Weber School District proudly announces that this year's Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Nina Doxey, Performing Arts Teacher at Roy High School. The Classified Employee of the Year has been awarded to Justin Mock, Lead Plumber in our Maintenance Department. All district nominees for Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year were honored at a banquet sponsored by Tony Divino Toyota on April 27, 2016.
A long-time member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mrs. Nina Doxey is a gifted musician and singer in her own right. But perhaps her most significant contribution to the arts and education community is the time, dedication, and heart that she has devoted to her students at Roy High School for the past 16 years. Gina Butters, Principal at Roy High stated, "The most impactful intangible artful teachers bring to the table, is they elicit an almost sacred level of trust from their students. And, Nina delivers – she gets the most she possibly can out of each and every student as she broadens their minds, develops their skills, and touches their hearts."
Derek Myler, a former student of Mrs. Doxey's, and a recipient of the Dr. Mack Wilberg Scholarship, credits Nina with helping him develop his talents as a singer and composer. He wrote, "I chose my career in Nina's classroom. Without her careful teaching and meticulous coaching, without her care for me as an individual, and without her genuine interest in my future, I would never have taken the path to become a professional musician. She was an invaluable source in helping me to believe in myself enough to overcome the significant obstacles in pursuing such a career."
As for Nina's philosophy in teaching, she stated that she believes in high expectations. "I encourage students to make every effort toward reaching their goals. Each step toward fulfillment can bring feelings of joy and success during their educational experience. Every student has the right to learn and be nurtured through the educational process." Mrs. Doxey will represent the Weber School District for the State of Utah Teacher of the Year award.
On a cold and wet Sunday afternoon in April, Lead Plumber and golf enthusiast Justin Mock expected to find himself at home immersed in the Master's Tournament broadcast. He instead found himself knee deep in muck and water beneath the foundation of Uintah Elementary after he received an emergency call regarding a water pipe that had broken. Dedicated by nature, Justin took the disappointment in stride and was soon leading his crew in the dreary, wet weather to make sure that the issue was resolved and Uintah's students would be able to attend school the following day with running water.
It is this attitude that has gained Justin the respect of those in the Maintenance Department. Brian Smith, Maintenance Supervisor for Weber School District, said that it is not just Justin's attitude that makes him an exceptional employee, he routinely receives complements on Justin's skills as a plumber. Justin takes opportunities each year to attend seminars or receive additional training to improve his knowledge of his job. Brian stated, "I receive so much feedback of what an incredible plumber he is, from administrators and the assigned custodians, for how willing he is to go the extra effort in support of their needs." Brian has grown to depend on Justin to make sure that things are always taken care of. As for Justin himself, he said that he was just honored to even be considered as a Classified Employee of the Year nominee. When asked what rewards he found in his work, Justin stated, "I love being able to create the environment our children learn in and hope others feel the same."
Congratulations to these deserving individuals. We are privileged to count them among our exceptionally talented and dedicated colleagues.
Weber School District is offering a new preschool opportunity for 4-year-olds during the 2016-2017 school year. Children must be 4-years-old by September 2, 2016. The purpose of the program is to provide a high quality preschool program for students to prepare them for kindergarten.
Weber School District will be offering two new preschool sessions (AM/PM) at two locations (Bonneville HS Preschool Building/Country View Elementary). These programs will run 4 days a week (M,T,Th,F) for 2 ½ hours a day (9:00 – 11:30 & 12:00 – 2:30) and follow the Weber School District calendar. Priority for enrollment in the program will based on several factors including but not limited to residency in the local school boundaries, qualifications for TANF funding (income level) and the weighted risk factors from the application form. Tuition for the program is based on a sliding scale and families eligible for TANF funding qualify for a full-tuition waiver. Applications for the preschool are being accepted now and notification of acceptance into the program will take place in August.
If you are interested in this opportunity to have your child participate in the preschool program, please pickup an application form at any of the locations listed below and return it to the Weber School District Curriculum Department.
For questions concerning the program, please contact Weber School District at (801) 476-7870 or (801) 476-7819
Application Form (link to download application)
2016-17-free-reduced-application (Link to download
Application Forms available at the following locations:
Additional Preschools located in Weber School District:
The Weber School District is proud to announce that Maggie Huddleston, one of our seventh-grade science teachers at Sand Ridge Jr. High School, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This distinguished award is given to one Utah science teacher each year in grades 7-12.
Maggie will be flying back to Washington D.C. in September to accept the award, and with it comes a $10,000 prize as the top choice for teacher of the year in Utah.
Maggie has been a science educator for 14 years in secondary education. Her innovative teaching style and exuberant personality make learning fun for all of her students.
This award recognizes “that the greatness found in our country is generated in the classroom.” For us in the Weber School District, we’ve long known how great she is! If you see Maggie, please take a minute to congratulate her on this amazing achievement!
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Because of you, the 2016 employee giving campaign was a huge success! The giving campaign raised $30,000 for students. Thank you, your generous donation is appreciated!
We would also like to congratulate Rebekah Blume from Lakeview Elementary. She is the winner of our Employee Giving Drawing.
The Weber School District would like parents and students to be aware of a new synthetic drug, U-47700, that has started showing up in our Utah communities. Street names for the drug include “pink” or “pinky.”
Earlier this year, there were two reported drug overdose deaths in the state related to the use of U-47700. Authorities are now investigating the deaths of two young teens from the Park City who are believed to have used U-47700. Both teens attended the same junior high school and died just days apart.
U-47700 is a synthetic opioid that is growing in popularity around the country. It is easily purchased online by performing a simple Google search. The DEA just recently proposed a temporary placement of the drug into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act. It is most commonly found in a powder form and its side effects can include: analgesia, sedation, euphoria, constipation, itching, and respiratory depression.
Parents should take the time to talk to their children about these new synthetic drugs as they are extremely dangerous and easy to obtain. Parents should also be diligent in monitoring their child’s behavior and to watch for potential warning signs. These could include packages being shipped to the home from countries in Asia, suspicious activity on the Internet related to chemistry and narcotics searches, and sudden changes in their child’s behavior. Social media accounts should also be closely scrutinized.
Numerous resources are available to parents and students at our schools or by contacting:
SafeUT 1(800)273-8255 (anonymous tip and crisis line)
Weber School District Student Services (801)476-7800
Weber Human Services (801)625-3700