Weekly District Update - March 11, 2022

Weekly District Update - March 11, 2022
Posted on 03/11/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - March 11, 2022The Uintah School Board held its regularly scheduled work session and business meeting on Wednesday, as well as its semi-annual Impact Aid meeting. The meetings were held at Eagle View Elementary School.

An audio recording of the work session can be found HERE. An audio recording of the Impact Aid meeting can be found HERE. An audio recording of the business meeting can be found HERE. Video of all three meetings can be found on the district’s YouTube channel.

During its business meeting, the board celebrated the district’s students of the month for March. The district's students of the month are William McKee (Central Cove Preschool); Greysen Atwood (Ashley Elementary); Dallin Rousseau (Davis Elementary); Ellie Anderson (Discovery Elementary); Chevy Moore (Eagle View Elementary); Kash Huber (Lapoint Elementary); Haven Tribe (Maeser Elementary); Briarose Etchen (Naples Elementary); Parker Richins (Uintah Middle School); Cody Kolkman (Vernal Middle School); Shelby Accuttoroop (Uintah High School); and Chelsea Hall (Ashley Valley Education Center).

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

Wilson Hired as Student Services Director
The Uintah School Board on Wednesday night approved the hiring of Dr. Dean Wilson as the district’s next director of student services following a comprehensive interview and selection process. Wilson will fill the vacancy that will be created by Julie Wilde's retirement from the district at the end of June.

Wilson has worked as a teacher in the Tooele and Duchesne school districts, earning Teacher of the Year honors at Roosevelt Junior High School. He also served as an assistant principal, principal, and director of student services in Duchesne County, before serving as vice president of student services for Uintah Basin Technical College. He is currently the executive director for The Terra Academy.

Wilson is also an expert consultant for Instructure, where he works with school districts nationwide on school improvement initiatives. He recently earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming and is the co-founder of a 501(c)(3) dedicated to suicide prevention called You Got This.

Wilson will begin his tenure with Uintah School District on July 1.

More Seats Open for Mamma Mia!
Due to the show’s overwhelming popularity, more seats have been made available for the final two performances of Mamma Mia! This fun-filled Uintah High Theatre production of the smash hit musical has audience members tapping their toes, clapping their hands, and singing along with the cast as they perform the songs of ABBA.

Friday and Saturday night’s shows start at 7 p.m. To buy tickets visit https://uintah.ludus.com/index.php. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations
If you missed today’s mail-in deadline to nominate a Uintah School District teacher for the Uintah Schools Foundation Showalter Endowment Excellence in Teaching Award, there’s still time! Nomination forms can be dropped off at the district office in Naples by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

Nominations can be submitted by a student, former student, or a student’s family member. The nomination form can be found HERE.

Vernal Utah Storytelling Festival
The Uintah Schools Foundation will present the 18th Annual Vernal Utah Storytelling Festival on March 25-26 at Vernal Middle School. Featured storytellers Adam Booth and Corinne Stavish will delight audiences with stories that fill the heart and mind. Friday, March 25, is Family Night. Saturday, March 26, is recommended for audience members 14 and older. More information, including ticket prices, is available at www.vernalutahstorytelling.com.

Congratulations to Uintah Middle School for collecting 5,335 pairs of donated shoes for children in Tanzania! The shoes are being loaded into prepaid shipping bags provided by ThinkKindness.org to send to the Port of Miami for shipment to Africa. As of Wednesday, 250 bags had been stuffed full of shoes with more bags to fill. The students have selected about 15 pairs of shoes that will be tracked from UMS to Africa and onto the feet of the kids who receive them. Great job, Hawks!

Uintah High students Kohl Warby, Dallin Jensen, Everett Morton, Slade Bowden, and Macie Morton recently attended the State FBLA Competition. Everett and Slade placed 4th in Sports and Entertainment Management, qualifying for Nationals. For this event, Everett and Slade took a test before they went to State. They scored in the top 15 in the state, advancing them to the state finals, where they performed a role play to take 4th place. Congratulations to Everett and Slade!

Uintah High School will celebrate its Sterling Scholars on Monday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Vernal Middle School. These outstanding students will represent Uintah High at the Northeast Region Sterling Scholar Competition on March 21 at Wasatch High School. The regional awards ceremony will be held virtually on March 28.

This year's Uintah High Sterling Scholars are Scotlyn Williams (Agricultural Science); Sydney Migliori (Business and Marketing); Thomas Driggs (Computer Technology); Ashlyn Meier (Dance); Marcy Reynolds (English); Brinley Jones (Family and Consumer Sciences); Kelsey Alexander (General Scholarship); Laura Anderson (Instrumental Music); Randon Davis (Mathematics); Caleb McKee (Science); Johnathan Porter (Social Science); Lyndee Johnson (Visual Arts); and Jeffery Langley (World Languages).

Finally, good luck this weekend to the Uintah High baseball team and boys tennis team as they compete at tournaments in St. George. GO UTES!
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No district employee or student shall be subjected to discrimination in employment or any district program or activity on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The district is committed to providing equal access and equal opportunity in its programs, services and employment including its policies, complaint processes, program accessibility, district facility use, accommodations and other Equal Employment Opportunity matters. The district also provides equal access to district facilities for all youth groups. The following persons have been designated as Title IX coordinators to handle inquires and complaints regarding unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: Dr. Mistalyn Leis, Human Resources Director (435) 781-3100 and/or Dr. Dean Wilson, Student Services Director (435) 781-3100. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, at (303) 844-5695.