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Friday, 18 January 2019 00:04

Warning – "Momo Challenge" / Parent Notice

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Weber School District and neighboring school district officials have been made aware of a troubling social media challenge geared to engage and cyberbully children and young adults – the "Momo Challenge." The challenge has been reported on local and national news stations, as well. Reports of the "Momo Challenge" directly targeting and/or impacting students in Weber School District have not yet been substantiated, but as a precaution, we are informing all parents/guardians of this current and potentially dangerous social media trend.

The purpose of the "Momo Challenge" is to utilize video games and social media platforms such as Minecraft, WhatsApp and Facebook to encourage children and young adults to commit dangerous and potentially violent acts towards others or even themselves. "Momo" is a ghoulish-looking avatar that threatens and cyber-bullies young people in the United States and around the world. The "Momo Challenge" has been linked to acts of self-harm and suicide. The challenge draws children in with a chat feature wherein they are asked to perform small tasks, but then escalates to more violent acts, even self-inflicted harm. The communicator requests photographs of the young person engaging in these serious acts as proof of follow-through. Even more troubling, if young people refuse to perform the tasks or acts (challenges), "Momo" threatens to leak personal information on the internet, leaves disturbing and threatening messages, and sends violent images to the viewer.

We strongly encourage parents/guardians to talk with their children about this dangerous challenge and closely monitor their online screen time and activities. Also, please be reminded that you/your child may utilize the SafeUT Tip Line/Crisis Line App or website, which allows users to submit a tip and/or speak directly with a crisis counselor at the University of Utah Neurological Institute (UNI). All schools in Weber District have promoted this valuable resource, and we encourage each and every parent/guardian to download the SafeUT App to your Smartphone and other digital devices.

The greatest deterrents to these dangerous challenges which circulate online with the intent to prey on children is open communication between parent and child and vigilant monitoring of your child's use of social media, the websites they've visited, and video gaming.

If you'd like to speak with someone about how to communicate with your children about the "Momo Challenge" or other cyber-bullying concerns, please contact your school's guidance counselor or the Weber School District Student Services Department (801-476-7800).

Thursday, 15 November 2018 06:32

Fremont teacher awarded English Teacher of the year!

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 Fremont High School teacher Kristen Morey, was awarded English Teacher of the year by the Utah Council of Teachers of English at their annual conference on November 9th. This is a great honor for Kristen, Fremont and the Weber District.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 00:29

Riverdale Elementary held its Fall Literacy kickoff

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Riverdale Elementary held its Fall Literacy kickoff. Students attended presentations with noted Utah author Lance Conrad! Mr. Conrad spoke to parents at the Literacy Night about the importance of literacy and said it is okay to let children struggle. He also reminded them the importance of making reading enjoyable especially if they are struggling and to let them see you reading, read to them and have the children read to parents. Lance Conrad won Best of State in 2017 and just finished his fifth novel, Prince of Survival.
 
After Mr. Conrad spoke to parents, parents were able to learn about dyslexia from Donna Pond. Ms. Pond gave suggestions to help struggling students including how to help with phonemic awareness, connecting sounds to letters, and struggling to write.
 
The students were with their teachers during the parent presentations, engrossed in literature adventures! 
 
Riverdale Elementary held its Fall Literacy Kickoff
Student work at station at Riverdale Elementary Fall Literacy Kickoff

September 8, 2018

Dear Parents or Guardians:

Recently, in the news, there have been reports of Norovirus outbreaks in our state – we’ve even had a report of a small outbreak in one of our schools. As of right now, there have been no confirmed cases of Norovirus in any school in Weber District. We have been in direct contact with the Weber Morgan Health Department to obtain this confirmation.

The remaining portion of this letter is for those who want additional information about Norovirus, in general. We encourage you to read on!

What is Norovirus?

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the "winter vomiting bug," is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, a viral infection characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body aches. Norovirus illness is NOT related to the flu, which is caused by the influenza virus.

How Norovirus is Transmitted:

Norovirus spreads easily! A person usually develops symptoms 12-48 hours after being exposed to Norovirus, and most people will get better within 1-3 days. Norovirus is very contagious and can be contracted from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person;
  • Consuming contaminated food or water; and/or
  • Touching contaminated surfaces then putting unwashed hands into the mouth.

How to Prevent the Spread of Norovirus:

To protect yourself and others from Norovirus:

  • Wash your hands often (especially after using the toilet or changing diapers; always before eating, preparing, or handling food; and before giving yourself or others medicine);
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables;
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly;
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop;
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop;
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, wearing rubber or disposable gloves, and by wiping the entire area with paper towels. Follow with disinfecting the area using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label. The cleaner should be left on the affected area for at least 5 minutes, then the surface cleaned again with soap and hot water. Cleaning soiled laundry, taking out the trash, and washing your hands after cleaning are very important final steps!
  • Wash laundry thoroughly, handling soiled laundry wearing rubber or disposable gloves. Wash items with detergent and hot water at the maximum available cycle length then machine dry at the highest heat setting.

How to Treat Norovirus:

Norovirus causes flu-like symptoms. If you or your child contracts this virus, follow these guidelines:

  • Prevent dehydration. Drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from vomiting and diarrhea. This will help prevent dehydration. Sports drinks and other drinks without caffeine can help with mild dehydration. Dehydration can lead to serious health issues. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization for treatment.
  • Watch for signs of dehydration in children:
    • Child may cry with few or no tears; and/or
    • Child may act unusually sleepy or fussy.
  • Contact your doctor with concerns.

 

To learn more about this very contagious virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus.

For further questions about the Norovirus, please contact the Weber-Morgan Health Department: http://www.webermorganhealth.org/

We hope your child has enjoyed his or her first few days of school! We thank you for sharing your child with us!

Sincerely,

Weber School District Superintendency, Student Services Team and Nurses

Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:11

Dear Weber School District Families

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We are very pleased to announce as of July 2018, Weber School District will now offer an online Free/Reduced Meal Application submission process. The online application submission is accessed by the guardian logging into http://MyWeber.wsd.net and click on the header Students and select Meal Application from the drop down.

Zach Vigil, NFL Defensive Inside Linebacker #56 for the Washington Redskins, visited Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade! He talked about goals, life and commitment. Zach is a Utah native. While playing at Utah State University. he received many awards including  the All American Award. He also set numerous records. The students listened intently to what he had to say and then asked questions, took pictures and got autographs.

 

NFL Linebacker, Zach Vigil visits Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade! NFL Linebacker, Zach Vigil visits Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade! NFL Linebacker, Zach Vigil visits Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade! NFL Linebacker, Zach Vigil visits Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade!

Municipal Elementary hosted author Frank L. Cole on March 13th. The assembly was a huge success! The students enjoyed Frank's enthusiasm for reading and books. He is the published author of 10 books, with his latest book "Potion Masters" being released just this past January. Frank told great personal stories about a substitute bus driver when he was a student in Kentucky, another about his clock radio transmitting his sister's telephone conversations, and best of all, teaching the students that to become an amazing author they need to do four things: 1) Be weird! 2) Read 3) Observe 4) Believe! After the assembly, Mr. Cole did a book signing in our foyer with our students. He autographed each book and gave each student an autographed poster as well. The students & faculty at Municipal were impressed and enjoyed our Frank L. Cole visit. 

Municipal Elementary Students Meet Author Frank ColeMunicipal Elementary Students Meet Author Frank Cole

Municipal Elementary Students Meet Author Frank ColeMunicipal Elementary Students Meet Author Frank Cole

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 00:17

Plain City Elementary Holds Literacy & Art Night

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During February parent conference week, Plain City Elementary held the culminating event for its One Book One School program. Every family in the school received a copy of the classic book, "The Indian in the Cupboard." Throughout November and December, students were given bi-weekly reading goals. A drawing was held every two weeks from names of students who had met the goal, and two students from every grade level got to pick out a new book. All students participated in various challenges, such as guessing the number of tiny plastic cowboys and Indians in a giant jar, hunting for the hidden Indian, or seeing if they were one of the lucky students to have a magic key hidden under their chair. Students who completed the book by the deadline were rewarded with donuts. In art class, Mr. Hadley taught students about Native American art, and every student made at least one piece of art. They included: woven Native American mats, dream catchers, Eye of Gods, beaded and woven bowls, totem poles, buffalo skin story maps, sand art, and feather necklaces. On Art & Literacy Night, students and parents were invited to "Step Into 'The Indian in the Cupboard," to view all the fine artwork. Many students are now reading the sequel to the book, "Return of the Indian."

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Plain City Elementary Holds Literacy & Art NightPlain City Elementary Holds Literacy & Art NightPlain City Elementary Holds Literacy & Art Night

Cooper Brown, a talented senior at Fremont High, was selected as the first place winner of the Utah Senate Visual Arts Competition. Cooper was presented with the award and a $5,000 scholarship in the Senate Chambers during the legislative proceedings at the Utah State Capitol on February 5th. 
 
Cooper's piece is an acrylic on canvas of a Native American girl. It was purchased by the state and will permanently hang in the Capitol. Cooper's art teacher, Michelle Montierth, said this is the first time a Fremont student has received this prestigious recognition. Cooper is the son of Matt and Cheridan Brown of Hooper.
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