NSSD Vision

 

Our Mission: Creating conditions for learning, so all students can succeed.

Our Vision for key stakeholders:

  • Teachers - create a nurturing learning environment of active engaged learners, regularly attend school, and are a good example for their students through professional and ethical behavior. Teachers also plan and carry out effective instruction using a variety of learning activities so all students can learn at their individual level.
  • Students - pay attention to their teacher, attend school regularly, and complete assignments. Students also ask clarifying questions, complete their homework, and get along with others.
  • Parents - ensure students come to school regularly, ready to learn. Parents also help with homework, read daily with their child and support teachers, coaches, directors and officials in conversations at home.
  • School District Staff - are technically competent, trustworthy and friendly. These employees are also hard working, good examples for students.
  • School leaders - create a shared vision, understand student needs and are helpful. Leaders are good examples for students and solve problems by collaborating with parents, teachers and the community.
  • Goals 2015

  • Instructional Goal: At least 90% of teachers will meet or exceed an effective rating on the Utah Teaching Standards as measured by the North Sanpete School District Teacher Evaluation System (NSES). A percentage of teachers reaching effective or higher will be reported annually.
  • Student Achievement Goal: All students will show improvement including at least a year of growth or reach their IEP Goals each year as measured by SLOs, SAGE, DIBELS, WIDA, ACT, graduation rates, etc. Each school will report their success annually.
  • Snow Day / School Closure Plan

    North Sanpete School District will do everything possible to hold school on scheduled school days.  We have had very few interruptions over the years and plan to hold school every day.  However, if holding school is not possible, the plan below will be followed.

     

     

    Late Start

    In the event that roads are impassible early in the morning, but it appears they will improve after daylight, a “Late Start Day” will be declared.  In the event of a late start, all district operations will simply start two hours later than normal.  Morning kindergarten and preschool will be cancelled.  Mid and end of day schedules and bus routes will be maintained as normally scheduled.

     

    School Closure

    In the event of a severe power outage, inability to heat a school building during cold weather, or severe weather, where vulnerable individuals (including small children) are required to stay indoors; schools will be closed.  Secondary schools may be able to conduct instruction via student and teacher technology devices for a very limited time, but other school days missed will be made up by shortening Spring Break.

     

    Early Release

    In the event of a power outage, safe school event or other unforeseeable crisis, the district will take every possible step to keep students until regular release, including moving to a nearby campus or community facility.  If however students must be sent home, the district will notify parents as outlined below.

     

    Notification

    Parents will be notified via text and email addresses provided by parents during online registration.  KMTI will be notified and NSSD website and Facebook pages will make periodic announcements as information becomes available.

     

    Perfectionism

    By Karen Soper

     

    Are you a perfectionist? Do you spend a lot of time “perfecting” your work so everything comes out the way you want it?  Webster’s dictionary defines perfectionism as a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.

     

    Most people experience an inner drive to improve their performance on some tasks, whether running a faster mile or earning a higher grade.  Those who strive for excellence in a healthy way take genuine pleasure in trying to meet high standards.  Perfectionism, on the other hand, can result in struggles with self-doubt and fears of disapproval and rejection.

     

    Some perfectionists tend to be “all-or-nothing” thinkers.  They see events and experiences as good or bad, perfect or imperfect, with nothing in between.  Such thinking often leads to procrastination, setting standards beyond reach and reason, never being satisfied by anything less than perfection, seeing mistakes as evidence of unworthiness and becoming overly defensive when criticized.

     

    The problem isn’t perfectionism.  Perfectionism helps us to continually aim for higher standards and become better.  The problem is when the quest for perfectionism turns to an obsession.  We want to be healthy perfectionists who are truly achieving personal excellence, not perfectionists who are sabotaging our own personal growth.  Here are 4 personal tips on how to become healthy perfectionists.

     

    1. Give yourself permission to make mistakes – we all make mistakes.  In fact some of our most valuable learning comes from taking a non-judgmental look at the mistakes we’ve made.  No one is perfect, that is why pencils have erasers.
    2. Be realistic about what you can do – By setting realistic goals, you will gradually realize that “imperfect” results do not lead to the punitive consequences you expect and fear.  If you set a goal to swim 20 laps and can barely swim 15, tell yourself 15 laps is good enough.  Pat yourself on the back for your effort.
    3. Set strict time limits on each of your projects.  When the time is up, move on to another activity – this technique can reduce procrastination that typically comes from perfectionism.
    4. Learn how to deal with criticism – Perfectionists often view criticism as a personal attack, which leads them to respond defensively. Remember that criticism is a natural thing from which to learn, rather than something to be avoided at all costs.

    Unhealthy perfectionism can be a hindrance. Healthy perfectionism, by comparison, can pay off for you. Healthy perfectionism fuels the Olympic athlete, the best-selling novelist, and the mathematician who spends years proving a theory. The attitude behind perfectionism makes all the difference.

    Embrace it. Let it motivate you. Teach your children that mistakes are hurdles, not roadblocks, and prepare them to leap.

     

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    The North Sanpete High School Unified Track Team

    Back row: Austin Brewer, Randi Stewart (coach), Jacie Dunn, Cami Hathaway (coach), Jackson Blackhurst, Ignacio Vasquez

    Middle row: Casey Guymon, Erika Oveson, Anna King

     

    Front: Copper Rosenlund

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    Fountain Green Elementary held their history fair on January 29th.  The theme for this years competition is "Leadership and Legacy."  The 5th and 6th grade students all participated.  They were judged at the school level and we had 23 qualify for the region competition at Snow College on March 19, 2015.  The projects were wonderful. Congratulations to all the winners and region qualifiers.

     

    Fifth grade winners

    1st place- Jada Bailey

    2nd place- Shelby Wilson

    3rd place- Julia Bailey and Kalon Bailey

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    Sixth grade winners

    1st place- Jared Strait and Jaron Peckham

    2nd place- Taylor Gilgen

    3rd place- Josie Wright

    5th grade winners

     

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    Region Qualifiers

    Jada Bailey, Shelby Wilson, Julia Bailey, Denali Mower, Tayson Reid, Alyssa Samuels, Shayley Fausett, Clayton Davis, Ty Roach, Ryan Draper, Caleb Ivory, Anna Bailey, Jared Strait, Jaron Peckham, Taylor Gilgen, Josie Wright, Gage Cox, Shaelynn Johnson, Ronin Strong, Kaysen Sperry, Wylie Cook, Ben Anderson.

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    Moroni teachers and students supported our troops by wearing their jeans and donating $5.00 for rehabilitation of veterans. 

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    In October 2014, North Sanpete school district stakeholders were invited to participate in a survey to help the school board prepare a vision statement. This vision statement will guide district leadership by defining expected roles for various stakeholder groups, to include teachers, students, leadership, and parents.

    Invitations to take the survey were sent to parents and employees via email. Students were invited to take the survey at school. Non-parent patrons were invited by distributing hundreds of invitations at various local businesses. Responses included:

    574 total participants took the survey 240 were students
    216 were parents
    9 were non-parent patrons

    27 were classified employees of the district
    69 were certified employees of the district (teachers) 10 were district leaders
    200+ open-ended comments were also received

    Student priorities ranking highest included regular attendance at school, paying attention to the teacher and completing assignments; with homework completion not far behind.

    Parent priorities ranking highest included ensuring regular student attendance, ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and helping with homework; with reading daily with their child not far behind.

    School Staff priorities ranking highest included technical competence, trustworthiness and friendliness; with hard working and being a good example not far behind.

    Teacher priorities led with creating a nurturing learning environment, followed by regular attendance at school and profession, ethical and legal behavior / good example for students; with plans and carries out effective instruction so all students are learning at their level and using a variety of learning activities not far behind.

    School leader priorities ranking highest included creating a shared vision, understanding student needs and helpfulness; followed by solving problems and collaborating with parents, teachers and the community.

    For more detail, Read full results here.