Whether you like science or not we think you will love the video created by our own Mrs. Huddleston and her class at Sandridge Junior High. We recommend you watch until the end of the video to see the bloopers.
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Fox News also posted a story that you can read below.
The Weber School District Art Show is an annual event that allows students to submit their work and to receive awards backed by monetary support from the Weber School Foundation. This year, the Art Show was held at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden, Utah and ran from April 14 through April 30. Awards were given to the following individuals in the following categories.
B. Kendel “Parrot” Snowcrest Jr.
1st - R. White - Snowcrest Jr.
2nd - C. Kunz - Orion Jr.
3rd - R. Ferrin - Snowcrest Jr.
4th - K. Woodring - Snowcrest Jr.
HM - H. Johnston - Orion Jr.
1st - B. Milne - South Ogden Jr.
2nd - B. Bailey - Snowcrest Jr.
3rd - B. Gray - Orion Jr.
4th - S. Van Orman - T.H. Bell Jr.
HM - J. Ficklin - North Ogden Jr.
1st - H. Johnson - T.H. Bell Jr.
2nd - A. Taylor - Wahlquist Jr.
3rd - R. Brown - Wahlquist Jr.
4th - H. Lagerquist - Orion Jr.
HM - B. Peterson - Wahlquist Jr.
1st - K. Jacobson - Roy Jr.
2nd - A. Pulver - Roy Jr.
3rd - M. Foster - Orion Jr.
HM - H. Christiansen - North Ogden Jr.
K. Woodring “ Lion” Snowcrest Jr. High
M. Hartvigsen “Second Chance” Weber High
1st - R. Brown - Bonneville High
2nd - G. Garcia - Fremont High
3rd - L. Musgrave - Weber High
4th - S. Helton - Fremont High
HM - C. Peterson - Fremont High
1st - K. Chambers - Weber High
2nd - H. Nguyen - Fremont High
3rd - M. Osterhout - Fremont High
4th - A. Albrechtsen - Weber High
HM - M. Ostberg - Bonneville High
1st - M. Hartvigsen - Weber High
2nd - L. Musgrave - Weber High
3rd - C. Larsen - Weber High
4th - C. Herrera - Fremont High
HM - M. Calder - Weber High
1st - A. Jorgensen - Weber High
2nd - T. Bond - Roy High
3rd - D. Saxer - Fremont High
4th - F. Perkins - Fremont High
HM - H. Tree - Fremont High
L. Musgrave “Essence” Weber High
1st - T. Hansen - Bonneville High
2nd - P. Trejo - Bonneville High
3rd - D. Steiner - Weber High
4th - T. Stephens - Fremont High
HM - K. Wahlen - Fremont High
1st - C. McKenna - Fremont High
2nd - T. Stephens - Fremont High
3rd - A. Edmunds - Weber High
HM - M. Hampel - Weber High
HM - M. Patino - Fremont High
M. Hartvigsen “Second Chance” Weber High
The Weber School District is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of North Park Elementary School in Roy. The ceremony will be held on May 15, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at 4000 South 2175 West, just north of the present building. School, district, and local governmental officials will be present. The public is invited to attend.
The original elementary school was built in 1955. North Park Elementary is the second school to be built with the bond that passed in 2012. Both North Park Elementary and Wahlquist Jr. High will open their doors to students in the fall of 2014.
At the school board meeting held May 1st the following new administrative changes were announced for the 2013/14 school year:
Elementary Principals Transferred to Different Schools
High School Assistant Principals
Junior High Assistant Principals
We congratulate every one of these outstanding administrators for their dedicated service and leadership and wish them the very best as they prepare for these new assignments.
Tanya Tremea, a first-grade teacher at Riverdale Elementary, was awarded Weber School District's Teacher of the Year Award this week. Tremea graduated from BYU and received her master's degree from Grand Canyon University. She has taught first-grade at Riverdale Elementary for twenty-six years. Tremea fell in love with teaching early as she can recall playing school as a child as says that she knew then, that she loved teaching.
Tommy Lee, principal of Riverdale Elementary, says, "Tanya does all those little things that you wish every teacher did. She stays in touch with all her parents, sends positive notes home regularly, individualizes instructions whenever needed, and makes teaching and learning personal to every student and family."
According to Lee, everyone at Riverdale Elementary loves Tanya for her positive attitude and her willingness to help. "All the wonderful things Tanya does in the classroom are mirrored in the school. She is a professional colleague that is always willing to help all and lives by the saying 'if you don't have anything good to say about someone, don't say anything at all.'"
This is put to use in her classroom everyday as she teaches her students that everyone is special. She wants to make sure her kids understand that if they think they can, then they can and reminds them of this regularly. "First grade is so important. If they don't love school and have a positive attitude when they leave me then they've got a long road. I want them to have a strong foundation and set them up, as much as I can, for success for the rest of their lives."
Watching for the moment a student understands something new, is a favorite part of teaching for Tanya. She says that it's the most exciting part of what she does. She genuinely loves her students and it shows. Lee says, "Everyone feels like they are her favorite."
Clair Widdison, life-long resident of Hooper, was named to represent Weber School District as the Classified Employee of the Year for 2013. Clair, a custodian, says that he was shocked when finding out he won because, "We have so many other really great classified employees." Widdison has worked with the district since 2004, first at Club Heights Elementary School and now at Country View Elementary.
Melissa Copeland, principal of the school, says, "I want my school to be loving of kids. That's how they learn. In a world of uncertainty and all the different things going on, if we can portray love and safety in our environment, they will want to be here." Clair, who has a background as a fireman/EMT, but changed careers to be with his family more, agrees. He says, "For so many years we would go on calls of kids getting hurt and accidents, kids being abused, all this negative, so it's nice to be here and see some positive with kids."
Clair says his favorite part of his job is taking care of the outside of it and making sure it looks nice but also getting to spend time with some of the resource kids and help them in their day. He says he also loves watching all the students in the school grow and mature from the time they are in kindergarten until they leave sixth grade. "It's just really fun. I don't know quite how to word it, but I just really enjoy it. They are just really great kids."
Mrs. Copeland, in her letter of recommendation for Clair, recalled a time when she found him doing something out of the ordinary for a custodian. "When I got up to go out to do after school walker duty, Clair was sitting in the office; listening to a 2nd grade student read his book. Now how many custodians have you seen take the time to listen, off the clock, to a student read? This is typical. He loves our kids!"
According to Mrs. Copeland, the kids give that love back to him because he talks to them in a respectful way, is a hands-on custodian and above all, is a great example. The faculty and staff love him because he takes the time to meet with each of them personally to go over all of their needs and is always on budget. He is a friend to everyone. Mrs. Copeland stresses that all of this does not just stay in Country View Elementary. "He's not fake," she says, "this extends into the community where he volunteers and has lots of friends and is a great example."
Carley Herrick, recent state Sterling Scholar in Business and Marketing Education, is one of 140 high school seniors participating in the Work Based Learning Program in Weber School District. The program allows students to gain real-world work experience in the field they desire to make a career out of. They devote approximately three hours every other day during school, work as an intern at a pre-approved business, and earn elective credit from their school.
Herrick recently told Jeff Meyer, the district's work-based learning coordinator, that she feels she would not have won State Sterling Scholar in her category if she had not had her internship at the Weber County Attorney's Office. Meyer says these internships are resume builders, but also help make it easier for students to achieve their career goals.
In a recent Work-Based Learning Newsletter, Demi Ybarra of Weber High School is highlighted, showing the success of internships like hers. "Demi interned the last semester of last year and her story (like so many) involved several people opening doors. It started with Michele Barker, from the IHC in Salt Lake, making it possible for Demi to take an EKG class which ordinarily has just college medical students and doctors enrolled (not high school seniors). By taking and passing this class it launched her status from about 300 on a list to number 1 or 2 in terms of job applicants. She passed the test (it's very rigorous) while at the same time interning at McKay-Dee Hospital under Chad Tucker. Well, a job came open at McKay that summer and before Demi was even a freshman at Weber State she had a job as an EKG Technician at McKay-Dee Hospital."
Meyer says students who participate in the program tend to be the go-getters. These are high school seniors who have taken the pathway classes related to their desired profession. They know where they want to go in life, have goals set, and use this program as a means to achieve those career goals. For more information on getting involved with the Work-Based Learning Program, students can contact their school facilitator.
Weber High School - Quincey Pearce
Fremont High School - Kelly Harlan
Roy High School - Dayna Thompson
Bonneville High School - Emily Okerlund
Science can be fun! Proof of that statement was seen at Valley Elementary in the form of a complete day of nothing but science. Alan Wheelwright and Lori Hogge, two involved and energetic parents from the Valley Community Council, took the lead in organizing an outstanding and authentic learning experience by organizing an army of volunteer presenters complete with supplies. Presenters included college professors, health care professionals, museum/community center staff members, home business owners, the local fire department, and other valuable community members and teachers.
Every student was able to attend five different science related lessons through the day. Students from 3rd through 6th were allowed to choose from approximately 30 classes, registering online. With registration complete, schedules filled out, and volunteers in place students moved from class to class. One of the benefits of having so many class options was being able to limit class sizes. The average class size was around 14 students. Having small class sizes with field experts is possibly the biggest reason the Science Day was such a success.
Valley Elementary would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the many people who made the event successful including the professionals, volunteers, teachers, and students. The Valley PTO should also be thanked for funding the event. Alan and Lori did an outstanding job organizing the event and are already planning for next year. We hope this becomes a tradition at Valley as it is an amazing example of so many people working together for the benefit out our children.
On March 19, Bonneville High School students spent their lunch periods having fun learning about seatbelt safety thanks to a program Zero Fatalities sponsors called, "Don't Drive Stupid." Eliza Bingham, a peer leader for Bonneville, has been working with her adviser, Julie Mattson to help bring "Don't Drive Stupid" to her school. Mattson says Bonneville does two activities for "Don't Drive Stupid" each month.
This month, one activity was bringing a "Seatbelt Convincer" to the school. The "convincer" simulates a five mph car crash for students sitting in pretend metal cars with seatbelts on. Many kids were surprised at what, even this slow of a speed, it feels like to be in an accident. Many responded with comments such as, "Ouch!" or, "That was only 5 miles? It felt like more than that.
State Trooper Eric Prescott says that the idea behind the "convincer" is to get kids to think a little bit more about their actions before getting behind the wheel. According to Prescott, this age group makes up about 14 percent of the driving population but is responsible for approximately 27 percent of crashes. What's worse, one in five will be dead before the age of twenty-five from not wearing a seat belt. "Basically," Prescott states, "we are losing too many people from not wearing seatbelts. Good choices in automobiles start with choosing to wear a seatbelt. Kids can then choose to drive the speed limit and make sure their friends are also buckled up."
This is one reason Mattson and Bingham wanted to bring "Don't Drive Stupid" to their school. Mattson and Bingham agree that this program, and all the different activities that go along with it, get students thinking about the potential of what can happen when they are in a car if they don't take the precaution of wearing a seatbelt. Bingham says she wants her fellow students to know the facts and that a tragic accident could happen to anyone at any time because as she says, "There are a lot of kids who think it will never happen to them and they don't realize what damage can be done."
Motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, of Melbourne Australia, spoke recently to students in an assembly at Roy High School. Vujicic, without any explanation regarding why, was born with no arms or legs. He grew up to become a motivational speaker that focuses on trials and spirituality by sharing his experiences. He was also recently featured on "CBS Sunday Morning." His focus while speaking at Roy High was anti-bullying and building self-worth.
One concept he focused on while speaking to students was going from being a "by-stander" to someone who's on standby for people who are being teased or bullied. He told students to commit today to tease less, stop letting gossip grow, and to give more love. He stressed that sometimes all someone going through a hard time needs, is one person; and students can be that miracle.
As he joked about having no limbs and told students he loved all of them many times, it was apparent that, as he stated towards the end of the assembly, he wouldn't change his situation for the world because helping even one person has been worth it.
The assembly ended with students asking questions about what inspires Vujicic to keep going, and what he would want students to learn from their trials. One student gave Vujicic a sculpture he made in Welding of a body that was gold and the rest was black. This represented the Royal's motto, "Live gold, bleed black," to which Vujicic responded by yelling out, "I'm a Royal!" A teacher gave him a book with letters from students on how his story inspired them, which they had written a few weeks earlier.
When the assembly ended, Vujicic made sure that every student who wanted a hug got one and told each student, again, that he loved them.
For more information on Nick Vujicic, visit: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org or http://www.uen.org/News/article.cgi?category_id=2&article_id=2857
On February 11 and 12, Weber School District held their annual science fair at Weber State University. Over 450 students from 6th through 8th grades participated in the Junior Fair and over 200 students from 9th through 12th grades participated in the Senior Fair. Students were given 11 categories to choose from to compete in.
On Feb. 28, at Bonneville High School, the following students were awarded in the corresponding categories.
Porter Farley (West Haven Elem.) , Special Awards- APA and Masters
Allie Thorpe (North Ogden Elem), Special Award- Masters
Emma Goodson (Valley Elem.) , Special Award- Masters
Hannah Hillstrom (Valley Elem.)
McKenna Best (Valley Elem.)
Tayor Booth (Valley Elem.)
Trevor Ingram (Majestic Elem.)
Cameron Lundgreen (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Bryce Spradley (South Ogden Jr.)
Todd Goodwin (South Ogden Jr.)
Victoria Stephens (South Ogden Jr.)
Sarah Rincon (Valley View Elem.)
Levi Olsen (Lomond View Elem.), Special Award- Masters
Amber Simmons (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award -Masters
Samantha Anderson and Dakota Ferrin (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award- Masters
Trevor Merkley (Wahlquist Jr.)
Colton Devries (Majestic Elem.)
Dausen Bills (Midland Elem.)
Tyker Buttars and Tyzak Drca (Midland Elem.)
Dominique Borowski and Shalyn Heath (South Ogden Jr.)
Emma Green (South Ogden Jr.)
Clancy Christensen (West Weber Elem.)
Breann Carlin and Marcy Daines (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award- Masters
Hannah Davies (South Ogden Jr.)
Ashley Croyle and Rainey Stephens (Uintah Elem.), Special Award- Army
Brynn Jaussi (West Weber Elem.), Special Award- Masters
Maggie Hislop (Freedom Elem.)
Kylie Roberts (Lomond View Elem.)
Allyn Parrish and Amanda Widner (Midland Elem.)
Nic Burger and Zachery Martin (Midland Elem.)
Taylor Greenhalgh (Midland Elem.)
Kaeden Bingham (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award-ASM
Korbin Nancino (Sand Ridge Jr.)
McLayne Jackson (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Isaac Bravo (South Ogden Jr.)
Kenya Ellsworth (South Ogden Jr.)
Jessica Peterson (T.H. Bell Jr.)
Engineering and Computer Science Winners
Max Lunt (Lomond View Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Josiah Williams and Drew McCloy (Hooper Elem.), Special Award- Masters
Kelsey Hurd (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award- Masters
Anderson Clements (North Ogden Elem.)
Hunter Christiansen (South Ogden Jr.)
Stephen McKee (Uintah Elem.)
Earth and Space Winners
Jonah Nielsen (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Award- Masters
Brigham Tuttle (Valley Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Sara Tesch and Brinley Olsen (Valley View Elem.) , Special Award-Masters
Jack Ray (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Nicole Weick (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Award- AWG-S
Dalton Horn (West Haven Elem.)
Energy and Transportation Winners
Ted Larson (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Awards-NSPE and Masters
Ainsely Hillard (Lomond View Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Cody McBride (Wahlquist Jr.), Special Award- MESA
Braden Thornock (T.H. Bell Jr.)
Emma Duffin (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award-Masters
Tess Crawford and McKenzie Vu (Majestic Elem.), Special Award- RICOH
MaKenna Harris (Orion Jr.), Special Award Masters
Jacob Tafunai (South Ogden Jr.), Special Awards- NOAA and Masters
Sam Leake (Majestic Elem.)
Dallin Degroot (South Ogden Elem.), Special Award-Stockholm
Devony Morton(South Ogden Jr.)
Jessica Roden (South Ogden Jr.) , Special Award-Army
Colton Peterson (T.H. Bell Jr.) , Special Award-Stockholm
Elizabeth Judd (Valley Elem.)
Medicine and Health Winners
Maximo Saberon (South Ogden Jr.) , Special Award-Masters
Abbey White (Roosevelt Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Kalee Taylor (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award-Masters
Kyle Humble Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Awards- Army and Masters
George Garcia (T.H. Bell Jr.) , Special Award-Masters
Lissy Green (Majestic Elem.)
Andrew Pagano (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Mariah Tatton (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Veronica Hernandez (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Megan Henstra (T.H. Bell Jr.)
Sidney Roberts (Valley Elem.)
Sydney Christopherson (Valley Elem.), Special Awards-Vitro and Masters
Kolton Hunt and Karlee Jessen (Midland Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Kellie Albrechtsen (Valley Elem.), Special Award-Masters
Koby Pack (Valley Elem.)
Braden Radle (Bates Elem.)
Tate Flint (Hooper Elem.)
Austin Noorda (Roosevelt Elem.)
Bingham Benson (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Jaycee Frayser (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Christopher Haaser (Valley Elem.)
Physics and Math Winners
Maya Thurston (Valley Elem.), Special Awards- Navy and Masters
Ben Nelson (Bates Elem.)
Taylor Tew (Hooper Elem.)
Ryann Pollock (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Anna Dastrup (South Ogden Jr.), Special Awards- PTOLEMY and Masters
Daniel Sellers (South Ogden Jr.)
Joshua Cox (Valley Elem.), Special Awards- Navy and Masters
Ryan Hansen and Dylan Hinsley (Freedom Elem.)
Ellie Park (Lomond View Elem.)
Hailee Spencer(Riverdale Elem.)
Gillian Dowdy (Roosevelt Elem.), Special Award- Navy
Clay Empey (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award- Navy
Isaac Dredge (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Josie Williams (Sand Ridge Jr.), Special Award- Navy
Ami Dillingham (South Ogden Jr.)
Brendan Olson (South Ogden Elem.), Special Award- Metric
Ethan Walker (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Award- Navy
Gauge Kelly (Wahlquist Jr.)
Tyson Rogers (West Weber Jr.)
Haylee Short (Orion Jr.) , Special Award-Masters
Angelica Vaterlaus (North Ogden Elem.) , Special Award-Masters
Ben Nichols (South Ogden Jr.)
Ben Sessions (Uintah Elem.)
Rhett Wade (West Weber Elem.)
Senior Fair Winners
Brooke Kendell (Snowcrest Jr.)
Morgan Kenney (Bonneville High)
Elmer Acevedo and Gabriela Ramos (Roy High)
Madi Bowles (Showcrest Jr.), Special Award- Army
Dallas Schoefield (T.H. Bell Jr.)
Aly Anderson (Orion Junior)
Brooke Hansen (Snowcrest Jr.)
Kami Lay and Cody Barnes (South Ogden Jr.)
Gabriela Rasmussen and Hailey Jefferies (South Ogden Jr.)
Nathan Sproul (South Ogden Jr.)
Brayden Bingham (Wahlquist Jr.)
Tyler Martin (Weber High)
Bennett Gibson (Wahlquist Jr.)
Wiatt Poulson (Snowcrest Jr.)
Braeden Boothe (Bonneville High)
Hunter Bills (Sand Ridge Jr.)
Ashtyn Nebeker and Scota MacCarthy (Weber High)
Dora Dominguez (South Ogden Jr.), Special Award- Army
Kaden Wilson (Sand Ridge Junior)
Ryan Ball (Weber High)
Andrew Allred and Blake Johnson (South Ogden Jr.)
Engineering and Computer Winners
Braxton Harris (Weber High), Special Awards- ASM and NSPE
Sam Good (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Awards- PTOLEMY, Intel, ISWEEP
Elizabeth Josephson (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Army
Shad Boswell (T.H. Bell Junior)
Earth and Space Winners
Kayla Thompson (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Awards- Geoscientists and Stockholm
Emma Hedges (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- AMS
Energy and Transportation Winners
Jonathan Morrell (Fremont High), Special Awards- ISWEEP and Army
Scott Swander (Bonneville High)
Tristan Buckner (T.H. Bell Junior)
Tamara Higgs (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Award- RICOH
Brenen Halliday (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- AMS
Emily Summers (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Stockholm and NOAA
Sarah Hill (Snowcrest Jr.)
Aspyn Satterlee (T.H. Bell Jr.)
Brandon Pope (Weber High), Special Award- Stockholm
Medicine and Health Winners
Riley Ferrin (Snowcrest Jr.)
Aspen Wayment (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Surgeon
Karlee Drake (Bonneville High)
Laura Ziegler (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Army
Maggie Bushell (Snowcrest Jr.)
Anastasiia Zhuk (Snowcrest Jr.)
Rebecca Sellin and Hallie Mayes (South Ogden Jr.)
Brandon Healy (Weber High)
Alexis Rauge (Weber High)
Rylee Shepherd (Orion Jr.)
Physics and Math Winners
Anders Johnson (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Naval
Tanner McKay (Snowcrest Jr.), Special Award- Naval
Joseph Wells (Weber High), Special Award- Yale
Jordan Cimenski (South Ogden Jr.), Special Award- Naval
Madison Keith (Snowcrest Jr.),
Monica Clarke (T.H. Bell Jr.), Special Award- Yale
Ashlee Marz (Bonneville High), Special Awards- MESA and Invitro
Dainger Adams (Bonneville High)
Emily Probasco and McKenzie Young (Sandridge Jr.)
Aurora Quinn (Snowcrest Junior)
One of the ways Weber School District is working to "Give Every Child a Voice" is by helping our students become writers. Writing has always been a focus in our schools and with the implementation of the Utah Core Standards, teachers are working at becoming even more effective in supporting students in this process. Writing is a critical life skill for every student.
Recently Vicki Spandel, the author of several books on teaching writing, visited our district to support this effort. Teachers spent their days reading, writing, talking, listening, and working together to develop their skills. They explored how writing helps students become better readers and thinkers.
Vicki pointed out that writing is generative. She stated, "Through the writing process, you'll get ideas you hadn't thought of." This helped teachers understand students will process their knowledge and come to a deeper understanding of concepts by writing about them. Writing should be included as a part of every content area. A key point Vicki made in this area was that teachers will get further by "telling students what they do well rather than pulling their writing apart piece by piece." More ideas on teaching writing can be found on Vicki's blog: http://sixtraitgurus.wordpress.com/
As pointed out in a recent Carnegie Report, "Writing well is not just an option for young people -- it is a necessity. Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy" (Graham & Perin, 2007, 3).
Weber School District is working hard at preparing students for their future. We want every child to be learning new things every day. We want them to be sharing the information they are learning with others. In addition to talking about it, we want them to be able to share those thoughts and that information through their writing. We encourage parents to celebrate their child's writing -- listen to their voice.
Graham, S., & Perin, D. (2007). Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools. A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Alliance for Excellent Education.
Cassie Cox, a teacher at Two Rivers High School, was named the Utah Credit Union Association's Teacher of the Year. Cox's focus has always been on literacy. She puts on projects for her students such as "Evening with an Author," where Cox gets an author to come have dinner with her and some of her students. The students spend time researching the author and reading their books so they are prepared and can look forward to the author coming.
The Utah Credit Union Association was aware of her projects dealing with literacy and with some digging found that she has also worked hard to get grants and other funding for her students.
Cox was unaware of the award until she was contacted by Liz White of the Utah Credit Union Association's "100% For Kids Foundation," and was told she had won. White said this is the third year the foundation has given this award. When deciding on whom the recipient of the award will be, White explained, "We want to see a very enthusiastic teacher who really thinks outside the box and is willing to go above and beyond for her students." She stated that Cox exemplified these qualities and the board could tell how enthusiastic she was when simply requesting books, which, is the most common kind of grant the credit union gets requests for.
The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City. When asked what the best part of receiving the award was, Cox explained, "The best part of earning this award was the high-fives I received from students as I re-entered the school last Friday. Everything I do is for my students. Their words of thanks and congratulations make everything worthwhile. I am honored to have America First as a partner in education—their efforts and contributions here at Two Rivers touch hundreds of lives each year."