On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Weber School District Board of Education meeting, the board recognized a special employee and group of teachers with the Extra Mile Award and the Expectations Plus Team Award.
Michelle Huff, registrar at Fremont High School, was the recipient of the Extra Mile award and was nominated by Principal Rod Belnap for her outstanding compassion for students and parents, leadership and positivity.
"Mrs. Huff goes above and beyond the call of duty to fill in where needed no matter what her role, willing to stay until the job is done and parents' needs have been addressed to their satisfaction," said Belnap in his letter of recommendation for Huff. "She guides parents and guests to the people and places they need to go, understanding the intricate workings of the school and facilitating their needs. She is positive and always puts student and parent needs before her own."
The first grade team at Green Acres Elementary, was awarded the Expectations Plus Team Award. The team, made up of Astrid Cowlishaw, Rose Empey, and Loene Hill, was recommended for the award for their ability to adapt to change while mastering many new things that come their way with new situations.
In her letter of recommendation for this team, principal of Green Acres Elementary, Lisa Gilstrap, said, "Astrid, Rose, and Loene extend their Expectations Plus Teaming abilities to the rest of the school community as well. Together and individually they make our school a wonderful place with their support of faculty events, fundraising, PTA activities, arts facilitation, reading club and steering committee."
The district wishes to congratulate all of the recipients and thanks them for helping make Weber School District a great place for students.
Join the Weber School Foundation Nov. 26-29, 2013 for the annual Christmas Tree Jubilee! This fun, holiday kick-off event will not only bring fun for all ages but help support a great cause.
Since the start of the Christmas Tree Jubilee in 1980, the Weber School Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support children in Weber County, particularly those with special needs. The money raised is used to buy educational supplies, wheel chairs, and other devices to make education more accessible to children.
All events will be held at the Eccles Conference Center and include, live entertainment, a silent auction and other fundraising events, family fun night, and many wonderful, decorated trees to look at and purchase. As always there is no admission fee to enjoy browsing the tree room or enjoying the entertainment.
For more information and specific times of events, please visit http://wsdjubilee.com/
During the month of October, Sheri Heiter from the Weber School District Office and Nichole Warren-Doman from Orion Junior High School, were given awards for their outstanding work in their fields.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, The Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium awarded Weber School District Curriculum Specialist, Sheri Heiter with the Leadership in Curriculum Development and Implementation award at their annual luncheon.
This is Heiter's third year as part of the consortium and during this time working there, she headed a team that developed a yearlong curriculum as well as two book-type resource sets for the new secondary math program in the state of Utah, which integrates different levels of math at the same time. According to Heiter, this is designed to help students make connections and retain the information better.
"It was incredible and I feel grateful to the different members who have taken me under their wing and have said, ‘Here's resources, here's some things to do, here's contact people,' so I'm more grateful to them." Heiter said. "This was just something I could do to give back for the things that they've helped me with. So where I had a skill in math, I felt like it was a small token back to them for all the help they've given to me."
Nichole Warren-Doman, a special education teacher at Orion Junior High, was awarded KSL's Teacher Feature Award on Oct. 15, for her work in her severe unit classroom and her love of her students.
Claudy Eckhardt, an aide to Warren-Doman, was the one who nominated her for the Teacher Feature award. In her nomination letter, she said of Warren-Doman, "One of Nichole's goals in her classroom is to help her students have great self-esteem and believe in themselves. It's important to her to include in the curriculum not only short-term goals, but the skills they will need as they grow up in our society. Her students learn how to tell time, count money, budget, and how to get along with others in creative ways. Each year Nichole sets aside a class period to teach her students appropriate social skills that will be beneficial to them in their adult lives. Lessons include how to deal with anger, bullying, and labeling."
Kristy Haws says that Warren-Doman, is always trying to better herself and raises the bar for herself and those around her. She works to build behavior programs, has great instructional leadership, and is a fabulous example to those around her. In addition to all that she does for her students and her classroom, is also working on getting her administrative endorsement.
As a part of being awarded the Teacher Feature, Doman was given a plaque from Zions Bank, a night stay at the Anniversary Inn, A gift certificate for dinner at Roof Restaurant, and a pair of tickets to Hale Centre Theater. All of the winners of KSL's Teacher Feature will be honored at an end-of-year banquet at the Roof Restaurant and will also be considered for the grand prize; a two-year lease on a brand new Nissan.
For more information on Zions Bank KSL Teacher Feature visit, http://www.ksl.com/?nid=191&sid=467810.
Weber School District is now offering drivers education theory online. The online theory course includes 27 hours of instruction. The course curriculum complies with the current Utah State Office of Education's regulations. Students outside of Weber School District may receive .25 credits for successfully completing the online course, depending on their school district policy. Students who register for online instruction may access the course anytime, day or night. This online theory portion of the course is offered at no cost to students. For more information about the course or to sign up for the course, please visit http://weberonline.wsd.net/index.php/enroll/driver-education
The use of technology in classrooms has blossomed with the increased accessibility of iPads in schools. While they are not alone, Weber School District speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are keeping pace with this incredible tool. SLPs nation-wide have been on the forefront of acquiring innovative, research-based methods of using iPads to improve communication skills of students with whom they work.
While technology is ever evolving, two of Weber School District's own SLPs have worked diligently to keep us up to date with the latest and greatest iPad resources to enhance speech and language therapy delivered in the schools. Sarah Cox and April Vogt, have been sharing their favorite "SLapps" (speech and language apps) in statewide professional development for several years. Last spring, they presented to SLPs around the state at the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association's annual conference in Park City, Utah. They hunted and surveyed and tested and compiled and ... ran out of iPad storage space. The final product was a current-as-can-be, practical list of some fabulous "SLapps." As impossible as it seems, given the dramatically varying needs of our students with speech-language impairments, from mild articulation errors to significant cognitive disabilities, it seems there is often, indeed, "a 'SLapp' for that."
Not so long ago, high tech communication devices with vocal output were priced at thousands of dollars, creating a financial burden for parents of students with significant disabilities. But now with quality vocal output apps running less than $300, children who would not otherwise be able to use efficient verbal communication can learn to effectively initiate, greet, request, comment, and interact. They, too, can have a voice in the classroom, on the playground, in the home, and around the community.
In addition, there are treatment apps for articulation, vocabulary, sentence structure, comprehension, social communication, phonological awareness, and writing available at their fingertips, as well as apps for data tracking, behavior management, and positive reinforcement. Students with speech sound disorders are able to self-monitor their sound productions with audio feedback. Students with fine motor delays are turning their homework assignments into type-on formats to complete and email to teachers. Students with autism are learning to maintain topics in social conversations with video modeling.
SLPs may have truly met their mate with this go-to instrument. While it will never substitute the value of its user, the power of an iPad as a quality tool for effective educators appears endless.
Randel McGee has performed at the Weber State University Storytelling Festival and is a frequent guest artist at Treehouse Children’s Museum. An internationally acclaimed storyteller, author and teaching artist, he has thirty years of extensive work with children and the arts. He will share ideas and techniques for teachers who wish to help children tell their own stories.
Children who learn and tell stories improve in reading comprehension and creativity. If you are a teacher who wishes to enhance your language arts programs with storytelling, then this workshop is for you.
Prepare your students to participate in district storytelling activities and the WSU Storytelling Festival.
Open to teachers from Morgan, Ogden and Weber School Districts.
Teacher Workshop Presented by Weber State University Storytelling Festival
Children Telling Stories
Thursday, September 26, 2013
4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
20 E. 4600 So.
While school may have been out for 31,000 students for this summer, school maintenance crews were busy repairing and revitalizing buildings for the return of students and teachers.
Weber School District students returned to school at the end of August, and as they do every year, they returned to buildings that are refreshed and repaired, thanks to the efforts of the district's maintenance crew.
Many repairs are directed by teachers and principals, who make repair requests at the end of each year. Brian Smith, supervisor of the Maintenance Department, holds a stack of well-studied papers, highlighted, annotated and crossed-out.
This summer, three major projects were completed including remodels of the administrative offices at Weber High School, Sand Ridge Junior High School and the media center at Bonneville High School. In addition, all lights were replaced with energy efficient lights at Roy High School.
The department also installed new HVAC units, painted and rebuilt cabinets, replaced plumbing fixtures, repaired parking lots, upgraded lighting fixtures, worked on sprinkler systems and the list goes on and on. The crews perform a major facelift for the district each and every summer.
Brian says his team is exceptional. They work hard to insure employees and students are comfortable in their surroundings. The department follows its mission statement to "create, maintain and enhance the educational environment," which supports the educational philosophy of the district.
Our maintenance department deserves a great big "thank you and a pat on the back!"
On August 28, many classrooms across the district participated in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington D.C. Roy Jr. High School, history teacher, Mark Sanders, focused his class on this historic event from the beginning of class to the end of class. Weber School District curriculum's specialist, Matthew Patterson, who was observing the class, said that Sanders had students riveted the entire class period.
Activities in the classroom included a bell quiz asking students what Dr. King did, a discussion led by the class making a mind map about Dr. King, Sanders playing a hip-hop video about the civil rights movement and having the class discuss it, and of course, showing Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Sanders also played a clip from Meet the Press showing Dr. King and the president of the NAACP, three days prior to the march on Washington D.C. so students could gain more background knowledge on what the days leading up to the march were like for the community. The students were then given an assignment while watching Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech to highlight words or phrases that stood out to them, pick their favorite, and to come back the next class period with a drawing of what that phrase meant to them. Patterson relayed that this was a class packed with information that engaged the students the whole time and made that day in history, in a way, come to life.
Another summer break is over and school has started in Weber School District. This means more than 30,000 students will be bused, walk, or be driven to school each day. We remind motorists to be alert, make a full stop when bus lights are flashing, and slow down for school zones and where students are present.
Parents, please use caution when picking up and dropping off students at school. Most motor/pedestrian accidents occur by motorists who themselves are on the way to or from school. Please follow the instructions and protocol given by your school for drop off and pick up. The loading zones and adjoining streets naturally become congested when hundreds of students are being picked up. Please have some patience. Almost always the area is completely clear within 10 minutes of school being dismissed.
Walkers are reminded to:
• Follow the approved walking route established by your school Child Access Routing Plan.
• Listen to the instructions of crossing guards.
• Cross at the corner or at an intersection.
• Stop at the edge of parked cars, the curb, or other vehicles.
• Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for moving cars.
• Cross when clear, and keep looking left and right.
• Walk, don’t run or dart, into the street.
• If riding a bike, get off and walk the bike at cross walks.
• Look for signs that a car is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
• Walk alertly; use your eyes and your ears to increase your safety.
• Walk in groups.
Are you interested in online learning for your K-8 student? Join the Weber Online K-8 staff for a "Day at the Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park." The event is Friday, August 2, 2013 beginning at 10:00am. Meet the staff, get more information and enjoy some time at the Dinosaur Park, courtesy of the Weber School District Foundation. For more information, call 801-476-7877.
Congratulations to the region 2 PTA Weber County Award Winners from the PTA Convention 2012
The groundbreaking for the new North Park Elementary was conducted on May 15, 2013. Teachers, parents, local dignitaries and, last but not least, students were there to dig the first scoop of dirt. The city of Roy was enthusiastic to partner with the District in making sure their students have a quality school. Their combined efforts with the District have been exceptional.
Joanne Hobbs, principal at North Park Elementary, shared some history of the old school. The school opened in 1959. It was noted that the Osmond brothers sang at the groundbreaking and students attended their first day of school stepping over drywall, hammers and nails. Students brought sack lunches for the first six months.
Technology and accessibility are two major concerns that will be addressed with the latest in equipment and convenience. MHTN Architect's management system offers a collaborative approach with the District providing a school the whole community can be proud of.
The general contractor, Comtrol Incorporated, promises to deliver a school with a level of efficiency and quality unmatched by other competitors while providing a good, sound environment where students will strive to reach their highest potential and achieve personal growth.
The new school features several upgrades over the existing school, not the least of which is hallways. The current elementary school requires teachers, staff and students to walk outside to enter another room or the multipurpose room.
If the old North Park Elementary, with its inconvenient circular design, 42,000 square feet with 26 outside doors represents the school of yesterday, then the new North Park Elementary, with 10 outside doors, 80,000 square feet brightly colored interior and the latest in technology, illustrates current trends.
Elementary school students from around the district anxiously waited in Roy High School's gymnasiums to compete in the Weber School District's 22nd Annual Math and Science Olympiad and 4th Annual Iron Kid Completion on Tuesday, May 14.
Students from third through sixth grades competing in the Olympiad participated in different activities such as Krypto, the Egg Drop, and pattern blocks. Those participating in the Iron Kid Competition had to show their skills in the shuttle run, cup stacking, flying discs, jumping jacks, and hula hooping.
When talking with a group of fourth-grade students from Country View Elementary waiting to compete in the Olympiad, the overall feeling was, "excited but nervous." London Murray said, "It's really fun to watch your friends get up and go, you just don't know what to expect." Many students said they loved seeing their friends from other schools and they were excited to get up and participate with them.
After competing in the Iron Kid competition, Brynn Jordan, a third-grade student from Farr West Elementary said that she liked practicing and participating because, "It gives you good exercise to keep your body healthy." Her classmates Olivia Van Orden, Paraskevas Bolos, and fourth- grade student Emilee Herrera, agreed by saying they like that Iron Kid is challenging but still fun.
Although students' nerves were high, the level of fun was even higher and the students participating said that's what was important to them because they were, according to many of them, "…just excited to be there for the day."
Whether you like science or not we think you will love the video created by our own Mrs. Huddleston and her class at Sandridge Junior High. We recommend you watch until the end of the video to see the bloopers.
If you enjoy the video please don't forget to support her and the class by voting for a job well done.
Here is a link to her video and the vote on a Science WoRx page on Facebook.
Fox News also posted a story that you can read below.