Board reviews preliminary
high school boundaries
The Board of Education took a first look at the preliminary proposed boundaries for the new Farmington High School Tuesday night.
The boundaries for Bountiful, Davis, Layton, Viewmont and Woods Cross high schools also are being adjusted to establish the boundaries for the new high school.
The new school is being built to accommodate growth in the western part of Davis County. Currently, Layton High — with a building capacity of about 1,700 — has 14 portable classrooms on site to handle the 1,900 students attending there. Davis High only has a few portables, but has utilized teacher workrooms as classrooms for the 2,500 students at that school — about 400 students over building capacity. Viewmont High, which is also undergoing a renovation, is 150 students over capacity.
The preliminary boundaries have been posted at davis.k12.ut.us/Page/104497 . An interactive map, which allows community members to enter a house address to view their high school boundaries, is available at arcg.is/2udR652.
The magic of learning can happen
in every classroom
This week I had the opportunity to meet our newly-hired teachers, and my passion for the classroom was reignited. Seeing them work to prepare for their new assignments in our schools sparked memories of my own first year of teaching – the thunder of students rolling down the hall to fill my room for first period, the silent (somewhat non-convincing) pep-talk I gave myself to ward off trepidation, the blend of anticipation, fear, confidence, and trust on faces of students I had never yet met – and then, within only a few moments … the magic of learning!
The magic of learning didn’t come because of some great teaching strategy or lesson I had prepared, nor did it require any specific fine-tuned skill from me. The magic of learning was a feeling – a feeling that comes when teachers and students connect in the classroom; a feeling of belonging, trust, commitment, respect, and love of learning. The magic of learning should happen with every student in every classroom in the school district, and it can. It requires hard work and commitment from teachers, students, parents, and school staff, but it can happen.
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