"Students leave her class with excellent math skills and an increased self-confidence," states a letter nominating Rotermund for the school's Teacher of the Year award. "Students thrive in Monica's class because of her passion for teaching and compassion for students."
Rotermund's professionalism, caring and expertise were lauded Tuesday, April 16, when she was named the 2013 Canyons District Teacher of the Year, a recognition of the Board of Education that includes $1,000 from the Canyons School District Education Foundation. The Board also honored all 45 school Teachers of the Year, and recognized two Teacher of the Year runners up — Millie Rogers of Jordan Valley School and Rachel Hardy of Jordan High — at a special reception and recognitions event.
Rotermund is known as a visionary and talented educator who makes learning fun. The 26-year teaching veteran is supportive and encouraging of her students, and brings to the classroom the enthusiasm of a new teacher.
"She is one of the most positive people I've ever met," Brookwood principal Julie Mootz said. "The kids absolutely adore her."
Rotermund and each of the school-level Teachers of the Year were nominated by colleagues, parents, school leaders, and students. Each Teacher of the Year was surprised with the recognition a few weeks ago, and received a prize package, including a dinner at La Caille, Real Salt Lake tickets, and a Teacher of the Year banner for the school. All Canyons Teachers of the Year also will be recognized at halftime at the May 4 Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium. Discount tickets are available to the Canyons community.
Rotermund will represent Canyons School District in the Utah Teacher of the Year contest this fall, where she will compete for additional prizes and recognition. The Canyons Teacher of the Year program is supported by La Caille, Real Salt Lake, Sandy City, and the Canyons School District Education Foundation.
CSD was represented at the event by Hillcrest and Alta high schools, both first-time entrants. The contest at the Maverik Center, attended by 44 schools from 10 states, required students to design and build remote-controlled robots that also can climb walls or throw discs into goals. FIRSTRobotics is a nonprofit organization focused on engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The Hillcrest team is raising funds to attend the world championship. On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Arby's on 129 W. 9000 South in Sandy will donate to the team 15 percent of the proceeds earned from 5-8 p.m. Additional information about Hillcrest Robotics, including how to make a donation for the students to go to the international competition, is on the school's Web site.
Take a look at a KSL-TV Channel 5 story about FIRSTRobotics.
See the Hillcrest FIRSTRobotics team on ABC4.
The Huskies talk to KUTV's Heidi Hatch about the upcoming world contest.
Student musicians from both schools received the highest possible ratings at the annual event.
Only nine of the 25 bands that qualified to perform at the event were given such high marks from the judges.
This is the 12th consecutive year that Jordan High has received superior ratings in jazz.
The second-annual statewide earthquake safety drill will be Wednesday, April 17, at 10:15 a.m. At that time, those participating will “drop, cover and hold on” as if an earthquake of great magnitude had hit the Wasatch Front.
The mock disaster will test the preparedness of schools, businesses, hospitals, city governments and families in case of an earthquake. The Great Utah Shakeout is sponsored by FEMA Region VIII, Emergency Essentials, Wal-Mart, Utah Disaster Kleenup, Deseret News, dailybread.com and the Enterprise Business Journal.
See ABC4's report of Altara Elementary participating in the Great Utah Shakeout.
Like the director of “Argo,” which took the night’s big award at the recent 85th annual Academy Awards, Hillcrest’s Skorut was the big winner at the 4th annual Canyons District Film Festival, held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Eastmont Middle School.
Skorut took home trophies in the secondary PSA and Feature Film categories, and won the festival’s first-ever poster contest. His design will be used to promote the 2014 CSD Film Festival throughout the next school year.
The winning entries are available for viewing on the CSD Education Technology Web site.
The festival celebrated the best in films that were written, directed, acted and produced by students and teachers in the Canyons School District.
Seventy-nine entries from 21 schools across the District entered films in eight categories: Public Service Announcement, Animation, Newscast, Documentary, Advertisement, Feature Film, Teacher Film, and Poster Contest. Entries were first submitted at the school level. Each school, with the help of its Education Technology Specialist, selected its top entries to go on to District-level competition.