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It’s easy for Alta View Principal Karen Medlin to choose her favorite feature of her brand new school. "The light," she says with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. "It’s beautiful." From the front office, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a view of the mountains, to the hallways upstairs that have injections of sun from open stairwells and courtyards, the school is a beacon of light on the inside and out. Large windows grace classrooms, sitting areas, the entire east wall of the media center, and the faculty lounge.Students, on the other hand, might point…
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:03

Kick Off the School Year with Real Monarchs

The start of a new school year with its new routines, rules and expectations can be stressful for children and parents. At Canyons District, it’s something to celebrate. Per tradition, CSD schools will literally roll out the red carpet to greet students the first day of school. The celebratory start helps students feel welcome while underscoring the importance of school as a child’s ticket to the show of life — and this year, players from the Real Monarchs will join schools in giving students the royal treatment. As students enter the building, players from the professional soccer team, parents, teachers and…
As Alta View students looked out of their classroom windows last year, they saw a strange shape taking place in the corner of the field behind the school. What looked, at first, like a jumble of beams and blocks was no mystery, however. They knew they were watching the creation of the schoolhouse that would replace the Alta View students had attended since 1963. The new, 700-student capacity school is the 12th in CSD to be rebuilt or renovated as part of an aggressive plan to upgrade and modernize educational facilities in all corners of the District. The school will open…
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 creative details that are meant to inspire learners to achieve their greatest potential, says Brian Peterson, lead designer of the school for VCBO Architecture, which…
Rique Ochoa’s approach to teaching is simple: stick with what you love. As an Alta High history teacher, Ochoa loves to tell stories. He loves to make history relatable to his students, and he loves to expose them to the experts in his field. That’s what has motivated him to teach for nearly 40 years, coach the debate team and establish a one-of-a-kind colloquium at Alta. It’s also the reason Ochoa has been selected as the Utah History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “School has got to be fun,” Ochoa says. “I think…
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