The Canyons Board of Education has selected Corner Canyon High School as the name of the new high school in Draper, scheduled to open in fall 2013.

The decision was made Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The New High School Naming Committee, which reviewed community suggestions for the school’s name, mascot and colors, presented suggestions to the Board.

From Oct. 5 to Nov. 8, 1,016 people who live inside and outside of Canyons District provided their ideas via the District’s Web site. On Nov. 11, the Name the New High School Committee met to examine the public input and draft recommendations.

In winnowing the nominations, the committee believed that the new high school should have a name that considers the area’s history and geography. From the community entries, the following names were forwarded to the Board for consideration:

  • Corner Canyon High School: Reminiscent of the geography and beauty of the area, and emphasizes one of the canyons for which the District was named
  • Draper High School: Reflects the pride and the name of the city
  • Draper Hills High School:  Suggests the surrounding area, is not limited to the city, and is an inviting name that welcomes others to join in academic excellence
  • Majestic Peaks High School: Symbolic of the majestic Rocky Mountains; suggests high standards and pride
  • Sivogah High School: A unique and distinctive name reported to be the Indian word for “willows” and the Draper area
The Board also considered John Park Memorial High School.
Early in the process, Board members reserved the right to name the high school.  However, the Board, with an eye toward including students as much as possible, would like the mascot and colors to be selected by popular vote of the student body.
Students will vote on the following mascot names:
  • Mountain Lions, Cougars, Diamondbacks, Falcons, Raptors, Broncos, Bears, Cavaliers and Chargers.

The committee also examined community suggestions for the new school’s colors, and presented the following for the Board’s consideration and placement, as directed, on a ballot for students to cast votes:  

  • Navy, Silver, White:  Navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; silver symbolizes calmness and dignity; and white, the color of the glaciers that provide water to the area, symbolizes cleanliness and innocence.
  • Gold, Navy, White:  Gold suggests high achievement; navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; and white, the color of the glaciers that provide water to the area, symbolizes cleanliness and innocence.
  • Navy, crimson, silver:  Navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; crimson symbolizes passion, energy, and power; and silver symbolizes calmness and dignity.
Wax up those skis and snowboards. It’s time to hit the slopes.

All students, patrons and employees of Canyons District are invited to three scheduled “Ski and Shred with Superintendent Doty” events at Brighton Resort. The dates are Jan. 21, Feb. 25 and March 24.

Take a copy of the online coupon found on the CSD Web site and you can get a $20 lift ticket for night skiing from 4 to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales obtained with the coupon is given back to the Canyons School District Education Foundation. 

Questions? Call the Office of Partnerships and Community Service at 801-826-5160.

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Canyons Virtual High School is seeking highly qualified teachers who are interested in teaching an online class.
To learn more about this opportunity, please attend an informational meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the NovaNET lab, located on the southeast corner of the CTEC/Entrada campus, 825 E. 9085 South.
CVHS wants teachers who are able to provide strategic instruction and appropriately address student and parent needs and concerns.
Duties include tracking and analyzing student performance data, developing learning plans in collaboration with students, and promoting a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.  
Among other qualifications, interested candidates must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, commit to weekly communication with students, parents and other CVHS staff members, model professional and ethical standards, and establish positive working relationships.
Questions? Call Entrada at 801-826 6670. For more information, please visit the CVHS Web site,
Michael Goodman wants you to take a trip down memory lane, particularly if you have fond memories about Mount Jordan Middle School. Goodman, Mount Jordan’s library media teacher, asks former students and staff to contribute old pictures and anecdotes about their days at the Sandy school.

Goodman is working on the “Mount Jordan Memory Project,” which he hopes to complete by 2014, Mount Jordan’s 60th anniversary. The idea for the online treasure chest of written remembrances and memorabilia sprang from a professional-development conference he attended. He’s since been searching for items — such as lists of principals and PTA history books — to add to the project. “I’ve even gone through obituaries to try to find families with ties to the school,” he says with a chuckle.

An older gentleman he met at a bookstore has promised to write him anecdotes of leaving the school at lunch “to ride the cows in the field across the street.” And so far, he’s only had positive responses. No one has yet decried their time at the school as adolescent drudgery, he said, but perhaps that’s because only a handful of submissions have come his way. “Oh, I’m sure those people are out there,” he said. “Maybe that’s why I haven’t gotten those.  They just haven’t written anything down and sent it in.”

Click here to see the Mount Jordan Memory Project as it stands today. To submit or to help with the project, contact Goodman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801-826-7450.
An informational meeting about a Utah State Office of Education-approved Educational Technology Endorsement Program will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the auditorium of the Canyons Administration Building.  

The year-long program is designed to help Canyons District teachers, administrators and achievement coaches take their instruction-technology skills to an even higher level. Class topics include “ Designing and Developing Digital-Age Learning Experiences,” “Digital Citizenship and Responsibility” and “Engaging in Professional Growth and Leadership.”

The classes are taught Tuesday nights from 4 to 8 p.m.  Participants also will attend nine classes in June and four in August.  Those classes are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  In addition, there will be a required online course in the summer.

Participation in the program, which is designed for Macintosh-using teachers in an elementary setting, is open to all Canyons District educators at every level.  

Class size will be limited to 30 participants.

Online applications are due Dec. 12, 2011.  Letters of acceptance into the program will be sent Dec. 16, 2011.  

Click here to access an application.

Questions?  Click here for information and to download a brochure.
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