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Salute to Success: Record $24.6 Million in Scholarships, College-Ready Diplomas, 4 State Titles in 2013-2014

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  • Post last modified:June 12, 2014

The 2013-2014 school year in Canyons School District has been one for the books. From the record-breaking $24.6 million in offered scholarships and 71 percent of seniors earning a CSD college- and career-ready diploma to the four 5A state championships earned by high school athletes, Canyons students and employees have achieved heightened levels of excellence.

Here is a list of some of the year’s accomplishments. Stay tuned for a separate update specific to Canyons’ academic achievement.

Student Achievement
– Record-breaking estimated 71 percent of the Class of 2014 earn a CSD college- and career-ready diploma, up from 60 percent of the Class of 2011, the first to be awarded the differentiated diplomas
– 4, 5A State Championships: Mathematics (HHS), Girls Soccer (BHS); Boys Swim (BHS); Baseball (JHS)
– 2 Coca-Cola Scholars
– 3 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair qualifiers
– 5 perfect ACT scorers
– 2 Science Fair Grand Champions, ISEF qualifiers
– 2 Sterling Scholars
– 1 EF Global Student Leader
– 1 5A Girls Soccer MVP
– 1 All-Tribune Football MVP
– 1 Deseret News Mr. Baseball
– 1 Deseret News Ms. Soccer
– 1 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award winner

Employee Achievement
Utah Assistant Principal of the Year
Utah Technology Council Educator of the Year
Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow
Utah Association of Career and Technical Educatoin Administrator of the Year
– Utah Teachers or Coaches of the Year in the following disciplines: Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; Theater; Science; Arts Education; Wrestling
Human Rights Award winner
– 2 Utah PTA Golden Apple winners
– $20,000 classroom technology award in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Leadership
– Interim Superintendent Dr. Ginger Rhode leads district through grade reconfiguration, districtwide boundary changes to better prepare students for college and careers prior to June 30, 2014 retirement
Dr. Jim Briscoe of DeKalb, Ill., hired to become new Canyons Superintendent effective July 1, 2014, following extensive community input and a national search for candidates
AAA Bond Ratings from Moody’s and Fitch
Meritorius Budget Award, Association of School Business Officials International
– Utah’s first sixth-grade STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) premieres
I-CANyons standards-based report card implemented in all elementary schools
Student Advisory Council to the Board of Education debuts
– $86,000 in innovation grants awarded to 14 teachers
AVID college-readiness initiative implemented schoolwide at Mount Jordan Middle
Middle School Debate League launched
– Host of Utah’s first TEDx event for teachers

Facilities
– Opened bond-funded Bengal Building, new wing of Hillcrest High, and three new or rebuilt schools: Draper Park and Butler middle schools and Corner Canyon High School, all of which earned Utah Excellence in Masonry Awards
– Began construction on the new Mount Jordan Middle School
AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) installed in all schools
Carbon monoxide detectors installed in all schools

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