On Feb. 23 and 24, Weber School District held its annual Science Fair with an increased focus on Technology, Engineering, and Math. Due to this fact, the district decided change the name to the STEM Fair. In addition to the STEM fair, they also held a STEM Showcase for students to show off what they’ve been working on throughout the year. The response from students after switching the focus to STEM, instead of just science was overwhelming. Approximately 400 students from 6th through 8th grades participated in the Junior Fair and over 150 students from 9th through 12th grades participated in the Senior Fair. In addition to that, another 70 students participated in the STEM Showcase.
Matthew Patterson, Curriculum Specialist for the district said that the event was created to give students an outlet to show their work while having fun. “This event was created to highlight and feature the great work students are doing in STEM-related areas across the district, we added a new component to the annual STEM Fair (previously known as Science Fair). During the STEM Student Showcase, students will [displayed, presented, demonstrated and otherwise highlighted] projects they’ve completed during the academic year.
Students participating in the fair came up with their own projects relating to twelve different areas; Botany, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Energy and Transportation, Engineering, Environmental, Math and Computer Science, Medical/Health, Microbiology, Physics, Social/Behavioral, and Zoology.
Braden Radle spent approximately three weeks testing water from the Ogden River and other water sources around Ogden for his project, “The Water Quality for the Ogden River and Ogden City Ponds”. His project won the Stockholm Water Prize. Radle said that he was not required by his teacher to participate in the fair by his school or his teacher, but that he participated because he loves to learn and science is his favorite subject.
Hallie Nooreda and Kayla Foust from Freedom Elementary realized that not many people know the difference between baking soda and baking powder. They proved in their project, “Better Brownies” that baking soda is four times more effective than baking powder. “We both like to learn new things and what’s more fun than asking new things and getting the results?” said Nooreda; and really, that’s what the STEM Fair was all about for the students- having fun, asking what they wanted, and finding the answers …all while having fun of course.
On Feb. 26, the following individuals were awarded in their respective categories at Roy High School. Weber School District would like to congratulate all of the winners and every student who participated in this year’s STEM Fair and STEM Showcase.
This month the Weber School District was given the opportunity to recognize Mr. Lee Allen and Mrs. Barbara Bingham during our monthly school board meeting. Mrs. Bingham was nominated for the "Super Sub Award" by Principal Ray Long of Bonneville High School, and Mr. Allen was nominated for the "Exceptional Volunteer Award" by Ms. Heather Neilson, principal of West Haven Elementary.
Mr. Lee Allen has been a substitute teacher and volunteer extraordinaire at West Haven Elementary for 10-1/2 years. In the past decade, he has proven to be an invaluable member of the West Haven team, tirelessly finding ways to help teachers and students. He has done just about everything from building scenery for the 6th grade play to teaching the kids how to take care of flag duty. Lee says that he considers the students at West Haven "his kids," and knows many of them by name. Ms. Heather Neilson states, "He is kind and caring, generous and thoughtful, innovative and talented. If there is anything at West Haven that needs doing, Lee is one of the first to come to the rescue and save the day."
Mrs. Barbara Bingham is a very special member of the Bonneville High family. In fact, most of the students call her "grandma." She has spent 46 years as a substitute teacher at Bonneville, and has taught generations of kids. Mr. Ray Long reports that he is astounded at the way in which Mrs. Bingham is able to manage the classes she is assigned to teach. "I think of all the many ways the students of Bonneville have benefited from having her as a substitute teacher, whether it is in an English class, History class, or a Math class. I have personally observed her in a P.E. class and I was blown away with her ability to manage the class so well!" Mrs. Barbara Bingham was awarded the "Super Sub" award as a thank you for her years of tireless dedication to the Lakers.
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!
At the Weber School Board Meeting Held on May 6th the following administrative assignments were announced for the 2015-2016 school year:
New District Office Assignments
New Elementary Assignments
New Elementary Interns
New Secondary Assignments
New Secondary Interns
The seven retiring administrators have a combined 231 years of service in Weber School District--141 years of those years are in WSD administration! We thank each of them for their lifetime of dedication and service to children.
DiAne Morin, Weber School District Classified Employee of the Year 2015
DiAne Morin, head secretary at Roy Jr. High, has been named Weber School District's Classified Employee of the year for 2015-2015. DiAne was nominated by Kirt Swalberg, Principal of Roy Junior High. DiAne, who is the Head Secretary at Roy Junior High, states that she was humbled by her nomination and for the opportunity she has been given to work with "amazing" administration, staff, and most importantly, students. DiAne's career with the district has spanned 26 years.
Mr. Swalberg says that no one embodies the spirit of the Weber School District and Roy Junior high better than DiAne. Always positive and enthusiastic, she is the first contact people have when entering the school. Regardless of whether you are a student, community member, or parent, everyone is greeted by DiAne with a friendly face and a helpful demeanor. Mr. Swalberg states that DiAne makes everyone she comes in contact with feel special and as if they matter. He states, "I have never seen her get angry or impatient with anyone. That is not to say that she does not have hard conversations with people. She is just able to show respect and listens to what people have to say. It is for this reason I can say that everyone who comes in contact with DiAne loves her."
DiAne feels that her most important responsibility as Head Secretary is to set the tone for everyone to have a positive experience at Roy Junior. She believes that it is critical that everyone in her school feels valued and important. Junior high can be a very difficult stage developmentally for adolescents. For this reason, it is important to DiAne that she is able to be a positive source of support and to provide a "safe haven" for students who may be struggling. She states, "I hope I can be an example, an encourager, or even give a little extra strength they may need."
As an example of her dedication to the students of Roy Junior High, DiAne has voluntarily assumed the role of being an advisor to their student government. She took on this responsibility solely because she loves the students and wants to make a difference. More than just a job, DiAne is truly invested in giving back to the students in every aspect of her duties at Roy Junior High. Mr. Swalberg says that "DiAne is a vibrant, determined employee and a delightful person. Her positivity is contagious and her energy unmatched." He reports that he is a "better person" for having known her.
DiAne has a motto that she lives by. It is: "I HAVE ONE SHOT! ... One shot to be the best I can be, to touch a heart or make a difference in some small way."
We are honored to recognize DiAne for her efforts and dedication. She has definitely made a difference; not in a small way, but in a big way. We thank DiAne for being representative of the qualities and traits that we believe make our district great. Congratulations on this much deserved honor.
Becky Sagers, Weber School District Teacher of the Year 2015
Weber School District wishes to congratulate Mrs. Becky Sagers of Fremont High School on being chosen to receive the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award. Nominated by Dr. Rod Belnap, Principal at Fremont High School, Mrs. Sagers was chosen from a pool of 10 nominees.
Dr. Belnap states that Beck "exemplifies so much of what a teacher should be as a role model, a professional, and someone who inspires kids each day." Becky has a passion for education and fosters a culture of leadership and self-sufficiency in her classroom. It is her belief that students should be given leadership opportunities which contribute to cooperative learning, communication and interpersonal skills that will make them better equipped to handle challenges in their academic endeavors and eventual career challenges. She stated, "I believe that students are amazing, capable, and willing to learn and grow in an environment where they feel safe in the expression of their thoughts and feelings." It is clear that her students value the relationships that they have developed with her in the classroom. Dr. Belnap said that it is not uncommon to run into her former students who invariably ask him to "tell Mrs. Sagers 'hi' for me!"
Professionally, Becky is organized, prepared, and uses her time well. She utilizes multiple instructional methods, technology, and pacing to engage students in an effort to enhance their learning experience. It is important to Becky that her students are prepared to take on adult roles, becoming responsible and contributing members of their communities and in their own families. She does not take her duties as an educator lightly. As Dr. Belnap stated, "I've heard it said that Teaching is a Science... that said, Becky's evolution to mastering her craft is something all young teachers can emulate."
The fact that Becky is a fantastic cook and has one of the "best smelling/best tasting" classrooms in the school as a Foods teacher certainly helps make her popular with the students; however, it is her dedication to the students that makes her a particular favorite. She is as invested and enthusiastic about the struggling students as she is with the best of her students. The kids recognize her efforts at creating a fun and engaging classroom while they learn real-life skills. She stated, "I believe as a teacher it is imperative that I teach my students to believe in themselves and help them recognize that they are capable of being successful in the classroom and throughout their education experience."
Congratulations to Mrs. Sagers on receiving this well-deserved award. She is a wonderful representative of the excellent caliber of educators we have in the Weber School District.
Weber High School competed in the UHSAA/Unified Sports State Track meet held at Copper Hills, and emerged as the State Champions.
Unified Sports is a team event that pairs two special needs students with two other students from their high school to compete in events. The four team members participate in the events and their times are combined together to determine the winners.
The events included: 100 meters dash, 200 meter dash, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 400 relay, Shot Put, Long Jump and the 400.
Weber won the 400 and the 4 x 100. They took 3rd in the shot put and 5th in the 100 and 200, and took 3rd in the long jump.
Students from across Weber School District participated in the Math and Science Olympiad and Iron Kid dual events held at Weber County Fairgrounds on May 12-13. This annual 2-day event gives students the opportunity to compete with their peers in math, science, and fitness challenges.
Two to three students are chosen from grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 from each school in the district to participate. In the weeks prior to the Olympiad and Iron Kid, students practice their skills by playing math and science games such as Set, Krypto, Pentominoes, and Tile Trials. Schools also participate in fitness activities and competitions. Top contenders in each event are chosen to represent their respective school and grade at the Olympiad and Iron Kid at the Fairgrounds.
In the Math and Science Olympiad, trials are timed and the top teams are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals. The Olympiad concludes with a propeller car race. The Iron Kid event also has timed trials in which the kids place in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The Iron Kid event culminates in a timed hula hoop contest. Contenders left standing at the end of their timed trial are awarded a medal. All participants in the Iron Kid event are given a participation ribbon.
The kids all expressed their excitement at being able to represent their school and their grade level in this year's competition. Nerves aside, they were all happy to get away from the classroom for the day and enjoy competing with their peers.
We would like to thank the small army of staff, faculty, and volunteers that helped make this year's event a success.
According to the 2014 ACT statistics, 1,845,787 students took the ACT. Out of those 1,845,787 students, 1,407 got a perfect score of 36. For those doing the math, that's 0.076 percent. If a student scores a 33 or higher they are considered to be in the top one percent of test-takers and, according to many, are in "Ivy-League Territory," meaning that competitive schools start looking at them more closely. However, a student scoring a perfect 36 is nearly unheard of; but not for Bonneville High School junior Jared Christiansen.
"I looked it up on my phone because I didn't know when the scores were going to be posted and I was like, ‘Wait...that says 36. What?!'" Jared says he couldn't believe it. He immediately told his family and then told a couple of friends. Jared's mom, MaryAnn Christiansen, says that Jared has been very humble about the whole thing. He hasn't wanted the attention from it at school, but she said that everyone has been very excited for him and very positive which has been fun.
As a student who is involved in the cross country team, the track team, keeps up on all of his homework, and still finds time to hang out with his friends, Jared didn't have too much time to focus on strictly studying for the ACT. Both Jared and MaryAnn recommend that every student plan on taking the test twice and taking practice tests if possible. The first time he took it, in the fall, Jared scored a 33 and said it helped him know the format, what to expect, and how to pace himself. "The first time I ran out of time on the math questions and had to guess on the last few. The second time I didn't spend as much time double checking I just went through as fast as I could so I made sure I had enough time."
MaryAnn and Jared both say that while practice tests helped, Jared's rigorous course schedule helped prepare him most for the test. "Jared has always been diligent in what teachers ask, getting his homework in on time, and just doing what he's supposed to do." MaryAnn says. "Being more challenged in high school makes it so that when you get to the test it's not as hard because you already know you can do hard things."
Jared's post-graduation plans include serving a mission and then college. He is still looking at school and deciding where he wants to apply but he knows he wants to go into engineering. One thing's for sure, no matter where he chooses to go, his future is bright!
Congratulations to Jared and all of our other students who worked hard and scored fantastically on the ACT! We can't wait to see what great things you do in the future!
For more information on the ACT and how to prepare for the test please see your school's counselor and http://www.actstudent.org/
Weber School District will be offering free school lunch to all children ages 18 and under this summer at eight elementary schools from Roy to North Ogden. School lunch will be offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adults accompanying children may eat for $3.25.
|What:||Free Summer Lunch Program|
|Who:||Weber School District|
|When:||June 1-July 31 (except July 3 and July 24) 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
Green Acres Elementary School: 640 E. 1900 N. North Ogden, UT 84414
Lakeview Elementary School: 2025 W. 5000 S. Roy, UT 84067
MarLon Hills Elementary School: 4400 Madison Ave. South Ogden, UT 84403
Municipal Elementary School: 5775 S. 2200 W. Roy, UT 84067
North Ogden Elementary School: 530 E. 2650 N. North Ogden, UT 84414
North Park Elementary School: 4230 S. 2175 W. Roy, UT 84067
Roy Elementary School: 2888 W. 5600 S. Roy, UT 84067
Washington Terrace Elementary School: 20 E. 4600 S. Washington Terrace, UT 84405
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, contact Weber School District Child Nutrition at 801-476-7833 or 801-476-7838
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.
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:
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.
Weber 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.
Bonneville High School had 11 students in Washington DC for the national competition.
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.
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!
At 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
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. 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!