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Thursday Event Marks Start Of Work On New Midvale Middle

The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the future home of the Midvale Middle Trojans.

The event on Thursday, June 11, 2015 will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, which will conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by members of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration, new Midvale Middle Principal Wendy Dau, and several local dignitaries, will start at 5:30 p.m. 

The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, the same location where six decades of Midvale teenagers have attended middle school. Demolition on the old, red-bricked school begins later this month. A community Open House on May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

The school, scheduled to be done in fall 2017, will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East.  They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

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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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