Centers serve displaced high school teens
Imagine being a teenager and having nowhere to launder your clothes, nowhere to access more than a weekly shower and no place to study, do homework or decompress.
It’s with these scenarios in mind that the Davis Education Foundation, in partnership with Davis School District and Clearfield City, began the process of building a teen center in the old gym at Clearfield High School.
“The mission of our school is to ensure high levels of learning for every student,” Clearfield High Principal Chris Keime said. “To do that effectively, our student’s basic personal needs must be met. This facility will help us do that.”
In the Davis School District, nearly 300 high school students are considered homeless. The conditions that come with homelessness create barriers that lead to school absences and the possibility of the student dropping out before graduation.
Foundation Director Jodi Lunt said she hopes drop-in centers at Clearfield, Woods Cross and Northridge high schools will remove those barriers and return a sense of dignity to the student. Meeting those basic needs can help a student complete their education and graduate equipped with lifelong skills.
Governor issues state of emergency and new mandates
Utah Governor Gary Herbert addressed the State of Utah the evening of Nov. 2, with a new State of Emergency, including a mask mandate, because of the spread of COVID-19 in our state.
Davis School District continues to hold classes and, in consultation with the Davis County Health Department continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in schools. At this time, schools continue to be open for in-person learning Monday through Thursday, with remote learning taking place on Friday. Classes in the district’s online Davis Connect program also continue.
In a related note, Bountiful, Davis, Farmington, Layton, Viewmont and Wood Cross high schools, as well as Shoreline Junior High, are in remote learning because of the COVID-19 virus. In-person classes in those schools are anticipated to resume on Nov. 30. Legacy and Syracuse junior high schools, which moved to remote learning Nov. 17 will resume in-person classes Dec. 1.
Two other Davis School District high schools, Northridge and Syracuse, also remain in soft closure. Northridge students will return to in-person classes Nov. 18, while Syracuse students return to in-person classes Nov. 19.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
Not there 'yet' but persistence, patience pay off
By Logan Toone, Assistant Superintendent
There is a three-letter word around which I would like to center my message. The word is simple and powerful. It is the word “yet.”
For a student struggling to understand a difficult concept in class, the word can transform “I don’t get it.” into “I don’t get it … YET.” For a teacher overwhelmed by the challenges of delivering instruction during a pandemic, the word can turn “Remote learning isn’t working for me.” into “Remote learning isn’t working for me … YET.”
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.
70,643 students enrolled in 92 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