News Archive 2011

DecemberTop of Pagetop

PowerSchool Upgrade
On December 20 and 21, PowerSchool will be unavailable while we upgrade to the newest version of PowerSchool. For the most part, the functionality of PowerSchool will stay the same. The main difference that you will notice is that the pages will have a new look and color scheme.
posted December 19, 2011

$10,000 in 10 Minutes... And Then Some
West High School recently held it's annual charitable fund raising event. The goal was to raise $10,000 in ten minutes. The ten minutes came and went, and when the money was counted, West High students had donated a whopping $17, 241! The motivation for success was students were raising money for their own classmates. The donations will be administered through West's Family Resource Center, which provides eye glasses, dentistry, winter jackets, used prom gowns, and many other things that West High students and their families need.
posted December 19, 2011

The Spirit of Giving at Nibley Park K-8 School
Second graders at Nibley Park K-8 School have recently used their character education focus of "Compassion" on three separate service projects. In only one week, they were able to raise $600.56 to create several Thanksgiving baskets filled with food and gift cards for needy Nibley Park families. Next, they spent one morning learning about homelessness in the area and wrapped 300 plasticware sets to provide a meal for homeless men at the Down and Out Diner. Finally, they created greeting cards for U.S. troops overseas to support Stockings for Soldiers. From everyone at Nibley Park, we wish you a happy holiday season!
posted December 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Service Project
For it's 3rd Annual District Service Project, the Salt Lake City School District is giving Edison Elementary students the "Gift of Reading." Each package contains a pillow, a blanket, a stuffed animal, treats, and of course, a book. It's the perfect gift for snuggling up for a good night of reading. District employees also donated enough money to buy a sweatshirt for every student at Meadowlark Elementary!
» Watch the video...
» Watch the video on YouTube...
posted December 14, 2011

National Board Certification
Congratulations to Amy Kinder, Melody Francis, Cate Praggastis, and Todd Slade for achieving their National Board Certification! National Board Certification is the highest teaching certification a teacher can receive in the country. Teachers who pursue this certification engage in a very rigorous process of analyzing and reflecting on their teaching practice and student learning. Teachers must also show clear, convincing, and consistent evidence that their practice meets the standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These Salt Lake City School District teachers are four of the eight Utah teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2011.
posted Decmber 7, 2011

Pottery ClassGive the gift of "Class" this holiday season!
Make that special someone even smarter this holiday season with Gift Certificates from Salt Lake Community Education! We have Gift Certificates available from $20 to $150 and are good to use for any class. To receive your Gift Certificates by December 24, you must order by 5 p.m. on December 20. So hurry up and order now!
» Purchase your holiday gift certificates today!
» Browse the New Winter 2012 Classes
» Winter 2012 Registration Information
posted December 6, 2011

NovemberTop of Pagetop

Fresh Paint NewsletterFresh Paint Newsletter
The latest edition of "Fresh Paint," a bi-monthly newsletter from Facility Services, is now available.
» "Fresh Paint" - Nov-Dec 2011 | Archive
posted November 29, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving
All district offices and schools will be closed for the holiday weekend. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, November 28.
posted November 24, 2011

Website Outage
The district website, email service, and PowerSchool will be temporarily unavailable tonight (11/22/11) due to scheduled maintenance in the district's data center. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. All systems should be up and running again by 8 p.m. Thank you for your patience during this time.
posted November 22, 2011

Beacon Heights Students' Ornaments In National Christmas Tree Display
Donna Pence and the Beacon Heights Elementary 6th grade classes, have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Utah’s tree for the 2011 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C.
» More information...
posted November 22, 2011

Math Awards
The Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics (UCTM) has honored four top mathematics teachers and leaders. Two of the four state awards went to teachers in Salt Lake City School District. Congratulations to the following UCTM award recipients.
• Cami Perkes, mathematics teacher at West High School, won the George Shell award which recognizes the secondary mathematics teacher of the year in Utah.
• Kathy Lambert, elementary mathematics coach at Backman Elementary and Parkview Elementary Schools, won the Muffet Reeves award, which recognizes leadership and is known as the teacher of teachers award.
posted November 17, 2011

Artistic License - Summer 2011Artistic License
The latest edition of "Artistic License," a newsletter from the Fine Arts Department, is now available.
» "Artistic License" - Fall 2011 | Archive
posted November 17, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Books and Bytes
The latest edition of "Books and Bytes," a newsletter from the Educational Technology and Library Media Department, is now available.
» "Books and Bytes" - Fall 2011 | Archive
posted November 17, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake Education Foundation, and Salt Lake City School District Announce New Partnership
The Grand America Hotel, the Salt Lake Education Foundation, and the Salt Lake City School District today announced a partnership that enables a new and unique teacher recognition program. Instead of being based on nominations and anecdotal stories like other recognition programs, this innovative program recognizes teachers based on data, specifically growth in student achievement.
» More information...
posted November 16, 2011

International Baccalaureate Information Meeting
Salt Lake City School District will host an International Baccalaureate Information Meeting on Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 113 at the district administration building, 440 East 100 South. The district currently delivers an IB education to students at two high schools, Highland and West. This meeting will include an overview of the International Baccalaureate program, the differences between the Highland and West programs, and presentations by both schools. Parents and eighth-grade students who are considering the International Baccalaureate program for their high school years are invited to attend.
posted November 14, 2011

OctoberTop of Pagetop

EBooks for Students, Teachers, and Families
Did you know that the district has a collection of over 1,500 eBooks? This is a valuable resource for students, teachers, and families. The eBooks collection can be accessed via the Quicklinks menu on the district home page. Choose "Follett Shelf eBooks." The username is ebooks, and the password is saltlake. The eBooks are browser-based and are best viewed in Firefox. For more information about using eBooks, contact your school's Library Technology teacher.
posted October 27, 2011

After School Award
Congratulations to Heidi Clark, the district's Community Education Supervisor! She was given the 2011 Excellence in After School Award by the Afterschool Utah Association.
posted October 20, 2011

Middle School ELP Testing Window
The testing window to test for 2012-13 middle school ELP eligibility is now open. Sixth-grade and seventh-grade students who reside within the boundaries of Salt Lake City School District, including students who are home-schooled or currently attending charter or private schools, may test on these dates.
• November 4, 2011 at Meadowlark and Beacon Heights
• November 11, 2011 at Washington and Nibley Park
• December 2, 2011 at Bryant Middle School

» More information...
posted October 20, 2011

New SubFinder Information
The SubFinder system will be down on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, to transition to new technical support. Effective October 22, 2011, the new URL for SubFinder will be and the new phone number will be 855-756-2632. Please sure to update your browser bookmarks/favorites to the new address. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
posted October 14, 2011

Nineteen Schools Receive Energy Star Labels
The Salt Lake City School District has been informed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that 19 district school buildings have been awarded the prestigious Energy Star Label. These labels, which will be formally presented to each school to be proudly displayed, signify that a school uses 35 percent less energy and generates 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar schools across the nation.
» More information...
posted October 13, 2011

Silver Award
Congratulations to our Transportation Department for earning a Silver Award during the most recent round of inspections! Each year, the Utah Highway Patrol rigorously inspects our school buses from bumper to bumper, inside and out. This year, the buses were found to have an efficiency rating of 98%. This high level award was only possible because of the hard work and dedication of all our transportation employees.
posted October 13, 2011

2012 Utah Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Leigh VandenAkker from East High School! She has been named the 2012 Utah Teacher of the Year.
» Salt Lake Tribune article...
» Deseret News article...
» article...

In fact, three out of the last four Utah Teachers of the Year have been Salt Lake City School District teachers!
2012 - Leigh VandenAkker
2010 - Mary Jane Morris
2009 - Sharon Gallagher-Fishbuagh
posted October 10, 2011

Fresh Paint NewsletterFresh Paint Newsletter
The latest edition of "Fresh Paint," a bi-monthly newsletter from Facility Services, is now available.
» "Fresh Paint" - Sep-Oct 2011 | Archive
posted October 5, 2011

Lincoln Library Makover Reveal
The Heart of America Foundation joined with Target to makeover the library at Lincoln Elementary School. Besides the new looks, the new library now has 2,000 new books, and each student was given seven books they could take home and add to their personal libraries.
» View the video...
posted October 4, 2011

National Merit Semifinalists
West High School again leads the state in the number of students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Fifteen West High students made the list this year!
» List of semifinalists...
posted October 4, 2011

New After School Music Program
After months of collaboration and planning, the Salt Lake City School District is beginning a wonderful new after school community music program through our new partners, the Chapman Music Institute. It will be held at West High School and is open to any student in grades 5-12. Scholarships will be offered to our Title I students through the GAM Foundation.
» More information...
posted October 4, 2011

SeptemberTop of Pagetop

Our Cantaloupes Are Safe To Eat
In response to the recent news regarding a recall of contaminated cantaloupes, our produce vendor assures us the cantaloupes served in Salt Lake City schools are not subject to the recall. All cantaloupes and melons provided to the district come from farms in California, not Colorado.
posted September 29, 2011

Green Schools Recognition
Congressman Jim Matheson joined Bryan Howard, the Legislative Director for the U.S. Green Building Council and Hillside Middle School Assistant Principal Logan Hall today to discuss advances in green construction by Utah schools and to announce that 19 Salt Lake City schools have been recognized as 2011 Energy Star certified schools.
» More information...
posted September 27, 2011

HealthierUS School Challenge
All Salt Lake City elementary schools have earned bronze levels awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture commends these schools for the exemplary steps, leadership, and team work employed to make changes to their nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance their physical activity programs. To acknowledge their achievement, each school will receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display, and a monetary incentive award of $500.
» More information...
posted September 21, 2011

ELP Middle School Options
The district will host two information meetings to explain the Extended Learning Program (ELP) middle school options as well as the assessment and eligibility process for students. The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, September 29, and Thursday, October 6. Both meetings will be held at the Salt Lake City School District offices, 440 East 100 South, in Room 116. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The meetings include information about neighborhood ELP programs at all district middle schools and magnet programs at Clayton and Hillside Middle Schools, West High School, and the International Pathways Program at Hillside Middle School. Your sixth-grade or seventh-grade student is invited, but not required, to attend with you.
posted September 20, 2011

Utah AP and SAT Results
Three Salt Lake City high schools were recognized for their accomplishments in 2011 AP and SAT testing. Highland High School was among the top ten Utah high schools for AP test participation. West High School was the number one Utah high school for SAT test participation and was among the top ten for total average mean scores. East High School was ranked seventh for SAT test participation.
» USOE news release...
posted September 16, 2011

Fuel Your School
The Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake Education Foundation are proud to partner with Chevron and to sponsor the Fuel Your School program. Throughout October, everyone can help Salt Lake City schools by filling up at participating Chevron and Texaco locations. Chevron will donate $1 per 8-gallon or more fill up, up to $500,000, to support public education.
» More information...
posted September 14, 2011

Contest Winners
Two Highland High School students were named winners of the Salt Lake City Police Student Anti-Drug Art Contest. Their winning entries are now viewable on billboards in Salt Lake City.
» More information...
posted September 7, 2011

Online Education
The Salt Lake Tribune has published an article regarding the growing number of online classes for Utah high school students and how the Salt Lake City School District is leading the charge on this issue.
» Read the article...
posted September 6, 2011

AugustTop of Pagetop

2010-11 AYP and UPASS Results
The 2010-11 AYP and UPASS reports are in, and for many schools in the Salt Lake City School District there is reason to celebrate.
» More information...
posted August 31, 2011

First N.E.S.T. Day a Great Success
Thanks and congratulations to all 25 elementary schools who chose to participate in the first annual “No Empty Seat Day” campaign. The campaign was open to elementary schools across the Salt Lake Valley to increase awareness of the importance of school attendance.
» More information...
posted August 30, 2011

Salt Lake City Schools In The News
Deseret News: Utah schools tackles tardies with fines, detention, holding up graduation - "If they're not in class on time, learning, then where are they?" said East High School Principal Paul Sagers. "That's where you have your school violations, that's where you have your fights."
» Link to Deseret News article
posted August 29, 2011

Fall 2011 Community Education Catalog Fall 2011 Community Education Catalog
Are you interested in learning more about Real Estate? How about learning how to "Go Green"? You'll find fun and interesting classes for everyone in the Fall 2011 Community Education Catalog. Registration opens August 29, 2011. Classes begin September 12, 2011. Registration is fast, easy and safe too. You can now pay securely on line with Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, or American Express.
» See what classes are available!
» Register now!
posted August 26, 2011

Presidential Award Finalist
Congratulations to Vivian Shell, a teacher at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, for being named a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.
» More information...
posted August 25, 2011

Online Classes
Interested in online education for your high school student? Have questions about the new Utah law that allows high school students to enroll in online classes? Check out the district's new online options!
» More information...
posted August 10, 2011

District Teachers of the Year
The Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake City Board of Education are proud to announce Leigh VandenAkker as the 2012 District Teacher of the Year and Lori Kopasz as the 2012 District Special Education Teacher of the Year.
More information...
posted August 3, 2011

JulyTop of Pagetop

High School Health Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Jenne Leigh Hamlin who received the High School Health Teacher of the Year Award at the 2011 Utah Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference. Hamlin has been teaching health at West High School for twelve years. During that time, she has also acted as Head and Assistant Swim Coach, and currently, Tech Manager for the swim team.
posted July 19, 2011

Internet Outage
We will be performing some server maintenance on Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. During this time the district webpage will not be accessible. We anticipate this maintenance will take about one hour, but we have scheduled three hours in case any unforeseen issues arise. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we perform this maintenance.
posted July 18, 2011

Community of Caring Award
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring has selected Jorge Arturo Santos Jr., a student at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, as a recipient of the 2011 Community of Caring Outstanding Student Award. Each year a review panel selects individuals to be recognized for modeling the core values of caring, trust, respect, responsibility and family as well as providing service to the school and community.
posted July 1, 2011

JuneTop of Pagetop

Sportsmanship Award
Congratulations to East High School, Highland High School, and West High School for winning the Utah High School Activities Association "Raise the Bar and Earn a Star" sportsmanship award.
» More information...
posted June 20, 2011

Fire Alarm Testing Schedule
What's that noise? In compliance with the State Fire Marshal's request, the district is conducting yearly sound pressure readings of all fire horns in the schools district and testing all activation functions of the fire systems. This testing helps the district ensure the integrity of its fire alarm equipment, resulting in safer schools and buildings.
» Testing schedule...
posted June 17, 2011

Summer Efficiency Schedule
All district offices will be closed this Friday, June 17. It is the first of several Friday closures that are part of the district's Summer Efficiency Schedule. By working four ten-hour days and closing on select Fridays while students are not in school, the district is able to save tens of thousands of dollars.
More information...
posted June 14, 2011

Artistic License - Summer 2011Community of Caring Awards
A Bonneville Elementary School first-grade class, taught by Dorma Lindsay and student teacher Randi Boone, won one of the 2011 Character Education Partnership (CEP) Promising Practice Award for their "Respecting the Environment" project. The CEP recognizes schools and districts that have developed specific, unique, and effective educational practices that promote character development. In addition, Scott Springer, a third-grade student in Cindy Norton's class at Bonneville, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Community of Caring Outstanding Student Award.
» Large photo...
posted June 13, 2011

Artistic License - Summer 2011Artistic License
The latest edition of "Artistic License," a newsletter from the Fine Arts Department, is now available.
» "Artistic License" - Summer 2011 | Archive
posted June 8, 2011

Schools In The News
Students at Highland High School ended the school year by engaging in a day of service.
» Link to Deseret News article...
» Link to Salt Lake Tribune article...

From the Deseret News - 'It's cool to be in school': Studies show absences can have detrimental effect on students.
» Link to article...
posted June 7, 2011

Mamma Mia!Last Chance For Tickets To Mamma Mia!
Enjoy an evening of the arts and help support art programs in the Salt Lake City School District! The Salt Lake Education Foundation is selling tickets to the June 17 showing of Mamma Mia! at Capitol Theatre. Each ticket purchase includes a tax-deductible donation to the Salt Lake Education Foundation.
» More information...
posted June 2, 2011

Important Dates For Your Calendar
It's time to wrap up the old school year and get ready for the new one. Here are some important dates and times for parents and students.
» High School Graduations
» 2011-12 Registration
posted June 2, 2011

MayTop of Pagetop

District Earns Two EPA Energy Star Awards
Salt Lake City School District is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing power consumption in district schools. The two awards show the district’s commitment to environmental protection through superior energy performance, resulting in lower energy bills and a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
» More information...
posted May 27, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Fresh Paint
The latest edition of "Fresh Paint," a bi-monthly newsletter from Facility Services, is now available.
"Fresh Paint" - May-Jun 2011 | Archive
posted May 25, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Pathways
The latest edition of "Pathways," the Career & Technical Education newsletter, is now available.
"Pathways" - 2010-11, Volume 4 | Archive
posted May 25, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Piano Monster Concert
Share in the excitement of a piano monster concert with over 150 pianists and percussionists. Pianists from Whittier Elementary School, Glendale Middle School, East High School, Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, and University of Utah Piano Preparatory Division come together in harmony to present piano performances, percussion, poetry, and visual art.

When: Wednesday, May 25 @ 7 p.m.
Where: East High School - 840 S. 1300 East
posted May 11, 2011

Jog For Japan
Dilworth Elementary School students raised nearly $1,700 to aid relief efforts in Japan. The students organized and planned a Fun Run to raise the money. Each grade set a goal and then participated in the Fun Run during morning recess. Congratulations Dilworth Dingoes!
posted May 6, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Books and Bytes
The latest edition of "Books and Bytes," a newsletter from the Educational Technology and Library Media Department, is now available.
» "Books and Bytes" - Spring 2011 | Archive
posted May 5, 2011

CTE NewsletterSalt Lake City School District Adds Coverage For Domestic Partners In Medical Benefits
The Salt Lake City School District, Board of Education, and administration are adding medical coverage for domestic partners of district employees. Beginning in September 2011, employees will be able to add qualified domestic partners to their health insurance plans.
» More information...
posted May 4, 2011

Jackson Students Participate In Adelante Ballet Folklorico Concert
The Adelante Ballet Folklorico is proud to present their first annual concert Cielito Lindo. Please come support the only children's Mexican folkloric dance group in Salt Lake City School District as they take you on a journey across various regions of Mexico showcasing their talent and years of dedication and hard work. Proceeds from this event will support the continuation of this special program at Jackson Elementary School.

When: Tuesday, May 10 from 6-8 PM
Where: West High School, 241 North 300 West, Salt Lake City
Price: $5/individual or $15/family of four ($2 for each additional immediate family member). Tickets will be sold at the door or can be ordered in advance via email (
posted May 3, 2011

Golden Apple Award Winner
Congratulations to Leigh VandenAkker at East High School for winning a 2011 Golden Apple Award! Each year, the Golden Apple Awards are presented by the Utah PTA and KUED in recognition of six outstanding educators and two exceptional volunteers.
» East High newsletter article...
posted May 2, 2011

AprilTop of Pagetop

AVID Teacher Honored
Mary Jane Morris, a teacher at Northwest Middle School, has been selected as the featured educator speaker at the annual Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Summer Institute in San Diego. She has taught and coordinated the AVID program for the past three years. AVID is a program which supports students who are the first in their families to attend college. AVID students are taught organization, time-management, and study strategies, which support them in succeeding in rigorous classes.
posted April 29, 2011

Presidential Award Winner
Mathilda Uribe at Escalante Elementary School is one of two Utah teachers to win the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.
» More information...
posted April 28, 2011

2011 Summer Technology Classes
Want to learn how to integrate technology into your lesson plans and your classroom? Don't miss the 2011 Summer Technology Classes, covering a wide variety of topics, such as podcasting, My.Uen, advanced SmartBoard techniques, and more.
» Class schedule...
posted April 19, 2011

$8,000 For Japan
Beacon Heights Elementary School students collected $8,000 for Japan's relief effort after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Sixth-grade students prepared presentations for the classrooms and posters advertising the event. The students collected donations or pledges for a walk-a-thon, held April 1. The money was donated to the American Red Cross.
posted April 18, 2011

Special Education Teacher of the Year
Nominations are now being accepted for the District Special Education Teacher of the Year. All Salt Lake City School District special education teachers who have achieved career status are eligible for consideration. Parents, students, staff, or faculty members may nominate teachers for this award. Nominations must be received in the Office of Development & External Relations no later than May 10, 2011. Funding to recognize the Special Education Teacher of the Year is provided by the Salt Lake Education Foundation.
» Nomination form...
posted April 15, 2011

Utah Future Problem Solving Winners
More than a dozen Salt Lake City students took home awards, including four first place awards, from the recent Utah Future Problem Solving competition.
» List of award winners...
posted April 15, 2011

State Geography Bee Winners
Salt Lake City School District students took four out of the Top 10 spots at the recent State Geography Bee.
• Runner-up - Will Hooper, Bonneville Elementary School
• 4th place (tie) - Frances Willberg, Salt Lake Center for Science Education
• 4th place (tie) - Anushka Dasgupta, West High School
• 10th place - Finn Epperson-Valum, Dilworth Elementary School
posted April 14, 2011

Congratulations to CeCie Scharman, District Athletic Director, and Kathy Butler, East High School's Athletic Director! Scharman has been named the Utah Athletic Administrator of the Year, and Butler has been named the Utah Athletic Director of the Year.
posted April 13, 2011

Nibley Park Students Present "Honk, Junior!"
The second grade team at Nibley Park School is proud to present the musical "Honk, Junior!" as part of its free annual community performance. This "poultry tale" about the Ugly Duckling will run on April 12 and 13 at 1:45 p.m. and April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
posted April 12, 2011

State SkillsUSA Competition
Students from East High School won several awards at the recent State SkillsUSA Competition. East High students won in seven different categories. The final tally was three gold medals, two silver medals, and six bronze medals.
» More information...
posted April 12, 2011

2011 Annual Asbestos Notification
In accordance with the AHERA regulations (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act), this is to serve as the 2011 annual notification for the Salt Lake City School District. Re-inspections of our buildings are being completed on a six month cycle. The Asbestos Management Plan for each site is located in the main office or custodial office at each location and is available for review.

Asbestos awareness training is required annually for all maintenance and custodial personnel and is being completed throughout the year as part of our on-line safety training program. This training is required within 60 days of employment. Anyone needing this training or have any questions about asbestos in our district should contact Steve Bennett at (810) 974-8392.

Projects involving asbestos abatement have been completed in the last year at Emerson and Meadowlark Elementary schools, Bryant Middle School, Highland and West High schools, as well as Open Classroom (Lowell) and the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. Many projects are on line for the coming year.
posted April 12, 2011

CTE NewsletterPathways
The latest edition of "Pathways," the Career & Technical Education newsletter, is now available.
"Pathways" - 2010-11, Volume 3 | Archive
posted February 8, 2011

Library Makeover
Thank You to Target and the Heart of America Foundation for selecting Lincoln Elementary School as the site of the next library makeover. The students and teachers are so excited! Check out this video of the selection process.
» Watch on the district YouTube Channel...
posted April 8, 2011

Community of Caring Awards
Three Salt Lake City schools have been recognized for their efforts in character education and in making a difference in the lives of children. Glendale Middle School, Bonneville Elementary School, and Meadowlark Elementary School won Innovative Practice Awards and were recognized at this week's 2011 State School of Character Awards Ceremony.
posted April 7, 2011

Mamma Mia!The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts presents "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht. Come and see this tremendous group of actors playing many character roles in this story which explores the transient nature of power, revealing those who misuse or abuse their position, in contrast to those who help others with it. Character masks are used for characters who hide behind the mask of power to do ill to others.

April 14, 15, 16 @ 7 p.m. April 16 matinee @ 2 p.m., Highland High School Auditorium, tickets - $7 Adults/ $5 Students.
posted April 6, 2011

Highland Park Arts Night
The 6th Annual Highland Park Elementary arts night fundraiser will be held this Friday from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Student dance and music performances will take place in the auditorium from 5:30 - 7:30. You can come do an art project with the school's visual art teacher or try out a music class with one of our music teachers (Mrs. Alvarez grades K-2 at 7:40, Mrs. Purdy grades 4-6 at 8:10). Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase, and there are crafts, projects, a puppet show, and a marketplace for children. High school artists will also be on hand to show their work and answer questions.
» Highland Park Elementary website...
posted April 5, 2011

West High School seventh- and eighth-grade students took second place and Hawthorne Elementary School sixth-grade students placed third in the recent MATHCOUNTS competition. In addition, both of these schools have also earned national Gold Level Status. MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition for middle school students. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Defense Department, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
posted April 1, 2011

MarchTop of Pagetop

Artistic License October 2010Reception and Awards Ceremony - April 1
The Salt Lake City School District presents the Secondary Schools Visual Arts Show. The show runs April 1 through April 8 at the pARTnership Gallery, 534 South 500 West.
» More information...
posted March 31, 2011

Artistic License October 2010César Chávez Awards Open House
We invite all students, families, and employees of the district to join us for the Salt Lake City School District’s 2011 César Chávez Competition Awards Open House.
» Invitation | en español
» Map...
» List of winners...
posted March 31, 2011

Science Fair Grand Champion
Congratulations to Lori Kim from West High School for being named one of three high school division Grand Champions in the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair! Kim has won an all expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. For a complete list of award winners, go to
posted March 28, 2011

Artistic License - Spring 2011Artistic License
The latest edition of "Artistic License," a newsletter from the Fine Arts Department, is now available.
» "Artistic License" - Spring 2011 | Archive
posted March 28, 2011

Fresh Paint NewsletterFresh Paint
The latest edition of "Fresh Paint," a bi-monthly newsletter from Facility Services, is now available.
"Fresh Paint" - Mar-Apr 2011 | Archive
posted March 28, 2011

East High Debate Honors and Awards
Christian Bennett and Mike Ricks from East High School have earned the National Forensic League’s degree of Premier Distinction, the highest student degree in the honor society. A degree of Premier Distinction reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds and service projects. In addition, Andre Washington and Jessica Oglesby took first place in 4A State Policy Debate and Eliza McIntosh took first place in 4A State Oratory. Congratulations!
posted March 25, 2011

Benefit Concert posterGlendale Multi-Cultural Celebration
Glendale Middle School is proud to announce its 13th Annual Multi-Cultural Program on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6 p.m. The Multi-Cultural Program is sponsored by GE Capital Financial Inc. Each spring, over 175 Glendale students learn about the art, music and dance of cultures from around the world from local artisans. They participate as performers in an evening of entertainment for their parents and the community. The multi-cultural theme is particularly relevant for Glendale Middle School, since students come from 26 different nations.
posted March 24, 2011

Expanding Your Horizons
More than 300 teenage girls from more than 60 Utah schools attended the third annual Expanding Your Horizons Salt Lake City conference last weekend at Northwest Middle School. The goal of the conference is to get young women excited about careers in science, math and other technical fields, where women remain underrepresented.
» More information...
posted March 17, 2011

Benefit Concert posterSunny Award Winner
The Salt Lake City School District has been recognized as having one of the most transparent government websites in America, by scoring in the top 100 among more than 6,000 state and local websites analyzed by Sunshine Review's Transparency Checklist.
posted March 16, 2011

More State Winners
Congratulations to the West High School Steel Drum Band Pandemonium. They performed at the Utah Steel Drum Festival and received the Outstanding Band of the day award out of 8 other bands. They also received the Best Group Choreography Award for most exciting performance. Additionally, Jamison Carter was awarded for his own composition "Jays Song" with the outstanding soloist award.
posted March 10, 2011

State Reflections Winner
Andrew Durham, a sixth-grade student at Hawthorne Elementary, has been selected as a Utah PTA Reflections Award of Excellence winner for photography. Approximately 50,000 students state-wide participated in this year’s contest, with the theme “Together We Can.” Andrew’s photograph of his two sisters pushing his grandfather in a wheel chair was one of 500 photographic entries competing at the state level of competition. This photograph will represent Utah in the National PTA Reflections competition later this year.
posted March 9, 2011

Spring 2011 Community Education Catalog Spring 2011 Community Education Catalog
Are you interested in learning how to grow your own garden? How about learning French? You'll find fun and interesting classes for everyone in the Spring 2011 Community Education Catalog. Registration runs March 14 - 25, 2011. Most classes begin the week of March 28, 2011. Registration is fast, easy and safe too. You can now pay securely on line with Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, or American Express.
» See what classes are available now!
posted March 9, 2011

Mobile Health Clinic at West High School
The Utah Partners for Health Mobile Health Clinic is coming to West High on Wednesday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The clinic is staffed with four to six doctors and is absolutely free to those who are uninsured or under insured. There is no need for any paperwork, except if a student is under 18, they should have a note from a parent/guardian. Confirm a spot by calling Rebecca Florez-Walshe at 801-578-8500 ext. 234. Leave your name, phone number, and the time you wish to come. The clinic will be parked on the southwest corner of the West campus.
posted March 9, 2011

West High Wins Sixth Straight State Chess Championship
Students from 20 schools throughout the state participated in the seven-round, two-day State Chess Tournament, but West High School and its students came away as the winners. Extending an impressive winning streak, the West High chess team won first in the 5-A division and first place overall. This is the sixth straight year that West has taken the high school title.
posted March 7, 2011

Emerson's Art Extravaganza
Come support Emerson Elementary School and its arts programs by attending the Art Extravaganza. The evening performance starts at 6: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.The Art Extravaganza is designed to show off students’ amazing artistic abilities. This is also a way for the school to raise funds for future art programs. Emerson is selling student artwork and is accepting general donations as well. During the evening performance there will be goodies for sale.
posted March 7, 2011

Highland High - State 4A Basketball Champions
Highland used a dominating defensive performance to claim the 4A state championship. David Divver came up big for Highland yet again with 10 points and three 3-pointers, while Lew Evans, Nate Fakahafua and Sam Orchard all chipped in with nine points. Highland shot 55 percent compared to just 35 for the Braves.
» Deseret News article...
posted March 7, 2011

MisérablesTickets to Les Misérables
Enjoy an evening of the arts and help support art programs in the Salt Lake City School District! The Salt Lake Education Foundation is selling tickets to the May 27 showing of Les Misérables at Capitol Theatre. Each ticket purchase includes a tax-deductible donation to the Salt Lake Education Foundation.
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posted March 4, 2011

High School Graduations
Salt Lake City School District is pleased to announce the dates and times for high school graduations. The ceremonies for all district high schools, except for the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, will be held on June 9, 2011, at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus.
• Horizonte - 9:30 a.m.
• Highland High School - 1 p.m.
• East High School - 4 p.m.
• West High School - 7 p.m.
The graduation ceremony for the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts will be held June 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m., at the Highland High Auditorium.
posted March 3, 2011

Willy Wonka
Hillside Middle School is proud to present "Willy Wonka." Performances run March 30 through April 1 and April 4 & 5. March 30 is Pizza Family Night. Performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale the week of March 14, 2011. Contact the school for more information.
posted March 3, 2011

Spring Festival Assembly
You are cordially invited to attend the Chinese Language Program Spring Festival Assembly. Please join us as we showcase the Chinese language acquisition of students from West High, East High, Highland High, Hillside Middle, and Clayton Middle schools.
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posted March 2, 2011

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Aladdin - Dual Language Edition
Starting February 17, East High School is presenting an exciting new production of Aladdin - Dual Language Edition. While the show has the same familiar elements that appeal to all of us from the original Disney film and stage show, this thrilling show has a twist. The dialogue is performed mixed with English and Spanish! The “Whole New World” that Aladdin and Jasmine discover is a bilingual world, where communities become linked together by their willingness to speak both languages.
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posted February 15, 2011

Artistic License October 2010Cesar Chavez Art Contest
Announcing the 2011 César Chávez Visual Arts and Language Arts Contest for all district students. The deadline is March 4, 2011. For more information and a copy of the entry form please visit the Language and Culture website and scroll down to the "César Chávez Contest" links.

Al anunciar el 2011 César Chávez Artes Visuales y Artes del Lenguaje Concurso para todos los estudiantes del distrito. La fecha límite es el 04 de marzo 2011. Para obtener más información y una copia de la ficha de inscripción por favor visite el sitio web de Lengua y Cultura y desplácese hacia abajo para el "César Chávez Concurso" enlaces.
posted February 9, 2011

Artistic License October 2010Artistic License
The latest edition of "Artistic License," a newsletter from the Fine Arts Department, is now available.
» "Artistic License" - February 2011 | Archive
posted February 9, 2011

"Pathways" - 2009-10, Volume 4Pathways
The latest edition of "Pathways," the Career & Technical Education newsletter, is now available.
"Pathways" - 2010-11, Volume 2 | Archive
posted February 8, 2011

Five schools participated in this year's district MATHCOUNTS competition at Glendale Middle School. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club, and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. Congratulations to the winning team from Clayton Middle School and the individual winners. The state MATHCOUNTS competition will be held on March 26, 2011. Good luck to all!
posted February 8, 2011

Fresh Paint NewsletterFresh Paint
The latest edition of "Fresh Paint," a bi-monthly newsletter from Facility Services, is now available.
"Fresh Paint" - Jan-Feb 2011 | Archive
posted February 1, 2011

The Sound of Music
Clayton Middle School's musical this year will be The Sound of Music, with a cast of 230 students. The performances run Monday, March 7 to Saturday, March 12.
• Monday - friends and family - 7 p.m.
• Tuesday - feeder elementary schools - 9:30 a.m.
• Wednesday - 7 p.m.
• Thursday - Clayton student body - 9:30 a.m. and evening - 7 p.m.
• Friday - 7 p.m.
• Saturday - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tueday, February 15 at noon. The ticket office is open daily that week and most days at lunch and after school. Tickets are $6 for reserved seating and $4 for general admission.
posted February 1, 2011

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"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Thoroughly Modern Millie!
Come and tap your troubles away at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts production of Thoroughly Modern Millie! Incredible performances by music, dance, and theatre students. Shows run February 10, 11, & 14 at 7 p.m. and February 12 at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Highland High School. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. If you bring a prospective student to Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts Open House on February 14 at 5:30 p.m., you will get a free ticket to the production! 
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posted January 28, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Perfect ACT
Rebecca Nickerson, daughter of Guy and Maggie Nickerson and a sophomore at West High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on her recent ACT test.
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posted January 27, 2011

"Books and Bytes" - Spring 2010Books and Bytes
The latest edition of "Books and Bytes," a newsletter from the Educational Technology and Library Media Department, is now available.
» "Books and Bytes" - Winter 2011 | Archive
posted January 21, 2010

Understanding Utah's New Early Reading Law
In March of 2010, the Utah State Legislature enacted a law that requires school districts to provide notice by the middle of the school year to parents or guardians of students in first, second, or third grade who are reading below grade level. The district has sent a letter to parents to help them better understand this new law and what the district is doing to help students.
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posted January 14, 2011

Curriculum & Assessment Lab Information Meeting
Interested in having your student attend Curriculum & Assessment Lab classes at Ensign Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, or Clayton Middle School? A parent information meeting will be held Thursday, 27 January 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City School District Administration Building, 440 E 100 South.
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posted January 13, 2011

Hillside Open House
The Hillside 6th Grade Open House is for current and prospective students at Hillside Middle School. There will be tours of the building, presentations from various classes, and performances by the choir and orchestra, along with demonstrations of our Mac Lab. Teachers will be on hand to answer questions regarding our Extended Learning Programs (ELP) and highlight all the great things happening at Hillside. In addition, there will be a raffle and book sale to help raise funds for student activities. The open house will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011, from 6 - 8 p.m.
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posted January 13, 2011

Zions Bank Donations
Members of Zions Executive Banking Team recently spent a day at Edison Elementary School.The team donated books for every student and spent the morning with students reading and playing math games. The team also surprised Edison's physical education teacher, Cathy Hernandez, with a donation of great equipment.
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posted January 6, 2011

Fall 2010 Community Education CatalogHigh School Award
The district's three traditional high schools are recipients of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Quality Program Award! Athletic directors from East, Highland, and West High Schools were honored at the board meeting this week. The three Salt Lake City schools are the first schools in the nation to win this award!
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posted January 5, 2011



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