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Monday, 16 November 2015 07:30

November Recognition

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November is a month to reflect on thankfulness, and at this month's board meeting, the Weber School District was honored to express our gratitude and thankfulness to five very deserving award winners. Roosevelt Elementary's 4th grade team was nominated for the E+ Team ward by Principal Justin Skeen. Additionally, Mr. Harold Chapman was nominated for the Volunteerism Award by Principal Phil Nestoryak of North Ogden Elementary. 

Brittany Ryan, Katie Hill, Shannon Nielson, and Tracie Davies are the talented and dedicated ladies who comprise the Roosevelt Elementary 4th Grade teaching team. Mr. Skeen nominated the team because he believes that they "exemplify embracing a process of consistent application of research-based strategies for creating a unified approach to teaching and learning." Essentially, the faculty and administration at Roosevelt Elementary believe in collaborating as teaching professionals to plan and apply learning strategies consistently at all grade levels to ensure student success. Each week during PLC meetings, the 4th grade team actively participate and communicate in implementing learning strategies. Most importantly, they utilize one another's strengths for greater impact on student learning. An indicator of the dedication of this team is the approach they have taken to improve math instruction. Focusing on individual student needs by routinely assessing their comprehension, focusing on weak areas, and encouraging the kids to keep trying resulted in a 20% increase in summative proficiency the first year alone. Mr. Skeen stated, "Each teacher's commitment level for student success extends beyond their classroom to the entire grade. Each teacher takes on a unique ownership of individual student progress."

As an Americorps volunteer, Mr. Harold Chapman donates his time twice a week to help mentor young children who are struggling with their reading ability. Marci Thomas, North Ogden Elementary Americorps Coordinator stated that, "the students Harold works with always form a special bond with Harold and he can make even the most timid student feel comfortable." At 94 years of age, Mr. Chapman "radiates cheerfulness and happiness". As a father and grandfather, he has the patience and love to allow children to take risks without fear. They know that no matter what, Mr. Chapman will gently encourage and praise them as they gain skill in their reading ability. Mr. Phil Nestoryak nominated Mr. Chapman for the Volunteerism Award for his exemplary dedication to North Ogden Elementary. One year after a particularly hard hitting wind storm in the North Ogden community, a large tree fell upon Mr. Chapman's garage roof, causing considerable damage. While most people would stay home to take care of the situation, Harold chose instead to report for duty at the school as he knew the children were depending on him. Mr. Nestoryak wrote, "True service is looking beyond personal needs and helping others." He went on to say, "The North Ogden Eagles have a true hero volunteering at our school who is a positive influence and a great asset not only to our reading program, but to our school as a whole."

Congratulations to these deserving award winners. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to recognize your unique gifts and talents. We express our gratitude for your dedication and enthusiasm!

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This month the Weber School District was given the opportunity to recognize Ms. Christine Ferrario and the Hooper Elementary 6th Grade Teaching Team during our monthly school board meeting. Ms. Ferrario was nominated for the "I Love Teaching" award by former Canyon View Principal Jennifer Warren and the Hooper 6th Grade Team was nominated for the "E+ Teaching" award by Principal David Gerstheimer of Hooper Elementary.

Ms. Christine Ferrario is a Speech and Language Pathologist at our Canyon View campus. This facility is a supportive learning environment for students with disabilities who require supervised special education services for social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Christine serves a daunting 104 students. Often, her job can be "difficult" and "emotionally draining." Former Principal Kelli Booth commented that, "In those moments she shows patience, empathy and a never-give-up attitude." Christine treats even the most challenging students with respect and care. She is innovative and always looking for ways to implement new speech therapy modalities. Christine has implemented a process by which to supplement speech therapy at home, and recent data has shown the results to be incredibly positive. Data show that this program has "sky rocketed" student outcomes. Mrs. Booth stated that Christine "goes out of her way to interact with our students even when they are not on the 'speech therapy' clock. This is a true reflection of her innate nature and her love of children."

Stacy Tonioli, Sheri Leak, and Sandy Porter are the three dynamic ladies who make up the Hooper Elementary 6th Grade Team. They are affectionately known as the "Fab 3." Mr. Gerstheimer says that these ladies are "master teachers" who have a way of "engaging their kids" in a way that brings out the best in them. A key component to this team's teaching success is creating lesson plans that contain exciting ideas to help spark student interest -- a highly motivational approach. The team has an understanding of the state core, and uses this understanding to help students make connections to the real world. Because they have excellent classroom control, the children have learned how to effectively manage their time with limited supervision; a skill that is helping the children work towards independence. Mr. Gerstheimer states, "I am appreciative to have them on our staff at Hooper and look forward to their continued success working with the students for years to come."

Congratulations to these deserving award winners. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to recognize your unique gifts and talents. We express our gratitude for your dedication and enthusiasm!

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Monday, 05 October 2015 09:38

Northern Utah STEM Expo

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The second annual Northern Utah STEM Exposition will be held on November 9, 2015 at the Davis Conference Center in Association with  Weber, Davis , Ogden and Morgan County School Districts.  This Expo increases students interest and awareness of opportunities in STEM career fields and familiarize students with Utah businesses that support theses careers.  During the day 800+ Juniors and Seniors will get to hear about careers in STEM industry.  This is then be followed by a community night for 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm  where families from northern Utah can come to learn about STEM opportunities and experience in STEM first hand. 

To see the event in action please watch the following KUTV news story.

KUTV Story on the EXPO>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 21 September 2015 09:38

New Green Acres Playground

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 Like Any Other Kid, ADA Playground Provided at Green Acres Elementary

     The Weber School Foundation has done it again!!  For the past several years at the Christmas Tree Jubilee, patrons and sponsors have responded with overwhelming generosity to a special “ask”, a time when donations are requested for a specific project. ga playground01 The last two years, the “ask” has been designated for the purpose of providing amazing playgrounds that are ADA accessible so that students with special needs and their typical peers can  enjoy playing  together.  

     A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony was held during back to school night at Green Acres Elementary for the newest playground.  From the enthusiasm of the students playing to the joy on the parents’ and teachers’ faces, it was clear that this endeavor did everything hoped for and more!  The playground is all-inclusive through a series of ramps wide enough for wheelchair access.  Now all students will be able to utilize the fun equipment and socialize through play. This is the third school to benefit from the foundation for an accessible playground- and a plan is in the works for a fourth one next year.  The commitment is real: to provide an accessible playground for all students to enjoy at each elementary school.  

     What an incredible endeavor!  We are so grateful to the Weber School Foundation, their board members and staff, the countless volunteers, and the many dedicated patrons and sponsors.  You are helping to make a dream come true for students with special needs to enjoy playing… just like any other kid!                

http://foundation.wsd.net/

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:48

Weber Reads Shakespeare

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shakespeare reads thumbAt the end of August, Margaret Rostkowski, a former educator, author, and member of the Weber Reads project, met with the elementary reading specialists to share information about this year's selected focus--Shakespeare. 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. As a part of this project, each elementary and secondary school receives a box of books and sample lesson plans centered on the selected author or literary work. Teachers can also make arrangements for volunteers from the library to visit their school and do a presentation on Shakespeare. 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. 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/discover/weber-reads

Elementary books from Weber Reads

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This month the Weber School District was given the opportunity to recognize Mrs. Melanie Bateman and Mr. Jason Tuveson during our monthly school board meeting.  Mrs. Bateman was nominated for the Extra Mile Award by Principal Scott Zellmer of Kanesville Elementary, and Mr. Tuveson was nominated for the Extra Mile Award by Mrs. Joanne Hobbs, former principal of North Park School (now Uintah Elementary).

Mr. Jason Tuveson is North Park Elementary’s Head Custodian.  Mrs. Hobbs states, “When you walk down the shiny new halls at North Park Elementary, or gaze at the morning sunrise in the new bank of east-facing windows, it is Jason Tuveson, the school’s custodian that can be thanked for enjoying this tidy, clean facility.”  She goes on to say, “Jason welcomes each new day with positivity and cheerfulness that is easily caught. He makes himself available to all staff members as custodial needs arise. Jason is known to assist struggling students who need a break, inviting them to assist him in sweeping up a mess, or erasing scuff marks off the tile.  In addition, he has been a mentor utilized by Canyon View for students that shadow him in their ‘Life’ program.”  Jason exemplifies “North Park Tiger Pride” in all that he does.  The North Park students are blessed to have such a dedicated ally in Mr. Tuveson.

When describing Mrs. Melanie Bateman, Kanesville Principal Scott Zellmer states that she is the “heart and soul” of this great school.  Melanie has been the Head Secretary at Kanesville since 1994.  Mr. Zellmer admires Melanie’s  ability to handle any obstacle with a smile.  When recently faced with the daunting task of learning new financial software, Melanie gladly took on the challenge without complaint.  The staff at Kanesville rely on her organizational skills, efficiency, and emotional support.  Perhaps most importantly, the students know that they can come to Mrs. Bateman if they are in need of a little TLC.  Melanie once told Mr. Zellmer that if a child thinks they need a Band-Aid, we give it to them, regardless of the need.  She stated, “Sometimes a Band-Aid is more about showing you care than about covering a scrape.”

Congratulations to these two deserving award winners.  Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to recognize your unique gifts and talents.  We express our gratitude for your dedication and enthusiasm!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:25

WSD Students compete in FCCLA Conference

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FCCLAWeber School District students represented Utah at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America Leadership Conference in Washington DC July 4 through July 9.

Roy High School had two students who competed in the culinary arts competition.

  • Felipe Estrada and Cici Moreno. They received a silver medal for their accomplishments.


Bonneville High School had 11 students in Washington DC for the national competition.

  • Hailey Jeffries and Nicholette Houston brought home a gold medal, scoring a 98 out of 100 on their Food Innovations project.
  • Kaitlin Buckway and Carlee Combe took home a silver medal with their Chapter in Review Display Occupational Category.
  • Katie Hassell, Kimberly Palos, and Emma London earned a silver medal with their Promote and Publicize FCCLA! project.
  • Aspen Jarvis and Abby Walker’s Chapter Service Project Display in the Occupational Category received a silver metal
  • Olivia Nicholas and Kortney Stevens received a silver medal for their Food Innovations Project.

 
Weber School District and Bonneville High School will also be represented at the state level by Aspen Jarvis as the Utah FCCLA VP of Development.

The students, along with their advisors, Roy High School Gaylene Greenwood and Bonneville High School Susan Hill, Melissa Judkins and Erin Dea, put in many late nights and early mornings preparing for the competition. We want to congratulate them for their outstanding job representing Utah and Weber County School District in our country’s capitol.

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Your student’s score reports from the 2015 administration of the SAGE end-of-level assessments are now available on the Parent Portal. In order to access these reports, simply complete the following steps:

  1. Log into your Portal account.
  2. Identify the student for whom you wish to view reports.
  3. Click on the documents tab.
  4. Click on the View Document link following Year 15 Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence.

All test reports for your student are located in a single file. The file includes the English Language Arts (ELA) component (with a Writing subscore), the Mathematics report and a Science report for grades four and above.

SAGE results are reported with a scale score and a proficiency level for each test. A scale score represents a student’s performance on a particular test and is reported as a number from 100-900+ for each test. These scale scores allow for consistent interpretation of the scores and provide a clear illustration of student growth from year to year.

SAGE tests were developed to include vertical scales in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). These scales link the subject-based assessments from grade to grade to provide information relative to student growth over time. Vertical scales are used in Math and ELA since the content standards in these disciplines follow a meaningful progression over time. However, Science assessments do not include a vertical scale since proficiency in one grade/course doesn’t necessarily require proficiency from the previous grade/course. In other words, proficiency in Physics doesn’t necessarily affect a student’s potential for success in Chemistry.

A great deal of information about your student is present on the Individual Student Reports. The scale on the left side of each document serves as a “thermometer” to indicate your student’s performance on each SAGE test. The thick, horizontal, black line in the middle of the graphic represents the scale score necessary to be considered proficient. The text next to each scale score documents the skills and abilities students who fall into each of these categories demonstrated during testing. The Reporting Category section details your student’s strengths and weaknesses relative to their overall performance on the given SAGE assessment. A legend is provided in the upper right-hand corner of the document to better help you understand this section.

In the lower-right corner, you can compare your student’s score to those of the school, the district and the state for that grade level and subject. Math and ELA reports also include a graphic of Student Performance over Time to illustrate changes in testing performance from one year to the next. The taupe, horizontal line indicates the scale score necessary to be proficient on the given exam.

As you study the SAGE reports for your student, please keep in mind that these scores are only a single measure of performance for your child. In order to truly understand the skills, abilities and needs of each student, one must consider the entire picture of student achievement including many more elements than test scores. If you have questions about these reports, please contact your building administrator. 

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Weber School District students participated in the HOSA: Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, June 24-27. The theme of the conference was Dream-Inspire-Lead.

From Weber High School’s HOSA Chapter, the Public Service Announcement (PSA) team took 1st place at nationals competing against teams from all over the country, Canada, Mexico, and Italy.   The team consisted of Kencaid Lunt, Henderson Bird, Austin Spilker, Christian Protzman, David Suisse, and Matt Hansen.  The team was required to make a 30 second video on concussion prevention, treatment and recognition and give a four minute presentation about the topic.  Also from Weber High School, Weston Lee placed in the top ten (10) in Job Seeking Skills.

From Fremont High School’s HOSA Chapter, Raquel Lemon placed in the top ten (10) in Medical Terminology.

Roy High’s HOSA chapter was given National Recognition for earning almost $2000 for LLS. This recognition came from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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