January's Counselor Connection: Attendance and Why it Matters

“Attendance Works,” an organization whose mission is to “advance student success and help close equity gaps by reducing chronic absence,” cites the following:

– Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year.Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month (20 days) of school.

– Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or are held back.

– Research shows that missing 10 percent of a student’s school days, which is considered “chronically absent” (18 days in PCSD) negatively affects a student’s academic performance.

– When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

– By 6th grade chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Read the full issue of January’s Counselor Connection here. English | Spanish

PCHS Needs Volunteers to Assist with Robotics Tournament

Park City High School will be hosting a Robotics Tourament on Jan. 18 and needs 80 student and adult volunteers to assist with the qualifying competition. Some 24 robotics teams from thoughout Utah will be competing.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities which include varying amounts of commitments the day of the event (and possibly some the prior day). The descriptions of the volunteer roles can be found below.

Volunteer role description: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/volunteer-resources 

The following positions are currently available:

Adult Roles

– Judges

– Cameras

– Robot Inspectors

– Field Inspectors

– Robot Inspector (hardware) (5)

– Field Inspector (software) (4)

– Referees/Scorers (8)

– Dean’s List Interviewer (1)

– Judge Match Observer (2)

– Set Up (8 AV experience helpful)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

– Breakfast Pick Up

– Lunch Pick Up

– Clean up/set up

Student Roles

– Pit Runners (4)

– Field Reset (4)

– Judge Queuer (2)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

To sign up for a volunteer position, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to http://firstinspires.org   As an international organization, FIRST has a standardized process for registering and certifying their volunteers.   When you get to the “Event Search Page” please select “FTC” on the left side of the screen to narrow the event options to First Tech Challenge (FTC).  Then select the Park City Qualifier on Jan. 18. You will be asked to select a role for the qualifier.  If we have discussed a specific role for you, please select that role.  If we have not discussed a specific role or if you have forgotten the role name, simply choose “Assign Me as Needed” and I will assign you to the correct position.   If you are a returning volunteer, the system will take you to My Dashboard and will direct you to any paperwork needed. After filling out the forms as prompted, then you will be able to volunteer for the event.  

Step 2: Complete the registration and required screening.

Step 3: If we have not discussed a role for you, sign up as “Assign Me as Needed,” and please email Kimberly Drury, volunteer coordinator, at snowangelkim@gmail.com, your volunteer preferences. She an assign that role in the system.    

The schedule for the Park City event can be found on the event website:  https://www.parkcityqualifier.com.

PCHS Dance Company II to present 'Informance' Jan. 15-16

Park City High School’s Dance Company II has been working hard on its annual informative performance for this year, and Director Ashley Mott says it has been a process.

The dancers will present their annual Informance, set to the theme of “Process,” at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center Black Box Theater Jan. 15 and 16. Admission is $5 at the door.

All 13 company members have been working on creating every aspect of the production, from filming and editing informational videos, to designing and distributing posters, to organizing the order of the show.

Each group of dancers has been assigned a specific choreographic approach – or process – to explore. The processes were “theme first,” “style first,”
“music first,” “inspiration from a famous choreographer,” “formations first,” and “costumes first.”

The production will also feature performances from PCHS’s Dance Company as well as choreography from dance company director Ashley Mott, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Nick Jurica, and guest choreographers Emily Denham and Efren Corado.

Elizabeth Becerra said this project has allowed her to choreograph using a method that she would never have used to create a dance otherwise. Dulce Robles describes the experience as a creative process that allowed her to branch out and work with new people. Zoe Jensen described how it has been difficult because some dancers had little experience with the genre of hip-hop, which was what her “style first” group has chosen to use as their medium.