Weekly District Update - Nov. 12, 2021

Weekly District Update - Nov. 12, 2021
Posted on 11/12/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - Nov. 12, 2021On Wednesday night, the Uintah School Board voted unanimously to keep the current five class trimester schedule at Uintah High School. The board’s 5-0 vote followed months of work by district administration and members of a committee tasked with identifying and gathering information about three possible schedules for the high school.

The committee’s work culminated in a survey that was sent to parents/guardians, students in grades 8 through 12, and UHS teachers and staff. The survey results showed that the overwhelming majority of respondents wanted the board to retain the five class trimester schedule for the high school. To read more about the survey results and the board vote click HERE.

Also on Wednesday night, the Uintah School Board celebrated the students of the month for November from its 11 campuses. The students of the month for November are Kamryn Pitts (Ashley Elementary); Cash Curtice (Davis Elementary); Izzy Rodarte (Discovery Elementary); Emmett Rich (Eagle View Elementary); Drayce Reed (Lapoint Elementary); Breya Wilson (Maeser Elementary); Asacia Hansen (Naples Elementary); Brooklyn Ailey (Uintah Middle School); Treyson McKeachnie (Vernal Middle School); Elizabeth Morrison (Uintah High School); and Kassidie Bond (Ashley Valley Education Center/Uintah Online). Congratulations to these outstanding students and to all who support them!

The Spanish dual immersion teachers at Discovery Elementary assembled an ofrenda in the school’s front lobby this year to help students, staff and the community celebrate Día de Muertos. This traditional Mexican celebration, known in English as Day of the Dead, is a time for families to honor and remember deceased loved ones during the harvest season. It’s often viewed as a holiday of joyful celebration rather than one of mourning as people pay their respects to and remember friends and family members who have died.

The multi-tiered ofrenda was full of traditional brightly colored coverings, tombstones, flowers, esqueletos (skeletons), papel picado (intricate paper banners), candles (tea lights), salt, clothing, and pan de muerto (bread for the dead). Students, staff, and the school community were then invited to add photos of their loved ones or place offerings on the ofrenda, including fruit, cookies, candy, breads, fresh tamales, drinks, and books. It was a truly amazing experience to see everyone come together to not only take part in the celebration, but to share stories and memories of their loved ones. To see photos of the ofrenda, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsmXadcio.

Congratulations go out to the Uintah High Marching Band, which includes the Uintah High Color Guard! The last time the Utes placed at the state competition was 11 years ago. On Friday, Nov. 5, they finished in 3rd place at state. The next day they competed against other Utah high school marching bands and out-of-state bands in a national festival. They have never finished better than second to last in this festival. This year they finished in 16th place out of 25 bands, just four spots out of the finals and 5th in their division. Go Utes!

Finally, as a reminder, first trimester ends Thursday, Nov. 18. There will be no school Friday, Nov. 19. No school meals, including curbside meals, will be served on Friday.

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