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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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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

There are times in Shelley Pierce's kindergarten class at Trailside Elementary School when everyone needs a break.

On Pierce's signal, the students grab a stuffed animal and lie on the ground, setting their monkeys, unicorns and dogs on their stomachs. Pierce reads from a short book as the students focus on moving their "breathing buddies" up and down with their breath.

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Students in Shelley Pierce's Kindergarten class at Trailside Elementary School lie
on the ground with their "breathing buddies" to practice mindful breathing. 
Pierce is one of several teachers at Trailside ES and Ecker Hill Middle School
who are undergoing training to include mindfulness practices in their classrooms.
(Photo by Tanzi Propst/The Park Record)

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

The first time Camron Wright heard about Sang Ly's life, he assumed they had little to nothing in common. But watching his son's documentary about her experiences and the realities of living in a garbage dump in Cambodia changed his mind.

Now, after writing a novel inspired by Ly, Wright wants to help everyone realize how similar all people are, even half a world away.

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

When starting a business, there are always a thousand assignments to cross off the list. Having a limited staff, as most startups do, makes the tasks even more difficult to complete.

The Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies(PCCAPS) helps fill the workforce gaps at businesses while providing real-life learning opportunities for students from Park City High School. Each semester, dozens of students work on various projects with small and large businesses around town. Ted McAleer, business coordinator for PCCAPS, said the program has facilitated more than 100 projects since its inception. PCCAPS can be particularly beneficial for entrepreneurs, he said, not only for the extra hand but for the opportunity for them to learn how to manage and scale a team.

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Chris Hulbert, heft, works with Victoria Olson, middle, and Fox Crorasmunchristensen
on an engineering project during PCCAPS. The program partners students with local
organizations to work on real-world projects that help both parties.
(Photo by Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

 

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The Park City Education Foundation's Red Apple Gala is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Montage Deer Valley. According to the foundation's website, the fundraiser is scheduled to include dining, dancing and silent and live auction bidding. Proceeds from the event help fund the foundation, which supports education programs and grants in the Park City School District. For more information, visit https://www.pcef4kids.org/events/red-apple-gala.

 

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