She is the first nurse in the District to take the test and pass with flying colors, earning a certification that’s akin to a teacher’s national certification.
“It feels great,” Hawkins said of her accomplishment. “Sometimes, in this job, it’s hard to measure your success because we are pretty overextended … Sometimes you feel like you don’t get the time you would like to spend on different issues, but it’s nice to know I’m on the right track and making the right decisions.”
The four-hour, 250-question NBCSN exam “represents a national standard of preparation, knowledge and practice,” according to the NBCSN Web site. The test covers the gamut of nursing practices, from ethical issues to disease prevention. The pass rate on the test is about 70 percent.
Nurses in Canyons District are responsible for writing health care plans for students with such issues as chronic disease, anaphylaxis, diabetes and seizure disorders. They work with parents, students and doctors to devise a strategy to address students’ needs. Then, they train school employees on how to care for the students on a daily basis, such as how to administer an EpiPen when necessary.
School nurses also oversee health screenings, such as vision and scoliosis checks, at their assigned schools and find resources for students who may need glasses but cannot afford them. It’s challenging work, Hawkins says, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. She oversees the student health needs at Jordan High, Eastmont Middle and Bell View, Alta View, Edgemont and Park Lane elementary schools.
“I love it when I can work with parents and students and have a good outcome — something where we work out a problem that has a good answer for everybody,” Hawkins says. “I enjoy that. I love the kids. I like looking at disease prevention and seeing what the community needs.”
"It’s no secret that the Board of Education believes that the very best employees in Utah public education are found in Canyons District. We’re grateful for the dedication that is shown across the District every day. From the teacher who spends extra time with a struggling student, to the bus driver who greets every child with a smile, to the custodian who takes great pride in the cleanliness of classrooms, Canyons District is made up of people who help us maintain a culture of excellence.
In addition to our heartfelt thanks, the members of the Board of Education would like to financially reward our employees for their outstanding work, especially over the past year. Indeed, we have asked a lot of our employees, and we’ve been heartened with what we’ve seen. We’ve witnessed a collective willingness to accept the challenge, roll up your sleeves and go to work. In addition to the daily tasks that are required to operate our schools, Canyons employees successfully put into place a districtwide grade reconfiguration; implemented dozens of boundary changes; opened three new schools; finished additions at two high schools; put the finishing touches on a new standards-based elementary school report card; started using a new middle school schedule; and challenged teachers to start using a new standards-based curricula.
To express our appreciation for successfully implementing these changes, the Board of Education is pleased to announce that we are giving every full-time employee a $1,000 one-time bonus. The bonuses for part-time and hourly employees will be adjusted according to the hours they are assigned to work. Employees can expect to see this bonus in their November paychecks.
We are able to provide this bonus because of our prudent fiscal policies, which is another sign that our employees are going above and beyond in their efforts to build a district of distinction. We’re inspired by the exemplary commitment of our employees. Because of your dedication, Canyons District is rapidly building a reputation as a forward-thinking district that lives up to its motto of 'Preparing students, building the public.' Thank you for all you do on behalf of the students who attend our schools. We wish you the best during this school year and beyond. Together, we can succeed in getting all of our students ready for college and careers."
"Dr. Stensrud leads by example," his nominator wrote. "He shows confidence in his counseling staff by allowing them to break the mold and facilitate some 'out of the box' activities."
Known for his sense of humor and for reading 10 books at a time, Stensrud continually encourages his staff to learn about and implement new strategies to help students succeed. Coworkers admire his ability to lead by example, and appreciate his willingness to roll his sleeves up and get to work right alongside them. Through his support and innovative ideas, Stensrud has helped Indian Hills counselors succeed in helping students become college- and career-ready.
"Dr. Stensrud is always willing to help," said Lori Jones, Canyons District Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Coordinator. "His faculty loves him."
Stensrud is one of Canyons School District's 45 outstanding principals, a cadre of professionals that includes 2013 Utah Middle School Principal of the Year Mary Anderson of Union Middle School; 2013 Utah Association of Elementary School Principals' Utah Community Leader of the Year Sally Sansom of East Midvale Elementary; and 2013 Utah PTA Outstanding school Administrator and Golden Apple Award winner McKay Robinson of Lone Peak Elementary. Canyons salutes its school administrators and the work they do to ensure student success during October's National Principals Month.
"Great principals, as all of you know, work tirelessly as instructional leaders," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "It's so critical principals maintain a laser-like focus on student achievement and leading an instructional program that will help every student build his or her academic potential."
As part of this prestigious recognition, Colby will join talented student musicians from across the country for a gala concert in Nashville, Tenn., where he will perform under the baton of some of the nation's most prominent conductors. The Oct. 30, 2013 performance will be held at the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Colby performed at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education. See our YouTube channel for a front-row view of his performance. Also, you can watch Colby talk about the national honor and perform live on 2News.
Alta: Adam G. Fuller, Justen M. Gardner, Edward M. Nowakowski, Hillary L. Thalmann
Corner Canyon: Emily Workman
Hillcrest: Jordan Burns, AJ Kinney, Allison K. Schneggenburger, Thulasi R. Seshan, and Michelle C. Simmons.
The high-achieving students represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. They were selected based on their scores on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Some 15,000 of the 16,000 students who earned semifinalist status will advance to the finalist level. The list of finalists will be released in February. Winners of this year’s scholarships will be announced in spring 2014.