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.
Canyons District recognizes the important role a principal plays in the community.
 
That is why we have planned a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. 
 
We want to receive input from parents, students and faculty about the qualities and characteristics the community would like to see in a new principal at Mount Jordan Middle School.

The current principal, Misty Suarez, has accepted an administrative position in the District Office of the Salt Lake City School District.
 
We value your opinions, and we hope to see you at the Town Hall meeting.  
 
If you have any questions, please call the Canyons District Office of Public Communications at 801-826-5084 or 801-826-5050 or send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Canyons Board of Education and the Canyons Educational Support Professionals Association have reached a tentative agreement for the 2012-2013 school year that will give ESP employees an increase in base pay in addition to steps and lanes, and a one-time 1 percent bonus. These are some highlights of the tentative agreement:
 
  • 1 percent Cost of Living Adjustment to the base salary schedule
  • 1 percent one-time bonus, to recognize the hard work of ESP staff in implementing changes in Canyons School District over the past three years
  • Unfreezing of the salary schedule, with Steps and Lanes for the 2012-2013 year
  • No increase in the cost of health insurance premiums
 
The Board and Association also tentatively agreed on some proposals to study several policies for the purpose of bringing recommendations to the Board of Education for consideration. Committees will be formed to study and make recommendations on transportation issues (specifically policies that may be needed to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations), DP369 (which has been on moratorium status since the beginning of Canyons School District), and the salary schedule (to determine how it might be revised to reflect the intent of SB 64, which will require advancements on public school salary schedules to be based on employee evaluations).
 
Any substantial additions or revisions to these policies (above and beyond routine statutory updates) will be done according to the Board’s approved policy process and submitted to the Board for final consideration and approval.
 
Canyons Educational Support Professionals Association President Gary Martensen, speaking on behalf of CESPA, and Superintendent David Doty, speaking on behalf of the Canyons Board of Education, stated: “We are very pleased with the collaborative nature of this year’s negotiations, and look forward to working together in the coming year as we make final preparations for grade reconfiguration and provide the support our educators and students need to make this transition successful in 2013.”
 
The Canyons Educational Support Professionals Association submitted the tentative agreement to its members on May 17, 2012, and the Board of Education is expected to ratify by the end of the school year.
Midvale Elementary’s PTA has planned a community carnival to bid farewell to the old, 61-year-old Midvale Elementary, which is being vacated after this school year. 

The Thursday, May 31 carnival will be held from 3 - 7:30 p.m. at the current school, 362 W. Center (7720 South). A special ceremony recognizing staff and PTA boards past and present will be held at 6 p.m. The event will include inflatables, games, food, and fun, including a Silly String Showdown. Most activities cost $1.

This fall, Canyons School District will open a new Midvale Elementary at a new site — 7852 S. Pioneer St. (310 West).

The new Midvale Elementary School, which is adjacent to Midvale Middle School, is 85,000-square-foot and covers 9 acres. The new school will have natural light in rooms and hallways.

The school also will have state-of-the-art classrooms, and plans also call for additional gymnasium, playground and parking spaces.
 
The Board of Education chose NJRA Architects to spearhead the project’s design. Westland Construction is the contractor. 
For the second consecutive year, Canyons School District has earned two awards for excellence in creating the District’s annual budget.

Canyons District is the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting for the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Audit for the year ending June 30, 2011.
 
In addition, the District has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for the June 30, 2011 CAFR.
Jordan High's band is hitting all the right notes. The band was one of two to receive the highest ratings from judges at the State Band Festival, which was held May 4-5, 2012.

The band, one of 36, received all Superior I ratings at the event, which was at Jordan High School. 

This marked the 11th consecutive year Jordan bands received superior ratings at competitions. The Beetdiggers are shooting for another outstanding showing at the State Orchestra festival May 18 -19, 2012.

Alta's band also qualified to perform at the state festival. 


In honor of School Nurse Week, Canyons District expresses appreciation for the good work done by our school nurses. 

The week ends Friday, May 11 — the day before the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing.
 
Also, Wednesday, May 9 is National School Nurse Day, and was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Today, school nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.