Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:49

Chinese Dignitary Receives Dragon-Sized Welcome

The Draper Dragons received a special visit this week from a Chinese dignitary. Education Minister Counselor Cen Jianjun toured Draper Elementary’s Mandarin Chinese-English Dual Language Immersion classrooms while on a visit to Utah sponsored by Brigham Young University. Fourth and fifth grade students had a chance to interact directly with Counselor Cen, and ask him questions about where he lives and the types of food he likes to eat. "Ask him if he knows about cotton candy," an enthusiastic student asked her teacher after struggling to describe the fluffy confection in Mandarin. Younger students sang songs and performed language and…
With the flourish of his pen, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a declaration establishing Oct. 17-21 as Principals Week across the Beehive state. As busy as bees, principals in high, middle and elementary schools “serve as educational visionaries, instructional leaders, assessment experts, disciplinarians, community builders, public relations experts, budget analysts, facility managers and much more,” states the declaration. Principals, the governor says, set the academic tone for their schools and work collaboratively with teachers to increase student achievement. The Canyons Board of Education and Administration agree with the governor’s words, and wish to express appreciation for the lengths our principals…
Before anything, Alexander Graham Bell once said, preparation is the key to success. It took more than 120 hours of preparation time for Corner Canyon High Aaron Jackson, but the hard work certainly has paid off. The junior recently received word he earned a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT, the most commonly accepted U.S. college entrance exam. This summer, as other students lounged by the pool or went boating at the lake, Jackson pulled out his books to bone up for his maiden attempt at the exam. He estimates he studied three hours a day for the English,…
Armed with the book “Monte and the World of Possibilities,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert opened up global prospects for a class of upstart readers at Midvalley Elementary.   Herbert visited the elementary school recently to read to students and to impress upon them the importance of reading, especially in the formative years. Reading, he told them, is imperative to learning to master such other topics as science and math.  “I hope everyone here understand the importance of reading,” he said.  “If you want to have a good job, you have to have a good education.  If you can’t read, it makes…
They go out of their way to make students feel special. They recognize and encourage greatness in children. They give of their free time to support teachers. They find resources for schools, forge creative paths around big problems, and have worked shoulder-to-shoulder to build Canyons into the school district it is today.For their countless contributions, these inspiring individuals were named Canyons School District's 2016 Apex Award winners, the highest honor given by the Board of Education and CSD administration. Celebrated at a by-invitation-only evening event were: Gretchen Murray, who was named a runner-up in the state Teacher of the Year…