In 1957 when Midvalley Elementary was built, a piece of candy cost .5 cents, frisbees were all the rage, and most of the area surrounding the school was farmland.

The home of the junior huskies started as an eight-classroom schoolhouse, and every December the Midvale community would decorate the length of the building with ceramic lights and holiday murals, says the school’s Principal Tamra Baker. “They called it Candy Stick Lane. It was like a ZCMI [department store] Christmas.”

Today, the school 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 — but not before the community gets a chance to say farewell to the schoolhouse that has served them so well.
edgemont.jpg Midvalley is one of two CSD schools turning 60 this year. Edgemont Elementary also is celebrating its diamond jubilee. The home of the Eagles serves White City, which also will be receiving a new school as part of the 2017 bond. Both schools will be hosting birthday celebrations in the coming weeks to which current and former employees and students, parents and the community are invited (see details below).

If walls could talk, these schools would, no doubt, have stories to tell of generations past. They might recall the creation of NASA and ensuing influx of federal funding for science and math instruction triggered by America’s race to space. Maybe they’d exchange anecdotes about the open-classroom designs in vogue during the sixties and seventies, the desegregation movement, the push for the equitable treatment of students with disabilities, and the rise of vocational education.

“I think we’re one of the last schools with a civil defense bomb shelter,” Midvalley’s Baker says. “We still have radiator hemidvalleyflyer.jpgat. The old boiler was called the gray dragon, and when they put in a new one, the custodian named it the little blue mule.”

Facility upgrades may breathe new life into schools and the communities they serve, but they don’t erase the memories of those who have taught and learned there, says Edgemont Principal Cathy Schino.

Come see old friends, pictures and scrapbooks, share some memories, and enjoy some food at these 60th birthday celebrations:

Edgemont Elementary, 1085 E. 9800 South
Enjoy food, auctions, games, and more during the school's 9th Annual Grand Event on Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.m. The school’s annual fundraising will mark the school’s 60th anniversary.

Midvalley Elementary, 217 E. 7800 South
Enjoy food, a piece of birthday cake and student performances while getting a sneak peek at the school's new logo at a birthday celebration held to coincide with Midvalley’s Multicultural Fair on Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
CSD is launching the 2015-2016 school year with a focus on academic success — and student safety.

Security-door vestibules will be installed in 14 elementary schools beginning this fall. The project, scheduled for a December 2016 completion, will channel visitors into each school's main office, where they will need to sign in and receive a visitors badge before they are able to access to the school.

The project, fast-tracked by the Board of Education last March, provides a welcoming entrance as well as direction for visitors. It allows building administrators to provide additional safety to students, staff, and visitors, and ensures a more energy-efficient entrance for each CSD elementary school. It also reinforces
CSD's current practices, rooted in state law, to require all visitors to sign in and sign out with the school's front office staff.

The $1.5 million project ensures the placement of security vestibules in all 29 elementary schools. The project had been budgeted over a three-year interval, and scheduled for a 2017 completion. The Board in March 2015 voted to advance the completion date to December 2016. Security vestibules have been installed at 13 elementary schools to date. Two more elementary schools – Butler and Alta View – will have security vestibules when those buildings are rebuilt with the $250 million in voter-approved bonds and open in fall 2016 and fall 2017, respectively.

Work will begin in October on the first nine projects, which are: Bella Vista, Canyon View, Quail Hollow, Peruvian Park, East Sandy, Bell View, Edgemont, Willow Canyon and Crescent elementaries. Construction on projects at Ridgecrest, Midvalley, Lone Peak, Sprucewood and Altara elementaries is to begin in spring 2016.
Feeding elementary school kids is a tricky business — especially when it comes to teaching students about nutrition, encouraging physical activity and serving healthy, delicious drinks and meals that even picky eaters won't refuse. But thanks to the efforts of school administrators, lunch managers, and the District's Nutrition Services Department, Canyons students have world-class food to eat in a "smarter lunchroom."

The USDA recently awarded 14 of Canyons District's elementary schools the Bronze Award in the Healthier US Schools Challenge. This designation means that each of these schools not only meets the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, but they also serve a variety of healthy foods that look good, taste good, and emphasize fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Congratulations to Canyons District Nutrition Services and the following elementary schools for their achievements:

Alta View
Bell View
Bella Vista

Copperview
East Midvale
East Sandy
Edgemont
Midvale

Midvalley

Quail Hollow
Sandy
Silver Mesa
Sunrise
Willow Canyon
What will students in the Class of 2027 be when they grow up? Doctors, zoo keepers, pilots, judges – even Iron Man.

Canyons School District kindergartners capped their first week of school Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 with a special day dedicated to getting ready for the future. Canyons' Kindergarten College-Ready Day, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for Canyons District teachers and principals to start talking about college and careers with their youngest students.

Throughout the District, some 2,500 kindergartners in 29 elementary schools engaged in activities and discussions about how college can help them achieve their dreams. Each received a wristband imprinted with the message, "I will be college-ready ... Class of 2027." At Quail Hollow Elementary, students drew pictures of what they want to be when they grow up. Students at Sandy and Park Lane elementaries were greeted by teachers and school leaders wearing academic regalia. Edgemont Elementary students dressed as chefs, firefighters and soldiers or in college logo-emblazoned T-shirts and received "diplomas" and three cheers for college-readiness from the Jordan High School cheer squad.

Canyons District is focused on ensuring all students are college- and career-ready when they graduate high school, and recognizes the importance of expressing this goal early in a child's education. Kindergarten College-Ready Day premiered in 2009, the first academic year for Utah's first voter-created school district in a century.
Thanks to the generous support of Salt Lake CountySandy City and the Department of Workforce Services, 125 students from Edgemont and Bell View elementary schools in Canyons District are now enjoying a free after-school program that will be both fun and focused on bolstering student achievement.
 
The new after-school program, the result of an unprecedented and innovative partnership, started welcoming students on Monday, Jan. 12, 2014.  On that day, students from the two Sandy-area schools were provided a safe place to gather with friends, learn social skills, enjoy a nutritious snack, participate in physical education activities, spend time in computer labs, and receive tutoring and homework help from teachers. The program will operate every day school is in session.
 
“Salt Lake County is excited to participate in this partnership, so that more children will have the opportunity to be part of a safe, constructive after-school program,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.  “It’s a good thing for kids, parents, teachers and county taxpayers.”
 
The Boys and Girls Club is working with Canyons District to provide supervision of the children in the program, which is housed at Edgemont Elementary, 1085 E. 9800 South. The blueprint for the after-school effort, which targets a historically underserved population, is patterned after those already offered in Canyons’ four Title I schools, and has proven successful in increasing literacy kills and improving classroom behavior. Students in the new program were chosen through a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. Participants from Bell View, which is located several blocks away at 9800 S. 800 East, are being provided bus transportation to Edgemont.
 
The program already is in demand. The District has started a waiting list for students seeking entrance. With the existing funding, which includes $100,000 provided by Salt Lake County, and a $174,000 Community Schools Grant ($58,000 each year for three years) secured by Sandy City through the Department of Workforce Services, Canyons District can provide the program to the Edgemont and Bell View communities for the remainder of 2014 and throughout the 2014-2015 school year.
 
“Canyons District is pleased to work in such an unprecedented and collaborative manner with our county, municipal and state partners,” said Sherril H. Taylor, President of the Canyons Board of Education. “The program will provide needed academic support for students while also easing the child-care burdens of working parents.  This is just further proof that, when we work together, we can meet the needs of the children and families in our communities.”
 
The program runs from about 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 2-5 p.m. on Fridays.
 
"This agency partnership lessons the burden on any one, while maximizing the positive effect we will have on the futures of these under-privileged children in need," said Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan. "Without a doubt, this program creates an upward trajectory for these children, who in many instances, would not otherwise have such an opportunity."