Changes to look for around Park City schools this year |

Changes to look for around Park City schools this year

If you think that the local schools vacuumed the floors then locked the doors in June before sending everyone on a three-month vacation, think again. Summer has given Park City schools the opportunity to make big changes and shuffle things around without students in the way. The Park City School District (PCSD) has been busy with projects to update technology, expand facilities, and has been hiring and reorganizing staff.

Park City High School

Park City High School (PCHS) looks forward to completion of a project that began in November 2005. PCHS Principal Hilary Hays said the project should be finished in October. Also new this year, the PCHS guidance department welcomes three new guidance counselors. The guidance department is making major changes explained guidance counselor John Hall "We are looking for new and efficient ways to serve students and parents by meeting the needs as they arise."

Treasure Mountain International School

Treasure Mountain International School (TMIS) will finish a bathroom remodel as well as install technology updates. Classrooms will now be equipped with speakers capable of broadcasting from a microphone or multimedia devices. The speakers complement a projection system that is already in use in classrooms. Principal Bob O’Connor said the technology at Treasure Mountain is improving to keep up with what students are accustomed to at Ecker Hill International Middle School (EHIMS) what they will encounter at PCHS.

Elementary Schools

Three out of four PCSD elementary schools have hired new principals. Shaun Kuennan will serve his first year as a principal this year at Jeremy Ranch Elementary. It will be his 13th year as an educator. Moving from Jeremy Ranch to Parley’s Park Elementary School is Michelle Wallace. Pat Flynn will be the Trailside Elementary School principal, moving from Parley’s Park.

Also new at Jeremy Ranch is a "power hour" reading program, which will be 60 minutes of small group, skill level-based instruction. According to Kuennan, the literature instruction program is meant to meet students at their reading level and was created with a generous amount of flexibility so students can easily move between levels. Kuennan said that Jeremy Ranch will look at similar programs running Salt Lake valley schools as a template.

PCSD fifth-grade classrooms will implement a new program that brings technology into classrooms. The program, titled eMINTS, stands for enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies and was born in Missouri classrooms.

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