Weekly District Update - March 26, 2021

Weekly District Update - March 26, 2021
Posted on 03/26/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - March 26, 2021Gov. Spencer Cox signed HB294 into law this week. The law lifts the statewide public mask mandate by April 10, except for gatherings of 50 or more people in locations where physical distancing is not possible. The law also requires that the state’s K-12 school mask mandate "shall be terminated no later than July 1." The current public health order mandating masks in Utah schools (UPHO 2021-2) is set to expire June 15.

The Uintah School Board held a special work session and special business meeting Thursday afternoon. During the work session, board members discussed the district’s capital outlay needs assessment and its capital outlay forecast. During the business meeting, the board voted to approve the capital outlay needs assessment. Video of the meetings can be found on the district’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nBZNyntYgo.

Maeser Elementary is better prepared for minor emergencies thanks to the hard work of a former student, his family, and his friends. David Semadeni was exploring options for his Eagle Scout project when he spoke with a neighbor, who teaches at Maeser Elementary. She told him the emergency buckets in each of the school’s classrooms had missing or outdated supplies. Click HERE to read about what David did next.

Second graders at Naples Elementary are celebrating with class parties after setting a goal to improve their reading skills and achieving their goal. Teachers at Naples recognized that 56 percent of the second graders were reading below grade level at the beginning of the year, so they talked with each other and with their students. A goal was set to earn 100 Lexia reading program certificates. Classes who reached that goal could celebrate with a spectacular class party. Click HERE to read more about the students’ goal and their parties.

The Uintah High chapter of National Honor Society took part in two community service projects on March 20. One group of NHS students helped sort donations at the Ashley Valley Food Pantry as part of the statewide Feed Utah food drive. Another group of NHS students helped facilitate a piano festival held by the Vernal chapter of the National Federation of Music Club. We appreciate the NHS students and their advisors for their commitment to serving our community.

Students from the Uintah High Choir program recently competed in the Region Solo and Ensemble Festival. This year’s festival was virtual. Participants recorded themselves performing and submitted the recordings to festival adjudicators for feedback and ratings. Six of the 10 Uintah High soloists and ensembles who competed at region qualified for state. Those who qualified for state are the duet of Eliza Anderson and Cayden Wells; the trio of Elena Birchell, Mattison Bowen and Hannah Roberts; pianist Annabelle Johnson; vocal soloist Connor Shepherd; Polyphony, the school’s chamber choir; and SoVoce, its advanced acapella choir. Congratulations to these students and good luck at state!

Finally, good luck to the Uintah High Track and Field Team as they compete Saturday at the STRATA Invitational at Union High School! Fingers crossed for good weather and fast times. Go Utes!
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