UON adapted well during unique school year

UON adapted well during unique school year
Posted on 05/10/2021
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For more than a decade, Uintah Online has been the Uintah Basin’s school-from-home option offered through Uintah School District. The school has had some exciting changes and additions during the current academic year that we are eager to share with you.

Online schools across the nation saw enormous growth for the 2020-2021 school year – ours included. With this growth, Uintah Online embraced some needed updates. We want to first thank our staff, and all the wonderful students/families we have had the opportunity to serve. From our returning UON families to our new families who have allowed us the opportunity to support with virtual schooling during this time of need, thank you.

UON added faculty support leading up to the 2020-2021 school year, adopted a fully comprehensive curriculum, and incorporated student participation in district-wide programs to better meet the needs of students and families. These changes were instrumental in providing the support and access to rich learning opportunities our students would need while attending classes remotely.

UON welcomed eight newly assigned teachers to its ranks this year, along with the assistance of nine aides. Each day, teachers and support staff worked with students and parents to track, direct, and support student learning. Making connections and engaging students in learning and online participation will always be one of the school’s primary goals.

As a faculty, we strive to build strong relationships and enjoy working with students through our virtual classrooms. Through 1-to-1 instruction, small group sessions and whole class meetings, students engaged with teachers and peers. They joined virtual sessions for tutoring, instruction, progress monitoring, science experiments, social emotional learning, show and tell, class games, virtual field trips and more.

Along with virtual opportunities, UON staff continued to facilitate and organize student socials throughout the year. Students and families enjoyed the opportunity to participate in outings and celebrations including ice skating and swimming.

UON understands the need for quality Tier 1 instruction and continues its dedication to support online learning students with a top-rated, full, comprehensive curriculum. Partnering with a leading online curriculum company, UON, is one of only a handful of online schools in the state currently providing students, teachers, and learning coaches with Edgenuity’s highly developed full online national curriculum. This has allowed UON to keep students engaged with premium content while they stay connected to local teachers in our community.

Going along with quality Tier 1 instruction, UON students are supported in the same research-based, personalized learning programs for reading and math used across all of Uintah School District’s K-8 schools. These enhancement programs allow student learning to be supported and tailored to individual needs. Because the programs are implemented across all schools in the district, student data and work is not be lost should a transfer into another school in the district take place.

Uintah Online School looks forward to the 2021-2022 school year. We value our partnerships with families and will always strive to provide the best quality education while holding to our mission: Dedicated to connecting home, school, and future.

For more information about Uintah Online, contact us through the Ashley Valley Education Center, 559 N. 1700 West, Vernal, or give us a call at 435-781-4675.
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