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Midvalley Elementary – International Space Station

Midvalley Elementary students to contact the International Space Station

You might have seen the International Space Station as a shimmering blip streaking across the night sky. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Midvalley Elementary students in Midvale will have a chance to talk with the astronauts inside.

Midvalley students will contact the space station through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a program sponsored by NASA, the American Radio Relay League, and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. In the 10-minute window in which the space station orbits overhead, sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to ask astronauts on board about the wonders they experience in space.

Canyons School District will provide a live stream of the contact, scheduled for 9:13 a.m., at The link will go live just after 9 a.m. in case the contact window comes earlier than planned.

ARISS aims to inspire students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math through discovery of spaceflight and use of amateur radio. With help from Amateur Radio clubs and ham radio operators, ARISS has contacted more than 500 schools around the world, last week checking in with kids in Australia, Belgium, and, closer to home, Toledo.

Principal Carla Burningham, with the help of the Utah Amateur Radio Club (UARC, ) and Midvalley teacher David Bettinson, applied for Midvalley to participate in ARISS about two years ago. The school since has been working with volunteer ham radio experts Randy Kohlwey, Steven Olsen and others to secure, test and install the powerful radio equipment needed to make contact with the space station.

Midvalley’s scheduled contact comes days after astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station and returned to Earth.

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Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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