Canyons District announces several new leadership appointments.

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools. The positions will be effective for the coming school year:

Doug Hallenbeck is the new principal of Mount Jordan Middle School. Hallenbeck, who currently serves as an Assistant Principal of Mount Jordan, replaces Misty Suarez, who has accepted an administrative position in the Salt Lake City School District.

Molly Hart, Principal of Double Churches Middle School in Muscogee County School District in Georgia, will be an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle School, replacing Hallenbeck.

Stacy Kurtzhals, Assistant Principal at Crescent View Middle School, will be an Assistant Principal at Butler Middle School. She replaces Mark Montague, who resigned his position last fall and whose position was filled by substitute Assistant Principal Ray Jensen.

Jodi Roberts, Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary, will be an Assistant Principal at Crescent View Middle School, replacing Kurtzhals.

Rex Prescott, Assistant Principal at Willow Springs and Oak Hollow elementaries, will be Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary, replacing Roberts.

Benjamin "BJ" Weller, an Integrated Supports Coach in the Granite School District, will be Assistant Principal at Willow Springs and Oak Hollow elementaries, replacing Prescott.

John Hellwig, currently an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle School, will be an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle School, replacing Ben Jameson, who has resigned to accept an administrative position in the Jordan School District.

Justin Matagi, currently an Assistant Principal at Alta High School, will be an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle School, replacing Hellwig.

Brian McGill, currently Principal of the Academy of Math, Engineering and Science, will be an Assistant Principal at Alta High School, replacing Matagi.

The Canyons Board of Education on May 29, 2012 ratified the appointments.
Brighton High soccer star Taylor Fankhauser is the 2011-2012 Gatorade Utah Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Fankhauser, who plans to play for Brigham Young University this fall, is the second player from Brighton to earn the honor.

With the award, Taylor joins 2009-2010 winner Thomas Loomis on the list of Brighton students chosen by the sports-drink company as the state’s top athlete in boys soccer. Gatorade has sponsored the program for 27 years.

The 5-foot, 7-inch senior forward/midfielder led the Bengals to a 13-1 record in the regular-season, during which he scored nine goals and passed for 13 assists. He was a First Team All-Region honoree in 2011 and Second Team All-State selection by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Taylor also was chosen for his excellence off the soccer field. Taylor maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is a peer tutor, and volunteers for the Salvation Army and a local food bank. His Eagle Scout project provided Christmas gifts for children of migrant workers.

Each year the Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball and boys and girls track and field. The program awards one national Player of the Year in each sport.

Fankhauser now qualifies to be considered for the overall national award.

Hillcrest High School has earned a spot in the Washington Post's High School Challenge Rankings.

Hillcrest earned the 378th spot on the list. Other Utah schools include Park City, which was ranked No. 321; Skyline, which was ranked No. 404; Highland at No. 722; Karl G. Maeser at No. 764; and Davis at No. 902.

Schools are ranked based on the newspaper’s Challenge Index, which takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divides it by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.

Congratulations to the outstanding leadership, faculty and staff, students and supportive Hillcrest community for this honor.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Canyons Technology Center’s Project House is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23.
Students at CTEC have spent the majority of the school year building the house, 569 E. Rosebowl Court (9235 South).

At the ribbon-cutting event, the students, who are enrolled in construction-related training programs, will show off their handiwork to the public before the five-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is officially placed on the market.

Some 3,100 square feet of the house is finished.

Among the features of the new house: walk-in closets, crown molding, three-tone paint with accented walls, a cherry-wood fireplace mantle, oak floors and hand rails, granite counter tops, energy-efficient appliances and a theater/game room wired for sound.

Proceeds from the sale of the house will pay for next year’s CTEC Project House.

Last year, District earned about $331,000 from the student-built house.

The house will also be open for tours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 24-25, May 29-31 and June 1.
Butler Middle School's cafeteria will be buzzing with tunes by Carly Rae Jeppson, Justin Bieber and One Direction on Monday, May 21.

Principal Marsha Morgan says the school has been awarded a special Radio Disney Road Show by the Utah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  The school works with the organization to promote The Hope for Tomorrow, a mental health education program that teaches adolescents about mental illness.

The aim of the program is to de-stigmatize the disease, explain the signs and symptoms of disorders common among teens and help them learn positive help-seeking behaviors to deal with issues they might have rather than turn to negative means to fix their problems.

The Radio Disney Road Show will take place at lunchtime in the cafeteria. The broadcast was scheduled as part of National Mental Health Awareness Week.