November 2016 Student Profiles

November Student Profiles
Posted on 11/03/2016
Each month, Cottonwood Heights shares profiles of students in our community who shine inside and outside the classroom.

Is that Batman? No, it’s Canyon View Principal BJ Weller

It was cold, dark and windy. But a promise is a promise. On a recent night in late October, Canyon View Elementary Principal BJ Weller braved the elements to camp out on the school roof as a “thank you” to his students who raised more than $20,000 for the school fundraiser. Students brought their beloved principal food and also wrote him notes of encouragement. As promised, Weller donned his Batman pajamas and stayed the night.

Cash for College • Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Last year, Utah's high school seniors lost out on $45.5 million in free money for college because they didn’t complete a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This year, it’s easier than ever to complete the online application, because families can start months earlier than usual using their prior year’s taxes. An unprecedented amount of money is available this year. Following are the dates, times and locations for upcoming FAFSA completion fairs, which are free and open to all Utah students:

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Jordan High, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Alta High, 5-8 p.m.

Hillcrest High, 5-8 p.m.

Corner Canyon High, 6-9 p.m.


The Barton Family Sports Dynasty

If you're a college football fan, chances are you've noticed two University of Utah players share the same last name. Jackson and Cody Barton belong to a Ute family sports dynasty that stretches back to their mother who played basketball and volleyball for the U., and their father who first played football, and later baseball. Before the brothers’ time in red, they wore blue and orange at Brighton High where their sister Dani Barton now attends and plays varsity basketball and volleyball. Dani, who is regarded one of the nation’s top volleyball recruits will also join the Utes.

Bruin-to-Bengal Program Primes Teens to Succeed in High School

There’s a new after-school program for Butler Middle School students created to help with the transition to high school. Bruin-to-Bengal (B2B) program, created in cooperation with the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, provides a combination of supervised tutoring, mentoring and physical activities—offered twice weekly at the Recreation Center. Brighton High teachers and students are also on hand to mentor and interact with their younger peers and to provide tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Those who participate in at least 36 hours of B2B programming can earn .25 of a “study skills” credit to put on their high school transcripts. It’s a free, fun way of learning firsthand what it takes to be a Bengal.