Last night, Nov. 21, the Board of Education approved updates to the district’s Strategic Plan’s mission, vision, values and goals for 2018-2022. The plan includes the following:
OUR MISSION: The mission of Park City School District is to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential.
OUR VISION: Park City School District is student-centered with a focus and emphasis on the whole child — our students are safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy.
Academic Success: We are committed to engaging all students to reach their full potential no matter where they are in their academic journeys.
Leadership: We are committed to continuous development, accountability, and transparency.
Excellent Personnel: We are committed to hiring the best and the brightest staff in a transparent and fair manner.
Communication: We are committed to communicating with all stakeholders in an open, timely, and consistent manner.
Community Alliances: We are committed to a culture of collaboration with our community partners.
Strategic Goal 1 (Academic Success): Develop the potential of every student through data-driven and best learning practices to be academically successful and prepared for life beyond graduation. Provide safe, optimal and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.
Strategic Goal 2 (Leadership): Provide district wide leadership that exhibits transparency, clarity and accountability at all times and in all situations.
Strategic Goal 3 (Excellent Personnel): Create a culture of respect for all employees through recruiting, retaining, and providing professional development, while building the district’s leadership capacity.
Strategic Goal 4 (Communication): Continuously deliver efficient, effective, and transparent communication about the district.
Strategic Goal 5 (Community Alliances): Partner with families and the community for the general well-being and education of our collective student base while including a culture of inclusiveness and respect for the rich diversity of our community.
The Park City School District Board of Education appointed Erin Grady as the new board member for District 5. She replaces Julie Einhausen who will step down Feb. 5, 2018.
Grady has lived in Park City for 34 years and currently serves as co-president of the PTA at Parley’s Park Elementary. She is a board member of PC READS and the Figure Skating Club of Park City. For 12 years she served as communications manager for Deer Valley Resort.
She was educated in Park City School District and is a graduate of Park City High. “My husband and I have chosen to raise our children in Park City and are committed to making it the best community for generations to come,” she said. “I want to look back and know that I did my part in securing a positive future not only for my children but for the children of Park City as a whole.”
Grady earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah in mass communications, with a minor in business management.
The Child Nutrition Services Department wants to remind parents that breakfast is served in all schools within Park City School District.
The School Breakfast Program is a national program that provides millions of children a nutritious morning meal each school day. School breakfast is a critical support for struggling families trying to stretch limited resources and provides children a significant portion of the nutrition they need to learn and be healthy, according to the Food Research Action Center.
“Kick off your child’s day on a positive note, start with a healthy breakfast that includes fresh fruits and whole grains,” said PCSD Director of Child Nutrition R.J. Owen.
For a nominal fee, students can eat breakfast in the cafeteria before school starts. Cost is $1.20 at elementary schools, $1.35 at Ecker Hill Middle, $1.45 at Treasure Mountain Junior High, $1.50 at Park City High, and reduced breakfasts are $.30.
Superintendent Ember Conley emailed the following letter this morning to all parents in Park City School District outlining the safety procedures the district followed during Tuesday’s lockdown/lockout at schools on the Kearns Campus.
November 17, 2017
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we managed and evaluated our Kearns Campus lockdown/lockout earlier this week. Our staff had recently reviewed the district safety procedures with students after the University of Utah shooting; and our schools were prepared because of the safety drills and reviews we conduct throughout the year.
We are appreciative of the Park City High student who saw the individual and immediately reported it to school authorities. Law enforcement was called and the Park City Police were able to apprehend the individual and secure all Kearns Campus schools within 40 minutes. We have asked the City Attorney to charge the individual to the full extent of the law. Additionally, we have followed our school district policies and carried out necessary actions to prevent this occurring in the future with the individual.
In debriefing with the team, we did have an incident at McPolin Elementary where a few students were sent outside to their modular classroom during the lockout. This should not have occurred; and we have reviewed proper procedures with the principal and staff. As a parent of an elementary aged student, I can imagine the fear and frustration that a few parents have felt.
As we always do, we debriefed Wednesday morning with our administrative team, who debriefed within their individual schools. We have also received feedback and suggestions from our PTOs, which are very helpful. We meet this next week with our district safety team and will make necessary modifications to our procedures.These modifications often times result in more practice of the protocol, addressing areas of deficiencies, and changing systems, like technology and communication. We are in the process of looking at different emergency notification systems and will alert parents when we have that in place.
As a reminder, in the event of a school or community emergency that requires school lockout (secure perimeter), lockdown(secure perimeter and inside building), shelter in place, closure, or evacuation status, information will be provided to parents as soon as possible. Our first priority is to work with law enforcement to notify our schools and employees so they can take the proper precautions with our students.
Parents, please allow emergency personnel full access to the emergency by remaining clear of the school. We are reviewing several emergency notification systems that offer state-of-the-art technology so we can notify you more immediately. Our first priority is to mitigate the situation at hand with staff and students. We will alert parents as soon as we possibly can. Until we have the alert system purchased and implemented, the fastest mode of communication is our district Facebook page and website. As always, we encourage students with cell phones to text their parents, stating that they are safe and to await notification from the school district and law enforcement.
We reaffirm our commitment to student and staff safety and will do all we can to improve our protocol and our communication with parents.
Ember Conley, Superintendent
The National Ability Center (NAC) is partnering with Park City School District to pilot a new program for special education students called “Exploring Jobs and Joy.”
The students will be exploring a variety of jobs and also experiencing various social and leisure activities two times a week. Students will work in the NAC’s on-site Lodge in reception, and housekeeping and janitorial, before transitioning to a leisure development activity such as hiking, social games, and other low-equipment activities.
In many NAC volunteer opportunities, volunteers have the option of “building up” their hours to pay for a lesson in the programs they support. This principle will be applied to the “Exploring Jobs and Joy” cohort and will have a culminating equipment program (such as indoor climbing, snowshoeing, cycling, etc.) in March or April 2018.
The program officially begins in December, with orientations set for Nov. 29 and 30.