Weekly District Update - May 21, 2021

Weekly District Update - May 21, 2021
Posted on 05/21/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - May 21, 2021Welcome to the final Weekly District Update of the school year! Glad you made it!

This week the district released its draft plan for Fridays during the 2021-2022 school year. You can find the draft plan HERE. After reviewing the draft plan, please provide feedback HERE.

This is the district’s draft framework for Fridays. Each school will work under the direction of its principal to complete a specific school plan to meet the parameters established by the district.

The Uintah School Board will hold a public budget hearing Wednesday, May 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m.in the auditorium at Vernal Middle School. The hearing will be live streamed on the district’s YouTube channel, and public input can be provided HERE.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year and the proposed final amended budget for the 2020-21 school year are available online HERE or upon request to the district Business Administrator’s office, where they are available for public inspection during business hours. A one-page fact sheet about the tentative 2021-22 budget can be found HERE.

Thursday, May 27, is the last day of school districtwide. It will follow the district’s Minimum School Day Schedule.

Ashley Valley Education Center will hold its graduation ceremony at AVEC on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Commencement exercises for the Uintah High Class of 2021 will be held Friday, May 28, at Coach Belcher Stadium starting at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. No tickets are required. Masks aren’t required but are recommended if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Congratulations to all our district’s seniors who will graduate next week!

Now for a few highlights from the past week:

On Monday night, 10 Uintah High students signed letters of intent to become teachers after completing the Teaching As A Profession (TAP) CTE Pathway. The students who signed letters of intent are Becca Stearmer, Mattie Bowen, Andria Gilley, Hannah Roberts, Kalli Calder, Marni Cheshire, Seviah Despain, Emilia Kinsey, Sadie Young, and Brianna Hunt. Addison Laris was unable to attend the signing event, but also completed the TAP Pathway. Congratulations to these future educators!

Congratulations as well to Uintah High students Ethan Spencer, Conner Calder, and Josh Merrell, who presented their Engineering Capstone Project this week. The trio designed, built, programmed, and tested a preonic keyboard with an alphabetical layout, instead of the traditional QWERTY layout. The keyboard followed an ortholinear design, meaning its keys are laid out in a locked grid pattern instead of the staggered pattern found on a standard keyboard.

Ethan, Conner, and Josh tested their design with younger students, using their keyboard and a traditional QWERTY keyboard. The tests showed a slightly higher increase in typing speed with the alphabetical keyboard. The increase in word accuracy between the first and second test, however, was higher with the QWERTY keyboard. The younger students reported that they liked the alphabetical keyboard better.

Uintah’s FFA Chapter has continued its successful year, taking first place at the Utah FFA Association State Career Development Events. The team members were Jimmie McGuire, Alayna Murray, Bradley Wilson, and Sam Green. Jimmie McGuire placed first high individual for the entire state contest and Alayna Murray placed as third high individual. The team is now preparing to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October.

The Uintah FFA Livestock Evaluation Team, composed of Stetson Rothlisberger, Tanner Birchell, Blake Harrison and Gavin Cook, placed second at state. Stetson was the first high individual for the entire state contest. And the Uintah FFA Floriculture Team of Aysha Slaugh, Alayna Murray, Emmarie Pike and McKenzie Lindsay placed second at state. Aysha was the third high individual for the entire state contest.

Finally, good luck to the Uintah High Track & Field Team today and tomorrow as they compete at the 4A State Meet at Davis High School. Go Utes!

The Weekly District Update will return in August. In the meantime, the district will post updates as needed during June and July. Have a great weekend, an outstanding last week of school and a spectacular summer!
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