PCSD to Hire Deputy Superintendent to Focus on Operational Services

Park City School District announced today it will hire a Deputy Superintendent to lead the day-to-day operational side of the district. The position will be responsible for master facility planning, safety and security coordination, transportation, child nutrition, and school operations.

This new administrator will partner with incoming Superintendent Jill Gildea and other executive leadership to develop and implement the Board of Education’s strategic plan, district policies, instructional programs, and school services provided by the district.

In light of the multi-million dollars the board is invested in safety and security, the Deputy Superintendent will oversee the daily operations of safety measures throughout the district. He/she will oversee safety training of all employees, collaborate with safety and emergency officials in the city and county, chair the district safety committee, stay informed on best practices, and ensure safety drills are conducted on a regular basis at the district and school levels.

“As we rebuild the administration, Dr. Gildea and the board agree on the need for a Deputy Superintendent to assist in the day-to day running of the district,” said Board President Andrew Caplan. “Dr. Gildea will spend the majority of her time on improving instruction and working with our principals.

“We are looking for someone with expertise in safety and managing the physical plant. We also need someone to oversee operations of the district in order to achieve our community’s vision and mission of highly effective schools focused on student and staff well-being, safety and security, and overall progress in meeting the community’s expectations for its facilities.”

The Deputy Superintendent will guide the master facility planning process and lead efforts to successfully fund facility projects and programs. He/she will also supervise schedules and calendars of timely work projects and processes.

The posting can be viewed here.  The deadline for applications is Aug. 31.

PCSD Community Education Offers Fun Adventures This Summer

There’s more to summer than video games or sheer boredom. With more than 100 class offerings, students can experience a fun and educational summer thanks to the district’s Community Education program.

“During the summer, we concentrate on programs for youths and teens, said Jane Toly, Leisure Living coordinator. “We’ll have many more adult classes in the fall, starting in late September.”

For preschool-aged children, there are offerings such as Animal Safari, Art, Diggin’ Dinosaurs Jr., Kids Yoga, and Bubbles & Water Science Fun.

For elementary students there is Beginning Chess, Drawing & Painting, Cartoonpalooza, Movie Star Camp, Cooking, Science, Digital Moviemaking, Lego Robotics, and much more.

Some classes begin next week. For a complete listing of summer offerings, view The Compass here.

Click here to register online or call Jane Toly at 435-615-0215.

Summer School Online Registration Now Open

Summer is a great break from school but not a great break from learning. That’s why Park City School District is excited to offer Summer School again this year for students in grades 1-8, starting June 18. Online registration is now open.

This is the first summer the district is offer sessions for students going in to grades 7 and 8.  Secondary Summer School will be based on project learning with field trips to the Egyptian Theater, and enjoying activities such as yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, street art, break dancing, and art. Students will also take part in service projects.

The secondary Summer School, held at Treasure Mountain Junior High, runs June 18-July 12, Monday through Thursday. The elementary Summer School, held at McPolin Elementary, runs June 18-July 26, Monday through Thursday.  Cost is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Summer School provides social, cultural and academic benefits, according to Todd Klarich, director of Community Education for PCSD. “We provide a safe, healthy and engaging environment for all students to reduce the impact of the summer slide,” he said. “And we provide opportunities for students to build self esteem, independence, and problem-solving skills while participating in hands-on activities in our community.”

Online registration is available here.

Community Members Needed for Master Planning Steering Committee

Park City School District is soliciting interested community members to be a part of its master planning steering committee. The district is seeking a diverse stakeholder group representation as part of this committee.

The district has retained NV5 as its owner representative for the master planning process.  An executive committee has been formed and is now in the process of  building a steering committee that ensures all stakeholder groups have a voice and the opportunity to be involved in this longterm planning process.

Those interested are invited to complete the steering committee application is below.

Steering Committee Application (English)

Steering Committee Application (Spanish)

Deadline for applications is June 7 at 3 p.m. The steering committee will not begin meeting until August.

Please complete the application and return it to Park City School District Office, 2700 Kearns Boulevard, (Attention: Todd Hauber) or email it directly to NV5 at desi.navarro@nv5.com.

Show Your Pedal Pride on Friday, May 18

In partnership with the Park City Municipal and Summit County, Park City School District is asking students and parents to show their pedal pride during its annual “Bike to Work, School and Play Day” on Friday, May 18.

The event is an opportunity to remind students about safety and the importance of bicycles as great options transportation and recreation.

Those biking to school should meet at 7:50 a.m. at PC MARC, Aspen Villas, Arches Park (south side of Comstock) or Park City Heights (meet at 7:30 a.m.). The route, along Kearns Boulevard, will lead the cyclists to the Park City High. Law enforcement, Park City staff, parent volunteers and teachers, will be assisting with the ride that morning to ensure safety along the route.

The Park City High School visitor’s parking lot will be a community hub for bicyclists, parents and students from 7:30-10 a.m., with breakfast served and bicycle safety materials and bike tune-ups.

The Snyderville Basin will be hosting snag and swag booths that morning from 7:30-8:15 a.m. at Trailside, Jeremy Ranch and Parley’s Park Elementary Schools.  That afternoon at Trailside Park (upper parking lot) there will be a bike obstacle course, helmet fitting, barbecue, and safety demonstrations from 1-3 p.m.

At McPolin Elementary, a Bicycle Rodeo for students will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The PCHS Mountain Bike Club will set up the rodeo, the school’s Bici Club will wash and tune-up bikes, a parent volunteer will be conducting helmet fittings, and representatives from Park City Municipal will provide safe riding tips.

Parents and students not able to bike to school tomorrow (May 18), are invited to attend breakfast at PCHS (7:30-10 a.m.) or lunch at Trailside Park (1-3 p.m.).

The Park City area has received numerous accolades as a bike-friendly city, and the League of American Bicyclists recognized Park City Snyderville Basin Community with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community award — the only community in Utah to receive the Gold-level award.

Park City School District is happy to partner with Park City Chamber, Summit County Health Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Department, Park City Police Department, Mountain Trails Foundation, Snyderville Basin Recreation, Park City Municipal, and Summit County to conduct this community-wide event.

Sheriff’s Office to Educate Parents About Safety, Drugs, and Electronics

Parents are invited  Monday, May 14, to spend an evening with law enforcement learning about school safety, drugs, and electronics.  The Front Line Blue Line — Parents and Police Working Together, is presented by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Communities That Care, and Park City School District.

“The threats and dangers in our society are constant and rapidly evolving,” said Lt. Justin Hemingway, patrol division commander for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. “Your school district and law enforcement are united in keeping children safe and protecting the sanctity of the family and the home. This is one of the most important events you can attend all year.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Ecker Hill Middle School. Sheriff Justin Martinez will address school safety, Lt. Greg Winterton will talk to parents about drugs and harmful substances, and Sgt. Ronald Bridge will talk about electronics and the Internet.

Following the speakers, community resource booths will be available to parents, including the Sheriff’s Office, Summit County’s Health Department and Mental Wellness Alliance, Valley Behavioral Health, CONNECT Summit County, Children’s Justice Center, and Park City School District.

Free childcare will be available for children ages 4-11, and PCSD students will receive an incentive if their parents or guardians attend.

District Wellness Committee Seeks New Members

Park City School District is looking to expand its Wellness Committee by four in an effort to have a more well-rounded community voice.

“Specifically, we are looking for a pediatrician, school counselor, student, and parent,” said RJ Owen, Director of Child Nutrition Services. 

The Wellness Committee acts in a advisory position on topics such as nutritional standards in schools, what foods are offered, nutrition education, and physical activity.

The Wellness Committee is currently reviewing the district’s wellness policy and will be making recommendations to the Board of Education for future revisions.

The district is accepting applications until June 6. The committee’s next meeting is this fall, and there is no term limit. 

Applications are available online here, or at the District Office, 2700 Kearns Boulevard.  Completed applications can be dropped off at the District Office or emailed to rjowen@pcschools.us.

PCSD Summer School Registration Now Open

Looking for a program for children this summer that combines academics and fun? Park City School District, in partnership with Holy Cross Ministries, is once again offering Summer School for students.

“Summer School helps reduce summer learning loss and also helps increase social and emotional development,” said Todd Klarich, Director of Community Education for PCSD. “This helps our students be ready when school starts up again this fall.”

Elementary Summer School (students in grades 1-5 this fall) will be taught at McPolin Elementary but is open to students from any PCSD elementary school — June 18-July 26. Secondary Summer School (students in grades 6-8 this fall) will be taught at Treasure Mountain Junior High —June 18-July 12.

A total of 150 students will be accepted for elementary summer school and 20 students per class at the secondary level. Breakfast and lunch are included in the $100 tuition (free and reduced lunch tuition available). Summer school at all locations runs Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The secondary program will have a project-based learning focus in the morning along with teaching life skills. Other planned activities will include: Egyptian Theater, yoga, paddle boarding, music, mindfulness, service projects, and technology.

Registration is now open and students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensed PCSD teachers teach Summer School with assistance from instructional aides and staff from Holy Cross Ministries.

Online registration is available here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Park City School District is proud to support CONNECT as its hosts a month of events in throughout Summit County focused on mental health awareness. May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and CONNECT has 18 events planned on topics such as mindfulness, social media wellness, opioid epidemic, aging, depression, and eating disorders.

CONNECT is a grassroots, non profit community advocacy organization that brings together residents who are concerned about mental health issues facing our community and who want to see  improved mental health services with greater accessibility in the county.

Wednesday, May 2, Park City High students will take part in “Ask Me Anything Night,” a question/answer session beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park City Library’s  Jim Santy Auditorium. Pizza and dessert will be served.  Those taking part in the interactive, cross-narrative discussion representatives from CONNECT, Park City Library Teen Advisory Board, Latinos in Action, iMPACt/Park City High Hope Squad, and the PCSH Gay-Straight Alliance. Student speakers, who also presented at Tedx Youth Park City, include: Piper Moeller: What Does a Drug Addict Look Like;  Saide Ortiz: Battling Cultural Stereotypes; Natalie Fink: A Piece of my Soul; and  Lexi Laufer: Let People Love.

Thursday, May 3, features “Social Media Wellness: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress, and Social Media.” Author  and national social media expert Ana Homayoun will discuss how to better understand the new world of social media socialization and offer practical tips on how making better choices around social media use and overall wellness. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Park City Librarys Jim Santy Auditorium.

Monday, May 14, Park City School District is partnering with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Communities That Care to host “Front Line and Blue Line: Parents and Police Working Together.” The event begins at 6 p.m. at Ecker Hill Middle School and is open to parents. Sheriff Justin Martinez will address school safety, Lt. Greg Winterton will talk to parents about drugs and harmful substances, and Sgt. Ronald Bridge will talk about electronics and the Internet. Following the speakers, community resource booths will be available to parents. Free childcare will be available for children ages 4-11, and students will receive an incentive if their parents/guardians attend.

For a complete calendar of mental health events in May click here

Results from Elementary State Debate Competition

Twenty students from fifth- and sixth-grade competed Friday, April 27, at the Utah Elementary State Debate division 1 competition at Alta High School, winning multiple awards among the 60 teams participating.

They students contended in Public Forum style debating the resolution: “Be it resolved, in the United States, the benefits of government regulation of education outweigh the harms.”

The competition consisted of teams from Salt Lake, Granite, Jordan, Canyons, and Park City School Districts.

Here are the results from PCSD:

Parley’s Park Elementary: Coach DeEtte Earl

–Ella Wismer and Erin Donovan, AFF (affirmative), first place

–Maddie McHenry and Greta Bretts, AFF, second place

–Olivia Johnson and Elyse Engel, NEG (negative), fourth place

–Ben Butler (Outstanding Speaker) and Jack Revoy, NEG

Jeremy Ranch Elementary: Coach Paula Krueger

–Kelly Richardson and Amelia Grishom, NEG, first place

McPolin Elementary: Coach Kathleen Gibson

–Ben Sidlow and Sophia Mueller, AFF, fourth place

Trailside Elementary: Coach Marjean Johnston

–Annika Hunt and Adam Hilton, NEG

Ecker Hill Middle: Coach Gina Mason

–Leah Yeager and Sophie Goswick, AFF, fifth place

–Madison Coyne and Kardin Salem, AFF

–Natalie Southland and Colin Campbell, NEG, seventh place