Education briefs, April 13-15 |

Education briefs, April 13-15


Ecker Hill PTO asks for donations

The Ecker Hill parent-teacher organization is asking families to donate gift cards that can be given to teachers and staff during staff appreciation week in May. According to a newsletter, the cards will be given out randomly during the week. The PTO is accepting gift cards from a variety of merchants, including coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. People donating are asked to drop off the cards to the front office throughout April, enclosed in envelopes with the monetary value written on them. For more information, contact Jen Minson at .

Nurse offers tips to prevent mononucleosis spread

After a few confirmed cases of mononucleosis at Trailside Elementary School, school nurse Anne Alexander is reminding parents how to prevent the spread of the illness. According to a letter to parents posted on the school’s website,, mononucleosis is spread by person-to-person contact or sharing objects contaminated with saliva. Parents are asked to ensure their children wash their hands frequently and also to sanitize toys and utensils. For more information, visit the school’s website.

Public asked to take state superintendent survey

The Utah State Board of Education is asking the public to take a survey to help in the search for the next state superintendent. According to a news release, the survey will ask residents what they feel are the most important qualifications and characteristics a state superintendent should have. The previous superintendent, Brad Smith, resigned in February. "The State Board values and wishes to invite input from the education community, including taxpayers, parents, educators and legislators. We hope advocates of public education take the opportunity to participate in this important process of appointing our state superintendent," said Board member Mark Huntsman, in the release. To take the survey, visit

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