Mishele Mitchell has never thought of herself as an “athlete.” She wasn’t involved in sports as a kid; only recently did the single, working mother of three take up running as a way to squeeze some exercise into her busy day. “I never dreamed of running the Boston Marathon, or even thought it was possible,” says Canyons School District’s Facilities Scheduler. But in less than a month, on April 17, 2017, Mitchell will lace up her shoes and join the 30,000 other runners who managed to beat Boston’s strict qualifying times. The 26.2-mile race is the world’s oldest annual marathon,…
Chromebooks, iPads, Sphero devices, and Makey Makey kits: These are just a few of the digital tools in Ashley Lennox’s classroom. The fifth-grade Draper Elementary teacher also has been known to put a few analog (even living) devices to use, including, an iguana and yoga balls — masterfully marrying them with the curriculum to make learning fun and encourage students to think, problem-solve and create. But don't let her fun-filled classroom fool you. “She’s an outstanding young educator who combines creativity, technology use, classroom management, and superior teaching skills to create a classroom where all students learn and achieve,” says…
She’s a shrewd negotiator with an eye for detail — a purchasing agent who takes seriously her charge to safeguard precious education funds, and not only as a Senior Buyer for Canyons School District. For her leadership role in the Utah Cooperative for Acquiring Resources Efficiently (UCARE) — a purchasing cooperative of 16 school districts — CSD’s Nancy Webb was named Utah Buyer of the Year. The March 14 announcement by the Utah Chapter of the NIGP, or Institute for Public Procurement, coincides with Purchasing Month, which runs through March.  UCARE was created to give smaller school districts greater bargaining…
Talk about an auspicious start to Jordan High’s robotics career: The Beetdiggers in their inaugural year outwitted dozens of teams from seven states and Canada to win the 2017 Utah Regional FIRST Robotics competition. Each of Canyons District’s five traditional high schools fielded a team at the University of Utah-sponsored contest, which was held at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Three — Alta, Hillcrest and Jordan — advanced to the finals where teams form alliances and compete in single elimination rounds until a champion emerges. Alta was highest-ranked among CSD schools coming out of the qualifying matches with…
A whopping 22 stellar students from Canyons District’s five traditional comprehensive high schools find out tonight if they have been selected as 2017 Sterling Scholars in their respective categories.  Winners in the 55th annual scholarship program sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL-TV Channel 5 will be announced during a ceremony at the LDS Conference Center’s Little Theater, 60 West North Temple.  Students from Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan high schools are in the finals in all but one of the judged categories.  Last year, Canyons students walked away with several awards.   Anthony Cheng, from Hillcrest High, was…