I attended the rural schools conference in Cedar City this summer, and it was a great conference. I would like to focus on two things that I witnessed while at the conference. First of all, in the opening general session, the URSA board recognized Mel Brown as a “Friend of Education” and awarded him with a plaque. Representative Brown has literally been our friend. His attitude and passion for education, especially in rural Utah, was exemplary over the many years of his service. There were many times that I needed to speak to him about a certain bill or issue, and he always made himself available. Mel made sure he understood the issues, and he consistently listened to us before casting his votes. Our schools receive thousands of dollars each year from the School Land Trust. Representative Brown is the father of the legislation that generates that money for us today. His vision of the trustlands has created a huge financial lift for every district in the state. When it first started, our schools were receiving just a few thousand dollars per year, and now each of our schools gets about $80,000 a year. Mel was also a proponent of Necessarily Existent Small Schools (NESS) funding. He continually advocated for more money to help rural schools that couldn’t offer as much for their students as the urban schools could. Our district receives close to one million dollars per year because of NESS funding. I can’t begin to thank Representative Mel Brown enough for all he did for our district and others like ours during his years of service. We will always be grateful for his desire to help kids get a better education.
During that same session and in a breakout session I had the opportunity to listen to Christian Moore, who wrote the book, The Resilience Breakthrough. One of our district leadership teams read his book last year as we continue searching ways to help struggling students. Christian is a clinical social worker who has narrowed his focus on helping people, especially kids, tap into their negative emotions and turning them into positive actions. He has an incredible personal story of his childhood and the resilience he had to develop on the streets of Baltimore. His knowledge and passion for teaching resilience skills is unprecedented. In a time when we are seeing mental health issues at an extreme high, we would be foolish not to subscribe to his tools for turning adversity into action. Many of our students face some daunting challenges. Anxiety, fear, depression, ADHD, anger and other challenging emotions are prevalent among many humans, but Christian shares a hopeful message that these emotions can become an asset to our motivation. We all experience negative emotions daily, and we have to subconsciously or consciously work our way through those moments. Many kids and adults are not equipped with the tools to overcome these challenges. It is the duty of all of us to first of all recognize mental health issues as real, secondly, to be sensitive to those who are suffering, and third, to help those around us develop tools to cope and ultimately become strengthened through their own powers of resiliency. We will be using his materials to help our students manage their emotions and build their resilience.
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.
North Summit offers Adult Education for High School Completion and English
Language classes. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-9:00 PM and Thursday from 6-9:00 PM in the Middle School Library.
“Parents, did you know your children can receive nutritionally balanced, high quality meals free of charge during summer vacation?
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides meals to children 18 years and younger at approved sponsor sites. These meals meet the same nutritional standards as the other Child Nutrition Programs. Meals served include breakfast, lunch, supplements and possibly supper depending on the type of service site. To locate sites in your area, please use the USOE Interactive Summer Food Site Map.