Alta High is proud to announce the selection of a new head football coach who will build on the Hawks’ sky-high legacy of excellence.

Alema Te’o, known for his role in founding the prestigious All-Poly Football Camp, officially assumed the post on Feb. 6, 2015. Alta High Principal Brian McGill says he has “full confidence” that Te’o, a special education and physical education teacher, will make an immediate positive impact to the program.

"We're excited about the hiring of Alema Te'o as Alta High's head football coach,” McGill said. “He has an innate ability to connect with student athletes, a multitude of skills and years of experience at both the high school and collegiate coaching levels, and has built a strong reputation as the go-to connection for collegiate level football prospects in the state of Utah.”

Te’o was hired as the school’s fifth-ever coach after being interviewed by a search committee that included McGill, District administrators and the chair of the School Community Council.  Te’o will join Alta’s staff in fall 2015. However, McGill said the new coach has not hesitated jumping into the new role. He’s already seeking to solidify his coaching staff and creating plans for the 2015 season and beyond.

“Coach Te’o comes highly recommended, and we are thrilled that he’ll be bringing his skills and talents to Alta High,” McGill said, adding the search committee sought input from former Alta Coach Doug Berry and Utah Coach Ron McBride before making the new-coach selection. 

Te’o, who has a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from Utah State University, has 26 years of experience in education. He’s played major coaching roles at Woods Cross, Bountiful and Lehi high schools, and completed an elite Nike weight-fitness training certification program. Te’o also played and coached at Snow College and served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Utah.

The recent construction of a new, state-of-the-art training facility at Alta, done as part of a remodeling project at the school, will assist the coach and his athletes as the team powers into training season. "Alta will start the 2015-2016 football season with a new coach, region, and best-in-the-state training facilities,” McGill said.

The Hawks achieved 5A-playoff status in the 2014 season. Previously, the school made appearances in 5A semifinal games from 2005-2009 and won state championship trophies in 2007 and 2008.

The final $42 million in bonds from the 2010 Canyons School District bond election are about to be issued.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $42 million in general obligations bonds. The bonds are the last of the $250 million in bonds authorized by voters in the 2010 election.

Bond proceeds will fund the final bond projects, including the rebuild of Alta View and Butler elementary schools, the rebuild of Midvale Middle School, and renovations to Indian Hills Middle School. This is the first step in the bond sale process, which will allow CSD to capitalize on lower construction costs and borrow funds at low interest rates, which currently are around 2.6 percent.

Canyons School District is pleased to deliver on its bond promises to the public. Tax rates have remained neutral.  Canyons' AAA Bond Rating has enabled the district to secure low interest rates to save taxpayers money. In 2014, Canyons was able to refinance some of the debt issued by the former Jordan School District to save the district $4.5 million.

CSD also has completed the following bond projects since breaking ground on its first projects in spring 2011:

• 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

Five of the bond projects remain. They are:

• Mount Jordan Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2015
• Butler Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2016
• Midvale Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• Alta View Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• Indian Hills renovation, scheduled for completion in fall 2018
The deadline to submit entries in our Recipe Contest has been extended to give students more time to whip up a winning culinary delight.

Entries will be accepted until Thursday, March 5, 2015.  The winner will be announced in March, which is National Nutrition Month.

The submission judged as the best by our Nutrition Services Department will become part of the school lunch menu and named after the student who submitted it.   

The winning recipe must be original and include a protein, a vegetable, and a grain. All components can be in one recipe or may be included as side dishes. 

Participants must fill out this online Recipe Submission Form.  

On the form, students will be asked to include the name of the recipe, ingredients, cooking instructions, and the number of servings.  The recipe may not include any tree nuts or peanuts due to allergies in the District. Only one recipe per student will be accepted.

Please keep in mind that the winning recipe will need to be made on a mass scale. Recipes that require too much time or money to prepare likely will not be chosen. 

In addition, school meals are required to meet health and nutrition standards. The meals served in our cafeterias must be low in sodium, saturated fat and calories, and must be prepared using whole grains.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 voted unanimously to lift the moratorium at Draper Park Middle School, where enrollments are expected to be around 1,450, or 100 students less than originally thought, in the 2015-2016 school year. 

The action allows for out-of-boundary permits for parents seeking to enroll their children at the school. The vote also allows entrance for students in the Dual-Language Immersion Mandarin Chinese-English and French-English programs, now offered at Draper and Oak Hollow elementaries, respectively, to continue their language immersion programs at the middle school should they not already live in the Draper Park boundaries.

Canyons School Performance Director Mike Sirois said the move opens the doors to some 20 families who desire to attend Draper Park to do so. He said people had applied prior to moratorium status, and that their applications remain time-stamped. Future applications also will be time-stamped and approved on a first-come, first-served basis, according to protocols.

The Open Enrollment window is open through Feb. 20, 2015 in accordance with state law. Applications can be accessed at any district school and should be submitted directly to the school the applicant desires to attend next school year. Parents will be notified by March 1 whether their applications have been accepted. Details on open enrollment can be found on the website.

The students in Hillcrest High's Dance Company love to dance. And not just dance, but move in a way that will inspire their audience, uplift somebody’s day — and improve the community.

That’s why, when Salt Lake City’s Repertory Dance Theatre Company decided to include the group’s 27 teenagers in a free dance concert at Hillcrest on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., they looked to the students to shape their own choreography. After about six hours of working together one Saturday afternoon, the result is a dance that tells the story of heritage and journey. And students say the opportunity has changed their lives.

“This is more than just another dance, it’s a life experience for us,” said Rachel Heard, a senior dancer and president of the Hillcrest Dance Company. “We are super excited about it and we’re very thankful that we get to have (the RDT performance) here.”

RDT, a successful modern dance company, regularly works with the community, offering lectures, movement classes and free matinee performances.  But this is the first time the renowned group will be performing at Hillcrest and including Hillcrest’s Dance Company. The concert is free and open to the public through a grant from the Midvale Arts Council.

“Working with the Hillcrest dancers was a wonderful experience,” said Nicholas Cendese, an artistic associate with RDT who directed the students and helped shaped the direction of their movements. “One of the outstanding things the audience will see is the high caliber and physicality of the Hillcrest dancers. They are amazing movers and we worked hard to give them lush movement that showcases their talents.”

For Nick Fife, a 16-year-old junior who’s been dancing since the eighth grade, the experience has been eye-opening.

“This is so cool that we get the opportunity to work with dancers who are successful in their field — known dancers — because it gives us something to aspire to,” Fife says. “It’s a whole new standard, being able to learn a dance we know will be in a professional concert — it adds a whole new level.”

The opportunity to work with RDT is especially meaningful to Chelsea Lujan, Hillcrest Dance Company’s teacher and adviser. Lujan started teaching dance at Hillcrest four years ago, following in the footsteps of her mother, who taught dance at the school for 21 years.

“Secretly, it’s every dancer’s dream to dance in a professional setting, and my 27 dancers get that chance,” Lujan said. “I just love every time my dancers can have new experiences.”

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