Five of CSD’s talented high school instrumentalists have been selected to perform with the Utah Symphony at an All-Star Evening Concert on Tuesday, May 23.

The rare honor is granted to 57 students statewide. At the 7 p.m. event at Abravanel Hall, students will perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto side-by-side with their professional counterparts. The performance will last two hours and admission starts at $12.

The following students were chosen based on their performance at the Utah Symphony Youth Orchestra Festival on March 13, 2017:

Sean Dulger, Horn, Corner Canyon
Laura Lee, Violin, Corner Canyon
Micah Clawson, Violin, Hillcrest
Dallin Davis, Cello, Hillcrest
Parker Kreiger, Clarinet, Hillcrest

This is the house that Canyons built. And it's also being put up for sale at a drastically reduced rate for any qualifying Canyons District teacher or Education Support Professional.

The listed price of the 1,500-square-foot house, which was built as part of the Canyons Technical Education Center's construction-management program, is $285,000. That's far below the assessed value of $340,000.

Canyons District can provide this opportunity by partnering with Sandy City, which donated the lot on which the house was constructed. The house is located at at 107 E. Benson Way in Sandy. 

Most years, proceeds from the sale of CTEC homes fund future construction projects. However, for this year, and for several years into the future, the homes built by students will be sold at far-below-market values in order to strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods and make it easier for CSD employees to live in the District.

Interested? Join us for an Open House on Friday, April 21 from 3-8 p.m., or on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students who helped build the home will be ready to present a tour.

Features of the home include a two-car garage, covered front porch, covered rear patio, master bath soaker tub, two-tone paint, and central-air. In order to be considered, interested employees must show pre-qualification documents and agree to a five-year residence agreement.

Questions? Call CTEC Principal Ken Spurlock at 801-826-6601.

  • Submit the pre-qualification papers to CTEC Principal Ken Spurlock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Hard copies delivered to CTEC by May 31, 2017
  • House will be sold to employee application with highest-qualifying offer
  • District committee will determine the successful application

Want to know more? Watch Spurlock talk to KUTV Channel 2 anchor Holly Menino about the program.
The wind howled and shook the balloons at Indian Hills Middle Thursday as community members gathered to celebrate the beginning of a remodel and addition to the school. But nothing could sweep away students’ excitement to get the project going.

Whoops and cheers accompanied school leaders, administrators, local representatives and members of Canyons’ Board of Education as they ceremoniously turned over a shovel of dirt to mark the beginning of the final project made possible by a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. The project is scheduled to be completed for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually be realized,” Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd. “Everything we promised you has been done.”

The updated school will feature classrooms and collaboration spaces wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st-century education, it will be reconfigured to be more energy efficient, six new classrooms and a spacious cafeteria and commons area will be added with hallways filled with natural light. The school will be temporarily moved to the former site of Crescent View Middle while construction takes place.

“We’re proud of this new addition to the Sandy community,” Indian Hills Principal Doug Graham said, as students cheered. “We promise you it will be a place of learning, a place of knowledge, a place of true human power.”

Taylor recognized the attendance of representatives from Hogan Construction and FFKR Architects who will be working on the building, as well as District administrators and Rep. LaVar Christiansen, R-Draper; Utah State Board of Education representative Kathleen Riebe; Region 17 PTA Director Betty Shaw; Sandy Chamber of Commerce CEO and Canyons Education Foundation member Greg Summerhays; Draper City Councilman Bill Rappleye; Canyons Education Foundation President John Martindell; and Sandy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Bond.

The remodel is the last of 13 projects promised by the Canyons Board of Education with the passage of a $250 million bond. In seven years since the bond was passed, Canyons has built a new Corner Canyon High, rebuilt Midvale Elementary, renovated Albion Middle, added seismic improvements to Sandy Elementary, a new Draper Park Middle, rebuilt Butler Middle, a new Butler Elementary, additions to Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, and rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle. A new Alta View Elementary and Midvale Middle are currently under construction.

Additionally, the District added air conditioning to every school that did not previously have cooling air; security vestibules at all elementary schools; a soccer field, tennis courts and athletic fields near Brighton high; upgraded Alta High and made other improvements to Canyons facilities. 

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  • Middle-schoolers like to argue, or at least that’s how it seems as their brains develop and they’re motivated to put newly acquired critical-thinking skills to the test. Suddenly, the word “why” becomes commonplace, and the conversation at dinner feels like a scene from Perry Mason.

    But that’s what makes school debate so much fun, and a valuable instructional tool. Classroom debates — and more formalized speech and debate competitions — teach students to conduct reseadebatechamps.jpgrch, organize their thoughts, collaborate and brainstorm ideas, and speak with authority, says CSD Instructional Specialist Leslie Robinett. What better way to harness students’ newfound passion for the well-articulated point?

    Each year, Canyons District invites middle school and elementary-age students (in the fourth and fifth grades) to ply their rhetorical skills at a districtwide debate tournament. This year’s tourney drew more than 230 contestants and was held at Mount Jordan Middle, which walked away with most of the awards, including the title, District Team Champions.

    Students were eligible to win individual events and special awards, including MVP. In all, 61 qualified to advance to the state tournament, which will be held at Alta High, April 20-21.

    Here’s the full list of awardees by division and category:

    2017 CSD Middle School Debate Champions

    1st        Parker McKay, Mount Jordan
    2nd       Raunya Barakat, Albion
    3rd        Hayden Sullivant, Mount Jordan
    4th        Chaitrali Samant, Albion
    5th        Isabel Phillips, Albion
    6th        Lilly Reidy, Eastmont
    7th        Baylee Johnson, Draper Park
    8th        Emma Winegar, Butler
    9th        Zoey Slaughter, Eastmont
    10th      Areesha Nazir, Indian Hills

    Juseong Kang, Albion
    Mollie Scott, Mount Jordan
    Zoe Quirones, Mount Jordan
    Alex Hill, Eastmont
    Anna Chubak, Indian Hills
    Josh Huff, Butler
    Luc Doucette, Albion

    1st  Angelica Hsueh, Draper Park
    2nd Matthew Bronson, Indian Hills
    3rd Elias Stennet, Mount Jordan
    4th Andrew Davidson, Indian Hills
    5th Jordan Ogg, Indian Hills
    6th Chase Elggren, Albion
    7th Logan Rose, Mount Jordan

    1st Hayden Sullivant, Mount Jordan
    2nd Parker McKay, Mount Jordan
    3rd Elias Stennet, Mount Jordan
    4th Raunya Barakat, Albion
    5th Fatima Zaidi, Albion
    *not a state event

    Lincoln-Douglas Debate Speakers*
    1st Ethan Updike, Mount Jordan
    2nd Ashton Pelley, Mount Jordan
    3rd Cameron Johns, Albion
    4th P.J. Pearmain, Eastmont
    5th Zoe Liu, Midvale
    *not a state qualifier

    Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    1st        Abbey Simmons, Mount Jordan
    2nd       Porter Eldredge, Albion
    3rd        AJ Rowland, Mount Jordan
    4th        Fatima Zaidi, Albion
    5th        Alex Morzelewski, Eastmont
    6th        Ethan Updike, Mount Jordan
    7th        Ashton Pelley, Mount Jordan
    8th        Cameron Johns, Albion
    9th        Zoe Liu, Midvale
    10th      John Askew, Draper Park
    11th      Emily Erickson, Indian Hills
    12th      Merrin Maughan, Eastmont
    State qualifier  Gabriel Min, Butler

    Policy Debate Speaker Awards*
    1st        Katelyn Johnson, Midvale
    2nd       April Dong, Midvale
    3rd        Saisha Vankayalapati, Midvale
    4th        Rian Liew, Midvale
    5th        Caizden Agnew, Indian Hills
    6th        Xinying Bi, Midvale
    7th        Marianne Liu, Midvale
    8th        Madelyn Azares, Albion
    9th        Erin Zhang, Midvale
    10th      Michael Chan, Midvale
    *Not state qualifiers

    Policy Debate
    1st        Michael Koyle and Alan Aguilar, Mount Jordan
    2nd       Anders Sandberg and Landon Brough, Draper Park
    3rd        Isaac Middlemas and Coleman Rhode, Union
    4th        Leith Sherman and Joe O’Neal, Draper Park
    5th        Ryan Hueniuk and Britton Bettinson, Eastmont
    6th        April Dong and Erin Zhang, Midvale
    7th        Brian Y and Rian Liew, Midvale
    8th        Paris Snider and Madely Azares, Albion
    9th        Katelynn Johnson and Anna Hsu, Midvale
    10th      Isabella Nibley and Anna Pager, Draper Park
    State Qualifiers: 
    McKayla Mower and Caizden Agnew, Indian Hills
    Will Mercurio and Beau Starbuck, Butler

    Coaches’ Award
    Logan Rolfson, Albion                        
    Will Mercuri, Butler               
    Anna Page, Draper Park         
    Alex Morzelewski, Eastmont (District Award Winner)
    Andrew Davidson and Ryan Pomeroy, Indian Hills   
    Katelynn Johnson, Midvale    
    Abigail Simmons, Mount Jordan       
    Isaac Middlemas, Union                    

    Most Valuable Participant
    Madelyn Azares, Albion                     
    Beau Starbuck, Butler            
    Isabella Nibley, Draper Park  
    Hailey Hendrickson, Eastmont           
    Emily Erickson, Indian Hills    
    Zoe Liu, Midvale        
    Ashton Pelley, Mount Jordan (District Award Winner)
    Coleman Rhode, Union                      

    Canyons School District Team Champions
    1st                   Mount Jordan
    2nd                   Albion
    3rd                    Eastmont

    2017 CSD Elementary District Debate Champions

    Elementary I Pro
    1st Drew Morgan and Quin Briggs, Brookwood
    2nd Jeremy Baker and Miles Morgan, Brookwood
    3rd Cheyenne Frank and Wyatt Horning, Ridgecrest
    4th Isa McMaster and Ava Karimi, Ridgecrest
    Andrew Murphy and Ethan Vidal, Draper
    Nate Riedel and Tate Hales, Brookwood

    Elementary I Con
    1st Lauren Gray and Bria Johnson, Brookwood
    2nd Vance Longhurst and Austin Longhurst, Ridgecrest
    3rd Randee Tormondsen and Reese Jones, Draper
    4th Lance Gray and Ryles Rackley, Brookwood
    Hannah Fellows and Gabby McCall, Ridgecrest
    Isabelle Chambers and Grace Vidal, Draper

    Elementary II Pro
    1st  Edward Loh and Tina Zhou, Peruvian Park
    2nd Fiona Zara and Kaliana Suhuka, Peruvian Park
    3rd Ivan Chen and Deeraj Vislawath, Peruvian Park
    4th Anna Oldham and Michael O’Neal, Sunrise
    5th Mitch Phippen and Ben Martin, Draper
    Teagan Kay and Gracie Johnson, Sunrise
    Rachel Scott and Kassandra Holt, Sunrise

    Elementary II Con
    1st Rachel Scott and Kassandra Holt, Peruvian Park
    2ndAvery Parry and Sara Moienvaziri, Peruvian Park
    3rd  Tyler Olsen and Josh Martin, Peruvian Park
    4th Jaclyn Wei and Mila Malyuchik, Peruvian Park
    5th Austin Taylor and Jacob An, Peruvian Park
    Hannah Larsen and Peyton Denkers, Peruvian Park
    Jordan Pomeroy and Jeremy Christensen, Sunrise

    Speaker Awards*
    1st Ben Martin, Draper
    2nd Hannah Larsen, Peruvian Park
    3rd Elijah Keister, Sunrise
    4th Callie Shroeder, Peruvian Park
    5th Randee Tormondsen, Draper
    6th Gabriel Williams, Peruvian Park
    7th Gracie Johnson, Sunrise
    8th Lauren Gray, Brookwood
    9th Caelan Stocker, Peruvian Park
    10th Amelia Jennings, Sunrise
    *not a state qualification

    1st Denali Workman, Oakdale
    2nd Helen Frazier, Oakdale
    3rd Angelina Hickcox, Oakdale
    4th Jaydan Hurtado, Oakdale
    Luke Christensen, Oakdale

    1st Mason Lohrke, Oakdale
    2nd Cache Despain, Oakdale
    3rd Nathan Cater, Oakdale
    Alternate:  Lilly Hutchings

    Prepare to turn the ceremonial dirt at the site of the 13th and final school-improvement project that was promised to voters when a $250 million bond was approved in 2010. 

    A groundbreaking ceremony to herald the start of work on a renovation project at Indian Hills Middle will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. Inclement weather forced the postponement of a previously scheduled event. 

    Crews have already started work at the Sandy-area site, ‎1180 E. Sanders Road.  Construction is expected to take roughly a year.

    Board of Education President Sherril H. Taylor and Principal Doug Graham will speak at the community event at the school. After the ceremonial dirt is turned, refreshments will be served. 

    When the project is complete at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Indian Hills students and teachers will enjoy plenty of natural light throughout the facility, six new classrooms, collaboration spaces wired for the high-tech demands of the 21st century, an expanded kitchen and cafeteria, and spacious hallways and commons areas, among other amenities. 

    “The patrons from Indian Hills have been so happy to watch all the building and renovation that has been going on in the District … Now, they are so thrilled that it is their turn,” President Taylor said. A completed Indian Hills, he said, “will be a far better school than it ever was before.” 

    Taylor also notes that Canyons has completed every project promised to the Canyons community when the bond gained passage seven years ago. In all, since 2010, the District has provided a new Corner Canyon High; a rebuilt Midvale Elementary; a renovated Albion Middle; seismic improvements to Sandy Elementary; a new Draper Park Middle; a rebuilt Butler Middle; a new Butler Elementary; additions to Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; and a rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle. Crews are now working on a new Alta View Elementary and Midvale Middle.

    In addition, CSD has installed air-conditioning in every school that didn’t have it at the time of Canyons’ 2009 founding; added security vestibules at all elementary schools; completed a soccer field, tennis courts and athletic fields near Brighton High; and internal and external upgrades to Alta High.

    “We have spent (the bond funds) how we promised you,” Taylor told patrons at a recent meeting of the Canyons Board of Education.  “Everything we promised you has been done.”

    During construction, the school community will be housed at the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East. Transportation services will be provided to qualifying Indian Hills students.
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