September 8, 2018
Dear Parents or Guardians:
Recently, in the news, there have been reports of Norovirus outbreaks in our state – we’ve even had a report of a small outbreak in one of our schools. As of right now, there have been no confirmed cases of Norovirus in any school in Weber District. We have been in direct contact with the Weber Morgan Health Department to obtain this confirmation.
The remaining portion of this letter is for those who want additional information about Norovirus, in general. We encourage you to read on!
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the "winter vomiting bug," is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, a viral infection characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body aches. Norovirus illness is NOT related to the flu, which is caused by the influenza virus.
How Norovirus is Transmitted:
Norovirus spreads easily! A person usually develops symptoms 12-48 hours after being exposed to Norovirus, and most people will get better within 1-3 days. Norovirus is very contagious and can be contracted from:
How to Prevent the Spread of Norovirus:
To protect yourself and others from Norovirus:
How to Treat Norovirus:
Norovirus causes flu-like symptoms. If you or your child contracts this virus, follow these guidelines:
To learn more about this very contagious virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus.
For further questions about the Norovirus, please contact the Weber-Morgan Health Department: http://www.webermorganhealth.org/
We hope your child has enjoyed his or her first few days of school! We thank you for sharing your child with us!
Weber School District Superintendency, Student Services Team and Nurses
We are very pleased to announce as of July 2018, Weber School District will now offer an online Free/Reduced Meal Application submission process. The online application submission is accessed by the guardian logging into http://MyWeber.wsd.net and click on the header Students and select Meal Application from the drop down.
Zach Vigil, NFL Defensive Inside Linebacker #56 for the Washington Redskins, visited Lakeview Elementary's 6th grade! He talked about goals, life and commitment. Zach is a Utah native. While playing at Utah State University. he received many awards including the All American Award. He also set numerous records. The students listened intently to what he had to say and then asked questions, took pictures and got autographs.
Municipal Elementary hosted author Frank L. Cole on March 13th. The assembly was a huge success! The students enjoyed Frank's enthusiasm for reading and books. He is the published author of 10 books, with his latest book "Potion Masters" being released just this past January. Frank told great personal stories about a substitute bus driver when he was a student in Kentucky, another about his clock radio transmitting his sister's telephone conversations, and best of all, teaching the students that to become an amazing author they need to do four things: 1) Be weird! 2) Read 3) Observe 4) Believe! After the assembly, Mr. Cole did a book signing in our foyer with our students. He autographed each book and gave each student an autographed poster as well. The students & faculty at Municipal were impressed and enjoyed our Frank L. Cole visit.
During February parent conference week, Plain City Elementary held the culminating event for its One Book One School program. Every family in the school received a copy of the classic book, "The Indian in the Cupboard." Throughout November and December, students were given bi-weekly reading goals. A drawing was held every two weeks from names of students who had met the goal, and two students from every grade level got to pick out a new book. All students participated in various challenges, such as guessing the number of tiny plastic cowboys and Indians in a giant jar, hunting for the hidden Indian, or seeing if they were one of the lucky students to have a magic key hidden under their chair. Students who completed the book by the deadline were rewarded with donuts. In art class, Mr. Hadley taught students about Native American art, and every student made at least one piece of art. They included: woven Native American mats, dream catchers, Eye of Gods, beaded and woven bowls, totem poles, buffalo skin story maps, sand art, and feather necklaces. On Art & Literacy Night, students and parents were invited to "Step Into 'The Indian in the Cupboard," to view all the fine artwork. Many students are now reading the sequel to the book, "Return of the Indian."
Weber School District CTE has created a K-12 Teaching as a Profession pathway to help combat the teaching shortage. Our goal is to “grow our own” teachers. This program is part of the national Education and Training cluster. This program will offer students opportunities to explore careers in teaching, planning, managing, and providing education and training related learning support services.
The K-12 Teaching as a Profession pathway begins in the 9th grade with Exploring Education. The 10th and 11th grade classes are Teaching as a Profession I & II. In these courses students will explore teaching as a profession through hands-on experiences, gaining first hand knowledge of what it is like to be a teaching professional. As a capstone to the program, students will have the opportunity to earn concurrent college credit through Weber State’s Education 1010 course and can also participate in a Work Based Learning Internship in our district schools with mentor teachers.
Weber District CTE was given the opportunity to present our K-12 Teaching as a Profession pathway at the Utah State Board Association conference
Kanesville Elementary recently hosted the VEX IQ Competition. This competition is the elementary version of robotics designed for students to compete against other teams. Similar to legos, the students design, build, program and drive these robots. Qualifying teams go on to compete at the state level. Weber School District was well represented with 20 out of the 36 teams. Kanesville and Green Acres were amongst the winning schools. The state championship will be held in February at Davis High. We wish these talented students and teachers the best of luck!
For many years, the Wahlquist Spanish Department carried out a service project for the students in central Ogden, delivering school supplies, hygiene items, warm clothing, and books to Dee Elementary. With the closure of Dee, the project has now been reestablished at Madison Elementary School.
A fundraiser that started in November and a coat drive through December allowed Wahlquist Spanish students to bring a large supply of donations and over a thousand books for Ogden’s inner city students to keep and read during the winter break. Wahlquist’s choir provided a beautiful performance for their school, and then students from the Spanish Department helped little kids find books they wanted to read. Thanks to all those who have and continue to support this project!