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Friday, 27 August 2021 14:31

News Release: Open-Restricted Sites

Summer Meal Service Programs In 2021-2022

Weber School District is participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) food service program during the 2021-2022 school year under a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be provided to all children free of charge who are enrolled students registered at the school where the meal service is being offered. Meal service is restricted to this population in order to maintain safety and control for students that are enrolled at the school site. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Free meals to children will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Bates Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Burch Creek Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Country View Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Farr West Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Freedom Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Green Acres Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   H. Guy Child Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Hooper Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Kanesville Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Lakeview Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Lomond View Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Majestic Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Midland Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Municipal Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   North Ogden Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   North Park Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Orchard Springs Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Pioneer Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Plain City Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Riverdale Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Roosevelt Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Roy Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Silver Ridge Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Uintah Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Valley Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Valley View Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Washington Terrace Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   West Haven Elementary
8:15 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   West Weber Elementary
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   North Ogden Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Orion Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Rocky Mountain Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Sand Ridge Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Snowcrest Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   South Ogden Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   T.H. Bell Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Wahlquist Junior High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Bonneville High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Fremont High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Roy High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Weber High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Two Rivers High
7:30 AM Breakfast  11:00 AM Lunch   Weber Innovations High

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  • Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  • Email: .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Weber School District today announced its policy for providing meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs. This school year, healthy meals will be offered at no cost to all students. These meals will be available every school day. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing schools to waive this requirement for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Households will not be required to submit a meal application form to receive meals at no charge this school year. However, Weber School District is still collecting and processing applications for free and reduced-price meals. This is because school funding and eligibility for other programs depends on completed meal applications. Completing an application this year may also prevent a gap in benefits for your child next year.  

Each household will receive a letter informing them of the program, including contact information for any questions. Each school and/or the school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. It is important to submit a completed meal application as soon as possible.

  • Only one meal application is needed for each household. Applications are collected at the local level; each school district or charter school has their own process for submitting applications.
  • Applications are available at http://wsd.net/departments/support/child-nutrition .

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits for School Year 2021-2022: 

Income

  1. Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels

Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

  1. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Program Participant 

  1. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
  2. Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Income Eligibility

For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete the free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Genina Walton, CNP Coordinator, at . Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

  1. Names of all household members
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for “No Social Security number”
  4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility

Weber School District is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Weber School District will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have should contact Genina Walton, CNP Coordinator, at .

Determining Eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Genina Walton, CNP Coordinator, at will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Kayleen Anderson, CNP Supervisor, at .

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Genina Walton, CNP Coordinator, at  .

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Unexpected Circumstances

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.

Sharing Information

The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data, unless a wavier releasing the use of the information for other specific programs is signed by the parent or guardian. Families who are notified of categorical or automatic eligibility (directly certified) will receive a wavier release form for their signature with the notification letter. The household name and address will be given to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unless “No” is checked on the back of the application.

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Individuals should complete an application for free and reduced-price meals and return it to the school where the child is enrolled. The family will be notified of the child’s eligibility.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household Size Reduced Meals Free Meals
Annual Monthly Annual Monthly
2  23,828 1,986  16,744  1,396 
3  32,227  2,686  22,646 1,888 
4 40,626  3,386  28,548  2,379 
5  57,424 4,786  40,352  3,363 
6  65,823 5,486  46,254  3,855 
7  74,222 6,186  52,156  4,347 
8  82,621 6,886  58,058  4,839 
For each additional family member add  8,399 700  5,902  492 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages otherthan English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)          Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)          fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)          email: .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:41

Vaccination Clinics

The Weber Morgan Health Department and Nomi Health (https://nomihealth.com) are offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to students 12 years and older and their families. Due to the fact that we have received many requests from parents to provide opportunities for students to be vaccinated, we are offering up our secondary schools as vaccination sites as a service and convenience for our patrons. Here is the schedule for the vaccination sites and associated dates and times: 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

August 30
2:00-6:00 pm

August 31
2:00-6:00 pm

September 1
2:00-6:00 pm

September 2
2:00-6:00 pm

September 3
2:00-6:00 pm

 

Weber HS
(Lg. Gym Balcony)

North Ogden Jr. High
(Gym)

Canyon View
(Lg. Conference Room)

Fremont HS
(Cafeteria)

Wahlquist Jr. High
(Cafeteria)

Orion Jr. High
(Cafeteria)

Roy HS
(Cafeteria)

Roy Jr. High
(Gym)

Rocky Mt. Jr. High
(Cafeteria)

Sandridge Jr. High
(Gym)

Snowcrest Jr. High
(Choir Room)

Weber Innovation HS
(Training Room)

Two Rivers HS
(Cafeteria)

Bonneville HS
(Library)

T.H. Bell Jr. High
(Cafeteria)

South Ogden Jr. High
(Cafeteria)

PRIME DOSE

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

September 20
2:00-6:00 pm

September 21
2:00-6:00 pm

September 22
2:00-6:00 pm

September 23
2:00-6:00 pm

September 24
2:00-6:00 pm

 

Weber HS

North Ogden Jr. High

Canyon View

Fremont HS

Wahlquist Jr. High

Orion Jr. High

Roy HS

Roy Jr. High

Rocky Mt. Jr. High

Sandridge Jr. High

Snowcrest Jr. High

Weber Innovation HS

Two Rivers

Bonneville HS

T. H. Bell Jr. High

South Ogden Jr. High

BOOST DOSE

Individuals interested in being vaccinated may either schedule a formal appointment at the school site they desire or walk in to any of our school sites on their scheduled vaccination dates and during the 2:00-6:00 pm time frame. To schedule an appointment at a school site, click on the following link and follow the instructions: getmyshot.utah.gov/mobile

A few things to plan for as you schedule your appointment:

  • Pfizer will be the vaccine administered. A prime dose (first shot) and boost dose (second shot) should be scheduled, three weeks apart. 
  • Vaccine appointments may be scheduled at any of our secondary school sites. Individuals administered the first dose will receive a CDC card and will need to bring it to the site they schedule for their second dose three weeks later.
  • Students (ages 12 years and older), parents and school employees are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccination at our school sites.
  • Health care personnel will be wearing masks in the vaccination area to protect themselves and others. For their personal safety, these health care professionals will ask that those coming to receive a vaccination wear a mask or face covering during the process.
  • The vaccination “boost” or second dose will take place in the same location within each school as the “prime” or first dose.
  • The parent/guardian of the student must provide permission for the student to be vaccinated if the student is under 18 years of age. 
  • Several resources are attached to this letter/email for your review. These documents may also be found at: Coronavirus.Utah.gov/Vaccine.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Weber School District Secondary & Elementary Education
801-476-7800

Monday, 16 August 2021 08:52

Parent Letter - August 3, 2021

August 3, 2021

Dear Parents, Students and Families of Weber School District:

We are excited to welcome you back to the 2021-22 school year! Our teachers are so excited to meet your children as we return to school. There’s no doubt that the last school year was a tremendous challenge for every one of us. While last year may have been one of the most difficult school years, we believe that this upcoming year may be one of the most important! We have been preparing all summer for the return of your students. Following are important informational matters as we begin the 2021-22 school year:

Academic Learning Loss

Learning may have been disrupted for some students due to a variety of factors related to the pandemic. Under the direction of our curriculum department (led by Sheri Heiter) we have carefully analyzed student data to determine areas that we may need to focus on as we rebound from the effects of the pandemic. Teachers have gone through professional training in important areas and are even better prepared to address potential areas of academic learning loss. Our school district has strategically distributed Federal Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds directly to schools and they will be developing plans to work carefully with students and families. We encourage you to speak to your principal for local community plans to support student learning.

Face Masks

We understand that as a state and nation we are beginning to experience another spike in COVID-19 case counts. Local and state health officials are beginning to recommend the wearing of face masks when in-doors. While we will invite those who choose to wear a mask in school to do so, we will not require the face coverings. In fact, during the last session, the Utah Legislature passed HB 1007 which prohibits school districts from requiring face coverings in school during this upcoming school year.

Test to Play

Last year, our high school athletes and students participating in extracurricular activities went through “test to play” protocols every two weeks. We will not begin the school year requiring these students to test regularly in order to participate; however, should case counts begin to rise at a local level, we may strategically institute the “test to play” protocol in order to keep our students playing.

Contact Tracing and Quarantining

We will still be required by the health department to contact trace, notify and inform students and employees who have been exposed to COVID-19. Any student or employee who has:

  1. Been fully vaccinated;
  2. Had COVID-19 within the last 180 days; 
  3. You and the person who tested positive were both wearing masks at the time of the exposure;
  4. You were wearing an N95 or KN95 mask, even if the person who tested positive was not wearing a mask.

will be exempt from the recommendation to quarantine. Education leaders across the state have worked with health department officials and legislative leaders to also exempt from the quarantine recommendation those students or employees who agree to wear a mask for the 10-day quarantine period so that they can remain in school.

Test to Stay

Our goal this year is to keep students in school! Test to Stay is one more tool that the legislature has provided to help us achieve that goal. Last year, the health department and governor’s office implemented a 1% threshold that required schools with 1% of their overall school population testing positive for COVID-19 (or 15 for schools with enrollment less than 1500) to move into a two-week school closure. This year, SB 107 doubled that threshold to 2% (or 30 for schools with less than 1500 students). Fortunately, SB 107 now provides a way to keep students in school. This is how SB 107 outlines the “Test to Stay’ option: should a school hit that threshold in positive COVID-19 case counts a “Test to Stay” strategy would be implemented. Those students who test negative (trained personnel would administer the test) or who are fully vaccinated could continue attending school in-person. Those who test positive (or refuse to test) would simply move to online learning for a ten-day period. It should be noted that with the 2% threshold, Weber School District would never have had to close one of our schools last year.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Weber School District will not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, we will partner with the Weber Morgan Health Department to sponsor an after-school clinic for those families who choose to vaccinate their children ages 12-18. Those clinics will be held at select secondary schools during the week of August 30th. A follow-up clinic will be held exactly four weeks after that date at the same location. Of course, participation in one of these vaccine clinics is completely voluntary. Additional information will be sent to you from your child’s school.

This information represents the latest guidance from the Utah State Legislature and the Governor’s Office. We recognize that things could change and new laws would then dictate our policies and practices. As a school board and superintendent, we wish to express to each of you how much we appreciate your remarkable support. We believe we have the finest parents, students and families anywhere! As we work together on behalf of children, we are confident that we can continue to navigate any complexity encountered. Thank you for all you do and we look forward to a highly successful school year!

With Great Respect and Appreciation,

Board of Education Members

Jon Ritchie – Board President Dean Oborn – Board Vice-President

Doug Hurst – Board Member Paul Widdison – Board Member

Janis Christensen – Board Member Bruce Jardine – Board Member

Jan Burrell – Board Member

Superintendent Assistant Superintendents

Dr. Jeff Stephens Lori Rasmussen Art Hansen

Monday, 02 August 2021 07:30

Reporting Harassment / Discrimination

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. 


Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX


Sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

    1.   An employee of the District conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on
          an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual misconduct; (quid pro quo)
    2.   Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively
            offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s educational program or
            activity;
    3.   “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C.
            12291 (a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in
            34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30) 

Alleged conduct that does not rise to the level of the sexual harassment under Title IX will be addressed in accordance with other District policies that prohibit sexual harassment and/or sex-based discrimination, or other forms of inappropriate conduct, as is deemed appropriate.

Monday, 02 August 2021 07:29

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC §1681)

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  


WSD Title IX Coordinator

Art Hansen
Assistant Superintendent
5320 Adams Ave. Parkway
Ogden, Utah 84405
801 476-7826


Art Hansen (Title IX Contact - Sexual Harassment) - 801 476-7826  
Clyde Moore (Title IX Contact - Athletics) – 801 476-7878
Jamie Ellis (Title IX Contact – Discrimination and Equity) – 801 476-7865  
Larry Hadley (Title IX Contact - Complaint Against An Employee) - 801 476-7804  

Resources

Policies 4120 Student Discrimination and Harassment, 4121 Student Sexual Harassment, 7100 Employee Harassment and Discrimination 
USBE Title IX Website
U.S. Department of Education – Title IX
Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities
WSD Sexual Harassment Complaint Form 
Informal Resolution Process

Link to Title IX Training Materials Utah Attorney General's Office)
Link to Title IX Training Materials (Heidi Alder - Legal Counsel)
Link to Title IX Regulations Training Video (Utah State Board of Education)

Non-Discrimination Statement

Weber School District is committed to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all our students and employees. Weber School District prohibits discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), or retaliation on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected classification in all educational  programs, activities, admissions, access, treatment, or employment practices. Board Policy 4120 and 7100 prohibits discrimination based on race, color and national origin, sex, handicap or disability, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,  and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Access Act, and Utah Code 34A-5-106. Other related Weber School District Policy 5201 - Bullying Policy. Related inquiries and complaints may be directed to a school administrator or to the Weber School District Director of Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (801) 476-7869. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, (303) 844-5695 or, if you believe you have been discriminated in your employment, the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) at (801) 530-6801 or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-4000..

Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:40

October Superintendency Message

Lex Puffer, Asst. Superintendent of Weber School DistrictIn the new Common Core State Standards Initiative, college and career-readiness standards have been incorporated into the K-12 standards which will enable educators to better prepare students for the 21st century. The Utah State Board of Education gave permission for school districts to take time to implement training of the core to educators. The WSD Board of Education granted a full school day for the purpose of training, planning, collaboration and application of the new core. On September 30, elementary and secondary educators gathered together in several different locations across the district for general and subject-specific training and teacher development. The focus of the day was centered on speaking, listening, writing and comprehension of informational text across all curricular areas. Teachers have indicated that the Common Core training day was valuable and impactful. We are currently in the process of gathering more data from educators to help determine the level of effectiveness of the training and how to improve similar trainings in the future. We appreciate the members of the WSD Board of Education for their support in allowing educators this valuable opportunity for planning and preparation, collaboration with colleagues and opportunities for growth and learning.

Monday, 12 December 2011 10:07

December Superintendency Message

lindacarverI have had the pleasure on numerous occasions to speak to University students within their educational departments throughout the State of Utah.  Without exception, the overriding concern they share is the availability of employment opportunities.  Many, many times I have been asked if we ever hire new teachers.   It has been interesting to watch their reactions when I inform them that we have hired well over one hundred new teachers for the past three years. They then mention they have heard rumors that we have imposed a hiring freeze.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is accurate that prior to these years, we have hired slightly more teachers, but the demand for new teachers is still great.  This past year we also hired over one hundred classified employees.

"Weber School District is committed to provide educational experiences which motivate each student to become a lifelong learner, attain academic and personal potential, and enter the workforce with the necessary skills." This mission statement is our number one priority but it is noteworthy that in addition to providing academic excellence,  we are also the second largest employer in Weber County, the first being the IRS.  We have over thirty-three hundred caring employees that contribute a great deal to the community and economy of Weber County.

Thanks to all.

Monday, 02 January 2012 10:33

January Superintendency Message

Recently, I finished re-reading Notebooks of the Mind, a fascinating book that explores how creative people think and examines the human mind working at its highest potential.  In particular, one phrase caught my attention--"the legacy of distant teachers."  The author, Vera John-Steiner, described the critical role that teachers play in shaping lives.  I began reflecting upon the "legacy of distant teachers" who have impacted me.  The list of memorable teachers was long; however, I do want to briefly mention one very special teacher—Janice Cashmore-Allen.

I opened the newspaper on New Year's Day to learn of Janice’s passing.  I student taught with Janice 28 years ago at South Ogden Junior High School.  Janice was a master teacher and the consummate professional.  She was my friend and mentor and will be greatly missed.  When I consider "the legacy of distant teachers" in my life, Janice is at the top of the list.  Although no longer with us, Janice’s influence on my life continues.  Therein is the legacy of a teacher!

Since becoming superintendent, I have been in dozens of classrooms throughout our district and observed numerous master teachers.  Weber School District is fortunate to have dedicated, caring teachers and professionals who shape and impact children's lives.  One paradox of teaching is that although typically occurring in large-group settings, the effects are always individual.  Great teachers possess the capacity to connect with each student.  These connections are held not in teachers' methods but in their hearts.  Although the rewards of teaching are not always tangible, be assured that you will be among "the legacy of distant teachers" as your students reflect on those who have influenced them.  I thank each of you for your great efforts!

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:33

February Superintendency Message

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. will require at least an associate’s degree or a post-secondary vocational certificate. In the near future, employers will be hiring individuals with technology education training more than any other group. Higher level knowledge and skills are not only requisite for traditional college bound students but also for those students who are entering the career fields of technology. Weber School District (WSD) is meeting this demand by offering secondary students the opportunities to learn from well-qualified instructors to help prepare them for future employment in the real world of technology application.

WSD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers a multitude of educational opportunities, courses, internships, and student organizations to better prepare students with 21st Century knowledge and skills. Many of the high school CTE courses in WSD offer Concurrent Enrollment (CE) credit through many of Utah’s colleges and universities.

Worked Based Learning (WBL) opportunities are provided to qualified 12th grade students. Through this program, apprenticeships and internships are available at participating local businesses, medical facilities, schools and government entities.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) gives students hands-on pre-engineering courses and provides a rigorous curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). PLTW is a national program that is offered in all 50 states. Recently, WSD’s PLTW program housed at Two Rivers High School, received the “Model School Award for Leadership” in STEM education. Only 16 of the participating 4,200 schools received this distinguished honor.

Secondary schools in WSD can become actively involved in a variety of CTE classes ranging from business, health sciences, technology, robotics, computer technology, and digital electronics to manufacturing, construction, automotives, welding, architecture and engineering ….. and everything in between. Through the CTE programs, students can also engage themselves in several different student organizations to help enhance their interest and abilities in CTE.

As a district, we are very fortunate to have such dedicated, professional CTE leaders and instructors who enhance and multiply the learning opportunities of our students. We are also deeply appreciative of the army of local business, medical, school and government leaders who have partnered with us to help students better prepare themselves for future educational and career opportunities.

Lex Puffer

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