Congratulations to three students in Jacqueline’s Transition Classroom who graduated this month; one on December 4th and two on December 15th! “It takes a village” and these students received support from a dedicated team -Jacqueline – teacher, Finn – ETCA, Lee – Counselor, Jason – Principal, and Ann – Registrar/Lead Mentor. Kudos to these students, the key players on the team, who worked diligently to accomplish this milestone in their lives!
Due to Covid-19, students at Decker Lake Youth Center have moved to distance learning. Here is a message to them from the school staff.
The Hubble Space Telescope has landed in Kath’s Science classroom at DSI/Gemstone!
The four members of YESS’s TILT technology team recently “attended” the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) 2020 conference. The conference was cancelled last June and was transitioned to online and virtual. Not only was it informative in terms of content, but it also modeled strategies in delivering successful virtual learning experiences, skills that these unprecedented times have necessitated.
Students in Carol’s art classes at DSI and Gemstone tried their hand at painting on a different medium, velvet! They’re beautiful!
Students at DT have been focusing on gratitude the past two weeks. They decorated their living center doors with gratitude statements. In Art, daily class starters have been discussions and short videos on the topics of giving thanks and appreciating the positives in our lives. Students and staff expressed themselves on the “Gratitude Board” and designed gratitude geometric shapes.
-Submitted by Cathleen, Art Teacher at DT
There are a number of long-term students at the Detention Center in school this year. Sandy, teacher, and Finn, mentor, are working closely with those students. She and the other teachers at DT are helping the students fulfill necessary credits toward graduation, through regular classes and credit recovery. Several of those students made the honor roll for the first term and received a certificate in recognition. Finn is also helping a few of the students to obtain their drivers permit and food handlers permit. Sandy explained that this is a program that is evolving with lots of prospects in the works. We will keep you posted!
The students at Decker Lake Youth Center attended a virtual assembly developed by the STEMCAP group from the University of Utah. They attended in 3 separate classrooms over Zoom. The students spent the day before the assembly learning some background information about glass, how it’s made and its many uses.
The presentation was live from a laboratory at the University where they study glass and what can be done with it. The students were interested and asked a lot of questions about the processes involved in making certain types of glass and discussed other ways that they might be interested in working in a lab.
-Submitted by Angie, Science teacher and Site Facilitator at DLYC
Brian is originally from Atlanta and started teaching Social Studies in 2004. He moved to Utah, taught at Riverton High and then Hillcrest High and then spent the last six years at a charter school. He just started teaching with YESS at Decker this year. He’s married with three kids, likes to do yard work, mountain bike, and be with my his family.
Brian loves the new experiences and challenges that working with YESS provides. His kids ask him if he has any crazy stories from work. One, he can’t tell them if he did, and two, the students are really well-behaved in school!
Brian is a real asset to YESS and we’re delighted he joined our staff!
Students in Detention at the Salt Lake Valley Youth Center participated in a unique art project in Cathleen’s classes. Each student was given an 8.5 X 11 white sheet of cardstock with part of a letter or word. They drew designs of choice, not knowing the actual quote. When all projects were completed, they were put together to form the quote: “There are two great days in a person’s life–the day we are born, and the day we discover why.”