I appreciate this opportunity to work in Weber School District as Assistant Superintendent. Let me introduce myself: I’m Kevin Sederholm and I have worked for the district for 29 years. I started with the district as an elementary teacher. I taught at Pioneer, Valley, Country View and Bates Elementary. I’ve taught every grade in elementary except for kindergarten. I then became a principal and worked at Kanesville, Pioneer, and Bates. I’ve been the Human Resource Director for the past six years. Weber School District has always been my home--going through as a student myself (my wife Kelly is also a product of WSD), to raising our six children within the district’s education system. I have truly enjoyed my career thus far and look forward to new experiences.
As the Human Resource Director I have the unique opportunity to work with and see many other districts. I have worked with these districts recruiting, comparing different policies and procedures, and resolving different personnel issues. As a result of these interactions I have come to appreciate our district immensely. We work with good people! We have employees who work tirelessly on behalf of our students in every department. Weber School District parents get involved with our schools and help their children to succeed. These are people who always put our students’ best interests first. As a result, we have a great district, but also a district that we will continue to try and improve. Again, I look forward to working with you as we all strive to make our children’s education the best it can be.
Congratulations to Erica Nish on being selected as 5A Coach of the Year by the Utah Volleyball Coaches Association. In her first year as head coach of the Weber Warriors, she led the team to their first Region 1 title since 1993, and a third place finish in the State tournament. A pretty amazing accomplishment! A highly skilled player herself while in college, Erica brings a tremendous amount of talent and leadership to Weber, and we are happy to have her as part of our team!
Bonneville High School competed in the 17th Annual Weber State Automotive Written Test. This year 30 high schools from the Western Region (Oregon, Texas, Idaho, Nevada and Utah) competed for a chance to be one of few high schools to compete at the Hands on Test on February 9, 2017. The seniors on the Bonneville High automotive team placed 1st out of all 30 high school. This is the second year in a row they have received this award! Way to go Bonneville High Automotive!
This month, the Weber School District presented the Two Rivers High School Team the E+ Teaching Award. The team consists of: Amy Anderson and Annette Pham.
These two teachers do amazing things in their classes to build relationships, help students see relevance in the subject matter and strive for increased rigor. Amy and Annette constantly strive to address the needs of the whole student. They have sacrificed their lunchtime to open a school store where they provide a safe place for students to have a snack, enjoy a healthy conversation and make a connection with a caring adult.
They have also spearheaded activities like, Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving, planting trees on our campus, organizing a student council and partnering with the Kiwanis Club to organize a Key Club at Two Rivers. These wonderful teachers have organized a food pantry and have helped students put together grub bags that contain an easy recipe and the ingredients that go with it.
We congratulate them on this amazing accomplishment, and we are honored to have them as part of our team here at the Weber School District!
With massive growth in the western areas of Weber County, many of our schools are reaching maximum capacity or even exceeding it. Take for example Fremont High School. Built in 1994, with a permanent capacity of 1750 students, enrollment is at 2061 students this school year with projections adding another 90 students next year. With the addition of 15 portable classrooms, we’ve increased the current capacity to 2054, but this puts a lot of strain on other facilities such as the lunchroom, auditorium, restrooms, and crowded hallways. Excluding any additional growth in the communities that feed into Fremont, we expect the 2017-2018 enrollment will surpass 2250 students. The school simply cannot accommodate these numbers.
Other schools are also bursting at the seams including Kanesville Elementary. Built in 1977, with another eight classrooms added in 2009, current enrollment this year is 842 students. Permanent capacity sits at 825, and with one portable, we’re already looking at adding more.
Under the current economic conditions, accelerated growth is projected to continue in the communities surrounding these schools. This expansion presents many challenges to our staff and facilities, along with creating serious safety concerns.
The Weber School District has decided to implement a Major Boundary Adjustment Study. The goal of this study is to relieve overcrowding at certain schools by re-aligning boundaries and moving students to surrounding schools that can accommodate more students.
On November 16, 2016, a District Boundary Study Committee met to discuss the boundary adjustment process. This committee is comprised of teams from each school that could possibly be affected by any changes. Each team includes a school principal, teacher, and PTA member or Community Council parent. The study teams are organized into two groups to represent the Weber and Roy cones (schools that feed into Fremont).
These teams are tasked with going back to their schools to form Local Boundary Study Committees. The local committees will consist of up to 10 members and will include more parents and community members. Each Local Committee has been asked to come up with two boundary adjustment proposals that will be submitted to the District Committee on January 18th, 2017. We encourage those parents who would like to be involved in this process to contact their school for more information.
After receiving the proposals, the District Committee will meet to review the recommendations. An open house will then be held the end of February in order to receive more input from the public. In March, the District Committee will then submit a final proposal to the Weber School District Board of Education for discussion and approval.
More information will follow as we move through this process. The Weber School District understands that boundary adjustments can greatly impact the lives of our students and parents. Our promise is to provide a completely open process to allow for parents and citizens to express their ideas and concerns. We appreciate your support and encourage your involvement as we move forward in the best interest of our schools and each child.
Washington Terrace Elementary honored Veterans and retired their flag. The program consisted of Bonneville High School's Drumline, Veterans holding flags surrounding the school, a Q&A in the classrooms, and a ceremony to retire the school's flag. Thank you to all of those who participated in the program today and for the PTA for making this happen!
Thank you to all the men and women that selflessly serve our country! #VeteransDay
Monday, November 7, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Davis Conference Center. (1651 N 700 W, Layton, UT)
Bring your family to the free STEM EXPO (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Parents and students from Davis, Weber, Ogden, and Morgan School Districts are invited to attend this free family event featuring local STEM business and education institutions.
Learn about career opportunities in the local STEM industries. Learn more about STEM with hands-on activities, and meet with representatives of local colleges and universities to explore educational pathways. Come be a part of the explosive and exciting world of STEM.
Weber Reads is an annual community-wide reading program which provides an opportunity for people of all ages to read, reflect, and engage in conversations around a selected text or literary author. This year’s topic of the Japanese-American Internment is a part of Utah history that many people may not be familiar with. As a part of this project, each elementary and secondary school in our district received a box of books and sample lesson plans centered on the selected topic. Teachers can also make arrangements for volunteers from the library to visit their school and do a presentation. Included in this year’s collection is a variety of both narrative and informational books which promise to be engaging and informative to students of all ages. The books and lesson plans will be located in the school libraries to support teachers of all content areas throughout the year. The lesson plans include copies of primary source documents and photographs from the period. Additional information, lesson plans, a description of each of the books selected, and upcoming events that will be held at various branches of the Weber County Library are available online at the Weber Reads website: http://www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/attend/weber-reads-2016-17.