Education

by Bill Boyle San Juan Record Editor The high cost for students to participate in school activities – and fee waivers for students from low income families – is the focus of a major initiative by the San Juan School District. The school board is moving closer to approving “spend plans” for all...
“Operation Save the Koalas/Australia” began early in January of this year after some heartbroken fourth-graders had a conversation on the playground at recess.  They had just heard about the devastating wildfires in Australia and the huge loss of Koalas. They decided instead of just feeling sad,...
We need to talk.   Recent changes in State Administrative Rule (R277-407) regarding School fees went into effect January 1, 2020. These changes are intended to provide more transparency to students and parents regarding school fees.   The Utah State Board of Education website states that beginning...
A total of 24 handmade ornaments made their way from Montezuma Creek to the White House this winter as part of the America Celebrates display, as first reported by Kate Groetzinger of KUER.   The display includes the towering National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller trees representing every U.S....
Did you know Utah has one of the top education savings plans in the U.S.? Morningstar Analyst Ratings for college savings plans were released in October. Utah’s educational savings plan, my529, was awarded with a gold rating and named valedictorian. Morningstar writes, “Virginia’s Invest529,...
More than 250 children from Monticello Elementary School rang in the holidays at Zions Bank, joining teachers, parents, and bank employees in the branch’s lobby for the annual “Lights On” ceremony. On Wednesday, December 4, kindergarten through sixth-grade students from Monticello Elementary hung...
The San Juan School District (SJSD) embraces the heritage of all students in the district. In November, SJSD schools share the culture and language of students of American Indian descent, which are Navajo, Ute, and other tribes represented in our schools.   Some events and activities that have...
The further Shandiin Herrera got away from her home in Monument Valley, UT, the more she realized how important it would be to use her education and leadership to benefit her people. Herrera, a 2019 graduate of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, could be headed to Washington, D...
David Long, Superintendent of Beaver County School District, remembers clearly the moment he realized just how powerful a tool technology could be for student learning.  “I was working at Logan County School District as the Director of Education and Technical Service, and it was the first day we...
The number of students in the San Juan School District grew by 15 students over the past year, the first increase in five years. The modest increase was driven by 21 more students in the schools in Monument Valley, 12 more students in the Blanding schools. Enrollment dropped in the three smallest...

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