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August 2015 | Vol. 15 Iss. 8


Sandy City ’ s Annua l Balloon Festival to

Take Flight Once Again

By Aimee L. Cook

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New Splash Pad for Sandy City By Megan Mahajan


n the evening of June 24, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was completed for a new splash pad at Sandy Amphitheater Park, located at 9400 South and 1300 East. This million-dollar project had received both positive and negative feedback during its construction. Many wondered if this project would actually be completed given current water

Photo of the month caption. Members of the City Council test the waters after the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new splash pad. use restrictions, and some have even spoken against the splash pad, stating that it’s a waste of water. Nicole Martin, communications director for Sandy City, stated that the city was water conscious in planning this project and the splash pad utilizes a recirculation system. Protecting the natural resource was a priority for the city in planning this new addition to the park. Fresh water is pulled into the tank, where it is treated and then re-circulated, thereby making the most of every drop of water.

The splash pad is essentially a giant water feature and highlights creeks and rivers located across the Wasatch Front. It’s meant to be educational and interactive as well as fun for all those who visit this summer. The splash pad features two separate areas and includes other amenities, such as walking paths, a playground and covered pavilions. Its opening celebrates Sandy’s very first splash pad and provides a great new place for plenty of family fun for the community. l

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Is Sandy’s One and Only Off-Leash Dog Park Adequate for Pet Owners? By Aimee L. Cook


f you have a dog and live in Sandy, odds are you have made a trip to the one offleash dog park in the city. Located at 300 East 9980 South, the one-acre site has two fenced in sides. The dog park is well maintained for the most part, but some care is dependent on the pet owners to pick up after their animals and not allow them to be destructive. There are trees, benches and a walking trail in both areas. One area has dirt and bark, while the other side has drought-tolerant grass. Rules are clearly posted upon entering the park, and all owners are asked to use the facility at their own risk. Aggressive dogs are not permitted, but animal behavior can be very unpredictable and things can go wrong. The park can get very overcrowded at times. Being the only park of its kind can lend itself to many dogs in a space at one time. Megan O’Brien likes to bring her Labrador to the park, but has not had good luck bringing her smaller dogs. “The smaller dogs just get too nervous with all the dogs that pay attention to them,” O’Brien said. “My Labrador is good at ignoring them and just doing her own thing. If another big dog approaches her, I am always nearby in case she feels threatened.”

In March, there was an incident at the dog park that left one small dog severely injured by a larger dog. Unfortunately, the owner of the larger dog left the premises after the incident and the other dog owner was unable to get any information from them. Fortunately, incidents like those are not reported to Sandy Animal Control very often. “We can count on one hand how many times a year we are called due to an incident at the dog park,” said Ian Williams, director of Sandy Animal Services. “I think the city has done a great job with the resources they had but I would like to see an additional park and would strongly encourage the city officials to do so.” Recently a resident proposed Brandon Canyon Trail become off-leash at a city council meeting. The council determined after a lengthily discussion to decline that request due to safety concerns for children, adults and other animals, should an animal become vicious. “A year or two ago some dogs which were off leash in Dimple Dell Park inflicted very serious damage to a horse due to their severe bites, and the dogs’ behavior threatened several individuals as well,” Dennis Tenney,

Dogs stop to get a drink at the Sandy Dog Park. Sandy City council member said. “The health, safety and well-being of our residents and of pets and other animals are a top priority for Sandy City. Our strong feeling at this time is that the only way we can assure complete safety is to make certain that dogs and other pets are on leash at all times, including on the Brandon Canyon Trail.” Currently the city has plans to close one side of the park for three weeks to allow grass and vegetation to grow and rotate to the other side. There are also plans to pave the parking lot. As far as adding a second park, Sandy

City does have plans to build an additional dog park in Quail Hollow Park when they have funding to do so. “Quail Hollow Park is a 53-acre gem that should become a wonderful public amenity for all of Sandy’s residents in the future as soon as we’re able to identify funding sources to develop that park, including an enclosed dog park,” Tenney said. “Sandy City wants to do everything possible to enhance the health, safety of our citizens and neighborhoods, and promote quality of life opportunities in a meaningful, affordable manner as well.” l

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Sandy City’s Annua l Balloon Festival


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to Take Flight Once Again By Aimee L. Cook


alley skies will be filled with hot air balloons once again as Sandy City launches its ninth annual Balloon Festival Aug.7 and 8. These colorful, 10-story-high balloons will depart between 7 to 7:30 a.m. on Aug.7 from Storm Mountain Park, 11400 South 1000 East. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the festivities and watch the balloons launch. On Aug. 8 the balloons will take off again between 7 to 7:30 a.m. Guests will be able to see the balloons up close, and balloon activities will be available for children. Some pilots may need volunteers to help crew their hot air balloons, so come early to seek one out and get the thrill of helping a crew on a hot air balloon. Later that evening, from 8 to 10 p.m., the festivities will continue at the South Towne Promenade, 1000 South 175 West. There will be several food choices to enjoy for purchase and live entertainment will be on site while you wait for the balloon glow at 8:30 p.m. The balloons will take flight again, firing up their burners

and lighting up the evening sky. Mayor Tom Dolan brought the Balloon Festival to life in 2007. On Aug. 11 of that year, the first Balloon Festival was held on the Centennial Parkway, south of Sandy City Hall. The first festival exceeded the expectations of the mayor and the city council and was such a hit in the community that it has become an annual event. The city enlisted the skills of “Balloon Meister” Michael Bauwen, an FAA balloon pilot, to direct the event and keep things as safe as possible. Bauwen is charged with making the final decisions on whether or not conditions are favorable for launching the balloons, with wind being the most unpredictable factor. The balloon festival is free to the public. l

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Canon and Sony will have representatives on hand at the balloon festival providing the latest camera equipment. Bring your own SD or CF memory card, along with a valid credit card and driver’s license, to the festival and you can try the best. Visit the website for more information and to view some of last year’s winners: www.pixelsfoto.com/blog/sandy-city-balloon-fest

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Save Time And Money With New Shopping App By Rachel Hall


great deal is hard to find, especially when life gets busy. Angela Ramirez, founder of snach.it, understands that time is valuable for everyone. That is why she created the new shopping app to put the right deal in the right hands at the right time. “I love to shop. I am a mother of two. I work and I am always on the go,” Ramirez said. Her morning routine of browsing through Facebook and Groupon, coupled with her expertise as a former merchandise manager, helped spur the idea for an app that would supply great deals without having to search through irrelevant items.

“I would find myself browsing through pages and pages under Groupon trying to find great fashionable items, but all I would find was toothpaste [and] granola bars,” she said. Daily deals will be available to the customer through the app, but timing is of the essence. Each item is offered for 30 seconds during which the decision to snatch up the deal must be made. The only way to gain additional time to view an item is to share the deal. “I saw the need for an app that could present a customer every morning with a curated collection of items. We are taking the time urgency from Snapchat, the amazing deals from Groupon, and the social aspect from Facebook,” she said. Ramirez’s focus on the start up of snach.it aligns with her belief that mobile shopping is where the future lies, even for major retailers trying to simplify the customers’ experience. “With us, you will only get an app – no website. Therefore, the way the app is being built, it truly simplifies your shopping habits and with three clicks you can purchase an item of your choice,” she said. Companies such as Ray-Ban, Beats By Dre, Nike, Safavieh, Cavalli, Michael Kors, Skullcandy, Sterling Arts, Diesel and Under Armour are already listed to offer deals with the new shopping app. For more information, visit http://snach.it. l

Angela Ramirez is the founder of the snach.it app, which is being developed to save customers time and money on things they want to purchase.

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ig improvements are in the works for the South Towne Center and are set to get underway in August 2015. South Towne property owners, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, have slated $20 million to redesign and renovate the existing 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center in an effort to accommodate the new

Los Angeles architectural firm Gensler Associates will be responsible for the redesign and planning of the new space. The renovation will take place in stages and the shopping center will remain open throughout the entire process. “As South Towne Center enters its 30th year serving the Sandy community, it

off-ramp from northbound I-15 exiting onto South Towne property, and to give the shopping center’s 966,000-square-foot interiors a new warm and inviting design that compliments the Wasatch Mountains. This renovation is part of the new Carins project that Sandy City is calling “Mountain Meets Urban.” The 1,100-acre space will be a destination location that will house 20 million square feet of mixed-used elements of retail, office and residential developments. “With the launch of The Carins, we promised a city center unlike any other,” Tom Dolan, Sandy City mayor, said. “The exciting reinvention of the mall into a ‘Mountain Meets Urban’ experience is integral to our fulfilling that promise.”

is the perfect time to enhance the customer experience,” Gary Karl, executive vice president of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, said. “This renovation will create a vibrant, contemporary, outdoor-inspired shopping experience with more entertainment and dining options to serve the customers of all ages. This project has been in the works for some time now, and we can’t wait to get started.” Some of the enhancements planned are a larger food court, new modern flooring, brighter interior paint and wood accents, a larger children’s play area and a fountain remodel. There will also be a lounge area and improvements to all the restrooms. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016. l

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Nicole Martin: a Woman to Watch By Megan Mahajan


icole Martin was named one of the Utah Business “30 Women to Watch” for 2015. She will add this award to her Best of State Award for “Community Development in the Public Sector” and a “Communicator of the Year” award. Martin currently serves as the communications director for Sandy City. This position follows her work in communications and economic development for Herriman City and 15 years of communications in the private sector. When asked what her favorite aspect of her work is, Martin says it’s the challenge. The weighty subject matter of government issues offer even more of a challenge for Martin as she finds ways to effectively communicate to every resident. “For me it’s the ultimate challenge to first have a thorough understanding of the issue at hand, and then find a creative and unique way of communicating … that’s a challenge that I face every single day and I love it because it makes my job interesting.” Creativity is what truly sets Martin apart from others in her field. Her incorporation of all forms of media and technology to send a message to residents of a city is a bold move. “I want us to communicate in a way that is different from government,” Martin said. Her entire focus is on not communicating the way that a city typically would. “I strive for

our communications to be visual, humorous, interesting, colorful, and of course, ultimately educational and engaging.” Martin has stepped far outside of what governments typically do through her use of social media alone. She seeks to stifle the perception that government is outdated through innovation and unique approaches to communications. Martin effectively communicates to Sandy residents through Facebook and Twitter pages, Sandynow.com, which she developed, and monthly newsletters that are created to be easily understood by all. “When we’re trying to explain property tax [for example], I could use charts and bar graphs … and I would lose my audience the minute they looked at it. But what I’ve chosen to do is … creatively use graphics to push a message that would otherwise be lost if I chose to use traditional ways of communicating.” Martin’s position of incredible responsibility and influence is one that many women tend to shy away from. When asked about what she would say to young women who may want to be involved with government, elected positions, or even boards, her response was simple: “Try it. Why not? Life is short.” As a “Woman to Watch,” Martin believes that all women

Nicole Martin and her daughter proudly accept her reward at the Utah Business Awards Ceremony have so much to offer through a difference of perspective, a unique skill set, and a voice that can and should be heard. “As women we are often reluctant to move forward with these positions. We have some self doubt … But I would say that the opportunities are there for every single woman and the sky is the limit. The only thing holding back women is themselves and thinking that they can’t do it.” Martin is, without a doubt, a force to be reckoned with. Her passion for her career and willingness to not only accept every challenge but actively seek them out truly makes her a game changer in her field. Martin’s recipe for success? “Bring your enthusiasm, flexibility, and strong work ethic to all you do.” l

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Sandy Slip ‘N Slide Reminds Us to Have Fun By Megan Mahajan


andy Pausch, who delivered the memorable, “Last Lecture” speech, said, “Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” As we grow older we are forced to prioritize our lives according to the things we “have” to do, and fun generally gets bumped to the bottom of the list or forgotten altogether. On the Fourth of July, a group in Sandy created a way to bring some fun back into adulthood, and it didn’t involve parades or fireworks. The traditional Fourth of July scene involving barbecues and lawn chairs was completely foregone in favor of something much more fun: a giant slip ‘n slide. The slide, made from retired advertisement banners, water and soap, ran through Flat Iron Mesa Park for only a couple of hours that afternoon, but hundreds showed up to take advantage. Adult worries and priorities forgotten, daring people of all ages, dressed in everything from jeans to Speedos, could be found sliding head first down the slip ‘n slide. “I don’t usually do things like that,” said Michelle Jensen, who spent the day sliding with a group of friends. “I felt like a kid but I loved it!” The event was sponsored by M. Alder and was promoted heavily through social media and other online sources. The creative announcements across the internet all began the same: “Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men were created to PARTY.” And party they did. Along with the slip ‘n slide, a contest was held for the “most American” swimwear, with cash prizes given to the winners. For three full hours, age didn’t matter and responsibility was drowned out by the sounds of uncontrollable laughter and splashing water. People of all ages let out screams and squeals as they slid down the slide, only to run right back up and do it again. Each time they would experiment with different ways of sliding, including jumping on the backs of their friends and riding them down until they inevitably slid off and ended up crashing at the bottom. “We just played,” said Alexis S. “You really can’t explain it any more than that, like you can’t put fun into words.” “Everyone should do things like this at least once. Well, I was going to say once in their lives but really it should be more like once a month. Nobody was rude, we all just played and ran into each other and slid with complete strangers and didn’t care. The world needs more of that.” Jason Dicks went to the slip ‘n slide at the request of his children but ended up joining the fun himself. “I definitely was not dressed for it, but I couldn’t keep telling the kids no. You know, it was pretty fun. I just hope nobody else saw me.” Something as simple as a bunch of retired banners and some water brought people of all ages and communities together for one afternoon. Hundreds of people united in the name of fun. l

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” —George Bernard Shaw

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Sandy Senior Center 9310 S. 1300 E., Sandy, UT 84094 (801) 561-3265 Aug 4; 11:15 a.m. - Chuck Wagon Hoe Down/Building Anniversary Buffet. Join us in celebrating 17 years in the center with some old fashioned fun and music. Meal of pulled pork, beans and potato salad. Entertainment by Mike Evans. Bingo 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the café. Come early to get a great seat! Aug 5; 10 a.m. - Vital Aging, De-Cluttering. Learn ways to increase your well-being and reduce your stress levels while having fun. Come join Eun Ha from the Vital Aging. Aug 5; 10 a.m. -3 p.m. - AARP Drivers Safety. $15 for AARP members/$20 for nonmembers. Lunch is available at center for a $3.00 donation. Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; 1:30 p.m. - Chair Yoga. Great for beginners or those with back and neck problems. Facilitated by David Brandon. Aug 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 a.m. - Domino’s Fun. Aug 7, 10 a.m. - Fire and Ice Volcanoes of the Cascade Range. Explore the Cascade Range from Lassen Peak in California to Mt. Garibaldi in British Columbia. Learn about the highest threat volcanoes in the world. See major peaks of Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake and Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens-explore the potential threat of each in detail. Facilitated by Daniel B. Kuhn-Historian and Photographer.

Aug 10; 10 a.m. - Secret? What is a secret? What are some of the biggest secrets in history? And what are some of America’s biggest secrets? Join professor Matt Potolsky from the U of U, as he dissects what a secret is, shares secrets throughout history, and explains how secrets affect our society-both good and bad.

10 a.m. - Forgiveness. Clinging to our misconceptions, we sometimes find it hard to forgive, both ourselves and others. Clinging to misconceptions, we ordinarily don’t stop to examine the real culprit — the mind of aversion, or the mind at odds. We will discuss those misconceptions. Join us for an amazing journey! Facilitated by Richard Nelson. Aug 17; 10 a.m. - The Beautiful Serengeti. View beautiful Africa slides of the Serengeti Safari, Kenya and Tanzania, and get up close to the critters. Facilitated by Reece Stein. Aug 20; 10 a.m. - Strength Training with Sandy Health and Rehab. Aug 21; 10 a.m. - Canadian Rockies. Mike Cook takes us on a journey to the Rockies. Aug 21; 1 p.m. - Soap Making. 8 bars of beautifully fragranced hand-crafted soaps. $10 donation.

Aug 26; 10 a.m. - Are you a Free Thinker? If you form opinions about belief systems on the basis of reason and from a secular perspective, this just may be the place for you. All members welcome to join and express opinions. Lead by Don Schoenbeck. l

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Smoke and Mirrors By Peri Kinder


just celebrated another birthday, which is fine, because I’d rather be old than dead. But as I was going through my morning routine, trying to trick my hair into behaving and attempting to gather sagging skin and staple it behind my ears, I suddenly realized the futility of it all. I do all the regular things to stave off aging. I eat fresh produce, use sunscreen, drink the blood of a virgin unicorn and exercise. But even after decades of primping and preening, I’ve never figured out how to make that youthful glow last longer than the flavor of Juicy Fruit. Every morning I apply make-up. I layer antioxidant serum, wrinkle cream (which is working because now I have wrinkles), moisturizer, primer, foundation, spackle and powder—and that’s just the groundwork! I’ll try (again) to create the perfect “easy” smoky eye, using 17 shades of brown, two types of mascara, five different brushes and that stupid cat’s-eye liner that never looks like a cat’s eye. Well, maybe a cat that got hit by a bus. My eyebrows are carefully tweezed, penciled and shellacked into an almost discernible arch, then I slap on some 14-Hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick (with instantpout lip gloss) and turn my attention to my thick, unruly hair. I have more hair than a yeti. One day, my hair can be presentable-ish, and the next day it looks like two squirrels spent the evening mating on my head. I’ll spray, mousse, balm and texture my hair into a coiffed aura of blonde fuzz

and head out the door. In the time it takes to drive to the office, my hair has collapsed like a furry blonde creature imploded. Around 10 a.m., I notice my 14-hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick is completely gone, leaving my lips looking like a couple of albino earthworms. By noon, my cat’s-eye eyeliner has slunk to the inner corners of my eyes, creating a tar-like substance that cannot be removed without kerosene and a match. My “easy” smoky eye is now a sparkly brown smear and by 2 p.m., my carefully

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groomed eyebrows are scattered across my forehead. My brows drift tiredly toward the floor like weary caterpillars. Random hot flashes during the day create lava-lines of sweat streaking through my foundation. At 2:30, my all-day mineral base has leached into my wrinkles, while my droopy cheeks are being propped up with toothpicks. By 3 p.m., my hair is completely wilted around my face, dangling listlessly from my scalp and dripping melted hair products onto the floor like a head stalactite. Around 3:30, co-workers start asking if I’m feeling well. “Maybe you should go home. You look so . . . watery.” “I’m fine. My make-up has just worn off.” “You should see someone about that,” they say, as they gesture toward my entire face. But I’m okay with all that. My husband doesn’t care if my eye shadow never inspires its own Pinterest board. My dog couldn’t care less if I wear lip gloss while we’re running through the neighborhood. My grandkids already think I’m on my deathbed and they’re just happy I’m still breathing every morning. Me too. I can watch the sun rise and realize beauty comes in so many different ways. Still. I’ll be the 106-year-old woman who won’t leave her home without lipstick. I’ll be slathering on moisturizer the day of my funeral. I’ll wander the Sephora aisles on my 75th birthday, looking for the perfect foundation; and I’ll do it with a smile. Because happiness is the best make-up. l


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Canyons School District Announces New Elementary, High School Schedules


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Students line up for the first day of school at Alta View Elementary. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama

By Julie Slama

anyons School District elementary schools will restore early-out dismissals on Fridays beginning this school year after this past year of eliminating the earlier dismissal times. At the same time, Alta and Jordan High School students will have a later starting time for the 2015-16 school year to allow teachers more opportunity for team collaboration. The goal also is to provide teachers with the tools they need to help ensure success for every student, Canyons Superintendent James Briscoe said. For elementaries, early-out days will be held on Fridays only. School will not release early on other days during short weeks in which classes are not held on Fridays. The newly announced schedule will affect Sandy students who attend a Canyons School District elementary. East Sandy: Monday – Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Friday 8:15 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend school from either 8:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, with Fridays for two hours starting either at 8:15 a.m. or 11:10 a.m.) Alta View, Peruvian Park, Sandy, Silver Mesa, Sunrise and Willow Canyon: Monday – Thursday 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Friday 8:20 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend from either 8:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and on Fridays for two hours beginning at 8:20 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.) Altara and Park Lane: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend school from either 8:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. or 12:25 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and for two hours on Fridays beginning at 8:30 a.m. or 11:25 a.m.) Quail Hollow: Monday – Thursday 8:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday 8:40 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend school from 8:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

or 12:35 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and for two hours on Fridays beginning at 8:40 a.m. or 11:35 a.m.) Edgemont, Lone Peak and Oakdale: Monday – Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Friday 8:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend school from 8:45 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and for two hours on Fridays beginning at 8:45 a.m. or 11:40 a.m.) Sprucewood: Monday – Thursday 8:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Friday 8:50 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Kindergartners: will be at school from 8:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and for two hours on Fridays beginning at 8:50 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.) Bell View, Brookwood, Crescent and Granite: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. (Kindergartners: will attend from either 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. or 12:55 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and on Fridays for two hours beginning at 9 a.m. or 11:55 a.m.) Alta High: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 7:35 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Jordan High: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7:35 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.


he unanimous Canyons Board of Education decision on elementary school schedules was met with cheers and applause from teachers and parents. Canyons Board of Education second vice president Nancy Tingey said the reduction in instructional time must be replaced with higher-quality instructional time. She also sought assurances that collaboration and planning time will be used effectively, and that specialists will provide high-quality, well-planned, standards-based instruction and work

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closely with classroom teachers to ensure student achievement. “This is an investment in moving forward student achievement,” Tingey said. “All of this is about helping our students to use these elementary years to lay a strong foundation for their educational experience.” According to the school board, the new schedule will give teachers time during the school day to collaborate to ensure each student succeeds. Trained specialists will provide curriculum-based instruction in areas such as physical education, arts or music while teachers meet to collaborate and plan their instructional strategies. “It’s not one-size-fits-all,” school performance director Alice Peck said. “Schools are going to be able to look at their needs and tailor the schedule to make sure it fits their school.” Oakdale teacher Elcena Davenport said the schedule will “provide a higher quality education to students of the district,” complete with stronger interventions, preventions, engaging learning experiences, enrichments for advanced learners and supports for struggling learners. “With additional collaboration time, my team and I will be able to do amazing things.” The schedule came from a proposal crafted by the task force, which included teachers from each of Canyons School District’s 29 elementary schools and Jordan Valley School. The task force has met since December 2014 and held public meetings beginning in January. The school board held discussions on the proposal in February and March. The new schedule refines elementary education improvement efforts. The 2014-2015 elementary school schedule was adjusted as part of the 2014-2015 teachers contract approved by the Canyons Education Association and ratified by the Canyons Board of Education. The schedule eliminated earlyout Fridays to improve teacher planning and instruction, but, according to the school board, it had “unintended consequences” for parents and teachers. l

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Silver Mesa Celebrates South American Culture


By Julie Slama

tudents at Spanish dual immersion school Silver Mesa learned the Spanish names of ingredients in arepas, a South American dish that students call “delicious chubby pancake-tortillas.” “I like learning new words and trying foods from other places,” third grader Sara Bryner said. “It’s fun rolling the dough in our hands.” Her classmate Ireland Adams agreed: “They’re fun to make and they’re really good. And we learned a game that’s really fun, too.” On May 20, Karen White, who is a Spanish aide at Silver Mesa, led the students through learning the ingredients and utensils needed to make arepas, Silver Mesa third graders learn how to make and sample South starting by kneading the dough. She also American arepas as a year-ending cultural activity at the dual said that the fried arepas are served for immersion school. snacks or lunch, and had butter and jams for students to spread upon them. She said that the lesson ties in history Although White is from Nicaragua, she and geography to the curriculum. Plus, fourthtold her students that arepas are common in and fifth-grade students study measurements,

Silver Mesa third graders wait for Spanish aide Karen White to fry the arepas they made as a year-ending cultural activity at the dual immersion school. Venezuela and Columbia and had students learn where those countries are on a map and told them a little about the countries. “I helped make them last year with second graders, and it went over so well that I thought I should do it this year for all the students in first grade through fifth,” she said. White also introduced the students to a game called “Manzita” from her childhood in Nicaragua. “Culture is so important. It opens up the mind and the world around them. By learning a little about South American food and games, they’ll learn more language at the same time,” White said.

so by learning how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or cups in a gallon while making arepas, they are studying math at the same time as Spanish. Third-grade teacher Sheila McDonald appreciated the lesson. “It is good to give students exposure to all cultures and embrace and celebrate our diversity,” McDonald said. “We study families and traditions, and with our reading unit we learn about different breads from different cultures, so this fits right into that. It’s a way that our neighborhood kids can be included in learning Spanish culture with our dual immersion students.” l



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Jordan High: a Tradition for Sandy Family By Julie Slama


hen Ammon Jones was entering high school last fall, he wasn’t as scared or apprehensive as some freshmen. Ammon had two cousins beginning high school with him; plus they were joining their six siblings at the school and were following a tradition of older siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and even their great-grandfather, who attended Jordan High School.

with the school mountain biking team. “It’s pretty fun and nobody else in the family really does it. I finished second in the beginner Corner Canyon (5-mile) race,” he said. However, Ammon also goes to lots of football, tennis and girls basketball games to support his family. His older brother, Sam, played on the tennis team before graduating this past spring; his cousin Kjerstin Jones

“It was cool to have the support of my

family there and I always know someone at school. But if you do something stupid, your parents will find out for sure.” “It was cool to have the support of my family there and I always know someone at school,” Ammon said. “But if you do something stupid, your parents will find out for sure.” Ammon, who was on the honor roll, said he didn’t have to worry about his parents finding out anything as usually he was biking

lettered in tennis, basketball and softball before graduating; his sister Sol played doubles in tennis with Kjerstin and played in the state tournament; and cousin Tabytha advanced to state in tennis, earned the outstanding offense award in basketball and was the most valuable player in softball.


Nine cousins, all with the last name Jones, attended Jordan High School this past year. Pictured are Demetri, Sol, O’Ryan, Kjerstin, Samuel, Rachael, Tabytha, Ammon and Jessika. Photo courtesy of Dyana Jones Whiteley “Sports keeps me busy and it’s fun to meet different girls and create friendships, but having family here at school means I always have a friend,” Tabytha said. “Whenever I see my younger cousins, I talk to them and always get a hug from my cousin Demetri. Most of our friends know we’re all cousins, but a few always ask, ‘How many cousins do you have?’” While Jordan High administrators tell Tabytha’s aunt, Dyana Jones Whiteley, that they don’t keep official records, she knows the number of her family members attending the school at one time is impressive. During the 2013-14 school year, the Jones family had seven cousins. This past year, there were

supports her nieces and nephews, stepping up to be the softball and girls basketball team photographer. She also gives each of her nieces and nephews framed photographs and sewed a quilt for Kjerstin from her old Jordan uniforms and T-shirts. But, having cousins and siblings can have its drawbacks, senior Sam Jones said. “I got to be the designated driver and drive them to school and back,” he said, jokingly. “But it’s good that we’re close.” Sam, who was a member of the croquet club and also the Link Crew (a leadership program to help freshmen) said he didn’t have to worry about tutoring his family with studies. “I had two classes with Kjerstin, but

“It’s been great going to school

with cousins,” Sam said. “I can watch over my family and help them when they need help.”

Mireya Tamayo (with trophy), age 11, has been voted Sandy Club “Member of the Month” for July 2015. Mireya has been a member of the Sandy Club since June 2015 and is attending Sandy Elementary School, where her favorite subject is art. When Mireya grows up she would like to be a veterinarian, chef or archeologist. If she had one wish, she would wish to get a dog because her last one died. Mireya’s favorite thing to do at the club is

to spend time with friends and staff, and play games. Her favorite thing about herself is that she is nice and funny. Since she has joined the club, she has learned to be respectful and friendly. Mireya says that she has been voted “Member of the Month” because she has been nice and obedient. Congratulations Mireya Tamayo for being “Member of the Month!” If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please call (801) 561-4854

nine and they all live within five minutes of each other, getting together often for dinners and supporting each other at sporting and music events. “They used to all come to my house after school when they attended Eastmont (Middle School) and tell me about all the things they were involved in,” said Whiteley, who is a 1993 graduate. “We’re really close with our nieces and nephews and we love it. When they were little kids, they would tell me, ‘I love you,’ and now they still do. In fact, Jonas (who already graduated from Jordan) flashed me the sign language sign for ‘I love you’ before every game.” Whiteley, who said she wasn’t as involved in activities much as a high school student,

all the cousins are smart so we didn’t have to help out with homework or anything like that,” he said. Sam’s cousin, Rachael Jones, who graduated this spring as well, was on the honor roll, as were her brother O’Ryan and cousins Sam, Kjerstin, Sol, Tabytha, Ammon and Jessika. Rachael’s brother, Demetri, received the “great start award.” Rounding out the Jones family talent is O’Ryan, who plays cello in the school orchestra, brother Demetri, who studies French, and cousin Jessika who participates in ballroom dance. “It’s been great going to school with cousins,” Sam said. “I can watch over my family and help them when they need help.” l

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Utah Teacher Selected To Attend Prestigious Leadership Academy By Lewi Lewis


nline charter school Mountain Heights Academy teacher, Amy Pace, is one of four teachers nationwide - and the only one from Utah - to be selected to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology

her chances of being selected. “I felt like when I applied it was a long shot because they were only taking four teachers in the entire United States. But I decided I would just give it a shot.” That shot hit its mark.

“You can go through the material much quicker than you would [in a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.”

Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Pace will join a team of Japanese counterparts to design disaster-resilient smart communities of the future, and work with other teachers and students toward development of solutions to problems that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process. “I was super excited,” Pace said about

The passion Pace has for teaching is evident in the essay she wrote that got her selected to the program at the Science & Technology Leadership Academy. It outlines how she has utilized growing technology to improve her teaching, as well as the experience for her students. The technology of the online classroom has more benefits than the traditional classroom,

according to Pace. “One of the things is that if you know what is going on you don’t just have to sit there,” she said, explaining that the students get to set a pace that they are comfortable with. “You can go through the material much quicker than you would [in a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.” But does Pace miss the orthodoxy of the physical classroom? Parts of it, she admits. “I don’t miss interacting with my students because I do that probably more so now than I ever did in a regular classroom, and I taught in a regular classroom for 11 years so I have a really grasp on that aspect of teaching.” Pace said that the cyber classroom gives her more time focusing on a really good lesson, rather than repeating the same lesson multiple times throughout the day. Pace knows just how great an opportunity that the acceptance to the Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is, not just

Amy Pace is one of four teachers in the nation to be chosen to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. for herself, but for her students as well. “I hope that I can make some contacts with the other teachers from the United States and Japan so that we can work together on projects between our students using the digital technology … so we can see what kind of things in science they are doing and they can see what we are doing, hopefully for the best, and incorporate that shared knowledge into our classes.” l


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Sandy City Journal

Hawks Bring Home Another State Soccer Title

y all accounts it could have been a throw away season for the Alta boys soccer team. With little varsity experience from the previous season, the Hawks were listed to finish with at least five losses and not make a run for the state title. But after a near perfect season, the Hawks not only proved their detractors wrong but hoisted the state 5A title. The Hawks beat Region 2 rival Brighton, 2-1, in the title game held May 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium. “It was something we have wanted since we were freshmen,” said midfielder Christian Bain. “We couldn’t do it the first three years, but we focused on our senior year and accomplished our dream.” Bain, a future commit to BYU, was the only returning starter from last year’s team. Others, such as forward Bryson Colemere and defender Michael Deleeuw, weren’t regular starters but did see action last season. All that changed this season as a team loaded with 10 seniors banded together for one cause: the championship trophy. Bain combined with Colemer and fellow senior Daniel Tree to account for 36 goals this season. “This is a very good group of boys, in fact an excellent group of boys,” Alta coach Lee Mitchell said. “They did everything we asked of them and they played for each other. They are exceptional human beings that happen to be great soccer players.” Alta started the season with a run of 11 straight wins. The Hawks gave up only one goal in the first eight matches

By Ron Bevan

as senior goalkeeper Einer Johnson stopped all but one shot that got past his defenders. The first blemish on the record came in the first meeting with Brighton. The April 21 game ended in a scoreless double overtime tie, perhaps foretelling the two top tier teams who would meet again at State. But it was a 2-1 loss to Copper Hills that may have helped the team get ready for other meetings with Brighton. “I hate to lose, but sometimes a loss can refocus you a little bit,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think we had really lost our focus, but it definitely made us hungrier.” Alta would meet Brighton in the final regular season game May 7. The game would decide the region title and each team’s berth in the state playoffs. Alta would win that game, 3-0. “The first time we played Brighton there was a lot of figuring out what Brighton does,” Mitchell said. “We had shots that just didn’t go in. The second game the same shots we took before were not going into the net.” Alta would beat West 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs, then dispatch Riverton, 3-0. It took an overtime period for Alta to beat Lehi, 1-0, in the semifinals to set up the 2-1 championship game against Brighton. “Because of the second meeting with Brighton, the boys had the confidence they could score against Brighton and they wanted the title very badly,” Mitchell said. “They had done everything throughout the season to prepare themselves to win that championship.” l

Alta’s Christian Bain helped lead the Hawks to a state championship title this season in the 5A ranks. Bain’s play from the midfield area helped him earn Mr. Soccer honors as the best player in all Utah high schools

The U.S. Ski And Snowboard Association Adopts A New Mascot


rescue puppy that was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah by his family was recently adopted by the U.S. Ski, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Teams as the Olympic-bound teams’ official mascot. Champ, a five-month-old chocolate Lab, now has new digs and a great job. Champ will be traveling domestically with the teams. He will be attending big events such as world cups, grand prix, snow balls and media and fundraising events. Champ will be meeting fans and donors and hanging out with the teams. Champ was adopted and will be cared for by Courtney Harkins, the content manager for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association


and her partner, Brandon. “My partner and I have been talking about a dog for years,” Harkins said. “When

watching the Super Bowl this year, we saw that adorable Budweiser commercial with the yellow Lab puppy and horses. That’s when the idea struck that a puppy would be a perfect compliment to the teams. We really wanted to build a stronger brand behind the teams so the fans can really relate to the athletes and associate them with their respective teams. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that.” Harkins put the word out that she was looking for a dog. She was put in touch with Heidi Myers, the corporate partnership manager for the Humane Society, who helped her find the perfect rescue dog. They met Champ right after he was dropped off and knew instantly

By Aimee L. Cook he was the perfect fit for them. “This was an incredible experience, and you could tell that Courtney and Brandon were not taking it lightly,” Myers said. “ Champ will be an incredible ambassador for the winter sport industry and we couldn’t think of a better spokespup to help promote the ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ message. Champ will also help to dispel the myth that companion animals finding themselves in a shelter are bad, unwanted pets.” Champ will be spending the summer running behind roller skiing cross country skiers, bouncing on trampolines with snowboarders and free skiers, and biking behind the alpine athletes. l

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Where Mountain Meets Urban Harvesting the Rain Now Possible in Sandy


andy City is amongst four cities participating with the Utah Rivers Council in Utah’s first rainwater collection program, RainHarvest. On July 21, I was joined by represen-

tatives from Murray City, Park City and Ogden to announce our coordinated effort to reduce water usage and encourage conservation within our cities by offering a reduced price tool for residents to collect rainwater—rain barrels. I believe saving water is everyone’s responsibility and I’m proud that, we as a city, are taking a proactive step in our overall conservation goal for our future. RainHarvest is a rainwater collection program created to engage homeowners and small businesses to use rainwater to reduce Utah’s nation-leading water use and improve water quality of local streams, rivers and lakes. Rainwater harvesting is legal in Utah. This program is a win-win for all involved because it reduces water demand on our municipal system and provides more water, otherwise wasted were it not collected by residents, to be used for landscaping needs.


he greatly-subsidized barrels, normally $75 dollars, are being offered to Sandy City residents for $40. Quantities are limited, so interested residents should pre-order their discounted rain barrels at www.savesomethingutah.org. Barrels purchased online will be available for pick up in late August where volunteers will be on hand to teach


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s August approaches, kids and parents alike begin to anticipate heading back to school. Shopping for their needs can be expensive and even stressful. These costs can really add up. Parent report spending anywhere from $100 to $200 per child and the older they are the worse it gets. With our large Utah families, that can really add up. Thankfully, there are some simple strategies that parents can use to cut back on the costs of school needs. Here are four tricks you can use to trim the costs.

The backpack character syndrome, we’ve all been there, Leah wants “Frozen”, while Brandon wishes for “Spiderman”. Those special characters can add a lot of money to price of backpacks, notebooks and clothing. Avoiding these character-driven articles can save you money and makes it easier to pass them down to younger children next year. I also suggest you do as much shopping as you can without the kids. This allows you to stay focused and buy the items you need based on quality, price and need and not the shiny package.



No one wrote a rule that a full bottle of glue works better than one that’s half full. Schools don’t require your child have an unsharpened pencil only that they have them. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house. If you have younger children, use this opportunity to play a game by making a scavenger hunt list, then have them hunt the house to see what they can find. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house.

These stores are usually overflowing with gently worn clothing from children that outgrew them and often look brand new. This can also be a great way to pick up brand name items you can’t afford new. Watch for the Just Between Friends consignment sale (www.jbfsale. com). This massive organized kids sale is a great way to get some huge bargains on clothing. Information about the sales coming to Utah can be found on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JBFSaleUtah.

few items are priced below cost to stimulate sales and get you in the store. Loss leaders are always right on the front page of the ad. So far this year we’ve seen 3¢ pencil sharpeners, 19¢ spiral notebooks and 50¢ Crayola Crayons. Use this opportunity to get office supplies too. Just last week I was DON’T SHOP FOR EVERYTHING AT ONCE able to pick up reams of printer paper for a penny. Coupons4Utah.com Tradition is that right after the 4th of July through early September creates a weekly list of every stores loss leader items on one post. It’s he back-to-school time of year doesn’t have to be an expensive one, schools supplies drop to their lowest. Check the ads weekly and stock great price comparison making it easy to know what stores to put on even if you have a large brood of kids. Using sensible strategies when up on the loss leaders. A loss leader is a strategy stores use where a your list for the week. Look for it every Monday. buying school supplies, will help you avoid an empty wallet.



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