News Archive 2017-18 School Year

Siena Siporin

Beacon Heights 5th Grade Student Sets Out to Serve

Posted: Wed, 12-13-2017 - 09:09 AM

Siena Siporin, a 5th grade student in Tina Dinh’s class at Beacon Heights Elementary decided to take charge and serve this month. She wanted to make the world a better place.

“Ms. Dinh decided she wanted to do a service project,” Siporin said. “She asked us to come up with ideas. My Mom came up with the idea to donate for the Ronald McDonald House.”

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BioEYES Encouraging Hands-on Science at Escalante

Posted: Wed, 12-13-2017 - 09:04 AM

Last week, 5th grade students at Escalante Elementary were treated to the week-long Project BioEYES: Micro. This program is an outreach opportunity to schools from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Program directors say their goal is for students to have, “a hands-on opportunity to learn about genetics and the life cycle of an animal through direct observation and experimentation.”

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Emerson students

Emerson Service Learning

Posted: Tue, 12-12-2017 - 02:39 PM

Once again, Emerson Elementary proves it commitment to building community. Did you know that many classes at Emerson get together each week with “buddies” to promote service learning and build relationships with older and younger students? Last week, Mrs. Pelton’s fifth graders and Mrs. Blacker’s second graders got together to create a stem project.

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Hazel Inoway-Yim and Anjail Agarwal

Whittier ELP Project Generates $2,000 for Shelter Kids

Posted: Tue, 12-12-2017 - 02:34 PM

Like all students in the Extended Learning Program (ELP) at Whittier, Hazel Inoway-Yim and Anjail Agarwal are given time each week for project learning. Students are asked to consider issues they are passionate about and turn them into a learning opportunities.

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Town Meetings at Wasatch

Posted: Mon, 12-11-2017 - 02:55 PM

Wasatch Elementary has a program that focuses on the arts. The students from several classrooms performed their plays at the town meetings for the fall semester. These performances include dancing, music, drama, and vignettes. 

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Escalante Students Donate to Festival of Trees

Posted: Mon, 12-11-2017 - 02:48 PM

Third grade students at Escalante Elementary participated in the Festival of Trees again this year. For the second year in a row, three 3rd grade classes have spent the past six weeks creating a beautiful “Tree of Wishes.” 

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Derek and his mother

Native American Heritage Month at Highland Park

Posted: Mon, 12-11-2017 - 02:42 PM

November was Native American Heritage month. Derek Honyaoma, a 6th grade Navajo and Hopi Native American student at Highland Park Elementary, wanted to share some of his culture with his peers. So, he arranged to have some friends put on an assembly for our students. 

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Gifted Music School at Mountain View Elementary

Posted: Thu, 12-07-2017 - 11:27 AM

Mountain View Elementary is happy to be partnering with the Gifted Music School to teach students the value of music. Project GRIT aims to reach the most at-risk children. Especially for low-income youth, consistent musical training provides a pathway to success. The program is structured in the following way.

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Northwest Middle School Students Visit the U

Posted: Thu, 12-07-2017 - 11:12 AM

Teachers Angela Elegante, Bree Strong, and Nathan Tanner took 90 students on a field trip to the University of Utah. The students were exposed to a college environment through interactions with college students and by visiting various departments.

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Alan Achenbach working with students

Little Scientists at Work in Beacon Heights’ Biology Club

Posted: Thu, 12-07-2017 - 10:17 AM

Young Beacon Heights students have been discovering how to make science come alive. First through 3rd grade students have been working with parent volunteer Alan Achenbach at a weekly after school Biology Club to learn about science with hands-on activities. Achenbach is a National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellow at the University of Utah with a student in 2nd grade at Beacon Heights.

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Helena, with winning artwork

Bookmark Contest Winners at Wasatch

Posted: Tue, 12-05-2017 - 10:46 AM

The Utah Education Savings Plan invited students throughout the state to create a book mark and enter it in a contest that they sponsor. Wasatch Elementary had two winners this year. This is quite an accomplishment, considering 1,500 students in the state of Utah entered the contest this year.

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Beets and Yoga at Riley Elementary

Posted: Tue, 12-05-2017 - 10:34 AM

Students at Riley Elementary got their garden zen on as they down-dogged and warrior-posed the beet fiber through their bodies. As part of Wasatch Community Garden’s School Garden program, teachers Liz and Madi visited the school to educate students about beets and fiber, and to enjoy a tasty snack. During the lesson, students harvested beets from their garden plots.

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Amy Yee Speaks to Students at Horizonte

Posted: Tue, 12-05-2017 - 10:30 AM

Horizonte students and staff had the pleasure of having Amy Yee as a guest speaker.  Amy Yee is a well-traveled American journalist whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and many other publications.  She also has radio work that has been aired on NPR and Voice of America.

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West High Conducts Food Drive to Support Neighbors

Posted: Thu, 11-30-2017 - 04:02 PM

Once again, West High students, faculty, and staff have stepped up to help their neighbors in need. For several years, the school has made it part of their Spirit Bowl contest to collect as much food as possible leading up to the holiday season. 

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Shakespeare is a Tradition at Dilworth

Posted: Thu, 11-30-2017 - 03:57 PM

Dilworth 5th grade students presented Shakespeare’s HAMLET this month. All 83 students participated and worked to put together amazing performances. Thanks to wonderful parent directors, Elizabeth Lambert and Jeanne Riley-Shope, students practiced mornings before school for 6 weeks. More than fifty parents helped in many different ways to support this production.

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Elizabeth and her family

Award Winning Essay Writer at Ensign

Posted: Thu, 11-30-2017 - 03:43 PM

Ensign Elementary 6th grade student Elizabeth Bennion is the elementary division winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Utah PTA and the Utah National Guard. The contest asked students to write an essay about why they were proud of their parent, or guardian, who is currently serving in the military.  Elizabeth wrote a heartwarming essay about her father, who is in the Air Force. 

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Career Day ay Franklin Elementary

Posted: Tue, 11-28-2017 - 10:31 AM

Franklin Elementary's career day was a fun day for 5th and 6th grade students. Each class was visited by a variety of professionals, who explained about their different careers. An airplane pilot showed the students different types of airplanes and explained how a jet is different from a plane with a propeller.

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Tori Allen speaking to students

Bryant Students Learn to See the Possibilities, not the Roadblocks

Posted: Tue, 11-28-2017 - 10:20 AM

When 10-year-old Tori Allen was shopping with her dad in a sporting goods store, she tried the newly-installed climbing wall. She loved the activity and begged her parents for climbing equipment that Christmas.

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Hillside students during Red Ribbon Week activity

Hillside’s Red Ribbon Week is About Building Connections

Posted: Mon, 11-27-2017 - 10:02 AM

During the last few days of October, Hillside Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Hillside’s PTA organized the Red Ribbon activities. While the focus included the importance of avoiding drugs and alcohol, the PTA wanted students to learn about building resiliency factors that reduce the risk of drugs and alcohol abuse.

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Northwest LIA students

LIA Class at Northwest Middle School

Posted: Mon, 11-27-2017 - 09:55 AM

This year Northwest Middle School has begun offering Latinos in Action (LIA) as an elective class. Led by educator Elena Olivo, 27 Latino students are participating.

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Open Classroom students

Open Classroom Students Discuss Homeless Issues

Posted: Mon, 11-27-2017 - 09:49 AM

Earlier this year, the issue of Salt Lake City's homeless issue was discussed as a current event in class at the Open Classroom. The discussions led to students being more interested in learning about homelessness and how to help those that are homeless.  We reached out to a parent in our community who works at the Inn Between, a homeless hospice service.

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Reflections Winners at Dilworth Elementary

Posted: Tue, 11-21-2017 - 12:24 PM

Reflections was a huge success at Dilworth Elementary this year. Every class was introduced to Reflections using a class problem solving activity to open a treasure chest that contained a great video about this year’s theme. The chest also contained entry forms for the students to take home. We had over 130 students enter! Mrs.

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Teacher teaching about bats

Bat Week at Wasatch

Posted: Tue, 11-21-2017 - 12:16 PM

The kindergarteners at Wasatch spent the week learning about chiroptera (bats, hand wing). Elaine Clark, The Bat Lady, has a Masters in biology and teaches at the youth academy at the University of Utah in the summers. Our little students had a bat fashion show, studied echolocation, learned about what bats eat, how bats fly, and how bat mothers know their babies.

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Ensign students preparing for flag ceremony

Veterans Day at Ensign

Posted: Tue, 11-21-2017 - 12:11 PM

Ensign fifth and sixth grade students honored Veterans with an hour long presentation for both the school and parents. As part of the presentation students sang patriotic songs. They also recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Gettysburg Address. Students conducted a flag ceremony as well as providing information about wars that American soldiers have been a part of. 

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Edison student with donated book

Donors Choose Helps Fill Classrooms With Learning at Edison

Posted: Mon, 11-20-2017 - 09:18 AM

A few lucky teachers had their Donors Choose projects funded the last few months with the help of Chevron, families, community donors, and the “Fill Every Shelf” campaign. We are excited for the supplies received and to see how the supplies will benefit and engage the students at Edison!

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Open Classroom students

Music Ensembles at the Open Classroom

Posted: Mon, 11-20-2017 - 09:12 AM

At the Open Classroom, we have three music ensembles, Acoustic, Rock, and Ukulele. Kids from sixth, seventh, or eighth grade are allowed to participate. Eric, our music teacher, meets with each ensemble every Wednesday for an hour to rehearse. We usually have three music assemblies throughout the school year. Many kids with many different talents are in our ensembles.

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Art and Science Night at Escalante

Posted: Fri, 11-17-2017 - 11:25 AM

Earlier this month, Escalante celebrated art and science with our families and a fantastic crew of community partners who offered a variety of hands on activities that blended concepts from science and art.

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Ron McBride speaking to academic coaches

Ron McBride Foundation Donates $10,000

Posted: Fri, 11-17-2017 - 10:47 AM

This morning, the Ron McBride Foundation donated $10,000 to the Salt Lake Education Foundation. This donation will provide the Salt Lake City School District with much-needed resources to support SLCSD students in becoming healthy learners.

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students dressed in torn shirts with black light paint on their faces

Highland Park Students Find Humor in Halloween

Posted: Fri, 11-17-2017 - 10:35 AM

"What room does a zombie not need in his house? --A living room!"

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The WETside of the WESTside

Posted: Thu, 11-16-2017 - 09:30 AM

Has your fourth grader gone crazy over Utah Environments? The students in Ms. Gina Weaver’s and Ms. Ashlee Ekins’ class have! The kids go to North Star Elementary and live only one kilometer from a genuine, wonderful wetland!  

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Edison family in costume

Halloween is a Community Event at Edison

Posted: Thu, 11-16-2017 - 09:08 AM

For the last seven years, Edison Elementary has put on a community Trunk or Treat in the school’s parking lot. This has event has been attended by thousands of students and their families over the years.

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Hillside students working with U of U athletes

FITT Day in Hillside PE Classes

Posted: Wed, 11-15-2017 - 03:00 PM

Hillside Middle School students and physical education teachers are excited to welcome a new program to our school. On the first Wednesday of every month student athletes from the University of Utah join the classes to be role models for students while they learn about the principals of Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type (FITT) in regards to physical activity.

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Eagle Running Club from Mountain View

Posted: Wed, 11-15-2017 - 10:48 AM

At Mountain View there are a lot of exciting things going on right now. One of those is the Eagles Running Club. The Eagles Running Club started on October 24 at Mountain View Elementary. The club consists of over 70 students, siblings, parents, and teachers, all coming together to run, build community, and have fun.

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Color Us Happy at Highland Park

Posted: Wed, 11-15-2017 - 10:37 AM

As part of the Highland Park PTA annual fundraiser a few lucky students were rewarded with participation in a Color Run with Mrs. Cluff, the school Principal. The chosen students were top earners in their classrooms for the PTA Jog-a-thon fundraiser. 

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the principal dressed as a Dragon

Halloween at Dilworth is "SPOOKTACULAR"

Posted: Thu, 11-09-2017 - 01:24 PM

Halloween at Dilworth Elementary is always "SPOOKTACULAR"! This year the halls of Dilworth were filled with amazing art, parents, grandparents and community members; as well as sounds of excitement and amazing costumes. Where else can you find Cosmo and Swoop walking together and getting nothing but cheers?

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Escalante Elementary Loves Donors Choose

Posted: Thu, 11-09-2017 - 01:14 PM

If you haven’t already heard of it, Donors Choose is a national giving program started by a teacher from New York. Recognizing that all schools should have equally good resources, this teacher created a web site that allows other teachers to post projects that they need funded.

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principal and asst. principal dressed for Halloween

Halloween at Mountain View

Posted: Wed, 11-08-2017 - 11:42 AM

Policemen, princesses, ninjas, dinosaurs, bees and keepers and more were the faces of the Halloween Parade at Mountain View Elementary. Smiling parents and proud grandparents filled the gym and the halls to see their little ones go by. What a great opportunity to get people into the school to see that there kids are valued and loved by all.  

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teachers dressed for Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos at West High

Posted: Wed, 11-08-2017 - 11:04 AM

It started small a year ago and today has grown to over 600 West High students learning and participating in the Day of the Dead. An idea of four teachers who work with English Language Learners (ELL) as well as teaching Spanish, the project took over a large portion of the fourth floor today.

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Escalante students dancing

Hip Hop at Escalante

Posted: Tue, 11-07-2017 - 10:28 AM

Escalante Elementary is in the middle of a dance and music residency with Joshua Perkins and his staff from Bboy Federation. The BBoy Federation is a Salt Lake based non-profit for hip hop arts.

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student art work on display

Music and Art Fill the Air at Dilworth

Posted: Tue, 11-07-2017 - 10:16 AM

Music and art filled the air at Dilworth Elementary this past month. First and fourth grades both performed for the school and the community. Under the direction of Mrs. Sharon Jorgensen and with support of our school PTA, the music and arts programs at Dilworth energize our students and enhance their learning.

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Clayton dance students with Voltaire Wade-Greene

Hamilton Visits Clayton Middle School

Posted: Mon, 11-06-2017 - 04:43 PM

In October, Clayton Middle School Advanced Dance students had the amazing opportunity to participate in a dance workshop led by Voltaire Wade-Greene, from the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. 

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Community Conversations at Northwest Middle School

Posted: Thu, 11-02-2017 - 11:12 AM

Principal Marissa Zuchetto and Vice Principals Erik Jacobson and Allison Martin have implemented Community Conversations at Northwest Middle School. The purpose of these gatherings is to offer Northwest families a place to share their ideas as well as concerns about their students’ educational experience. The meetings do not have an agenda. Dr.

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An Author and an Ilustrator Visit Uintah Elementary

Posted: Thu, 11-02-2017 - 09:57 AM

As part of Uintah’s fall book fair, our librarian Marianne Jones, invited Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner to come do a book signing. They came for several hours one of the afternoons of the book fair where all of the students and their parents were invited to come talk to them and have their books signed. They are a husband and wife team, she writes, and he illustrates.

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student throws a pie in the principal's face

Teacher Dares Assembly at Parkview

Posted: Wed, 11-01-2017 - 01:21 PM

Parkview Elementary had a fun assembly to celebrate a fundraiser we’ve been working on for the past month. In an effort to encourage students to work hard during the fundraiser for our school, we decided to attach some incentives to earning money. For each benchmark we met, teachers volunteered to do something fun and crazy.

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Franklin Students Make Good Mummies

Posted: Wed, 11-01-2017 - 09:00 AM

Help! We are being mummified!

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Emerson Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Posted: Wed, 11-01-2017 - 08:54 AM

Emerson Elementary is ready for its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration. This tradition started at Emerson in 2010. A group of parent volunteers came together to come up with ways to build a stronger community between our Spanish-speaking and English-speaking families, and to increase the cultural component of their children’s education.

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First to First award poster

Hillside’s “First to First”: Attendance Matters

Posted: Mon, 10-30-2017 - 10:23 AM

Hillside Middle School noticed a fairly large increase in absenteeism during the past school year (2016-2017). To encourage students in attending class and arriving on time, particularly 1st period, the school implemented a few new incentive programs.

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students on a ropes course

A Day of Team Building for Innovations' Student Senate

Posted: Thu, 10-26-2017 - 11:47 AM

Innovations’ student senate recently went on a team-building experience at military base Camp Williams. While there, students worked in teams to overcome challenges in an obstacle course, and at the end the students had the opportunity to go rappelling.

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Indian Hills Students Learn the History of Books

Posted: Thu, 10-26-2017 - 11:22 AM

The second-grade classes at Indian Hills Elementary were recently visited by The Book Arts Treasure Chest. During this educational presentation, students were taken on a history of books throughout human civilization.

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Newman’s Super Families Show Their Super Reading Powers

Posted: Wed, 10-25-2017 - 02:29 PM

Newman Elementary School's families came together with teachers, staff, administration and the community in a grand showcase of their super reading and writing powers for a Literacy Night! Kids and parents alike were delighted at all the fun and engaging literacy activities.

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At Bryant Middle School We “Got Art”

Posted: Mon, 10-23-2017 - 03:52 PM

“It makes me feel energized and focused.”

“It’s the best part of my day.”

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Northwest students participate in STEM activity

Northwest MESA Students Participate in STEM Fest

Posted: Mon, 10-23-2017 - 03:46 PM

On Wednesday, October 4, educator Jill Littlefield and Counselor Tra’Cee Brothers, along with twenty-five Northwest Middle School MESA students, attended STEM Fest at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The annual STEM Fest draws more than 4,000 students from around the state of Utah.

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Mimi Craven

A Rising Culinary Artist at Beacon Heights

Posted: Wed, 10-18-2017 - 12:00 PM

Beacon Heights fifth-grade student Mimi Craven was recently featured on KSL Studio 5 for her culinary abilities. On KSL, Mimi showed how she shares her talent with neighbors, teachers, and those around her who need a meal.

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Hillside Students Create a Hailstorm to Learn about Newton's Laws of Motion

Posted: Mon, 10-16-2017 - 04:03 PM

Hillside Middle School's science department has begun a new Utah science curriculum called SEED (Science with Engineering Education Standards). It is in full swing and 7th graders had an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience physics in action. Ms.

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Horizonte Students Help Their Community

Posted: Mon, 10-16-2017 - 09:30 AM

Students at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center participated in their first official community service project for the 2017-2018 school year.  In partnership with Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands, fifteen Horizonte students volunteered to remove invasive weeds from Modesto Park on the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

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Budding Scientists at Northwest Dissect Cow Eyeballs

Posted: Mon, 10-16-2017 - 09:22 AM

Annually, Donna Rae Eldridge from the University of Utah’s Health Science Department Outreach Program, brings an ice chest full of cow eyeballs ready for squealing students to dissect.

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Escalante Elementary Students Explore the Grateful Tomato Garden

Posted: Fri, 10-13-2017 - 11:24 AM

Two first-grade classes from Escalante Elementary recently took an exciting trip to the Grateful Tomato Garden, one of Wasatch Community Garden’s thriving green spots.

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Edison Elementary's Fantastic Family and School Collaborator

Posted: Thu, 10-12-2017 - 10:50 AM

Edison has been lucky to have Claudio Torres with us for the last nine and a half years. After starting at Edison with the Colors of Success program, Claudio has moved into a new role at our school. For the last two years, Claudio has been our Family and School Collaboration Coordinator.

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Uintah Elementary Students Explore the Great Salt Lake

Posted: Thu, 10-12-2017 - 10:37 AM

Fourth-grade students at Uintah Elementary recently worked with The Nature Conservancy to investigate the Great Salt Lake wetland habitat. The field trip started with a trip to the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, which is a boardwalk that runs through the marsh surrounding the Great Salt Lake. That was followed by a visit to the USU Botanical Center. 

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students participating in the Fun Run

Indian Hills Fun Run

Posted: Wed, 10-11-2017 - 10:48 AM

One of the most memorable events at Indian Hills each year is The Fun Run. It is an annual fund raiser. At least, that is how the adults think of it, but for the children it is practically a major holiday. Excitement builds in the weeks prior to the run as students collect sponsorships and focus on health and exercise.

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Posted: Wed, 10-11-2017 - 10:42 AM

Eureka! Eureka is a Greek word that means “I found it”. As many of you know, this is the name of our new math program. We are so enthusiastic about Eureka Math at Parkview. This program is pushing our students and teachers in many ways to struggle and work through problems until we find solutions.

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students pointing our words on poster wall

A Picture is Worth a Thousand (Science Vocabulary) Words

Posted: Mon, 10-09-2017 - 10:52 AM

Sixth-grade students at North Star Elementary are never going to forget learning ecosystem vocabulary through interactive science word walls.

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Science is Fun at Nibley Park

Posted: Mon, 10-09-2017 - 10:33 AM

Science lessons are fun in fifth grade. Students from Ms. Deaver’s and Ms. Coon’s classroom went outside for science to watch a physical change in matter.

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Breakout at Franklin Elementary

Posted: Mon, 10-09-2017 - 10:09 AM

IT’S A BREAKOUT at the Franklin Elementary library! The fifth-grade students tried their hand at solving puzzles, as they attempted breaking open the treasure box.

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Pathways to Professions

Posted: Wed, 10-04-2017 - 09:05 AM

Pathways to Professions is a career and technical education showcase for students. It will be held October 25 & 26 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.

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Raising Expectations at Horizonte

Posted: Tue, 10-03-2017 - 02:42 PM

With a few weeks behind us, the school year has gotten off to a great start at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center.  We have implemented many new programs and concepts into our new year that we prepared for in the days before the new school year.

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Bees and Trees at Indian Hills Elementary

Posted: Mon, 10-02-2017 - 04:08 PM

The fifth-grade and second-grade students at Indian Hills Elementary were focused on our environment this week. The second graders received a visit from Carrie Cottonwood, while the fifth graders were encouraging the local bee population to use our school as a stopover during their flight.

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Emerson Elementary

Emerson Elementary Community Comes Together

Posted: Mon, 10-02-2017 - 04:02 PM

Emerson teachers, PTA parents, and School Community Council members came together last Wednesday September 20 for a combined meeting at Rico’s warehouse to discuss current issues related to Emerson. Everyone came together to enjoy a tamale dinner provided my Rico’s before they sat in on round table discussions relevant to parents in the Emerson community.

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Students playing on the new playground

Hillside Celebrates Its New Inclusive Playground

Posted: Fri, 09-29-2017 - 11:27 AM

In early September, Hillside Middle School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new inclusive playground. Many guests attended. Students with special needs celebrated by demonstrating how much they already bonded with the new playground.

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Sutton Streim and Mitchem Stone

Heroes Come in All Sizes

Posted: Thu, 09-28-2017 - 10:19 AM

Two Highland Park students decided that they needed to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. However they were not old enough to travel to Houston and help out. So, Sutton Streim, second grade, and Mitchem Stone, third grade, set up a neighborhood lemonade and treat stand and in two hours raised $420. A matching donor came in and gave them an additional $420. 

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Ensign students at Red Butte Gardens

Red Butte Gardens Field Trip

Posted: Thu, 09-28-2017 - 09:41 AM

Last week, second-grade students at Ensign Elementary had the opportunity to visit Red Butte Gardens for some hands-on learning. In small groups they visited different learning stations to discover more about plant life cycles. 

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students acting as elephant ears

Learning Through Performance Art at Mountain View

Posted: Thu, 09-21-2017 - 10:24 AM

It’s down to the end. “Elephant” she yells. I become the ear of my group. “Island”, I run to the other side to become a dancer. “Alien”, I run back to the other side to become the side of the space ship. Back and forth until I stumble and am not able to make the formation in time. Penelope Caywood, our instructor, works on listening and acting skills with us.

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Newman students dancing

Newman Students Dance to the Beat of the Navy Band

Posted: Tue, 09-19-2017 - 11:36 AM

Newman Elementary students had an opportunity to enjoy the music of the Navy Band last Wednesday. The Navy Band was scheduled for students at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE) . However, since Newman and SLCSE share a back field , SLCSE students invited Newman students to listen to the band as well.

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clayton students painting bus

Family to Family: Making a Collective Change at Clayton Middle School

Posted: Tue, 09-19-2017 - 09:22 AM

We all know that one smile, wave, or small gesture of kindness can change someone’s day. But on a bigger scale, do we ever talk about how one or more friendly faces can change a student’s entire year? Being a volunteer family or student for our brave refugee students as part of the first year of the Family to Family program at Clayton Middle School definitely changed my year.

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Ensign students playing with a hover disc

How Do You Start The School Year? By Asking Questions

Posted: Mon, 09-18-2017 - 02:36 PM

Discovery Gateway visited Ensign Elementary's kindergarten classes this September and introduced us to hands-on experiences in energy. We learned that pushing and pulling is force. What happened to the energy from our bodies as we pushed? Even though we can’t see force, we can see the effect of force. Our objects moved in the direction of our force when we pushed or pulled.

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Author Alexandra Bracken

A Two-Author Assembly at Bryant

Posted: Fri, 09-15-2017 - 10:21 AM

Wednesday, September 13, was a great day to be a Bryant Middle School Bobcat! Students and staff were treated to a special presentation by not one, but two, bestselling authors, Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone. The pair are on tour to promote their newest books.

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Lunch on the Lawn at Bonneville Elementary

Posted: Thu, 09-14-2017 - 01:09 PM

On September 7, Bonneville students and families came together for their annual “Lunch on the Lawn.” Families are invited to the school during their students’ normal lunch times to share lunch on the soccer field. Students whose families were unable to attend were warmly invited to sit with their friends.

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students viewing the eclipse

Eclipse Makes for Memorable First Day at Unitah Elementary

Posted: Thu, 09-14-2017 - 01:03 PM

The first day of school started out with the usual meeting of students and parents, welcoming students to their new classroom and grade, and letting everyone get to know each other. From there we went straight into science.

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The Art Truck at Indian Hills Elementary

Posted: Wed, 09-13-2017 - 10:32 AM

The students at Indian Hills Elementary received a visit in September from The Art Truck. The Art Truck is the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s traveling classroom showcase. Students were introduced to the work of Maria Molteni. Her art teaches students about the importance of community by sharing with them the life of bees.

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District Employee Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Posted: Mon, 09-11-2017 - 09:50 AM

Congratulations to Brenda Bates, a Special Education Coach, for winning the Randy Schelble Award! The Randy Schelble Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in special education and mathematics.

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teacher with egg on his head

Eggs and Math Ratios at Meadowlark Elementary

Posted: Fri, 09-08-2017 - 11:37 AM

Equipped with clipboards, pencils, and a carton of eggs, Meadowlark fifth and sixth graders braced themselves for their first math lesson of the year! Sixth-grade teachers Mr. Burkley, Mr. Arthur, and Mr. Shultz prepared themselves by donning trash bags and then brought the students together to teach an action packed lesson on ratios.

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Donations from Across the Country Boost East High School

Posted: Wed, 09-06-2017 - 12:53 PM

After a severe summer rainstorm flooded the basement and basketball court at East High School, the story was published across the nation and attracted the attention of many East High School and High School Musical fans. People have been very generous in their donations to the school, especially to the school's food pantry and services for needy students.

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Mind Full or Mindful at Emerson Elementary

Posted: Tue, 09-05-2017 - 10:37 AM

Students, faculty, and staff are starting the year out with mindfulness! Did you know that collectively Emerson’s current teachers have taught 528 years? That’s a lot of knowledge and experience in one building! As part of this year’s school improvement plan, Emerson Eagles are being mindful.

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Parkview Elementary School

Parkview is an AVID School

Posted: Thu, 08-31-2017 - 02:56 PM

There is a great energy at Parkview Elementary this year. This is our second year participating in the Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. This program is “dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing students for high school, college and a career."

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Hillside Teacher Named PAEMST Finalist

Posted: Tue, 08-29-2017 - 12:20 PM

Rachel Rolf, a math teacher at Hillside Middle School, has been selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2017 in the area of secondary mathematics for the state of Utah!

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Eclipse Adds to Eventful First Week of School at Parkview Elementary

Posted: Tue, 08-29-2017 - 10:41 AM

Welcome back to school from Parkview Elementary! We are so excited to be back at Parkview with our students to start off the 2017-18 school year. We’ve had an eventful first week of school, starting with the first day. As you know, there was a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun.

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Innovations Students Work Towards Graduation During the Summer

Posted: Tue, 08-29-2017 - 10:30 AM

On the first day of school, students at Innovations Early College High School were recognized for completing over 100 credits during the summer. 175 students earned a cumulative total of 101.5 credits. Fifty-five of these students are new freshmen. The new freshmen chose to work during the summer to get a jumpstart on their high school credits.

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A Wonderful Surprise at Wasatch

Posted: Thu, 08-24-2017 - 09:44 AM

The second day of school started as usual, with our first assembly of the school year in the auditorium. Our principal, Ms. Candler, welcomed all of our new students and introduced our new faculty and staff. The students also performed our school dance together, which is always a treat.

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Breakfast with the Superintendent

Posted: Thu, 08-24-2017 - 08:33 AM

You’re invited to breakfast with the Superintendent, Dr. Cunningham. Enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a sweet treat as you mingle with the superintendent, school leadership and other parents. The monthly breakfasts will run from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. You are welcome to attend any breakfast, regardless of your school affiliation.

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The Eclipse Adds to Back to School Excitement at Highland Park

Posted: Wed, 08-23-2017 - 12:00 PM

The excitement of the first day of school on was increased due to the fact that Salt Lake City was going to have a natural phenomenon occur during recess – the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.

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Dilworth Elementary

Dilworth Welcomes Newest Dragons: Principal Chatterton and Several New Teachers

Posted: Tue, 08-22-2017 - 10:38 AM

This year, we welcome Jeremy Chatterton as our new Dilworth Elementary principal. This is Mr. Chatterton’s first appointment as an elementary principal; he has worked at West High and Highland High as an assistant principal.

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Newman Elementary Brings the Barbecue to Back to School Night

Posted: Tue, 08-22-2017 - 10:28 AM

Last Thursday, parents and students assembled in the auditorium for a back to school meeting. Shortly afterwards, the halls were busy as students excitedly went to their new classrooms to meet their teachers for the first time.

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School Growth Awards

Posted: Thu, 08-17-2017 - 12:02 PM

Congratulations to our School Growth Award winners - Parkview Elementary, Ensign Elementary, and Clayton Middle School!

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Eclipse Information

Posted: Tue, 08-15-2017 - 05:04 PM

August 21, 2017, is a big day for Salt Lake City students. It is the first day of school, and it is the day the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. While Salt Lake City will not experience totality, the city will see 91% coverage.

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UPDATE: Repairs at Emerson Elementary, Highland High School, and East High School

Posted: Tue, 08-08-2017 - 08:15 PM

In the early morning hours on July 26, a record-setting storm made its way across Salt Lake City. More than two inches of rain fell in less than an hour, causing damage at three of our schools: Emerson Elementary, Highland High School, and East High School.

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District Teachers of the Year

Posted: Tue, 08-08-2017 - 04:05 PM

Salt Lake City School District is pleased to announce its District Teachers of the Year. Three teachers were selected for three different awards: District Teacher of the Year, Special Education Teacher of the Year, and Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Nominations were accepted from parents, students, staff members, and fellow teachers.

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A Green Solution to an Overgrown Problem

Posted: Tue, 08-01-2017 - 01:55 PM

A group of 50 goats is tackling a problem at Washington Elementary School in a more natural manner. Salt Lake City School District has leased the goats to handle the weeds and brush on the steep hillside behind the school. The small herd from 4 Leaf Ranch is an environmentally friendly alternative for eliminating cheat grass and other plants that have overtaken the hillside.

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William Clingenpeel

A Year-long Focus on Science

Posted: Tue, 07-25-2017 - 11:02 AM

The faculty and students at Hawthorne have had a year-long focus on science.  Teachers have worked together to collaborate on teaching the Disciplinary Core ideas that thread through the science standards from grades K-6.  Students have applied the Science and Engineering Practices in their daily work and have learned to identify Cross-Cutting concepts such as “cause and effect” in the applicat

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Salt Lake City Schools Awarded Over $300,000 for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Posted: Thu, 07-13-2017 - 01:45 PM

During the coming school year, students at many Salt Lake City School District elementary schools will benefit from a federal grant designed to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption among students.

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Hawthorne: A Running and Walking School

Posted: Thu, 07-06-2017 - 12:15 PM

Hawthorne has a long-term commitment to physical activity for all students.  During the year, students keep track of the miles they walk to school and during recess.  They fill out mileage cards and compete for mileage challenges from the P.E. teacher.  The classroom teachers walk students on field trips whenever the destination is nearby, such Tracy Aviary. 

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End of Year Fun at Bonneville

Posted: Thu, 07-06-2017 - 12:12 PM

To celebrate the end of the year, Bonneville students joined together in both Field Day and Yearbook Day. On field day, students rotated through a variety of fun, outdoor activities led by their teachers. There were parachute games, relay games, and popsicles. Students loved spending time with their friends and their teachers outdoors. 

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After School Registration

Posted: Wed, 07-05-2017 - 08:16 AM

Registration for our after school programs will begin soon, and it will be an online process this year.

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