Best of State recognizes district for closing achievement gaps
Davis School District was awarded Utah’s Best of State in the Education, Public School K-12 category during the annual Best of State Awards Gala Wednesday evening.
“It’s just a validation of the great families who have sent us great students and speaks to the competency of our educators and staff,” Superintendent Reid Newey said after receiving the award on behalf of the district Wednesday evening.
Seven students receive National Merit scholarships
Seven Davis School District students will begin their college careers with a little extra help, thanks to college-sponsored National Merit scholarships. The students each received between $500-$2,000 annually toward their studies. To qualify, the students scored highest on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students then submitted a scholarship application, which included writing an essay. They also must be endorsed by a high school official and earn high SAT scores.
The students and the university scholarship they received are as follows:
Emil S. Geisler, Bountiful High, University of Utah scholarship; Megan G. Marchant, Viewmont High, University of Utah scholarship; Nathan E. Mills, Woods Cross High, University of Texas at Dallas scholarship; Carter K. Moss, Woods Cross High, University of Utah scholarship; Gabriel E. Ure, Bountiful High, Brigham Young University scholarship; Stephanie D. Smith, Davis High, University of Utah scholarship; and Sterling N. Durrant, Northridge High, Brigham Young University Scholarship.
Additionally, Coleman D. Cook, Davis High, was one of 24 Utah finalists to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
A tale of two trees
By Assistant Superintendent Dr. Logan Toone
In the high, cold deserts of the great basin, a seemingly unimpressive tree dots the edges of the tree line. Battling dry conditions, harsh winters, and short growing seasons, the bristlecone pine stands, twisted, gnarled, and devoid of what most would consider natural beauty.
In practically every community in North America, a tall and slender tree dots the edges of long driveways and parks. Enjoying irrigation, fertile soil and full sun, the hybrid poplar stands, genetically modified to provide shade, a wind break and aesthetic interest to landscaped areas.
Bristlecone pine trees grow very slowly – less than one-quarter of an inch per year. The trunk diameter of a bristlecone pine increases by 1 inch every century. Hybrid poplar trees grow very quickly – more than 8 feet per year. The trunk diameter of a hybrid poplar increases by 1 inch every two years.
The bristlecone pine has a dense, resinous trunk which is resistant to wind, decay and bugs. The hybrid poplar has a soft, dry trunk which is susceptible to wind, decay and bugs.
These two trees are different in so many ways, but the most striking difference is their longevity.
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.
72,264 students enrolled in 92 district schools
95% 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