Principal Jensen's Updates
Welcome Back! I hope each of you had a restful winter recess and are back with renewed enthusiasm as we approach second semester. I am confident that the new year will be a great one for both the students and community.
Chargers for Charity
Thank you for making December our most successful charity month yet! Totals from the class collections were the largest the school has ever had and due to the incredible participation from students and the community, we received over $77,000 dollars. This money will benefit the Tyler Robinson Foundation which helps strengthens families who are enduring pediatric cancer.
2018 PTSA Awards
Every year the PTSA recognizes teachers, staff and departments for their excellence in education. Congratulations to the deserving winners!
Outstanding Educator Award – Bob Pickering
Outstanding Administrator Award – Ken Smikahl
Outstanding Support Staff Award – Alese Arbon
Outstanding Student Services Professional Award – Sandra Steele
Outstanding Volunteer Award – Connie Atkisson
Outstanding Department Award – Performing Arts Department
The winners are now submitted for consideration for Council, Region and State PTA awards.
Canyons Teacher of the Year Award
It’s that time of year again to nominate one of our exceptional teachers here at Corner Canyon for the CSD Teacher of the Year award. I encourage you to take the time to submit your nomination and return the form to Principal Jensen via email or the main office by February 1st.
Click here for the form.
Semester Finals will be held January 14 – 17th.
Teacher of the Month: David Waung
- David is consistently here well before the 7:00 start time of school. He is sincerely dedicated to his student’s success in the classroom. He is pleasant to work with, and kind to all those around him.
- David Waung is amazingly hardworking and always wanting to improve. One of the best new teachers I have ever seen!! He always gives 110% everything.
- David comes with an engineering background, but teaches like he’s been doing it for years. He works well with students and is willing to go the extra mile for students who are struggling (and generally have huge gaps in concepts from previous years). David asks for help and suggestions in order to continually improve his teaching practices. He also makes his voice heard and has great suggestions of ways to improve instruction and help the kids. He’s been a great addition to our department and the freshman are lucky to have such a dedicated and hardworking teacher.
- This is David’s first year at the school and like most first year teachers, he is here early in the morning and stays late into the afternoon. He brings enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to teaching mathematics. He pushes his students to make connections that will help them in future math courses. He is a team player and works well with our PLC group. He doesn’t try to recreate the wheel but adds to what we have been doing in a creative and valuable way. Students like working with him, especially those students that haven’t done well in math before. He works with them to recover credit keeping the standards high but setting attainable goals for them to complete. I hope this is the first of many years for him at our school.
- Mr. Waung is so cool. I have enjoyed learning from him. He is always nice and comes very prepared each day. I can’t actually believe it is his first year teaching. He seems like he has been doing it forever.
- Having Mr. Waung has been great for me. Math has always been a subject I have struggled with, but this year I have made a lot of progress. I can say it’s because of Mr. Waung. He has made math interesting and does such a good job of giving all of us students extra support.
ESP of the month: Kimberly Miller
- Kimberly is a valuable asset to the CTE department and Corner Canyon High School. It is obvious how much she cares about the students in our school and providing them with the best opportunities available.
- Kimberly is always going above and beyond to help the members in our department whether its printing posters for our classrooms, setting up an AppleTV for a presenter, or helping out a last-minute sub. She seems to have the answer to every question and a solution to every problem. She is genuine and shows sincere concern for everyone on our team. We are so lucky to have her here at Corner Canyon
- Kimberly is a super trooper! As one of the CTE Assistants she helps to oversee the college-admissions process of over 500 students, and then helps in tracking the registrations and paperwork for those students. Kimberly also creates our Concurrent Enrollment spreadsheets in order to ascertain that our Concurrent Enrollment students have met all prerequisites with qualifying scores and GPAs. She functions as one of our on-site proctors for College Placement Testing and Utah State Skills Testing. In her spare time, she will assist in completing purchase orders, NPO’s, and other fun paperwork that has a four-letter acronym.
- Our CTE teachers and Concurrent Enrollment teachers know that Kimberly can solve a lot of problems, and she is ready to assist with a smile. Kimberly is one of our ESP’s who was hired before the school was even open, and we hope she stays for many more years to come!
The ACT will be administered to the junior class on February 20th – A day.
Juniors in classrooms for testing – 7:40 am
Finish testing (approximate) – 12:15 to 12:30 pm
Lunch (only 1) – 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Teacher consultation time – 1:05 to 2:25 pm
Students will need to remember to bring a current picture identification card and their own calculator. There are no cell phones allowed.
Click here for more information and ACT study resources.
Construction is still going strong with classroom walls currently going up in the North hall.
It has been another GREAT month for the Chargers. Our Performing Arts Dept. put on a remarkable production of ALL SHOOK UP. Thank you to the teachers and amazing students on your hard work and dedication to provide an entertaining musical for the Corner Canyon Community.
Our Football Team brought home their first ever State Championship by defeating Skyridge in the finals at Rice-Eccles on November 16th. Congratulations coaches and athletes on the championship and an undefeated season. They returned home that night with a police escort from the Draper City PD followed by a victory light celebration. Shout out to the officers for taking the time to recognize the team and their championship.
Corner Canyon recently played host to the Region 7 Sportsmanship Summit. Students from CCHS, Timpview, Alta, Jordan, Brighton, and Cottonwood came together to create a sportsmanship campaign for region 7 activities and events. The afternoon provided students the opportunity to introduce themselves to students from other schools and plan activities, cheers, etc. to improve sportsmanship throughout the region.
The following students have been named to the 5A Academic All State Teams:
Elizabeth Simmons – Tennis
Megan Astle – Soccer
Brandon Johnson – Cross Country
Michael McCarter – Cross Country
Peter Oldham – Cross Country
Karli Branch – Cross Country
Mikayla Kimball – Volleyball
Baylor Jeppsen – Football
Caden Johnson – Football
The construction projects going on here at the school are moving right along on schedule. Footings and floors have been poured. Walls will be up in no time. Thank you teachers and students for your patience and willingness to be flexible when circumstances arise.
Teacher of the Month is KELLY CORLESS
- Kelly is such a hard-worker; not only is she teach all freshman, but she’s doing a Master’s degree in her “spare” time – Superwoman, I tell you. She patiently works with the 9th graders, stays late to let them work in her classroom, and manages to be fun at the same time.
- Outside of academics, she’s the mentor for the Super Smash Brothers club and let’s them stay until 4:00 – long after most are here. They leave her room a little smellier than before, but know they have a safe place here at the school.
- Kelly is a Rockstar!!
- Ms. Corless is one of the nicest teachers I have ever had. She cares so much about what she teaches. I have never loved English, however, this year has been so much better because Ms. Corless takes the time to talk to me and make sure I understand the material.
- I had Ms. Corless last year and I can say, without a doubt, she is the best teacher I have ever had. She is always smiling and she makes learning fun. She is more than deserving for teacher of the month award. In fact she should win teacher of the year!
ESP of the Month is CHELSEA DARRAH
- Chelsea Darrah is easily the best IT tech Corner Canyon has ever had. She is consistent, dedicated, motivated and absolutely easy to work with. There has never been a time where she didn’t respond to my email or come help me when I reached out to her. She is so deserving of this award.
- Chelsea is part of the lifeline of the school. Without her, all of our jobs would not run as smoothly. There have been so many times that she put down something she was doing to run and help me without even complaining. She is always happy to help.
- She is the best. Plain and simple. I wouldn’t want anyone else in that position. I don’t know a single teacher who doesn’t think she is doing an amazing job for us, and our students. I am so happy we get her here at CCHS.
- Chelsea is fantastic to work with. You never have to worry if she is going to follow through with her job. She makes a commitment to be the best at her job and it has shown through her dedication to our school. Whether she is running to help a teacher, help stop student cyber attacks or grab an extra charger cord for someone…she is there. Chelsea could go many directions with her career with the knowledge and experience she has. She chose to work in schools because she cares about students and their futures.
- If you ever have questions about Disney World…ask Chelsea, she knows more then any human being I have ever met!!!
Congratulations to the 10 student athletes that signed their letter of intent to play sports after high school. With football players and a few other individuals yet to decide which school to attend, this will be the largest signing class in school history. Congratulations to the 2018-19 signing class.
Hayden Welling, Basketball, UC Irvine
Gabe Toombs, Basketball, Purdue Northwest
Josee Haycock, Softball, Salt Lake CC
Lexi Parker, Softball, Western Nebraska
Madi Brunatti, Volleyball, Utah State
Megan Astle, Soccer, Utah State
Karli Branch, Cross Country, Utah
Kemery Martin, Basketball, Utah
Jaeden Vaifanua, Basketball, Wyoming
Corner Canyon High is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Sterling Scholar Award Winners.
Social Science - Gray Jackson
Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics - Camryn Crowe
Visual Arts - Eleanor Larson
Mathematics - Atharva Kamat
Science - Sebastian Lee
Vocal Performance - Grace Stubbs
Instrumental Music - Katherine Fowler
Skilled and Technical Education - Julia Tolk
Family and Consumer Science - Hailey Bartholomew
English - Rachel Hunt
Dance - Ella Bellis
World Language - Baylor Jeppsen
Business and Marketing - Lauren Wilson
Computer Technology - Cade Barrowes
The purpose of the Sterling Scholar Award is to publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, community service, leadership and citizenship. Students not only have to excel in a specific academic area, they also have to show extraordinary leadership and participate in meaningful service in both our school and community. These students have taken challenging courses and refined their expertise in their specific area of study, and they have excelled in these courses to prepare for college and their future careers. These students have likely been sleep deprived as they have put in lots of late nights and early mornings studying, working, serving, and leading. While these students put forth significant effort to accomplish all of these things, they were also supported by great parents and dedicated teachers who encouraged them and provided opportunities and support for these students so that they could be successful in pursuit of this award.
Congratulations to all the applicants and to the 2018-2019 Sterling Scholar Award Winners.
CCHS athletes took advantage of a short week due to fall break to bring home a few State Championships. The victory light was on almost every night at CCHS starting Tuesday with a state semi-finals win by the girls soccer team. They put an end to Skylines season and advanced to the finals on Friday to meet up with the Spartains from Murray. The two teams started the season by facing each another in the season opener. The Chargers came away with the victory early in the season. The Spartains haven’t lost since that afternoon. The Chargers made sure that they were the only team to beat Murray all year by winning the State Championship, 2-1 on Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Also on Tuesday, our volleyball team was in action taking on Timpview. It was a great battle between two very competitive teams. The Chargers eventually pulled out the victory with the scores of 19-25, 25-17, 25-12, 12-25, and 15-10. Sophomores and JV pulled out wins in their matches as well for the sweep over the Tbirds.
On Wednesday our Cross Country teams traveled to Sugar House Park/Highland High to compete in the Cross Country State Championships. Karli Branch, the defending State Champion, finished fourth overall for the girls. Mark Boyle finished second overall and helped the CCHS boys take control of the race and finish in first place as a team to bring home the State Championship.
Wednesday night the Region 7 football title was on the line as the Chargers traveled to Jordan. Both teams battled the entire four quarters. CCHS came away with a 28-20 win over the Beetdiggers. The opening round of the playoffs start next Saturday for the Chargers. Their opponent will be decided Tuesday night in a play-in game. Skyline, West, and Murray will all battle for a chance to take on the Chargers. The game will be Saturday at 12:00 in Charger Stadium.
The Mountain Bike Team was in action Saturday as they traveled to St. George with bragging rights on the line. When the dust cleared, the Chargers had edged out Lone Peak for the victory and another State Championship.
I hope everyone took the time to enjoy Fall Break as much as some of our student athletes did. Congratulations to all the coaches and teams that were in action over the long weekend.
This week is Red Ribbon Week and the PTA is kicking it off on Monday night with a presentation from Dr. Christy Kane. She will be presenting on Electronics and the Developing Brain. The event will be at 7:00 in the CCHS Auditorium. Students can receive attendance school credit for attending the event. They can also receive one extra hour towards attendance school if a parent attends with them.
The end of the quarter is Friday, October 26th. Monday, October 29th, is a teacher grading day.
Have a Great Week and Go Chargers!
Every high school has their own homecoming traditions and depending on where you live and what school you go to, homecoming can mean a lot of different things. Here at CCHS, we are continuing to build traditions that will hopefully carry on for years to come.
Things kicked off on Tuesday with our annual Homecoming Assembly. Mr. Hunter from the UIAAA presented the Directors Cup Award. The Directors Cup is awarded each year to the top school in each class that demonstrates combined excellence in athletic, academic, and sportsmanship & student-leadership. Each category makes up a percentage toward a school’s total ranking. 1. Athletic (40%): The place or position a school team finishes in the state tournament. 2. Academic (40%): Varsity team GPA. 3. Sportsmanship & student-leadership (20%): Schools participation in UHSAA-sponsored sportsmanship and leadership initiatives.
During the assembly, students competing for the title of King and Queen, showcased their lip-syncing skills. Gabe Fankhouser and Emma Ware performed the Homecoming theme, To The Ends Of The Earth.
The dance will be Saturday, October 13th, right here in Charger Arena.
Our soccer team opened the State Tournament Tuesday afternoon at 4:00. The Chargers ended the season for the East Panthers with a 4-1 victory. Goals were scored by Kenli Coon (2), Kayla Milford, and Willow Collins.
The team traveled to Maple Mountain on Thursday for a second round matchup with the Golden Eagles. The Chargers pulled out the victory, 3-1, to advance to the state semi-finals. Goals were scored by Kenli Coon, Willow Collins, and Megan Astle. The Chargers now take on Skyline with the winner advancing to the State Championship. The game will be Tuesday at 11:00 at Juan Diego High School.
Also on Tuesday night, our CCHS Volleyball team swept Cottonwood. Varsity scores were: 25-20, 25-17, and 25-21.
Wednesday’s pep rally opened with the Powderpuff Championship. The red team coached by Danielle Dahle took home the hardware. Students competed as grade levels throughout the pep rally in various events. A great firework show and the burning of the CC culminated the evening.
Thursday was the first ever Charger Care Day. Every student and adult in the building took at least 30 minutes to help clean up our campus and surrounding community. A huge shout out to Royce Shelley for overseeing this project. Immediately after school a massive pizza and tailgating party ensued.
Thursday night the CCHS Chargers took the field against our rival, the Alta Hawks.
The team came out of the locker room pumped up and ready to battle. The Chargers came out on top 49-21. CCHS travels to Jordan on Wednesday, October 17th, to take on the Diggers with the Region Championship on the line. Starting Monday, tickets can be purchased in the main office.
Construction is well underway. Footings are dug, compacted and almost ready to be poured. The old entrances have been removed making way for the new wings.
Next week is fall break. There is no school on Thursday and Friday. I want to challenge the students to come back after fall break ready to finish up the first quarter strong. The end of the quarter is October 26th.
CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Heiden and Lizzie Simmons. The duo are the first tennis players in CCHS history to win back to back state championships. The CCHS Tennis Team tied for an overall third place finish at this years 5A State Tennis Tournament. Way to go Chargers!
There has been a lot going on this past week at CCHS. Here are some of the activities that took place.
Detective Corey Smith
Construction of the addition, 12 classrooms on each wing and an expanded cafeteria, has begun. This will cause a few changes to the rear entrances of the school. Both North and South Hall rear entrances will be closed. Students will need to use the Southeast PE hall entrance as well as the Tech hall entrance in order to enter/exit the building. Also, the east door to the cafeteria will be closed.
During the school day, classes in the portables will be let out a few minutes early in order for students to get to their next class on time. In the event of an emergency, all exits will be accessible for students to exit the building.
On October 11th we will begin our Chargers Care initiative. Our goal is to help our students take more responsibility for and pride in our wonderful school campus and the community in which we operate. The vision of the initiative is that every student and adult on campus will participate for at least ½ hour in a project that will improve our school and community.
1. Organizing committee members: Royce Shelley, Rebecca Hill, Sandi House, Milo Maughan, Neiko Gilgen, Darrell Jensen, Russ Boyer, Sara Cook, Jamie Crowther, Jodi Ide, Lindsey Nielsen, Cory Smith, Jana White, Joyce Spencer, and Maria Cude
2. 2018 Chargers Care Dates:
October 11, November 5, February 7, April 10. All of these are ‘B’ days so that each Charger Care day is a continuation of the last. It is hoped that classes will adopt their project, and continue in caring throughout the entire year.
3. Bell Schedule:
5th: 7:55 – 9:07
1st Lunch: 10:30—11:05
2nd Lunch: 11:48—12:23
8th: Chargers Care 12:29—12:59
Celebration: 2:10-2:25 (I can’t imagine it will actually end then)
4. Everyone Participates
- If you have an 8th period class—Select your project. (Something you believe will improve CCHS.)
-If you have 8th period prep—Select another teacher who does have an 8th Period class to work with
- Feel free to work together to select the project.
- Administration, Secretaries, Counselors, Custodial, etc, etc, etc. Select a teacher to work with.
(If you don’t have a class, but have a project idea—find someone to work with)
- Google Doc for everyone to sign-up (You will receive the link to this document from Jodi soon.) First Come-First Serve: Get your project soon.
- Before filling in the document, please look at other projects on the document and make sure you don’t overlap with someone who has already signed up.
Thanks for the support and see you all on October 11th.
I would like to publicly thank the Canyons District Board of Education. Last night at board meeting, they approved the construction of 24 classrooms to be built onto the academic wings, an expansion and upgrade of the cafeteria, and a new storage area for equipment and supplies. The storage area will be built just south of the current stadium concession booth. The construction of the classrooms will be completed before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Hogan Construction has been awarded the project and construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the month.