Spotlight on Success
Uinta 4's Spotlight on Success program highlights the many accomplishments and successes of our faculty, staff and students
Beginning in September 2019, Superintendent Newton started a new recognition program called “Spotlight on Success.” During each month's school board meeting, Uinta 4's Board of Trustees takes time to recognize extraordinary, demonstrated success. These successes will come from a variety of areas but, in general, will be focused on achievements that have truly benefitted our students. This is not an “employee of the month” program and it is not an “everyone wins a trophy program.” Rather, it is a merit-based attempt to recognize those staff members who have truly demonstrated excellence. Therefore, some staff members might get recognized more than once each year and some staff members might never get recognized.
For the December Spotlight on Success, MVHS recognizes the students and staff who took on the challenge of teaching and learning remotely this semester. All staff have had to be ready to teach all of their sections for students who were absent because of quarantine. We have also had numerous students who have been quarantined for up to eight school days. Overall our students have been able to stay right on track with their learning during their quarantine time. Teaching, learning, and education overall have definitely changed over the last nine months and one thing we have learned is that Mountain View is up to the challenge. Thank you to all of our students and staff for their hard work as we finish the first semester and Merry Christmas!
MVHS would like to recognize our high school librarian staff of Kim Tait and Jaime Salinas as they took on additional responsibilities in November of checking in with students on quarantine. Kim and Jaime were emailing students and calling parents in an effort to be sure high school students who couldn't attend school were engaged in their learning and had access to all the technology. They have done and will continue to do an excellent job as advocates for those students not in school.
MVK8 Music staff would like to recognize JoAnn Pihl for always going above and beyond. Not only does JoAnn do a great job cleaning and sanitizing the music rooms during the school day, but she also does more outside of her contracted time to ensure materials, instruments, and the music rooms are ready for students to learn and excel. Recently she took the cans/boxes which hold instruments and manipulatives and painted/decorated them at home. Thanks for helping to make the learning environment inviting for our students.
Mountain View Special Services would like to give a shout out to Linda Newton and Colette Bugas for their dedication to MVHS students. Over the years these veteran teachers have established a system to help their students succeed and graduate. Thank you Linda an Colette for your dedication and hard work!!
Big shout out to our building office managers - Marlene Flint, Sala Condos, and Gina Tims - for such an excellent job and ongoing effort to make sure we have substitutes in the classrooms this year as necessary. This year, more than ever, substitutes are hard to come by and so essential to keeping school open. It has taken lots of problem solving, creativity, and juggling of schedules to make this work. Thank you!
MVMS would like to recognize the efforts of Ms. Egley, our K-8 Art teacher, for her efforts to increase her student's artistic abilities by using "Inktober" during her Art classes. Inktober is a month long art challenge focusing on improving skills and positive drawing habits.
MVHS would also like to recognize the efforts of several students involved in Student Council during Homecoming Week activities. With so many events going on, several students in class leadership positions went above and beyond in terms of organizing and coordinating events for their peers.
Natalee Rudy - Student Cornhole Tournament
Ali Rinker - Stud Volleyball
Kyia Rice - Powder Puff football
Haylee Rudy - Combat Bingo
Also, several student council leaders went above and beyond and those were the four students in charge of the Homecoming Parade that was one of the best ones hosted by MVHS during Homecoming Week. All four of these young ladies did an excellent job helping things run smoothly on a short timeline.
The Board of Trustees will be honoring Gayle Eyre for her outstanding contribution to the school district over many years. We all wish Gayle the best in her well-deserved retirement! Thank you Gayle!
The Special Education Department would like to recognize and spotlight Mrs. Alison Lyman, who has served the district and students for 34 years. Alison is the Office Administrator for the department and the compliance officer for the IEP process. All of us would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to our students, staff, and community!
MVE would like to recognize the great work our nurses have done to get this school year started. Nurse Chris and Nurse Dallas put a lot of time in over the summer and have already had to field a lot of questions and scenarios that go above and beyond the "norm" of a school nurse's duties. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to our students, staff, and community!
MVMS is proud to recognize the hard work put in by Isaac Kiefer with our remote learning classroom camera system. Mr. Kiefer has spent countless hours working in his own classroom, with our tech department, and other staff members learning about and using our system to help create the best remote learning experience for our students who currently cannot attend school in person. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.
MVHS would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of Activities Director, Dustin Rees. Mr. Rees has been active all summer coordinating summer athletic activities so high school athletes could come into the building in a safe way for sports camps and weight room work. Mr. Rees's initial system from June of having students scan QR codes with their mobile device and confirming their health is still in use today and is being used by other districts to confirm their athlete's readiness to participate in sports. Mr. Rees has also been active in working with the MVHS music department to ensure that county and state guidelines are being followed so that parents can still watch their middle and high school students participate in choir, band, and guitar concerts. Mr. Rees has also been kept busy with new guidelines for athletic events and totally revising our athletic schedules for the fall and - most recently - for winter sports. Mr. Rees is also the head coach for the MVMS football team requiring travel and practice adjustments as he works to meet his responsibilities as a teacher and the district activities director. Thank you Mr. Rees for your hard work and dedication to the students of this district.
Thank you Coach Hamblin, Coach Kiefer, and students for a great Middle School Cross Country Season. The final meet was held October 8th at Fort Bridger Historical Site.
Congratulations to Ashlee Tims for earning the WHSAA Good Sportsmanship Award for exemplary conduct and good sportsmanship shown during the Kemmerer volleyball game.
This month we will recognize Marissa Cornelison for her selection as the 2020 Wyoming Ag in the Classroom Educator of the Year. She was presented this award this summer at the Wyoming State Fair by Liz Cheney, Jennie Gordon and Jillian Balow.
We will also recognize Joe Webb for his tireless effort in finalizing the installment of the camera and sound systems and his continued help trying to solve the minor bugs in the system.
The Uinta 4 Reopening Committee has met eight times since May for the purpose of creating a path that allowed our students to participate in summer sports and activities and to develop our reopening plan. I especially appreciate the time of those members who were willing to meet even while on their summer break:
Committee Members: Jeff Newton - Superintendent; Kim Dolezal - Assistant Superintendent; Ben Carr - High School Principal; Tarl Van Dusen - Middle School Principal; Bill Erickson - Elementary Principal; Randon Lawrence - Special Services Director; Dustin Rees - Activities Director; Bob Alvis- Maintenance Supervisor; Pam Sibert - Business Manager; Chris Stoddard - School Nurse; Brian Deru - Transportation Supervisor; Joe Webb - Technology Coordinator; Brady Thompson - Elementary Teacher; Isaac Kiefer - Middle School Teacher; Jessica Moretti - High School Teacher; Colette Bugas - Special Education Teacher; Stormy Lupher - Counseling Services; Laura Jorgensen - Board Member; Kelly Carpenter - Board Member; Angela Sweep - Parent; Vonda Phillips - Fine Arts Teacher; and Dallas Cottam-School Nurse