All of CSD’s five traditional high schools — including, for the first time, Jordan High — will be fielding teams at the 2017 Regional FIRST Robotics Competition where they’ll compete against peers from seven states and Canada. This is the Beetdiggers’ inaugural year, and while the rookie team is not as well-funded or experienced as its rivals, students are riding a wave of “first-timer’s” excitement. Also, the team got a jump start with $6,300 in seed funding from the Canyons Education Foundation. “In past years, some of our brightest students have had to compete for neighboring teams. Now they’ve returned…
Checkmate! Midvale Middle once again dominated at the 8th annual Canyons District Middle School Instramurals Chess Tournament. The event, held at Mount Jordan Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2017, is part of the District’s middle school intramural competition program, which was launched in 2009 to promote healthy life healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs. Midvale Middle repeated as the winners of the first-place trophy at the contest.  Last year, they won all the boards to capture the top spot. This year, they captured five of the six. The Trojans were followed by the second-place Mount…
Never underestimate the allure of a sports star when it comes to encouraging kids to read. “Are you a football player?” asked a wide-eyed second-grade student as Kevin Curtis entered a Bella Vista classroom. “I used to be. I used to play for Philadelphia. Do you know where that is?” said Curtis before settling into a chair and cracking open a copy of, Oh the Thinks you Can Think. “Oh, yes, I like Philadelphia,” the student responded. Curtis, a native Utahn and wide receiver who used to play for the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spent the morning of…
Janet Goble, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Canyons School District, joined “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe in asking Congress to strengthen public education programs that give students hands-on work experience. They were among four experts invited to testify Tuesday, Feb. 28 before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education at a hearing that was live-streamed on YouTube. At the hearing, Mike Rowe, the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and TV host of "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” discussed how CTE programs help prepare students for successful careers and meet the economic needs of communities…
Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and his wife are sure to turn heads when they step onto the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards. When they do, they’ll be showcasing the work of a Jordan High graduate who is styling the couple's hair and makeup for the big event.  Sheridan is a dark horse nominated to win an award for his “Hell or High Water” original screenplay.  But the actor-turned-writer and director also will have a dashing look, thanks to former Beetdigger Tim Muir. Both of Muir’s parents also ar epart of the Canyons District family. Patrons who have needed…
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