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Op-ed: School Accountability Measures are a Reflection on All of Us

Read the Original Article Utah’s most recent school accountability results have just been released – using a new framework to provide a more in-depth picture of how students are doing in every school in the state. This framework informs both the policy debate at the legislature – as well as recent discussions at the local […]

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Elementary STEM Endorsement helps teachers prep students for the future

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake At the start of school every year, Grace Morrell gives her fifth and sixth graders a survey to fill out. The South Kearns Elementary science teacher asks them a series of questions about herself and their past science experience, like “if I wasn’t a […]

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Children’s career fair inspires Lincoln Elementary students to “dream big”

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake There is a big misconception about when kids actually start to think about what they want to be when they grow up, said Milton Collins, principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Although students are asked from the time they can talk about what they want […]

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Community Schools: Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. The start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students, especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same […]

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New summer program gives South Kearns students chance to explore STEM

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Linda sat alone at a desk in the front row of a South Kearns Elementary classroom, her rounded rectangular glasses reflecting her laptop screen that displayed the latest project for her storytelling through coding class. The rising sixth grader was coding a short story […]

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Day of Action gives school custodial staff support to start school year right

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When the final bell tolls on the last day of school, students rejoice at the chance to step away from the bustling hallways, looming project deadlines, and exams to enjoy summer break. But the summer months are anything but quiet on the Cottonwood High […]

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Community Schools – What Happens When School is Out for the Summer?

by Maribel Rodriguez Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School Director “If school is out, don’t you get the summer off?” This question always comes up with teachers, school staff, and the many partners we work with; and, it is a valid, good question. This will be my second year with United Way of Salt Lake as […]

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Volunteers Help 2,700 Kearns Kids Return to Squeaky Clean Schools!

by Stephanie Rokich Volunteer Engagement Manager Next month, 2,300 Kearns High students and nearly 400 South Kearns Elementary students will return to their schools, ready for a new year to begin. Do you remember the first day back to school? The anticipation (or perhaps, anxiety!) of starting a new year, meeting new people, and learning […]

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"I want the students to know, they can do anything!"

by Kylie Christensen Community School Director, Granite Park Junior High Danny Stirland has been principal of Granite Park Junior High for the past three years, and he’s done a phenomenal job focusing on student growth and fostering a safe and positive school culture for the 500+ middle school students. In July he’ll be transitioning into […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

by McKenzie Knight Volunteer Engagement Coordinator On Thursday, March 2, students across the nation celebrated Dr. Seuss Day. Each year on Dr. Seuss Day, also known as National Read across America Day, students and teachers celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading and participating in literacy-based activities — some even dress up as their favorite Dr. […]

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