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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

In a glass-walled office on Park City High School’s second floor, inspirational quotes in Spanish and photos of Hispanic icons like Dolores Huerta plaster the interior.

The images are visible to students passing through the hallways. It’s an intentional move by the woman who works inside. She knows firsthand how important it is to see one’s culture represented when walking through school halls as a teenager.

The woman sitting behind the desk is Rebeca Gonzalez, program manager of Bright Futures, an emerging program that aims to prepare Latino students for college. After graduating from the high school five years ago, she has her eyes set on closing the opportunity gap for students in Park City who, like her, are first-generation college students from low-income families.

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In Park City School District's summer education program, oder students 
visit the younger kids to help them practice reading.  The program is part
of the district's initiative to provide extra resources to its Latino population 
and close the opportunity gap.  (photo by Tanzi Propst/Park Record) 

Note:  PCEF donors support the Bright Futures program.

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

Park City High School adopted an experiential learning model from the Center for Advanced Professional Studies, or CAPS, several years ago. The program provides real-life work experience to high school students by connecting them with businesses. It has been successful for students and businesses in Park City and beyond, and the CAPS program wants everyone to know.

The center is touring the U.S. to show a film about the program, and Park City was one of eight towns selected across the country for the tour. Caleb Fine, assistant principal at the high school, said the event is an opportunity for educators and residents from around Utah to learn about CAPS. The event is set to take place at the Eccles Center on Monday, April 15.

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Chris Humbert, middle, talks with Victoria Olson, right, and
Fox Croasmunchristensen about an engineering project with PCCAPS. 
The CAPS program will be featured during a film screeing on Monday.
(Park Record File Photo) 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

Remy Eichner is aware that life can feel limiting for people with severe hearing loss. So when she discovered a product that provided more freedom, she took hold of the opportunity.

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Remy Eichner, a junior at Park City High School, won third
place in the  Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge
for her helmet that is compatible with cochlear implants.
(Photo courtesy of Remy Eichner) 

Note: Remy developed her helmet through the Park City CAPS program, which is supported by PCEF donors.

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

When the reading interventionists at McPolin Elementary School realized they did not have enough time to work with students, they added more hours to their day. They now arrive at the school at 7:30 a.m. to have one-on-one time with their students.

A team of five instructors launched a before- and after-school program at McPolin Elementary this school year. With the additional hours, the teachers are able to interact with students who are falling behind in their classes because they struggle with reading. The program is funded by the Park City School District, Park City Education Foundation and the Hall Family Fund.

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Amy Warren, left, works with student Ethan Alejo during the reading
intervention program at McPolin Elementary School.  The school
expanded the program this year to before and after school hours.
(Photo by Laura Todd) 

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

While searching for a female-only hack-a-thon to sign up for, Sela Serafin and Claire Oberg discovered that there were none available in Utah for high school students. So, they decided to create one themselves.

Serafin and Oberg, along with the rest of the Girls in Tech Club at Park City High School, plan to host the school's first female-only hack-a-thon, which is a contest to complete a given task using computer programming. The event is set to take place at the high school on April 27, and the club is currently raising funds for the event.

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Park City High School students in the Girls in Tech club have been planning
the school's first all-female hack-a-thon since November. The event
is set to take place on April 27. (Photo courtesy of Sela Serafin) 

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Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

A program that started in the Park City School District less than a decade ago has since become an integral part of the district and a key talking point during master planning conversations.

The preschool program, which serves 3- and 4-year-olds within the district's boundaries, expanded quickly since it started at McPolin Elementary School eight years ago. The district intends to add a full-day class to the program next year, but it is running out of classroom space to maintain the growth.

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Laurie Jorgensen, right, reads to McPolin Elementary School preschooler
Fenna Alvareaz during class.  Preschool is popular among families in the 
distrcit, but the program does not have room to keep growing.
(Photo by Tanzi Propst/Park Record) 

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