National Bike month is here and we wanted to bring to your attention a few items happening this month with the Washington County School District and the City of St. George.
Wednesday, May 4- Bike and Walk to School Day! The St. George ATC has selected Little Valley Elementary School as our featured school for 2016. We will have several volunteers at the school Wednesday morning observing students who ride to school. There will be several prizes for classes with the most participation. This is a great way to get kids and parents thinking about finding active transportation modes to school. For more info: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/ready/about-the-events/bike-to-school-day
Friday, May 6- George Streetfest and Iron Kids Fun Run- Members of SUBA and the STG Active Transportation Committee will be staffing a free bike valet from5:30 pm to 9:30 pm next to the water features on the north end of the Main Street Plaza building close to the Park in front of Zion’s Bank. Attached is the ad for the bike valet. Please feel free to share it on social media all week!!!
Monday, May 16- “Bike With Pike” Event- Come enjoy a hot dog BBQ, DJ music, bike rodeo and ride your bike with Mayor Pike around the Mayor’s Loop beginning and ending at the Confluence Trailhead in St. George. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This is a very low-key fun ride and the perfect opportunity to ride with family and friends.
May 16-May 20- Bike to Work Week- We are asking everyone in St. George to commute to work the whole week or at least one day during the week. The City will be asking citizens to post photos to Facebook of their bikes at work throughout the week.
Friday May 20- Bike to Work Day- Mayor Pike is challenging everyone to ride their bikes to work on this day. SUBA, SW Public Health and the ATC will be sponsoring a rest stop for commuters downtown at the corner of Main Street and St. George Boulevard from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Commuters will be able to fuel up with some donuts, coffee, juice, water and all of the essentials on their way to work.
Saturday, May 21- Road Respect- Washington County will be the first officially designated "County Road Respect Community" in the state and we are celebrating that achievement at Enterprise Elementary School. The event is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and will include free kids bike helmets, kids bike skills rodeo and other fun activities. There will also be a drawing for a free bike compliments of ESpokes.
To improve communication with parents, guardians and students, Washington County School District Technology expanded its ability to deliver phone, email and SMS text messages using SchoolMessenger. SchoolMessenger will be used to communicate in emergency situations as well as inform parents of day to day progress and school events.
We invite you to fully participate in the process by opting in to SMS Text messaging and keeping contact information in PowerSchool up to date. Just complete two simple steps:
- Opt in to SMS Messaging by sending the word Yes, via text message, to the number 68453. SchoolMessenger will only send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them.
- Make sure you contact information is up to date by logging in to your PowerSchool Account and accessing the Demographics Change Page.
For help click on this link.
Two teachers from two schools in Washington County School District were awared over $8304.07 (combined) in technology related grants for classroom education! These teachers worked very hard to write technology based grants for the funds to be used in projects directly with their students.
Century Link each year awards a number of grants to schools throughout the state of Utah and each year WCSD has received a bulk of the grant monies due to the outstanding efforts of its teachers.
Way to go Coryell Potter of Coral Cliffs Elementary and Janna Gifford of Lava Ridge Intermediate! We applaud your strong work ethic and wonderful teaching for the students of WCSD!
Pictured: Top - Tony Campbell (WCSD Tech Dept.), John Cramer (Century Link), Coryell Potter (Coral Cliffs Elem.)
Pictured: Bottom - Tony Campbell ( WCD Tech Dept.), Janna Gifford (Lava Ridge Int.), John Cramer (Century Link), Kaylynn Gubler (Principal Lava Ridge Int.)
Congratulations to our Matthew Lowe - Title I Coordinator at Hurricane Elementary School
2016 STEM Innovation Awards Recipients Announced
Five Utah residents to be recognized for their contributions to STEM education
SALT LAKE CITY – The STEM Action Center will hold their second STEM Innovation Awards ceremony in partnership with the Utah Technology Council at their annual Utah Innovation Awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 11.
The STEM Innovation Awards are an opportunity to recognize five Utah residents that are excelling in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nominations were open to the general public from February to April of this year. The STEM Action Center team and the STEM Action Center Board, through a rigorous process, chose this year’s honorees in the following categories:
Student: Emily Naylor, senior at Mountain Heights Academy
Teacher: Katie Rogers, 4th grade STEM teacher at Thunder Ridge Elementary
Principal: Matthew Lowe, Title I school site coordinator at Hurricane Elementary School
Mentor: Steven Shumway, professional development provider for K-12 STEM Education at Brigham Young University
Counselor: Zekeriya Temircan, academic dean at Beehive Science and Technology Academy
Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center, along with Richard Nelson, president and CEO of Utah Technology Council will present the awards.
The following employees and school volunteer at Snow Canyon Middle School were recognized by the Board of Education, Superintendent Larry Bergeson, and district administration with the WCSD Award for Excellence for March 2016. Photo L to R: Andrea Schmutz - Volunteer, Teal Nesmith - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Dan Roden, Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Brian Strasmann - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Peggy Jardine - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, and Jennifer Morgan - Registrar Secretary. Thank you for your service to the students in Washington County!
The following employees and school volunteer at Coral Cliffs Elementary School were recognized by the Board of Education, Superintendent Larry Bergeson, and district administration with the WCSD Award for Excellence for March 2016. Photo L to R: Monica Darnall – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Shay Williams – Volunteer, Summer Hess – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Karl Kelly – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Mavis Brown – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Mary Contreras – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, LaRae McGregor – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, John Esplin – Title I Technology Rep. Thank you for your service to the students in Washington County!