News Archive

Water Watch Volunteer of the Year

Kris Kaly, a fourth-grade teacher at Rose Park Elementary School, has been awarded the Utah Water Watch Volunteer of the Year award. Kris and her students have been going to the Jordan River every other Friday, with their wagon full collection devices to gather water quality data. That data is used by Utah Water Watch to monitor the health of the Jordan River.


April 9, 2014

West High Teacher Selected for National Geographic Expedition

Enrique Arce-Larreta from West High School has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2014 Fellows, a group of twenty-five highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on Lindblad voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer for a hands-on experience for professional development.


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April 3, 2014

Team Reading Awards

Teachers from six Salt Lake City Title I schools were treated to Afternoon Tea last Friday at The Grand America Hotel. The high class event was a reward for making a difference in the lives of students.

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April 1, 2014

Helping Students Reach the Goal of Attending College

Thank you to the University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Board Bryant Scholarship Project for helping students in Salt Lake City realize the dream of attending college. This scholarship program helps refugee students at Bryant Middle School in the English as a Second Language and tutoring programs by offering them the possibility of a $5,000 scholarship to attend college. Many of these students and their families have fled hardship and political strife in their home countries, and the students would all be the first in their families to attend college.


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April 1, 2014

Jackson Elementary School would like to invite you to the following event.



EarthWorks Film Festival at Hillside

Hillside Middle School teachers Candace Penrod, Kris Matthews, and Mary Herman have designed a unique learning experience focusing on relevant environmental issues. The teachers guide students through a process of study and research that provoke analysis and problem identification. As part of their study and research, Vicki Bennett from Mayor Becker’s office spent more than an hour with students, discussing local environmental/sustainability issues.


Students are then asked to develop a problem-solution structure and present their ideas in a creative video format. The film festival is a forum through which students can showcase what they’ve learned and share solutions to problems they’ve realized are important to their lives. The EarthWorks Film Festival is scheduled for April 22.


March 26, 2014

"We Are One" Wall

A small group of East High School students is looking to turn the school inside out with a large public art project. These students, members of the new Clemente Humanities Course taught at East, want to show East High's true face to the world.

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March 24, 2014

2014 SLVSEF Winners

Congratulations to the Salt Lake City School District students who participated in and won awards at the 2014 Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair. Below are links to the winning projects for Elementary, Junior, and Senior divisions, as well as Special Award winners. Salt Lake City School District students and projects are highlighted in yellow.

Elementary Division winners...
Junior Division winners...
Senior Division winners...
Special Award winners...


March 24, 2014

Questions and Comments About Uintah Lunch Issue

As promised by the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education, the questions and comments received by the district pertaining to the Uintah Elementary School lunch issue are now available for public review. Use the links below to view the emails. Also available are documents distributed during the Board Study Session on March 12, 2014: a timeline of events related to the school lunch issue and a list of questions and answers.


PDF copy of lunch questions and comments...
Timeline distributed in Board Study Session...
List of questions and answers from March 12, 2014...


March 21, 2014

Students Make Prosthetic Arm for MESA Competition

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) teams from Glendale Middle School and East High School designed a prosthetic arm that they entered in the MESA Day regional competition this past week. These teams will fine tune their designs to get ready for the State MESA Competition in May.


March 20, 2014

Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting

Salt Lake City School District has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This marks the 35th consecutive year the district has received this award. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending 2013.


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posted: March 19, 2014

IB Visual Art Show

West High School 2014 International Baccalaureate Visual Art Show

March 17 - April 21; Reception on Friday, March 21 @ 4 p.m.

Main Library, Lower Urban Room Gallery


posted: March 18, 2014

Pi vs. Einstein

Which do you celebrate on March 14, Pi Day or Albert Einstein's birthday? At Bryant Middle School, they celebrate both.

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posted: March 17, 2014

OneSight Vision Van

More than 200 Salt Lake City School District students are now seeing clearly thanks to dedicated volunteers, caring district employees, and a mobile vision clinic named Eyeleen.

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posted: March 14, 2014

State Sterling Scholars

Congratulations to West High School students Sarah Silcox and Lucy Nebeker for being named 2014 State Sterling Scholars! Sarah is the State Sterling Scholar for math, and Lucy is the State Sterling Scholar for Visual Arts.


Bonnie Bennett from East High School was the runner-up in Instrumental Music, and Nicholas Adelman from Highland High School was the runner-up in Visual Arts.


Deseret News article on Sarah Silcox...
Deseret News article on Lucy Nebeker...


posted: March 13, 2014


Salt Lake City School District Visual Art Show


posted: March 12, 2014



Presidential Scholar Applicants

Congratulations to the 11 Salt Lake City School District high school students who have been accepted as Presidential Scholar applicants.

Click here for the list of students...


posted: March 12, 2014

What is SAGE?

SAGE, or Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence, is a new system of tests that will begin this year for all Utah students. The Utah State Office of Education has created a series of brochures to explain SAGE and how it will affect you and your student.

SAGE brochure for families...
SAGE brochure for educators...
SAGE brochure for policy makers...


posted: March 11, 2014

Spring Community Education Classes

Are you interested in getting your real estate license? How about learning to play the piano? Maybe you'd like to improve your cooking skills. You'll find fun and interesting classes for everyone with Salt Lake Community Education.

Registration Opens: March 7, 2014
Classes Begin: March 17, 2014

View the available courses here!


posted: March 10, 2014

Teachers Selected for EU Teacher Institute

Two Salt Lake City School District teachers, Linda Roundy and Laura Nelson, have been selected to participate in BYU's EU Teacher Institute. This summer, BYU’s Center for the Study of Europe is sponsoring an EU Teacher Institute to Scandinavia to explore the education system in Finland and the environmental issues in Sweden.


More information...


posted March 10, 2014


UAEA Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Highland High School's Jean Vandertoolen, the Utah Arts Education Association High School Teacher of the Year!


posted March 5, 2014

New Online Application System

Salt Lake City School District’s Human Resources Department is excited to announce the launch of our new online application system. Beginning Monday, March 3, 2014, the district will only accept online applications and will no longer accept paper applications. Applicants and current employees who would like to apply for a vacancy will need to establish an account using a valid email address.


Please visit our new career site at to learn more or to view available vacancies.


posted February 28, 2014

2015 District Teacher of the Year Nominations

Do you know a great teacher? Nominate him or her as the 2015 Salt Lake City School District Teacher of the Year!

Nomination form and information...

SLCSE Students Teach at Newman Elementary

Students from the Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE) became the teachers today as they visited nearby Newman Elementary School. The SLCSE students taught the younger Newman students about the color properties of light.

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West High Wins State Chess Championship

West High School has won its ninth consecutive State Chess Championship!


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Washington Elementary Art Project

On Thursday and Friday, Washington Elementary School teachers, students, and staff installed a large scale participatory art project at their school. The art project recognizes and honors the people who support Washington students every day, in a variety of ways.

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Sterling Scholar Finalists

Congratulations to our Sterling Scholar Finalists!

East High School finalists...
Highland High School finalists...
West High School finalists...
Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts finalists...


Paraeducator of the Year

Congratulations to Jeremy Duran at Emerson Elementary! He was selected as the Paraeducator of the Year by the Utah Council for Exceptional Children.


2014 District Science Fair

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Salt Lake City School District Science Fair! Hundreds of students brought their projects to the Salt Lake Center for Science Education where they were judged and awards were handed out. The students and their projects were very impressive.

List of science fair winners...
Photo gallery...

February - Black History Month

Salt Lake City School District recognizes the month of February as Black History Month.

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2014 MATHCOUNTS Competition

On January 31, mathletes from seven schools came together to compete in the Salt Lake City School District MATHCOUNTS Competition. Congratulations to the 2014 Countdown winners!

  • 1st Place – Ruby Thorn (Clayton Middle School)
  • 2nd Place – Sumner Bell (Hawthorne Elementary)
  • 3rd Place – Natalia Crimmel (Hawthorne Elementary)
  • The 2014 Team Champions from Clayton Middle School: Matthew Fontaine, Nicholas Pierce, Emma Glende, and Ruby Thorn.
  • Hawthorne Elementary School and Salt Lake Center for Science Education also placed as team winners.

This year’s competition was held at Clayton Middle School and included 96 students. Mathletes train with coaches at their local schools and bring their knowledge, team work, and enthusiasm as they compete in the Sprint, Target, and Team Rounds. Top scorers advance to compete in a fast-paced, oral competition, racing against each other and the clock.


2014 MATHCOUNTS slide show...

School Lunch Information and Notifications

The Salt Lake City School District wants to share two pieces of information with you today.


First, the Uintah Elementary School kitchen manager will return to work tomorrow. Her supervisor will return to work on Tuesday. The district’s investigation is not over, but the district cannot comment on personnel issues. 


Second, please click on the link below to read about changes to our school lunch account notifications.


Click this link for information about notifications...


Keeping a Promise

News Release
February 7, 2014


Fulfilling a promise that has been made to parents and the community, clear and concise procedures have been developed to prevent what happened at Uintah Elementary School last week from ever happening again in any Salt Lake City School District school.


Click this link for more information...


Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Awards

Congratulations to four Salt Lake City School District students who are among 15 students from Utah that won the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award! The students are Daniel Liu, a senior at West High School; Luisa Lopez, a sophomore at West High School; and Gema Aleman and Luisa Botchway, both eighth-grade students at Bryant Middle School.

Update on School Lunches

Over the past several days, we have been reading and listening to the comments collected on the district’s social media accounts, on the phone, and via email. While we have wanted to respond to many comments individually, the sheer number of people who have taken the time to write or send a comment makes that impossible. We understand and have personally felt the anger many have towards this situation, but some comments and the language they contain are neither helpful nor productive. Others have taken the time to eloquently express their frustration and anger, and some have even offered suggestions. These comments are appreciated.


What happened at Uintah Elementary School should never have happened. Parents do bear some responsibility in paying for school lunches, but the district and its schools bear a greater responsibility to keep parents informed and to treat each and every student with respect and kindness. We apologize again that we did not live up to that responsibility.

The day after the incident at Uintah, all school kitchen managers were contacted and instructed that this will never happen again. A student who does not have enough money in their account to pay for a meal must be identified prior to lunch time. Parents must be notified, and every possible step must be taken to resolve the issue before the student enters the lunch room. Once that student is in line and expects to receive a full meal, that student will receive a full meal.


A complete and thorough investigation into not only this incident at Uintah but into any similar practices at all Salt Lake City public schools is underway. The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education will be given a report on that investigation tonight during its regularly scheduled meeting. On Wednesday, a copy of that written report will be available on the district website (see the link below). To find the report, click on the link below and then click on the February 4, 2014 Meeting Agenda link and look at the bottom of that document for the written report. Video and audio recordings of the meeting will also be available on the page linked below.


We fully realize that for some of you this comes as too little, too late. However, we promise you the commitment to learn from this situation and to do better going forward is genuine.


Board of Education Meeting Agenda webpage...


Utah Symphony at Hillside Middle School

A chamber group from the Utah Symphony recently performed for students at Hillside Middle School. After performing for the entire student body, the musicians also met and talked with some of the music students.

Salt Lake City Team Wins FIRST LEGO State Championship

Forty-eight teams participated at the fourth annual Utah FIRST LEGO League championship at the University of Utah on January 25, 2014. The Skeleton Crew from Salt Lake City won the first place Champion's Award. Ellie Vandel, a Bryant Middle School student, is a member of the Skeleton Crew.


Uintah Elementary School Update

The Uintah Elementary School cafeteria manager and her supervisor have been placed on paid leave while our investigation continues. Once our investigation is complete, we will post an update for all concerned.


Paraprofessional Pathway Partnership

Through a partnership between the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City School District, paraprofessionals in the district are getting a unique opportunity to further their education and learn some of the best and newest methods of helping students. Those involved with this partnership attend their university classes at the Glendale/Mountain View Community Learning Center.


This past December, the first group of paraprofessionals completed their first University of Utah course: Integrated Curriculum, better known as FCS 2640. They will now move on to their second class, and a new group of eight paraprofessionals will begin their journey. This unique learning opportunity was created and taught by Trish Saccamano from the University's Department of Family? and Consumer Studies.

District Calendars

The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education has approved the district calendars for the next three school years. Three different calendar options were reviewed and voted on by all Salt Lake City schools and their school community councils. The district then compiled those votes and sent the results to the board of education.

The approved calendars are now available on the district calendar page.

Which School Will You Attend Next Year?

It's time to start thinking about the next school year! Many schools are holding open houses or orientations in the next few days and weeks, and the Open Enrollment Window is open until February 21. Click on the links below to learn more.

Salt Lake City schools website...
School Choice information...

Curriculum and Assessment Lab Information Meetings


The Curriculum and Assessment Lab Program (C&A) will hold a parent information meeting for any interested elementary students and their parents on Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m., at the Salt Lake City School District offices, 440 East 100 South.

Interested middle school students and parents are invited to the Clayton Open House on Tuesday, January 28, 6 p.m., at Clayton Middle School, 1470 South 1900 East.  


More information...

Winter Technology Classes


The Educational Technology Department is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 online technology classes. Join us in our popular online courses, and expand your technology knowledge and gain confidence in using technology tools in teaching and learning environments. These classes are open to all certified teachers.

Registration is through state's OnTrack system. You can access OnTrack by going to the district Professional Development page and using the “Instructions for Using OnTrack” tutorial. If you do not know your CACTUS ID number, it is available on our district employee Cactus ID Lookup page.

For those registered in the district's Educational Technology Endorsement program, these classes count toward the endorsement.

Thank You for the Books


Mary Bangerter and her neighbor Lenore McEntire encouraged their friends and neighbors to donate new and slightly used books to support our Early Childhood program at the Glendale/Mountain View Community Learning Center. They were able to collect nearly 500 books and a great wagon to transport the books from classroom to classroom. We appreciate this donation and the interest that many great friends have in supporting our students.

Go Green Earn Green Energy Challenge


A five-month energy conservation challenge at three Salt Lake City high schools has produced some impressive and profitable results. On average, the schools saw a 21.18 percent decrease in overall power consumption.

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'Tis the Season of Giving


Teams of volunteers from Salt Lake City School District and its schools pitched in to make the holidays brighter for approximately 1,800 children yesterday.

More information and photo gallery...

Community Education - Winter 2014


Will you be making a New Year's resolution to learn something new, like playing the guitar or learning another language? Let us help! Register for a community education class. Registration begins January 3, 2014.

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National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to Jackson Elementary teachers, Alicia Darden and Mary Lou Oland-Wong, and district math coach Rachel Rolf, for achieving their National Board Certification.



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USCA Human Rights Award

Annie Brewer, Data Coordinator at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, received the 2013 Utah School Counselor Association (USCA) Human Rights Award.







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$10,000 for Computer Coding

Ms. Orta at Jackson Elementary School received a $10,000 Donor's Choose award for Jackson participating in "A Week of Code." The whole school will be teaching an hour of computer coding this week and plans on buying a class set of iPads to continue to teach computer science and coding.



U.S. Secretary of Education Visits Northwest

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited Northwest Middle School today to ask why that school is experiencing such success. Northwest has used a 3-year federal School Improvement Grant to make big changes and significantly increase student achievement.


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Watch a short recap of the discussion...

Lincoln Elementary Turkey Trot

It's a tradition that stretches back for years, students at Lincoln Elementary School gathered last week to race a turkey around the playground. The winners were given everything they needed to make a Thanksgiving meal.



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Winter Weather and Schools

The National Weather Service predicts a large, cold storm to impact the Wasatch Front in the next 24-48 hours. While we fully expect our schools to be open and functioning normally during this storm and throughout the winter, conditions can vary greatly in different neighborhoods and on different streets. We encourage parents to make attendance decisions for their children based on their specific ability to get to school safely.

Additionally, if your contact information has recently changed, please contact your local school with up to date information. This will enable the school and/or the district to notify you in the event of a late start or closure.

Again, we fully expect our schools to be open, but we will notify parents via the local media, this webpage, our social media sites, and possibly email if that changes. If you hear nothing, you can safely assume your school is open. If you are concerned about your child’s ability to safely travel to school, please exercise your parental discretion to make the decision that is best for your family’s safety.

Snow closure guidelines...

Saving a Piece of History

Recently, a company excavating a drainage ditch at 1145 South and 700 West came across an interesting discovery. The crew ran into a cement slab approximately three feet by seven feet with the words “Hawthorne School.”



Read more about this historical find...

Posted: November 26, 2013back to top

School Choice

 Salt Lake City School District is Your Best Choice because we focus on one goal, one purpose - student learning. Open Enrollment begins December 2. Learn more about our schools, options and programs at

Posted: November 25, 2013back to top

Bryant Middle School Presents Mulan

Bryant Middle School Presents MulanBryant Middle School would like to invite you to their production of Mulan. Showtimes are November 20 & 21 at 7:00 p.m. and a special matinee November 22 at 1:45 p.m. $5 for adults and $ for students. For more information, please contact Bryant Middle School at 801.578.8118.

Posted: November 20, 2013back to top

American Indian Heritage Month

Salt Lake City School District recognizes November 2013 as National American Indian Heritage Month.

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Posted: November 13, 2013back to top

College Application Week

East, Highland, and West High Schools are participating this week in College Application Week. The goal of Utah College Application Week is to provide every high school senior the opportunity to complete at least one college or university application.

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Posted: November 11, 2013back to top

Piano Prodigy

"He had never sat down to a piano before, until last year when 16-year-old Renzo Huayhua signed up for Highland High School's piano lab." Click below to see the KUTV story on this amazing Highland High student.

KUTV story...

Posted: November 8, 2013back to top

Halloween Photo Gallery

Enjoy these pictures from the Rose Park and Bonneville Elementary School Halloween Parades.

Rose Park photo gallery...

Salt Lake Tribune photo gallery...

Posted: October 31, 2013back to top

Happy Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, our employees share some of their own ghostly encounters and spooky stories... BOO!

Spooky Stories page...

Posted: October 30, 2013back to top

A Capital City Agreement

Salt Lake City School District Superintendent McKell Withers and Salt Lake City School District Board of Education President Kristi Swett were joined by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, City Council Chairman Kyle LaMalfa, University of Utah President David Pershing, National League of Cities principal associate for education Marjorie Cohen, and other community leaders in signing a benchmark agreement formalizing collaborative efforts toward educational success. The agreement is centered on “A Capital City Education,” Salt Lake City’s education framework for cultivating a college, career, and civic-ready citizenry.

Photo gallery...

Posted: October 23, 2013back to top

Hawthorne Elementary Day of Service

Nearly 500 Hawthorne Elementary School students and over 75 Westminster College students came together last week for a day of service.

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Posted: October 9, 2013back to top

Teacher of the Year

Catherine Praggastis, an Advancement Via Individual Determination teacher at East High School, was named as first runner-up in the Utah Teacher of the Year competition.

Posted: October 8, 2013back to top

Hispanic Heritage Month

LogoSalt Lake City School District recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15.

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Posted: October 1, 2013back to top

Newman Elementary's Leader in Me Program

Posted: September 27, 2013back to top

Committed to Recycling

Salt Lake City School District is committed to helping our environment. Here are some interesting facts about our recycling program.

  • The average amount of paper/cardboard recycled each month went from 32 tons in 2008-09 to 51 tons during 2012-13.
  • Our recycling efforts have resulted in a cumulative savings over the last four years of $258,000.
  • Our recycling partner, GreenFiber, pays our schools a small amount based on how much they recycle. In 2012-13 that payout was $15,500. That's up from $6,300 in 2008-09.

More information...

Posted: September 27, 2013back to top

ELP and IB Information Meetings

The district will soon be hosting information meetings for parents and students interested in the district's International Baccalaureate program or the Middle School Extended Learning Program.

More information...

Posted: September 25, 2013back to top

Bonneville Elementary Receives ING U.S. Grant

ING U.S. announced that Bonneville Elementary School has received a grant of up to $2,500 to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices.

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Posted: September 19, 2013back to top

School Grades

Student taking testThe Utah State Legislature has mandated a second new accountability system that requires letter grades for each school. Unfortunately, these simple letter grades can't and don't tell the full story. Our goal is to show you where you can find comprehensive and complete data about your school.

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Posted: September 3, 2013back to top

2014 Teachers of the Year

Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education are pleased to announce Catherine Praggastis as the 2014 District Teacher of the Year and Amy Gutting as the 2014 District Special Education Teacher of the Year.

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Posted: August 28, 2013back to top

Peer Assistance and Review Program

This school year will mark the start of the Salt Lake City School District’s joint collaboration with the Salt Lake Teachers Association in implementing a newly developed Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program. The PAR program will provide intensive support to teachers.

More information...

Posted: August 13, 2013back to top

Presidential Teaching Award

Nathan Auck, a mathematics teacher at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City, has been selected as a Utah State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Posted: August 8, 2013back to top

School Progress Awards

BannersThe Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake Education Foundation, in partnership with the Grand America Hotel, have announced the three winners of the School Progress Awards - Mountain View Elementary School, Beacon Heights Elementary School, and Glendale Middle School.

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Posted: August 8 , 2013back to top

Substance Abuse Prevention Seminar

Parents, teachers, and coaches are invited to a free seminar on substance abuse prevention. The seminar is hosted by the Salt Lake City School District Prevention Dimensions program and will be held at the city library (201 East 400 South) on Thursday, August 15, at 6 p.m.

More information...

Posted: August 8, 2013back to top

Pay for School Meals

The Salt Lake City School District is always moving forward to simplify and improve our service to you and your student. This school year, we are rolling out a new school lunch software package that improves your online payment options and simplifies the application process for free and reduced meal benefits.

More information...

Posted: August 7, 2013back to top

Online School Registration for 2013-14

Please visit to register online with the student's ID and registration pin that they received in the mail. Check your school's website for dates and times when online registration will be available.

Click here for additional help.
Haga clic aquí para obtener más ayuda.

NOTE: Jackson and Indian Hills Elementary Schools will not be using online registration this year. Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten programs must register in person at the Glendale Community Learning Center (1388 South Navajo Street).

Posted: August 1, 2013back to top

Certified Master Athletic Administrator

Congratulations to our district Athletics Supervisor CeCie Scharman! She has been recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator. She is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

More information...

Posted: July 2, 2013back to top

Notice to Students and Parents

The PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal will be unavailable July 1 - August 21 for end of year processing and to prepare for the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for the coming school year!


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