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October 2016

The 2016-2017 school year began with a with a burst of enthusiasm as our teachers, administrators, and classified staff came together the Monday before school started to welcome in the new school year. We celebrated successes of the past, welcomed new members of the USD Family, and aligned our vision for the start of the school year. As a team, we are dedicated to supporting the success of every child in our care.

A great deal of work goes into the opening of school. Our deepest gratitude is extended to the following staff for their outstanding efforts

The first month of the school year has come and gone quickly.  Our dedicated teachers and hard-working students have already accomplished a great deal in that short amount of time.  Building on the great work and preparation during the summer, teachers hit the ground running, implementing innovative lessons and ideas in their classrooms and students have demonstrated their creativity in a variety of ways.


Our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program (with a renewed emphasis in all our elementary schools) started the school year strong with students enthusiastically exploring topics like robotics, design, programming and collaborative challenges. Our elementary STEAM teacher leaders not only conduct STEAM activities with students from kindergarten to fifth grade, but also augment the core curriculum with interesting lessons, connecting engineering and technology with other subject areas. These outstanding teacher leaders collaborate with classroom teachers at their school sites, as well as with each other, promoting a culture of innovation and excitement for learning.


We are excited to see students so engaged and thinking critically. Inside and outside the classroom, students and teachers are discovering and learning together. I recently attended a STEM Speaker Series presentation at Dartmouth Middle School which invites industry and academic leaders to speak to the importance of STEM education. The presenter,
Dr. Kenneth Wesson, an expert in Neuroscience and Education, truly inspired his audience of students, parents and teachers.  I also visited Project Lead The Way classes at Union Middle where over 25% of our UMS students will experience an introduction to Electrical Engineering or hands-on Robotics in their classes this year with even more students attending the UMS STEAM after school club.


The innovation occurring at every school in the district is a testament to the dedication of our teachers. Through the STEAM programs and activities, students are developing an invaluable skillset, and we cannot wait to see what our Future-Ready students build, invent, code, and design this school year.



Denise Clay