It never fails. Each spring, with the arrival of the first crocus blooms to emerge from the cool, rain-soaked ground, comes end-of-year testing season in Utah’s schools. Only this season, students will be taking a new set of Utah State Board of Education-required assessments to demonstrate how much they have learned over the course of the year. The exam for students in grades 3-8 is called RISE, an acronym that stands for Readiness, Improvement, Success and Empowerment. The computer adaptive assessment adapts to an examinee’s abilities by proposing harder questions when a student gets something correct, and easier questions when the student…
Most teachers go into education to make a difference. But nowhere is that difference as readily apparent than in special education, believes Stacey Nofsinger. “There is nothing better than seeing your student finally grasp a concept that maybe you were working on for six weeks or six months. …to finally see them say, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s what you meant?’” says the teaching specialist. “It’s very exciting to be part of that educational journey for kids.”Is it a tough job? It can be, admits Nofsinger noting how it requires you to be adept at planning, writing goals, developing interventions, and…
Talk about having the world at your feet. The Brighton Bengals’ Model United Nations Team, long-ranked as one of the best in the country, took first place as a distinguished delegation in Research and Preparation at the 2019 National High School Model United Nations conference in New York City. Brighton High was the only Utah school to compete in the mock proceedings of the United Nations (UN). Student delegates were assigned a country to represent in one of the UN’s numerous committees with pre-set topics to debate. They researched the background of their country, their country's position on the topics at…
A five-year enrollment moratorium has been lifted at Corner Canyon High, where a 24-classroom addition funded by the $283 million bond approved by voters in November 2017 is now being constructed.  The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 voted to allow the school to start accepting Standard Open Enrollment Applications from students who do not live within the boundaries of the school. Because of the moratorium, which prohibited any new out-of-boundary students from attending the school, the school could not keep a waiting list of prospective pupils. As a result of the Board’s decision, Corner Canyon High will…
If Donald L. Miller can bring history to life on the big screen, surely he can do the same for a group of high school students. The endowed professor is the best-selling author of nine books, one of the most respected authorities on World War II, and a consultant for many film and TV productions—including two HBO series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg—and he’s coming to speak at Alta High this month as part of the school’s ninth annual Social Studies Colloquium. Established in 2011 by Alta history teacher Rique Ochoa, the colloquium provides Canyons students with the…
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