On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, after school lets out for the day and classrooms fall dark and silent, Draper Elementary teachers shed their dress clothes — and daily cares — for tights and t-shirts and head to the gymnasium. For 30 minutes, they sweat, stretch and breathe to the soothing voice of yoga instructor Stephanie Williams who volunteers her time each week to provide these teachers a little time for themselves. “I love yoga,” she says, “I love teaching yoga.” The 32-year-old hatched the yoga-on-the-go idea over Christmas break with her mother, Draper Elementary Principal Christy Waddell. Williams was looking for…
Canyons District students are learning how to safely blaze a digital trail.  Starting today, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, all schools in Canyons District will begin the 3rd annual Digital Citizenship Week, which was started to help students stay safe as they navigate the online world. Special lessons will be taught in classes and morning announcements will feature tips on cyberbullying, online privacy and safety.  Yes, the Internet is a valuable tool for learning. Every day, 92 percent of teenagers across the United States go online to complete homework assignments, conduct research, and watch tutorials in preparation for exams. But, overwhelmingly,…
If you didn’t already know she was Hillcrest High’s new head soccer coach, you might have mistaken Kyra Peery for one of her players at Thursday’s meet-and-greet with prospective team-members and parents. The former college athlete stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her team captains whom she invited on stage to explain goals for the coming year, their easy banter a mark of their growing camaraderie. “My passion for coaching is fueled by the energy that these girls bring to the program,” she said. Hillcrest is getting a new school and a new soccer program to match. Crews break ground next summer on…
Checkmate! The Mount Jordan Mountaineers raised a flag of victory at the summit of Canyons District’s Middle School Intramural Chess Tournament. At the end of the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 tourney, the team from Mount Jordan Middle, coached by Stephen Gordon, ended Midvale Middle’s five-year win streak at the annual competition for the district’s best teen players of the Royal Game.  The Midvale Trojans finished in second place. Third place was captured by the Butler Middle Bruins. All eight Canyons District middle schools fielded teams for the contest.  Union Middle Assistant Principal Taylor Hansen, who is overseeing the middle school…
Gail Miller may refer to herself as an "unwitting businesswoman." She may be unassuming and understated. But don't underestimate this quiet titan, activist and philanthropist. When her husband, Larry H. Miller died from complications of diabetes in 2009, she could have sold the family's business empire: some 60 car dealerships and a handful of professional sports teams, retail properties, movie theaters, and more. "I certainly didn't need the headache of running a business that large, and I didn't need the money," she recalls. But she felt responsible for perpetuating the family legacy, its founding principles and its philanthropic efforts. "I…
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