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

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

– 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

– 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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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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