Tiffany was named Middle School Teacher of the Year in the early career category at the February UCTE Conference. Her department, and PLC team are so proud of her.
This pic is from the UCTE conference.
Tiffany Ross, (middle) UCTE Early Career Middle School Teacher of the Year
Her NOJH ELA PLC Team, Mary Connell (left), Kassidi Gonthier (right)
Congratulations to UCTE Utah Language Arts Experienced High School Teacher of the Year Mr. Justin Shaw!
We are so lucky to have Mr. Shaw at Roy High School, and can't imagine anyone more desrving of this award!
Attention musicians, composers, and poets. West Field High School in Taylor is seeking entries for their School Hymn and Fight Song contest. The artist whose work is chosen will receive $250 in cash and the distinction of knowing that they have created a legacy for all future generations who will attend West Field High School.
Contest Guidelines include:
West Field High School
℅ Weber School District
5320 South Adams Avenue
Ogden, Ut 84405
The final selection will be made by April 1, 2024. All entries not chosen will be returned to the composers after this date.
For more information, contact:
Choir Director Thomas Saunders
Band Director Joseph Windsor
Principal Michael Martini
Dear WSD Administrators, Employees and Parents/Guardians,
As you likely know, Governor Cox recently issued a letter to school and district leaders, requesting that cell phone use be disallowed in classrooms. I've provided the Governor's Letter and resources he provided (attached). We fully support the thoughtful consideration of the Governor's request, but want to ensure that our school leaders engage in discussions with the educators, parents/guardians, Community Councils, PTAs and student leaders in their school community before "hard and fast" school policies are enacted which ban cell phones in the classroom. Gleaning stakeholder input is essential. Some of our schools have already created policies which restrict cell phones in learning spaces/classrooms. These schools enacted a very intentional process, and involved stakeholders in that process, prior to the determination to implement such policies. A very important piece to consider is how student discipline related to cell phones should/will be managed.
At the district level, leaders are engaged in discussions related to the cell phone issues we are seeing in our schools. Our district's secondary and elementary leadership, along with our policy committee, will provide guidance and support to our schools as we create a more formal determination of how cell phones will be managed in all our schools. Research studies have well documented the fact that cell phone usage is impacting the social connections, mental/emotional health, self-regulating behaviors, brain development and functioning, and learning and achievement in our young people. The rise in cyberbullying incidents directly impact our students' perception of a "safe and healthy" school environment.
Many teachers are reporting that they cannot manage the "distractions" created by cell phones and disengagement they observe in their students with access to these devices in learning environments. Their jobs are to educate and inspire, not manage the cell phone usage of their students. Some educators are reporting a weariness and diminishing job satisfaction level due to having to constantly intervene and redirect students related to cell phones. The management of cell phones in the learning environment requires a great amount of time and effort by school personnel. There is no doubt that this time and effort could be more productively utilized to directly support learning and forge positive connections with students.
The members of our Board of Education are fully committed to mitigating the negative impact that cell phones and social media are having on children's emotional and mental health. Weber School District joined other Utah districts in legal action aimed at holding large social media platforms accountable for the mental/emotional effects we are seeing in our children. As a district, we are fully engaged in the process of determining next steps and policy decisions related to Governor Cox's imperative.
We welcome your feedback concerning cell phones in the classroom! We encourage you to reach out to your school leaders to share your perspectives and input.
Gina Butters, Superintendent
Clyde Moore, Assistant Superintendent
Dave Hales, Assistant Superintendent
Brock Mitchell, Director
Matt Williams, Assistant Director
Mary Jo Williams, Director
Kirt Swalberg, Assistant Director
Three Weber School District Band Directors - Matthew Kinney (Roy HS), Timothy Koster (TH Bell JH), and Joseph Windsor (Weber HS) - were selected to join a marching band of 400 band directors from across the country in the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 23, 2023. The Saluting America’s Band Directors parade entry conveyed its theme, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.” to recognize the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of band directors and music educators everywhere. Congratulations Matthew Kinney, Timoty Koster, and Joseph Windsor!
Dear Weber School District Parents and Students,
We are excited to share the news that the district has concluded the level three boundary adjustment for the 2024-2025 school year. District officials have put together information to help answer many questions that may arise. Please refer to the links below for detailed information regarding specific topics relevant to your situation and your students.
Please note that while the new boundaries have been established, the bus routes, pick-up times, and walk zones will be updated and available in late spring/early summer for the 2024/25 school year. We are diligently working on ensuring a smooth transition for all students, and we appreciate your patience during this process. Rest assured, we will inform you of any changes to the bus routes and timings as soon as they become available.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to enhance the educational experience for our students and navigate the large-scale school boundary adjustments necessitated by the addition of a new high school (West Field), junior high (Mountain View) and elementary school (yet-to-be-named) in our district.
We hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season!
All the best,