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03
May
2016

Dixie Middle School French Team Takes 1st!

Dixie Middle School French Team Takes 1st!

Dixie Middle School French Team takes 1st in the middle school division at the BYU Language Fair. This event is attended by schools all across the state.

Way to go Dixie Middle school students and staff on this great achievement!

03
May
2016

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month

National Bike month is here and we wanted to bring to your attention a few items happening this month with the Washington County School District and the City of St. George.

Wednesday, May 4- Bike and Walk to School Day! The St. George ATC has selected Little Valley Elementary School as our featured school for 2016. We will have several volunteers at the school Wednesday morning observing students who ride to school. There will be several prizes for classes with the most participation. This is a great way to get kids and parents thinking about finding active transportation modes to school. For more info:  http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/ready/about-the-events/bike-to-school-day

Friday, May 6- George Streetfest and Iron Kids Fun Run- Members of SUBA and the STG Active Transportation Committee will be staffing a free bike valet from5:30 pm to 9:30 pm next to the water features on the north end of the Main Street Plaza building close to the Park in front of Zion’s Bank. Attached is the ad for the bike valet. Please feel free to share it on social media all week!!!

Monday, May 16- “Bike With Pike” Event- Come enjoy a hot dog BBQ, DJ music, bike rodeo and ride your bike with Mayor Pike around the Mayor’s Loop beginning and ending at the Confluence Trailhead in St. George. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This is a very low-key fun ride and the perfect opportunity to ride with family and friends.    

May 16-May 20- Bike to Work Week- We are asking everyone in St. George to commute to work the whole week or at least one day during the week. The City will be asking citizens to post photos to Facebook of their bikes at work throughout the week.

Friday May 20- Bike to Work Day- Mayor Pike is challenging everyone to ride their bikes to work on this day. SUBA, SW Public Health and the ATC will be sponsoring a rest stop for commuters downtown at the corner of Main Street and St. George Boulevard from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Commuters will be able to fuel up with some donuts, coffee, juice, water and all of the essentials on their way to work.

Saturday, May 21- Road Respect- Washington County will be the first officially designated "County Road Respect Community" in the state and we are celebrating that achievement at Enterprise Elementary School.  The event is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and will include free kids bike helmets, kids bike skills rodeo and other fun activities. There will also be a drawing for a free bike compliments of ESpokes.

02
May
2016

Technology Grants from Century Link Awarded $8304.07 to WCSD Teachers

WCSD / Century Link Grants

Technology Grants from Century Link Awarded $8304.07 to WCSD Teachers

Two teachers from two schools in Washington County School District were awared over $8304.07 (combined) in technology related grants for classroom education! These teachers worked very hard to write technology based grants for the funds to be used in projects directly with their students.

Century Link each year awards a number of grants to schools throughout the state of Utah and each year WCSD has received a bulk of the grant monies due to the outstanding efforts of its teachers.

Way to go Coryell Potter of Coral Cliffs Elementary and Janna Gifford of Lava Ridge Intermediate! We applaud your strong work ethic and wonderful teaching for the students of WCSD!


Pictured: Top - Tony Campbell (WCSD Tech Dept.), John Cramer (Century Link), Coryell Potter (Coral Cliffs Elem.) 

Pictured: Bottom - Tony Campbell ( WCD Tech Dept.), Janna Gifford (Lava Ridge Int.), John Cramer (Century Link), Kaylynn Gubler (Principal Lava Ridge Int.)

12
April
2016

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Coral Cliffs Elementary School

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Coral Cliffs Elementary School

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Coral Cliffs Elementary  School

The following employees and school volunteer at Coral Cliffs Elementary School were recognized by the Board of Education, Superintendent Larry Bergeson, and district administration with the WCSD Award for Excellence for March 2016. Photo L to R: Monica Darnall – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Shay Williams – Volunteer, Summer Hess – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Karl Kelly – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Mavis Brown – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, Mary Contreras – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, LaRae McGregor – Intervention/Special Education Collaborative PLC Team, John Esplin – Title I Technology Rep. Thank you for your service to the students in Washington County!

12
April
2016

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Snow Canyon Middle School

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Snow Canyon Middle School

March 2016 - WCSD Award for Excellence - Snow Canyon Middle School

The following employees and school volunteer at Snow Canyon Middle School were recognized by the Board of Education, Superintendent Larry Bergeson, and district administration with the WCSD Award for Excellence for March 2016. Photo L to R: Andrea Schmutz - Volunteer, Teal Nesmith - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Dan Roden, Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Brian Strasmann - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, Peggy Jardine - Language Arts Collaborative PLC Team, and Jennifer Morgan - Registrar Secretary. Thank you for your service to the students in Washington County!

06
April
2016

New Southwest High School Administrator

Sheri Fisher

New Southwest High School Administrator

The District is please to announce the selection of Sheri Fisher as the Administrator over Adult Education at Southwest High School.  Sheri will replace Jim McKim who plans to retire at the end of this contract year.

 
04
April
2016

New Principals Announced - PVMS & SNDS

New Principals Announced - PVMS & SNDS
Mr. Steve Gustaveson was selected as the Principal of Pine View Middle School and will replace Mike Stephenson who will retire in June.  Mr. Rod Broadhead will replace Mr. Neil Cottham as the Principal of Sandstone Elementary. Mr Cottham also plans to retire in June.  
 
Steve Gustaveson was born and raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from Skyline High School.  After graduation he served an LDS mission to Florida.  He earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees of Science and Psychology from Utah State University, and his Administrative Endorsement from Southern Utah University.  
 
Steve taught music for 25 years in Salt Lake before moving to Southern Utah 15 years ago.  He was a school counselor for 2 years and has been the Assistant Principal at Fossil Ridge for the past 11 years.  
 
Steve and his wife Sandy are the parents of 3 beautiful daughters and have 10 grandchildren who are the highlight of their lives.  As a family they enjoy being together, hiking, biking, going to baseball games (especially the LA Dodgers), motorcycles, golf, and camping.  
Steve is grateful and excited for this new opportunity to join the faculty and staff at Pine View Middle School and work with the students and their parents.

Rod was born in St. George, Utah. His family moved away to Phoenix and Las Vegas for 10 years. During that time he attended elementary, junior high, and one year of high school. They moved back to St. George where Rod attended and graduated from Pine View High School in 1997, where his grandfather was his principal. In 1998 he left for Kobe Japan to serve a mission for his church. Rod received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Dixie State University in 2006. He began teaching social studies and reading at Fossil Ridge Intermediate where he taught for 7 years. While teaching at Fossil Ridge, Rod received his masters degree and administrative endorsement. Rod has been the Title I Coordinator at Sandstone Elementary since 2013. In 2015 he received his special education license.
Rod met his wife Amy while attending Dixie State University. They have 5 children, David (12), Zachary (9), Jacob (7), Makayla (4), and Joshua (2). His children have attended Sandstone Elementary with him, which has been amazing. He enjoys eating lunch with them and stopping in their classrooms for a visit!
 
Rod enjoys spending time with his family. Life is busy and wonderful all at the same time, keeping up with everything in which his children are involved. His wife Amy is from Idaho so he loves going to Idaho every spare second he gets to enjoy family and cool down in the summer.
Rod is excited to be the principal of Sandstone Elementary. He is extremely grateful for his wife, parents, grandparents and all of his mentors in life that have helped him along the way.
 
Please join with us in welcoming each new principal and board member to their new positions.
04
April
2016

Local JROTC Team makes finalist in International Space Challenge

Dixie High JROTC

Local JROTC Team makes finalist in International Space Challenge

ST GEORGE, Utah - Thanks to mentoring from a local NASA Scientist, a team of local students from Dixie High School's Air Force JROTC program is among a select group of teams worldwide to earn a spot at the Finals in the first-ever StellarXplorers International High School Space Competition. Led by Colonel Glenn Whicker, the "Star Flyers" is one of just 10 teams to be invited to Colorado Springs next month to vie for the championship.

Read more: KCSG Television - Local JROTC Team makes finalist in International Space Challenge 

04
April
2016

Newly Appointed School Board Member

School Board

Newly Appointed School Board Member

A newly-appointed Washington County School District board member has now stepped in to fill an open seat after the death of former board member Barbara Beckstrom. Beckstrom, who died of cancer on March 8, had been a school board member since 2012.

Ralph Brooks, of Pine Valley, will be holding the interim position for District 1 until Dec. 31 when a permanent board member gets chosen following the general elections in November.

29
March
2016

Kite Festival / WCSD Foundation - Saturday April 23 - NEW LOCATION!

Dixie Power Kite Festival

Kite Festival / WCSD Foundation - Saturday April 23 - NEW LOCATION!
INCREASING COMMUNITY & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORTING STUDENTS is a major goal of the Foundation. The Dixie Power Kite Festival is recognized as one of our most valued partnerships. Much of the funding we receive from the proceeds of this Festival comes through our incredible sponsors each year. 
 
29
March
2016

Congratulations Holly Stankosky - Mary J. Webster Distinguished Service Ward

Congratulations Holly Stankosky - Mary J. Webster Distinguished Service Ward
Mary J. Webster Distinguished Service Ward for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the Utah Speech Language Hearing Association.  The award recognizes distinguished services by a speech language pathologist in the state of Utah.  
 
Holly was recognized and awarded due to her superior and clinical skills as an SLP.  She also is responsible for placing smart palates in all intermediate, middle and high schools and was awarded a grant to help economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to benefit from the device.  
 
She has distinguished herself as a voice of reason and always placed the rights and needs of the students she works with and the staff she supports over anything else.  She is only the second individual in the history of the state of Utah to receive this award and define what the award is all about.
 
She has served as team leader for the Washington County School District Speech Language Pathologists as well as the team leader for the Augmentative Communication Team.  She was instrumental in maintaining a high level of speech and language services in the Washington County School District.  Overall she is recognized as an excellent clinician, extraordinary supervisor and teacher for new staff and teachers. 
22
March
2016

Press Release: Enterprise High School Internal Audit Report - WCSD Response

Enterprise High Audit

Press Release: Enterprise High School Internal Audit Report - WCSD Response

Press Release: March 22, 2016 - 10:23 am - Washington County, Utah

On March 18, 2016, the Utah State Board of Education released detailed findings of an internal financial audit report for Enterprise High School. The Washington County School District appreciates the efforts made by the audit committee to consider and include in the report specific responses from the District. While the findings and observations of the audit focus on areas of needed improvement within the program, District responses contained in the report document that many of the concerns were effectively identified and addressed well before the audit began. Additionally, District actions are being taken to assure all issues found in the audit are being addressed and remedied. As with all on-going audits, we welcome the input. We also appreciate the opportunity to re-examine our policies and practices in light of this information. We continue to affirm our commitment to excellence in education, public responsibility and compliance with all applicable regulations.

We encourage all to review the complete audit report at - http://schoolboard.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/031816-EHS-Audit-report.pdf

Contact Information:

Brent Bills
Business Administrator
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(435) 673-3553

 

14
March
2016

Barbara Beckstrom Passes Away - Current School Board Member

Barbara Beckstrom Passes Away - Current School Board Member

It is with heavy hearts and thankful minds that we recognize the service and life of Barbara Beckstrom - current School Board Member of the Washington County School District.

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