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South Clearfield teacher among finalists for national award

Kirk Redford

Kirk Redford, a sixth-grade teacher at South Clearfield Elementary, is one of five 2018 Utah finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). He is one of two elementary mathematics finalists.

The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, it authorizes the President to give up to 108 awards each year — two each for the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. It recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

The finalists’ applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee. The White House will announce the results of the national selection process sometime in the summer/fall of 2019. The two Utah awardees will receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, as well as a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

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Superintendency Message

Outstanding staff create
great experiences for children

By Superintendent Reid Newey

As I walked into South Clearfield Elementary on the second day of school, or as many students see it, the day after summer ended, I heard the voices of happy children in the gymnasium. 

I thought it was a bit unusual in that it was more than an hour after school had ended. As I went into the gym, I was met by Ms. Kearston, who informed me that this was a voluntary after school program.

As I mingled with the students and staff, I was struck by how genuinely happy everyone seemed. All the children were engaged in social and learning activities and the staff was invested in providing a great experience for each student.  

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72,000 students enrolled in 92 district schools

94% graduation rate

$67M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2018

33,250 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment

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