Supercast Episode 81: An Assistant Principal’s Passion as Level 7 Local Google Guide

Superintendent & Adriane Yancey at a restaurantYou could say she is an assistant principal with great taste. When Adrienne Yancey isn’t in schools helping to educate students, she is educating perfect strangers, reviewing restaurants as a Level 7 Local Google Guide.

On this episode of the Supercast, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey finds out what it takes to be a Local Google Guide and why it is a passion for this assistant principal. He even heads to a local restaurant that is all the rage right now to do a taste test and give the food his own Google review.

Copper Hills High Student is Gail Miller Community Service Award Winner

Picture of MeganShe has completed more than 100 hours of documented service during high school receiving a Service Honor Cord for graduation. Now, Megan Astill is being recognized for her hard work with a very prestigious award. Megan, a senior at Copper Hills High School, is the recipient of the Gail Miller Community Service Award in the Deseret News Sterling Scholar program. The award honors a student for his or her exceptional community service efforts.

The Sterling Scholar program recognizes high school seniors “for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the state of Utah.

Jordan School District was well represented in the Sterling Scholar program with four runners up as well:

  • Madison Hansen, Herriman High School, Instrumental Music
  • Isabella DeJesus, Riverton High School, Dance
  • Mimi Tran, Copper Hills High School, Visual Arts
  • Sarah Lingwall, Mountain Ridge High School, World Languages

Congratulations to these amazing students, we are proud of your accomplishments!

Masks Required in Schools Through End of School Year

Masks Required FlyerThe Utah Legislature passed House Bill 294 in March. Most people are familiar with the part of the bill that says the state can no longer require masks in most public places after April 10.

But the mask requirement stays in place for K-12 schools until June 15. Local officials, like a school board or county council, do NOT have the legal authority to end the mask requirement in schools before this date. Public health officials asked the Legislature (and the Legislature agreed) to keep a mask requirement in place for the following reasons:

  1. No vaccine is currently authorized for anyone younger than 16.
  2. Not every adult in the school setting has been vaccinated.
  3. Children can get sick from COVID and have long-term effects.
  4. Children can get COVID, not feel sick, and transmit the illness to people at home who aren’t vaccinated yet.

Schools are planning in-person proms, activities, and graduations, which can only happen if we continue to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We should continue wearing masks until more people have a chance to get vaccinated, including children and teens. School districts should continue to work with their local health departments to ensure the health and safety of all of Utah’s school aged children.

Las mascarillas siguen siendo obligatorias en las escuelas hasta el final del año escolarLa Legislatura de Utah aprobó HB 294 en marzo. La mayoría de las personas están familiarizadas con la parte del proyecto de ley que dice que el estado ya no puede exigir el uso de mascarillas en la mayoría de los lugares públicos después del 10 de abril.

Pero el requisito del uso de mascarillas se mantiene en las escuelas K-12 hasta el 15 de junio. Los funcionarios locales, como la junta escolar o el consejo del condado, no tienen la autoridad legal para poner fin al requisito de mascarilla en las escuelas antes de esta fecha. Los funcionarios de salud pública pidieron a la Legislatura (y la Legislatura estuvo de acuerdo) que se mantuviera el requisito del uso de mascarillas por las siguientes razones:

  1. Actualmente no hay ninguna vacuna autorizada para los menores de 16 años.
  2. No todos los adultos del entorno escolar han sido vacunados.
  3. Los niños se pueden enfermar con COVID y tener efectos a largo plazo.
  4. Los niños pueden contraer COVID, no sentirse enfermos, y transmitir la enfermedad a personas en casa que aún no estén vacunadas.

Las escuelas están planificando bailes, actividades y graduaciones en persona, lo que sólo puede ocurrir si seguimos frenando la propagación del COVID-19. El uso de mascarillas es una de las formas más fáciles y mejores de prevenir la propagación del COVID-19. Deberíamos seguir usando mascarillas hasta que más personas tengan la oportunidad de vacunarse, incluidos los niños y los adolescentes. Los distritos escolares deben seguir trabajando con sus departamentos de salud locales para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todos los niños en edad escolar de Utah.

Bingham High Student Places in Statewide Esports Competition

Student Aditya MuruganIt’s a pretty big accomplishment in the world of Esports. Aditya Murugan, a junior at Bingham High School, placed second in Shoutcasting at the ITeam Utah State Conference. Shoutcasting refers to the running commentary of Esports matches that is intended to both entertain and inform the viewer. USU Eastern’s Esports Coach Kevin Ven Der Spek says Aditya’s Shoutcasting abilities can lead to scholarship opportunities. Aditya is a part of the JATC North Esports team under the direction of coach Amber Saffen.

Congratulations on the win. Keep up the great work.

Supercast Episode 80: Copper Hills High School Girls Wrestling Team Makes History on the Mat

Students prepare to wrestleThey are considered pioneers in their sport, making history throughout the state of Utah. Girls high school wrestling became a sanctioned sport for the first time this year and at Copper Hills High School it is a season filled with success.

On this episode of the Supercast, we stop by the wrestling room at Copper Hills High where the girls wrestling team is still talking about their first-ever state tournament. Several of the girls walked away with state championships and the team placed second overall.  They are girls in a league of their own – literally making history during Women’s History Month.