Weekly District Update - April 22, 2022

Weekly District Update - April 22, 2022
Posted on 04/22/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - April 22, 2022This was a week full of celebrations. On Tuesday, the district announced that Christine Whetton is its Teacher of the Year and Vicky Rich is its Classified Employee of the Year for 2021-2022.

Whetton teaches physical education at Uintah Middle School. She has worked in education for 26 years. She is the recipient of the 2017 Utah Department of Health Active Schools Award, was named the Utah State Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2016 and was recognized with the Uintah Schools Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

Rich has been with the Uintah School District for 18 years. She has worked as the attendance secretary at VMS and Vernal Junior High School (now Uintah Middle School), and as a media aide/librarian at Discovery Elementary School, in addition to serving as a substitute teacher when she first joined the district.

Whetton and Rich will be honored during the district’s Employee Recognition Banquet on May 5 at the Uintah Conference Center. To read more about these outstanding individuals, click HERE.

On Wednesday, Uintah High School announced that Vernie Heeney is its Distinguished Alumna for 2022. Heeney is a member of the UHS Class of 1969. Her contributions to education and the community are too numerous to list here, but you can read more about them by clicking HERE. Heeney will be honored during an assembly at Uintah High on May 9.

Finally, congratulations to Uintah High seniors Carson Coltharp and Greg Thompson!

Coltharp is one of six Utah student-athletes to receive the 2022 Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and academic success in the classroom and on the field during their high school athletic careers. Coltharp and the other scholarship recipients were recognized earlier this month at the Utah IAAA Conference in St. George.

Thompson is one of 74 Utah high school seniors who earned either a Career and Technical Education (CTE) scholarship or tuition award this week. This year’s selection process began in February when more than 200 students applied for a scholarship or tuition award. Thompson and the other winners were recognized at the 36th Annual Career and Technical Education Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet held on Thursday at Salt Lake Community College.

UMS Student Art Show
The Uintah Middle School Student Art Show opened on Monday at the Uintah County Heritage Museum. Amazing pieces of art made by UMS students this year will be on display at the museum until May 18. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

UHS Promenade 2022
About 50 Uintah High students will participate in Promenade on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the main gym at the high school. The students will perform a dance choreographed to a ‘50s sock hop theme. The community is invited to attend. Audience members need to be seated in the bleachers by 5:25 p.m.

Uintah 5K/10K Fun Run
After a brief hiatus, the annual Uintah 5K/10K Fun Run (walk, run, or both!) will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Maeser Elementary School. This fun, free event is open to everyone who wants to participate! The 10K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9 a.m. All participants will receive a gift, while supplies last, and a race day medal for participating, compliments of the Uintah School District Wellness Council. A waiver is required to participate. The waiver can be completed at https://app.droplet.io/form/xKdB2y.

Deadline for Pandemic EBT
The state Board of Education has informed the district that all Utah households need to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits with their local school no later than May 6 to be potentially eligible for pandemic EBT (P-EBT). P-EBT can help individuals purchase food if their children have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures from COVID-related emergencies, or other COVID-related school absences during the 2021-2022 school year.

To qualify for P-EBT, individuals must be signed up for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find the free and reduced-price school meal applications on our website at www.uintah.net/departments/foods or at your student’s school.

Uintah High School Events
Good luck to the Uintah High Boys Soccer Team as they take on the Stansbury Stallions today at 3:30 p.m. at Coach Belcher Stadium. This is a region game. It will be streamed live on Channel V6 by the UHS Student Broadcasting Team.

The Uintah High Baseball Team is also scheduled to play at home this afternoon, weather permitting, against the Granger High Lancers. First pitch for varsity is set for 3:30 p.m. And the Uintah High Track & Field Team is competing today in the Strata Eastern Utah Championships at Union High School. GO UTES!
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