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Join the OSD HOPE Squads in the 10th annual NuHope Suicide Awareness Walk

WHAT: 10th Annual NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017, begins at 10 a.m. 
WHERE: Historical 25th Street, Ogden, Utah, 84401

Dozens of Ogden School District HOPE Squad students from all three junior highs and both high schools are joining NuHope in its 10th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Saturday, September 23. Last year, NuHope recognized OSD students and asked them to led the way for hundreds of supporters fighting to bring awareness to the suicide problem Utah and the nation is facing.

Dozens of Ogden School District HOPE Squad students from all three junior highs and both high schools are joining NuHope in its 10th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Saturday, September 23. Last year, NuHope recognized OSD students and asked them to led the way for hundreds of supporters fighting to bring awareness to the suicide problem Utah and the nation is facing.

This year marks Mound Fort Junior High School’s 3rd year participating in the walk, and Becky Austad, MFJH counselor, said she is excited because this year Ogden School District is implementing Hope Squad curriculum into the elementary schools with Jr. Hope Squads. They will be lining the route with posters of HOPE and will act as beacons of hope for those who may be struggling or who have lost someone to suicide and for families who support the effort.

Throughout the District, Hope Squads participate in activities all year long to bring suicide awareness within their schools and provide students with the tools necessary to help prevent a friend or themselves from becoming victims of suicide.

“Each Hope Squad is working toward a deeper understanding, more kindness, better friendships, increased unity and greater happiness – each life has meaning and value – and we want the students in our schools to know that there is always someone there to provide help when they are going through difficult times,” Austad said. “Everyone takes a role in suicide prevention: Schools, parents, family and community. When they all come together, that’s when prevention is most successful and lives are saved.”

Ogden City School Board Approves Motion for Bond Plan

The School Board strives to always provide the most clear, transparent and up to date information to our public and our stakeholders. As such, we are announcing that the Board of Education has passed a motion to finalize Polk Elementary as the final piece of the current bond proposal to rebuild Horace Mann Elementary, T.O. Smith Elementary and Polk, as well as a plan to rebuild the gymnasium at Ben Lomond High School and to construct Professional Gateway Centers at each junior high school.

Polk School Conceptual Rendering

Ogden School District and the Ogden City School Board wish to thank everyone in our community who passionately endeavors to provide the best education possible for our students. We respect and appreciate all those who made the effort to attend the public bond hearing tonight in the district board room. While different views and perspectives were shared, everyone who addressed the Board of Education shared one common value, the importance of education for our children.

The School Board strives to always provide the most clear, transparent and up to date information to our public and our stakeholders. As such, we are announcing that the Board of Education has passed a motion to finalize Polk Elementary as the final piece of the current bond proposal to rebuild Horace Mann Elementary, T.O. Smith Elementary and Polk, as well as a plan to rebuild the gymnasium at Ben Lomond High School (which was not updated when the school was rebuilt with a previous bond) and to construct Professional Gateway Centers at Mount Ogden and Highland Junior High Schools. These collaborative learning and classroom spaces are intended to replace the portable classrooms at our junior high schools, along with a Professional Gateway Center that will be built at Mound Fort using existing capital funds.

If the bond passes, construction could begin on projects as early as Spring of 2018. The District will make an effort to construct the new facilities as soon as possible, allowing for safety and student accommodations during construction, and availability of contractor resources. The most conservative timeline for the projects would be six years, if each elementary school were to be built sequentially taking 24 months each with the junior high and high school construction taking place during that same time period at an estimation of 12 to 18 months each.

The Board of Education has grappled with the needs and desires of our community, weighing factors such as appreciation for our history, safety for our students, opportunity for our educators and value to our taxpayers. Community input will continue to be a key component as we work together to provide learning spaces that are capable of growing with technology and teaching practices, safe and secure, and respectful of our proud history. The Board looks forward to partnering with the Weber County Heritage Foundation to explore ways that the iconic and beloved architecture elements of the current Polk School can be preserved through the rebuilding process.

We thank those who have participated in our prior Bond Open House meetings and invite all who are willing to attend our remaining public meetings. The next Bond Open House will take place at Mound Fort Junior High on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Bond Open Houses will continue each week through the first of November. For the remaining meeting schedule along with additional information regarding recent capital project history in the District, conceptual renderings and answers to frequently asked questions please visit ogdensdbond.org and please continue to share your feedback as we work together to support education in Ogden.

Students raising hands in class

Ogden School District is evaluating and selecting the curriculum to be taught in our schools in the coming years and we'd like your participation in the process.

The Office of Student Achievement is inviting any parents, licensed educators, and administrators who are interested in serving on a curriculum adoption committee to complete the brief online application and indicate their intent to serve as a voting member. If you are unable to participate in this work, please help us spread the word and increase the diversity of voices contributing to our district's improvement efforts.

Curriculum Adoption Committee members will participate in an initial orientation meeting on October 11th and then meet approximately once per month from October 2017 to February 2018.

For additional information and to submit an application, please visit the district's Curriculum Adoption webpage.

http://www.ogdensd.org/departments/curriculum-and-instruction/curriculum-adoption

Govt. Discounts Approved for Improved WiFi in Schools

On Sept. 14, 2017, The District IT Supervisor announced that Ogden School District's application for E-Rate discounts was approved for improving WiFi service in all District schools.

From District IT Supervisor, Randon Reed,

I'm very excited to announce that our E-Rate application for WiFi upgrades was approved and funding has been allocated to the project. 

What does this mean?

This means that we will putting network wiring and WiFi access point in every classroom and learning space over the next several months. A detailed timeline will be provided within the next few weeks and each school will be contacted before wiring starts for your building. We will also be replacing about 80% of our old network switches since many of our current switches are at end-of-life or more than 8 years old.

Why?

With all of the added network devices we've added these past few years, we have stressed our current WiFi infrastructure to a breaking point. There is no way we could support our 1-to-1 initiative with the WiFi network we currently have in place. This project will allow us to fully support our 1-to-1 plans and any other needs for the foreseeable future. The full project will be completed by June 2018.

Randon Reed
IT Supervisor
Ogden School District

About E-Rate

PNG of SAGE logo with green background and white tree.

Ogden, Utah – September 12, 2017 – The Utah State Board of Education has released the results from the statewide Student Assessment of Growth & Excellence (SAGE) tests conducted last school year. The Ogden School District saw percentage increases in student proficiency in Language Arts and Science.

The OSD overall percentages are as follows:

·       Language Arts            2015/16 – 33 percent              2016/17 – 34 percent

·       Mathematics               2015/16 – 29 percent              2016/17 – 28 percent

·       Science                       2015/16 – 32 percent              2016/17 – 33 percent

Ogden School District would like to recognize schools that made significant improvements and celebrate their accomplishments. Bonneville Elementary made gains in all three-subject areas, raising their percentage from 28 to 42 percent in Language Arts, 24 to 37 percent in Math and 18 to 31 percent in Science. Polk Elementary continues to raise the bar within the district with its increase from 55 to 62 percent in Language Arts, 50 to 54 percent in Math and 61 to 64 percent in Science. Way to go Bonneville and Polk! Odyssey Elementary increased in Science from 26 to 35 percent and Wasatch Elementary increased in Language Arts from 48 to 59 percent, as well as Mound Fort Junior High increased in Language Arts from 20 to 26 percent.

Although these are the official SAGE results, each school received raw results at the end of the testing period and principals have already acted on their school's results, making adjustments to create a plan for the current school year.

OSD began using data-driven instruction to increase proficiency during the 2012/13 year, and Adam McMickell, OSD director of student achievement, said teachers have honed in on not just instructional practices but the consequences of their instruction through the use of four driving questions (What do we expect every student to learn?, How will we know the student has learned the material?, What will we do if they don’t learn it?, and What will we do if they already know it?)

“We always aim to leverage the state summative assessment results to help guide district- and school-level improvement efforts, but our schools are gaining the most traction through our day-to-day classroom formative assessment practices,” said McMickell. “Those four questions are applied daily and shape the Professional Learning Community (PLCs) culture in every building. Teachers, instructional coaches and principals continuously analyze evidence of learning as to challenge their assumptions and inform their instructional decisions in relation to our overarching goals.”

 

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About Ogden School District:

Ogden School District serves the city of Ogden and has a tradition of academic excellence enhanced by the values of a culturally rich and diverse community. Over 56% of Ogden students are ethnic minorities and 75% come from low-income homes. For more information visit www.ogdensd.org.

 CONTACT:

Skyler Pyle, Communication Specialist, Ogden School District

                                    pyles@ogdensd.org

                                    Twitter:  @ogdensd

 

 

 

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