A ribbon cutting is planned for tonight, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1870 S. 25 W. Students, their parents and community members are invited.
Following in the space age tradition of Kaysville schools started by Columbia Elementary, some decades ago, the galactic theme will be highlighted during the grand opening program.
Zolt Levay, imaging resource lead at The Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, and Capt. Kent Rominger, astronaut and crew commander of a mission of the Endeavor Space Shuttle, will give welcoming remarks.
The school’s design both on the exterior and interior centers around the galactic theme. It was named after the space shuttle Endeavour and also means “to try.”
Features in the school include backlit pictures of galaxies hanging above each wing’s entryway. Plaques spread through the school give details about galaxies and other space information.
In addition, other galactic features include an entryway with the solar system carved into the concrete; the Eagle Nebula glazed onto the multipurpose room window; and models of planets hang in the media center.
“The theme of the school has created such an excitement in the community,” says Principal Beth Johnson.
The school’s design follows that used for Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake, among others in the district. Thanks to a very favorable bidding and construction climate, construction cost $1.5 million less than Foxboro, which opened last fall.
Endeavor was built to relieve overcrowding at Snow Horse and Eagle Bay elementary schools.