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Actor Adrien Swenson was the only one not in on the surprise on July 8 when her boyfriend Matt Berry proposed to her during the final scene of “Always… Patsy Cline” at Hale Centre Theatre. (Leave it to Leavitt Photography)

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During pandemic: traditional schools may resume ‘normal’ look, online learning options will continue By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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year. Understanding that health and safety COVID-19 protocols and guidelines may yet change, “as of right now, things will be closer to normal than not,” said Murray School District spokesman Doug Perry on June 30. “We follow state and local health department guidelines and mandates as they are the health experts. As of right now, schools will be open, no masks will be required,” he said in late June. Murray School District, like its neighboring districts—Canyons, Granite and Jordan districts, will offer in-person and online learning. “We will have two learning options, one in-person and one online for those who don’t feel comfortable or are at risk,” he said. “Our bell schedule will revert back to what it was before the pandemic, so that includes a short day on Wednesdays. We have not heard of any recommendations regarding distancing and are presuming there will be no distancing guideline but that’s not fully determined.” Perry said that some sanitation protocols were good and may well continue, such as frequent handwashing and surface cleaning. While it’s not certain what schools will look like when they start in mid-August, Perry said, “Our decisions impacted by COVID-19 are influenced heavily by expert recommendations from the health department; the State Board of Education would be another important partner, along with our colleagues in the other four Salt Lake County school districts and those in neighboring counties.” Granite School District spokesman Ben Will mask reminder signs for students be a sign of the past this fall in schools? (Julie Slama/City Journals) Horsley said that with their protocols in

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place, such as Test to Stay and Play, “we do not anticipate any additional COVID restrictions or mask requirements for this fall at this time.” However, he pointed out that COVID-19 has proven to be “a dynamic event that requires a lot of flexibility and adjustments. We are preparing for every potential scenario.” As of July 6, Granite District will offer in-person “in the same fashion as it was preCOVID,” five days per week. Families who still have concerns will have a distance learning option at all grade levels. Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf said that “we are going to be in the classrooms and right now, the plan is to have classrooms back to normal.” However, she added that could change depending on the pandemic and guidelines they receive from the county and state. “Our Board of Education has a very much hands-on (approach). They looked at these situations and our school administration and our cabinet, they came up with the reopening plan when we reopened,” Riesgraf said on July 1, adding if it comes to re-addressing the current health situation, “we will decide what works best in Jordan.” A benefit from virtual learning during COVID-19 in Jordan School District was offering flexible Fridays, where teachers were able to individually meet with students or small groups, in person or virtually, to offer additional instruction, enhanced learning or

review. This year, as a result of parent surveys indicating its benefits, Jordan will continue to offer the flexible Friday learning four times: Sept. 10, Nov. 19, Feb. 11, 2022, and April 29, 2022. Another positive outcome, Riesgraf said, was the establishment of offering online learning in their own virtual schools—Rocky Peak Elementary, Kelsey Peak Middle and King Peak High. “Every student in the district has the option to sign up and attend at one of those schools if they want to do online learning this year,” she said. “The elementary and the middle school will offer in-person learning one day a week so they will have the option one day to come in and have in-person learning.” She said that is unique and will give students an opportunity, if they choose, to have more hands-on learning and be able to work in small groups or partners to build community. “I don’t know anybody else in the state is offering that and nobody else in the state is offering K through 12 (online education),” she said, adding that students still are able to participate in extracurricular activities at their boundary school. Canyons School District also will offer in-person learning and online options. Last spring, Canyons students and faculty and staff had the option to wear face coverings its final week of school in the 2020-21 school year and like other districts, it will

abide by health and safety guidelines and continue to monitor the situation, according to district spokeswoman Kirsten Stewart in late June. Alta View Elementary Principal Scott Jameson said through use of technology, some positive aspects have come out of COVID-19. “With virtual learning, we likely won’t have snow days where we have to make up the learning day during the holiday breaks,” he said. “Our teachers have learned to use technology and use it effectively. Kids do well with it in general so I can see using that experience and integrate more technology into the classroom or if we need to switch to teach online or hybrid again. Even elementary schools are using Canvas (learning platform) in their classrooms, so if a student is absent, they can log in to see what assignment they’re missing and if able to, be able to do it.” Jameson also said that all the “good hygiene” of hand-washing and hand-sanitizers will be encouraged in his school. In the spring, the district did establish a new online opportunity, updating its virtual high school offering. Canyons Board of Education approved the launch of Canyons Online, a technology-driven educational initiative for grades three through 12 that will begin this fall. “This past year has taught us how important in-person instruction is because of

relationships and connections students make with teachers and their schools,” Canyons School District Superintendent Rick Robins said on March 31. “What it also has taught us is how we can deliver education virtually. Some of our students have flourished online, while others have missed those relationships in our schools. We realize we can offer our students the flexibility of online learning while blending it with those connections.” That ability to make and maintain connections with their neighborhood schools is what makes Canyons Online unique among other online-learning programs, he said. Canyons Online elementary-age students will be able to participate in beforeand after-school music programs, science fair and debate. Middle-schoolers enrolled in Canyons Online can take electives at the local school, plus compete in science fairs and debate. Canyons Online high school students will be allowed to dual enroll so they can have full access to high school programs. “We’re re-establishing relationships with kids who have stayed online with their neighborhood schools to build that instruction and connection into Canyons Online,” Robins said. “The blended online format will have the academic component, whether it’s support and remediation or acceleration, plus the connection to their neighborhood school. This is really at the heart of what personalized learning can be.” l

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posal was coming. “Matt and I have known for a while we wanted to get married. We started ring shopping in April, but custom-designing a ring took time. “We started going about things quietly and backwards from the norm. We picked a date, put money on a venue, and started planning. When Matt heard the ring was ready, he planned the proposal,” Swenson said. Of course, these things can’t always go smoothly, and the ring was actually lost in the mail at the last minute. But with everything else in place at the theater, Berry decided to go through with it and use a temporary ring. Berry went all out to make it special. “Matt isn’t in the show, but we had him fitted in a costume to look like the band so he would blend in until the very last moment. We changed the last song to ‘Always.’ He came out with flowers and a ring, and had a speech all worked out. He got down on his knee and asked her to marry him,” DeHaan said. And? “And she said yes!” DeHaan said. “The audience loved it. They loved being a part of it. For Adrien, we would do anything.”

As the show wrapped up, family and friends came on stage to celebrate. Swenson shared a video of the proposal on her Instagram account, @adjeswenson. For Swenson, it was a perfect proposal combining two things she loves—Berry and acting. “The next day I was talking to Adrien, and she said, ‘I keep thinking, this was the best proposal! And then I realize, it was mine.’ It was an amazing night for her, and amazing for us to see her soar,” DeHaan said. Berry and Swenson both posted their reactions on their social media. Berry thanked the crew at Hale for making everything happen, and gave a loving shout out to his now-official fiancée. “I feel like the luckiest man alive right now—she said yes! Love you Adrien Swenson.” The real ring was found and they picked it up the next day, where Berry re-proposed to Swenson on her doorstep while she was in her pajamas. The couple is planning a September wedding. “If you’re thinking, ‘Wow, that’s a fast wedding,’ or, ‘Wow, that’s a beautiful ring,’ or, ‘Wow, he must love her,’ you’re right. About all of it,” Swenson said. l The engagement ring that was custom-designed, lost in the mail, and finally ended up on Adrien Swenson’s hand is everything she wanted it to be. (Photo courtesy Adrien Swenson)

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New faces may welcome back students this fall By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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he first time Bryan Rudes walked in the doors of East Sandy Elementary was after it was announced he would become the school’s new principal. “Being an elementary school, it will have different challenges versus a middle school, so I look forward to the new experiences that way,” he said about the first time working at an elementary school. “It gives me a kind of broader perspective of all levels.” Rudes, who has his master’s degree in education and his administrative endorsement from Utah State University, comes from being an assistant principal for the past five years at Midvale Middle, where he was known to wear plaid shirts and the faculty and staff dressed like him for a fond farewell on “Bryan Rudes Day.” He said outgoing principal, Angela Wilkinson, was “a huge help” in the transition, orienting him to the school and its population, introducing him to faculty and staff, as well as the school groups. She is now Sunrise Elementary’s principal. “The school itself is already on a great path. I think just by expanding on what we’ve been doing, looking at our social-emotional supports we have—making sure that every kid comes to school feeling that they’re loved, feeling that they have a connection

with somebody in the building— and as a district whole and as a school, continuing with our blending learning model with a 1:1 (student to device ratio) that we have now. That doesn’t mean, making sure kids are on technology 24-7, it’s just using technology to enhance what we’re already doing with the kids,” said the former Albion teacher who not only taught woodworking, but also robotics and technology and would like to introduce a maker space at the school. “I’ll be around the kids. I love getting out there and playing basketball, playing four square and all that stuff is right up my alley. I love being in the classroom. My No. 1 priority is to make sure the kids feel comfortable and just building relationships with them.” Rudes and Wilkinson are just two of several administrative appointments the Canyons Board of Education approved for the 2021-22 school year. Other appointments include: • Texas educator Divya Nagpal comes to Canyons District as Midvale Middle’s assistant principal, replacing Bryan Rudes. • Elenoa Pua, who has been a charter school principal, will be East Midvale Elementary’s assistant principal, replacing Danya Bodell.

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• Michelle Shimmin becomes the administrator of Canyons Online. • Michelle Snarr, who has been Edgemont Elementary principal, is now Willow Canyon Elementary principal, succeeding the retiring Marilyn Williams. • Elcena Saline, who has been Sandy Elementary assistant principal, replaces Snarr as principal at Edgemont. Anne Hansen now is Sandy Elementary’s assistant principal, taking Saline’s vacant position. • Doug Hallenbeck is CTEC’s principal, after serving as its assistant principal. It relieves Janet Goble, CTEC’s director, of the dual role of principal and director. • Margaret Swanicke, who has served as Sunrise Elementary’s principal, now is Midvalley Elementary’s principal, replacing Tamra Baker, who is appointed Bell View Elementary’s principal. • Wendy Dau, who has been Jordan High’s principal, is the Federal and State Programs in the Equity, Inclusion and Student Services director. She replaced the retiring Karen Sterling. Corner Canyon High Assistant Principal Bruce Eschler succeeds Dau as Principal of Jordan High. Juab School District’s Ken Rowley will replace Eschler at Corner Canyon. • Chanci Loran, who has been Bell View Elementary’s principal, will become an Equity, Inclusion, and Student Services administrator. She replaces Colleen Smith, who will become Copperview Elementary’s principal after Jeri Rigby retired. • Mary Simao, who has been a Jordan High intern administrator now takes on the role of assistant principal at Jordan High. • Jared Tucker, who served in the district’s responsive services department, now is an Alta High assistant principal, succeeding Garry True, who has retired. • Former Alta High Assistant Principal Kelcey Kemp now serves in that role at Jordan High, replacing the retiring Jana Crist. Union Middle Assistant Principal Shelly Karren is replacing Kemp at Alta. Midvale Elementary Assistant Principal Ashley McKinney is replacing Karren and Copperview’s Carolee Mackay now is the Midvale Elementary assistant principal. • Hillcrest teacher specialist Ari Tavo now is the high school’s assistant principal. • Draper Park Middle Assistant Principal Jodi Roberts will move to Brighton High as assistant principal as Mark Mitchell will move to Draper Park Mid-

For the first time in her education career, former Jordan High Principal Wendy Dau, seen here in 2019, is not working in a school, but instead she will be working as Canyons’ Federal and State Programs in Equity, Inclusion and Student Services director. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

dle in the same position. • Karlie Aardema, who has worked in the instructional supports department, now is Indian Hills Middle’s assistant principal, replacing Halley Nelson. Nelson is now Butler Middle’s assistant principal, replacing Sara Allen, who transferred to Ridgecrest Elementary as an assistant principal. • Genny Poll, of the responsive services department, now is Butler Middle’s assistant principal, replacing Dan Ashbridge, who is now Midvalley Elementary’s assistant principal. • Kalisi Uluave, from the Salt Lake School District, now is an Alta High assistant principal, replacing Kelli Miller, who left the district. • Amanda Parker, from the Jordan School District, is Albion Middle School’s assistant principal, replacing Sandy LeCheminant who has become an achievement coach. l

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Bell View kindergartner Baldo Arriaga holds his Outstanding Sportsmanship Award trophy tightly as he’s joined by Canyons School District special education program administrator Tifny Iacona, district adaptive physical education instructor Kathryn Taylor and his principal, Chanci Loran. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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hortly before Bell View kindergartner Baldo Arriaga received a trophy from Canyons School District, his principal Chanci Loran described him as “very sweet, a super hard worker and deserving of the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.” His classmates applauded and cheered for him and celebrated by jumping on a launch pad that launched a two-foot rocket high up to the sky. It was an indirect way of ensuring the diagnostic kindergarten students also were working toward their development skills and personal physical education goals as well as having fun, said district adaptive physical education instructor Kathryn Taylor, who works with Baldo as well as other youngsters. “We help them with their gross motor skills such as running, galloping, jumping, hopping on one foot and with objectives like throwing, catching, kicking and dribbling,” she said. The Outstanding Sportsmanship Award recipients represent each elementary school that has the adapted physical education program. They follow directions, have a positive attitude and work hard on learning new skills and on their personal physical education goals, said Tifny Iacona, district spe-

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cial education program administrator. “It’s important that we recognize students who have worked hard on their adaptive PE goals and with their peers, to congratulate all of them on their success,” she said. Other school winners include Marcus Fernandez, Silver Mesa; Weston McPherson, Crescent; Isaac Kilpatrick, Alta View; Connor Jones, Granite; Logan Martinson, Willow Canyon; Natalie Van Roosendaal, Willow Springs; Saxton Snowball, Edgemont; and Ava Baird, Jordan Valley. Traditionally, the students are recognized on the annual Sports Day, where they parade on the track as well as participate in a distance run and a sprint, an obstacle course, a parachute game, a dance-off and other activities with their classmates. “We’ve had mascots from across the (Salt Lake) Valley, Peer Leadership Teams or studentbody officers, cheerleaders and the (school district) superintendent and Board (of Education) members come and really cheer on these kids,” Iacona said, adding that this year and last year the event was unable to be held because of the COVID-19 safety and health concerns. “It’s a fun way to celebrate these students. It’s all about the kids.” l

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illcrest High junior Zoe Liu stayed up late one night with her friends, seniors Anna Hsu and An ya Tiwari, working on their presentation. That followed by an early morning to continue working on their script before they were called on to present. During the actual presentation, the girls had their idea polished, but Liu said it was taxing since it was all done virtually and afterward, she was exhausted. “I just took a nap,” she said. “I honestly didn’t realize that we had won until an hour later when Anna and Anya kept calling me.” The Hillcrest High team took second place and received $5,000 at the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge. More than 130 teams or individuals entered the competition, which was held virtually this year. The finals were narrowed down to the top 20 teams and was hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and sponsored by Zions Bank. The Midvale team created Pocket Garden. Tailored to novice gardeners, Pocket Garden simplifies plant purchases, connects customers with local nurseries and motivates plant care. “We went through a bunch of different ideas,” Liu said. “We wanted to do something climate-related because that was a global is-

sue that related to all of us, and we all thought it was really important. Over time, we came up with this idea of, ‘Oh, what if we do something that’s like a box that gets delivered to you with sustainable products,’ and then, we ended up with the idea of gardening. Our Pocket Garden pretty much makes gardening a lot easier and can be really helpful to the environment. It saves on shipping costs for food; it also prevents a lot of commercial pesticides and fertilizers going into the world if you’re eating your own food and can help create more oxygen which is better for air pollution.” She said that the modernizing of gardening “makes things a lot easier and not only do you get the products, but the app also comes with a tracker that gives you reminders on when to water your plants or what time might be a good time to sow your seeds” as well as a journal to track tasks. It also provides information on what plants work well in the climate of the gardeners. “All of our families garden quite a bit,” Liu said. “While developing the app, we were really talking about what gardening is to each of us. For my family, gardening has always been a way of almost like holding on to self-sustainability. My parents have a lot of pride in knowing that we grow and learn stuff. I like the idea that we can exist separately, and that sort of independence is

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empowering, regardless, if we still buy food from the grocery store. That was a little bit of a motivator for it.” High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Student Director Peyton Williams said this year’s entries ranged from an eggshell remover to making standardized testing more

equitable for all students despite their socioeconomic status. “We had a phenomenal set of finalists this year,” Williams said. “I’m proud that Utah is home to so many impressive and entrepreneurial high school students.” Juan Diego Catholic High’s team in

Juan Diego Catholic High School student Erin Chan models the Acti-Vest, a vest that uses ultrasonic sensors to calculate the distance between obstacles and a visually impaired wearer to warn them of nearing objects. (Photo courtesy of Erin Chan)

Draper won the $10,000 grand prize. Juan Diego ninth-grader Erin Chan said that her team realized that often times, people with disabilities are excluded from physical activities and sports so she and a group of friends decided to do something about that. “My goal is to create an inexpensive, wearable product that will help the visually impaired navigate without the aid of another person or white cane,” Erin shared in a presentation to the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge. “This device will be more discreet than the usual assistive devices since disable people can be self-conscious about their condition.” The group researched to discover that 70% of the 52,000 school-age children with visual impairments do not participate in a physical education program, which is against the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Their answer was to create a vest that uses ultrasonic sensors to calculate the distance between obstacles and a visually impaired wearer to warn them of nearing objects. “The frequency of vibration increases (as an object gets nearer to the person) as well as the intensity,” Erin said. “(The win) means a lot, because it tells me that I can go on to support people with disabilities and help people live the lifestyle they want to live. I plan on expanding this company and using the money to further develop the vest

to make it a better product.” Since the competition, the Acti-Vest team has filed for a patent. They also have had a blind person test the vest and have been incorporating feedback to a second prototype. The team, which includes sixth-grader Lana Chan, sixth-grader Eli Ekstein, eighth-grader Sam Ekstein, and sixth-grader Sara Leng, brainstormed ideas to fit their FIRST LEGO League challenge, helping people to become more active through technology. Then, they decided to enter the entrepreneur challenge. Erin said that the initial prototype cost $55 to make, but with increased technology, it will cost more. She hopes that by mass-producing it, they could offer it for about $200. “We think that’s reasonable for a medical device and not really expensive for something with this capability,” she said, adding that the team is looking at attaching the circuit boards to a piece of cloth that can attach to the vest or a T-shirt. “That will make it wearable for all different types of weather and you don’t have to keep buying a new set of clothes with a set of circuit boards. You just have one circuit that you move to each different piece of clothing. We have a business plan in the making right now and are planning to make this into a long-term project, which we’re still developing, and possibly branching out to other products.” l

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lta High senior Bella Gates sat with her hands on the steering wheel on the side of the road, glancing in her side mirrors as the two who pulled her over approached the car, one on each side, lo oking in her windows at the back seat inside the car before talking to her. It was supposed to be a routine stop for an expired tag where they would check her license plate, car registration and driver’s license, but inside the door’s pocket, there was a weapon. Next, the two had to act on instinct and rely upon the training they have received through Canyons Technical Education Center’s criminal justice program. This mock scenario put Hillcrest High senior James Shriber and Jordan High senior Yeseria Flores to the test. “No matter the situation, officers can’t do the same thing every time,” said Shriber, who may enter a law enforcement career. “Real life is a lot different than reading it in a textbook.” Flores said the toy weapon was “more convincing,” so she relied upon her gut reaction how to react. “This gave me another perspective of police pulling someone over; there is no routine,” she said, adding that she may enter the legal side of law enforcement. For Gates, who may want to become a private investigator, she learned that “every cop may react differently and have different perspectives” even though their training may be the same. The students in this scenario were role modeling as two school resource officers, Dane Peterson and Max Zackrison, watched, then went over it with them, pointing out that they could handcuff the driver on the curb to have the advantage, search the car and run the info to see if there are outstanding warrants for an arrest. “You need to trust your gut instinct and adjust what you do if you see reason,” Zackrison said. Peterson added: “There is no right way. Every time, it’s a different scenario.” Around the corner of the CTEC building, another student was pulled over for a taillight being burnt out in a role-play. A criminal justice student observes the car, before individually approaching on the right shoulder of the road. “The field of view is greater and safer from the passenger side,” school resource officer Damien Harrison points out to Alta High junior Lea Cinq-Mars. “Look for anything out of the ordinary.” Cinq-Mars said that she appreci-

Sandy Police school resource officer Damien Harrison makes sure CTEC criminal justice students understand the safe way to approach a car during a traffic stop. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

ated learning from the Sandy City officers. “I’m always interested in learning why they do the things they do and how to keep safe,” she said, adding that this course has inspired her to learn more and consider a career in criminal justice. CTEC’s criminal justice program is designed for students to not only participate in simulated scenarios with professionals, but to also study an overview of criminal justice to learn steps to becoming a police officer, including participating in an oral board interview and taking the police physical fitness test. Students also gain an introduction to the corrections side of criminal justice, learn about careers in law enforcement and acquire an understanding of criminal law and participate in a mock trial. It is a concurrent enrollment class with Salt Lake Community College, so students not only get career technical or elective credit in high school, but also 12 college credits. The cost is a $40 SLCC concurrent student enrollment fee along with a $5 per credit fee as well as a $30 CTEC uniform cost that includes a duty belt, gun holster, radio and cuff holster. Typically, students are high school juniors or seniors and about 15-18 students throughout the district enroll per term, said criminal justice instructor Edwin Lehauli, who estimates 75% of his students will enter the field so this is “less expensive than getting their generals at college.” “We do a lot of hands-on with our classes,” he said. “We study cases in our community and the standards of the police departments. We run through scenarios, so our students understand safety aspect of law enforcement from a traffic stop to search and seizure to a

service call for domestic violence.” As the term continues, typically students also learn from EMTs about being a first responder as well as a corrections officer how to handle situations with inmates. Near the end of the term, they participate with lawyers and district attorneys about the legal side of law enforcement. “We usually have students participate in ‘a day in the life of a police officer’ where they have to use their critical thinking skills to handle a scenario on campus,” Lehauli said. “We want students to remember things based on previous mock situations so they can understand what they can do and can’t and why.” Students also participate in mock job interviews with professionals in the field, who will provide feedback on how to prepare and interview for these positions. “It’s also a good opportunity for our students to create those contacts to get into the positions they want, make those connections and to ask them more about their careers,” he said. He also shares with them his experience that included earning his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, working for a sheriff’s office as well as teaching in the field at both Weber State University and SLCC. “It’s invaluable that these students are learning from law enforcement professionals, so they are understanding it with open eyes.” Harrison agrees: “These students have a lot of desire to enter law enforcement and will have a better understanding of what we do. If they don’t pursue a criminal justice career, they still will benefit from having a good understanding of what we do as average, everyday citizens and that results in better interaction.” l

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School district leaders hope summer sessions slowed academic relapse By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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his summer, students across the Salt Lake Valley may not have experienced the summer slide as much as previous years. Summer slide is a term used to describe academic regression many students experience over the summer months, and nationwide, teachers and school districts are trying to make a point of helping students review, gain access to resources and learn individually or in smaller settings this summer through summer school options. Locally, many school districts invited students who may have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic to summer session so they could review their previous instruction or enhance their learning through additional practice. In Murray, several hundred students of all grade levels were identified and took part in the four-week session. “We identified the kids we needed to reach most and worked with their parents to see if we could get them to come and get caught up,” said Doug Perry, Murray School District spokesman. “We feel really good about it and made some excellent progress with many students. It was not without challenge and there are still going to be some students who need support and resources, particularly those that did not take advantage of

the opportunity. But we feel we are in better shape with many of them than we were at the end of the school year.” This was the first summer school session in the district after a number of years. Students attended a school per level—elementary, junior high or high school—where they typically spent three to four hours five days per week and received some individualized instruction. Meals and snacks were served, and incentives were given to “keep them engaged,” he said. In Jordan School District, spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf said that students of every level were able to get help at their regular schools as the district used CARES Act funding to support teacher salaries. There were two voluntary summer sessions and meals were provided. “Some type of summer school was offered at every school in the district, both elementary and secondary,” she said, saying it was a change from just holding it at Valley High School. In the elementary level, students who needed extra help mostly with math and literacy were invited to participate from 9 a.m. to noon. In the middle school, students who needed extra help in a subject area as well as ninth-grade credit recovery attended the

same time period. High schools offered credit recovery all day. While the total number of students who participated wasn’t available for press deadline, Riesgraf identified 1,908 secondary students who registered in the first summer session. “Our elementary teachers and principals I’ve talked to were pleasantly surprised by the number of kids that showed up for summer school, so it’s been a positive outcome,” she said. Canyons School District also offered its Summer Boost program, targeted to about 1,500 elementary and middle school students who needed the extra help or a bump up in their education. They also received free meals and other social services. “The biggest thing is that I hope our students can catch up and master their unfinished learning,” said Alta View Elementary School Principal Scott Jameson who had about 20 of his students attend morning lessons at nearby Altara Elementary. “They focused on their literacy and math. On the last day, I told them ‘nice job’ as they came off the bus and even walked partway home with a couple of them.” The program was housed in five schools throughout the district four mornings per

week for three weeks. Natalie Gleave was a Summer Boost administrator at Crescent Elementary, which served about 300 students from 10 different elementary schools. “​Our teachers and staff tried to make this a fun experience for students,” she said. “Students were all there voluntarily and we tried to make it feel like a summer camp of learning. There were a lot of hands-on activities to enrich and strengthen students’ skills.” Gleave said each morning they held a meeting where students had the opportunity to get to know one another. “These meetings always had a life skills component tied into them to boost student’s social skills. Bringing kids together from 10 different elementary schools around the valley provided many opportunities to make new connections,” she said. Within Crescent’s camp, they also hosted a newcomer academy, which had two classes of kindergarten through fifth-grade students who are new to the United States. One of the classes served eight students who spoke five different languages, she said. “The best part of the Summer Boost program was the kids. It was amazing after only three weeks how connected we felt to each other; I saw new friendships grow and devel-

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op between kids of all different backgrounds and circumstances,” Gleave said. “I know the parents of these students were grateful for the opportunity to send their children to Summer Boost. I had several parents stop me before and after school to express their appreciation for the busing, meals and instruction that was provided to them at no cost.” In addition, high schools offered other programs, such as credit recovery and also the regular AVID Summer Bridge program at Jordan High and Husky Strong program were offered to incoming freshmen. Jordan High also sponsored a six-week Code to Success coding camp as well as reading and math interventions. Jameson said his school had its second

summer reading program where students could check out books and read in the library. They also partnered with Salt Lake County libraries so a librarian came in to hold storytime and do crafts with the students that tied into literacy. Another component of Alta View’s program was a PTA and School Community Council volunteer taught parents DYAD reading, or a side-by-side reading strategy, and they were able to practice it alongside their children. “It really is a good program and a good group of teachers, librarians, parents and volunteers all involved to help our students with their reading and literacy,” he said. l

All-district marching band performs throughout the community By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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here wasn’t quite 76 trombones, but Canyons All-District Marching Band was in a big parade—Murray’s Fourth of July parade—to start out their summer performing season. Students from all of Canyons’ middle and high schools participated, after practicing 40 hours earlier this summer learning “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, and the classic “Hey Baby!” The Canyons All-District Marching Band is in its second year, growing from 120 members in 2019 to 175 in 2021. There was no band last summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are so proud that students from a dozen different schools, who normally compete against each other, can come together in

an amazing display of sportsmanship to make something amazing and fun,” said Caleb Shabestari, who co-directs the “mega band” along with Mikala Mortensen. “It has been awesome to see the collaboration from these amazing young musicians.” Mortensen, who also is enjoying collaborating with Shabestari, added that that she hopes this ensemble will get more students involved in marching and build the activity in this part of the state. On July 23, the group was scheduled to perform at Drums Along the Wasatch, which was to feature several professional drum corps, and they planned to finish out their summer season by marching in Butlerville Days’ parade July 24 in Cottonwood Heights. l

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Essential school bus drivers, nutrition, custodian staff needed for upcoming school year By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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s the school year approaches, many students and their families may be wondering who will open the door and greet them at the start of the school year as they board a big yellow school bus. Some area school districts also may be wondering as websites and signs across the Salt Lake Valley are posted, advertising bus driver positions. As of July 1, in Canyons School District, there were 40 positions open for bus drivers or 18% of its staff who transport about 20,000 students. In addition, 35 of the 55 attendant positions were available. Canyons School District Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle has worked in the industry the past 14 years, working his way up from driving while putting himself through college. “There’s always turnover,” he said. “I think the difference this year is COVID and the fallout from that.” Wardle said that a large number of the district’s drivers are on a second career, but with the extra protections during COVID-19 pandemic and drivers’ possibly health issues, A friendly wave and smile is what students and parents expect this fall from their bus drivers, but some school there just were not enough drivers returning. districts are still hiring people to fill the vacant positions. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

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wheel, however, there is free in-house training and testing, Wardle said. Drivers also are expected to perform a pre-trip “look over” that ranges from brake check to light cleaning. Eight mechanics on staff are responsible for repairs. Additionally, there are trainings for the position from first aid and CPR to student management and emergency evacuation. Attendants also have additional training for working with students with special needs and learn how to load a wheelchair and strap it securely, he said. Flexibility and schedules being similar to schools attract many personnel to the position. Wardle, when he was a driver, was able to study in between routes and said the position is attractive to parents, who start and end their day at about the same time of their kids and have the same school vacation schedule. “The kids are the highlights from drivers. They get to know them. They’ve seen them from kindergarten through high school. Some of them work well into their early 80s because they love the kids,” he said. While Riesgraf said Jordan School District has a “moderate” need for nutrition services staff, Canyons District is looking to hire 34 kitchen staff and 23 cashiers in schools for the upcoming school year, said Sebasthian Varas, nutrition services director. Starting wages increased for those positions in Canyons with starting pay at $15.50 per hour for kitchen staff who typically prep

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and cook meals and deep clean the kitchen afterward; and $12.16 per hour for cashiers, who are responsible for ensuring student meals meet with the USDA guidelines for reimbursement of the meal. There are advancement possibilities, he added. Canyons positions include training in equipment, first aid and district policies; each employee is responsible for having a food handler’s permit. Ideal candidates should be able to follow directions, work as a team, be able to meet some of the physical demands of the job and have a high school diploma or are working to earn a GED or equivalent, Varas said. He said that it’s an ideal position people who want day-time positions and especially,

for parents. “If your kids are at the school, you work the time when they’re at school and you’re at home when they’re home. You don’t work any weekends or holidays and we provide you with a lunch and you’re making some extra money,” he said. “It’s a fun job. You get to interact with the students, which I think is fantastic. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. I think one thing that we’ve learned from the pandemic is how essential the nutrition services workers are. So, if they truly want to make a difference in someone’s life, come and work with us. It’s hard work, but it’s a very rewarding position, knowing that we’re feeding students.” l

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BRADBUR N B RIEF Dear Sandy Resident, The municipal election this year will be a historical event. This Spring, the City Council voted to utilize Rank Choice Voting (RCV) as a means to determine who will be your next Mayor and city councilmembers. RCV allows the city to forego the costs of holding a primary and gives residents the ability to rank each candidate in November. Because of the absence of a primary, the candidate filing deadline has been moved to the first week of August. Mayor, At-Large City Council, and First and Third Districts Council positions are up for a vote. I strongly encourage all interested parties to consider running for office. Please take some time to research RCV and the candidates who are running. You can find more information on both topics at sandy.utah.gov. UDOT has released their draft Environmental Impact Study for Little Cottonwood Canyon. The two preferred alternatives being studied are expanded bus service and road widening or a gondola to decrease the number of cars on the road. Public comments are open until September 3. Both of these transportation solutions would have a big impact on our city. Please submit your comments at littlecottonwoodeis.udot.utah.gov. UDOT will finalize their Environmental Impact Study by the end of 2021 or early 2022 after receiving input from all interested parties. As children head back to school this month, remember to slow down in school zones and watch for increased pedestrian activity. The city is hiring school crossing guards to ensure safe passage for students. If you are interested please visit sandy.utah.gov/jobs. Please remember that you can always connect with us to get more information by going to our City websites sandy.utah.gov and SandyNow.com and by accessing our social media channels Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, (@SandyCityUtah) and YouTube (SandyCityUT) for daily updated information. You can also contact me at mayor@sandy.utah.gov.

Bradburn Brief ..................................1

I Am Sandy: Ed Fox ...........................3

Sandy City Balloon Festival ................1

HR Job Corner: Now Hiring ................3

Freaky Friday The Musical ..................1

Parks & Recreation............................4

Drought and Fire Danger ....................2

Quick Tips: Home Occupations ...........5

Did You Know: Shop Sandy ...............2

Sandy City Water Quality Reports ........5

Driver Safety Tips from Sandy Police ...2

Sandy Matters: Business LIcensing .....5

Sandy Amphitheater Season ...............2

9270 South Intersection.....................6

Alta Canyon Sports Center ..................3

Monroe Street and 9000 South ...........6

River Oaks Golf Course ......................3

Calendar of Events ............................6

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Extreme Drought and Fire Danger

Back to School — Drivers Safety Tips from Sandy Police PLEASE SLOW DOWN

School days bring congestion: kids are on bikes in a hurry to get to school, parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s very important for drivers to slow down and pay attention when kids are present—especially before and after school hours.

IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF

More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other locations. The following apply to all school zones: don’t double park, don’t load or unload children across the street from the school, carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school. After a record dry year, Governor Spencer J. Cox issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to drought conditions. This declaration allows drought affected communities, agricultural producers, and others to officially begin the process that may provide access to state or federal emergency resources. Under current conditions, 100% of the state is currently in the moderate drought category and 90% is experiencing extreme drought. Despite recent storms, snowpack is about 70% of normal levels, reservoir levels are at 67% of normal levels, and soil moisture is at the lowest levels since monitoring began in 2006. Extremely dry soils mean that when we do receive precipitation, the ground will soak it up first and reduce the runoff that typically fills reservoirs, lakes, and streams. Coupled with the extreme drought conditions, summer has been pushing into the Great Basin the past few weeks and it is not looking to be easy with wildfires. Conditions will be extremely dangerous for ignition sources around any kind of dry fuels, which could become the next large wildfire. High winds and potential dry fuels lead to favorable fire weather conditions, and the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued multiple red flag warnings for the state. Wildfires damage the natural habitats of animal species and change the native vegetation to more fire-resistant plants and grasses. They also destroy man-made structures, communication, and electrical infrastructure, and destroy recreation and open spaces while increasing mudslides, erosion, and downstream sedimentation that can impact fish habitats and water chemistry. As citizens of Sandy City, please remain vigilant in your efforts to maintain our water resources and continue your increased awareness of fire susceptibility in and around your homes, parks, and recreation areas. For further information about drought and wildfire conditions, please visit: sandy.utah.gov/1668/Drought

Did You Know: Shop Sandy • Did you know there are over 5,500 businesses in Sandy City? • Did you know that over 3,700 Sandy businesses were able to take advantage of local, state, and federal assistance programs to help them during Covid-19? • Did you know that even during Covid-19, Sandy City recruited three major businesses to relocate their corporate headquarters here? • Did you know that the Shop Sandy program has encouraged residents to shop locally and help rejuvenate businesses hit by Covid? • Did you know the Shop Sandy program is still encouraging residents to shop locally by awarding two $50 gift cards to shoppers each month? Visit: sandy.utah.gov/shopsandy

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SHARING THE ROAD WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

According to the NSC, most of the children who lose their lives in busrelated incidents are pedestrians 4–7 years old. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

SHARE THE ROAD WITH BUSES

If you are driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

SHARE THE ROAD WITH BICYCLISTS

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights as vehicles. Children riding bikes can create problems form drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.


9565 S. Highland Drive, Sandy, Utah 84092 LEARN & PLAY PRESCHOOL

Children will enjoy their day at Learn & Play Preschool. Our teachers work hard to make learning fun and engaging. Sept. 7, 2021–May 27, 2022 Ages: 3–5 Days: Monday–Friday Time: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit altacanyonsportscenter.com for full information

I Am Sandy – Ed Fox

River Oaks Golf Course 9300 South Riverside Drive, Sandy, Utah (801) 568-4653 www.sandy.utah.gov/riveroaks RIVER OAKS GOLF COURSE Hosting corporate and private golf tournaments is what we do best! River Oaks Golf Course would love to host your next luncheon, meeting, seminar, corporate, and charity golf tournament. We are located in the center of Salt Lake Valley with easy freeway access, so it just makes sense to have your event at River Oaks. With our experienced golf course staff and highly skilled food and beverage concessionaire, we make it a point to give you a no-hassle experience that will let you get done what you have to do and still relax during the process. With hundreds of successful events behind us, we are eager to help you make your event memorable. Weddings, luncheons, family parties, and dinners are all on the menu at River Oaks. We take pride in our facility and are dedicated to delivering excellent customer service! Come and see for yourself the unmatched quality and commitment that our staff provides all of our customers. B A N Q U E T R O O M AT S A N D Y C I T Y

D R I V I N G R A N G E AT S A N DY C I T Y

GOLF LESSONS WITH PGA PROFESSIONAL RYAN HOLT ryanholtgolf.com Ryan has been teaching golf for 13 years and has taught over 8,000 lessons. Adult Rates: $120/50 minutes $60/30 minutes Adult Packages: Five 50-minute lessons $500 Jr Rates: $80/45 minutes | Five 45-minute lessons $350 Any questions, call Ryan at (435)840-3102 or email at ryanholtgolf@gmail.com

NORTH RANGE TEACHING ACADEMY Mention this ad for 50% off a large bucket. Limit one use per customer. I S S U E # 84

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NORTH RANGE TEACHING ACADEMY

Ed Fox’s life journey has taken many roads. Ed was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Ed served in the US Army and then joined the Merchant Marines, where he served as a seaman on cargo ships navigating the Great Lakes. In the late 1970s, Ed heard about good paying jobs in the Wyoming oil industry and soon found work in a refinery in Casper, WY. When the oil boom fizzled in 1984, Ed moved to Sandy City and joined the Sandy American Legion Post 77. That was also the year he met his partner in life, Lillian Lelis. Ed soon hired on with the Jordan School District as a custodian, retiring in 2001. Finding himself still full of energy, Ed started volunteering at the Sandy Senior Center in 2001 as a janitor assistant and kitchen helper. Wanting more to do, Ed volunteered at Alta View Hospital, where for over a decade he was a greeter and assisted the cleaning staff. Ed continues to volunteer daily at the Sandy Senior Center, where his energy, good humor, and willingness to help are greatly appreciated.

HR JOB CORNER Full-Time • Accountant I or II • Building Custodian • Code Enforcement/ Special Events Permit Technician • IT Technician I • Executive Assistant - Legal Department • Justice Court Clerk

Part-Time/ Non-Benefitted • Accounts Payable Specialist • Crossing Guard • Alta Canyon Positions • Official/Referee/ Scorekeeper

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FALL PICKLEBALL CLINICS Age: 8+ Cost: $20/person Days: Monday & Wednesday Dates: Sept. 13–Oct. 6 Deadline: Aug. 30 For more information, visit us at sandy.utah.gov/registration

FALL PICKLEBALL LEAGUE

PARK S & RE C R EAT I O N AUGUST HAPPENINGS (Visit our website for costs and more details) • Hot Air Balloon Festival: Sandy’s annual hot air balloon festival launch is Friday and Saturday, Aug.13 and 14 at sunrise, at Storm Mountain Park, 1000 E. 11400 S. • Balloon Glow will take place Saturday evening from 7–11 p.m. on the Sandy Promenade (10000 S. Centennial Parkway, Sandy, UT) sandy.utah.gov/balloonfest • Movies in the Park: Bring your family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs and enjoy outdoor cinema at its best. On Friday, Aug. 6, the movie is “Frozen” held at Lone Peak Park (10140 S. 700 E.) Activities begin at 7:30, movie begins at sundown. Movie is FREE. • Family Night at the Skate Park: Great fun for the whole family. Family Night is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the skate park. Theme Nights are Monday, Aug. 2 with “Play it Safe”, Monday, Aug. 16, with “Family Skate.” Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 6–9 p.m. at Lone Peak Skate Park, 10140 S. 700 E. • Dog & Cat Clinic: Sandy City Animal Service is sponsoring a clinic for your dog and/or cat. They are offering shots at a reduced rate per animal. Clinic scheduled at Lone Peak Park South Outdoor Pavilion,10140 S. 700 E. on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

REC SUMMER PARTY Come out and join us on Friday, Aug. 6 from 5–11 p.m. at Location: Lone Peak Park, 10140 S. 700 E. Let us show our appreciation to you for participating in Sandy’s Recreation Programs this past year. Great fun for the whole family with free food, games, and activities. Plus, there will be a sports gear swap for unused, new, or used jerseys, shoes, shin guards, gloves, bats, sport balls to trade or donate. All donations will be given a new home to someone in need. All clothing and equipment must be taken to the indoor pavilion between 5¬–6 p.m. In addition, we will be movie the “Frozen II” to conclude our Movies in the Park series for the summer, our theme is Frozen Treat Night! Movie begins at Dusk. Visit sandy.utah.gov/parks for more details for the night.

BALLOON FEST 5K Date: Time: Location: Registration Fee: Registration Deadline: Online Registration: Late Registration: Late Registration Fee:

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Saturday, Aug. 14 9 p.m. Sandy Promenade (10200 S. Centennial Pkwy (170 West) $25/individual or $20/family discount Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. in person Closes Aug. 12 at 7 a.m. — sandy.utah.gov/registration Aug. 12–14 Online not available $30/individual $25/family discount

Age: 8+ Cost: $20/person Days: Tuesday & Thursday Dates: Sept. 14–Oct. 7 Deadline: Aug. 30 For more information, visit us at sandy.utah.gov/registration

FALL PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT Dates: Time:

Friday & Saturday, September 24–25 Friday late afternoon/evening Saturday 8 a.m.–3p.m. Times are estimated and subject to change! Cost: $40/team Divisions: Men’s, Women’s, and Coed Doubles Deadline: Sept. 13 For more information, visit us at sandy.utah.gov/registration

FALL SANDY SOCCER ACADEMY Instructors and staff will be provided by Utah Avalanche Soccer Club. Each week we build on what’s learned from the previous weeks. Curriculum for the various age groups will be modified based on current skill levels of the players in an age group. Registration includes Academy t-shirt and soccer ball. Visit our website for more details sandy.utah.gov/parks Day/Time: Monday & Tuesday, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Age: 3–8 years old Location: Lone Peak Park, 10140 S. 700 East Register online: sandy.utah.gov/registration

FALL ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES Come play a short, 8-game season. Teams play two games per week. Registration: July 12–Aug. 12 Divisions: Men’s and Coed Leagues Begin: Week of Aug. 30 Cost: $330/team

2021 YOUTH FALL SPORT REGISTRATION Sport/Programs Soccer Girls Softball (Fast Pitch) Boys Baseball T–Ball/Coach Pitch Flag Football Jr. Jazz Basketball

Age / Grade Registration Deadline PreK-12* June 1 Aug. 5 (Late Reg.) 7–13** June 1 Aug. 4 7–11** June 1 Aug. 18 4–7* June 1 Aug. 18 1–4 June 1 Aug. 18 1–8 Sept. 7 Oct. 20 9–12 Sept. 7 Nov. 17 Kindergarten* Sept. 7 Nov. 17 Indoor Soccer (Futsal) Pre-K–2* Sept. 1 Dec. 9 Note: *Must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2021. **Must be 7 by Jan. 1, 2021

Fall Soccer Registration has passed. Please call for availability. ONLINE REGISTRATION: sandy.utah.gov/registration (available for most sports & programs)


Quick Tips: Home Occupations Running a home-based business can be very rewarding, but all the rules and regulations surrounding the prospect can get a little confusing. To encourage successful businesses while maintaining residential neighborhood characteristics, the city has adopted codes that outline the limits of how a business may operate in a home.

Sandy City’s Annual Water Quality Reports will be distributed electronically via the web starting July 2021. You can view this report at sandy.utah.gov/waterqualityreport

SANDY CITY WATER QUALITY REPORTS

This report will not be mailed to your home unless you contact us with your name and full mailing address. This can be done by contacting our Public Utilities Department at (801) 352-4400. Paper copies can be obtained at City Hall 10000 S. Centennial Parkway or at the Water Operations Center 9150 S. 150 E.

Sandy City’s Annual Water Quality Reports will be distributed electronically via the web starting July 2021. You can view this report at sandy.utah.gov/waterqualityreport This report will not be mailed to your home unless you contact us with your name and full mailing address. This can be done by contacting our Public Utilities Department at (801) 352-4400. Paper copies can be obtained at City Hall 10000 S. Centennial Parkway or at the Water Operations Center 9150 S. 150 E.

Sandy Matters: Business Licensing

1. Do you need a license? Certain home occupations may be exempt under our ordinances and Utah State Code if they do not create additional impacts beyond what is expected from the primary residential use itself. If a business is exempt but you still wish to have a Sandy City Business License, a licensing fee will be charged. If you wonder whether a license is required, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you. 2. Register Your Business Name: Unless you are using your own given name as the name of the business, you need to register with the State of Utah Department of Commerce to reserve your business name, or DBA (Doing Business As). 3. Obtain a State Sales Tax Number: If you are operating a business that requires you to collect sales tax, you will need this number from the State Tax Commission. 4. Conditional Use Permit: Home-base businesses that can meet certain criteria and have little to no impact on the neighborhood are usually classified as a Category I Home Occupation and can be approved at staff level. Those that cannot meet the requirements of a Category I, may be classified as a Category II, and are required to seek approval from the Planning Commission at a public meeting. These typically include uses that exceed the maximum number of visitors of a Category I (such as daycares or group child activities), include workshops uses (welding, carpentry, etc.), generate excessive traffic, or businesses that utilize space outside the home (outdoors, in the garage, or in an accessory structure). 5. Prohibited Businesses: There are several types of businesses that are deemed incompatible with residential uses. These include: medical or dental clinics; most commercial animal businesses (including stables, kennels, pet stores, and veterinary services); automotive related businesses (such as auto repair, storage, or servicing); junk/salvage yards, hotels (including bed and breakfast facilities); massage therapy and alternative healing businesses (other than if the applicant is residing in the home and is the only therapist practicing there); and other businesses that generate traffic in excess of 24 trip per day or substantially impair the use and value of the residential area. If you have any questions or further inquiries regarding home occupations in Sandy, please feel free to browse the available resources on our website or call the Business Licensing Office at (801) 568-7252. I S S U E # 84

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There are currently over 5,500 licensed business in Sandy City that contribute to approximately $20 million in sales and use tax income each year. These include commercial and industrial locations as well as home occupations, mobile food vendors, and contractors. In addition, we receive an average of 50 to 70 new applications to process each month. Licenses are required for most for-profit enterprises that wish to operate legally within the boundaries of the City and fees collected by the City are based solely on the cost of administration. Certain exemptions to licensing requirements are given through Utah State Code. Licenses should be displayed in a prominent position at the place of business and are required to be renewed annually.

The Sandy City Business Licensing Division staff consists of one full-time Business License Administrator, assisted by two employees from the Planning Division who help as needed with taking applications and other customer servicerelated tasks. Responsibilities of this division include processing new applications, closing out files for those no longer in operation, ensuring compliance with the provisions of City Code, and assisting customers in navigating the complexities of local, regional, state, and federal regulations that apply to those wishing to operate a business. This not only helps to protect consumer interests, but also ensures that Sandy City receives the appropriate sales taxes collected by the State. Please visit the City’s website or contact the Business License Administrator at (801) 568-7252 with any questions regarding business licensing. P A G E

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9270 South (Rimando Way) Intersection Improvements

Monroe Street and 9000 South Intersection Improvements Sandy City, UDOT, and their contractor Acme Construction are working to improve this intersection between Harrison Street and 9100 South including a U-turn signal at Monroe Street and Monroe Plaza Way. Improvements include the widening of Monroe Street, updated utilities, new and additional left turn lanes, and a retaining wall. The project will help with traffic heading northbound from Sandy City’s Cairns area as well as Rio Tinto Stadium to access the I-15 interchange. The project will be completed by the end of August.

Sandy City, UDOT, and their contractor Dry Creek Structures have been working to realign 9270 South on the north side of Jordan Commons to the traffic signal on State Street at Rimando Way. In addition to realigning the road, a new box culvert was installed in the East Jordan Canal and a new signal system and pedestrian ramps were installed at the intersection with State Street. As a result, traffic will flow more smoothly and motor and pedestrian safety will be greatly improved. The road is now open for traffic, however final concrete work, landscaping, and punch list items will be completed by the middle of August.

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Alta’s leading scorer ready to take on the 2021 season

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here is a hierarchy in high school soccer. You groom the younger players to be ready to take the place of the seniors as they move out of the program. You learn the program from the seniors. You learn how the team functions and while you may get some playing time here and there, you bide your time until you are a junior or senior and can appear more often in games. But for Bella Woods, the chance to learn the Alta program was thrust into her lap. And it happened quite early. Woods was second in the defensive stopper position for Alta during the 2019 campaign. She knew she just had to learn the way Leah Mickelsen played the position and it would be hers the next season. Instead, she was called into duty early when Mickelsen went down in the opening game of the 2019 season against Cedar City. “Mickelson went down in the first 20 minutes of the game,” Alta coach Mackenzie Hyer said. “We just threw Woods into the game, not knowing if she was totally ready. We kind of threw her to the wolves.” “I was nervous going into that first game.” Woods said. “I wasn’t planning on playing much so quickly so there were a lot of emotions going through my head.” Oh well, it is just one game, she thought. Mickelsen will be back for the next one.

By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com Despite being pressed into duty so quickly, Woods still found a way to put the ball into the net as Alta defeated Cedar City 5-1. But that wouldn’t be the first goal for the young sophomore. She would end the season leading the team in scoring. The injury to Mickelsen turned out to be a season ending torn ACL. Suddenly the first line of defense for the Hawks now rested squarely on the shoulders of the young sophomore. Now Alta needed her to stop up in a big way. And step up she did. “A lot of times it is easy for a player to go into that first game because they get an adrenaline rush that helps,” Hyer said. “Now we were asking Woods to be a starter and she really grew into her role.” Woods, now a 16-year-old junior, has always been around soccer. She looked up to her brother Gabriel, just four years older than her, as a role model in the sport. Gabriel also played for Alta’s boys team when he was in high school. “I remember picking up a soccer ball when I was about two,” Woods said. “It has always been part of my life.” Starting out in the rec leagues, Woods later graduated to the competition teams, playing first for Sandy area Sparta United before recently becoming a member of Celtic. Through all of her soccer Woods has

been an attacking player, settling into an offensive position where she had opportunity after opportunity to punish the other team by scoring goals. Her eye for the game grew and she began to read how other players would play the game. This talent caught Hyer’s eye and switched her to the defensive third, placing Woods in the stopper position where she would read the opposition’s attack and try to shut it down early. She also has the green light to vacate the defensive end when she sees scoring positions. “Woods can see the whole game in front of her playing the position she is in,” Hyer said. “We allow her the freedom to decide if she can attack and still be back for defense.” Her freedom enabled her to not only help in defense but also tie for the most points in goals and assists. “I definitely gained confidence as the season went on,” Woods said. “I started understanding how our other players played the game and how my style would fit in. I always had a decent shot and pretty good at passing, so I brought that along with my defense.” Now Woods is looking to continue her prowess on the field for this season, and teach what she has learned to the younger players in the program. But she, along with the rest of the 2021 edition of Alta girls soccer, have

a goal this year to bring another title back home. The Hawks lost in the second round last season. Playing for a program that has already hoisted eight championship banners into the rafters, it was a bitter pill. “It was hard on us to be knocked out so early,” Woods said “We are working very hard now to try and win it this season. We have been super positive for this year and already working out and running to get us fit for the season.” To do so is going to take a team effort. Something Woods hopes to help achieve not only through her example, but through the cohesiveness this year’s team has built. “We are not just teammates but friends,” Woods said. “We do a lot of things together. Yes, we want to win state. But more importantly we want to keep a positive mindset throughout the entire season.” Hyer is hoping the style of play Woods brings each game and each practice will be the catalyst to securing another title. “She is a hard worker and a very good teammate,” Hyer said. “She just wants the team to be successful and she is willing to play to make that happen. She has a quiet confidence about her. She understands she can make a difference in a game, but she goes about it without being flashy. It isn’t about her.” l

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Government 101: Form of government in cities By Erin Dixon | e.dixon@mycityjournals.com

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n Utah, there are two possible types of government: Council-Manager or Council-Mayor. There’s a possible third type of government, a Charter, but none of the cities in which City Journals publishes has one. Council-Mayor The mayor is elected every four years and represents the entire city. They are the head of the executive branch, like a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in a private business. All department heads within the city report to them. When a new mayor takes a seat, they can hire or fire department heads, but council advice and consent is required. City council members are also elected every four years, though usually not at the same time. This prevents the city from having an entirely new council at once. Each council member represents a portion of the city (district), or the city as a whole (at-large). The council is the decision making body but does not have any power over city staff. The council makes decisions for the city: budget, property, code, planning and zoning, etc. The mayor may be invited to attend, speak and contribute. Council meetings, usually twice a month, are run by city council members. The mayor is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor can veto if they disagree with any legislation passed by the council. The council elects its own chair who conducts the public meetings.

Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Council-Manager The mayor is elected and represents the entire city. They are part of the council. In this form of government, the council appoints a city manager to be the CEO. Department heads answer to the manager and the manager can hire or fire department heads, though hires are subject to council advice and consent. Council members are elected every four years, though usually not all at the same time. In some cities, the mayor votes with each decision. In others, the mayor only casts a vote if there is a tie. The mayor is chair and the face of the council. The manager attends council meetings, gives reports and advises council in decision making. Council meetings, usually twice a month, is run by the mayor. The city manager is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor does not have veto power. Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Cottonwood Heights: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Draper: Council-Manager, mayor is tie breaker Herriman: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Holladay: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Midvale: Council-Manager, mayor is tie breaker Murray: Council-Mayor

Each city government operates differently, and elected officials have different responsibilities depending on the form. (infographic/Erin Dixon)

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A new Union school underway, continues rich tradition of educating community By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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nce a Bobcat, always a Bobcat. Through 170 years of having a school in what was Union, which now is incorporated into the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Midvale and Sandy, students have been proud of their school. However, the school has undergone many changes and rebuilds since the first winter when it opened to 30 students. The current Union Middle School was built in 1968. But writer and area resident Joyce Thorum Wilson graduated from a different Union school building in 1941. Wilson, who was the class secretary and played clarinet and saxophone in their band and orchestra, was one of those in attendance at the April 22 groundbreaking for a new Union Middle School. Alongside her was her husband, Tom, who was a substitute teacher at this Union school, the same one their son attended. “Union brings a lot of memories of the teachers, principals, classmates,” she said. “We learned a lot about the world, and we went out to see it.” In the two-and-a-half months since the groundbreaking, the walls of six classrooms that were added to the original design in the

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late 1970s have been demolished and the rent site at 615 E. 8000 South. Crews from walls are expected to go up. green playing field is no longer as the new Hughes Contractor already are working on Students are expected to study in the exschool will be built on the land east of its cur- the new school’s footings and by late fall, the isting building until the new school is ready

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Union Middle Principal Kelly Tauteoli said at the groundbreaking a new school will only further help students in their learning and successes. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

by fall 2023. Designed by VCBO Architecture, the new school, that will sport the school colors of blue and yellow, will have state-of-the-art technology as well as skylights to allow natural light to fill the building. The classroom wings, located near the main office, will have collaborative spaces for each grade level. An additional wing will house students with disabilities and a collaborative area for psychologists, speech pathologists and others. An adapted PE area, that

includes a ramp and outdoor learning equipment, for those with physical disabilities is planned as well. The performing arts area, with a 650seat auditorium, will be located near the main office as well as arts and career and technical education classes. There also will be the Bobcat Den, a large learning space where multiple classes can meet, or it might house district professional development staff meetings. The gymnasium, which will feature an indoor track, will be used for dance and PE

classes; it will be located closer to the cafeteria. The family and consumer sciences rooms will include a culinary set-up with steel moveable tables so the room can be shaped in lines or in a U-shape to watch demonstrations. Equipment that is similar to that on “American Ninja Warrior” as well as a climbing wall will be located off of the cafeteria, said Principal Kelly Tauteoli. “The play equipment will be safe, and it will be an option that during lunch, they can complete the challenge,” she said. “The new Union Middle will be a beautiful space, a place that the community can be proud of, and that will facilitate great learning and activities. Our students make some remarkable achievements, and this new school will only further help them in their learning and successes.” Competing on challenging obstacle courses at lunch is a far cry from the wartime years when Wilson was in school. “We had a radio, so we knew what was happening with the fireside chats. We knew about rations of gas, food, shoes, but the teachers kept us busy and always were supportive with choir, athletics and everything,” she said. One big assignment Wilson recalled was when her seventh-grade history teacher, Kenneth Brady, took the students to where the old Union Fort was and measured where the schoolhouse was as well.

“We built a model of the fort, and it was on display for years and years at the state capitol. We even interviewed those people who were around and old enough to remember it,” she said, adding that the class assignment helped to inspire her to write a two-act pioneer musical, “They Came to Union Fort,” about the founding of Union. Ninja warriors also weren’t a part of Board of Education member Mont Millerberg experience with Union as he had two of his kids attend class at the current school and his wife taught there. Both he and his wife served on the school community council. “This old building holds a lot of memories for us, and I feel privileged to take part in the process to rebuild it,” he said. “It’s going to be a beautiful, bold addition to the neighborhood.” The new school was made possible by the voters’ approval of a $283-million tax-neutral bond to modernize and upgrade Canyons School District schools in November 2017. The construction cost of Union comes in at $57 million, said Leon Wilcox, Canyons District’s business administrator. Supt. Rick Robins is excited for the new Union Middle. “Over the past five decades, tens of thousands of students have walked Union Middle’s halls on a pathway to accessing the American dream,” he said. “It’s an honor to be a part of that history and to help usher in the next chapter.” l

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Alleviating (at least some of) the post-pandemic social awkwardness By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com

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020 was an extroverted social butterfly’s nightmare. As we developed proper Zoom-tiquette while in varying degrees of quarantine, many of us lost touch with our in-person social skills. Many of the friends and colleagues I have seen in-person recently shared a laugh with me over not knowing how to social anymore: yes, as a verb. And man, if you thought a room full of writers was socially awkward before the pandemic, imagine us now. I wanted to share some quick tips and tricks to improve social interactions this month. Before I do, I’d like to emphasize if trying to remember suggestions for social interaction detracts from engagement, forget it. The most important thing for any social interaction is to be completely engaged in the moment. Authenticity is what we seek in social interactions. Think about it. We instinctively know when they’re not. We notice when someone stops listening, even if they tune back in. We can sense when another is either too bored or too amped to be fully present. Even some of our commonplace language is indicative of our societal value of authenticity. “Fake” and “basic” are insults. “True to your heart; you must be true to your heart” are lyrics in a very catchy Disney song. (Daa da-da da.) I digress. Take these suggestions only to store in the running background programs of your cognition. (I must add that these suggestions are highly Utah specific, socially and culturally. For 2021, the importance of facial expressions may be (re)discovered. We developed habits after realizing, even subconsciously, the majority of last year dragged on without others being able to fully perceive our faces. As the masks come off and the Zoom meetings become nostalgic, our faces are fully public again. Meaning, if you adapted to only smiling with your eyes, it’s time to retrain those smile muscles. Courtesy smiles are back. Speaking of faces, maintaining eye contact has become a new struggle for many. It’s natural for humans to look around when recalling a memory, formulating a lie, trying to find the right word, or simply taking in our environment. Instead of feeling pressured to maintain constant eye contact for the majority of a social interaction, try maintaining eye contact for only what feels comfortable and appropriate for the social interaction. (Someone once told me that if you’re uncomfortable with eye contact, stare at the person’s nose directly in between their eyes, as to gives the same effect.) Most of our communication is nonverbal (60 to 95%, depending on who you ask). That means, pay attention to your body lan-

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guage, positioning, tone, and nonverbal cues. Maintain an open body language. (Is any part of your body slouched, crossed, or otherwise reserved?) Consider the positioning of your body in the specific environment. (Are you close to the door?) Feel the tone of your voice. (Are you speaking monotone?) Mind your gestures. (Are you speaking with your hands?) Lastly, show genuine interest in others. It’s likely we are interacting with humans who we want to spend time with, for differing reasons. Communicate valuing their time and relationship through both nonverbals and verbals. Ask questions that go beyond small talk, really listen to their answers, ask thoughtful follow-up questions about barely mentioned details or their own interpretations, make mental notes of any upcoming important events of dates, and allow for laughter. Okay, really lastly, be gracious with yourself. Any amount of social interaction after over a year of distancing and quaran-

tining can feel draining. Our energy storage for socialing might deplete more rapidly. It’s okay to only want to go out one night per week, when we used to go out multiple nights per week; and to feel like going out to dinner was equivalent to running a marathon; and to accept a more introverted lifestyle. It’s okay to feel a little socially awkward. Because we all do. Research from: Aragon, Bandura, Bargh, Burgoon, Darics, Duffy, Cherry, Clark, Dunbar, Ekman, Friedman, Guerrero, Guyer, Hendriksen. Houpert, Navarro, Nguyen, Pease, Perry, Rosenthal, Skinner, Thompson, and Willard. Dang. I’m not the only one who wrote about this phenomenom: “It’s not just you…” by Bonos; “We’re all socially awkward now,” by Murphy. l

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Still hope for long-term survival of Sandy’s popular bulk-waste pickup program By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

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grams in Sandy City,” said Cowdell, one that “goes back at least 45 years.” In fact, the city’s not sure when the program started because at least officially, it never did. “We couldn’t find the origin of the bulk waste program, meaning there’s no authority for doing it. There’s no ordinance or written policy. It’s one of those things where we’ve just always done it, so we’re just going to keep doing it,” Cowdell said. That lack of a legal framework for the program to operate within is one obstacle that Cowdell has been working on in recent months. Together with a team of environmental attorneys, he has developed an ordinance that he believes will allow the city to continue curb-side bulk waste pickup. That draft ordinance hasn’t yet reached the council yet, however. Before it gets to that point, Cowdell wants to make sure it “passes the muster” of the Department of Environmental Quality. From the DEQ’s perspective, Sandy’s program potentially violates its storm drain permit. When some residents leave toxic materials out on their curb, it contaminates the water flowing into the storm drains which empty into the Jordan river and then on to the Great Salt Lake. Wanting to avoid a potential hefty fine from the DEQ, the city administration made plans last spring to leave the program behind. But that proposal was not popular with much of the city. The City Council pushed to have the program reinstated while they worked to figure out a more long-term solution. Working with the DEQ has been the other task assigned to Cowdell. “We reached out to DEQ and had some

initial conversations with them. They had some perceptions about what was happening in Sandy. Some of those perceptions were correct but some of them weren’t,” he said. The basis of the city’s draft ordinance, which Cowdell plans to present to the DEQ in the coming weeks, is an increased focus on enforcement. The city would have to show that it’s serious about keeping toxic materials out of the storm drain system by dispatching code enforcement officers to issue fines for people in violation. Budgetarily, the extra code enforcement work could represent an increased expense for a program that’s already subsidized by the general fund. But Cowdell pointed out that the fines and fees collected could help offset those costs. The plan to move ahead with seeking approval from the DEQ was met favorably by the council. “The approach you’re taking is spot on. We don’t want to go rogue and pass something that just isn’t going to fly. I’d rather know the answer to the question first,” said Council member Zach Robinsion. Council member Monica Zoltanski raised one concern in regards to the “limits of enforcement.” For example, how would the city handle a situation where someone comes to a neighborhood in the middle of the night and dumps something that violates the new regulation? Council member Brooke Christensen also recommended that they start incorporating an administrative law enforcement perspective into the drafting of the ordinance, in order to come up with the amounts for the fines. l

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