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.
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