Brent Richardson, President of the Weber School District Board of Education, passed away yesterday after a valiant battle with cancer. Brent was an Ogden native, graduating from Ogden High School in 1967. After high school, he enlisted as a member of the 19th Special Forces Group, and after serving his country, he returned to Utah to attend Weber State College. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and later went on to manage several successful businesses in the Ogden area.
During his career, Brent served on numerous boards including the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce; School of Technology, Weber State University; and the Board of Trustees of the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College.
Brent had served on the Weber School District Board of Education since 1999 and as Board President since 2009. Under his stewardship, three successful bonds were passed which led to the building and renovation of many schools throughout the district. The combination of Brent’s expertise as an entrepreneur, ingenuity, passion, and continual community involvement, helped craft Weber School District into what it is today.
Representing Precinct 3, the patrons of South Ogden and Uintah cites, and all children throughout Weber School District, President Brent Richardson’s leadership will be greatly missed!
West Haven Elementary shows their support for the American Cancer Society by hosting their annual Hawk Walk. West Haven students walked in this mini Relay for Life and America First donated $5.00 for every student who walked between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. In addition to walking for a cure, students collected donations from family and friends. The Hawk Walk concluded with a survivors walk to honor our Hawks that have fought and beat cancer.
Kimberlee, a 6th grade student at Kanesville Elementary, had amazing achievements at this year’s science fairs. She won first place at the school science fair, and then won first place in Chemistry at the district science fair. She also won a Broadcom Master’s Award at the district fair. Kimberlee also attended the regional Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair, and won first place in Chemistry there as well! Her project was titled "Blood Glucose Challenge." She tested several people of different ages to see if age had an effect on how quickly sugar is metabolized. She did this by having people drink a sugar-filled soda, and then tested their blood sugar at regular intervals for the next hour. Kimberlee was even able to tell someone to go to the doctor, where they were diagnosed with diabetes, based on this project! She is amazing!
Students were asked to recognize a problem they have experienced and then invent something to fix that problem. The kids had to keep track of what they used and what they expected the invention to do. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles were invited to come see all the inventions and ask the kids about them. It was a very fun event. Read more to see pictures from the event.
For the 3rd year in a row, Green Acres Elementary will send students to the World Robotics Championship in Kentucky. This year two Green Acres’ teams qualified: Minute to Win It and Crossfire Blue. At the championship they will have the opportunity to collaborate with other robotics teams from all over the world. This is an incredible opportunity for our students. If you’d like to help these students get to Kentucky you can donate at the school. Green Acres is a Bronze STEM Designation School. The robotics after school club is part of their Science Technology Engineering and Math emphasis.
Kanesville Elementary attended the VEX IQ state robotics competition in Farmington on March 4, 2017. Before going to state, Kanesville attended 3 competitions. Kanesville received funding from some very generous donors and parents who stepped up to help out: Skidmore Transportation, Asphalt Preservation, Doxey Family Chiropractic, Universal Synaptics, and Bryron Bosshardt with Ridgeline Realty.
Kanesville sent four teams that were randomly chosen from interested 5th and 6th grade students. Each team had between 6-10 students. They worked together as teams to design, build, drive, record and autonomously program a robot, as well as create a STEM project all within the theme of the year.
In the 1st competition, at WIC, Kanesville swept STEM with a 1st, two-tied 2nd place, and 4th place awards, also having some of the students make it into the top 16.
At the next competition at DaVinci Academy, the students made it into the top 16 for finals, one team won the Overall Design Award, and another team won the STEM award overall. Kanesville then decided to attend one more competition.
As the year ended, 3 out of 4 Kanesville teams were invited to compete at the State Competition. One team made it into the top 16 finals, and another team WON the overall STEM award and was invited to attend and compete in the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kanesville was one of the very few elementary-aged students to be invited to the World Competition. These students and amazing teachers have put in many hours preparing and attending these events. They are so grateful at how hard these students have worked!
This year, the Weber School District received a grant from the State that will allow us to put almost 2000 Chromebooks in the hands of our students. These devices will be going to the language art classes in our secondary schools. With an emphasis on digital learning, we are also using some of the funding to train our teachers as "Google Certified Educators." Using technology such as Google Classroom and G Suite, teachers are able to provide their students with a more enhanced, interactive, learning experience. We greatly appreciate our state legislators for their continued efforts in supporting education and our students!
One student took 1st in Microbiology with a Broadcom Masters award and another student took 2nd in Environmental with a Stockholm Water Prize, Ricoh Sustainability Award, NOAA medal and prize and Broadcom Masters. Three additional students took 3rd place. One in Medical/Health and the other two in Social Behavioral. Way to go Hawks!
This month Weber School District presented the E+ Team Award to Christina Olsen and Andrea Swanson of Bonneville High. These ladies are part of the Life Skills team and work hard to make their students feel successful and have united the Laker student body through programs such as the “Best Buddies” program, which has received national recognition; as well as hosting a homecoming dinner before the dance and having all the Life Skills students attend and participate in the homecoming activities. The time they put into their craft is amazing and their tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed within the school. We are honored to present this award and congratulate them on this accomplishment!