Canyons District wants to ease the first-day-of-school jitters for students who are entering middle and high school this year.

To the end of helping students acclimate to their new, bigger surroundings, all CSD middle and high schools are hosting orientations for secondary-school first-timers on Aug. 19 — the day before the official first day of the 2014-2105 school year.

The events, organized annual in CSD, give students a chance to find their classes and the cafeteria, open their lockers, and meet teachers and classmates. 

Sixth-grade Orientations

  • Albion — 7:45 a.m. -12:02 p.m.
  • Butler — 7:45 a.m.-12:02 p.m.
  • Draper Park — 7:15 a.m.-11:37 a.m.
  • Eastmont — 7:45 a.m.-11:57 a.m.
  • Indian Hills — 8:05 a.m.-12:12 p.m.
  • Midvale — 7:40 a.m.- 11:57 a.m.
  • Mount Jordan — 7:15 a.m.-11:37 a.m.
  • Union — 7:40 a.m.- 12:02 p.m.

Freshmen Orientations

  • Alta High — 1-3 p.m.
  • Brighton High — 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Corner Canyon High — 8 a.m. to noon
  • Hillcrest High — 7:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Jordan High — 8-noon
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

Work to Start on New Brighton Soccer Stadium

In just a few months, Cottonwood Heights, a significant part of Canyons District, will be home to a high school soccer stadium, one of just a handful in Utah.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 approved the construction bids for the new full-sized soccer field in front of Butler Middle School. It will be the dedicated field for the soccer teams at Brighton High, which are known for their skills and tenacity and have a long-standing tradition of success on the pitch. Last fall, the Bengals’ girls soccer team claimed the 5A state championship trophy.

“It will be so nice to have the stadium — not only as an addition to the community but to carry out the championship legacy for Brighton soccer,” said Kim Horiuchi, a member of the Board of Education who represents Cottonwood Heights neighborhoods.

Since spring, the District has solicited input on the project from many people in the community, including Brighton High Principal Charisse Hilton, the Brighton School Community Council, and the high school’s soccer coaches. They gave valuable advice on the design of the field and planned amenities such as bleachers, parking, and a concessions stand.  

The extensive and wide-reaching effort to obtain community advice and comment delayed construction. However, Horiuchi said, the short waylay was worth it to ensure that the project meets the needs and wants of the community.

“I do appreciate all the input that we have received on it, not only from the community but from the Brighton High School Community Council, as well,” said Horiuchi.  “We felt that gathering that input was necessary.” 

Nancy Tingey, who also represents Brighton High as a member of the Board of Education, shares that sentiment and recognizes the value of working with community partners. "Thank you for your patience and engagement in this project. The new home for Brighton soccer will serve the school and community well for many years to come."  

The soccer-field project, which will be completed by Hughes Construction, is the latest in a string of improvement and revitalization projects undertaken at CSD schools and District property in Cottonwood Heights. 
The new Butler Middle School is the largest project that has been completed since the District’s inception in 2009.  But CSD students, employees and patrons also now enjoy Brighton’s new Bengal Building; a new track at Brighton for student and community runners; Mountview Park; and playing fields and tennis courts where the old Cottonwood Heights Elementary once stood.

Furthermore, the Board of Education has approved a timeline for construction for a newly rebuilt Butler Elementary, a scheduled project funded by the $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond approved by CSD voters in spring 2010.  According to the timeline, work on a 70,000- to 75,000-square-foot Butler Elementary would begin in spring 2015 and be completed by fall 2016.  

Crews will soon begin work in earnest on the soccer field. When completed, it will be part of the athletic complex in Cottonwood Heights that has become ground zero for creating champions in soccer, tennis and swimming.  

In addition to the title-holding girls soccer team, Brighton’s boys tennis team has topped the state tourney seven times and last year BHS players won state titles in singles and doubles competitions. Brighton also has the most accomplished swimming program in the state. Last year, both boys and girls swimmers, who train at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, won state championships, and this year the boys team won its sixth straight 5A state trophy.   

Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. 

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools and District Offices:

Albion Middle Principal JoAnne Ackerman and East Midvale Principal Alice Peck have been named School Performance Directors. In their new administrative posts, they will supervise the District’s 29 elementary schools. 

The selection of Ackerman and Peck as District-based administrators created positions at both Albion and East Midvale. Darrell Jensen, who is serving as Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become the new leader at Albion Middle.  Justin Pitcher, an Assistant Principal at Brighton High, will replace Peck at East Midvale Elementary.

Jana Crist, who had been slated to start an administrative intern at Alta High, replaces Jensen at Jordan High, and Matthew Schelble, who has been hired to be an administrative intern at Brighton High, will replace Pitcher at Brighton High.   

Also, Shawn Walker, who has been the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, has been assigned to Copperview Elementary, replacing Assistant Principal Jethro Jones, who resigned this summer to accept a principal job in Kodiak, Alaska.

Jessica Vidal, who has been the Achievement Coach at Oak Hollow Elementary, will assume the Assistant Principal role at Midvale Elementary.

In addition, Todd Bird, who has been serving as CSD’s Coordinator of Student Support Services, has been appointed as the District’s new Juvenile and Adult Corrections Education Administrator. In this role, among other duties, he will serve as principal at South Park Academy, the District’s high school at the Utah State Prison. He replaces Dr. Lory Curtis, who retired last spring.

Tamra Baker and Mike Sirois also have accepted new roles in the administration. 

Baker, who has served as a School Performance Director since 2009, has taken up the charge of launching a new Student Support Services Department as envisioned by Superintendent Jim Briscoe.

Sirois’ role as a School Performance Director has been expanded.  He now supervises Ackerman and Peck, as well as overseeing the principals of the District’s eight middle schools.

Canyons School District is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 attendance incentive payouts per employee.  The incentive amounts are calculated based on the number of eligible full-time employees and the number of sick, personal and no-pay days taken. The incentive will be included in your paycheck on July 23.

The 2013-2014 payout amounts are as follows:

Employee Group

No Absences

One Absence

Two Absences














*The amount is calculated based on a 40-hour work week.  If an employee worked less, the amount would be prorated according the hours worked.

Summer is for relaxing with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other, right?  Not for seven teachers at Draper Park Middle School. .

This group of energetic Canyons teachers hit the pavement in the relay-style, 200-mile Ragnar Relay Series in northern Utah. The Draper Park group, which adopted the name “Team Viking” after the middle school’s mascot, jogged day and night on the roads wending through such picturesque towns as Eden, Liberty and Mountain Green.

In the Ragnar race — known for its runners that often sport crazy costumes and wacky team names — one runner on the team runs at a time. But each runner goes several times, with each leg ranging in length and difficulty. 

The Draper Park team was formed when sixth-grade social studies teacher Kami Ambercrombie sent an e-mail message to all Draper Park faculty and staff, asking if anyone was interested in forming a team to tackle the grueling hills and dirt roads of the Wasatch Back. Those who responded soon found themselves putting in their training miles at the nearby Corner Canyon High, said art teacher Meghan Schott. 

Schott was joined on the team by Ambercrombie; sixth-grade social studies teacher Brook Bergeson; eighth-grade math teacher Tania Kenney; seventh-grade science teacher Rhonda Clark; seventh-grade language arts teacher Whitney Lee; and eighth-grade U.S. history teacher Emily Nancy. Assistant Principal Dave Barrett supported his teachers by volunteering along the race route. 

At the race, “Team Viking” caught the attention of a Deseret News photographer and photos of the bunch appeared on the cover of the Sunday, June 29, 2014 edition of the newspaper.

Schott says that the group “had a blast” running the race.  “It definitely brought us all closer together,” she said, adding that the experience highlighted their respective organizational and communication skills, work ethic and good senses of humor.

“Luckily, since we are middle school teachers we all have these qualities,” she said. “Also, the ability to take naps in a van was key.”

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