Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Around Canyons
Willow Springs students 'take to the streets'

Corner Canyon hosts instrumental concerts

New U. center focuses on integrating arts in other curriculum areas (story written by Board Member Kim Horiuchi)

Football: DNews posts Brighton v. Bingham photo gallery

Utah seeks ways to end intergenerational poverty in education, health

Granite District reaches settlement with family of boy who shot self outside the school amid allegations of bullying

Davis District: SAGE results will feel like a 'gut punch' 

Lawmaker wants to require high school students to register to vote

Two-thirds of nation's superintendents support developing common testing tools

Canyons District on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 started accepting applications to its Dual Language Immersion Programs for the 2015-2016 school year.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

In addition, parents and guardians who have questions about the programs are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CSSC’s Professional Development Center. 

CSD is home to eight elementary Dual Language Immersion Programs: Mandarin Chinese-English programs are at DraperLone Peak and Ridgecrest elementary schools; French-English programs are at Butler and Oak Hollow elementary schools; and Spanish-English classes are taught at Alta ViewSilver Mesa and Midvale elementary schools.

All programs except for the Midvale program are for students entering first grade for the 2015-2016 school year. The Midvale Spanish-English dual-language immersion program is for students entering kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applications is greater than the number of space available in the classes.

Questions? Call the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department at 801-826-5045.

The Board of Education is continuing its momentum on a series of building projects made possible by a $250 million bond that voters approved in 2010.

Five of the bond projects remain. They are:

• Mount Jordan Middle rebuild, underway now and scheduled for completion in fall 2015
• Butler Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2016 under a new, expedited schedule approved by the Board
• Midvale Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• A White City area elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017 under a new, expedited schedule approved by the Board
• Indian Hills renovation, scheduled for completion in fall 2018

In an Aug. 5, 2014 Board of Education meeting, President Sherril Taylor said the Board has worked hard to keep its word on the bond projects placed before voters prior to the June 2010 bond election.

The completed projects made possible by bond proceeds are:

• Corner Canyon High School: Fall 2013
• Upgrades at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools to accommodate ninth-graders: Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Butler Middle School: Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Draper Park Middle School (formerly Crescent View Middle School): Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Midvale Elementary: Fall 2012
• Refurbish Albion Middle School: Fall 2012
• Seismic upgrades at Sandy Elementary: Fall 2011

Also underway in fall 2014 is construction of a Brighton High dedicated soccer field, located in front of Butler Middle School. The field will be one of the only stadiums created for high school soccer in the state of Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The stadium will have two sets of bleachers and accommodate 300-350 spectators. It also will include a concessions area, small team rooms and storage. The stadium was designed following extensive input from the community.
Jodi Ide’s classroom on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 seemed more like a meeting of the United Nations than a high school social studies class.

Students in Ide's Face to Faith class at Brighton High were visited by 12 foreign guests who came to the United States at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State.

The visitors, who hailed from such far-flung locations as Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen, are traveling the country, seeking positive dialogue and cultural exchanges with American teachers and teens.

Aided by translators, the students and the foreign guests, who were part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, had a robust hour-long discussion about such topics as education, women’s rights, and the role of faith in culture and government.

The students also shared smiles with the delegation — joking, laughing and posing for photographs (and even a few “selfies”) for Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

After the delegation had left the school, Brighton Principal Charisse Hilton told Ide and her students that the translators had commented to her that the level of discussion was among the best they’d experienced in their travels. She reported being told that the students’ questions and comments were “college-level.”  

“We know we have awesome teachers and great students,” Hilton said.

Board member Kim Horiuchi also attended the event and gave the group a warm welcome. “What a great experience for our students to learn about different cultures and religions and people,” she said.