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Mark Whitaker Principal of the Year

Canyons, Alpine, Washington District Educators Named Utah Principals of the Year

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Mark Whitaker Principal of the YearSALT LAKE CITY – The principals of Draper’s Corner Canyon High School and Highland’s Mountain Ridge Junior High School, along with the assistant principal of Santa Clara’s Lava Ridge Intermediate School, were named 2016 Utah Secondary Principals of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals in a ceremony in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Association of Secondary School Principals will later determine whether Corner Canyon High Principal Mary Bailey or Mountain Ridge Junior High Principal Mark Whitaker will represent Utah in the national Secondary Principal of the Year competition. Lava Ridge Intermediate School Assistant Principal Greg Bozarth will represent Utah in the Assistant Principal of the Year competition.Bailey began her career as a teacher in the Jordan School District and has also worked in the Cassia County School District in Idaho before returning to Utah where she worked in the Jordan School District office and as principal of Copper Hills High School before becoming principal at Corner Canyon. While at Corner Canyon Baily initiated:

  • A Principal’s Roundtable to give students a voice in school matters.
  • A Freshman Academy to help students transition from middle school.
  • A partnership with Microsoft that brings in Microsoft engineers to teach computer science courses.

“She is the heart of Corner Canyon High School,” said Corner Canyon staff member Terri Francis. “And the motivator, the mentor, and the supporter of everyone in our school. She is revered by the entire community.” Whitaker has been principal at Mountain Ridge Junior High since 2010, the same school where he began his teaching career. While there he implemented the Zeros Aren’t Permitted (ZAP) program that allows students and teachers to address academic issues when more support is needed outside of regular class time. “Mark is the champion for equality and seeks the best solutions to every problem,” said Mountain Ridge science teacher Matthew Wooley. “He has the ability to diffuse difficult situations and turn them into positives, an ability for which students, teachers, and parents respect him.” Bozarth began his teaching career at Dixie Middle School, but has been assistant principal at Lava Ridge Intermediate School since 2003. While at Lava Ridge, Bozarth developed a response-to-intervention website to help teams of teacher intervene with students. “Greg Bozarth is a leader that is armed with a passion for education, a collaborative spirit, research-based knowledge, and a can do/will do attitude,” said Lava Ridge Principal Kalyn Gubler.

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Carl Boyington, executive director, UASSP
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Everyday Heroes at Scera Park

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Barbara Lawlor and Verna Blocker have been recognized as literacy heroes in a Daily Herald news story as outstanding grandparent volunteers at Scera Park Elementary. Both grandparents serve by working with children. Verna Blocker loves working with the kids and has said, “They light up when they are reading. This is the smartest generation that has ever been on the earth,” she said. “And they’re sweet as they can be. They keep me laughing and happy.”

Read the entire news story here.

 

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Sprinklers, Irrigation & Water Conservation

By Community, News

Alpine School District is committed to preserving and protecting our water supply, by being a responsible partner with each community we serve. As a general rule, Alpine School District has instructed its schools, and other facilities, to follow state-watering regulations. However, some cities have asked schools to follow a different watering schedule from the general public, and some cities have asked the schools to water during the middle hours of the day. Please see your city’s water plan below for additional information.

American Fork

Water Conservation Plan

Alpine

Water Conservation Plan

Cedar Hills

Water Conservation Plan

Eagle Mountain

Water Conservation Plan

Highland

Water Conservation Plan

Lehi

Water Conservation Plan

Lindon

Water Conservation Plan

Orem

Water Conservation Plan

Pleasant Grove

Water Conservation Plan

Saratoga Springs

Water Conservation Plan

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ASD Welcomes New Superintendent

By Leadership, News

Sam Jarman

The Alpine School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Y. Jarman as the new Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2015.

Jarman will succeed Dr. Vernon M. Henshaw who announced his retirement in March. Jarman’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at a special meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Superintendent Jarman has an extensive career in education dating back to 1986 when he was first employed as a drafting teacher at Provo High School. Between 1992-1997, he worked as assistant principal at American Fork High and American Fork Junior High schools. Jarman next served as Principal of Provo High for seven years. By 2004 he returned to the Alpine School District, accepting a position as Administrator of 10-12 schools, which he held for eight years. In 2012, Mr. Jarman was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Schools.

Jarman is enthusiastic about his new role and recently said, “I feel humbled by this opportunity and am fortunate to work with remarkable educators and employees of this district. I look forward to continued partnership with families in providing the best education for our students in the Alpine School District.”

Board President John Burton remarked, “Though the quality of applicants was exceptional and as strong as anything we’ve seen, as a board, we are confident that Sam Jarman is the right individual to move us forward.”

 

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.”

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!

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

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