No royal decree necessary: Midvale Middle School is the chess king. Midvale's team dominated the competition at the Canyons Middle School Intramurals Chess Tournament on Jan. 25, 2014, where the students scored 40.5 of 42 points. Second-place went to Mount Jordan, with 27.5 points. Draper Park came in third with 25.5 points.

Additionally, Midvale students won five of six Board prizes in Tables 1-5; a Draper Park student won Table 6. They are:

• Table 1: Stephen Yu, 6.5- 0.5
• Table 2: Scott Abbott, 7-0
• Table 3: Justin Dong, 6-1
• Table 4: Wensen Zhang, 7-0
• Table 5: Bryan Guo, 7-0
• Table 6: M. Garcia, 5-2

In addition, students Tom Zhang and Alan Zhao a team posted a 7-0 record on Table 6.

The Chess Tournament is part of Canyons' Middle School Intramurals Program.  The program is aimed at giving young teens competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. This year's tournaments include Cross Country, which was held in October; 3-on-3 Basketball and Soccer, which are scheduled for the spring.
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Less than a year ago, a damp day washed out Draper Park Middle School’s groundbreaking plans, but not a rain cloud was in sight Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as parents, teachers, students and patrons gathered in the evening sun to celebrate the new school’s completion.

Members of the Canyons District Board of Education, Draper City Council, Unified Fire Authority, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, and other local leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event to show their support of the first public middle school built in Draper.

The school itself was built in an astonishing 11 months, but residents in the area have been waiting decades for a middle school, Canyons District Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd of about 500 people who came to celebrate the historic day.
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.
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