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

Parents/Guardians Invited to Take Online School Survey

Beginning today, April 23, Park City School District will be administering online school surveys. All parents/guardian  of PCSD students are invited to participate. This survey is open today through May 11.

The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback about teachers, principals, and schools. Responses are anonymous and no personal information is collected. Results will be given to teachers and administrators and used to improve classrooms and schools. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey can be taken on any computer or device with web access, or on computers available in all schools. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

The survey can be accessed here.

There is also a link to the survey on school and district websites.

Parents/guardians may receive more than one invitation or reminder to take the survey, but are asked to only take the survey once.

Kindergarten Online Registration Now Open for 2018-19 School Year

Online registration for students entering kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year is now available. State law requires students to be age 5 by Sept. 1. No new out-of-district students will be accepted for the 2018-19 school year.

New student registration is available online here:

English

Spanish

The registration process includes providing the school secretary/registrar with the following required documents:

– Current immunizations
– Vision screening for kindergarten students
– Proof of Residency is required every year – Proof of Residency
guardianship papers
– Name/address/phone/fax or school last attended
– Copy of student’s birth certificate

Registration is not complete until the above information is provided to the school.

Once all information is received, your student will be entered into our database/scheduling system.

11 Students Win at Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Congratulations to our students who placed in the top four spots at the recent University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair. Open to students in grades 5-12, the fair’s purpose is to ignite a love for STEM. Following individual school and the district science and engineering fairs, students advanced to the regional competition at the U of U.

Projects were evaluated by volunteer judges with professional expertise in the subject matter.

Park City High student Jaspar Ruegemer was awarded the NASA Earth System Science Award  for his project, “Earth Needs To Chill! How About Some Cool  Sunshades?”

Winners rom Park City School District include:

–Max Ward-Nanney, Ecker Hill Middle: first place, electrical and computer science, “Aim, Click, Connect.”

–Tyler DeMarco and Joshua Cressman, Trailside Elementary: first place,  materials and biomedical, “Pencil Pal.”

–Sebastian Wrona, Trailside Elementary: third place, mechanical engineering, “Water Walking/Running Shoes.”

–Sean Merrill and Liam Foehl, Jeremy Ranch Elementary: third place, civil and environmental engineering, “Help. We Need Water.”

–Dylan Rifkin, Trailside Elementary: fourth place, civil and environmental engineering, “H2Woah.”

– Kian Mathew, McPolin Elementary: fourth place, chemical and physical, “Wi-Fi Cubed.”

-Greta Bretts, Parley’s Park Elementary: fourth place, biochemistry, “Who Can See What Isn’t There?”

–Elena Ruegemer, Ecker Hill Middle: third place, material and biomedical, “Thermal Mass to the Rescue! How Does Material Density Impact Solar Thermal Storage Capacity in Buildings to Minimize Diurnal Swing.”

National Breakfast Week to Feature Free Breakfast at Schools

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Park City School District will celebrate National Breakfast Week, March 5-9, by offering free breakfast on Wednesday, March 7, at all school cafeterias. The menu will include sunbutter and banana sushi and cold soaked oats parfait with fresh fruit and greek yogurt. Wednesday’s complimentary breakfast will be available while supplies last.

Breakfast hours at each school include:

– Park City High:  7:10 – 7:35 a.m.

– Treasure Mountain Junior High: 7:10 – 7:30 a.m.

– Ecker Hill Middle: 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

– Jeremy Ranch Elementary: 7:50 – 8:15 a.m.

– Parley’s Park Elementary: 7:40 – 8:10 a.m.

– Trailside Elementary: 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

– McPolin Elementary: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the School Nutrition Association, National Breakfast Week is a week-long celebration of the School Breakfast Program. Research indicates that students who eat breakfast:

– Reach high levels of achievement in reading and math

– Score higher on standardized tests

– Have better concentration and memory

– Have improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance

– Are more alert

– Maintain a healthy weight

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible,” said R.J. Owen, Director of Child Nutrition for PCSD. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.

The district serves 50,000 breakfast meals a year, and is anxious to get more students to start their day with breakfast. School nutrition professionals in PCSD  prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.”

The cost of school breakfast for students is: $1.25  at elementary schools, $1.35 at Ecker Hill Middle, $1.45 at Treasure Mountain Junior High, and $1.50 at Park City High. Students who receive reduced-priced meals only pay $.30 for breakfast.

Learning Academy Focused on Personalized, Project-Based Learning

The Park City Learning Academy has not only changed its name, it has changed the way its students are learning.

The Academy provides Park City High students with an alternative setting for core class instruction in English, math, social studies and science. Elective are taken at the high school.

“The PCLA is a setting for students looking for smaller class sizes, personalized and project-based learning, and an adult mentor to support,” said Principal Tracy Sjostrom.

The PCLA is open to any future 10th-, 11th-, or 12th-grade students “who want to be part of a close-knit group of students and staff focusing on social emotional well-being and academic achievement,” Sjostrom said.

Students can register for the PCLA by picking up an application at Treasure Mountain Junior High or the Academy. Summit Learning is a personalized approach to teaching and learning.

Sjostrom said Summit Learning combines core values, what science tells on how students learn best, and cutting-edge research into a school experience that is tailored to community needs.

The three pillars to the student experience at the Academy are 1) project-based learning where students work alongside teachers and classmates on real-world projects; 2) one-on-one mentoring; and 3) individualized pathways that empower students to set goals and understand content in a way that is best for them.

“We offer exploratory field trips, positive supports, and added encouragement. Students do not fall through the cracks,” Sjostrom said.