Ms. J and Mr. Alan, teachers at UNI GTC, were crowned by one of their students with HEARTy new headdresses!
Youth who have been brought into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center receive full days of schooling during their stay. Youth Educational Support School (YESS) provides a strong educational program with a wide range of curricular areas taught, including ELL (English Language Learners), all addressing state and common core standards by highly qualified teachers with an average of 20 years of teaching experience. There is a strong focus on reading and literacy in all classes. YESS is also piloting a reading tutoring program, providing low and reluctant readers one-on-one tutoring designed to increase their reading skills, as well as their confidence levels. This is a popular program with the students.
English teacher, Dieter, addresses the learning objectives and engages his students using the interactive whiteboard, coupled with online resources.
The reading teacher, Sean, provides engaging reading lessons that often tie-in to current events. He also oversees the reading tutorial program and has two tutors, Kirt and Jen, that work one-on-one with the students.
Math teacher, Toni, utilizes the document camera in her instruction.
The Financial Literacy teacher, Julie, incorporates real-world experiences and games in the FL curriculum.
Cindy, Health teacher, utilizes online resources to enhance and bring reality, virtually, to her health classes.
Social Studies teacher, Steve, uses every space available in his classroom to enrich lessons and engage students in learning.
Dave, Social Studies teacher, often uses a document camera to enhance his lessons.
Technology teacher, Tom, provides students with digital media experiences using Adobe Illustrator, with some keyboarding, too.
ELL (English Language Learners, formerly ESL) teacher Cathleen, incorporates a wide-range of activities and experiences in her classes.
Carolee, Instructional Assistant, provides support for the teachers, as well as initiates the Child Find process to identify needs.
Cathy is the registrar for Detention, GTC UNI, and ARTEC. She is amazing at balancing all three!
Students at Genesis are not only learning to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, and a wide variety of percussion instruments, they are now adding spoons to their repertoire. Yup, spoons! Pamela, the music and English teacher, provides a wide scope of music awareness for her students. They watched a spoons tutorial online, as well as videos of “professional” spooners! They could create their own band with all this talent!
Valley Behavioral Health has been consolidating their adolescent programs. As part of that reorganization, ARTEC was moved to their Parkview complex; this included moving the school services portion as well. It was no small fete to move a school, but with the coordinating efforts of VBH, the school staff – Cathy, school registrar and secretary, teachers Sandy, Eric, Jill, and Monica, with instructional assistant Ann, and support from several departments from Granite School District, the school is up and running and serving students at the new location.
We need to express our gratitude to many from Valley Behavioral Health that worked with us in the coordination of the move and accommodating the school’s needs in the new location. Special thanks to VBH coordinator Janeve and Jeff in the VBH IT department.
The fact that the new ARTEC school is up and functioning so quickly is evidence of the professionalism and dedication of the school staff and so many others.
So, Why Should I Hire You? – written by Paula
Students had a taste of reality, or at least anxiety, as they interviewed for their dream jobs at Decker Lake Youth Center.
The practice interviews were the culminating activity of the financial literacy unit in Todd’s math classes and followed a month’s worth of preparation for life after the Lake. With resumes and cover letters in hand, residents were interviewed for jobs for which they applied (in practice).
Students said the practice helped build their confidence to interview for jobs.
Katie, one of the counselors, asks an eager applicant why he wants to work for her company.
A student in Dave’s science class at Genesis, created a slideshow depicting the different type of plates within the earth and how each functions. Awesome slideshow!
I don’t think we’re alone anymore…
What better way to validate this immortal movie phrase than an on-site visit from NASA,
and what better place to bring this presentation than the school by the Lake (Decker) and Wasatch Youth Centers?
Earlier this week, two members of the NASA Astrobiology team, Daniella Scalice and Jackie Gooridal, Ph.D., and Matt Whittaker and Skye Willard (University of Utah) posed that very question of life in the most unlikely places—on Earth and other planets.
Following a presentation on astrobiology, the students explored the possibilities of microbes existing in places like Mars, Enceladus (moon of Saturn), Europa and Titan (moons of Jupiter). Teams then selected one of these remote locations and designed an exploratory mission to discover whether or not microbes are indeed hanging out in the remote regions of our solar system.
The INSPIRE Program is a coordinated effort with Youth in Care, NASA and the University of Utah.
Thanks to Paula, DLYC, for this article (with a few adaptations by the YESS webmaster).