Weekly District Update - Feb. 25, 2022

Weekly District Update - Feb. 25, 2021
Posted on 02/25/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - Feb. 25, 2021The Uintah School Board held a special business meeting Wednesday night to discuss the district’s upcoming capital projects. The board approved capital outlay projects totaling $6.56 million for the FY 2023 budget year. The amount includes about $2.1 million in capital projects that were approved during previous budget years but have not yet been completed. The district has sufficient reserves in its capital fund to pay for the approved projects.

More information about these projects can be found on the district website under the School Board tab by clicking on Meeting Agendas and going to the agenda for the Feb. 23 meeting. An audio recording of the meeting can be found HERE. Video of the meeting can be found on the district’s YouTube channel.

Special Board Meeting on March 3
The school board will hold another special business meeting Thursday, March 3, to interview applicants for a vacancy on the board for District #2. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the district office in Naples. The agenda can be found HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on the district’s YouTube channel.

The vacancy on the board is due to the recent realignment of district boundaries by the Uintah County Commission, as required by law. Individuals interested in filling the vacancy must submit proof of being a registered voter in District #2 and a letter of interest addressed to the attention of Uintah School Board President Dave Chivers to the district office, 826 S. 1500 East, Naples, UT 84078, no later than noon on Tuesday, March 1. Submissions can also be emailed to [email protected]. Complete information about requirements for filling the vacancy and the application process can be found HERE.

Update on Friday Schedule
Next Friday, March 4, Uintah School District will return to the Friday schedule adopted by the Uintah School Board for the 2021-2022 school year. Under the board-adopted schedule, virtual learning is the district's primary instructional program on Fridays. The district will resume the two-hour in-person learning block next Friday, giving students the opportunity for remediation and/or enrichment on Fridays depending on their learning needs. Students will still have the option to complete their Friday work online.

UMS Shoe Drive
The Uintah Middle School Hawks will make their final push to collect as many shoes as possible for orphaned children in Tanzania during a Shoe Parade tonight from 5-6 p.m. on Aggie Boulevard in Vernal. Donors are asked to line Aggie Boulevard in their vehicles and students will collect the shoes from them. The first 50 people who donate two or more pairs of shoes during Friday night's event will receive a gift card to a local business.

UMS students have collected thousands of pairs of shoes for orphaned Tanzanian children since beginning their Kindness Challenge in mid-January following an assembly that featured Think Kindness founder Brian Williams.

If you cannot make it to Friday night's event, new or gently used shoes can be dropped off at UMS during school hours, or at the Uintah School District office in the lobby until the end of the workday on Monday, Feb. 28.

U’ettes to Hold Drill Review
The 2021-22 Uintah High U'ettes will hold their annual year-end Drill Review on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are on sale now at www.uhsutes.com for $5. Tickets must be purchased online. Uintah High students with a valid activities card get in for free.

The U’ettes are coming off a successful competitive season after moving from 4A to 5A. As the only rural high school in 5A, the team held their own all year and improved steadily. They placed second in Region 7 and qualified for the state finals.

Mamma Mia Opens March 4
The Uintah High Theatre production of Mamma Mia! opens Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the high school. The smash hit musical is based on the songs of ABBA. Additional performances are set for March 5, March 7-8, March 10-12. All shows start at 7 p.m. To buy tickets visit https://uintah.ludus.com/index.php.

Schools around the district have begun announcing their Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year. Here are the honorees who have been announced so far.

Teacher of Year: Monica Fairey (Central Cove Preschool), Brittini Downing (Ashley Elementary), Anna LeFevre (Discovery Elementary), LeeAnn Baker (Eagle View Elementary), Rayann DeCamp (Maeser Elementary), Anita Garner (Naples Elementary); Liz Howcroft (Vernal Middle School), and Katie Colton (Uintah High School).

Classified Employee of the Year: Charmaine Carter (Central Cove Preschool), Danielle Batty (Ashley Elementary), Hillary Arias (Discovery Elementary), Virginia Roybal (Eagle View Elementary), JoLynn Gilroy (Maeser Elementary), Pauline Manwaring (Naples Elementary); Vicky Rich (Vernal Middle School), and Laura Bowden (Uintah High School).

As more honorees are announced, we’ll recognize them. Each school’s Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year will be considered for district Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year. Those awards will be announced in April.

Congratulations to the Uintah High Boys Wrestling Team on clinching back-to-back state championships last week! The Utes won the 4A state title last year, moved up to 5A during reclassification, and took state again this year. Freshman Michael Alexander and junior Austin Richens each won individual state titles. It was Austin’s second consecutive individual state title. Coach Phillip Keddy was also chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Keddy coached the Utes to an undefeated season that saw them win every dual and tournament they entered.

Congratulations also go out to the Uintah High Girls Wrestling Team. In their first season in 5A, the team led by Coach Patrick Sharp wrestled to a second-place finish at the state tournament. Freshman Taileigh Lujan won her first individual state title during the tournament.

Good luck tonight to the Uintah High Boys Basketball Team as they face the Alta Hawks in the second round of the 5A playoffs at Alta High School. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live by the Uintah High Student Broadcasting Team on Channel V6 at www.channelv6.com. GO UTES!

No School Monday
As a reminder, students do not have school on Monday, Feb. 28. It is a Professional Development Day for district employees. Students return to class on Tuesday, March 1, for the first day of the third trimester. No curbside meals will be served on Monday. Curbside meals service will resume on Tuesday.
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