Weekly District Update - May 13, 2022

Weekly District Update - May 13, 2022
Posted on 05/13/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - May 13, 2022The Uintah School Board held its regularly scheduled work session and business meeting this week. An audio recording of the work session can be found at https://www.utah.gov/pmn/files/847669.mp3. An audio recording of the business meeting can be found at https://www.utah.gov/pmn/files/847673.mp3. Video of both 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 May. The students are Iris Francisco (Central Cove Preschool), KalaiLee Mabel (Ashley Elementary), Josie Crabb (Davis Elementary), Alberto Gallego Garcia (Discovery Elementary), Alanah Kurip (Eagle View Elementary), Idris Littlegeorge (Lapoint Elementary), Cooper Goodrich (Maeser Elementary), Jacob Chamblee (Naples Elementary), Preston Chancellor (Uintah Middle School), Slade Chivers (Vernal Middle School), Teran Nash (Uintah High School), and Bay Caldwell (Ashley Valley Education Center).

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

The board also celebrated Chalynn Thomas, who received the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education on May 5. The award recognizes distinguished educators who embrace the arts with excellence in their practice at Utah’s public schools. Thomas taught music at Ashley and Davis elementary schools.

Special Board Meeting
The Uintah School Board will hold a special business meeting Wednesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the district office to consider adoption of a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for Uintah High School. The meeting will be streamed live on the district’s YouTube channel.

Last Day of School
The last day of school is two weeks away! Classes will be held IN-PERSON for all students on Friday, May 27, except for those who attend half-day kindergarten on the east side of the district. The school day will follow the district’s Minimum Day Schedule.

The district is required by state law to hold classes on the final day of the school year. Holding the last day of school in-person is necessary because some students won’t have access to their Chromebooks at home to complete work online.

Buses will run on their normal Monday-Thursday pickup schedule on May 27 and the school day will begin at the Monday-Thursday start time. Drop-off times will coincide with Minimum Day release times listed in the link above. School meals will be provided on May 27.

UHS Greenhouse Sale
The Uintah High Greenhouse Classes/FFA Bedding Plant Sale begins today from 3-6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. They have a wide variety of vegetables and flowers available! Debit and credit cards are accepted. Most plants will be outside to avoid congestion in the greenhouse.

Concerts Planned at VMS
Vernal Middle School’s choirs will perform a concert on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The concert will feature guest conductor Larry Martin from Utah State University Eastern.

The VMS bands will perform a concert on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The concert will serve as a retirement celebration for Lynna Kendall, who has served the district for many years as a music educator and the arts coordinator. She will be featured as a guest conductor.

Both concerts are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

UMS Student Art Show
The Uintah Middle School Student Art Show will end its run at the Uintah County Heritage Museum on Wednesday, May 18. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Connections Summer Camp
Connections Summer Camp is back at Davis Elementary School starting June 6! There will be a fun theme each week with different clubs. The camp is only open to Uintah School District students who are currently in kindergarten through 5th grade. In-person registration at Davis Elementary will take place May 24-25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. More information and forms can be found HERE.

Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is guaranteed until payment is received. The full cost is $25 per week. Students can sign up for specific weeks or for the entire month. For more information, contact Madelyn Barahona at [email protected] or Spencer Johnson at [email protected].

Celebrations
The Uintah High Choir Program sent its advanced mixed choir, Polyphony, to the State Chamber Choir Festival. Choir members Sydney Huber (vocal soloist) and Allison Despain and Scotlyn Williams (vocal duet) also attended the State Solo & Ensemble Festival at Provo High School. All did extremely well, with Polyphony and the duet of Despain and Williams receiving superior ratings. Sydney Huber received an excellent rating. The Uintah High School Instrumental Music program also sent the viola duet of Isabella Atherton and Ryanna Baldwin to the State Solo & Ensemble Festival. Atherton and Baldwin received a superior rating.

Congratulations to Uintah High School teacher Chris Piner, who earned Best Director honors at last week’s Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards! Piner’s Best Director nomination was for his work on Uintah High Theatre’s production of The Addams Family. The awards ceremony was held at the Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City. UHS students had the opportunity to tour the theater and perform on stage.

Congratulations to the nine Uintah High students who completed the Teaching as a Profession (TAP) program this year. Seniors Cameron Alexander, Johnathan Porter, Marcy Reynolds, Kelsey Alexander, McKenzie Lindsay, Maddy Bingham, junior Aysia Massey, and sophomores Addilyn Oaks and Faith Van Leuven all signed letters of intent on Thursday to become teachers. As part of the TAP program, students take a state test to earn their CTE Pathway certificate. The Uintah High class scored in the Top 3 of all Utah schools on the state test, according to UHS teacher Janalee Watkins.

Congratulations also go out to the Uintah High Softball Team and the Boys Tennis Team! Both finished their regular seasons as Region 7 Champions. The softball team secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming 5A state playoffs and will host a super regional, best-of-three series on May 19-20 at UHS. The tennis team has four student-athletes headed to the state tournament next week at Liberty Park: Josh Speirs (first singles), Stockton Ross (second singles), and Carson Coltharp and Trey Mortensen (second doubles).

Uintah High Track and Field hosted the Region 7 Meet this week at Coach Belcher Stadium. Kora Cook finished the meet with individual region titles in the 100-meter hurdles, the long jump, and the high jump. Chase Harding won a region title in the javelin. The girls team finished second in region, while the boys finished fifth. The 5A State Track Meet is next weekend at BYU.

Finally, good luck to the UHS Baseball Team today in the first round of the state playoffs! The Utes will take on the winner of a play-in game between Timpview and Bonneville. The play-in game starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Uintah High Baseball Field. The winning team faces the Utes immediately afterward. Both games will be streamed live by the UHS Student Broadcasting Team on Channel V6. GO UTES!

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