Xueyou "Sherry" Wang, a senior at Hillcrest High School, won a regional Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for 2010. The contest is sponsored by the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers. Of the 165,000 submitted entries to the regional program, only 1,111 manuscripts earned gold recognition this year. Wang’s work advances to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ national-level competition. In its 87-year history, the organization has recognized in their teenage years some of America’s most celebrated artists and authors. The list includes Richard Avedon, Trumon Capote, Frances Farmer, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath,…
Board of Education President Tracy Scott Cowdell and Superintendent David S.  Doty have responded to Gov. Gary Herbert’s comments on the creation of the Canyons School District, which has thrived in the first few months of its inaugural year.  In a letter that was hand-delivered Friday to the Governor’s Office, Mr. Cowdell and Dr. Doty respectfully expressed their viewpoints regarding the creation of Canyons School District and the benefits of encouraging more local control over neighborhood schools.  Gov. Herbert Letter 2-26-10
The following statement has been issued by the Canyons School District regarding HB292, which seeks to require Canyons District to pay an additional $15.4 million in operating funds to Jordan School District:  "Canyons School District was created under Utah law, and its creation has been upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. An arbitration panel divided the former Jordan District to ensure both sides were solvent and could operate independently. Currently, schools Canyons inherited from Jordan District require $647 million in needed repairs. And yet Canyons taxpayers are giving Jordan District more than $20 million a year to pay…
The Deseret News and KSL-TV have announced winners of their premiere "Best City Ever" writing contest, piloted in Canyons School District middle schools. About 350 students submitted their work in the contest. Canyons is grateful for the opportunity the news organizations have provided to our students, and thanks participating teachers for helping students stretch their writing skills and learn more about the communities in which they live. View the article and broadcast about the winners here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700010473/Writing-contest-winners-surprised.html http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9735113 Read the winning essays here:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700010474/Best-City-Ever-winning-entries.html
In addition to the groundbreaking advanced-diploma proposal, the Canyons District Board of Education voted Tuesday night for a grade reconfiguration that will affect every school in the District. As a result of the Board’s stamp of approval, sixth-graders will move into middle school and ninth-graders will move into high school. The Board also approved changing the names of the middle schools to “preparatory schools” to better reflect their academic mission.The aim of the grade reconfiguration is to provide ninth-graders with the full college- and career-prep high school curriculum, middle school students with a nurturing, rigorous and high school preparatory focus,…
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