Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:59

Awards for CSD Bond Projects

Three Canyons schools, built with proceeds from a $250 million voter-approved bond, have received awards for quality design and workmanship.

Butler Middle School, Draper Park Middle School and Corner Canyon High School received 2013 Excellence in Masonry Awards from the Utah Masonry Council. The awards were bestowed at a banquet Jan. 31, 2014 at the downtown Marriott.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Utah Masonry Council, and to have been able to collaborate with outstanding professionals to create high-quality, modern learning environments for students," said Rick Conger, Director of Facilities for Canyons School District.

The Excellence in Masonry Design Awards focus on the power of collaboration between visionary owners, talented architects and engineers, and the skilled professionals who bring their ideas to fruition with masonry, according to the council's Web site. As such, the awards recognized Canyons District's collaboration with the following professionals:
  • Draper Park: VCBO, AK Masonry and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block, Quikrete and Interstate Brick
  • Corner Canyon: Sandstrom Associates, Doyle Hatfield Masonry, and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Ash Grove Packaging, Buehner Block, Interstate Brick and Brailsford Cast Stone.
  • Butler Middle: VCBO, Harv & Higam Masonry, and Hughes General Contractors, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block and Interstate Brick.
The schools were built with proceeds from a $250 million bond, which voters approved in 2010. Additional completed projects include the Albion Middle School renovation, Midvale Elementary rebuild, and Sandy Elementary seismic upgrade. The Mount Jordan Middle School rebuilding project is underway, and scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.

The awards came in the Council's Institutional Category, which includes schools, churches and transportation facilities. Midvale Elementary won a 2012 Excellence in Masonry Award.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:10

Mount Jordan Takes AVID Schoolwide

Mount Jordan Middle will be moving into a new, state-of-the-art building in fall 2015, but Principal Molly Hart is making sure her students are getting ready now with education technology and innovative teaching strategies.

"We're preparing to go into a new building, and we needed to make sure we were prepared for a 21st century learning environment," Dr. Hart says as she talks about some exciting changes happening in her school.

Mount Jordan is the first middle school in Canyons District to take AVID, a college-readiness system designed to increase learning and performance, schoolwide. An acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, the program has been used at Mount Jordan for three years as an elective class, but this is the first year that AVID techniques are being applied schoolwide as part of a Board of Education initiative, with all of Mount Jordan’s teachers trained in the strategies.

Also new this year, Mount Jordan’s classrooms are equipped with technology at a 1:1 ratio. That means that every classroom now has a set of devices — ranging from iPads and iPod touches to laptops, Chromebooks and traditional computer labs — available to each student to be used as an appropriate classroom tool.

“We assessed our strengths and weaknesses, and we wanted to do better for the students who are at Mount Jordan,” Dr. Hart said. “We felt like putting the tools in their hands that they would use in a college and a career and giving them the strategies they would need for college and a career together would create a fantastic middle school experience.”

The school showed off its innovative learning strategies at the “Mountaineer Showcase” Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

AVID teaches students a set of strategies — such as how to stay organized, how to plan for upcoming assignments and tests, how to take notes and how to direct their focus — to help them prepare for college or the work force. It is especially geared toward helping students who come from lower-income families who don’t have a role model or relative who went to college to teach them these fundamental habits.

The system has promising results, according to the non-profit program’s Web site. Nationwide, 90 percent of 34,000 seniors who participated in the program in 2013 planned to attend a college or university after high school and 77 percent of the participants took at least one higher-level course such as an AP class. Nearly three-fourths of participants qualified for free- or reduced-price school lunch, according to AVID. At Mount Jordan, Dr. Hart says she has seen an increase in benchmark testing and more students have gone on to take AP courses.

Mount Jordan is located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy. The school will move back to its historic address, 9360 S. 300 East, when the newly rebuilt school opens in fall 2015. The building project is funded by a $250 million bond voters approved in 2010.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:57

Mount Jordan Artist Renderings Available

While colors and other finishing details remain in the works, artist renderings of the new Mount Jordan Middle School have been made available for public view. The renderings were created by MHTN Architects, the architectural firm selected by the Board of Education to design the school following a competitive bid process. Hogan and Associates Construction will oversee the building's construction.

The new Mount Jordan Middle is made possible by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. The new school will have a state-of-the-art auditorium; a 180-seat lecture hall; hallways and classrooms filled with natural light; an expanded cafeteria and spacious commons area; a gymnasium with two full courts, 14 basketball hoops, large locker rooms, fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training, and an elevated indoor running track with a special surface for running; and a performing arts suite for choir and band practices.

Students and staff temporarily have relocated to the former Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East, while their new school is under construction. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
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With a resounding crash of brick and glass, Canyons District celebrated the start of work on the new Mount Jordan Middle by tearing down one of the school's old walls.

More than 200 parents, teachers, students and members of the community attended the Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 event. Dignitaries included Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, members of the Sandy City Council, and Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, who attended the school as a teenager.

To the cheers of the crowd, Mount Jordan Principal Molly Hart hopped into a giant machine with a claw that was poised to pull down part of the wall to her old office. “Dr. Hart,” Board member Tracy Scott Cowdell said from the microphone, “pull down that wall.” With the flip of a few levers, the first whack was taken at the 59-year-old building. After that first swipe at the building, dignitaries then grabbed golden-painted shovels, donned hard hats and did the ceremonial turning of the dirt on the new building, which is expected to be completed in fall 2015.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 22:42

Bengals Roar Approval Of Bengal Building

Students attending Brighton High School are sure to notice that there’s a welcome addition to their campus. 

Brighton High on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 celebrated the official opening of the new Bengal Building. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held right before the Bengals' first football game of the season, which the team won.  

Principal Charisse Hilton asked Student Body President Mitchel Kenney to do the ribbon-cutting honors with the giant scissors. During the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, Kenney was surrounded by Hilton, Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore and Canyons Board of Education Members Kim Horiuchi and Nancy Tingey.

The new building houses science and computer labs, classrooms, a dance room, weight room, and other amenities that students have been eagerly anticipating. Brighton football Coach Ryan Bullet told the crowd at the Friday event, which also attracted students, parents and teachers, that the new weight room is one of the best in the state. 

Construction on the building was planned to accommodate an increased number of students attending Brighton High as part of Canyons District’s grade reconfiguration. Beginning this year, ninth graders in the District attend high school; sixth graders attend middle school. Elementary schools are for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

See photographs of the event on our Facebook page.
A strong sense of community was a theme at the ceremonial opening of the new Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. A crowd of more than 400 students, parents, teachers and patrons in Canyons District gathered to celebrate Butler’s completion and participate in a ribbon-cutting event.

“In my years of experience, I’ve learned a few lessons about how a school can become the heart of a community,” Butler Middle Principal Paula Logan told the crowd, which included such dignitaries as Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Rep. Steve Eliason and Sen. Brian Shiozawa. “As American philosopher John Dewey once said, ‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.’ ”
Less than a year ago, a damp day washed out Draper Park Middle School’s groundbreaking plans, but not a rain cloud was in sight Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as parents, teachers, students and patrons gathered in the evening sun to celebrate the new school’s completion.

Members of the Canyons District Board of Education, Draper City Council, Unified Fire Authority, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, and other local leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event to show their support of the first public middle school built in Draper.

The school itself was built in an astonishing 11 months, but residents in the area have been waiting decades for a middle school, Canyons District Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd of about 500 people who came to celebrate the historic day.
A charge of excitement was in the air Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, as students, teachers, parents and patrons joined Canyons District leaders at a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the new Corner Canyon High School.

The sun shone brightly on the crowd of at least 400 people who gathered to help the Chargers open their new school with the snip of a ceremonial red ribbon.

“It’s been a labor of love for so many people, and it’s been a privilege to work with all of you on this school,” Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey told the crowd. “It’s truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Now I can check ‘Open Up A High School’ off my bucket list.”

Construction on Corner Canyon High began in 2011, less than a year after voters approved a $250 million bond to renovate, build or rebuild schools in the District. Completion of the new high school marks the first time a public high school has ever been built in Draper — a historic accomplishment that was not lost on those gathered to celebrate its opening.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:33

Crews Cap Corner Canyon High With 13-Ton Dome

The wet and chilly weather could not dampen the electric charge-forward spirit of the crowd that gathered Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 to cheer the historic placement of a 13-ton dome atop the new Corner Canyon High School.

The dome, built by the Tremonton, Utah-based Munns Manufacturing, was made a part of the school’s design to pay homage to Draper’s heritage, said Dr. Paul McCarty, a member of the Canyons Board of Education who spoke at the 2:30 p.m. event. 

“The dome atop this wonderful school is a symbol of Draper’s pioneer past — a reminder of the Round House, which our ancestors used as a gathering place for community celebrations and activities,” said McCarty, who represents Draper. “It’s an honor to be a part of this historical moment where we bridge our pioneer past to a promising future.”

The Round House, which was known for its domed roof, was the social hub of Draper for decades before it was razed in the 1960s. To the end of establishing the high school at the city’s new central meeting spot, architects and CSD officials drew on the building's design for inspiration, said Canyons Superintendent David S. Doty. In addition to the dome, various other elements that figured prominently on the Round House are reflected in the design of the school, which was created by Orem-based Sandstrom Associates Architecture.

“You’ll see grand columns, soaring arches and large windows that will give students amazing views of our magnificent mountains,” Doty said. “It’s been more than 50 years since the Round House was torn down. But I believe that this new high school, in both purpose and spirit, will carry on the proud tradition of being the social and educational hub for the families of Draper.”

Applause from some 125 Corner Canyon supporters rose with hundreds of biodegradable balloons when crews from Hogan and Associates Construction, the project’s contractor, capped the dome in place on the 311,000-square-foot building, which is the first traditional public high school in the city. A large crane lifted the dome into place.

Corner Canyon’s dome is 46 feet in diameter and soon will be capped with an 18-foot bell tower. The dome’s frame is made of steel and is wrapped in aluminum sheeting with an enamel, no-fade finish. It took several days to transport the 14-foot-tall dome from Box Elder County to its new home in Draper. The first half arrived at the construction site on Nov. 27.  The second half arrived earlier this week.

Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey thanked parents for their support in the ramp-up to the start of school. Bailey also thanked the construction crews for the care they “are taking to make sure this school is the best that we can build for our children.”

Corner Canyon High, home to the Chargers, will be two stories and will include a 120-seat lecture hall, a 1,200-seat auditorium, a 3,300-seat capacity gymnasium meeting NCAA standards, 1,200 parking stalls, a state-of-the-art 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.

Corner Canyon, 12943 S. 700 East, is one of two new schools that will open in Draper in fall 2013. The new Crescent View Middle School, 13133 S. 1300 East, also is scheduled to open this fall.

Thanks to the $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010, Canyons District launched an ambitious school construction and renovation schedule. This year, CSD celebrated the opening of the new Midvale Elementary and the renovated Albion Middle. Next fall, in addition to Corner Canyon and the new Crescent View, Cottonwood Heights students will return to a newly built Butler Middle School. Other projects are being discussed and planned.

See news media coverage of the Dome Drop:
The Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News
KUTV 2News
Fox 13 News

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:14

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

The Board of Education visited four newly completed and in-progress construction projects. The Board viewed the progress of the new Crescent View Middle School, which is being rebuilt in Draper; Butler Middle School; and Corner Canyon High School — all of which are scheduled to open next school year. The Board also visited the newly constructed Midvale Elementary, which opened in August. Here are highlights and photos of each project:

Crescent View Middle School

The Board was greeted at its first tour stop by cheering students and parents, who held homemade signs and thanked the Board for rebuilding Crescent View at its new location, 13133 S. 1300 East in Draper. The red and sand-colored brick walls of the school have begun their ascent, and the second floor is scheduled to be poured this week. A community groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 9, 2012. The completed building will contain:

• A 700-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium that also has potential to be enjoyed by the community-at-large
• An expanded cafeteria and kitchen and a spacious commons area
• Three academic wings that will house high-tech classrooms
• A gymnasium with two full courts, 12 basketball hoops, two large locker rooms, two fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training and an elevated indoor running track
• A fully integrated computer suite and media center with green screen TV production studio
• A music suite that includes an instrument, band and choir rooms, practice rooms, offices and a music library.

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Corner Canyon High School

With arched windows, football, soccer and practice fields, classrooms and cabinetry installed, Canyons' new high school is coming together at a steady pace. The rounded exterior of the 1,200-seat auditorium is beginning to take shape, and the school's dome is expected to be placed in the upcoming months. Other building highlights will include:

• 120-seat lecture hall
• State-of-the-art science labs built to accommodate future technological innovations
• 3,300-seat capacity gymnasium meeting NCAA standards
• New track and artificial turf football field with seating for 3,500 home spectators and 1,200 visiting spectators
• Eight tennis courts
• A baseball and softball complex
• A balance of academic, athletic and extracurricular areas. In addition to an expanded cafeteria, the school will have a spacious commons area for students and faculty to gather and begin uniting and developing its own traditions, which is especially important for a new school.

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Butler Middle School

Striking reds, yellows and earth-tones of the fall foliage can be enjoyed at the new Butler Middle School, even from the inside. The east side of the school's second-floor media center is a giant window to the Wasatch Mountains, which also peek through the gymnasium. The school's walls are up, the roof is on, and warm earth-tone paint is adding a splash of color to some sheet-rocked walls. Upon completion, Butler will contain:

• A fully integrated computer suite and media center with green screen TV production studio
• A music suite that includes an instrument, band and choir rooms, practice rooms, offices and a music library
• A 1,000-seat state-of-the-art auditorium theater that, thanks to Cottonwood Heights City for its financial contribution, also has potential to be enjoyed by the community-at-large
• An expanded cafeteria and kitchen and a spacious commons area
• A gymnasium with two full courts, 12 basketball hoops, two large locker rooms, two fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training and an elevated indoor running track.

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Midvale Elementary School

With its Grand Staircase, Utah rivers depicted on floor tiles and ceiling structures, and hallway and outdoor seating resembling the hoodoos of southern Utah's Goblin Valley, the new Midvale Elementary School is considered a second teacher of students. Corridors with lighting resembling stalactites of Timpanogos Cave and classroom wings named for Utah mountain ranges have delighted the students, staff and community since the school opened earlier this fall. The school was rebuilt adjacent to Midvale Middle School. The former school's Center Street property will become a community park as part of a partnership with Midvale City.

The new Midvale Elementary contains:

• State-of-the-art classrooms that are wired for a 21st century education — complete with smart boards, LCD projectors and audio enhancement for teachers
• Natural light in every classroom and throughout the hallways
• An expanded cafeteria and gymnasium
• A spacious new commons area for students, faculty and the community at large to begin developing traditions for the new school
• A new playground; plenty of play space for children
• New central air and heating system.
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