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Superintendent Henshaw Retires After 15 Years

Superintendent Henshaw Retires After 15 Years

By | Leadership, News

“Our greatest challenge is to ensure that engaged learning through nurturing instruction happens every day in every classroom.”

HENSHAW_VERNONThe Alpine School District Board of Education announces the retirement of Superintendent Vernon M. Henshaw. During his 38 years of service in public education, Dr. Henshaw taught social studies at Lehi High School and filled many administrative positions; specifically, assistant principal at Provo High School and principal of American Fork and Timpanogos high schools, and assistant superintendent of 10-12 schools, before serving as superintendent of schools, where he has led Alpine School District through growth, transition, and academic improvement for 15 years. Dr. Henshaw’s retirement date is July 31, 2015.

Whenever asked about the greatest challenge Alpine School District faces, Superintendent Henshaw replies,“Our greatest challenge is to ensure that engaged learning through nurturing instruction happens every day in every classroom.”

superintendent-retirementDr. Henshaw has left an indelible mark on Alpine School District. His innovation and leadership have propelled the District into the 21st century as a model of how public education can successfully serve the needs of each student. His record of accomplishments is impressive. Yet the most significant legacy he will leave is the positive and personal connections he made with employees, parents and students. District leaders, administrators and employees have experienced high levels of positive morale and employee satisfaction throughout Dr. Henshaw’s tenure. He has a reputation for treating everyone with dignity and respect. In return, he has earned respect and admiration.

Some of the District’s most noteworthy milestones under Henshaw’s leadership include:

  • Steady improvement in end-of-level test scores in language arts, science and math while managing student enrollment increasing from 47,000 to over 73,000 students
  • Completed over $640 million in building projects while successfully passing bonds in 2001 ($200M), 2006 ($230M), and 2011 ($210M)
  • Graduation rates climbed from 73% in 2008 to 90% in 2014
  • Awarded Utah’s Superintendent of the Year in 2008

In a letter sent to all district staff members, Dr. Henshaw wrote:

“I consider you not only my colleagues, but also friends, and feel grateful for having worked with such a remarkable team of committed professional and compassionate individuals. My years in the District have been filled with opportunities and growth, which have blessed my family and me beyond expectations. Thank you for making this journey so meaningful and memorable.”

Pleasent Grove High Volleyball Coach

PG High volleyball coach named NFHS 2014 West Sectional Coach of the Year

By | Leadership, News

AllycePleasant Grove High School Volleyball Coach Allyce Jones, has recently been named the National Federation of State High School Associations 2014 West Sectional Coach of the Year in the sport of volleyball.  The West section includes the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Allyce’s contributions to the athletics program at PGHS are truly deserving of our recognition and thanks!

Craig Smith

Lone Peak teacher uses calculus to teach about life

By | Instruction, News

The Deseret News recently published an article about Mr. Craig SmithCraig Smith, a teacher at Lone Peak High School who is using calculus to teach about life.  This article is a prime example of the many outstanding teachers that we have in Alpine School District. Teachers throughout the district are continuously looking for ways to be better teachers and help our students become better students.  Each teacher brings different qualities and teaching styles to the classrooms within our schools.   We continue to be amazed at the level of dedication they have to their profession and their students.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619878/Lone-Peak-High-teacher-uses-calculus-to-teach-about-life.html?pg=all

Winner of Utah's Martin Luther King Essay/Video Contest

Winner of Utah’s Martin Luther King Essay/Video Contest

By | News

Haylee

The Utah State Office to Education recently announced the winners of the state’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. essay and video contest. Secondary school students from throughout the state are annually invited to submit essay or video entrees based on civil rights themes to the contest which is judged by volunteers from the Utah State Office of Education and school districts.

Essay and video contest winners for each grade level (seven through 12) win $50, though the overall junior high (grades seven through nine) and senior high school (grades 10 through 12) win $150. The students will also be honored with a luncheon on Jan. 14 at the Davis School District Office in Farmington. There were 475 essay entries and 15 video entries in 2014.

Vista Heights eighth grader, Haylee Tuttle, along with 3 other students from around the state were named individual grade winners for their essay.

Congratulations, Haylee!  We are proud of your effort and achievement!

Peter Glahn

Utah Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year

By | Leadership, News

STA GLAHN PETERMountain View High School Assistant Principal Peter Glahn, was named Utah Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year.  Mr. Glahn will represent Utah in the MetLife Principal of the Year competition.

Glahn, a former ambassador to Portugal for the American Councils and Fulbright Exchange Program, has been assistant principal at Mountain View High since 2009. “He is able to see issues from multiple perspectives and can bring people together through his ability to communicate in such a way that other understand the bigger picture and where compromise can be reached,” said Mountain View Principal Taran Chun.