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Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:31

August 2019 Superintendency Message

A message from Superintendent Jeff Stephens:

Some parents shared with me a note they discovered from their 7-year-old son who was obviously doing some personal goal-setting prior to the start of school. This little boy had carefully written the following:

  • Goof ball switch – off!
  • Be nice to new friends.
  • Don't cry (unless you're hurt).
  • Be super awesome.
  • Have fun!

Now that's a bold set of goals! Back to school is a phrase that suggests shopping for clothes, buying supplies and making new friends. For many, the anticipation of attending a new school, meeting your teacher for the first time or taking a new class can generate not only excitement, but apprehension as well. Certainly, going back to school is reason for celebration because with it comes an opportunity to learn and grow.

One of my favorite Weber District 'beginning of school' traditions is visiting each elementary classroom with members of the district leadership team and reading to children, as well as distributing Superintendent's Summer Reading Awards to those students who have read 10 books or 1,000 pages during the summer. Typically, we give out about 5,000 awards each fall. The book that I'll read in classrooms this fall is What Do You Do With A Chance? By Kobi Yamada. This is the story of some remarkable chances and a child who doesn't know quite what to do with them. However, the more chances come around the more the child's fascination grows. And then, one day, a little courage makes all the difference!

I love the question posed in the title of the book—What do you do with a chance?  As we begin a new school year there are so many chances and opportunities that are within our grasp. For students, the chance to learn, to make new friends and to achieve personal goals. Parents can volunteer their time, participate on a community council and support their child's learning at home. Principals can connect to students, support teachers and school staff and advocate for their schools. For teachers, the opportunity to influence a child, to teach an important life lesson or to acquire a new teaching skill. As we start this new school year, each of us has extraordinary opportunities in front of us—chances to make a difference. The question is, 'What will we do with a chance?'

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:59

School Climate and Culture

  • Restorative Practices – coming soon
  • LGBTQ – coming soon
  • Latinos in Action – coming soon
  • Title VI – coming soon
  • Immigrant/Migrant/Refugee Education – coming soon      
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Professional Development

Equity Literacy – coming soon
Monday, 29 July 2019 15:59

Family and Community Resources

Weber School District’s Family Resource Center

Located at Burch Creek Elementary

(The center is located through the front doors to the left)

4300 S. Madison Ave. South Ogden, UT 84403     

801.476.5311    Public Welcome!

 

Visit our Blog at http://blog.wsd.net/familyresource/

The Family Resource Center follows Weber School District’s calendar. Center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, when school is in session. The Center is closed during the summer.

 

Centro de Recursos Familiares del Distrito Escolar de Weber

Situado en la Primaria Burch Creek

(El centro se encuentra a la izquierda, pasando las puertas principales)

4300 S. Madison Avenue, South Ogden, UT 84403

801.476.5311 El public es Bienvenido

 

Visite nuestro blog en http://blog.wsd.net/familyresource/

El Centro de Recursos Familiares sigue Calendario del Distrito Escolar Weber. El horario del centro es de 7:30 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Lunes a jueves, cuando la escuela está en sesión El Centro está cerrado durante el verano. 

Book of the Month

Culturally Responive Teaching and the Brain

by Zaretta Hammond Year Published: 2014

 

To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implemention - until now. 

In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cultting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction. The book includes:

-Information on how one's culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships.

-Ten "key moves" to build students' learners operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners

- Prompts for action and value self-reflection

 

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

EJI Committee

EJIC Mission Statement

Help create a safe and inclusive climate throughout the district

wherein diversity/differences are embraced and celebrated,

every student and employee is inspired to achieve, thrive and grow,

and where each is empowered to act against any form

of intolerance, bigotry (and/or) injustice.

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

Destination Equity

Coming Soon

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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Teaching Tolerance – coming soon
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Community Events

Coming Soon
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