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Odyssey Principal Named Afterschool Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to all of the staff at Odyssey Elementary School and in particular, Principal Leann Rich, who was recognized this morning as the Utah Afterschool Administrator of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis.

Congratulations to all of the staff at Odyssey Elementary School and in particular, Principal Leann Rich, who was recognized this morning as the Utah Afterschool Administrator of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis.

"She does everything from observing and giving feedback to providing staff for specialty clubs. She shares the school goals with the program staff and integrates services into her school. Leanne has gone above and beyond for the program for over three years. She trouble-shoots issues that occur. She participates in donor visits and events, making time to take donors on tours and answering their questions. Leanne is exceptional and goes beyond what it takes for the program to reach its fullest potential, which in turn helps the students reach their potential."

Leanne 's focused leadership is amazing and we are so proud to have her as part of our Ogden School District team as she leads the way in creating strong community-school partnerships with student success and family support as the driving force to help each of our students at Odyssey reach their potential, become a graduate and contiue their lifelong learning.

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Parents, join your students in getting your annual flu vaccine at one of these school flu clinics.
Students and their family members can participate. Parents are not required to be present for their student to receive a vaccination, as long as the consent form is signed.

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Oct. 4      Wasatch Elementary    9:00 a.m.
Oct. 10    Bonneville Elementary    1:30 p.m.
Oct. 11    Shadow Valley Elem.    1:30 p.m.
Oct. 11    Polk Elementary            1:30 p.m.
Oct. 12    James Madison Elem.    1:30 p.m.
Oct. 16    T.O. Smith Elementary    1:30 p.m.
Oct. 17    Hillcrest Elementary        1:30 p.m.
Oct. 24    Odyssey Elementary    1:30 p.m.
Oct. 30    Taylor Canyon Elem.    9:00 a.m.
Nov. 2      Horace Mann Elem.        9:00 a.m.
Nov. 2      Mount Ogden Jr. High    9:00 a.m.
Nov. 2      Heritage Elementary    1:30 p.m.
Nov. 8      Mound Fort Jr. High        9:00 a.m.
Nov. 9      Highland Jr. High        1:00 p.m.

Polk Elementary Earns an "A" Exemplary Grade From the Utah State Board of Education

Ogden School District is pleased to announce the achievement of teachers and students at Polk Elementary for their progress and continued success, earning them an “A” grade for being an exemplary school, a second year in a row, from the Utah State Board of Education.

District officials celebrated this wonderful success with Polk and presented an “A” Outstanding Performance award to the school. Superintendent Rich Nye told the administration and faculty that because of their work over the summer, analyzing student performance from the 2016-17 year, they identified a path for improvement for the 2017-18 school year.

Polk Elementary is one of four schools to receive an “A” exemplary school grade from the Ogden, Weber, Cache, Logan and Box Elder school districts, which also places Polk in the top three percent of schools in the entire state of Utah. The Utah State Board of Education PACE and School Grades provide statewide longitudinal data linking K-12 education, postsecondary education and workforce information.

Principal Maridee Harrison said her faculty and staff work collaboratively to develop effective Tier I instruction and implement interventions when students need a little extra instruction and practice to master the concept. Polk Elementary has established a culture where the students are willing to work through hard situations, and take risks due to the positive support and guidance they receive from their teachers.

“I am very proud of ALL our Polk Cougars, students, faculty, staff, parents and community, for their hard work and dedication,” she said. “I am honored to work with such committed and talented educators that continue to teach like champions day-after-day, giving it their all.”

The District also want’s to recognize the achievements of Wasatch Elementary for improving its school grade to a “B” commendable school, New Bridge School for receiving a “B” for it’s opening year and to Taylor Canyon Elementary, which was only two points away from receiving an “A” exemplary grade. Thanks to the dedication of the District’s administration, faculty, staff and students, Ogden schools continue to make improvements.

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About Ogden School District:

Ogden School District serves the city of Ogden, Utah with 20 schools educating over 12,400 students. The district 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:  @skylerpyle

Ogden School District students holding signs while walking in the NuHope Suicide Awareness Walk

Ogden School District's HOPE Squads were asked to lead the way in NuHope's 10th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk. Students and hundreds of supports walked the Ogden blocks between 25th Street and the Junction on 22nd to spread awareness about suicide prevention.

Ogden School District's HOPE Squads were asked to lead the way in NuHope's 10th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk. Students and hundreds of supports walked the Ogden blocks between 25th Street and the Junction on 22nd to spread awareness about suicide prevention.

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.

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