Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alpine School District Board Meeting 9/22

The Board of Education met in their regular Board Meeting at 6 PM on Tuesday, September 22, at Northridge Elementary School in Orem. The meeting began with the posting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance by Scout Troop #597, all students at Northridge.

Mr. Harvey's 6th grade music class then did a beautiful job singing the song "One Voice" - reminding us that each of us haS a voice and we can all make a difference.

Principal Kim Bird recognized the following Northridge Elementary students:
1. Jacob Henderson - A 6th grade student who is a true friend to others. He also tutors other students in reading.
2. Liberty Ritchie - Also a 6th grade student who loves school and is a friend to all.
3. Myles Mattinson - A 3rd grade student who works hard and is doing great in school.
4. Tucker Harris - A 1st grade student who read 30 books and did 57 homework activities over the summer!
5. Ian and Hunter Chiniquy - 4th grade brothers who are very polite and have good manners.
6. Mary Elizabeth Thomas - A talented 5th grader student who is involved in orchestra, storytelling, choir, and ballroom.

Congratulations to these students who represent all of the other great student at Northridge Elementary.

Guy Fugal, representing the Alpine Foundation, then, recognized 6 other people from Northridge:
1. Janeen Graham - A teacher who loves coming to work. Her love of teaching is contagious to those around her.
2. Rolfe Andrus - A "one of a kind" teacher who is "strong, steady, and consistent."
3. Cindy Jaramillo - A former teacher who now facilitates the STAR reading program.
4. Stacee Smith - A lucky "catch" for Northridge this summer. She also helps with the STAR reading program.
5. Wendy Mitchell - A volunteer who puts a smile on faces at Northridge daily. Service for others is her middle name.
6. Tracy Alder - A volunteer who has dedicated her life to serving others. She organizes the home reading library.

Congratulations and thank you for the service you give to the students of Northridge Elementary.

PTA Presidents Tiffany Benson and Marci Lameraux then reported about the "Green Revolution" taking place at Northridge this year. Students participate in setting goals each month and earn beads for their "dog tags".

School Community Chair Carolyn Longhurt expressed appreciation for the partnership with the PTA as well as the school principal and faculty. The SCC uses their bulletin board as well as their website to communicate to patrons at Northridge.

Principal Kim Bird reported on the progress of Professional Learning Communities at Northridge over the last five years. She recognized the faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication. She also expressed appreciation to the patrons and students at Northridge.

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, patrons, and students for an impressive job hosting Board Meeting this month. Northridge Elementary is obviously a great place for students to achieve.

The action item for the evening was a real estate purchase contract.

David Smith from the district office then gave an impressive report on AYP and UPASS data for Alpine School District.

Board Member Tim Osborn reported on the groundbreaking of the new MATC building located at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. The building will be complete in approximately 15 months.

Board Member JoDee Sundberg reported on the ongoing PTA/SCC meetings currently taking place at schools around the district. She commented on the privilege it is for Board Members to be able to listen to discussions and concerns of patrons in our schools.

Board Member Chrissy Hannemann reported on the progress of the district curriculum committee.

The next Board Meeting will be held on October 13 at the district offices.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

School Board Meeting Highlights

The Alpine School District Board of Education met in a closed session before the regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 8. The purpose of the closed session both before and after the regular meeting was the discuss personnel, property, and matters of litigation.

The regular meeting began with the School Board recognizing three outstanding employees.

1. Vicki Ahlstrom is a sixth grade gifted and talented teacher at Sego Lily Elementary. She recently won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

2. Natalie Robinson is a district math instructional coach for fifth and sixth grade teachers. She also recently won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

*This award is the highest recognition that a K-12 math or science teacher may receive in the United States. It was enacted by Congress in 1983.

3. Suzanne Hadfield is an agricultural educator at Pleasant Grove High School. She was recently selected by the National Association of Agrucultural Educators as the 2009 Utah Outstanding Young Member.

Board Members received three reports from Cabinet Members about the beginning of the school year.

Barry Graff spoke about a relatively "quiet and calm" start at the junior high level. Both Lakeridge and American Fork Junior High Schools are enjoying additions and classroom improvements that happened over the summer. He also reported about the great Professional Development Days that happened across the district the week school began.

Kathy Janzen reported on the progress of Skyward, the new district "student information system." Skyward is being implemented at the elementary level this year in phases and at the secondary level next year. She also reported on the opening of two new elementary schools, North Point and Sage Hills, and expressed appreciation to the many people who helped with that process.

Rhonda Bromley reported on the fact that the first three weeks of school in ASD have been successful, in spite of many challenges. The important thing is that students have been safe coming to and from as well as during school, and have been engaged in the learning process. There is a good, positive feeling in the schools so far - thanks to the district's great employees.

Board Members reviewed the upcoming PTA/School Community Council presentations/discussions that will begin next week across the district.

The Superintendent discussed Board Committee Assignments for the coming year.

Board President Debbie Taylor reviewed Board Member inservice assignments for study sessions for the rest of the year.

The next Board Meeting will be on September 22 at Northridge Elementary School.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meet Your Candidates--Online

A new Web site has been created by the State Elections Office to provide information to voters. Once you get there, click on "Voter Information" listed on the left-hand side of the screen. Enter the required information and your voter information will appear. Click on "Sample Ballot" to bring up the names of candidates on your ballot.

You can click on the candidate names in blue type to view their statements of qualifications. Candidate names appearing in black type did not submit a statement. Candidates were not required to submit statements. Statements for candidates in a district not requiring a primary will not show until the general election ballot is posted.