March 2019 - Technology Spotlight

North Sevier High School
Kelly Peterson
March 2019

Sevier School District would like to thank the citizens of Sevier County for their support of the 2013 voted leeway. That leeway has made many of these wonderful technology enhancements possible.

Kelly Peterson is the science teacher at North Sevier High School. He is a great example of technology integration. When asked about how technology has changed his teaching, Mr. Peterson said, “It has allowed me to give students more access to applied learning. They can use already existing information and build upon it and analyze, rather than simply skim the surface.”

We took a closer look at one of his chemistry classes. On this particular day his students were researching vocabulary terms and creating a pamphlet using the Pages App on their iPads. Mr. Peterson said, “This is a great way to introduce new chemistry concepts to the students. It helps them to remember the vocabulary better.”

North Sevier High School (NSHS) is a 1:1 school with iPads. Students are issued an iPad their freshman year that they will use throughout the rest of their high school career. Because students at NSHS each have their own device, the teachers are really able to create engaging technology enhanced lessons.

In reflecting on his role as the teacher when integrating technology, Mr. Peterson said, “My job as a teacher is not necessarily to teach students how to use technology, but to teach them how it can be used within the science content area. Most students already have a grasp on how to use technology, my job is to show them how these skills can be applied in the field of science. It is important for teachers to stay current with technology so that learning can be empowering.”

Sevier School District Emotional Safety/Culture Initiatives

 Sevier School District Emotional Safety/Culture Initiatives

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Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS): District wide we are implementing this by adhering to research based principles that include:
● establishing school wide positive behavior expectations
● systematically rewarding good behavior
● identifying students in need of additional support
● providing targeted interventions to students struggling behaviorally and/or academically
● providing opportunities for parent and community involvement
● collecting and analyzing data to drive school improvement decisions
Tools that assist us in this process are Educators Handbook, SIS, PBIS World, etc.

WhyTry: This is a nationally renowned, evidence-based program designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students’ social and school success. The WhyTry Program is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success.

Inner Explorer: Inner Explorer program is a series of daily 5-10-minute audio-guided mindfulness practices. The program focuses on key areas of development, bringing mindfulness to education and helping students prepare for learning. Daily practice teaches kids the practical techniques to appropriately handle negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger and more. Inner Explorer offers programs for all age-groups (PreK-12) that help students with following themes:

Discovering Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
● Learning Awareness of Senses
● Using Thought and Emotional Regulation
● Developing Compassion and Connection
● Promoting Social Emotional Learning

January 2019 - Technology Spotlight


● Pahvant Elementary School
● January 11, 2019

Sevier School District would like to thank the citizens of Sevier County for their support of the 2013 voted leeway. That leeway has made many of these wonderful technology enhancements possible.

Pahvant Elementary School teaches 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. At Pahvant, administrators and teachers are dedicated to helping students become successful and meeting the needs of each student. They are currently using a technology tool called Illuminate to help them accomplish this.

Illuminate is a data tool that allows teachers to design assessments and get data back on what students truly know. The teachers at Pahvant collaborate weekly and work together to decide what concepts from the state core they are going to cover that week and what strategies and tools will best help their students understand the concepts. They use a variety of resources when creating the assessments and teaching the concepts including online sources, sometimes songs and actions, resources from the “Wonders” reading program the district uses, and the list goes on and on. Teachers at Pahvant truly strive to engage each and every student and provide a variety of learning modalities.

When talking with Pahvant Elementary School Principal Chad Johnson, he said, “We now have the ability to create common formative assessments in a timely manner that are directly aligned with our essential standards. This allows us to groups students according to specific and individualized needs. We are able to utilize Illuminate in various ways to ensure our students are learning. One of the greatest benefits we have gained isn’t directly tied to the program itself, but rather the conversations it has created. Grade level teams are analyzing test questions at a higher level than in the past. They are identifying DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels and coming to an agreement on what each standard really means and how to best assess and teach them. The impact has been significant. When I attend team meetings it is common to see teachers working together to create a common assessment which leads to best practice discussions. As with any tool Illuminate is only as good as the teacher that are utilizing it. The teachers at Pahvant Elementary are becoming exemplary with their use of Illuminate to drive instruction across our school and as a result, have made Illuminate a very powerful tool to ensure learning.”

When asked about using Illuminate, Mrs. Anderson, a 4th grade teacher said, “I use Illuminate to drive my instruction based off the results I receive from the assessment tool.” She went on to discuss technology in the classroom, “Technology is a way for students to be engaged in their learning. I believe incorporating technology is a way to motivate students. It helps to keep the class engaged.”

Mrs. Erickson, another 4th grade teacher said this about Illuminate, “The students enjoy the tests and I enjoy the fact that I can get immediate results and dig into the data to get more detailed information.”

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Alexis Andersen, Becky Bastian, Shanna Blake, Dianne Farrer, Jalizabeth Hamberlin, Mykayla Hayden, Jason Hitchens, Briana Hitchens, Mackenzie Ivie, Janell Johansen, Jacey Jolley, Lindsey Jorgensen, Jeff Kidder, Cheylena Lyman, Michael Mccormick, Amy Moore, Michelle Mullen, John Ramage, Ryan Shaddix, Janene Torgerson, and Taylor Winn.

June 2018 Superintendent's Scoop

Superintendent’s Scoop

June 2018

Making a lasting impact in the life of a student is a very rewarding experience. Nearly everyone can name a teacher who has left a positive impression on their life in one-way or another. Students who receive support and encouragement from one-caring adult while in school can improve academic success. Our goal is to have all students feel as though his or her teacher cares about them, believes in them, and leaves a lasting positive impression.

Just like students, teachers need support and positive relationships. One way to provide that support is through instructional coaches. This year an equalization bill was passed by the legislature that helped provide funding toward hiring instructional coaches for each school. The funding for the instructional coach was calculated and allocated according to the school’s student count.

Teachers are lifelong learners always seeking opportunities to grow and searching for ways to become innovative in their classrooms. Instructional coaches work collaboratively with educators and help them become better teachers. They observe teachers teaching, go over instructional data, and model good teaching practices. No matter what age or how long a teacher has been teaching, there is always room for growth and new ideas.

Robert John Meehan said, “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” Instructional coaches play a support role to teachers. When a teacher inherits the desire to improve and the relationship is built on trust, personalized professional growth for every teacher is possible. Students win in buildings with instructional coaches.

Cheryl Wright, an instructional coach at Washington High School in Kansas City said, “Having the culture of coaching is contagious and can spread to teachers at all levels of the career ladder. If you set it up so people see others benefiting from coaching and succeeding, and they see that the process is grounded in respect, then they [will also] want to try it.”

Our desire is to create a culture of feedback for every aspect of our school district. We know having these new instructional coaches in our schools will provide a bright future for our teachers and students. Teachers will have additional resources to make improvements and provide students with a positive impression–one that hopefully, they will never forget.


Kim Greene, ASCD- Every Coach for Every Teacher, March 2018 Volume 60, Number 3

CTE Center


Richfield Reaper – CTE Article May 2018

CadenWhen Richfield High School senior Cayden Acord walks across the stage later this month to accept his diploma, he’s going to be able to start working at his new job as an automotive technician in St. George.

Acord will be starting right out of high school with a career — although he doesn’t plan to stop.

“I’m going to study the medical field,” Acord said. Rather than working the grind of fast food, retail or call centers like many college students, Acord will be able to make good money while continuing his studies, said Dave Sorensen, a counselor at RHS.

“Cayden has been aggressive in exploring different career paths,” Sorensen said. He said by utilizing offerings at both the Sevier Career and Technical Education Center and Snow College Richfield, Acord has set himself up for success.
Sorensen said by utilizing CTE courses and enrolling in Snow College technical programs while still in high school, students can explore a wide variety of careers, but also pursue depth in them, like Acord.

“I’ve been in a lot of CTE classes … welding, engineering, robotics and machine tools,” Acord said. He said each class emphasized hands-on experiences.

“The biggest piece to me was the teachers,” Acord said. He said teachers at the CTE encouraged students to get their hands on things as much as possible.

“That’s what worked for me, working through my mind and my hands,” Acord said.

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Learning through one’s hands became key for Anthony Madriz. When he started out at South Sevier High School as a sophomore, he had 1.7 of the required 32 credits needed for graduation. Things looked grim, but by mapping out a pathway to graduation that included CTE courses, he is now on track to have his diploma on schedule.

Madriz responded to the CTE courses, and enrolled in Snow’s welding program. Now with a certification under his belt, when Madriz graduates, he’ll hit the workforce as a skilled welder. Madriz also has a job lined up after graduation.

Buses take students from the South Sevier and North Sevier area each school day so students can take advantage of CTE and Snow College offerings in Richfield.

North Sevier students Noah Porter and Mitch Sorensen both earned their associate of applied science degrees in machine tool technology.

“I started going over there with my brother,” Porter said. He said soon he was enrolled at Snow, and now he’s planning to work in the field while studying how to be a gunsmith.

“I had no idea you could do the things you can do over there,” Sorensen said. He said the machine tools shop at the college is top of the line, and the instructors are flexible.


“There’s very little classroom time, it’s almost all in the shop,” Sorensen said. He said he plans to transfer down to Dixie State University and continue to study machine tool technology.
Sorensen said he also liked being able to earn college credits for much less money than it would have cost had he waited until after high school.

“We’ve had 20 to 30 other students catch the these guys’ excitement,” said Barry Smith, faculty advisor at NSHS. “They’ve become a pair of leaders for these kids.”

The ultimate goal of education is to prepare young people to be able to function as adults, said Cade Douglas, superintendent of Sevier School District. He said the district’s partnership with Snow College Richfield and the CTE center are opportunities to give students a jump-start on post-high education and job training.

“College is important, as long as you look at it as one, two, four or more,” Douglas said. He said technical training and certificates can be just as, if not more valuable, than a traditional four-year degree for many students.

“A lot of our students have no interest in a four-year degree,” Douglas said. “That doesn’t mean that we can’t still set them up for success.”
During the 2016-17 school year more than 1,400 students in Sevier School District were enrolled in at least one CTE class. Graduation rates for CTE students were higher, at 92.4 percent, as compared to the overall rate of 85 percent.

Snow College’s business and applied technology division offers more than 30 courses to high school students in the areas of allied health, construction technology, business, industrial technology, information technology, cosmetology and transportation technology.

“Our system is very flexible and Snow has been wonderful to work with us on an individual basis,” Douglas said.

For more information on the CTE program visit your High School Counselor or Sevier CTE Center
Administrator Jennifer Christensen (545-201-6120).



Salina Sun – CTE Article May 2018

welding .jpgTwo exceptional North Sevier high school students, top of their class, smart, talented, close supportive families, could be anything they want in life- and they’ve got it! With hard work, dedication, and the flexibility of the CTE program of the Sevier School District and Snow College.

Noah Porter, son of Bobby and Jill Porter, Redmond, and Mitch Sorensen, son of Brady and Julie Sorensen, Aurora, graduated from North Sevier High School class of 2017 and also earned their Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Both have begun their careers and can use their education and skills as either a stepping-stone to further their education, like Mitch is planning to do, or make it their career path as Noah plans to do.

The two attended a career day at Snow College while sophomores at NSHS and saw a demonstration of several machine tools from the Industrial Technology Department at Snow College, and Mitch was hooked- he knew that’s what he wanted to do. The demonstration solidified Noah’s plans, as his older brother Mac was already enrolled in the program.

FRONT Welding cmyk 6.jpgWorking with school counselor Barry Smith, the two, among others, began their journey through the Career and Technology program and now, right out of high school, both have jobs that pay $25/hour. Mitch plans to use a scholarship he’s earned with stellar grades from Snow College to continue his education at Dixie, while working part time making $25/hour… rather than minimum wage as most poor college kids do. Noah is currently employed thanks to his Associate of Applied Science, as a gunsmith, just what he’s always wanted to do.

“What’s impressive to me is the knowledge these students have gained in their professions,” said Cade Douglas, Superintendent of Sevier Schools. “The comfort level at which they’re speaking about the things they’ve learned- that’s what gets you a job.”

Now, compare these two success stories with another CTE pathway completer: Two years ago South Sevier High School’s sophomore Anthony Madriz had a tough start to high school, beginning his sophomore year with only 1.7 credits- rather than the 7-10 he should’ve had- he was at least a full year behind. To some, that would be a quick road to failure, a reason to quit. But, working with his school counselor and through the local CTE program, Madriz has graduated not only with his high school diploma, but also with his welding certificate, and is now successfully employed, making $25/hour with the potential for immediate growth.

“What’s neat about the CTE program is all students can get involved in something they’ll be successful with,” said Douglas. “Motivation is all about success and choice. Anthony is a great example of this; with the flexibility of the CTE program he was able to learn and succeed. Sure, it took work and dedication on his part, but he worked with his school counselor to map out what needed to happen and he did it. When he found something he was successful at, it motivated him to do his best.”

Caden.jpgDouglas said there is a big push in recent years for all high school graduates to attend college, but he said that doesn’t necessarily mean the traditional four-year college to become a teacher or doctor or something like that- rather he said college is 1,2, 4 or more years, and that’s where the CTE program comes in.

There’s this national trend that everyone need to go to college, but college means additional training beyond high school to obtain a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree, or more (a graduate or professional degree),” said Douglas. “60% of new jobs will require more than a high school diploma by the year 2020 and we need to get our students ready. But, many students have no interest in a four-year college, they want to work with their hands. The world needs all sorts of variety, and that’s where the CTE program comes in.

Career and Technical Education pathways provide students access to high-quality rigorous career- focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value. The school district has 1,406 students enrolled and 92.4% of students who are CTE concentrators (those who have completed 1.5 credits in a specific program), are graduates, compared to Sevier School District’s graduation rate of 85%. Classes range from cosmetology to nursing, pharmacy technicians to welders and ag mechanics to outdoor leadership and entrepreneurship and business marketing.

One more student whose life has been enhanced by the CTE program, Richfield High School Senior Caydan Acord. Not a fan of traditional high school English and Math classes, Acord started taking classes through the CTE program his sophomore year and has successfully studied Robotics, Engineering, Machine Tools, Computer Coding, Welding and Medical fields, all of which gave him not only high school AND college credit, but also an introduction to a wide variety of career possibilities.

“I thought I wanted to go into engineering, but after taking a couple of classes at Snow I decided that isn’t what I wanted to do, so I kept trying classes until I found out what I think I’d like to make a career of,” said Acord. “A lot of students just take electives at their high school just to fill credits to graduate, but I was able to do some exploring, while getting college credits, and I was also able to experience what college is really like. I wanted to drop out of school because I wasn’t doing very well and I didn’t like it, but my counselor kept finding different classes and suggesting I try different things and he kept me going. The teachers in the CTE program really give you a lot of hands on learning time, and for me, learning like that is so much easier.”

Four different students, four varying stories, but all success stories due to the CTE program.

“I want to celebrate what these students have accomplished,” said Douglas. “They have done some amazing things through the CTE program. I also want parents and students to know of the countless opportunities that are available through our programs- which can be started right now, while they’re in high school. Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert has named 2018 the year of Technical Education with his focus on key initiatives to make technical education programs more accessible to students and our CTE program is a big part of that.”

In Sevier District, 900 CTE skill certificates have been awarded and 109 students received an annual CTE scholarship and tuition award to a Utah public college or university. In addition, 374 students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization, and 36 industry- recognized certifications have been earned through the Microsoft Image Academy and Certiport partnership.

CTE career pathways with the highest completer rates within Sevier District include protective services, agricultural systems technology, food production and processing systems, design technology, cabinetmaking/millwork, animal systems, entrepreneurship and management, and family and human services. The top two earned industry certifications are Principles of Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design.

For more information on the CTE program visit your High School Counselor or Sevier CTE Center Administrator Jennifer Christensen (545-201-6120).



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  • Sevier District has reduced the total number of F’s by 219
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