Program supports future teachers
Davis School District is currently accepting applications for the Learn and Earn program — an opportunity to work as a teaching assistant while earning an elementary or special education bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University.
Participants accepted into the program work 10 hours per week as a teaching assistant in one of the district’s teacher academy schools — South Clearfield or Sunburst Elementary — and may be eligible for full tuition support.
Interested applicants can submit the Learn and Earn Teaching Assistant application by visiting the Teach in Davis website.
This program is designed for individuals who do not already have a bachelor’s degree. For those who already have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach can contact Elementary Mentoring Supervisor Allison Riddle at email@example.com.
Board approves quarantine protocols
At the Davis School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening, board members gave final approval to the protocols for classroom and school closures in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Additionally, Board President John Robison reaffirmed the plan — based on the board’s earlier Sept. 23 decision — to move secondary schools to four days of in-person learning beginning Nov. 2.
Mirroring the guidelines established by the Utah State Board of Education, an outbreak is defined as three or more positive COVID-19 cases connected by the same setting exposure within a 14-day period. A school outbreak would be 15 or more positive COVID-19 cases, across multiple settings in a school (more than one classroom) within a 14-day period.
The decision for a closure would be made by the superintendent in consultation with the Davis County Health Department. The classroom or school would then enter a 14-day quarantine with students moving to remote learning. The 14-day quarantine is calendar days, not school days.
Dance teacher receives recognition
Kimberly King — dance and social studies educator at Davis High School — has been named as the recipient of the Utah Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020.
The prestigious award is presented to a Utah educator or artist for exemplary leadership, research, artistry and service to dance education for at least 15 years.
King founded the Davis High School Dance Company 30 years ago and has produced over 60 student-centered fine arts dance concerts. She has also highlighted student choreography at 19 state high school dance festivals.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
Focusing on emotional wellness
By John Zurbuchen, Assistant Superintendent
“Emotions influence every action we take. So, the more we are aware of our feelings, the more we gain conscious control over our lives.”
October is Emotional Wellness Month. Perhaps this month, in the midst of a global pandemic and increased uncertainty, we may be able to find comfort and stability through our examination of our emotional wellness.
Through intentional thought and personal examination, each of us has the opportunity to provide for the emotional wellness of ourselves, our families, and our community.
We are all busy. Given the pandemic, there seems to be much that is beyond our individual control. That apparent lack of control then brings a greater level of stress. And the cycle continues. That is, unless we intentionally interrupt the cycle. That’s where the focus on emotional wellness comes in.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
72,897 students enrolled in 90 district schools
96% graduation rate
$62M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2020
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