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Morning Mindfulness Brings Clarity, Focus to Albion Middle

Barry Johnson’s second-period science class has fallen silent. The lights are dimmed and the students are all sitting forward and upright in their chairs with their feet on the floor and eyes closed. The only sound that can be heard is the soothing voice of a woman who is inviting the class to take a few moments –eight minutes, to be exact–to “just be right here” as the students “breathe in and breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.” In today’s hyper-connected, always-on world, eight minutes is a long time for anyone to sit still with their thoughts, let alone an

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LeCheminant Named the Utah Assistant Principal of the Year

The raucous orchestra of sounds reverberating through the hallways at Albion Middle School is music to Sandy LeCheminant’s ears. And she’s found that a close listen to the cadence and timbre of her students’ adolescent chatter can help pinpoint the real reason behind the brassiest of classroom and hallway behaviors. “In this position, you get to see the process that students go through as they learn and grow,” says LeCheminant, a music teacher turned middle school administrator. “You get to see them mature. You get to be the mediator as they work through adolescence. They may lose it the next

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Sixth graders to get a taste of middle school

For sixth-graders, making the leap to middle school is a big transition – but it doesn’t have to be a scary one. For nine years, Canyons District’s middle schools have opened their doors a day early to incoming 11- and 12-year-olds. This year’s middle-school orientation will be held the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 22, giving newcomers a chance to find their classes, meet their teachers, and attempt to open their lockers before the hectic hustle and bustle of the first day. The event eases back-to-school jitters by walking students through a day-in-the-life of middle school, albeit a shortened one.    Students

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Middle School Orientation Eases Back-to-School Jitters

Wide hallways, lockers that won’t open, multiple class periods and heavier homework loads–starting middle school for the first time can be a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. For eights years, Canyons District’s middle schools have opened their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to orient themselves and ease into their new surroundings before the official start of school. “It’s a great tradition. We’ve found that it really cuts down on the nerves and the tears and helps students get acclimated,” Mount Jordan’s new principal Cindy Hansen told a KTVX reporter who profiled the

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2015 SAGE: CSD Schools Ranked in Utah’s Top 25

Two Canyons District elementary schools – Granite and Sunrise elementaries – were ranked in Utah’s top 25 highest-performing schools in all three subject areas of the 2015 statewide SAGE exam, with Granite Elementary ranked among Utah’s top five highest-performing schools. Overall,  CSD schools appear 16 times in Utah’s Top 25 rankings of elementary, middle and high school student performance on the SAGE math, science, and English language arts exams, as published in the Deseret News on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The News created top 25 lists for each school level (elementary, middle and high school) and tested subject. From a districtwide perspective,

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