As the sun sets on Midvalley Elementary's 60th year, a new dawn arises for the Junior Huskies. Built in 1957 when a piece of candy cost .5 cents, frisbees were all the rage, and most of the area surrounding the school was farmland, Midvalley now serves a diverse and growing suburban population, and is in need of an upgrade—which it will soon be getting when it’s rebuilt with proceeds from a $283 million, voter-approved bond. No time is being wasted on the project, the first of four elementary schools to be constructed with the bond funds. NJRA Architects have been…
The future is bright with young leaders like these. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, the Board of Education empaneled Canyons’ 2018-2019 Student Advisory Council. This is the sixth year the Board has selected students from all five of Canyons’ traditional high schools to serve in an advisory capacity.  When the Board of Education debates policies or procedures that could impact students, the members of the school board turn to the Student Advisory Council for input. It’s truly a direct line from the students to the policy-makers in Canyons.  Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, the adviser for the student group, on…
All of Canyons District’s administrative departments will soon be housed in one centrally-located campus. Paving the way for the consolidation is the Sept. 28 sale of the District’s western administrative building at 9150 S. 500 West in Sandy, the proceeds of which will be used to expand the Canyons Administration Building at 9361 S. 300 East to provide space for all administrative functions. The move is a money-maker for the District, says Business Administrator Leon Wilcox. Not only will proceeds from the $9.4 million sale almost fully fund the design and construction of office space for the relocating employees, the…
Kierstin Draper was standing outside Canyon View Elementary’s Main Office when her walkie-talkie crackled to life with news of an immediate threat requiring the school to be placed on lockdown. Class was in session, and most students were already in their classrooms where teachers calmly sprang into action, locking doors, turning off lights, and directing students to silently move away from the door and any windows. Working with the school’s Resource Officer, Draper’s next course of action was to confirm that the school was secure and her students and employees were accounted for and safe. Fortunately, in this instance, the…
The Panthers have clawed their way to the top. Peruvian Park Elementary has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. The 2018 recognition, given to only two other Utah schools, was based on the school’s overall academic performance as measured by state assessments. The school celebrated the announcement today at an assembly, during which they watched a video by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and waited patiently to see if their name would appear on the screen.  When the school's picture popped up, the students and teachers roared in delight. Blue balloons bounced…
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