News Archive 2016-17 School Year
Guest Author: Valerie Bergera, Principal at Parkview ElementaryPosted: Fri, 01-13-2017 - 09:55 AM
As we make our way through life, we often look back and think of an educator who has, in some way, inspired us to things we never thought possible.
Free Screening of Screenagers at East HighPosted: Thu, 01-12-2017 - 09:19 AM
Screenagers is an award winning documentary film for families and people of all ages. This film explores the physical and chemical changes in our brains when we engage in screen time and especially how a teen brain is effected.
Elementary ELP Parent Information MeetingsPosted: Wed, 01-11-2017 - 01:22 PM
Information meetings will be held this month for parents who are interested in enrolling their elementary school students in the district's Extended Learning Program.
Junior Achievement Inspires Students at Parkview ElementaryPosted: Wed, 01-11-2017 - 12:53 PM
Fifth-grade students at Parkview Elementary are being inspired and prepared to succeed in a global economy through a program known as Junior Achievement. This program offers exciting opportunities for students to learn skills they need to “own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices” (juniorachievement.org).
Newman Students Discover Static Electricity During Soda Can RacesPosted: Wed, 01-11-2017 - 09:13 AM
In late November, Ms. Morrill’s and Ms. Warren’s fifth grade classes from Newman Elementary were presented with a challenge to race soda cans across the gym floor without physically touching the cans! They were each presented with a balloon and an aluminum soda can. The students learned the fundamentals of static electricity in order to reach their goal.
East High Teacher Wins Award from Hispanic Chamber of CommercePosted: Tue, 01-10-2017 - 12:07 PM
Congratulations to Cate Praggastis on receiving the Empowering Young Minds award on behalf of the Somos Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Teachers Earn National Board CertificationPosted: Mon, 01-09-2017 - 09:57 AM
Congratulations to Elaine Turner, East High language arts teacher, for becoming our district’s newest National Board Certified teacher. Congratulations also goes to Laura Cheney, West High School math coach, and Jean Vandertoolen, Highland High art teacher, for renewing their National Board certification. National Board certification is the highest teaching credential available, and Salt Lake
Glendale’s Piano ProgramPosted: Mon, 01-09-2017 - 09:52 AM
Elizabeth Tabish teaches a unique group piano program, presently taught only at Glendale Middle School. The program was started with the generous support of two local philanthropists, Liz and Bart Warner, over twenty years ago.
College KnowledgePosted: Mon, 01-09-2017 - 09:46 AM
It was an exciting evening for those who attended the College Knowledge event at Salt Lake Community College and Innovations High School last month. The event kicked off with an outstanding keynote address presented by Richard Kaufusi, Director of the Opportunity Scholars Program at the University of Utah, Eccles School of Business. Mr.
Newman Elementary’s Annual Sing-Along Family NightPosted: Mon, 01-09-2017 - 09:42 AM
Winter brought a standing room only crowd to Newman Elementary’s Holiday Family Night and morning “Sing Along” assembly on December 22 and 23.
Cross-curriculum Collaboration at InnovationsPosted: Mon, 01-09-2017 - 09:39 AM
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Innovations Early College High School teachers have started doing cross-curriculum collaboration which is benefitting students. One of the main examples of this being done is a Building America course that combines US history and language arts 11.
Donations for GuatemalaPosted: Thu, 01-05-2017 - 02:43 PM
Students at Highland Park are spring cleaning their homes early and donating their gently used toys to a great cause over the months of December and January. Mrs. Leaver, a former 6th grade teacher at Highland Park, is taking all of the small toys students donate to Panajachel, Guatemala in February.
The Gift of Reading at RileyPosted: Thu, 01-05-2017 - 02:39 PM
Becoming a good reader is the one of the most essential skills needed to be successful in life. The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) knows that, and they helped reinforce that message to students at Riley Elementary.
BioEYES at Bryant Middle SchoolPosted: Thu, 01-05-2017 - 02:33 PM
Students were hunched over microscopes, frantically writing down notes, and having excited conversations with lab partners. These students were involved in the week long BioEYES Science lab at Bryant Middle School in December.
Go Girlz Initiative at JacksonPosted: Thu, 01-05-2017 - 02:28 PM
Sixth-grade girls at Jackson Elementary have been mentored and supported by the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Utah since 2010! How have they been in engaged for the past seven years?
Beacon Heights Teacher Wins Special Educator AwardPosted: Thu, 01-05-2017 - 02:19 PM
Kris Lancaster-Grant was recently awarded the 2016 H. Kenton Reavis Special Educator. The Kenton Reavis Special Educator Award goes to an educator who teaches students with emotional disturbances and behavior disorders.
The Adelante Program at Jackson ElementaryPosted: Wed, 01-04-2017 - 08:24 AM
“Adelante promotes collaboration among many partners and high expectations so that our children can be successful from elementary school to the university.”
- Dr. Maria Franquiz, Dean College of Education, University of Utah.
Student Library Aides at Wasatch ElementaryPosted: Wed, 01-04-2017 - 08:19 AM
Wasatch Elementary School has nine sixth grade library aides. They help Monday through Friday in the library in the mornings before school begins. They help with putting away books, checking in and out books, straightening shelves, and helping students that are on the computers in the morning.
Beacon Heights Students Sing and Dance for PeacePosted: Wed, 01-04-2017 - 08:15 AM
For their annual winter holiday performance, Beacon Heights second-grade students sang and danced about celebrating the differences around them.
“Given current events in our world,” said Margot Wolfe, a second-grade teacher. “We decided to focus our program on peace. These kids made me really emotional.”
Bonneville Students Perform Twelfth NightPosted: Wed, 01-04-2017 - 08:09 AM
Bonneville’s sixth-grade class delighted audiences with their performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. With two different casts, the sixth-grade class put on four separate performances.
Escalante Students Take a Trip to the North PolePosted: Wed, 01-04-2017 - 08:06 AM
In December, Escalante students and staff took an express trip to the North Pole thanks to generous support and the leadership of Rob Corcoran, owner of Influence Realty and Relocation.
Bonneville's Spanish ClubPosted: Sat, 12-31-2016 - 04:08 PM
Walk into Bonneville Elementary any morning around 7:30 and you’ll find about 20 students working hard to learn a second language: Spanish. Two classes each meet twice a week in the morning to learn and develop Spanish skills. Taught by Meg Garfield, the program is in its second year. The program is inspired by a dual-immersion philosophy. Ms.
Northwest Middle School Implements Restorative PracticesPosted: Sat, 12-31-2016 - 04:04 PM
Northwest Middle School along with West High School and elementary schools Backman, Escalante, Meadowlark, Newman, North Star, and Rose Park are working together to implement restorative practices. Currently, there are over 15 schools within Salt Lake School District that are implementing the practice. Restorative practices are being used in several school districts around the nation.
Escalante Welcomes a Wonderful New CounselorPosted: Sat, 12-31-2016 - 03:59 PM
We are so excited to have Ines Lazalde join our school community. She is in her first year of school counseling and wanted to be a counselor because she had a tough time fully believing in herself in school. According to Inez, “It took me a long time to believe in myself. I actually graduated from college, managed a business, and then decided to go back and improve my G.P.A.
Uintah’s Newest Piece of ArtPosted: Sat, 12-31-2016 - 03:55 PM
Students at Uintah having been working hard over the past few months to create a new piece of art for the school. The art work has been entered in the Foothill Shopping Village Art Show. The school whose art project receives the most votes will earn a cash prize!
Dilworth Fifth Grade Performs “Much Ado About Nothing”Posted: Sat, 12-31-2016 - 03:51 PM
William Shakespeare once said, “The play’s the thing.” Well, the play was certainly “the thing” for Dilworth Elementary fifth-grade students, who performed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Creating Reading FriendshipsPosted: Wed, 12-28-2016 - 04:03 PM
Watching students read books is good. Watching students enjoy reading is better. Watching students enjoy reading, get excited to read, and teach other students how to read is the best.
Backman’s Secret GardenPosted: Wed, 12-28-2016 - 03:58 PM
There is a magical place at Backman Elementary, tucked in the shadows of the science classrooms. It is a place where plump pumpkins grow on vines, ruby red tomatoes and bright orange carrots are plucked by smiling students and the scent of basil and other herbs calms even the most distraught student.
Open Classroom Students Become College Freshmen For a DayPosted: Wed, 12-28-2016 - 03:55 PM
Open Classrooms sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students had the opportunity to go up to the University of Utah and see what it would be like to be in college. Every student participates in two workshops/activities. The first workshop was a 30 minute “College 101” presentation.
Edison Equals HogwartsPosted: Wed, 12-28-2016 - 03:50 PM
Edison is all about Harry Potter this school year. We have transformed our school into a Hogwarts work of art. Edison has even turned student incentive programs into fun Harry Potter rewards. One Harry Potter reward that Edison students can earn is called Head Master Honors. Head Master Honors is the ultimate reward.
Creative Pursuits at Nibley ParkPosted: Wed, 12-28-2016 - 03:45 PM
An ‘Under the Sea’ theme may capture the activities in this year’s Creative Pursuits competition that Ms. Sydney McDonald sponsors. The first place prize was reeled in by the fifth grade team, Noah, Zander and Jade. These inventive engineers designed a bubble detector to work under water to locate and stop escaping oxygen.
Blast Off!Posted: Fri, 12-23-2016 - 02:59 PM
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Blast Off! Third-grade students at Mountain View Elementary exploded into the Milky Way, tilted, rotated, and reached up and down at their dance performance on Friday, December. “Do you think you’re ready to use your whole body?” Dance teacher Tina Misaka asked near the beginning of the performance, which featured learning objectives in both science and dance.
Award-winning Teacher at Beacon HeightsPosted: Fri, 12-23-2016 - 02:56 PM
Judi Marcy, a sixth-grade teacher at Beacon Heights, was just awarded an American Graduate Champion through Utah Education Network (UEN).
An American Graduate Champion is considered someone who provides guidance, academic support, encouragement or other help for people to achieve their educational dreams.
We Are Festive and Giving at Indian HillsPosted: Fri, 12-23-2016 - 02:52 PM
Many traditions start with just one person. Indian Hills Elementary sixth grade teacher, Jennifer Mergens, is that one person. Jennifer Mergens has been involved in the Festival of Trees for 17 years. Indian Hills has been a part of that tradition for 12 years.
The Bryant Middle School Winter ConcertPosted: Fri, 12-23-2016 - 02:48 PM
Earlier this month Bryant student groups presented the Bryant Winter Concert. Orchestra I and II, Band I and II, Choir I and II, dance, and drama students performed at the event. The music groups performed a combination of holiday music and traditional music.
Ensign Students Connect with Cuban StudentsPosted: Fri, 12-23-2016 - 02:41 PM
The Ensign kindergarten classes have two students traveling with their parents to Cuba to live with the local people. They are part of a service project endeavoring to support the schools there. Kindergarten students took a moment to view pictures of the Cuban countryside, observe school classrooms in Cuba, and watch a video of school children.
Thankful East High Leopards All AroundPosted: Wed, 12-21-2016 - 09:44 AM
Last month made itself known with its drastic weather change. Though the season brought the chilly days and snow-filled nights with it, the warmth from our dear Leopards’ hearts shined through in many different ways throughout the whole month of November.
Three Prime Time Teachers at Nibley Park SchoolPosted: Wed, 12-21-2016 - 09:28 AM
Congratulations are in order for three Nibley Park Teachers. Kimberly Dean, Lisa Owen and Brooke Williams have been designated as a Prime Time Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. Kim, Brooke, and Lisa represent the fine teachers we have at Nibley Park. The work of these teachers was honored by the Salt Lake City School District Title I Department.
Fourth Grade Wax MuseumPosted: Wed, 12-21-2016 - 09:21 AM
Students in Ms. Jenning's classroom at Uintah Elementary have been working hard to create their own wax museum exhibit. Based on the fourth-grade writing core, students were expected to write about a famous character writing in third person and afterwards make presentations in first person.
We Are Smart and EngineersPosted: Wed, 12-21-2016 - 09:11 AM
Ms. Heise’s Fourth graders at Indian Hills Elementary recently showed off their engineering skills in a STEM activity in class. Students were challenged to see who could create the tallest tower using only toothpicks and marshmallows. The tower could not fall over.
Visitors to Mountain ViewPosted: Wed, 12-21-2016 - 08:52 AM
Mountain View has had many visitors this school year, starting with award winning author Duncan Tonatiuah. In September Tonatiuah came to Mountain View and read one of his books to the school community. It was a privilege to have him at our school.
District Receives Prestigious Awards for Annual Financial ReportPosted: Fri, 12-16-2016 - 03:07 PM
The Salt Lake City School District has again received two awards for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This marks nearly 40 consecutive years the district has been honored for this report.
Stay in School!Posted: Wed, 12-14-2016 - 01:25 PM
STAY IN SCHOOL! This was the overall theme for the fifth and sixth-grade Franklin Elementary students who listened to presentations by volunteers from many different occupations. The students learned what it was like to use both your feet and arms to control an airplane, they learned about how music is a very important part of one’s life.
December is a Time for SharingPosted: Wed, 12-14-2016 - 01:17 PM
The students at Dilworth Elementary have the holiday spirit. Over the past week, students continued the fifteen-year tradition of making ornaments and decorating Sugarhouse Zions Bank’s Christmas tree. On Friday, December 2, our Peer Leadership Team, along with their advisor, Ms. Shelly Stansfield and our principal, Jared Wright hung over 100 ornaments to adorn the bank’s tree.
Third Graders at Escalante Participate in the Festival of TreesPosted: Wed, 12-14-2016 - 01:12 PM
Three third-grade classes at Escalante have spent the past six weeks creating a beautiful “Ancestor Tree.”
Future Leaders Learn About Government During Tour of Utah CapitolPosted: Wed, 12-14-2016 - 01:08 PM
Meadowlark’s student council took a trip to the Utah State Capitol in the midst of our Nation’s historic election. They went to learn more about how government works and how they, as a newly formed student council, can work to uplift the community of Meadowlark Elementary.
Interdisciplinary Teacher Team takes Northwest Students on Learning AdventuresPosted: Wed, 12-14-2016 - 01:03 PM
This year at Northwest Middle School, 17 interdisciplinary teachers are planning various field trip opportunities to extend student learning outside the walls of the classroom. According to research, field trips have a positive impact on students’ cognitive skills, knowledge, interests, and future career choices. Additionally, field trips increase student understanding and knowledge about the
Donut Dash at MeadowlarkPosted: Mon, 12-12-2016 - 02:53 PM
What’s better than a charity 5k race on a brisk, fall morning? A race that involves donuts!
Music Adds Depth to Education At EdisonPosted: Mon, 12-12-2016 - 02:48 PM
Music offers so many benefits to a child’s life. Multiple studies have been done that show that music can lead to improved memory, language, reasoning, coordination, self-esteem, and student engagement, just to name of few.
Ahoy there Mateys!Posted: Mon, 12-12-2016 - 02:45 PM
About 80 Highland Park fourth through sixth-grade students mustered up their courage to board the Jolly Roger and become swashbucklin’ buccaneers. They performed “Pirates: The Musical” by John Hacobson and Roger Emerson on November 10- 11 to a crowd of “landlubbers.”
Lorrie Orton Named District’s Special Education Teacher of the Year for 2017Posted: Mon, 12-12-2016 - 02:41 PM
Lorrie Orton, teacher of Functional Academics at Northwest Middle School, is Salt Lake School District’s Special Education Teacher of the Year for 2017. Orton is an inspiring educator who works tirelessly to ensure her students are held to the highest standards and are fully integrated into Northwest Middle School’s culture and included in activities.
Franklin Family Coding EventPosted: Mon, 12-12-2016 - 12:53 PM
Franklin Elementary School had the privilege of having our fabulous district technology group bring their robots and expertise with Hour of Code. More than twenty families came to experience the fun of “driving” robots and coding with the new Hour of Code programs.
Uintah’s Newest U.S. CitizenPosted: Fri, 12-09-2016 - 09:26 AM
Marianne Plumridge, Uintah’s secretary, became a U.S. Citizen on October 13th, 2016. Although Marianne has lived in the United States since 1979, she finally decided to join our team. Marianne was sworn in by Judge David Nuffer, and afterwards all members in attendance watched a short video of Barack Obama welcoming her as the newest U.S. Citizen. Then, U.S.
Books and Bagels at BennionPosted: Fri, 12-09-2016 - 09:22 AM
What’s better than reading? Reading and eating bagels! Books and Bagels occurs four times a year at Bennion Elementary. Students come with their family, choose a brand new free book, and share that book with their family as everyone enjoys bagels and cream cheese, coffee, and juice.
Techniques for Tough Times helps Northwest Students through Life’s ChallengesPosted: Fri, 12-09-2016 - 09:15 AM
Teacher Javier Viana teaches Techniques for Tough Times at Northwest Middle School. The curriculum was developed by Salt Lake high school teacher and researcher Leigh Vandenakker. She designed the curriculum to help students navigate difficult life issues using positive, proactive strategies. Northwest is one of two middle schools in the district to implement the program. This year is the s
Proud, Thankful, and Hopeful at EmersonPosted: Fri, 12-09-2016 - 09:11 AM
Emerson students have been studying what it means to be an American. Ms. Blacker’s second-grade students wrote about it and about what they would do if they were President.
Hillside Does the Blues 2016Posted: Fri, 12-09-2016 - 09:06 AM
Hillside Middle School loves the Blues. Hillside has had several students each year who deal with Type 1 Diabetes, so in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month, Hillside sponsored Hillside’s Do the Blue 2016 Day. On Monday, November 7, students and adults at Hillside were encouraged to wear blue for juvenile Type 1 Diabetes awareness.
Indian Hills Fun RunPosted: Wed, 12-07-2016 - 03:15 PM
Indian Hills Elementary marked the completion of their 6th Annual Fun Run this year. The Fun Run took place on the third level of the school playground. Each class began their session with a warm-up from DJ Rob. DJ Rob had the kids shaking and stretching to the beat of the music. When the time came to begin their race, each class lined up at the starting line and waited for the ho
Modernizing Northwest Middle School’s LibraryPosted: Wed, 12-07-2016 - 03:11 PM
School libraries—and the role of librarian—have changed! Due to the digitization of content and wide internet accessibility, school libraries no longer function as a repository of printed materials accessible only in one physical location whose singular role is book checkout.
"Know Greater Heroes" Assembly at BennionPosted: Wed, 12-07-2016 - 12:15 PM
Students from the “Know Greater Heroes” class at Salt Lake Community College visited Bennion Elementary with an assembly that had three objectives.
Building School Community at Antelope IslandPosted: Wed, 12-07-2016 - 12:10 PM
Each fall, Open Classroom students, teachers, and parents take a field-trip to Antelope Island. Their purpose is to build community within the school and to experience field science. Different classrooms participate in pre- and post-projects involving Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake.
Brown Bag Lunch Series at WasatchPosted: Wed, 12-07-2016 - 12:02 PM
Oskar and Julia were the first performers this year at Wasatch Elementary School’s Brown Bag Lunch Series. The students were surprised and very excited to have a musical performance taking place as they came into lunch. There was a whole lot of dancing going on while the students ate lunch.
Open Classroom 8th Graders Hands On in CanyonlandsPosted: 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.
A Visit from an Army VeteranPosted: 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.
Author Cressida Crowell at BonnevillePosted: 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.
Veterans Day at WasatchPosted: 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
Fourth Grade Friendship Dances at Nibley ParkPosted: 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!
American Indian Heritage MonthPosted: 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.
Kiwanis TERRIFIC Kids AwardPosted: 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.
An Order for AllPosted: 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.
Operation Gratitude Candy DonationPosted: 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.
Veterans Day at EnsignPosted: 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.
A Letter from our Equity DepartmentPosted: 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.
East High PridePosted: 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?
Haunted Hallways of ServicePosted: 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.
Art Contest Winner at WasatchPosted: 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.
A Positive AtmospherePosted: 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.
AVID and Science at BryantPosted: 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
Dilworth: Making the World a Better PlacePosted: 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.
Town Meetings and the Arts at WasatchPosted: 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.
Learning to Ride a BikePosted: 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.
Golden Rule Assembly at Mountain ViewPosted: 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.
Dance, Dance, DancePosted: 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.
Sending Letters to HondurasPosted: 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.
Author Visit at Bennion ElementaryPosted: 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.
Author’s Corner at WhittierPosted: 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.
Highland Park Goes SocialPosted: 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.
Teacher of Tomorrow AwardPosted: 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.
Halloween at WasatchPosted: Fri, 11-18-2016 - 09:19 AM
The ghosts, goblins, and witches came out in all of their creative glory at Wasatch Elementary School.
Family Art Night at BennionPosted: 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.
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.
Reinforcing Positive BehaviorPosted: 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.
Edison Reading PartnersPosted: 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.
Parkview is an AVID SchoolPosted: 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.
YEF Music Program Provides Added ValuePosted: 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.
A Gem of a Learning Pond at EscalantePosted: 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.
Moment of a Lifetime for Hillside Music StudentsPosted: 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
Statement from Governor and State SuperintendentPosted: 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:
Whittier First-Grade Students Get A BoostPosted: 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.
Ensign Elementary Safety PatrolPosted: 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.
Nibley Park Green Team StrikesPosted: 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.
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.
Capitol Centennial CelebrationPosted: 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.
Paw-sitive Prints in the CommunityPosted: 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.
It's Okay To Be DifferentPosted: 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.
Uintah's Grow Lab ProgramPosted: 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.
Mr. Winters - the Man in the Big HatPosted: 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.
Student Body Officer's Service ProjectPosted: 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.
Author Shannon Hale Visits BryantPosted: Fri, 11-04-2016 - 10:12 AM
Last month, author and Bryant alumnus, Shannon Hale spoke to students at Bryant Middle School.
March for MicrobesPosted: 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.”
History Makers Visit Nibley ParkPosted: Wed, 11-02-2016 - 09:48 AM
Nibley Park just hosted its third annual History Makers Assembly.
The ChallengePosted: 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...
Mac Barnett Visits Beacon HeightsPosted: Fri, 10-28-2016 - 09:17 AM
Beacon Heights Elementary students learned about the writing process from well known children’s author Mac Barnett.
Mountain View Elementary's AVID ProgramPosted: Wed, 10-26-2016 - 03:51 PM
The implementation of AVID can clearly be seen as you walk the halls of Mountain View.
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.
Highland Park's Student Leadership TeamPosted: 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.
School Highlight: A History of Emerson ElementaryPosted: Wed, 10-19-2016 - 10:54 AM
Did you know that Emerson Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Salt Lake District?
Bonneville Fun RunPosted: Tue, 10-18-2016 - 10:08 AM
Over 500 Bonneville students took to the sidewalks to raise money for school programs and events.
Best-selling Author Visits Dilworth Elementary SchoolPosted: 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.
Emerson Community GardenPosted: Fri, 10-14-2016 - 11:35 AM
Emerson Elementary's community garden is in full bloom with plants and learning.
Best-selling Author Visits Bryant Middle SchoolPosted: 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.
The Incredible Edible Insect ShowPosted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 02:54 PM
Highland Park Elementary kindergarten students have a knack for making bugs... and eating them!
Top Title I School in 2015-16Posted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 09:42 AM
Edison Elementary is beaming with pride, after being named a Top School in the district.
Highland Park Jog-a-thonPosted: Fri, 10-07-2016 - 09:29 AM
Fitness, fun, and fund raising go hand in hand at Highland Park Elementary's Jog-a-thon.
Indian Hills Fun RunPosted: 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.
Hillside Peer Tutor ProgramPosted: Tue, 10-04-2016 - 03:04 PM
Hillside Middle School students have developed some unique friendships through an elective class called “peer tutoring.”
Learning Positive Behavior Through CarnivalsPosted: Tue, 10-04-2016 - 11:30 AM
Ensign Elementary is focusing on positive beahvior, and they are using carnivals to help teach the lessons.
A New Mural at EscalantePosted: Mon, 10-03-2016 - 11:40 AM
A new 60-foot mural at Escalante Elementary paints the picture of school success.
Back to School Traditions: Glendale/Mountain View CarnivalPosted: Fri, 09-30-2016 - 01:30 PM
At the first of each school year, Glendale and Mountain View celebrate with a neighborhood carnival.
A Trip to Silver LakePosted: 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.
Back to School Traditions: Parkview ElementaryPosted: 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.
Back to School Traditions: East High SchoolPosted: Wed, 09-21-2016 - 02:42 PM
The Leopard Prowl at East High welcomed this year's freshmen to the school.
Our Teachers Are Always LearningPosted: 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.
School Highlight: Franklin Fire DrillPosted: 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.
Breakfast with the SuperintendentPosted: 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)
PAEMST AwardsPosted: 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.
State and Regional Child Nutrition AwardsPosted: Wed, 08-03-2016 - 04:42 PM
Three employees from our Child Nutrition Department were recently named the best in the state.
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator FellowPosted: 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.