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Perhaps you remember what it was like: The wide hallways, lockers that wouldn’t open, trying to wend your way from class to class. The first day of middle school is, for most people, an experience they wouldn’t want to repeat. Canyons wants to change that by hosting half-day orientations for CSD's middle-school first-timers on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. 

This year, Canyons middle schools have planned orientations for both the sixth- and seventh-grade classes, which this year will move into the middle school simultaneously. The seventh graders will attend orientation on Thursday, Aug. 15 and sixth graders are invited for Friday, Aug. 16.  

This year, the grade structure changes in Canyons District, making elementary schools for kindergarten through fifth grades, middle school for sixth- through eighth-grades, and high schools for ninth- through 12th-grade classes. 

The back-to-school event is planned to make sure the students, who the year before didn’t have to worry about negotiating hallways with much larger teenagers or changing classes several times a day, become acclimated to their new surroundings.  

At the orientations, students will be at their respective middle schools at about 8 a.m.Until noon, the students attend shortened classes, find (and open) their lockers and visit the cafeteria for a treat. Some principals also plan an orientation assembly to talk about school goals and rules.

For the events, the District is following the usual Monday-through-Friday start time.  This will help the sixth- and seventh-grade students adjust to their scheduled times.  The times are: 
  • Albion —  7:55 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
  • Butler — 7:55 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
  • Draper Park — 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Eastmont — 7:50 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
  • Indian Hills — 8:05 a.m.-12:05 a.m.
  • Midvale — 7:50 a.m.- 11:50 a.m.
  • Mount Jordan  — 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Union — 7:55 a.m.- 11:55 a.m.
Click here for information about bus routes and pick-up times.  
Mount Jordan soccer netted its second consecutive championship, and Union and Butler students secured their first titles in Canyons' 2013 Middle School Intramural Soccer Tournament.

The Mountaineers' ninth-grade team won the age-division championship, maintaining their winning streak set with an eighth-grade championship in 2012. Union Middle School's eighth-graders won the title in their grade-level division, and Butler seventh-graders took the trophy in their division.

Indian Hills ninth-graders, Crescent View eighth-graders and Albion seventh-graders finished in second place at the tournament, held Wednesday, May 22 at Union Middle School.

Canyons kicked off the Middle School Intramurals Program in fall 2009 in response to patron requests for competitive athletic and academic events open to all students. This year, middle school students have participated in Cross Country, Chess, and 3-on-3 Basketball tournaments under the Middle School Intramurals Program.
Union Middle School Principal Mary Anderson has been named Utah's top middle school leader.

Anderson is the 2013 Utah Middle School Principal of the Year. The prestigious honor was announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and awarded to Anderson by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove. 

Anderson, a former gymnastics coach, was selected for her outstanding leadership, educational innovations, and masterful use of data to improve student achievement, particularly for those who are struggling in reading and math. Under her leadership, Union Middle School has established Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework and small intervention classes that focus on each child's specific needs. As a result, students are thriving.

"Mary deftly employs the use of data to inform her decisions ... and to support effective problem solving on the part of her Building Leadership Team and the Professional Learning Communities at her school," said Dr. Hollie Pettersson, Canyons District Director of Evidence-Based Learning in Secondary Schools, said in nominating Anderson for the award.

Anderson also is known for her ability to hire and develop great teachers, and mentor aspiring and new principals. "Her staff often comments at her genuine interest in them as individuals, and her leadership makes them feel as nurtured as family," Canyons District School Performance Director Tamra Baker said.

Anderson was selected for the honor by a UASSP panel following an extensive nomination and interview process. In the fall, Anderson will compete for National Middle School Principal of the Year, sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and attend a National Recognition Workshop in Washington D.C. 

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