Saturday, 01 February 2020 08:41

February 2020 Superintendency Message

A message from Superintendent Jeff Stephens:

On March 4, 1895, exactly 125 years ago next month, a Constitutional Convention was assembled in Salt Lake City in preparation for the Utah Territory to officially become a state. The convention was composed of 107 delegates and lasted 66 days. The work of these delegates over the next two months was historic. The result was uniquely Utahn. One distinctive element of our Utah Constitution was a dedicated revenue stream to fund schools: "All revenue from a tax on income shall be used to support the systems of public and higher education" (See Utah Constitution Section XIII; Section 5). The framers of our state constitution recognized the great benefits of public and higher education—even guaranteeing an ongoing revenue source to perpetually fund schools.   

During the 2020 Legislative session, there is discussion about that constitutional guarantee for public and higher education. This has led me to review other early state documents. It's impressive to see the wisdom and forethought of those who helped lay the foundation for a society that we enjoy today. John Adams, for example, drafted the 1780 Constitution of Massachusetts. In that document, Adams highlighted the value of education by directing that public schools should be supported in every town and that a university should be established at Cambridge. Adams elaborated by saying, "Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties would depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education." John Adams knew the tremendous importance of both public and higher education!

A lesser known, but equally significant document was the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, opening the area which today represents Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. The person most responsible for not only drafting, but ensuring the successful passage of the Northwest Ordinance was Manasseh Cutler. In addition to a list of protected rights, the Northwest Ordinance added two critical elements—the prohibition of slavery and a guarantee for public education. When one considers that the Northwest Ordinance was written in 1787, that is quite extraordinary! Regarding public education, the Northwest Ordinance stated, "Knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, Schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Manasseh Cutler, like John Adams before him, placed a high value on education; however, he also recognized that education also played an essential role in our happiness.  

I hope as lawmakers contemplate constitutional language that has served Utah well for 125 years, they will approach the matter with equal wisdom, vision and foresight.

Roy Jr High- Ms.Gill  FCCLA members and her Outdoor Sewing class made over 50 beanies for Lakeview Elementary students.  Ms. Gill and her students walked to Lakeview and presented the beanies to the counselor and administration for them  to give out to those in need.  

Group of students showing a tote filled with beanies they made. Two students show a tote filled with beanies they helped make.

Friday, 10 January 2020 13:39

December 2019 Rockstars

 

Dan Sedwick - Motivational "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." Og MandinoRuss Olsen - Dedication "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi Natalie Newman - Optimism "Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough" - Richard M. DeVos

Friday, 10 January 2020 13:36

October 2019 Rockstars

Brenda Domingues - Enthusiastic "Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved." Ralph Waldo EmersonAlex Kay - Innovative "Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow." William Pollard

Friday, 10 January 2020 13:24

November 2019 Rockstars

Tena Pate - Enthusiasm - "Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity". -Bo BennettAaron Yates - Determination - "Whatever you do, do with determination. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and five your best" - Alia Bhatt

Sheri Bonham - Passionate - "Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate." - Jon Bon Jovi

Friday, 10 January 2020 13:11

Roy Jr High students made of 50 Beanies

Ms.Gill's FCCLA members and her Outdoor Sewing class made over 50 beanies for Lakeview Elementary students. Ms. Gill and her students walked to Lakeview and presented the beanies to the counselor and administration for them to give out to those in need.

Friday, 10 January 2020 11:36

Hosa Feeds 44 Families

HOSA would like to thank everyone who was involved in the Thanksgiving Food Drive!! Thank you to Mr. Porter, Mr. McKinnon, Ms. Cude for helping collect donations! Thank you to our South Ogden Fresh Market and Macey's for allowing us to gather donations at their stores. Thank you to Julie Mattson and our counselors: Mrs. Davis, Ms. Fonseca, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Marcheschi!! Thank you to everyone who submitted names of families! Thank you to all the HOSA members, MAP students, FBLA, Anchor news, student body, and faculty members who helped sort, organize, and separate the food into all the food boxes. This was a 2 week event, and we had a LOT of support!! Collectively, BHS and HOSA were able to provide 44 families within the Bonneville High School community with a Thanksgiving meal last week!! THANK YOU!

BHS Students advertise for fill the backpack event

Photo showing a room full of tables filled with donated food items

Friday, 10 January 2020 11:29

Roy High Construction Management Class

Habitat for humanity house.  Roy High Construction Management class helped prepare the foundation for a habitat home on November 9, 2019.  They provided approximately 30 hours of service of lowering the grade for the footings. They worked hard and gave back to the community.  It is great to see students of Roy High willing to give of their Saturday and work hard to help others in need. Go Royals.

Students push wheelbarrow at job site

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