Weekly District Update - April 8, 2022

Weekly District Update - April 8, 2022
Posted on 04/08/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - April 8, 2022The Uintah School Board held its regularly scheduled work session and business meeting on Wednesday 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, board members celebrated the district’s students of the month: Rowdee Scott (Central Cove Preschool); Kyler Williamson (Ashley Elementary); Katie Martinsen (Davis Elementary); Kenwyn Donaldson (Discovery Elementary); Laila Carter (Eagle View Elementary); Easton Roberts (Lapoint Elementary); Brynlee Young (Maeser Elementary); Cory McConkie (Naples Elementary); Mikel Betts (Uintah Middle School); Amy Adams (Vernal Middle School); Lorenzo Crane (Uintah High School); Mason Mower (Ashley Valley Education Center/Uintah Online).

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

The board also celebrated the following individuals:

Naples Elementary 5th grade teacher Kristy Coon, who has been named Science Teacher of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (RMS-AAPG). She is also the Utah Geological Association’s 2022 Teacher of the Year. The RMS-AAPG Teacher of the Year Award recognizes teaching excellence in geology and earth science. Kristy uses the rich geology around Vernal to excite her students about geologic history and processes. Her classroom is a model that other teachers from around the region come to observe her teaching strategies and student interactions. Her hands-on approach to learning science helps impassion her students and fellow teachers. Congratulations, Kristy!

Uintah High School's Sterling Scholars for 2021-22 – Kelsey Alexander, Laura Anderson, Randon Davis, Thomas Driggs, Lyndee Johnson, Brinley Jones, Jeffery Langley, Caleb McKee, Ashlyn Meier, Sydney Migliori, Johnathan Porter, Marcy Reynolds, and Scotlyn Williams. For the state's Northeast Region, Anderson was the Sterling Scholar runner-up in Instrumental Music, Davis was the winner in Mathematics, and Williams was the winner in Agricultural Science. Congratulations!

Dr. Laura Foley, Joyce Karren, and Twila Shearer, who are members of the Boomer Brigade, were recognized for their volunteer service in the district's schools, where they help students develop their reading skills and assist teachers in many other ways. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!

Showalter Excellence in Teaching Award
The Uintah Schools Foundation selected Uintah High mathematics teacher Sharon Kron and instrumental music teacher Brian Gibson as the recipients of the foundation’s 2022 Showalter Excellence in Teaching Award. Kron and Gibson were presented with their awards during Thursday night’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader fundraiser at the district office. To see photos of the event, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzJS6s. (Yes, the 5th graders won!)

UMS Student Art Show
Come check out some amazing pieces of art made by Uintah Middle School students this year. The artwork will be on display at the Uintah County Heritage Museum from April 18 until May 18. We hope to see you there!

Somebunny Cares Project
Members of the district’s Transportation Department have donated 174 Easter baskets filled to the brim with goodies to the Utah Division of Child & Family Services as part of the department’s annual Somebunny Cares project. The baskets will go to Uintah Basin children in need. Transportation wishes everyone a Happy Easter!

Food Drive Results From Lapoint Elementary
On April 1, the Lapoint Elementary Wolves tallied up all the items they collected as part of the Lapoint Community Food Drive. They ended up with a total of 4,097 donated items. The school’s PTCO held a pizza party for all the students afterward. The Student Council also provided ice cream for the kindergartners, who collected the most donated items of any grade with more than 1,150 items. All the donated items were delivered to local food pantries for distribution to area families. Great work, Wolves!

Uintah Theatre UHSMTA Nominations
The Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards announced nominations last week and Uintah High Theatre received more Top 10 honors than any other school in the state for their productions of The Addams Family and Mamma Mia! They earned Top 10 Best in the State for 12 of the 14 standard categories: Best Musical (Mamma Mia!); Best Actor: Boston Anglesey (Mamma Mia!); Best Supporting Actress: Grace Christiansen (The Addams Family); Best Supporting Actor: Carter Pierce (Mamma Mia!); Best Cameo: Cade Marshall (The Addams Family); Best Lighting: The Addams Family; Best Costumes: The Addams Family; Best Scenery: The Addams Family; Best Technical Crew: The Addams Family; Best Ensemble: Mamma Mia!; Best Choreography: Mamma Mia!; Best Director: The Addams Family.

The state awards night will be held at the Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City on May 7. Uintah High students will take the stage to perform a number from Mamma Mia! and the individual nominees will also receive the spotlight. Congratulations to the hard-working casts, crews, and creative teams at Uintah High!

Uintah High School Events
Good luck to the boys soccer team as they take on the Cottonwood Colts today at 3:30 p.m. at Coach Belcher Stadium. This is a region game. It will be streamed live on Channel V6 (www.channelv6.com) by the UHS Student Broadcasting Team.

The girls lacrosse club is holding intrasquad scrimmages every Friday at 5:30 p.m. (except for April 15) until May 6. The scrimmages are held on the grass field west of the softball and baseball fields at the high school and the public is invited to attend.

The Uintah High Winterguard will hold its season review tonight at 7 p.m. in the Main Gym. Varsity recently finished 9th out of 16 teams at their state competition, and the JV finished 9th out of 12 teams.

The track and field team will host a meet tomorrow, April 9, at Coach Belcher Stadium. Events begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Come cheer on the Utes in their only varsity home meet of the season.

The girls golf team plays its only home region meet of the season on Monday at Dinaland Golf Course in Naples. The Utes will tee off against teams from Cedar Valley, Cottonwood, Hillcrest, Payson, Tooele, Stansbury. Play starts at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. GO UTES!

Finally, congratulations to the winners of this year’s Mr. Uintah and Miss Uintah bodybuilding competitions. Drake Rogers was crowned Mr. Uintah and Lexi Thacker earned her second consecutive Miss Uintah title on March 31. Will Price finished second and Dayce Murray finished third in the Mr. Uintah competition, while Maycee Young earned second place honors and Mac White and Kadence Wilhelm tied for third place honors in the Miss Uintah competition. Dayce Murray was chosen for the People’s Choice Award.

Spring Break 2022
There will be no school from April 13 to April 18 for Spring Break. No curbside meals will be served during this time. The district office will be closed April 14-15. There won’t be a Weekly District Update published on April 15. Students return to class on April 19.
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