Education briefs, Nov. 23-25
November 22, 2016
Trailside students can do science fair projects
Students at Trailside Elementary School have until Jan. 16 to register for the school's annual science fair. According to a school newsletter, students must be registered to participate in the fair, which is scheduled for Jan. 26. Teacher mentoring sessions will be held for students who need help with their projects. Those sessions are scheduled for Dec. 8 and Jan 10, but a location has not been determined. For more information, contact the school at 435-645-5680.
PCSD to host film, panel about drug use
The Park City School District, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI, are set to hold screenings of the film "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict" for Park City High School and Treasure Mountain Junior High School students. According to the district's website, pcschools.us, the film explores the realities of drug abuse. Parents are advised that the film, which explores first-hand accounts of the effects of drug abuse, features graphic content and language. Following the film, a discussion panel will be held, featuring law enforcement officers and a parent who lost her son to a drug overdose. The screenings are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, during the school day.
Utah's graduation rate increased in 2016
More than 38,000 students graduated from Utah's public high schools in 2016, bringing Utah's graduation rate to 85 percent, a 1-percent increase over last year. According to a press release, the graduation rate has increased 6.4 percent over the last five years. The graduation rate in 2016 increased among nearly all demographics. "We promise to look hard at the data and closer still at the students represented by the data to see that all students take that necessary step of graduating from high school prepared for college or careers," said Sydnee Dickson, state superintendent, in the release.