Computer Science Success Story

Smiling girl sitting in front of computer screen.

Washington County School District, located in St. George, Utah, built and rolled out a full 6-12th grade computer science pathway in just one year! Before becoming an admin, Linda Brown was a Computer Science teacher and the sole user of CodeHS in Washington County from 2015 to 2019. With the support from passionate teachers and district administrators, Linda was able to expand CodeHS throughout the district and bring coding to 15 schools, 52 additional teachers, and thousands of students across the district.

  • 1 District
  • 15 Schools
  • 52 CS Teachers
  • 16 CS Courses Offered
  • 3965 Students Enrolled in 21-22

Big shoutout to Washington County School District's Computer Science Coordinator, Linda Brown; CCA/Computer Science Specialist, Helene Morse; CTE Director, David Gardner; and Computer Science Teachers, Anthony Vick and Tami Salmon!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays School Buses

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Washington County School District!

Shot in one continuous take where all 5 buses are electronically connected together through DMX channel relay boards back to a central computer programmed to control the light show.

Watch the original performance of Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos), with nearly 40 million views at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9GtPX6c_kg. You can also download the songs on 

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/track/7r6am67jCRvroqkkE2TS8y

or

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/carol-of-the-bells-god-rest-ye-merry-gentlemen/694429957?i=694429964

Also thanks to our very own WCSD technology department for their help and creativity with this production, and our transportation team. Become a driver for us by visiting https://www.washk12.org/transportation

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Music:

Arrangement written and produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios

Featured on the album "Christmas Cello"

 

System/Parts: Software - xLights, Major Hardware: Enttec DMX USB Pro, 12 Volt 12 Channel DMX Relay Board

Special Remembrances of 9/11

Students in line by American flags

As we reflect upon 20 years since 9/11, educators in our schools work hard to help students understand the tragedy of the attack, as well as the bravery of our first responders and so many that day and in the days after.

Many of our schools hosted special remembrances, featuring some of our own first responders. Please enjoy these few photos from several elementary schools in our District.

What to expect 2021-22 School Year

Back to School Chalkboard

Dear Parents, 

As the new school year approaches, we would like to let you know what to expect when your student(s) come back to school on Aug. 12. 

  • For the 2021-22 school year masks will not be required. Students and staff will be welcome to wear masks if they choose, but they will not be required. 

    • Bullying standards will be strictly enforced as students and parents choose whether or not to wear masks at school.

  • COVID vaccinations will not be required.* 

    • Staff and parents can decide what is best for their families.

  • If your student is sick, PLEASE keep them home.

    • This is for the safety of teachers, staff and other students.

  • If anyone in your house has COVID, all students living in that house should STAY HOME for 10 days, unless they are fully vaccinated.

    • This is for the safety of teachers, staff and other students.

  • Quarantine guidelines will not be imposed at this point. 

    • If there is a COVID case in your child’s classroom, we will notify the parents in that class.

  • Remote and hybrid learning will be available long-term (longer than two weeks) through our Utah Online School.

    • For short-term absences (up to two weeks), teachers are uploading assignments to Canvas and Schoology.

  • There will be no test to stay.

    • If there is an outbreak at a school of 30 or more cases, students may be required to provide a negative test result to remain in school.

  • There will be no test to play.

    • If there is an outbreak on a team/group, participants may be required to provide a negative test in order to play or participate in an event.

  • Fridays will be early out for most students.

    •  Check your individual school website for details on scheduling.

  • School lunch will be provided free of charge for all students throughout the 2021-22 school year.

*Intermountain Healthcare and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department encourage anyone over the age of 12 to get the COVID vaccine.

We are working closely with Dr. Blodgett and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department to hold school as normal as possible. As we move forward, we will keep you informed of any changes that may come as directed by the State or our local health department. We ask for your patience and understanding as changes may need to take place. Please let us know if you have additional questions.  

Larry Bergeson
Superintendent
Washington County School District