Weekly District Update - Feb. 11, 2022

Weekly District Update - Feb. 11, 2022
Posted on 02/11/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - Feb. 11, 2022The Uintah School Board held its regularly scheduled work session and business meeting Wednesday night at the district office. An audio recording of the work session can be found HERE. An audio recording of the business meeting can be found HERE. Video of both meetings can be found on the district’s YouTube channel.

During the business meeting, the board celebrated the district’s students of the month for February. The students are Marianna Romero (Central Cove Preschool); Ruby Owens (Ashley Elementary); Oscar Francisco (Davis Elementary); Zachary Reynolds (Discovery Elementary); Alano Warenski (Eagle View Elementary); Jackson Wooley (Lapoint Elementary); Julianna Richards (Maeser Elementary); Clinton Arnold (Naples Elementary); Taiylor George (Uintah Middle School); Hazel Orton (Vernal Middle School); Kara Monfredi (Uintah High School); Katie Csere (Ashley Valley Education Center/Uintah Online).

Congratulations to these outstanding students and to everyone who supports them!

School Board Vacancy
Due to realignment of district boundaries, the Uintah School Board has a vacancy in District #2. Members of the board will appoint a representative to fulfill the term until the next regular election.

Anyone interested in applying to fill the vacancy must meet the following requirements:

1. Must reside within one of the voting precincts in District #2. The voting precincts in District #2 are VC08, VC09, VC10, VC11, VC12 and VC13. (Find your voter registration information HERE.)

2. Must write a letter of interest to the attention of Board President Dave Chivers. Proof of being a registered voter in District #2 must accompany the letter of interest. Letters must be received at the Uintah School District Office, 826 S. 1500 East, Naples, UT 84078, no later than noon on March 1, 2022. Submissions can also be emailed to [email protected].

3. Must attend a special meeting of the school board at 5 p.m. on March 3, 2022, at the district office, where the board members will interview candidates and make a selection to fill the vacancy.

With the realignment of district boundaries by the Uintah County Commission, Uintah School Board President Dave Chivers now represents District #1. Board member Harlan "Scoot" Wilkins will serve as an at-large member of the board until the end of his term.

Eagle View Students Give Back
Students at Eagle View Elementary have been busy giving back to their community and learning more about the natural world.

In December, the school's students and families donated items for the hygiene kits that were assembled by HOPE Squad members. More than 70 hygiene kits were put together with the donated supplies.

On Feb. 3, a group of EVE middle school students took a field trip to Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper. The students participated in an Eco Adventure class where they learned about animal classification and genetic coding.

They were also able to tour the aquarium and got to touch some of the animals and see all the exhibits. The aquarium's education director told the teachers that the EVE students were the best-behaved students they had ever had at the aquarium! Great job Eagles!

UMS Shoe Donation Drive Extended
Uintah Middle School’s shoe donation drive has been extended to Feb. 28. As of today, the school has collected and counted over 3,000 pairs of shoes. Many businesses, community members, and other schools have joined the Hawks efforts to collect 8,000 pairs of shoes for children in need in Tanzania.

New or gently used shoes can be dropped off at UMS during school hours, or at the Uintah School District office in the lobby.

Transportation Department Blood Drive
The district's Transportation Department will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the district office, 826 S. 1500 East in Naples. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org today and enter "Uintah” to schedule your appointment before all the available spots are taken.

You can also start the donation process by completing the online pre-donation health history questionnaire on the day of your appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. All Red Cross blood drives follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Social distancing and a high degree of cleanliness will be observed at all blood drives. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming Events
The Uintah High Cheer Review takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school. The 2021-2022 cheer squad will perform for the last time as a team. Tickets are $5 and are still available at www.uhsutes.com.

Pandemonium – the Uintah High jazz band – will perform with special guest Basin Big Band on Feb. 16 at the Uintah Conference Center. The program begins at 6 p.m. and features dinner and music. It’s a fundraiser for the Uintah High Band program. Tickets are $60 per couple or $35 for singles. They can be purchased at www.uintahbands.net.

Nineteen boys and 19 girls from Uintah High have earned their spots in the 5A State Wrestling Tournament at Utah Valley University on Feb. 16-17. The Uintah High Boys Wrestling Team won the state title last year in 4A and are in great shape to repeat in 5A. As the top team coming out of 5A Division A, the Uintah High Girls Wrestling Team is also in the running for its first state championship. For full state wrestling tournament details, including ticketing information, visit https://uhsaa.org/tournaments/#wrestling.

Celebrations
Late last month, district Support Services Director Mindy Merrell was honored by UBTECH at its 2022 Champions of Education Gala. Merrell was one of three community members to receive the inaugural UBTECH Way Award from President Aaron Weight. The honorees were selected by the community for “recognizing diversity in others, fighting to remove barriers, and cultivating a more inclusive environment to … improve the learning experience,” according to UBTECH. Congratulations Mindy!

Congratulations also go out to Uintah High sophomore Kenzi Brown on her third-place overall finish in a tough 5A Drill Down at the State Finals last weekend! The U'ettes were one of nine teams to compete in the 5A State Drill Finals. They had a great experience and learned lessons that will help them grow as a team.

Last but not least, congratulations also go out to the Uintah High Boys Swim Team. They won the Region 7 title last Saturday in Heber City! The girls team placed third in region. Uintah High swimmers will compete in the 5A State Swim Meet at BYU next Friday and Saturday. GO UTES!
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