Weekly District Update - April 2, 2021

Weekly District Update - April 2, 2021
Posted on 04/02/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - April 2, 2021It’s Spring Break! There will be no classes for Uintah School District students from April 5 to April 9. Free grab-n-go meals won’t be served during this time. Classes and grab-n-go meal service resume on Monday, April 12.

When classes resume after the break, masks will still be required in all Utah K-12 schools. The Utah Legislature passed House Bill 294 last month and Gov. Cox signed it into law. HB294 was crafted through negotiations between Utah lawmakers, the governor, and public health officials. In part, the law says the state cannot require masks in most public places after April 10.

The mask requirement stays in place, however, for Utah’s K-12 schools until June 15. Local officials, like a school board or county council, don’t have the legal authority to end the mask requirement in schools before this date. You can read more about the rationale given for keeping the school mask mandate in place HERE

With that out of the way, it’s been an amazing week across the district and there’s a lot of good news to share.

Students at Discovery Elementary have unveiled an art project they’ve been working on for several weeks with the school's art specialist Jillian Smalley. To create their work of art, dubbed “Discovery Ocean,” the students used fluorescent paint and neon oil pastels so their individual pieces would have a great reaction to blacklight. Smalley said she chose these mediums because the ocean is full of bright colorful creatures and plant life, as well as a lot of bioluminescence.

You can read more about the project and see some awesome photos of it on the Uintah School District Facebook page, our Instagram account, or on our website HERE.

Uintah High School music students recently received their results from the Region Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival was held virtually this year with musicians submitting recordings of their performances.

Lily Wilson and Halle Hacking sent in a duet (viola/cello) and received a Superior rating. Meghan Rasmussen submitted a piano solo, received a Superior rating, and qualified for state. All three ensembles from the percussion class received Excellent ratings. Rylynn Peters (trumpet) and Matthew Bascom (horn) both received Superior ratings and qualified for state. Thomas Driggs received an Excellent rating for his clarinet solo. Congratulations!

The high school’s Science Olympiad Team also brought home honors from their state competition, which was held virtually on March 20. Twenty-six UHS students competed on two different teams in 23 separate events.

UHS took 8th in the regular events and 1st in the non-counting engineering events. The following students also placed in individual events Kylee Anderson and Shelby Accuttoroop, (1st place, Write It/CAD It); Taysia Richens and Annabelle Johnson (1st place, Boomilever); Annabelle Johnson and Taysia Richens (1st place, Sounds of Music - Instrument); Ann John and Evie Sheffer (3rd place, Sounds of Music - Instrument); Adam Semadeni and Daniel Sellers (1st place, Ping Pong Parachute); Adam Semadeni and Cole Jackson (4th place, Gravity Vehicle); Laura Anderson and Elizabeth Sagers (2nd place, Wright Stuff); and Casey Steckler and Caleb McKee (2nd place, Detector Building). Congratulations to our Science Olympians!

Finally, Uintah High had three students chosen this week as Northeast Region Sterling Scholars and three others named as runners-up. Denim Lister (Agricultural Sciences), Jaylee Morrell (Skilled and Technical Sciences), and Lily Wilson (Instrumental Music) each won their respective Sterling Scholar categories. Bailee Allred (Business and Marketing), Aubrey Moulton (Family and Consumer Sciences), and Eoin O’Hearn (Mathematics) were each selected as runners-up in their respective categories. Congrats to these outstanding students!

There won’t be a Weekly District Update next Friday, April 9, due to Spring Break.
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