aug. 24, the security vestibules will have been installed at all our elementary schools. Leon also thanked the Payroll Department for its hard work in implementing the semi-monthly pay schedule. 

    Board Reports

    Mr. Chad Iverson says he is excited for school to start; there’s always a special spirit in CSD communities when the first day arrives. Athletic and extracurricular activities are starting to start in earnest, and he expressed thanks to the coaches, teachers, students and parents who give so much to the programs. He thanked the administration for ensuring the completion of the security vestibules. 

    Ms. Clareen Arnold expressed thanks to staff members who worked throughout the summer, especially those who toiled on the CTESS evaluation system.  She said she enjoyed attending the CTESS training with administrators, and could tell that the changes made to the tool was welcomed and appreciated. 

    Mr. Steve Wrigley said that he, too, looks forward to the start of school.  He thanked Mr. Wilcox for a recent tour of Butler Elementary and Midvale Middle, two schools that are under construction.  He also said the new Alta View Elementary is progressing nicely. 

    Mrs. Nancy Tingey expressed appreciation for the staff who worked hard over the summer.  She also thanked the team of administrators who worked on CTESS changes and improvements.  She said it was a pleasure to attend the CTESS training, and could see the excitement for the changes that came after a lot of discussion and solicitation of input.  The first day of school is always full of excitement, and this year is no different, she said. 

    Mrs. Amber Shill also said she appreciated the CTESS training and said the administrators seemed happy with the recent changes to the evaluation tool.  She also invited the community to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and Open House for the new Butler Elementary.  A reception starts at 5:30 p.m and the ribbon-cutting starts at 6 p.m.  

    Mr. Robert Green said he looks forward to being in Midvale’s Harvest Days Parade.. He’s excited for another school year to start. 

    Mr. Sherril Taylor thanked CSD employees who worked over the summer to help ramp up for the school year.  When students arrive, it’s as if the buildings come alive, he said. He thanked the Board members for their dedication to their constituents.

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