Friday, 04 November 2016 00:00

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this interactive site from the BBC.

Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

Stuff in Space

A real-time 3d diagram of all the stuff in space around our planet. Click different objects to see the current positions of satellites, debris, etc., which shuttle launch they came from, their orbital velocities, and other interesting facts.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

U.S. Presidential Audio Recordings

The Voices of American Presidents have been captured by audio pioneers since the early days of sound recording. The invention of Edison's phonograph ushered in a new era of "recorded" history, beginning with President Benjamin Harrison in the late nineteenth century to the present day administration. The MSU Vincent Voice Library is working to preserve over 100 years of historical spoken word recordings like those of the U.S. Presidents, and is pleased to share these sound samples from its collection.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:34

Mission & Vision

Our Mission:

Weber School District is committed to provide educational experiences which motivate each student to become a lifelong learner, attain academic and personal potential, and enter the work force with the necessary skills. 

Our Vision: 

We envision a child-centered school district where each student is given multiple opportunities to achieve his/her academic, social, emotional, and physical potential in a safe, nurturing environment; where caring employees are committed to excellence based on best practices in instruction; and where educators, parents and community members are full partners in the education of children. 

 

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:14

Strategic Plan

We Believe that:

  • each child can learn.
  • each child is important and unique.
  • there is a direct relationship between expectations and achievement.
  • everyone has the right to feel physically and emotionally safe at school.
  • integrity and trust are essential to positive interaction.
  • communication is essential for understanding; understanding is essential for communication.
  • diversity strengthens the individual, the school, and the community.
  • the family should be the primary influence on individual and social well-being.
  • a well-trained, professional teacher is the most important resource in a child-centered classroom environment.
  • the support staff is an integral and essential component of the school system.
  • education is a shared responsibility of the student, parents, educators, and the community.
  • people support, value, and respect what they help to create.
  • planning, both long and short term, is essential to maximize available resources.

Our Goals for the Future:

1. To provide all students with a relevant and comprehensive instructional program.

  • We will have a continuous process aimed at organizing best educational practices to meet individual student learning needs.
  • We will continue to improve the design and delivery of instruction.
  • We will provide programs to develop and evaluate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, mathematics, and the use of technology.
  • We will have students apply knowledge and processes acquired through the study of the arts, sciences, social studies, and applied technology.
  • We will develop an individual education for every student.
  • We will implement a comprehensive guidance program to prepare students to compete in a global economy.

2.  To ensure that all students master specified competencies prior to graduation.

  • We will involve staff and communities in identifying standards to be mastered.
  • We will match graduation standards with the student's individual education plan.
  • We will report student progress toward meeting the individual goals.
  • We will provide multiple opportunities for student success.
  • We will train teachers to use a variety of proven assessment methods.
  • We will teach students the basic building blocks for competency mastery.

3.  To meet the individual needs of all students.

  • We will provide a wide range of programs to meet the needs of students on all levels of development.
  • We will prepare students to work successfully and cooperatively with others and appreciate diversity.
  • We will establish programs which support ethical and caring attitudes.
  • We will train administrators and teachers to update their skills for a changing population.
  • We will use existing community programs to avoid duplication of services and to maximize resources.

4.  To utilize technology to support teaching and learning.

  • We will provide hardware and software to support best teaching methods and learning environments.
  • We will have a student management system that supports the individual educational plan.
  • We will provide technology training for students and staff.
  • We will have a maintenance and replacement plan for all technology in the district.

5.  To provide a safe, orderly, and positive environment conducive to teaching and learning.

  • We will involve staff and community to implement a comprehensive "Safe School" policy and procedures.
  • We will use successful practices to reduce "at risk" student behaviors.
  • We will increase school, community, and parent collaborations to promote safe school and community environments.
  • We will identify, develop, and support facility renovations to assure a safe, secure school environment.

6.  To attract and maintain a diverse staff of competent, dedicated, caring professionals.

  • We will recruit quality staff.
  • We will expect staff to look and act professionally.
  • We will expect staff to follow district policies and procedures.
  • We will recognize staff for outstanding performance.
  • We will provide and communicate training opportunities to all employees.
  • We will provide support services for staff so that they can become more proficient in using technology for effective teaching.

7.  To promote involvement of all segments of the community as partners in the education of children.

  • We will provide training for parental involvement in education.
  • We will encourage businesses to support employees' involvement in their children's education.
  • We will support the PTA and its mission.
  • We will support and train community councils at each school.
  • We will support and provide parameters for site-based decision making.
  • We will include diverse community representation on committees, task forces, and advisory boards.
  • We will seek business partners for each school and support existing partnerships.
  • We will encourage senior citizens to be involved in the schools.
  • We will use volunteer resources to support education.

8.  To communicate effectively.

  • We will demonstrate respect and cooperation within a community of individual and cultural differences.
  • We will establish programs that facilitate two-way communication.
  • We will involve community members in the schools and district employees in the community.
  • We will train staff to improve their public relations role.
  • We will use technology to improve communication.
  • We will maintain positive, proactive relationships with the media.
  • We will promote the school district, its mission and goals, and the successes of its staff and students.
  • We will produce high-quality and effective printed materials.

9.  To responsibly address financial needs of the school system and maximize utilization of resources.

  • We will develop alternative revenue sources.
  • We will develop budgets that show the expenditures needed to accomplish the strategic plan.
  • We will resolve funding shortages through a prioritization process based on district goals.
  • We will define the roles of the district office and school administration and accomplish tasks at the most efficient level.
  • We will develop effective and understandable budget reports.
  • We will report financial information that relates to achieveing district goals.
  • We will establish a financial management system that reflects the strategic goals of the district.

10.  To continue strategic planning to achieve district goals.

  • We will base all decisions on what is best for children and consistent with district goals.
  • We will establish policies and procedures that support district goals.
  • We will provide training for employees on district goals.
  • We will review the strategic plan annually.
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 09:51

Leadership and Management

Bonds

June 26, 2012 - $65 million

New Schools:

  • Wahlquist Junior High School (Replacement)
  • North Park Elementary (Replacement)
  • West Weber Elementary (Replacement)
  • Club Heights/Marlon Hills (Replacement)

Additions/Renovations:

  • Rocky Mountain Junior High School Addition
  • North Ogden Junior High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria
  • Weber Innovation Center  

June 27, 2006 - $65 Million

New Schools:

  • Plain City Elementary (Replacement)
  • North Ogden Elementary (Replacement)
  • Valley Elementary (Replacement)
  • South Ogden Junior High School (Replacement)

Additions/Renovations:

  • Hooper Elementary Addition
  • Farr West Elementary Addition
  • Hooper Elementary Addition
  • Roy High Commons/Additional Classrooms
  • Country View Elementary Addition
  • Valley Bus Garage
  • Green Acres Elementary Addition
  • Kanesville Elementary Addition
  • Bonneville High Remodel
  • Midland Elementary Remodel

May 2, 2000 - $40 million

New Schools:

  • Freedom Elementary
  • West Haven Elementary
  • Orion Jr. High

Additions/Renovations:

  • Bates Elementary
  • Majestic Elementary

NOTE:

All three bonds (2000, 2006 & 2012) were passed without an increase in tax rates!

The general obligation bonded debt of the district is limited by state law to 4% of the fair market value of the total taxable property in the district.  The legal debt limit at June 30, 2013, is $466,192,885.  General obligation debt at June 30, 2013 is $102,630,000 resulting in a legal debt margin of $363,562,885. Weber School District is currently at 22% of total bonding capacity.


Tax Rates

FY 14 Overall Rate Rank

  1. Tooele       0.009593
  2. Nebo         0.009536
  3. Ogden       0.008754
  4. Davis        0.008710
  5. Alpine       0.008672
  6. Box Elder  0.008614
  7. Logan       0.008108

Average            0.007848

  1. Jordan       0.007132
  2. Provo        0.007094
  3. Canyons    0.007016
  4. Murray       0.007003
  5. Granite      0.006994
  6. Cache        0.006926
  7. Weber      0.006920
  8. Salt Lake    0.006651

Energy Management

Energy Consumed Throughout Weber School District in 2003
(Note: This is the year we adopted an aggressive Energy Management Program)

  • Natural Gas – 1,795,070 Therms
  • Electricity – 27,023,410 Kilowatt Hours

Energy Consumed Throughout Weber School District in 2013
(Year 10 in our Energy Management Program)

  • Natural Gas – 1,530,800 Therms (264,270 fewer than 2003)
  • Electricity – 23,519,400 Kilowatt Hours (3,504,010 fewer than 2003)

Important Note:

Since 2003, Weber School District has added more than 650,000 square feet of new building space (equivalent to 2 high schools) in order to accommodate student enrollment growth, which has increased from 28,134 in 2000 to 31,028 in 2014 – an increase of 2,894 students!

TOTAL COST AVOIDANCE = $19,486,891.00 over the past 10 years.


Administrative FTE Ratio

2012 Enrollment Data

Among the 7 most populous school districts in the state of Utah, WEBER DISTRICT RANKS FIRST in terms of student/administrator efficiency with a ratio of 344 students per 1 administrator. The next three districts have a ratio of 289 students to 1 administrator.

Weber School District

  • Student Population – 30,347
  • Administrators – 88
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 344:1

School District B

  • Student Population – 66,044
  • Administrators – 229
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 289:1

School District C

  • Student Population – 66,019
  • Administrators – 228
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 289:1

School District D

  • Student Population – 68,573
  • Administrators – 237
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 289:1

School District E

  • Student Population – 23,960
  • Administrators – 86
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 278:1

School District F

  • Student Population – 33,469
  • Administrators – 138
  • Administrator:Student Ratio – 242:1

School District G

  • Student Population – 29,136
  • Administrators – 126 Administrator:
  • Student Ratio – 231:1

NOTE:
These data were furnished by James Behunin, a legislative auditor, while conducting an assessment of administrative FTE ratio in local school districts. These were the only districts for which Mr. Behunin provided data.

Monday, 03 October 2016 15:05

Board Members

Weber School District is under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens, Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen, and Assistant Superintendent Art Hansen with appointed board members. The Weber District Board of Education and Superintendents welcome your comments.

jeffstephensDr. Jeff Stephens

Superintendent
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Dr. Jeff Stephens began his career in Weber School District in 1984 as an English and Reading teacher at Wahlquist Jr. High School. In 1994 he was appointed as an administrative intern and served in that capacity for one year at Roy High School. Dr. Stephens was named assistant principal at South Ogden Jr. High in 1995 and was appointed as principal at South Jr. in 1998. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was named as Curriculum and Instruction Director for Weber School District. In 2004, the Weber School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Stephens to the position of Assistant Superintendent where his responsibilities included involvement with curriculum and instruction programs, CTE and the Foundation. In April 2011 Jeff Stephens was named as Superintendent of Weber School District. Dr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from Weber State University; his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement in 1993 and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University in 1994. He has also received an Advanced Reading Endorsement from the Utah State Office of Education. Dr. Stephens has provided leadership in local, state, and national professional organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions, honors and awards for his leadership and abilities. Weber School District is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Stephens at the helm of the District.


jonritchie2Jon Ritchie

President
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Jon Ritchie represents patrons in Weber School District Precinct #7, which includes a portion of Roy City and a small portion of unincorporated Weber County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2003 during which time he was Board Vice President from 2009-2017 and was appointed as Board President in October of 2017. During his tenure he has served on a variety of committees, including the Audit Committee and the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Ritchie attended Weber schools and graduated from Roy High School. He attended Weber University in the Emergency Medical Services field and received his EMT certification in 1981. He began his career with Roy City Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT and was later promoted to Captain, Deputy Chief and was named Roy City Fire Chief in 2000. He has served in leadership capacities on county and state fire association boards. He generously volunteers his time in his community, church and with community councils in area schools. He is married to the former Jane Woodall and they have four daughters. Mr. Ritchie brings to the Board outstanding leadership skills, is diligent in fulfilling his responsibilities, and has a keen sense of community involvement.


deanoborn2Dean Oborn

Vice President
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Dean Oborn resides in Pleasant View, Utah and represents Weber School District Precinct #1 which includes all of Pleasant View, a portion of Plain City, Farr West, Harrisville and North Ogden. He has been a member of the Board of Education since 2007 and is currently serving as a member of the district Travel Committee. He also represents Weber School District on the Utah High Schools Activities Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly. Mr. Oborn graduated from Ogden High School in 1961 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology/Botany from Weber State College in 1967. He was a Biology teacher at Roy High and Weber High for 17 years. In 1976 he received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and soon after received his Administrative/Supervisory certification. Mr. Oborn was appointed as Principal of Roy Jr. High School from 1992-1997 and was named Principal of Weber High School in 1997. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2000, totaling 31 years of service in Weber District. Mr. Oborn has been the recipient of many educational awards including: Utah Biology Teacher of the Year, The Good School Management Award from Weber School District and the Golden Apple Award from Utah PTA. He is married to the former Edith Thomas and they have three children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Oborn brings to the Board a vast wisdom in educational policies and procedures and has first-hand experience in school leadership skills.


DouglasHurstDouglas Hurst

Board Member
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Douglas Hurst of Washington Terrace, Utah represents Weber School District Precinct #5 which includes Riverdale and a portion of Washington Terrace. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2008. He currently serves on the district Audit Committee which oversees district financial matters and the Capital Improvement Committee which advises in the purchase, sale or maintenance of district property as well as other improvements in district facilities. Mr. Hurst attended Ogden City Schools graduating from Ogden High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Banking & Finance from Weber State University in 1972. He has had a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed contractor for residential construction. He is married to the former Kathleen Flannery and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hurst brings to the Board a valuable expertise and knowledge in all financial areas.


janischristensenJanis Christensen

Board Member
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Elected in 2014, Janis Christensen is a long-time resident of North Ogden, serving Weber School District, Precinct 6, which includes an eastern portion of North Ogden and all of Ogden Valley. She represents Weber School District on the Ogden Valley Park and Recreation Committee and the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors. Educated in parochial schools in the Midwest, Mrs. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with minors in Education and Communications, from the University of Minnesota. As a former educator, she was a Title I instructor and focused on the areas of her training, pursuing additional studies in English as a Second Language. Her teaching career included opportunities in Minnesota, Michigan, California and Utah public schools. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Allen have 5 sons and a daughter--all graduates of Weber School District schools. They are grandparents of 23 children, all of whom will attend Utah schools and 8 of whom will be Weber District students. During the 20 years her children were in school, she worked diligently and effectively as a member and officer of her local PTA. She is a strong advocate for families, having served with the conservative organization, United Families International, as a lobbyist for family values at the United Nations in New York City and its sister facility in Geneva, Switzerland. Doing so, she has become keenly aware of the importance of the involvement of families in the administrative process if we are to achieve the best possible education for all Weber District students. As a volunteer staff member for the past 10 years at the Utah State Senate, she highly encourages citizens who want the best for Utah’s children to be aware and involved in the legislative process as it relates to Education in Utah. Due to her professional background, her lobbyist and legislative experiences, and her role as a motivated mother and grandmother, Janis Christensen brings a unique and valuable perspective and strength to the Weber School Board.


blank portraitPaul Widdison

Board Member
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Paul Widdison represents Weber School District Precinct #4 which includes Hooper and the communities of western Weber County. He was born and raised in Hooper and attended Weber County Schools graduating from Roy High School. He attended Weber State College and has worked for 35 years in the Aerospace industry on several programs including the Space Shuttle, Peacekeeper and Minuteman missiles, and currently on the next generation SLS program. He was awarded NASA’s “Silver Snoopy” from the Astronaut Corps recognizing his contribution to successful manned space flight. He represents Weber School District on the Board of Directors for the Ogden-Weber Technical College, and also serves on the WSD Audit and Insurance committees. He lives in Hooper with his wife Debbie. They have four children and five grandchildren. Mr. Widdison brings extensive knowledge and experience in STEM related fields and business.


BruceJardineBruce Jardine

Board Member
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Bruce Jardine represents Weber School District Precinct 3, which includes the communities of South Ogden and Uintah. He was appointed to the school board in September of 2017. He was born and raised in Ogden and graduated from Ben Lomond High School. A long-time resident of Weber County, he and his wife Diane have raised three children and have eight grandchildren. As president and owner of Lynn Woodward Electric, he brings over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Jardine has outstanding leadership skills and believes in the strength of young people. He recently returned from a three-year religious mission for his church where he had responsibility for over 600 individuals. He is a strong advocate for families and education and recognizes the value of learning as children progress and contribute in society. He is committed to making a positive contribution in our community and the development of children.


Photo of Jan BurrellJan Burrell

Board Member
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Jan Burrell was elected as a new board member and represents Precinct 2, deeply dedicated to the Roy community she calls home. She comes with a 41 year professional background in education and the issues, concerns and policies that address the needs of today's youth. Her experience includes recognition of varied curriculum delivery models, a solid grasp of mental health needs and the growing demands of our diverse communities. As a first generation college graduate, she credits her desire to serve to parents who recognized the vision and value of public education.

Monday, 03 October 2016 14:20

Superintendency

jeffstephensDr. Jeff Stephens

Superintendent
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Dr. Jeff Stephens began his career in Weber School District in 1984 as an English and Reading teacher at Wahlquist Jr. High School. In 1994 he was appointed as an administrative intern and served in that capacity for one year at Roy High School. Dr. Stephens was named assistant principal at South Ogden Jr. High in 1995 and was appointed as principal at South Jr. in 1998. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was named as Curriculum and Instruction Director for Weber School District. In 2004, the Weber School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Stephens to the position of Assistant Superintendent where his responsibilities included involvement with curriculum and instruction programs, CTE and the Foundation. In April 2011 Jeff Stephens was named as Superintendent of Weber School District. Dr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from Weber State University; his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement in 1993 and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University in 1994. He has also received an Advanced Reading Endorsement from the Utah State Office of Education. Dr. Stephens has provided leadership in local, state, and national professional organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions, honors and awards for his leadership and abilities. Weber School District is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Stephens at the helm of the District.


Lori RasmussenLori Rasmussen

Assistant Superintendent
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Lori Jo Rasmussen has great passion for education and leadership. She began her career over 25 years ago as a teacher at Kanesville, Hooper and Pioneer Elementary schools, and later as a Reading Specialist. Her administrative career began in 2007. She served as the principal at Pioneer Elementary and Washington Terrace Elementary. Lori’s district office leadership experience includes serving as Elementary Supervisor, Student Services Director and Special Education Director. In 2018, Lori was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Weber State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2004 and her Administrative Endorsement in 2006. Lori also has an Advanced Reading Endorsement from Utah State Board of Education. Mrs. Rasmussen will oversee the District’s Title programs, as well as supervisory roles with Special Education, Preschool and Student Services.


Art HansenArt Hansen

Assistant Superintendent
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After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Weber State University in 1986, Art Hansen began his career with Weber School District. He taught German and history and coached track and field and cross country for 18 years at Wahlquist Junior High, Bonneville High, Weber High, and Fremont High schools. In 2000, he received his Master of Education Degree at Weber State University and in 2003, his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement from Utah State University. His administrative career began in 2004. He has served as an assistant principal at Bonneville High and Roy High schools and as principal of Orion Junior High and Bonneville High schools. In 2012, Art was named as Director of Student Services, where he served for three years before being named as Executive Director of Secondary Education for four years. Art’s current role as Assistant Superintendent includes oversight of the CTE and Human Resources Departments, as well as Safety and portions of our curriculum programs.


Monday, 03 October 2016 13:44

Grama Request Form

Note: Utah Code § 63G-2-204 (GRAMA) requires a person making a records request furnish the governmental entity with a written request containing the requester’s name, mailing address, daytime telephone number (if available); and a description of the record requested that identifies the record with reasonable specificity.

Note: The more specific and narrow the request, the easier it will be for an agency or office to respond to the request. If you are unsure about the records’ description, contact the agency or office records officer.

Note: Government keeps records in “series” or groups of records. To find out what series an agency or office maintains, visit the Archives’ website, http://archives.utah.gov. The record series retention schedules on the Archives’ website include relevant descriptions.

GRAMA Request Form

Downloand and fill out the form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail it to:

Lane Findlay
5320 Adams Avenue Parkway
Ogden, UT 84405

Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:14

West Weber Elementary

Principal

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Address

4178 W. 900 S.
Ogden, UT 84404

Phone/Fax

P. 801.452.4280

F. 801.452.4299

West Weber Elementary is located in western Weber Country and is part of the Fremont High School cone. In addition to providing comprehensive, core curriculum-based learning to students in kindergarten through 6th grade, we also provide differentiated instruction and special education services, including services to students with severe needs in our functional life skills classroom. Currently there are approximately 520 students enrolled at West Weber with 21 teachers and 31 members of support staff.  

The original West Weber Elementary was built in 1928. The beautiful, new school we are now in was constructed in 2015 on the same land where the original building stood. However, it is still nice to look out the back windows at cornfields and Clydesdale Horses in the pastures behind the school.

West Weber has the largest geographic boundaries of all the elementary schools in Weber District. Nearly all of the students are bussed to and from the school. Many of the students that attend West Weber are 4th and even some are 5th generation students whose parents, grandparents and even great grandparents have attended the school.

West Weber Elementary has an active school choir, a peer leader program, Robotics club, and a girls running club.  We also have an active PTA and Community Council that provide valuable support and resources to ensure a positive learning experience for all students.

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