Big Smiles Programs is a mobile dental program that is coming to North Summit School District on March 1st for the elementary and March 2nd for the middle and high school.
Students will be bringing home a form for parents. If you are interested in these services please fill out the form and return to the school. The school does not incur any cost in this program, just provides a place for the dental workers to see the students. Big smiles provides better access to dental treatment and preventative dental care for low income and uninsured students. This program is supported by the Utah Department of Health.
Contact Linda Wilde, if you would like more information, at 435-336-2101 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We at North Summit School District are committed to providing parents and students with accurate and prompt information in the event of school closures or other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. Depending on the type of emergency situation, the district utilizes the following methods of communication: direct telephoning, information placed on the district's website at www.nsummit.org, emailing, cell phones, emergency radios- between schools and the district office. Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, we are requesting that all parents Like our Facebook page, North Summit School District, and friend North Summit. Facebook is a very great tool for getting information out quickly. We also suggest that you update your personal information including address, email, home and cell phone numbers for anyone you would want contacted in the event of a school closure or emergency. Sometimes this information is updated at one school for one child, but does not always get changed on all students in the same family. Please help us by contacting the schools or district office if you feel your information may be out of date.
Come interact with different companies that have technology at their core and see if it’s right for you! Many companies will be there with fun interactive products to play with. You’ll also have the chance to win neat prizes in the afternoon! SheTech Explorer Day is a conference for high school girls 9th through 12th grade. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Register early as our workshops fill up fast! Online Registration closes February 26, 2016.
Our Focus is Student Learning
In order to continue moving forward in our district, we simply need to focus on some basic principles that we have been using for the past few years. Our focus is simple: student learning. All major decisions will be based on this basic premise. When considering an issue, we will determine the probable impact on student growth or learning before making that decision.
Four foundational blocks drive our district when it comes to student learning: planned instruction, assessment, collaboration and intervention. Teachers are at their best when they are collaborating and working together with student learning at the forefront of their conversation. Teachers analyze data, they align curriculum, they discuss what is and what is not most important for students to learn, and they share ideas for better instructional delivery.
When teachers collaborate, they work inside the boundaries of four basic questions:
These questions keep teachers focused on student learning and best practices.
Formative assessment is testing but not as we regularly think of it. Tests at the end of a chapter or at the end of a quarter or end of level tests are called summative assessments. Formative assessments are the little checks along the way. They come in many different forms, but they are the tool that allows teachers to measure whether students are learning a particular concept before the real test is given. By conducting checks along the way, teachers can modify their teaching to fit the needs of students at that time. Teachers can assess what needs to happen next in order for their students to be successful.
There are many times when students struggle learning a concept even after all the creative lessons and reviews have been conducted. When students are struggling with a concept or a subject, they typically need more time or they may need the concept explained in a different way. Intervention allows the extra help to take place. Each of our buildings conducts their intervention plans differently, but they are in place, and our administrators are always looking for ways to improve that process. The most important thing for parents and students to remember is that intervention is not a punishment. It is an opportunity for students to receive additional help. It can and will make a difference in their learning.
Our goal is to help more students reach grade level each year. With our commitment to do this and with parents providing a strong support system, our schools can continue to improve student learning, and we will all see the benefits of our hard work. We still can change the world in our small district, and we are willing to do it one student at a time.