Letters to the Editor, May 4-6, 2016
May 3, 2016
Ninth graders deserve special status in educational system
The community agrees that the ninth grade should move to the high school. Since the school district is currently studying different plans for an enlarged high school, this would be an appropriate time to consider creating a "Ninth Grade Academy."
Basically, this is a school within a school. The concept is to create an easy transition for students moving from the middle school to the high school. They have their own wing and their own teams of teachers for the core subjects. Each team of teachers has a common extended preparation period to discuss any problems their students may be experiencing. Google Ninth Grade Academy at Wando High School or Ninth Grade Academy at Wheaton High School for a better idea of the format.
Listening to recent comments by the Park City School Board there seems to be some disagreement about when to move the ninth graders to the high school. Instead of moving them prematurely to a building under construction and housing them in trailers, it would make more sense to keep them in TMJHS until the high school is completed.
Jim Tedford, school teacher
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Leaders are finally getting the message about climate change
Some days you just want to smile. That’s how I felt when I read Sunday’s New York Times article, "World Bank and IMF Push for Carbon Pricing to Back the UN Climate Pact."
As a member of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), an international volunteer organization with more than 300 U.S. chapters, I strive to promote CCL’s carbon fee and dividend proposal. This non-partisan proposal would place a fee on carbon at its source; fees, net of administrative costs, would be returned equally to American households via a monthly check. Win, because carbon would finally be priced accurately, reflecting its true costs to climate and human health. Win, because increased pricing would encourage clean energy innovations and adoption. Win, because this free-market policy contributes to our economy by putting fees back in people’s pockets.
Says Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, "to our economists there is an obvious consensus that putting a price on carbon pollution is by far the most powerful and efficient way to reduce emissions." As a CCL volunteer, I couldn’t agree more.
For information about CCL and how to talk to your representatives in Congress about this proposal, please go to citizensclimatelobby.org.
Salt Lake City
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Parents rally to learn more about dyslexia
On a recent Saturday morning, over 60 parents and educators came together for an informative and inspiring day of dyslexia awareness presented by The Dyslexia Training Institute. PC READS wants to express sincere thanks to the many teachers who spent 5 hours of their own time on a weekend to learn more about dyslexia and strategies to assist their students. Throughout the program, all participants provided excellent insight, asked thoughtful questions and remained fully engaged.
As PC READS President, I want to thank the local community members and businesses who enabled us to provide this event for free. Our partners for this event included the Ty & Karen Hall Foundation, Utah Olympic Park, Newpark Resort and Park City Bread & Bagel. Additionally, we greatly appreciate the marketing support we received from The Park Record and KPCW.
PC READS looks forward to continuing to provide awareness and support within the Park City community. If you are concerned with a student’s reading, writing or spelling and/or have questions about dyslexia, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: parkcityreads.org.
Elissa Aten, President, PC READS
Lion’s Club honors student artists
Every year Lions Clubs International holds an International Peace Poster Contest. This is an art contest open to children ages 11-13 around the world. The 2015 theme was "Share Peace."
The Club, with the help of Treasure Mountain Junior High School Fine Arts Teacher Pam Strong at TMJH, participated in this international contest.
MacKenzie Doilney was our club’s first place winner. Her poster went on to win District 28-U and took second place for all of Utah.
Sydney Regan’s poster took second place and Sky Jalili’s poster won third place. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club with over 1.4 million members in 210 countries.
We would also like to thank the Park City community for 312 pairs of donated eyeglasses last year. These were distributed by three charities to different parts of the world during various vision screenings/missions, including the Navajo nation here in Utah and the People’s Health Center here.
Carolyn Suchala, Secretary
Park City Lions Club
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Congrats to Skating Club on a great show
Congratulations to the entire Figure Skating Club of Park City on the amazing production of "The Giving Tree!" As parents, we could not be more proud and excited to share our athletes’ talents and passion with the community.
Without the creative imagination and stunning choreography by co-directors Stephanie Chace Bass and Kinsley Johnson this adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s "The Giving Tree" would have never come to life. Stephanie and Kinsley were supported by an amazing team of coaches. There were endless hours by many of the parents and board members, but a special shout-out to Karie Heavrin, Lisa Pressgrove, and Taylor and Adam Knight.
The two performances exceeded everyone’s expectations and left the audience grateful for the incredible show as well as for the enduring message of this classic story. For everyone who came out and watched our figure skaters — thank you! We are so very proud of each and every one of them, and we are already looking forward to next year’s annual spring show.
On behalf of Figure Skating Club of Park City parents