News Archive 2017-18 School Year

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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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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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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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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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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Salt Lake City School District Apple

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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