The City of Midvale has officially expressed support for a school improvement bond that Canyons District is asking voters to consider on Election Day.

“The City Council feels it is in the best interests of the City and its residents to support the Bond Proposal,” which would generate funds without raising taxes to “rebuild and remodel several schools as well as install windows and skylights for natural lighting at several more schools,” reads a resolution approved by the Midvale City Council on Sept. 19. The resolution was signed by all five council members and Mayor JoAnn Seghini.

Canyons District has made strides toward addressing $650 million in repair and safety upgrade needs inherited from a predecessor school district in 2009. Next fall’s completion of the remodel of Indian Hills Middle will be the 13th and final project promised to voters as part of a 2010 bond. Passing a second bond would allow the District to improve and modernize an additional 27 schools benefitting 17,000 children, while adequately planning for growth.

A detailed list of the improvement projects that would be made possible by the bond can be found on CSD’s website.

As the doors of Midvale Middle officially opened to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, students didn’t just walk toward the school’s entryway — they ran. The energy was palpable as they hurried to see what the new classrooms, auditorium and gymnasium in Canyons District’s newest school looks like.

“Whoever designed this school was a genius,” one student body officer said. From the colorful exterior to the innovative interior, Midvale Middle is full of creativIMG_8494.jpge details that are meant to inspire learners to achieve their greatest potential, says Brian Peterson, lead designer of the school for VCBO Architecture, which worked with Hughes General Contractors to create the building. “Great architecture comes from one single idea, and the idea behind this building is that strength comes through unity of different, beautiful things,” Peterson said. “We designed this school not just for 6th, 7th, 8th grade kids, but for the whole community.”  

Members of the Midvale community, including Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini; City Council members Paul Grover and Paul Hunt; Utah Rep. Bruce Cutler, R-Murray; former Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green; and former Midvale Middle principals Sue Malone, Wendy Dau and Paula Logan, attended the event and took a VIP tour of the building. Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor, Board of Education representatives Amber Shill, Nancy Tingey, Mont Millerberg and Steve Wrigley and members of Canyons' administration, including Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe were also in attendance. 

The building is one of eight new schools built by Canyons District through a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. With the opening of Alta View Elementary on Aug. 17 and next year’s completion of a remodel of Indian Hills Middle, Canyons will have completed 13 major improvements without raising taxes and while maintaining a AAA bond rating.

Midvale Middle was first built in 1955 as a red brick building situated at the heart of a quiet neighborhood. As it sits on its original footprint, the new building features a state-of-the-art auditorium, an energy efficient heating and cooling system, floor-to-ceiling windows, a student lounge, modern media center, courtyards, soccer fields and more. “I’ve lived a long time,” Mayor Seghini told the crowd of hundreds gathered at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “What you have here in this school is a school of the future, not the past. You have a school that has no limits to your future. You have wonderful opportunities here.”

The school will host a back-to-school night on Friday, Aug. 18 for those who were unable to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Parents can meet their students’ teachers from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy a free hot dog from 6-7:30 p.m.

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  • Canyons District wants to ease the first-day-of-school jitters for students who are entering middle and high school this year.

    To the end of helping students acclimate to their new, bigger surroundings, all CSD middle and high schools are hosting orientations for secondary-school first-timers on Aug. 19 — the day before the official first day of the 2014-2105 school year.

    The events, organized annual in CSD, give students a chance to find their classes and the cafeteria, open their lockers, and meet teachers and classmates. 

    Sixth-grade Orientations

    • Albion — 7:45 a.m. -12:02 p.m.
    • Butler — 7:45 a.m.-12:02 p.m.
    • Draper Park — 7:15 a.m.-11:37 a.m.
    • Eastmont — 7:45 a.m.-11:57 a.m.
    • Indian Hills — 8:05 a.m.-12:12 p.m.
    • Midvale — 7:40 a.m.- 11:57 a.m.
    • Mount Jordan — 7:15 a.m.-11:37 a.m.
    • Union — 7:40 a.m.- 12:02 p.m.

    Freshmen Orientations

    • Alta High — 1-3 p.m.
    • Brighton High — 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
    • Corner Canyon High — 8 a.m. to noon
    • Hillcrest High — 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Jordan High — 8-noon
    Throughout the summer, free meals will be made available at several locations to children 18 years or younger.

    Meals will be available from June 10-Aug. 9, 2013 at Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale and Sandy elementaries, and Union Park.

    Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    Adults may purchase meals at these sites. Prices are $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.

    Meals will not be available July Fourth and July 24 in observance of the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day Holidays. No meal service is available on Saturdays or Sundays.

    The following site will be serving lunch only:

    Union Park
    7360 S. 700 East
    Midvale, Utah 84047
    The following sites will be serving breakfast and lunch:

    Copperview Elementary                                         
    8449 S. 150 West                                                    
    Midvale, Utah

    East Midvale Elementary
    6990 S. 300 East
    Midvale, Utah

    Sandy Elementary
    8725 S. 280 East
    Sandy, Utah

    Midvale Elementary
    7830 S. Chapel St.
    Midvale, Utah

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    Midvale Elementary’s PTA has planned a community carnival to bid farewell to the old, 61-year-old Midvale Elementary, which is being vacated after this school year. 

    The Thursday, May 31 carnival will be held from 3 - 7:30 p.m. at the current school, 362 W. Center (7720 South). A special ceremony recognizing staff and PTA boards past and present will be held at 6 p.m. The event will include inflatables, games, food, and fun, including a Silly String Showdown. Most activities cost $1.

    This fall, Canyons School District will open a new Midvale Elementary at a new site — 7852 S. Pioneer St. (310 West).

    The new Midvale Elementary School, which is adjacent to Midvale Middle School, is 85,000-square-foot and covers 9 acres. The new school will have natural light in rooms and hallways.

    The school also will have state-of-the-art classrooms, and plans also call for additional gymnasium, playground and parking spaces.
    The Board of Education chose NJRA Architects to spearhead the project’s design. Westland Construction is the contractor. 
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