Education

by Zak Podmore After years of preparation, construction work is set to begin at the site of the new $6.5 million Bluff Elementary School. The San Juan School District purchased the 12.5-acre property in 2015. Located just west of town along State Route 163, the site is intended as the...
A new program will recruit experienced teachers to teach in the southern schools of the San Juan School District. The program was approved at meeting of the San Juan School Board on March 28. The Quality Teaching Incentive Program (Q-TIP) is designed to attract a core of experienced “...
by Scott Boyle They say if you want to increase the engagement of students in a classroom, just bring out a hands-on activity.  If you want to triple the engagement, take that activity outside.  Those two things, outside hands-on experiences, are just what are in the works for the...
SPORTS SHORTSby Scott Boyle Soccer is coming to San Juan High School at long last.  After a three year push by interested parents in Blanding, the San Juan School Board gave approval for the Broncos to field boys and girls soccer teams starting with the 2017-18 season.  “Let’s try it...
Jenny Atcitty, a renowned teacher from Montezuma Creek Elementary School, is the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the San Juan School District. Atcitty was presented the honor at a March 6 banquet sponsored by the San Juan School District Education Foundation. She has taught for the past...
by Scott Boyle “Walden” unpretentiously announces the carved metal sign over the door of the quaint but sturdy adobe building blissfully hugging the edge of Westwater Canyon at USU Eastern in Blanding (USUEB).  The building was originally built as an equipment shed from the same adobe...
by Scott Boyle Forty years since its beginning, USU Eastern–Blanding is a crown jewel for higher education in San Juan County.  It is a modern story of vision, determination, hard work and perseverance. Many have been involved, including Cleal Bradford, Kay Shumway, Harold Lyman, Lynn...
The Utah Music Educator’s Association (UMEA) inducted former MHS music teacher Wayne Erickson into the UMEA Hall of Fame on February 3, 2017 at their annual in-service conference in St. George. The day before, he was inducted into the Utah Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame. Wayne was born in...

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