Midvale Middle School students will have temporary digs starting next school year.

The Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 voted to relocate the school community to the old Crescent View building for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years while the school is rebuilt with proceeds from the $250 million voter-approved bond. The District Transportation Office is arranging to safely transport students to the temporary school location. The relocation is supported by Midvale City leaders.

The old Crescent View, located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy, has served as the temporary home to the Mount Jordan Middle School community for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, during Mount Jordan’s reconstruction. The new Mount Jordan Middle School, also rebuilt with bond proceeds, will be ready to welcome students in fall 2015.

Midvale Middle School reconstruction is scheduled to begin in summer 2015, and be completed in August 2017.
There’s a special wall in Butler Middle School that holds a place in the hearts of many of its students and their families.

The school’s Wall of Honor is made of bricks of paper, each one detailing the sacrifice made by a loved one in the U.S. Armed Forces. The decade-long tradition is a way for each student to pay homage to the heroes in their lives, and show their appreciation in a display the whole school can see. The wall is part of a celebration that culminates in a Veterans Day assembly presented by the school band, orchestra and choir. The assembly is one of the students’ favorite meetings of the year.

“You think kids don’t care, but it has been really cool to see how they have responded,” said Butler Middle teacher Jennifer Van Haaften, who has coordinated the project since its inception. “It has been such a great experience.”

During the assembly, the school presents a slide show of each of the veterans being honored, and without fail, every year, every name is met with great applause, Van Haaften says.

The tradition began after Butler Middle School became a "First Amendment School" in 2001. The First Amendment Schools project is designed to “transform how schools teach the rights and responsibilities of citizenship,” according to the project’s web site. Though the Veterans' Wall is one of Van Haaften’s favorite projects of the year to participate in, the idea was initially sparked by the students of Butler Middle 10 years ago.

“They wanted to do something to honor veterans,” Van Haaften said. “The students said, ‘We want to do something, how can we get the community involved?’ ”

Students and members of the community can submit information about a veterans service to be included on the school’s wall, which is on display in the common area near the cafeteria.

This year’s wall represents more than 50 Veterans from all branches of the military — including the Coast Guard — who served in Desert Storm, the Korean War, World War II and Afghanistan.
The Canyons Board of Education is interested in hearing from those who are directly affected by the policies and procedures of the District — the students.

To that end, for the second year, 10 students from Alta, Brighton, Corner CanyonJordan and Hillcrest high schools have been selected to serve on a CSD Student Advisory Board. The group’s main function is to provide input to the Board from a student’s perspective.  

The student board consists of two students from each Canyons high school. The members are selected through an application process. Council representatives are asked to attend the Board of Education’s semi-monthly meetings and discuss issues facing the elected Canyons Board. 

Members of the second Student Advisory Board are:
  • Alta: Jake Kohler and Maddie Dismuke
  • Brighton: David Warr and Carter Brown
  • Corner Canyon: Brady Thayer and Coleman Broman
  • Hillcrest: Allison Rimmasch and Anthony Cheng
  • Jordan: Kate Lesuer and Bronson Battaglia

"What you will bring to some of the discussions and decisions we make as a Board will be valuable," Board of Education member Nancy Tingey told the members of the student advisory group at a recent meeting. "Thank you for getting involved ... we will look to you for advice and counsel.”

High school seniors: Get ready! College Application Week is Nov. 17-21. During that time, all CSD high school seniors will complete a college application during the regular school day with the help of counselors, faculty, support professionals and parent volunteers. Utah College Application Week, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education's StepUp to Higher Education campaign, complements the Canyons Board of Education's mission to ensure all students are ready for college and careers when they graduate high school.

College Application Week Resources 

Students in all five Canyons high schools – Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan – are participating in the weeklong event, and are planning a number of activities in the weeks prior to raise awareness among peers that college is not only within reach, but an important part of their futures.

"It sets everyone on an equal playing field ... and lets them take their education to the next level," Jordan High Student Body Officer Bronson Battaglia said of College Application Week. "That's what college is all about."

College Application Week is part of the American College Application Campaign, a national initiative that aims to remove barriers to higher education and increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.

"I was the first person in my family to go to college – on either side of my family. I didn't think I had what it takes," said Canyons Board of Education Member Tracy Cowdell, who since has earned two undergraduate degrees and a law degree. "Education opened doors, and literally changed my life and my family's life."

At least 45 states this year are expected to participate in the American College Application Campaign, launched in 2005 by the American Council on Education. CSD middle schools also are participating in Utah College Application Week activities.

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  • The Great Pumpkin Patch has arrived at Jordan Valley School. Students at the school were treated to a special Pumpkin Patch set up on the campus the morning of Oct. 28, 2014. Students strolled among the gourds to pick their favorites to take home for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. The pumpkins were grown by inmates at the Utah State Prison and placed on the school grounds by correctional officers. The Pumpkin Patch is an annual tradition at Jordan Valley School, which serves students with severe disabilities, and for inmates who work in the prison's greenhouse program to serve the community.

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