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Most Valuable Educator

Sand Springs sixth-grade teacher Melinda Lewis was selected as Most Valuable Educator by Instructure, the makers of the Canvas Learning Management System, in partnership with the Utah Jazz. 

Utah Northern STEM Expo

Students had the opportunity recently to meet with industry partners and higher education institutions to learn more about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. 

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Immersion Bridge Courses

High school students in the district have the opportunity to earn college credit through language immersion programs. 

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Two receive Apple Distinguished School recognition

Snow Horse and Sunburst elementary schools recently earned titles as Apple Distinguished Schools. They are two of only three in the State of Utah.

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Welcome to Davis School District

The Davis School District was established more than 100 years ago in 1911. It operates 62 elementary schools, 17 junior high schools and nine high schools.

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What's Happening at Davis

Boundary permit early enrollment window opens Dec. 1

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Parents considering enrolling their student in a school other than their boundary school will want to make note of two upcoming dates.

The boundary permit early enrollment window opens Wednesday, Dec. 1 and closes on the third Friday in February (Feb. 18, 2022). The application will be accessible online through a parent’s myDSD account. 

Parents can apply for one of three open enrollment permits — K-6, 7-9 and 9-12. The purpose of the 9-12 permit, said Casey Layton, District Responsive Services Director, is to accommodate those wishing to participate in extracurricular activities at the high school they desire to attend. 

Recent policy changes approved by a 6-1 vote of the Board of Education of the Davis School District established the new permit process. Also altered was the ninth-grade participation policy which now allows an eighth-grade student to apply for a 9-12 permit and try out for extracurricular activities, such as athletics, in ninth grade at the high school they intend to attend. 

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District appoints new assistant superintendent

Jackie Thompson

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Davis School District Superintendent Reid Newey has appointed veteran educator Dr. Jacqueline Thompson to serve as an assistant superintendent. In her new role, she will be working on diversity and equity issues as well as work that will take place following the district’s recent settlement with the Department of Justice. Thompson begins her position in early December.

“We believe Dr. Thompson will be key in moving us in a definitive direction as we move forward in our efforts to do better for all students,” Newey said. “She is a valuable resource and someone who understands better than anyone where we need to go.”

Thompson retired from the Davis School District in 2017. At that time, she was serving as the Director of Educational Equity. Her duties and responsibilities included the District’s Parent Equity Committee, multicultural education, civil rights issues, Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH) training, Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), and the V(i)llage Program.

Prior to joining Davis School District in 2000, Thompson taught public school in Idaho and California, worked as a gender equity specialist and education specialist in the Utah State Office of Education, and as an Equal Employment Opportunity specialist at Hill Air Force Base.

During her career, Thompson has received numerous awards and national recognitions including the Spirit of the American Woman Award for Public Education in 1994 and the Utah Women’s Achievement Award presented by the Governor’s Commission for Women and Families in 1998. She served as Mrs. Utah in 1999 and was the recipient of the Salt Lake Branch NAACP Martin Luther King Award for the year 2000. Additionally, she was the 2011 recipient of the Drum Major Award for the Utah State Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission and recognized by the Idaho State University Alumni Association with the Professional Achievement Award at its 2015 Commencement.

On Nov. 12, 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert appointed Thompson to the State Multicultural Commission. She also served as the Education Chair on the Utah State Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission.

Dashboard updated Monday through Friday

The Davis School District dashboard includes information on each of its 91 schools. The dashboard provides information regarding the school’s status, school enrollment number, and number of students and adults who have received a COVID-19 positive test during a 14-day period. The information is updated daily, Monday through Friday, when school is in session. The numbers are provided by the Davis County Health Department. 

 The district will partner with the health department to conduct a Test to Stay event if a school hits a COVID-19 outbreak threshold of 2 percent of students and staff for a school of more than 1,500 or 30 students and staff for a school of 1,500 or less. Those tests will be conducted for students who have a signed parent permission form as well as staff.

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Rapid testing and vaccinations continue

With school underway, some may wonder when and where they or any family member may be able to be tested for COVID-19 or receive a vaccination for the virus. 

There are multiple sites out there, and because of that, we've whittled the information down to two important links. 

COVID-19 Testing

The place to find information about COVID-19 testing locations is: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/covid-testing-locations-list

Typically, during weekends, the site doesn't have all of its testing sites up-to-date, so check back frequently. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Davis County Health Department is holding community-based COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics throughout the county.

Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled online at: https://go.usa.gov/xAZFD.

The drive-thru clinic at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington is open for booster vaccines by appointment. Check days and times of openings at https://www.daviscountyutah.gov/health/covid-19/vaccine.

The Davis County Health Department updates that website every morning with the schedule of community clinics where vaccines can be received. 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela

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Superintendency Message

Standing together with hearts, hands committed to students

By Logan Toone, assistant superintendent

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Each of us has likely seen (maybe even sent or received) the heart-hand gesture. 

The gesture (curving fingers and thumbs into a heart shape then directing the hands toward someone) has become a ubiquitous symbol of love, care, and support – especially among young people.

Contentious and difficult realities in our community have been in the forefront of the work of Davis School District in recent weeks.   

When tragedy strikes in the lives of our students and families, we grieve — mourning as community members and friends.  When racial injustice rears its ugly head, we respond – making needed changes to our perspective and practice.  

When we find ourselves in the 21st month of a pandemic (which some of us naively thought would only last a few weeks), we endure —fostering learning in schools while protecting the health of our staff, our students, and their families.  When public school systems around the country become a battleground for political ideologies, we stand — engaging in respectful dialogue while upholding our responsibility to do what’s best for students.

 

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Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.Albert Einstein

Davis By The Numbers

72,540 students enrolled in 92 district schools

94.2% graduation rate

$63M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2021

54,451 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment and AP

7 times on the AP Honor Roll

21immersion schools offering French, Spanish or Chinese

$3M raised by Davis Education Foundation for classroom and innovative grants