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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

The next generation of journalists is putting pen to the paper.

Students at Ecker Hill Middle School recently wrote articles and compiled them into the first-ever Ecker Record. The student newspaper, which reports about local and national news, was recently printed

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Michele Roepke, editor and organizer of the Ecker Record,
teaches proper interview techniques to her students while
demonstrating with student Cooper Ford. The Ecker Record
is Ecker Hill Middle School's new n
ewspaper.
 

(Image courtesy of Michele Roepke).

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

Every week, students at Treasure Mountain Junior High show up to work. They take the teachers' orders, make coffee and serve the drinks from a coffee cart in their work uniforms.

Cierra Fitz, a special education teacher at the school, said the students with special needs learn a variety of skills from the coffee cart program, such as responsibility and how to work as a team. Treasure Mountain is one of four schools in the Park City School District that gives special education students the opportunity to make and sell coffee for teachers, and one of several schools that utilize Park City Education Foundation grants to make a difference in the lives of students with special needs. Jen Billow, associate director of communications and development for the foundation, said the organization funds numerous programs in the district, and it seems that the theme of those programs increasingly focuses on special education.

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Students in Dan Gallery's class serve coffee to teachers as a part of
the coffee cart at Ecker Hill Middle School. It is one of several programs in the
Park City School District funded by the Park City Education Foundation.
 

(Image courtesy of Dan Gallery).

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

The Park City High School debate team has been at the top of its game the last few years, and as the team steps into this season, members anticipate another remarkable year.

Many veteran debaters are returning with their eyes set on big achievements, while newcomers are jumping into the competition scene eager to prove themselves.

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Members of the Park City High School debate team won several awards
at the Beehive Bonanza earlier this month, the team's first competition of
the season. The coach, Sharon Ellsworth-Nielson, says the team is
off to a great start. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Ellsworth-Nielson).

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

When the Park City Board of Education voted earlier this year to remove student fees, people throughout the community were happy to see the Board taking steps to achieve its equitability goals. But as the school year started and groups that had depended on the fee collection website to gather donations were watching their contributions remain stagnant, there was a scramble to quickly find a solution.

Now, after missing out on one of their most lucrative fundraising efforts of the year, some of the parent-teacher organizations, and even the Park City Education Foundation, are off to a bad start.

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A student plays a game during the fall festival at McPolin Elementary School, which is
held by the Parent Teacher Organization.  The PTO depends more on events like the
festival to raise funds over collecting dues at the beginning of the school year.
(Photo courtesy of McPolin Elementary School's PTO)

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

If a teacher runs into a problem with a computer program while teaching, they can call the school's technology coach and, in minutes, the coach and a student will be there to help fix the issue.

Troubleshooting technology troubles for teachers is one of the many tasks student tech leaders perform at Ecker Hill Middle School and Treasure Mountain Junior High. They also teach new students and parents how to use the school's online learning software, present at statewide teacher conferences and film and edit videos for the morning announcements. It is all part of the GenYes program.

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Back row, from left: Quin Pulham, Emery Nelson, Elina Nirula, Natalie Sheridan, Colton Schindler
and Maddox Sapp. Front row, from left: Madison Coine and Jack Saladyga.
Students in the seventh grade GenYes program help teachers,
students and parents with their technology needs.
(Photo by Carolyn Webber Alder/Park Record)

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

If a child makes it past the third grade without mastering the ability to read, it is likely they will not be a highly literate adult.

Teachers, administrators and researchers have been aware of the fact for years, but now the state of Utah is aiming to ensure that elementary schools are doing their best to promote early literacy. In response to the state Legislature's new literacy goals, the Park City Board of Education recently approved an updated K-3 early literacy plan focused on the Wilsons Fundations program.

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Wilson Fundations focuses on phonetic awareness and phonics.
It is a literacy teaching approach used at all elementary schools in the district.
(Park Record file photo)

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