News Archive 2016-17 School Year

Open Classroom students in Canyonlands

Open Classroom 8th Graders Hands On in Canyonlands

Posted: Mon, 12-05-2016 - 12:12 PM

This year’s eighth-grade graduating class at the Open Classroom Charter School attended Canyonlands Field Institute for a week in Moab. The purpose of their trip was to get outdoor field science experience, form collaborative friendships, give back to the local area, and gain a greater sense of place in our environment. 

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A Visit from an Army Veteran

Posted: Mon, 12-05-2016 - 12:05 PM

On November 11, the nation celebrated those that served, or are currently serving in the military. On that day, Ms. Mendez’s second-grade class at Uintah Elementary got a special treat. Ryan, who is in his eleventh year serving our country in the U.S. Army visited her class in full uniform. 

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Cressida Cromwell with student

Author Cressida Crowell at Bonneville

Posted: Mon, 12-05-2016 - 11:59 AM

Cressida Crowell, author and illustrator of the popular series How to Train Your Dragon, visited Bonneville Elementary for a school-wise assembly. Crowell shared the history of how she became a writer and illustrator. She also encouraged students to explore their own writing abilities.

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students leading flag ceremony

Veterans Day at Wasatch

Posted: Mon, 12-05-2016 - 11:55 AM

Last month, Wasatch Elementary School honored our veterans with our Veterans Day Program. This was a tribute to those who have given their time, talents, and lives to protect our country. Our sixth-grade students have been studying the conflicts in which our service men and women have been diligently serving. The students portrayed through poetry, tableau, music, dance, and flag ceremonies to h

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American Indian dancers

Fourth Grade Friendship Dances at Nibley Park

Posted: Mon, 12-05-2016 - 11:46 AM

Autumn seems to set the mood for upcoming holidays. As the leaves turn gold and air gets cold, it is fun to celebrate life and diversity. The fourth grade at Nibley Park School held a dance assembly to honor life and diversity. We have our own special dancers right in the school!

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students showing craft project

American Indian Heritage Month

Posted: Fri, 12-02-2016 - 10:41 AM

In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, the Utah State Board of Education and Salt Lake City School District -Title VI (Indian Education) partnered with the Natural History Museum of Utah.

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Kiwanis TERRIFIC Kids Award

Posted: Fri, 12-02-2016 - 10:32 AM

Once a month, the local Kiwanis organization acknowledges accomplishments, growth and leadership potential of Nibley Park students. The students receive a Kiwanis Club Terrific Kids award.

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Whittier cafeteria staff

An Order for All

Posted: Fri, 12-02-2016 - 10:27 AM

Rose Skuppin is not a name you will often hear in the hallways of Whittier Elemenatary, yet the school would suffer without her. She is the manager of the school cafeteria and has a major job to accomplish each day with her efficient crew of four workers - Maribel Barboza, Sandra Caligiuri, Loretta Jeppson, and Margaret Holiday.

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student collecting donations

Operation Gratitude Candy Donation

Posted: Fri, 12-02-2016 - 10:22 AM

It’s that time of year when parents and children say, “Just what am I going to do with all my Halloween candy?” The Dilworth PTA sponsored a “Donate your Halloween Candy to the Troops” week, November 2-9. The PTA reached out to Operation Gratitude to see how Dilworth Elementary and our community could become involved.

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students participating in a flag ceremony

Veterans Day at Ensign

Posted: Fri, 12-02-2016 - 10:16 AM

Ensign Elementary students in fifth and sixth grades honored veterans with a presentation for both the school and parents. The students sang patriotic songs, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Gettysburg Address, presented a flag ceremony, and provided information about wars that American soldiers have been a part of.

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Salt Lake City School District Apple

A Letter from our Equity Department

Posted: Wed, 11-30-2016 - 10:17 AM

Dear Family and School Community,

We are extremely fortunate to have such a diverse community where we have students hailing from six out of seven continents, speaking over 100+ languages and practicing a plethora of religious doctrines.

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East football players

East High Pride

Posted: Wed, 11-30-2016 - 10:10 AM

October certainly marked a month full of teambuilding opportunities for all the East High Leopards.

One of the students and teachers’ favorite things about October is UEA weekend. Everyone loves a short break to recharge for the school year; it can’t be any better! Or can it?

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student dressed as witch

Haunted Hallways of Service

Posted: Wed, 11-30-2016 - 09:54 AM

At the end of a school day, on one October day, quiet and empty halls are transformed into dark, cavernous passages.  Young ghouls and zombies have been hidden throughout the passages awaiting their visitors. As the school doors opened, students, parents, friends and siblings streamed into Hillside Middle School’s Haunted Hallways.

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Eliana Zinger

Art Contest Winner at Wasatch

Posted: Wed, 11-30-2016 - 09:49 AM

Wasatch Elementary School is pleased to announce that Eliana Zinger, a fifth-grade student, won the Utah Educational Savings Plan Make Your Mark bookmark contest for 2016. 

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Ramon Guadiana

A Positive Atmosphere

Posted: Wed, 11-30-2016 - 09:43 AM

Studies have shown that the atmosphere of a school is critical to student learning. It provides students a safe place to study and perform. Most people immediately think this is the responsibility of the teacher, which is partly true. At Whittier Elementary, the custodial crew has an enormous impact on student learning that often goes unnoticed.

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student studying

AVID and Science at Bryant

Posted: Mon, 11-28-2016 - 12:43 PM

Bryant Middle School is a school-wide Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school. Last summer, 6 teachers from Bryant were able to go to the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego.  They learned about the AVID program and how to implement AVID in their classrooms. AVID’s mission is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global soci

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students helping sort clothes

Dilworth: Making the World a Better Place

Posted: Mon, 11-28-2016 - 12:09 PM

This year Dilworth’s Peer Leadership Team (comprised of two students from each fifth- and sixth-grade classroom) voted to partner with the Lions Club and the City of South Salt Lake to help refugees and low-income families in our neighborhood.  There was an event entitled “Healthy Halloween” held at the Arts & Community Center on October 22.

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students perform The Spider and the Fly

Town Meetings and the Arts at Wasatch

Posted: Mon, 11-28-2016 - 11:57 AM

The first Town Meeting of the year at Wasatch Elementary School was on Monday, October 31.  What an appropriate performance for Halloween as, Ms. Lloyd’s second grade class preformed “The Spider and the Fly” based on the cautionary tale by Mary Howitt, art work by Tony DiTerlizzi.

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students on bikes

Learning to Ride a Bike

Posted: Mon, 11-28-2016 - 11:31 AM

On a beautiful, sunny, fall day over thirty students in the Lincoln Elementary Afterschool Program enjoyed an afternoon of bike riding.

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students with Golden Rule poster

Golden Rule Assembly at Mountain View

Posted: Mon, 11-28-2016 - 11:27 AM

How do we apply our attention to the Golden Rule to reduce “wrecking behavior” (bullying) and support “building behavior” in our classrooms? On October 7, Mountain View Students attended a Golden Rule Assembly to learn how to apply this rule through magic.

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students dancing

Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted: Wed, 11-23-2016 - 04:02 PM

Franklin Elementary students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades were incredibly enriched with learning how to dance. The Ririe-Woodbury dance team came to Franklin every day for two weeks to work with these students. The students learned how to feel the music and express themselves through the art of dance.

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Adi with letters

Sending Letters to Honduras

Posted: Wed, 11-23-2016 - 01:53 PM

At Lincoln Elementary, Kristen Valdez starts every year by asking her fifth-grade students how they want to help the people in their community. This year’s community service project idea came from Adi Sowders, whose mother is a U.S. soldier. Adi’s mom is currently serving in Honduras and Adi wanted to do something that would be meaningful to both her and the soldiers in her troop. 

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Bennion students with author Jory John

Author Visit at Bennion Elementary

Posted: Wed, 11-23-2016 - 01:49 PM

What do a disgruntled penguin and a misunderstood monster have in common? They are the subject of two picture books by Jory John, New York Times bestselling author and recipient of two E.B. White Read-Aloud Honors. 

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Cover of book written by Whittier teacher

Author’s Corner at Whittier

Posted: Wed, 11-23-2016 - 01:44 PM

Where can one go to find two astounding authors? Whittier Elementary. Erica Hammon and Geoff Griffin are both Special Education teachers by day, and authors by night. They have a passion for teaching students, which spills over into the type of books they write. Their writing styles are different, yet engaging and profound. 

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Highland Park teacher with her iPad

Highland Park Goes Social

Posted: Wed, 11-23-2016 - 01:39 PM

In an effort this year to get all parents and the community involved, Highland Park has put iPads into the hands of teachers, and we are pushing out all the great things that are happening in our classrooms.

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Robyn Johnson and her professors

Teacher of Tomorrow Award

Posted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 09:29 AM

Congratulations to Robyn Johnson! She was awarded the Teacher of Tomorrow Award from the Utah chapter of Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. This award is given to one student from each teacher preparation program in Utah in recognition of exemplary achievement and promise as an educator. Johnson was nominated by her professors at Weber State University. 


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Face painting at Wasatch

Halloween at Wasatch

Posted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 09:19 AM

The ghosts, goblins, and witches came out in all of their creative glory at Wasatch Elementary School.

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Bennion families enjoy art night

Family Art Night at Bennion

Posted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 09:08 AM

The Family Art Night at Bennion Elementary was “spooktacularly” successful. The annual event happened at Halloween time, and the pirates, princesses, and super heroes who attended enjoyed coloring Dia de los Muertos masks and making Lego creations.

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Whittier students learning

Powerful Learning Centers: Where Do I Sign Up?

Posted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 08:52 AM

Timer rings. Students quickly move. iPods, worksheets, books, computers. Students are ready to learn again in under 15 seconds.

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Highland Park student being rewarded for good behavior

Reinforcing Positive Behavior

Posted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 08:43 AM

Highland Park is moving its discipline program in a positive new direction this year! As one of the school-wide goals for improving our overall discipline program, there are many new components that have added quite a bit of interest for the students.

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students reading together

Edison Reading Partners

Posted: Wed, 11-16-2016 - 10:50 AM

Every grade level has reading goals that teachers strive for every student to meet. Edison teachers are thinking outside the box to find engaging ways to help their students reach success.

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Parkview students

Parkview is an AVID School

Posted: Wed, 11-16-2016 - 10:37 AM

There is a great energy at Parkview Elementary this year because we have adopted the Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

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students singing

YEF Music Program Provides Added Value

Posted: Wed, 11-16-2016 - 10:29 AM

Enjoyable. Mesmerizing. Safe. Fun. Exciting. All of these could be used to describe the performance at Whittier Elementary on Monday, October 10. Students in grades K-6 each learned a song depicting an important value. 

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student studying at Escalante pond

A Gem of a Learning Pond at Escalante

Posted: Wed, 11-16-2016 - 10:19 AM

In 2004, Escalante Elementary students worked with Machelle Dahl and Heather Aiono to solve the soggy soccer fields. They discovered that the playground had been built on top of natural artesian wells. The school used funds from National Geographic, Ford Motor Company, and a Radical School Renovation prize to build a pond with surrounding gardens.

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Hillside Band

Moment of a Lifetime for Hillside Music Students

Posted: Wed, 11-16-2016 - 10:11 AM

There are moments in a child’s education that are truly once in a lifetime. Many of Hillside Middle School’s Orchestra 2 and Band 2 students recently enjoyed an event that will not occur again for another century. This year, Utah’s State Capitol building celebrated its 100th anniversary. As a part of the celebration, the newly renovated building was opened for tours and a variety of

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Governor's seal

Statement from Governor and State Superintendent

Posted: Mon, 11-14-2016 - 10:04 AM

Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Superintendent Sydnee Dickson issued the following statement on Friday, November 11, in regards to recent reports of student harassment in Utah schools:

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Whittier students getting extra help

Whittier First-Grade Students Get A Boost

Posted: Mon, 11-14-2016 - 09:53 AM

Teachers are constantly look for ways to inspire, educate, and provide learning opportunities for students at Whittier Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District. However, Linda Parker and Thupten Norgyal go above and beyond these responsibilities each day.

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Student Safety Patrol helps parents cross the street

Ensign Elementary Safety Patrol

Posted: Mon, 11-14-2016 - 09:36 AM

Ensign Elementary is proud to be the first school in the district to implement a new program: Student Safety Patrol. As part of community outreach, Detective Moronae Lealaogata of the Salt Lake City Police Department and Alen Gibic, the SLCPD Community Affairs Officer for District 3, came out and trained twelve lucky sixth-grade students to be Safety Patrol Members.

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Nibley Park students planting a tree

Nibley Park Green Team Strikes

Posted: Mon, 11-14-2016 - 09:14 AM

If you see kids getting busy protecting the environment around Nibley Park and dressed in superhero Green Team tie dye shirts, you’ll know you’ve met a member of the Nibley Park Green Team. In October, boys and girls of all ages gathered in our community garden spot to get organized.

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Franklin student participating in science experiment

Science is the Best!

Posted: Mon, 11-14-2016 - 09:04 AM

Franklin students had the wonderful opportunity to host a Clark Planetarium assembly. The presenter had a variety of very cool experiments to show the whole student body. He showed the students how air pressure works by taking the air out of a sphere and having students attempt to pull the sphere apart. The students that tried could not pry the sphere apart.

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Highland Park students at the Capitol

Capitol Centennial Celebration

Posted: Fri, 11-11-2016 - 09:35 AM

“We are living. Soaring higher.
Elevated. Rising. Utah!”

Highland Park fourth-grade students sang these words loudly inside the Utah State Capitol during its Centennial Celebration.

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East High Homecoming Carnival

Paw-sitive Prints in the Community

Posted: Thu, 11-10-2016 - 11:53 AM

As the back-to-school rush settled down, the East High leopards were in for an impactful month ahead in September. The amazing Leopard PTA came together to make East High’s first-ever Homecoming Carnival a reality! The carnival occurred on Monday, September 19th, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm.

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Ensign students with flags

It's Okay To Be Different

Posted: Thu, 11-10-2016 - 10:54 AM

Ensign Elementary kindergarten students celebrated their similarities and differences with a unique activity this fall. Kindergarten teacher Heather Thomas read them Todd Parr's book "It's Okay to Be Different."  Afterwards, they discussed that it was okay for people to look different and like different things and that we should respect everybody no matter what. 

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Uintah students in the Grow Lab

Uintah's Grow Lab Program

Posted: Thu, 11-10-2016 - 10:43 AM

Students in first grade at Uintah Elementary have been learning, first-hand, about the life cycle of plants. Red Butte Garden provided all supplies necessary for our grow labs. A Red Butte expert came to teach the first lesson and helped students plant their Brassica Rapa Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds.

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Steve Winters

Mr. Winters - the Man in the Big Hat

Posted: Thu, 11-10-2016 - 10:25 AM

You already know Curious George’s man in the yellow hat. Well, Mr. Steven Winters, educational assistant, is our man in the big hat! You can spot Mr. Winters and his hat on our campus in the morning, at lunch and after school, helping students to stay safe and be on time.  Right from the start, Nibley Park recognized Mr.

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Student Body Officer's Service Project

Posted: Mon, 11-07-2016 - 03:35 PM

Nibley Park's Student Body Vice President saw a need among his fellow students and decided to do something about it.

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Shannon Hale

Author Shannon Hale Visits Bryant

Posted: Fri, 11-04-2016 - 10:12 AM

Last month, author and Bryant alumnus, Shannon Hale spoke to students at Bryant Middle School.

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March for Microbes

March for Microbes

Posted: Wed, 11-02-2016 - 03:48 PM

Kindergarten through sixth graders all took to the Beacon Heights playground to run laps and earn pledges in their annual race called “March for Microbes.”

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History Makers

History Makers Visit Nibley Park

Posted: Wed, 11-02-2016 - 09:48 AM

Nibley Park just hosted its third annual History Makers Assembly.

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Bryant Donation

The Challenge

Posted: Tue, 11-01-2016 - 10:46 AM

In connection with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the school's newly remodeled library, Bryant Middle School, is issuing “The Challenge” to all students and staff...

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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett Visits Beacon Heights

Posted: Fri, 10-28-2016 - 09:17 AM

Beacon Heights Elementary students learned about the writing process from well known children’s author Mac Barnett.

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Mountain View Elementary's AVID Program

Posted: Wed, 10-26-2016 - 03:51 PM

The implementation of AVID can clearly be seen as you walk the halls of Mountain View.

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Dogs at Lincoln

Dogs in the Halls!

Posted: Wed, 10-26-2016 - 10:16 AM

Students at Lincoln Elementary recently learned how to care for a pet and how to safely meet a new dog.

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Student Leaders

Highland Park's Student Leadership Team

Posted: Tue, 10-25-2016 - 10:12 AM

Highland Park has created a student leadership team, which helps run school activities. The team is comprised of representatives from grades two through six.

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Emerson 1884

School Highlight: A History of Emerson Elementary

Posted: Wed, 10-19-2016 - 10:54 AM

Did you know that Emerson Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Salt Lake District?

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Fun Run

Bonneville Fun Run

Posted: Tue, 10-18-2016 - 10:08 AM

Over 500 Bonneville students took to the sidewalks to raise money for school programs and events.

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Margaret Peterson Haddix

Best-selling Author Visits Dilworth Elementary School

Posted: Mon, 10-17-2016 - 11:30 AM

Ms. Haddix spoke to the students about how she creates her characters and the settings of her books.

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Emerson Community Garden

Emerson Community Garden

Posted: Fri, 10-14-2016 - 11:35 AM

Emerson Elementary's community garden is in full bloom with plants and learning.

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Margaret Peterson Haddix

Best-selling Author Visits Bryant Middle School

Posted: Tue, 10-11-2016 - 11:43 AM

Author Margaret Peterson Haddix recently visited Bryant Middle School and spoke with students about how she writes her books.

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Bug Show

The Incredible Edible Insect Show

Posted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 02:54 PM

Highland Park Elementary kindergarten students have a knack for making bugs... and eating them!

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Top Title I School in 2015-16

Posted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 09:42 AM

Edison Elementary is beaming with pride, after being named a Top School in the district.

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Highland Park Jog-a-thon

Posted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 09:29 AM

Fitness, fun, and fund raising go hand in hand at Highland Park Elementary's Jog-a-thon.

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Fun Run

Indian Hills Fun Run

Posted: Thu, 10-06-2016 - 09:52 AM

Indian Hills students recently had a chance to get fit and help raise money for the school at the same time.

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Peer Tutors

Hillside Peer Tutor Program

Posted: Tue, 10-04-2016 - 03:04 PM

Hillside Middle School students have developed some unique friendships through an elective class called “peer tutoring.”

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Ensign Carnival

Learning Positive Behavior Through Carnivals

Posted: Tue, 10-04-2016 - 11:30 AM

Ensign Elementary is focusing on positive beahvior, and they are using carnivals to help teach the lessons.

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A New Mural at Escalante

Posted: Mon, 10-03-2016 - 11:40 AM

A new 60-foot mural at Escalante Elementary paints the picture of school success.

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Back to School Traditions: Glendale/Mountain View Carnival

Posted: Fri, 09-30-2016 - 01:30 PM

At the first of each school year, Glendale and Mountain View celebrate with a neighborhood carnival.

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Silver Lake

A Trip to Silver Lake

Posted: Thu, 09-29-2016 - 10:42 AM

Highland Park Elementary fourth-grade students recently took a trip to Silver Lake, a chance to learn outside the classroom.

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Parkview Flag

Back to School Traditions: Parkview Elementary

Posted: Fri, 09-23-2016 - 10:57 AM

Each year on the first day of school students, families, and employees gather to raise the flag at Parkview Elementary.

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Leo Prowl

Back to School Traditions: East High School

Posted: Wed, 09-21-2016 - 02:42 PM

The Leopard Prowl at East High welcomed this year's freshmen to the school.

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Dilworth Math

Our Teachers Are Always Learning

Posted: Tue, 09-20-2016 - 02:26 PM

It's not just the students who learn new things at school. Check out this story from Dilworth Elementary.

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Franklin Fire Drill

School Highlight: Franklin Fire Drill

Posted: Tue, 09-06-2016 - 03:55 PM

Each year our schools conduct drills so students know just what to do in the event of an emergency.

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Breakfast with the Superintendent

Posted: Mon, 08-29-2016 - 10:31 AM

Enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a sweet treat as you mingle with the superintendent, school leadership, and other parents. (en español)

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Posted: Thu, 08-25-2016 - 03:31 PM

Three Salt Lake City School District teachers are being recognized by the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Child Nutrition Award

State and Regional Child Nutrition Awards

Posted: Wed, 08-03-2016 - 04:42 PM

Three employees from our Child Nutrition Department were recently named the best in the state. 

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Posted: Tue, 07-05-2016 - 03:11 PM

Congratulations to Nathan Auck, a teacher at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. He has been selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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