The Weber School District Board of Education recognized faculty members from Orion Junior High and Roy High Schools at their meeting on March 5, 2014.
Amy Hall from Orion Junior High School High received the I Love Teaching award for her determination to nurture students' love of reading. She has, according to Principal Nick Harris, made the library a place where students want to spend their time. Hall knows students by name, motivates them to find books they enjoy, and recommends more books to them based on their interests.
"In this age of digital entertainment, teen texting and social media, there are kids at OJHS choosing to read books," said Harris. "Thanks to Mrs. Hall's professionalism, great attitude, and ability to teach, right now, later tonight, and tomorrow, there are many many students with their noses in books."
Jodie Kohler, Roy High School's Career and Technical Education (CTE) head secretary, was the recipient of the Extra Mile award. Principal Gina Butters praised Kohler for going above and beyond her assigned duties. Kohler can take on many roles and is excited to take on many responsibilities within the school. According to Butters, she actively seeks work and gets others to do the same to keep Roy High School running the way it needs to.
"Jodie has that 'IT-FACTOR'," said Butters in her letter of recommendation for Kohler for the award. "She innately understands that the greatest satisfaction in life (and on the job) lies in helping others realize their own talents, gifts, and inner-personal magic. Her well-honed sense of humility and unselfishness make her the best team player a coach could have on his/her roster. You ask her to jump, and Jodie says, with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, 'How high?'"
Weber School District would like to congratulate both winners on this achievement. We thank you for all you do to help make your schools and our district a better place to be!
Roy High School has been named to the Hospitality 100 list of secondary school culinary programs in the United States for the 2013-14 school year. Each year, the Hospitality 100 list recognizes those secondary schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in culinary arts education.
This group of schools exhibits strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community. The Hospitality list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and/or hospitality management. A team from the acclaimed National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University oversees the selection process for the Hospitality 100 list.
Mrs. Gaylene Greenwood is the instructor at Roy High and has demonstrated excellence as a culinary arts teacher for many years. She will launch a new "Pro Start" program next year and recently moved in to a newly remodeled facility.
Trenden Brown, Brenden Brooks, and AJ Luke, three Weber School District Students, all 9th grade students at T.H. Bell Jr. High, were recognized at the kick off for a major STEM media release by successful business leaders and the Governor Office of Economic Development.
As part of the eCybermission competition they met together wanting to find a solution to our energy dependence. From their brainstorming and observing the world around them they felt like the best solution would be for a waste water turbine to go into the pipes in homes so the water flow from showers, bath tubs and sinks would spin the turbine and create electricity out of otherwise wasted water.
The event included a presentation by former Space Shuttle Commander Charlie VP of ATK's Space Launch Division. He has spent over 900 hours in space and is now working on efforts to go to Mars. American Ride's Stan Ellsworth then introduced Governor Gary Herbert, who mentioned this STEM Media Campaign in his State of the State speech that just finished.
Trenden Brown, Brenden Brooks, and AJ Luke as well as Emma Duffin from Sand Ridge Jr. High worked on identifying MRSA in waste water treatment facilities along the Wasatch front, are all featured in this STEM Media Campaign. These Weber School District Students will be seen in several commercial and billboards throughout the year highlighting their accomplishments in STEM related projects.
The three boys were also spotlighted in a KUTV Channel 2 news spot that makes mention that they have been offered finical support by Alan Hall, a business investor in our community. With this financial support they hope to take their prototype to market.
Link to the KUTV Channel 2 spot: https://webertube.com/video/21155/waste-water-turbine
At their last two meetings, the Weber School District Board of Education has recognized faculty, staff, and volunteers from Bates Elementary and Roy Junior High.
Ann Carter from Bates Elementary and Janet Howard from Roy Junior High received the I Love Teaching award for their determination, ability to be team players, use of data to drive instruction, their ways of getting to know students on a personal level and celebrating them. Kitty Barney, principal at Bates Elementary, nominated Carter, as well as the other two award winners from Bates. She praised Carter for her professional manner as well as her classroom's welcoming and positive atmosphere.
"Ann is a life-long learner and is always looking for ways to grow professionally," said Barney. "She is currently serving on our school's leadership team. Her co-workers look to her for new ideas and suggestions that she has tried in her classroom and is finding successful with her students. Ann carries herself in a professional manner in her appearance and speech. She is an excellent role model for her students and for the community."
Kirt Swalberg, who nominated Janet Howard for the award said, "Mrs. Howard is a team player. She is willing to do whatever is asked of her. She collaborates well with her English team as well as the school as a whole. She is a great asset and resource to our school. She is loved by students, staff, and parents."
Laurel Pendleton, a reading coach's aide at Bates Elementary, was the recipient of the Extra Mile award along with Grace Nielsen. Barney praised Pendleton for continuing to learn and improve herself as well as always being willing to go the extra mile especially when it comes to helping students reach the benchmark in the DIBELS testing program by having an understanding of the five essential reading components.
"Laurel always keeps first and foremost in her mind what is best for all students and then she works hard to make sure that every child is making progress," said Barney. "She does this by building relationships with each child that she works with. She believes in teaching the whole child. She understands that when children's basic needs are not being met, they can't learn. So she takes the time to make children feel safe and comfortable."
Grace Nielsen from Roy Junior High School, who also received the award, is described by the faculty and staff at Roy Junior High as their "little ray of sunshine." Swalberg, in his letter of recommendation for Nielsen said she is always taking on extra responsibilities such as helping with ESL, teaching options classes, etc. and spends much of her own time researching ways to help her students.
"Mrs. Nielsen is always looking for the good in others," he said. "She has a unique gift when it comes to helping students be accountable for their actions but at the same time, making them feel good about themselves and the challenges they are facing. We could not have a better person [at] Roy Junior to help any and all of us meet our full potential."
Cynthia Jacobson, a volunteer at the Elementary, received the Volunteerism award. She oversees the Ken Garff Road to Success reading program at the school. Jacobson plans activities throughout the year to encourage student reading such as moms and muffins, dads and doughnuts, a summer swimming party, and Superbowl and March Madness reading competitions.
"Cynthia is very organized," Barney said. She understands how to use technology. When the Ken Garff reading program went online, she was able to help calm the teachers' fears about one more thing they would have to do. She communicates directly with the teachers through emails, texts, and face-to-face conversations."
Barney also notes that all three of these women believe in teaching the whole child and commented on how fortunate Bates Elementary and Weber School District are to have them.
Last month Sierra RV donated $27,500 to three schools in the Weber School District for a Legacy of Liberty wall, iPads, and apps.
Sierra RV is owned by Carl and Geri Jensen and their son, Jared. Their family has students who attend Kanesville Elementary so when Principal Scott Zellmer sent out an email to the school's community introducing their new project, the "Legacy of Liberty" wall, the Jensens responded right away wanting to help. They donated $2,500 to Kanesville Elementary for the wall along with their donation of $12,500 to both Roy Elementary and Valley View Elementary School for iPads and apps.
Zellmer said that the donation allowed them to move forward with their project faster than they would have been able to otherwise. "It may have taken us months to raise the funds needed, but because of their grant, our community now has access to a great monument which not only tells liberty's story but also tells every person who enters this school what we as a community believes in," he said.
Over the past five years, the Jensen family has donated over $75,000 to Weber School District. For this particular set of donations, the Weber School Foundation matched part of Sierra RV's donations bringing the total donation to the schools to a grand total of $95,000.
Chris Zimmerman, of the Weber School Foundation, recognized the Jensen family as being long-time support of education. "The Jensen family and Sierra RV have been incredible supporters of education in northern Utah for many years," he said. "Their family-owned business recognizes the importance of education and of giving back to the community. The Weber School Foundation is proud to partner with such a great family and a great local company."
For more information on Sierra RV, visit http://www.sierrarvsales.com/
Utah State Office of Education has scheduled a meeting on “Graduation Standards” for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Orion Jr. High Library (370 West 2000 North in Harrisville) and is seeking input from parents on this topic. Anyone who would like find out more about graduation standards and/or share input is invited to attend.
With the help of gifted artist Kathy Wilson, our students (approximately 500) have been participating in our "Creative Hands" Mural Project. Beginning in September 2013, Kathy has visited individual classes and has worked with students in creating and now painting a school mural.
For us, our students needed an opportunity to learn the value of expressing themselves in constructive, creative ways and to learn cooperation, problem solving and gain a sense of community and self worth through art expression.
Our PTA’s goal was to implement a project that would help the children learn learn these skills through working together on a cooperative art piece. Our project has consisted of two phases, the first starting in September and the 2nd beginning in the last week of October.
During Phase 1, our Kathy has volunteered her time Mondays and Fridays working with our students on smaller grade murals. Here each student participated discussing what it means to be a member of a community and how they could be a strong contributor in positive ways. We talked about various communities and then highlighted our own Ogden community. Students then, through guided drawing and examples, created mosaic-style murals with animals, people, and other things that can be found locally in Ogden. For example, some students drew and colored local animals such as bear, deer, ducks and more. Other students drew bugs and butterflies, while still other drew skiiers, bikers, or people in hot air balloons. These "paper-tiles" were then pieced together on beautiful backing and hung throughout the school.
After completion of the grade murals, we began painting large scale murals from the images we created. Kathy helped our students design and draw beautiful "Ogden" themed murals on two large canvases about 6 feet by 8 feet. These two murals are a continuation of a larger picture and include area fields, mountains, animals, a river, an area school, hot air balloons, skiiers, snow boarders, and more. Parent volunteers have aided the process and all 500 students will be able to have painted or helped create the murals upon completion.
This week we have placed a huge emphasis on the completion of our murals, calling it "POWER WEEK MURAL PROJECT." We have painted each morning from 9AM to noon with small student groups of 6-10 children, each for a designated time. By the end of the school day on Thursday we plan to have the murals ready for a special Art Night/Reveal with parents and local community members to be held in the spring.
It has been an amazing work in progress and we enthusiastically look forward to its completion.With the help of matching grant funds from Utah PTA's Art Council, our PTA has been able to sponsor such a fantastic project thanks to the generous support of artist Kathy Wilson, who has kindly given of huge amounts of time and of her beautiful talents to enrich the lives of our students.
We are so happy ALL of the students at H. Guy Child have been able to benefit from this project!
Recognizing the incredible responsibility our transportation department takes to ensure the safety of Weber School District students, we want to thank them for their commitment as they make sure every student, all 13,500 of them, are transported safely each and every day. Drew Wilson, Executive Director of Transportation said, "Their dedication does not go unnoticed and we know that their work is appreciated by students and their parents all year long."
Keeping a pupil transportation operation running smoothly can be challenging in and of itself, and harsh environmental conditions such as heavy snow or rain, fog and other types of inclement weather can throw a wrench in the gears if everyone isn't prepared for it. That's everything from making sure that the tires are good, windshield wipers are working, the defroster is working, the heater is working, etc. These are all problems that can lead to serious issues, and it's our mechanics that make sure all is well.
And then, it is our school bus drivers who ensure students arrive to school safely and on time. They get up early to inspect their busses to make sure they are ready to transport our precious cargo. They are friendly and helpful and make sure each student feels safe and warm.
Then there is the office staff that supports the mechanics, bus drivers and schools to ensure all is running smoothly. Sue Morgan, supervisor of the transportation department, makes sure all 139 bus routes are covered, field trips are staffed and buses are up and running.
Thank you to all our employees including, bus drivers, assistants, mechanics, office staff, substitutes, etc., who continue to do a fantastic job transporting our students each day. Your contributions to our department's goals of being professional, knowledgeable and efficient are truly appreciated.
Carol Stoker, a third grade teacher at Valley Elementary, was awarded the KSL Teacher Feature. Stoker is known for her compassion and love for her students. In their letters of recommendation for Stoker, parents shared stories of how she cared individually for each student that entered her classroom and made each one feel special.
As part of winning the Teacher Feature, Stoker was honored with a plaque from Zions bank, an overnight stay at the Anniversary Inn, dinner at the Roof Restaurant, and a pair of season tickets to Hale Centre Theater. She and the other weekly winners of the KSL Teacher Feature will be invited to attend the end of year banquet at the Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City and will be considered for a grand prize; a 2-year lease on a new Nissan vehicle.
For more information on Carol Stoker and the KSL Teacher Feature, please visit http://www.ksl.com/?nid=428&sid=27296465&title=carol-stoker---valley-elementary
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/
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
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.
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.