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Davis Board reappoints Superintendent Reid Newey

The Board of Education of the Davis School District approved the reappointment of Superintendent Reid Newey for another two-year term.

“We appreciate what he’s done for the district,” said Board Member Gordon Eckersley. “The level of work, education and respect around the state and even the nation has been increased with Superintendent Newey.”

Board President John Robison agreed, saying: “During the legislative session, many key leaders from the Legislature, leaders from other districts, leaders from the Utah School Board Association, our State School Superintendent Sydnee Dickson, and others, have expressed to me the quality of superintendent we have, which adds to what we feel individually.”

During the recent changes to school learning, Board Vice President Liz Mumford highlighted the positive efforts made by Newey.

“Our recent experiences during the pandemic and COVID-19 really highlighted some of the extensive preparation and work that the superintendent has done to bring us to this point,” Mumford said. “We appreciate that work and look forward to a bright future in Davis School District.”

Higher ed awards $62 million in scholarships
to Class of 2020

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The school year may not have ended as the Class of 2020 envisioned, but that doesn’t mean those seniors will move on without accolades.

About 5,172 seniors attending the 10 high schools in the district were awarded more than $62 million in scholarships.

Many are now moving on to higher education at such institutions as George Washington University, Kent State University, Seton Hall University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and West Point. Of course, many are also attending local universities including Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University and Weber State University.

Viewmont High, which has one of the smaller graduating classes, saw more than $10.7 million in scholarships, followed by Davis High with $9.4 million and Syracuse High with $7.7 million.

The graduating class included 2,619 male students and 2,553 female students. Virtual graduation ceremonies were held May 26 for all schools, with diploma walks following at the end of the week.

“You can be proud of yourselves,” Superintendent Reid Newey told graduates. “We hope you feel that pride. We are so grateful for the tenacity and toughness you’ve shown sticking it through until graduation. We know it’s not the typical graduation.”

View the virtual graduation videos here.

Presentation to Dane Leifson

District recognizes top employees

Congratulations go out to the 40 Best of Davis Award winners.

The Best of Davis Award is the highest recognition given to the top educators and support personnel in the Davis School District. Awardees were chosen from hundreds of nominations sent in by coworkers, supervisors, parents and students.

The nomination, application and endorsements were reviewed and scored by a committee and then the final selections were made. The list of winners includes 15 elementary educators, 15 secondary educators and 10 support personnel.

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

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Superintendency Message

Changing under pressure

By Logan Toone, Assistant Superintendent

Ten years from now, what will come to mind when you remember 2020?  Will you think of a worldwide pandemic that changed the way schools, businesses, and society operated for months?  Will you think of earthquakes and aftershocks?  Will you think of heightened community awareness of racial injustice and inequities?  Cancelled proms? Increased unemployment? Political tension? Remote graduation? Protests and marches? Masks and physical distancing?  

This time in 2020 has been a year of unprecedented difficulty, and we’re only half-way through it!  The remainder of the year will likely bring continued challenges as we adjust in response to critical needs in our community.  We are – collectively and individually – under pressure.

But what can pressure do?  In the natural world, intense prolonged pressure can completely change one substance into another.  Carbon – one of the most common and unimpressive minerals in the world provides a great example of this.  After years of intense heat and pressure, pieces of carbon deep inside the earth are changed into diamonds.  While they are still made of carbon, diamonds are nothing like their original state.  They have been changed – transformed into rare and beautiful gemstones.  Diamonds are also considered one of the most durable materials on earth – able to withstand heat, pressure, abrasion, and impact better than almost any other substance.

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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.

Davis By The Numbers

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