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BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME: MIDVALE RESIDENT HONORED FOR ACTIVISM By Heather Sky | firstname.lastname@example.org arlos Alejandro Moreno recently received the Salt Lake County Hero Award from the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the son of Carlos Moreno and Ingrid Dominguez, whom he calls “the best parents in the world.” Moreno moved to Utah in 2009. Like most Venezuelans—a country of some 31 million— he has seen the effects of a historic economic crisis: a rise in violent crime, endless lines at gas stations, hospitals in need of medicine, empty shelves at grocery stores, families begging on the streets, malnourished children, and young girls selling their bodies in exchange for food. Many Venezuelans have fled, seeking stability elsewhere in the region and in the United States. “They put their hope and their money on the line in hopes of finding safety in the United States,” he said. Moreno graduated with a law degree from Rafael Urdaneta University in Maracaibo and received a diploma in labor law at the University of Zulia. After migrating to the United States, he studied English before receiving two additional associate degrees—one in political science and government, and another in national security, disaster management and counterterrorism—both from Salt Lake Community College, where he was the first Latino elected and re-elected president of the largest student association in Utah with the most votes in both elections for a student body president candidate. The trajectory of Moreno’s path changed when he was granted political asylum in 2012, after a prominent government official in Venezuela called him a traitor and charged him with various crimes. “Ninety-nine percent of Venezuelans come to the US without a passport, and apply for refugee status. It is not just dangerous [in Venezuela], people are dying from starvation. It is such a repressed environment. They come to the US with two options: live legally in the country, or
try to apply for political asylum,” Moreno said. When applying for refugee status or political asylum, seekers must demonstrate they can no longer live in their home country due to a reasonable fear that they will be persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion. Moreno had every intention of returning to his country after completing his degrees, but now he is unable to return to his country without facing persecution. He made the decision to use his time in the United States to improve the quality of life for the Venezuelan/minority community. Moreno is the founder and current president of the American Venezuelan Association of Utah, which brings together more than 12,000 Venezuelans in the state and performs philanthropic work for Venezuelans inside and outside of Venezuela. AVAU is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide charitable services and resources that support the Venezuelan community and promote Venezuelan culture in Utah. This mission is fulfilled through community programs and other civic efforts aimed at improving the lives of all Venezuelans in the state of Utah. This is a volunteer-based organization. In October, Moreno was the recipient of the Salt Lake County Hero Award through the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion for his work, dedication, and commitment to international human rights activism. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of citizen leaders who stand out for their work in the local, national, and international communities. He was nominated by Isabel Ferrer who stated, “Carlos has been a builder of communities, collaborating to build programs by providing resources and food through the Venezuelan American Association of Utah. He has been instrumental in impacting the lives of many by becoming an advocate and an international hu-
Carlos Alejandro Moreno (second from left) received the Salt Lake County Hero Award on Oct. 8. (Photo provided by Carlos Moreno)
man rights activist.” Moreno moved to Midvale from Taylorsville with his wife and two children earlier this year to expand his local reach within the Utah Venezuelan community. Moreno loves to serve and loves to see positive change within local and global communities. However, the political repression and humanitarian crisis hitting Venezuela is profound. The previous President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has been charged with corruption, murder, and human rights violations through the supreme court. Maduro has since been accused of authoritarian leadership, and is prohibited from entering the United States. Moreno fears for the future of his home country. “If we don’t have the support of armed defenses from other countries around the world, we cannot get our land and the Republic will die. Here [in the United States] you have a voice: you can fight, you can talk to politicians. In Venezuela, they will kill you. How do you make a change with that type of government?
Use of force. The only way to take our country back is by force. This is the 15th round for Venezuela, and this is the last thing we can do.” In February, the AVAU wrote an international proposal to create a Venezuelan government abroad in order to give the people the opportunity to take back their country. “Human rights activism is so important. It is important to have people within the community who are willing to take action. My hope is to one day return to my country, but that dream is further away every day. I love this country [the United States], but my country needs help. Venezuelans need to heal from the emotional destruction we have endured,” said Moreno. The most significant battles in history are never easily won. It may be almost 10 years since Moreno was forced to leave his native land behind, but he will never stop fighting for his people and for his country. To find out more information about AVAU, please visit www.evemundial.org. l
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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down
he long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts Twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper
fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective
drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l
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Shopping locally creates connections By Amy Green | email@example.com The Midvale City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Midvale. For information about distribution please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: email@example.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.
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here are a lot of different ways to go about shopping this holiday season — browsing at a bricks-and-mortar store, buying online, waiting in line for doorbusters — and each shopping experience meets different personal and family needs. But, how does the type of shopping that’s done impact Sandy, Draper, Midvale and surrounding communities? More specifically, does shopping at locally-owned businesses really make a noticeable and positive impact? Bethany Driscoll, a Sandy resident and mother of three, graduated in economic studies. She encourages buying from locally-owned businesses, when it’s an option. Driscoll knows that it really matters where people choose to shop. “When we buy local, it directly benefits the community’s microeconomy. It provides revenue for local business owners, uses local resources for internal use, and creates wages that benefit residents. It also raises contributions to local nonprofits,” Driscoll said. She tries to shop this way often, because more of each dollar spent locally, directly circulates over and over again. “It allows the community to culturally and qualitatively grow. That means, more resources are directly available for your family,” Driscoll explained. Alex Hickey is a frequent customer at the
one-of-a-kind art gallery and collectibles store, Nātür (94 W. 7720 South). Hickey said his preferred type of buyer experience is shopping nearby. “I’d rather come look at stuff locally, rather than buy it online. You can get a lot of cool stuff, and it has a story behind it.” He also stated, “It helps diversify the city.” Nātür is a destination place operated by owner Jean-Michel Arrigona, who is also the creator and designer behind many of the sculptures and items on display. Arrigona has a consistent following of patrons who say their favorite gifts and most positive shopping experiences have come from locally-owned places like his — finding things they could not see anywhere else. “If you buy it on eBay, there’s a good chance you might find it for less. One thing that my customers come here for, is they’re able to pick what they want. They’re able to look at the quality. They’re able to make sure it’s what they’re looking for,” Arrigona explained. When shopping locally, there is an opportunity to get to know where products came from and what the passion is behind those products. “It changes what you’re looking at,” Arrigona said. In his shop, he has unique bracelets made from antique button hooks (tiny disks made out of oyster shells, originally for lacing up women’s boots in the 1800s). Purchased on-
line, it’s just a beautiful bracelet. Purchased in a shop, it’s a beautiful bracelet with a fascinating tie to history. John Roh, owner of The Razor & Dram, a single-chair barber shop in Sugar House said, “Shopping local is literally what keeps me alive.” Roh feels strongly about buying local. “When I put my money into your store, my money is going toward feeding your kids. Your money is going toward diapers for my son — not some investment account where it will become a digit in a computer screen that doesn’t exist anymore,” he said. “Local businesses enrich people’s lives, and we develop closer connections.” Another valuable aspect of buying with community in mind, is that many locally-owned stores can help educate buyers, offer “how-touse” product advice, and direct shoppers to other highly recommended places. Locally-owned shops have added to the cultural uniqueness of each city in Salt Lake — places with consignment goods, handmade items, or miniature mermaid and dragon skeletons. Nātür has those. There are often locally-owned choices close by to consider — shops with items ranging from domestic, to athletic, musical, to medicinal, to remarkably artistic — with each one ready to impact the local community and, by extension, each resident. l
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Locally-owned shops like Nātür (94 W. 7720 South) have added to the cultural uniqueness of SLC. (Amy Green/City Journals)
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Don’t let holiday activities break the bank! There’s lots of fun free events in the SLC area By Christy Jepson | firstname.lastname@example.org
he holidays are right around the corner and there are plenty of things to do in the Salt Lake Valley. Many of them are free. Here’s a list of activities that won’t put a dent in your budget and will provide fun for all. Herriman’s Night of Lights: Monday, Dec. 3 from 5-9 p.m. at City Hall and Crane Park (5355 W. Herriman Main St.). There will be a gingerbread contest, a visit with Santa, the tree lighting, a candy cane hunt, holiday crafts, food trucks, performances by Herriman Harmonyx and Herriman Orchestra, photo ops, and ice skating. There is a fee for ice skating (weather permitting), but everything else is free. Draper’s Candy Cane Hunt: Monday, Dec. 10 from 4-5 p.m. at the Draper Historic Park (12625 S. 900 East). This is a free family event sponsored by the Draper Parks and Recreation Department. Children ages 3-6 will hunt for thousands of candy canes that are scattered around the park and hidden in bushes and trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also arrive on a fire truck and will be available for photos under the gazebo. While you are in Draper, don’t forget to check out Draper’s Tree of Light (or sometimes called The Tree of Life), which is a big willow tree in the middle of Draper City Park (12500 S. 1300 East). This tree is decorated with more than 65,000 lights. Draper City first lit the tree for the Christmas season in 2008 and each year more lights have been added. The lights turn on at dusk and stay on until midnight everyday until New Years. This has become a popular holiday destination for people statewide. Gingerbread House Contest in South Jordan: Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Gale Center Auditorium (10300 S. Beckstead Lane) from Nov. 27-Dec. 6 for People’s Choice Award voting. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light the Night at the South Jordan City: On Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the South Jordan City Plaza at 1600 W. Towne Center Drive. There will be pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, gingerbread houses, the unveiling of the candy windows display featuring artists Jennifer Vesper and Krista Johansen. Visit Santa on Towne Center Drive in South Jordan: On Dec. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m., Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 14 from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 15 from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 21 from 6-8 p.m., and Dec. 22 from 3-5 p.m. (1600 W. Towne Center Drive) Riverton’s Holly Days in the Park: On Nov. 26, 30 and Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverton City Park, large pavilion, 1452 W. 12600 South. This free family event includes: the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire engine, hot chocolate and warm buttery scones, and walking through the park reading from the
Two boys sit on the laps of Santa and Mrs. Claus during Holly Days at the Riverton City Park. (Photo credit Angie Meine)
giant-sized storybook pages of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” There will also be vendor booths so visitors can get some holiday shopping done. Christmas Night of Music: This 3rd annual event will be on Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverton High School auditorium and will be a night filled with a community choir of over 100 voices and a local orchestra. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Riverton High School is located at 12476 S. Silverwolf Way. This is a free event. Salt Lake City: If you are downtown celebrating the season be sure to drop by and look at Macy’s holiday candy window displays at City Creek Center. Also in Salt Lake City, on Dec. 17 is the 32nd Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. This free event will be filled with holiday music and fun. There will be musical numbers by the Bonner Family.
This event starts at 7 p.m. Santa Is Coming to Town in West Jordan: On Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m. there will be a craft, a coloring station, story time with Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, and a visit with Santa. Santa will be arriving at 6 p.m. sharp so don’t be late. This event will be located in the City Hall Community Room at 8000 S. Redwood Road. Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World: On Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. families can come visit with Santa, enjoy food tasting from places around the world, crafts and games and entertainment. This event is free and is sponsored by Taylorsville Preservation Committee and will be held at the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center, 1488 W. 4800 South in Murray. Back for the second year at The Shops at South Town in Sandy is Chistmas in the Wiz-
arding World. Step into the world of a wintry Hogsmeade village that features unique merchandise from the “Fantastic Beasts” and “Harry Potter” films. It is free to walk through and will be opened from now until Jan. 21. Even though it is not free, there is another activity in Sandy that is inexpensive when it comes to ticket prices. The Dickens’ Christmas Festival at the Mountain America Exposition Center (9575 S. State Street) is produced and organized by Olde World Historical Council and claims to be a “unique and unusual entertainment and shopping experience.” From fortune tellers, to old English shops, the “real” Father Christmas, period costumes, street theater, puppet shows, a mini-production of “Scrooge” and visits from the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ticket prices are $3.50 for children and $5.50 for adults. l
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Theater, free concerts emphasize eventful year for arts council By Travis Barton | email@example.com
ouncilman Bryant Brown did not anticipate a “life changing experience” for his 7-year-old daughter when they went to see “The Drowzy Chaperone” in June, her first ever musical. But that’s exactly what happened. “She, to this day, talks about going to see that show every time we drive by the theater,” Brown told the rest of the Midvale City Council. “And that speaks volumes to the quality of production when a 7-year-old is quoting a show she saw one time.” Brown was speaking as part of the Midvale Arts Council’s annual report to the city council on Nov. 13 along with Wade Walker and Bob Bedore, the president and vice president of the arts council’s board of directors, respectively. Walker and Bedore reported on the arts council’s activity over the previous year highlighting its theater productions, free concerts, Harvest Days contribution, outreach and facilities. Its three productions in 2018 were “Nunsense,” “The Drowzy Chaperone,” and Missoula Children’s Theatre “Peter and Wendy” which featured a cast of over 40 kids, many of whom from Midvale. Over 1,500 people attended these shows, according to Walker. “These community theater productions give participants a feeling of belonging to a genuine community, and a chance to discover and refine skills that many of them didn’t know that they had,” Walker said. He also noted the increased foot traffic in brings to Main Street. “We hope to add value to the Main Street revitalization project and promote the other offerings that downtown Midvale has as we move continue to move forward with our events,” he said. Those events he’s referring to are held at the Midvale Performing Arts Center on 695 West Center Street (7800 South). Besides musicals, the center also plays a weekly host to Quick Wits, a comedy improv troupe that interacts with audience, as well as rentals for dance, opera, West Jordan theater and the first ever Wasatch Improv Festival in January 2018. Harvest Days’ Hall of Honors, inducting important members of the Midvale community to a hall of fame, was also held at the arts center with 120 people in attendance. That week also featured the youth ambassadors and a visual arts contest where just under 100 pieces of artwork and literature were submitted from about 70 artists. But the arts council’s exploits extended beyond the arts center to Midvale City Park (455 W. 7500 South). Free concert Fridays were a weekly occurrence during the summer months featuring live shows at the outdoor amphitheater where diverse musical groups like Channel Z, 23rd Army Band, Buzzard Whisky, Londs and the Bellamy Brothers played. “We present those concerts free so that ev-
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Channel Z performs at one of the free concert Fridays at Midvale City Park’s outdoor amphitheater. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
eryone has a chance to enjoy those evenings,” Walker said, adding an estimated 3,000 people attended the shows over the course of the summer. Bedore told the city council it’s important for the arts council to “not just be a performance arm for the city. We believe totally that arts in the city brings with it a chance to keep confidence and creativity going to the children.” Part of the arts council’s outreach is to students in the city. Quick Wits visits elementary schools where they “not only teach improv skills, but it’s really about the life skills they try teach in terms of trust, acceptance, confidence building and teamwork,” Bedore said. Brown was quick to remind his peers on the city council that arts council members are volunteers, spending “countless hours” to make these events happen. He said if everyone could attend one of these events, even just twice a year, “it would go a long way toward understanding what they do, how hard of a job they all do, and how much emotions and blood, sweat and tears these individuals put into making a great asset for our community.” l
Mandy Copier performs in “Nunsense” at the Midvale Performing Arts Center in March, one of three shows to run there in 2018. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
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Volunteer tutors make an impact on literacy By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals
hen Savage, an international logistics, transportation and services handling company, moved its service center to Midvale, part of the company’s culture was to be a good neighbor. “Savage has a long history of partnering with United Way so when we moved into Midvale, we wanted to help out with our community,” said Rebecca Warner, Savage treasury and reporting manager. “We learned Midvale Elementary had several projects, but this one fit both their needs and ours.” This project is the Great Leaps literacy program, and already, it’s making great leaps, Warner said. “We’ve had a great start building relationships and helping students with their sight words, reading and comprehension. The students I’ve worked with did really well,” said Warner, who is coordinating the volunteer tutoring effort. “Working with students one-onone on improving their reading skills, I feel like we’re really doing some good.” Beginning in November, several Midvale Elementary second-, fourth- and fifth-grade students are having the opportunity to develop fast and accurate responses with comprehension of the material they read, thanks to the Great Leaps literacy program and volunteers from Savage. “This is an evidence-based literacy program that has students learn phonics and words and phrases so when they read a story, they’re
able to comprehend it without stopping to look up vocabulary,” said Heidi Sanger, Midvale Elementary community school facilitator. “As a result, their fluency level will increase.” To tutor the students, many who are just below being on grade-level reading, volunteers from Savage come to work with students for 10 minutes at a time. While the volunteers may rotate between morning and afternoon shifts, the same students will work with them three times each week. “The kids loved it,” Sanger said after the first day volunteers worked with them. “They worked on phonics, sight words or phrases and then, read a short story and answered comprehension questions. It’s fun, fast and Great Leaps has been proven effective.” Sanger said when students master the reading without mistakes and are able to answer the questions, they progress to another story. “It’s very individualized and depends on the students as to how fast they move on,” she said. “The volunteers are providing positive encouragement and motivation, which gives students more confidence.” Warner said that it offers a positive volunteer experience for Savage employees. “It was fun, but it may be a different experience for some volunteers who haven’t helped in their own children’s schools or may not have children. We have opened it up to our entire office in Midvale of 200 team members and some
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Through the Great Leaps program at Midvale Elementary, tutors from Savage will come help schoolchildren with their reading. (Photos courtesy of Great Leaps website/Midvale Elementary)
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are really gung-ho and excited. All the volunteer spots for November and December were filled up really fast,” she said. She added that after November, they will re-evaluate how the tutoring is going with Midvale Elementary to see if it will expand to include more students and volunteers. Savage has committed to tutoring students in the Great Leaps program for this school year. Mike Koch, Savage business manager and Savage committee chair with the United Way partnership, said part of the reason the company decided to tutor Midvale school children was
that it will have a lasting impact, which ties into Savage’s vision. “There will be a real difference, with measurable results,” he said. “We wanted to make a difference where there will be long-term results that impact our community. It’s a program based on scientific-proven principles that has shown real progress. It’s new to us and new to Midvale. I’d love to see it be successful at Midvale Elementary.” l
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Tests? Fitting in? It’s more than that as student anxiety increases By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org It may be that an elementary student is fearful to come to school and once there, he is afraid to enter the school. If that student makes it to the classroom, often he is unable to cope or focus. In secondary schools, feelings can be internalized, leading to disengagement and depression. “There is likely an equal distribution of anxiety and stress K (kindergarten) through 12 (12th grade), however associated behaviors will manifest in different ways,” said Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director. “Younger students are more likely to act out and struggle to regulate their behavior. Older students tend to internalize their struggles until they manifest as self-harm and/or suicide ideation.” Veteran teacher Karen Larson, who instructs English at Canyons District’s Brighton High, learned that firsthand. “The anxiety level is off the charts,” she said. “Students worry about paying for college, competing in the global marketplace for a job to support themselves, failing, being on their own and having that responsibility, what’s going on in the world.” Larson, who has students keep a journal that she tells them she reviews, has read those entries and more, including a student trying to harm himself. “I immediately let people know. By looking through his phone, they learned there were more pressures coming at him. What is happening in the world — shootings, climate change, cyberbullying — just adds to anxiety,” she said, adding that before reading the journal entry, she had no idea that the student attempted suicide. Sometimes, teachers and counselors recog-
“Nationwide, the suicide rates have increased,” he said. “Hopelessness, depression, anxiety all contribute. This is a generation needing different support than we’ve seen in the past. Much of their social world is fragile, contained to a device. There is a definite biological need to be face to face, to have that human interaction and touch, that is being reduced by technology. Now some peers are lacking self-confidence and anxiety grows as they text their peers next to them and sit isolated with their earbuds.” The Child Mind Institute reported in 2015 that more than 17 million U.S. children and adolescents have or have had a diagnosable mental illness — and 80 percent of the kids with anxiety don’t get treatment. According to the National Education Association, nearly two-thirds of college students reported in 2016 “overwhelming anxiety,” up from 50 percent just five years earlier. For seven straight years, anxiety has been the top complaint among college students seeking mental health services, with nearly one quarter saying it affects their academic performance. Petersen said that social workers report a higher number of students with behavior issues related to anxiety. “Students seem to be more anxious about safety at school, away from their parents, especially in K (kindergarten) through 6 (sixth grade), by negative influence of social media, and issues related to their status — and their family’s status — related to immigration,” she said. Gillett said that anxiety at a young age often centers around separation, being worried about their parents when they’re at school, or being anxious in school, speaking to teachers or in
“Anxiety is when that stress becomes a point at which the person can no longer accomplish their everyday tasks. Therefore, it is often that a student may not be able to concentrate and participate in academic learning nor complete assignments.” — Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District school counseling program specialist nize anxiety, such as being nervous before a test, but other times, it can be disguised as anger, illness, apathy or other behaviors that look entirely different, said Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District school counseling program specialist. “Everyone will feel a level of stress in their lives,” she said. “Anxiety is when that stress becomes a point at which the person can no longer accomplish their everyday tasks. Therefore, it is often that a student may not be able to concentrate and participate in academic learning nor complete assignments.” Anxiety in the classroom isn’t just hitting students locally, said Jordan School District Health and Wellness Specialist McKinley Withers.
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front of a classroom. Sometimes, children worry about a variety of everyday things and are filled with stressful thoughts, Gillett said. “Some worry is excessive and not normally warranted,” she said. Testing and academics also may play a factor, said Granite School District parent Robyn Ivins, who has taught in a classroom. “Teens today are really pressured from a young age to succeed so by the time they’re in high school, there’s real pressure to get a 36 on the ACT (college standardized test) and have a 4.0 (grade-point average),” she said. “It’s really taken a toll. Students are struggling to get the best classes, the best teachers, the best of everything. Sometimes they feel the pressure from parents or
The Zitting family attends Park Lane Elementary’s STEM Night. Counselors recommend families spend time together to help build bonds to make students feel safe and valued. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
their peers. Sometimes it’s pressure they put on themselves.” The National Education Association said that these teens grew up in classrooms governed by No Child Left Behind, the federal law that introduced high-stakes standardized testing to every public school in America. Starting in elementary school, instead of making art and new friends, the NEA said they learned to write fullon sentences in timed tests. These are the same students who instead of having hours of art and recess, attend pep rallies to pump them up for state testing. Even the stress of teachers needing to meet certain standards may be adding to the picture, wrote University of Michigan professor Daniel P. Keating in “Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety.” Ivins said certain anxiety issues, such as families struggling, may impact a number of Cottonwood High students, with some of the 1,700 students coming from refuge families. She and others try to take away that anxiety by providing food and needed items through the school pantry, which is open to all students. “In high school, there are all sorts of pressures from sleeping with a boyfriend or getting asked to a dance and wearing the cutest clothes to where their next meal will come from and how their family will cope with pressures,” she said. Ivins, who said she’s not an expert, has seen the effects of social anxiety maximized through technology, such as social media. “There is a false look of the world when something is posted on Snapchat,” she said. “Whether it’s students posting or the parents, what’s there is not the whole story. They’re only
posting the best. They see that their friends are succeeding, but what isn’t posted is a child having a tantrum or getting a C on a test. It becomes a struggle to lead the perfect life they see their peers have.” Gillett said sometimes, youth can’t fully understand messages and posts on social media. “A friend may say something, and your child takes it as a harsh rejection, when it’s not meant that way at all. Or they see all the great things that people do, but that’s only one percent of their life that is posted. We tend not to post our whole stories, just great accomplishments, not our normal days. Often that results in feelings of not measuring up when they compare themselves on what they see posted,” she said. Withers agrees. “Social media sucks kids in and creates anxiety in who sees what or how they measure up. Kids bullied at school feel less anxious nowadays than those who have been cyberbullied. Online, you don’t know who has seen what and you feel your whole life has been broadcast. You have no idea how far it went or who talked about it,” he said. The accessibility of having a smartphone also has led to more concerns beyond social media. “The increased screen time affects students,” Gillett said. “Constant access to the world can be a good thing, but it also means that the young are no longer sheltered from troubles, the next school shooting, bombing or even bullying, as we were when we young. Sometimes, they can’t process it at a young age. We need to build in escape time daily.” She said that even adding meditation, re-
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laxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes Suicide prevention education begins in seveach day for a mindfulness app will help take enth and eighth grades in Canyons District from away panic and anxiety feelings. warning signs to recognizing where to get help to “Even a walk without technology gives good coping skills. good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Hope squads, students who are “the eyes Gillett said. and ears” of secondary She also recomschools who help idenmends that having tify warning signs and family time as well as seek help from adults, putting away devices at are in place in a number dinner will help build of secondary schools bonds to make students across the state. feel safe and valued. In September, Sleep, about eight Canyons showed, or nine hours nightly, is “Angst,” a movie about one the best things for students dealing with students as well, Gillett anxiety and had a panel said. discussion afterward. — Granite School District parent “Just as your More than 500 families Robyn Ivins phone needs to be attended, Gillett said. plugged in to recharge, “Anxiety has beyour brain is the same way. It needs to recuper- come a hot topic for parents and we have seen ate,” she said. an increase in discussion and in seeing students Gillett isn’t anti-technology. who previously didn’t know where to get help,” “It’s a factor of the world we live in and we she said. need to find a healthy way to navigate through Olympus High in Granite School District it. Technology developed super quickly and now also showed the movie in October and Skywe’re seeing the adverse effects and are under- line High held a suicide night Oct. 16. Several standing them. We need to help students make parent outreach meetings on mental health and healthy choices that will support and protect suicide prevention are them in the world they live in,” she said. held throughout Granite Teachers are becoming more aware of how School District. students cope with anxiety and how their relaIn Jordan District, tionships are critical, Gillett said. where Herriman High “Some anxiety, such as their ACT scores community experior fitting in the crowd, is normal, but it’s when enced seven student there is hysterical crying or depression, those are suicide deaths last year, warning signs and having a positive, strong re- 36 psychologists were lationship where a student can talk to and trust added this year so every an adult is important,” she said, adding that sec- elementary has a fullondary schools have become more pro-active in time health and mental sharing the SafeUT app or suicide hotlines with professional to match those already in place at students. “We’re taking away the barriers in the secondary schools. talking about mental illness. Any mental illness Petersen said there also has been an increase is a risk factor for suicide.” in the number of students — and their parents
“Teens today are really pressured from a young age to succeed so by the time they’re in high school, there’s real pressure to get a 36 on the ACT and have a 4.0.”
— reporting that they feel anxious and stressed. “We do not track this specifically, but we have seen an increase in ‘anxiety and stress’ used as reasons for not attending school and an increase in the number of students — and their parents — requesting a home instruction placement for the same rather than a traditional school schedule,” she said, adding that all Granite District staff are trained on what to look for and how to talk with struggling students. Murray School District Director of Personnel and Student Services Darren Dean said school personnel do not diagnose anxiety, but help with resources. “We train administrators and teachers to work with the parent on accommodations in the school setting that will help the student to be successful,” he said, adding that services include meeting with school counselors or extending referrals to an outside agency for counseling services. Withers said while school districts aren’t designed to treat mental health, Jordan District supports students and provides families with resources, including Jordan’s Family Education Center where students can receive eight weeks of free counseling services. Withers said there is even an anxiety group that meets regularly. Gillett said that some immediate changes such as healthy eating and sleeping can help. “By setting goals and exercising daily habits of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said. “If those are already in place, then that routine will help when anxiety or depression comes. Balance is something we need to learn for ourselves and for our children.” l
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ordan High students Rhiannon Adderley and Jordan Barrus tried out Utah Valley University’s airplane that was on display. Rhiannon, who is a junior, said that they had learned about topics from engineering to aviation services. Jordan, who is a sophomore, said, “I’m looking around, getting an idea of what I want to do.” Learning about career opportunities is one reason Career and Technical Education leaders in Murray, Granite, Jordan, Canyons, Salt Lake and Tooele school districts as well as area charter schools wanted to hold a showcase where high school students could explore and ask questions to college and industry leaders. “We want to open the students’ eyes,” said Janet Goble, Canyons CTE director. “They may not know what exists or how the ones they’re familiar with have changed. This gives them a chance to interact and be exposed to these careers and talk to those in the fields. Many industries are offering part-time jobs, internships, education reimbursement, and one-on-one conversations about opportunities.” Goble said it’s an effort to support “One, two, four or more,” meaning post-high school education and training such as earning a certificate to a doctorate program. “It used to be pushed that job opportunities came with a four-year degree and that’s not true anymore. There’s a severe shortage in all the skilled, technical areas as the current workforce is retiring. Some starting careers can reach six figures and tuition reimbursement,” she said. Such is the case with Komatsu Equipment, said Matthew Pruss, Komatsu Equipment director of human resources. Komatsu, which supports the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways through educational opportunities at Jordan and Canyon technical education centers, was just one of more than 100 businesses and college and university departments at the Oct. 16-17 Pathways to Professions’ Career & Technical Education Showcase. Pruss said that workers earning “six figures” rings true in the diesel tech careers, where they also offer apprenticeships and help pay for education. “Careers are becoming much more hightech,” he said. “These careers aren’t the grease monkey positions that we used to know. Now, our technicians are on the laptop, understanding electronics, coding and programming.” For example, a drone’s photography may be used to measure elevation, which then can be used in developing models of roads or where to place piles of dirt when building a future school site. From there, technicians build and create models with 3D printers, which may be used when excavating with computer-programmed
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autonomous hauling machinery and trucks. “There are prototypes where there are no drivers in the cab; they’re already be tested,” Pruss said. “We’re needing technicians right now and students can work right into the program where we’re experiencing shortages.” Stephen Hemmersmeier, marketing department data coordinator at Jerry Seiner Dealerships, said they too are experiencing a technician shortage in the automobile industry, and incentives such as tuition reimbursement for two-year technician certification programs are possible with Jerry Seiner Dealerships. “Many students think it’s working with your hands, and tinkering with engines, but now it’s being able to upload and run diagnostic equipment on the computer,” he said. Hemmersmeier, and other company representatives, interested students through hands-on activities at the Pathways expo. At Jerry Seiner, students were given a “Minute to Win It” scavenger hunt to identify 25 parts of a Kia Stinger. “It’s a fun, interactive way to get students involved and then, they feel more at ease to ask questions,” he said. Drayke Gray, a cadet with Salt Lake City Fire, answered students about what he does and why he chose to enter a program for students from age 14 to 18 to learn about the fire service. “Even if they end up not wanting this career, it helps them learn leadership, accountability, knowledge, working with people and opportunities that will help them in their careers or with scholarships with colleges,” he said. Hillcrest High’s Work-Based Learning Facilitator Cher Burbank said not only is it a great opportunity for students to talk to industry leaders, but it also gives industry a chance to share with students so “kids will stay in Utah” with their careers. Priscilla Banbury, an adult volunteer with Americon, agreed. “We’re looking to find adults and kids who are wanting to pursue a job as we have openings and great benefits,” she said. “We want to integrate into the community and support our local students.” Jordan School District CTE Director Jason Skidmore said booths featured agriculture, business and marketing, family consumer science, skilled and technical areas, technology and engineering, information technology and health sciences. “We invited education and industry from all those sectors with a goal to provide students variety and have them look and learn what options are there,” he said about the 8,000 students in attendance. “Harmons has been here all three years we’ve held the Pathways Showcase. They tie into agriculture, culinary, business and marketing — so many more opportunities than stu-
Jordan High students Rhiannon Adderley and Jordan Barrus check out Utah Valley University’s airplane at the Pathways to Professions showcase. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
dents realize.” Skidmore said he also hopes students are intrigued to pursue their own passion to make it their career. As part of the expo, Salt Lake Community College hosted Jamie Hyneman, cohost of the television show, “MythBusters”, who shared how he did that. Jordan High’s Work-Based Learning Facilitator Lisa Willis said it started with “solid advice about following through with what you start” in terms of jobs and education. “He learned through survival, starting to make his own way when he was 14 and did a variety of jobs to survive,” she said, adding that he also earned a master’s degree. “He wanted students to know they could be more than the
students who took a test. They could be the students who could find the new method, not just answer a question right, but to think outside the box — to do hard things and make things better. He said they needed to learn things and see things through to the end, not just be passive or give up.” Goble added that she hoped students took note of his reply when asked how he figured out what career he wanted to do. “He said he’s still in the process of exploring and that he’s always learning,” she said. “Lifelong learning is an important part in careers.” l
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By Mayor Robert Hale
There are warm activities of this festive Season that I love: gathering of family, friends and neighbors around a dinner table or on kitchen barstools; sharing a traditional favorite family food; retelling of all the favorite 2018 happenings; measuring how tall the youngsters in our lives have grown since last we were together; participating in the winter and Holiday special performances at schools, churches, arts centers and clubs; the long nights ﬁlled with holiday lights in the neighborhoods of our Valley; cheering on our favorite sure-to-win-this-year bowl game sports teams; and many more activities that are designed to create positive memories and draw us closer to those we love and befriend. If in all our regaling, we must remember there are many who have not what they need for this cold time of year. We must willingly donate our time, resources, and some of ourselves to lift the burden of sadness, ill health, loneliness, separation anxiety, stress and lack of hope of our neighbor. A few years ago, my wife asked that I go to the nearby grocery to purchase an ingredient for the coming Christmas Eve family dinner. It was a cold and rainy evening. I used an umbrella. As I walked the back street, I noticed a bright orange tent or tarp clinging to the wet electrical boxes at the back of the store. A car was parked nearby, an unusual sight. I made my purchase and as I retraced my path home, I noticed the car was gone, but the orange cover was still there. I voiced a loud greeting, “Hello, the tent!” I got a male response. I asked if he were all right and dry. Rain was falling hard. The forecast was for the rain to change to heavy, wet snow around midnight. Now heavy, wet snow on Christmas Eve was a joyful occurrence! All the neighborhood was excited, especially the children. Santa would for sure ride his sleigh rather than a helicopter. But this rain – and the forecast snow would not be pleasant for anyone under a tent! My mind thought about a week-long getaway that our church youth planned in Payson Canyon a few years ago. A late spring snowstorm hit during the night and all the tents collapsed. The leaders ferried everyone down to Payson City where they were put up in a church cultural hall for the week. The tents were retrieved ten days later when the canyon road became passable again. I feared the same thing would happen to this man. I went on home, delivered the ingredients in a timely manner only to get another requested purchase at the store. Still raining hard, I goulashed my way to
the store again. But on my return trip, I decided to become more acquainted with this peregrino. I walked around the transformer and stopped short of the tent door. “Hello?” I queried. “Are you planning on staying here all night?” “Hi. Yes. I have nowhere else to go.” “What is your name?” “Larry.” “Larry, do you know that this rain is going to change over to snow in the middle of the night and that it will become very unpleasant staying here?” I asked. “No, I didn’t know the forecast,” he replied. After a thorough review of his total belongings, or lack thereof, I asked: “Would you come with me to my home on this Christmas Eve?” Larry was not able to spend this night with the mother of his children. He was cold, shivering and very lonely. He accepted my offer. I went home quickly without Larry to advise my wife of the unexpected guest we would have this night. With her approval, I returned and escorted Larry along with a few of his important belongings. These included some gifts he had purchased for his two children. We fed Larry, let him shower, gave him wrapping paper for his gifts, fed and housed him in a spare bedroom for the night. In the morning, he didn’t arise as early as the grandchildren in our home. We were well into breakfast and the morning activities when Larry came to our kitchen. We gave him a warm breakfast, and he was off to visit his children for the day. We wondered how it had gone. Larry returned the next morning to retrieve his belongings and was off to another safe location. We have never seen him since. But he was in our prayers. God and His children can capably watch over mankind. “Mankind is my business!” exclaimed Marley in Christmas Carol. We need to open our lives, our cliched ﬁst, our tight wallet. We can extend a hand, give of our time, and share our abundant riches and blessings with those less fortunate. May this Holiday Season be a blessing in your lives and in those of your neighbors, friends and family.
Happy PAWlidays! The temperatures will be dropping, and snow will be in the air! Keep your pets safe during the cold weather with a few tips: • Grab your pup a coat and some dog booties to protect their paws. Check your dog’s paws for snow clumps when they come in after being outside. • Ice melt is dangerous to our pets if ingested. Please wipe their paws when coming inside from a dog walk or a cat outing. There is animal-safe ice melt you can purchase at your local hardware stores. • If your dog stays outside in your backyard during the day, please be sure that they have access to shelter and un-frozen water. During night freezing temperatures, please bring your dog inside. If you’re cold, your dog is cold. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia. • If you have a community cat colony at your residence, please make sure they have adequate shelter.
How You Can Help Pets in Your Community Annually, we care for about 10,000 lost and stray pets every year at Salt Lake County Animal Services. The pets here at the shelter always love donated tasty treats! The dogs enjoy yummy canned food, soft treats, canned pumpkin, applesauce, and of course durable squeaky toys! The cats love canned cat pate, soft treats, scratching posts and toys. If you would like more ideas please visit our website, AdoptUtahPets.com or visit us at 511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City. You can drop off donations Monday – Saturday between 10 AM – 6 PM in the lobby.
In The Middle of Everything Midvale Community Council By Sophia Hawes-Tingey Happy Holidays. I would like to start by congratulating our former chair, Andrew Stoddard, on his election to the Utah State House of Representatives. During the last year, we have had fun and amazing programs including active shooter training, candidate forum night, and medical marijuana. This past year I have also seen the results of more community engagement in the direction of the city, including road construction, community-oriented planning, the active plan of the city to revitalize main street, and work with developers to provide more community green space amenities for the residents of Midvale. There’s also talk of a new community center, and active involvement by the city ofﬁcials to ﬁnd a way to bring a community swimming pool to Midvale. And it was all made possible because of community involvement by people like you.
The Community Council has just elected a new executive committee for the next year, in which I have the honor and privilege as serving as the new Chair. The Vice Chair will be held by Steve Hirchak; the Secretary, Jodi Smith; and the Treasurer, Susan Hale. I look forward to the programming for the upcoming year and can’t wait to share it with you. Our next regular community council meeting will be held on January 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Midvale City Hall, where we’ll hopefully be discussing what we would like to see for our 2019 program. In addition, we also double as a Community Watch Program for the City, and have opportunities to speak with the police chief, city mayor, city manager, and a representative councilman. Please come be involved. We have vacancies and are always looking for new members. See you there.
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Veterans Day Ceremony Pancake Breakfast Midvale City hosted the annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 10 at the Midvale Senior Center. The Midvale Stake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints served more than 250 guests delicious pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham. Robin Towle, the reigning Mrs. Utah, posted Facebook live videos of interviews she conducted with local veterans. And families gathered to honor our veterans. The ceremony opened with the prelude and posting of colors by the Uniﬁed Fire Authority Honor Guard and Pipes, and the National Anthem was performed by Antonio Dudley. Mayor Pro Tem Paul Hunt welcomed guests and veterans stating “Throughout this nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the more than 650,000 American servicemembers who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 19.6 million veterans still living today.” Guest speakers Travis Clark, a Uniﬁed Police Department Detective and former United States Army Staff Sergeant, and Jerry Jensen, a former United States Army Sergeant, spoke about their experiences serving in the Army and about the importance of honoring our veterans. Travis stated “The freedom we enjoy is extremely special and that is why we must defend it. Veterans Day isn’t just for Veterans, it’s a day for all Americans. It’s a day to remember why they were ﬁghting and a day for all of us to begin our journey of protecting our freedom and the freedom of many future generations.” The pancake breakfast and ceremony provided a wonderful opportunity for families to teach children the importance of this special holiday and pay tribute to local veterans. The City is grateful for the Midvale Stake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for donating the eggs and providing the breakfast, the Midvale Senior Center staff, Uniﬁed Fire Authority Honor Guard and Pipes, guest speakers, McDonalds (for donating the orange juice) and the Midvale Mining Café (for providing the ham).
WWW . MIDVALECITY . ORG October Officer of the Month Officer Kyle Gleue On October 4, a juvenile male was reported missing in the Midvale area. The juvenile was 15 years old and was a student at Hillcrest High School. His parents reported he had not returned home from school that day and they had no idea where he was or what may have happened. Patrol ofﬁcers responded to the area and conducted a thorough search that produced no results or leads. At the time, it was unclear if the student was missing or if he had run away. Detective Gleue is the School Resource Ofﬁcer assigned to Hillcrest High School. Upon hearing of the situation Detective Gleue began utilizing resources at the school, interviewing other students, and conducting his own search. As of Saturday, October 6, the juvenile had still not been located. Without the request of his supervisor and on his own accord Detective Gleue came to work on his day off and spent nearly seven hours looking for the juvenile. The juvenile was ultimately located and returned home the following Monday in no small part due to Detective Gleue’s tenacious effort in this case. Detective Gleue has since developed a rapport with the juvenile which has led to additional information regarding this case. It is because of his dedication to assignment, his incredible work ethic, and his personal investment in Hillcrest High Students that Detective Gleue is recognized as the Midvale Precinct Ofﬁcer of the Month.
September Officer of the Month Officer Brian Broadhead Ofﬁcer Broadhead has a reputation amongst his peers for going beyond being a good team member daily. He has earned the respect of his peers by constantly going out of his way to assist each of them. He works the early morning shift, but regularly comes in 15-30 minutes prior to his shift, takes calls for his graveyard partners, who are at the end of their shifts, so they can wrap up their night, and can go home on time. He consistently steps up to take calls from his area partners while they are on breaks or eating lunch, preventing them from having their meals interrupted. He does it all with a smile, a great attitude toward the job, and treats everyone he comes across with kindness and professionalism. Ofﬁcer Broadhead has also earned the respect of his supervisors who regularly choose him to be the lead ofﬁcer in charge, in the absence of a Sergeant. He has proved himself by making solid judgement on serious incidents and showing leadership among his peers. It is for these reasons Ofﬁcer Broadhead was nominated by his peers and chosen by his administration to receive the Midvale Precinct Ofﬁcer of the Month.
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$192,087 Worth Of Lift Tickets Sold In Midvale During The 2017-18 Season Midvale City is smack dab in between downtown Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains. On top of location, location, location, the city boasts a “Ski Corridor,” (aka Fort Union Boulevard), which is lined with value-based hotel rooms, as well as restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and more. The Ski Corridor provides a direct bus route to the four mountain resorts: Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird. The Midvale/Fort Union Mountain Ski Corridor motels sold $192,087 worth of Ski City Super Passes during the 201718 ski season. The Super Pass provides freedom to ski any one of the four resorts and includes an all-day UTA pass for ski buses and TRAX light rail with service to Salt Lake City airport. Not only does this generate revenue for the City, it also beneﬁts local businesses. Visit www.SkiCity.com to learn more! And be sure to share this link with your friends and family. The UTA ski bus service to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude resorts begins on December 2, 2018. The service will run all day, with 15-minute frequency during peak hours, and provides increased parking capacity at multiple parking lots served by ski bus routes. Visit www.rideuta.com/Services/Ski-Bus/UTASki-Service to learn more.
Prescription Drug Drop Off The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that the non-medical misuse of prescription meds is the second-most common type of drug abuse in America. Removing excess medications from the home is an important strategy to prevent misuse. It’s important to note that most people who abuse prescriptions don’t need to buy them from a dealer. Instead, they get them from family members and friends. For example, 70% of teenagers who abuse prescription medications admit that they took the drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets at home. That statistic highlights why it’s so important to maintain an accurate, regular inventory of all prescriptions in the home. Parents need to know: • Exactly which drugs are prescribed. • How they should properly be taken. • How many are currently on hand at any given time. When prescriptions are no longer needed or wanted, they should be disposed of properly during the National Take Back Days in April and October, or by visiting a local collection site. The Uniﬁed Police Department provides several locations you can drop off your expired, unwanted, and no longer needed prescriptions. The Midvale Precinct drop box is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On October 27, 2018, the Uniﬁed Police Department Midvale Precinct hosted a National Drug Take Back Day at Hillcrest High School. The Midvale Precinct collected more than 50 pounds of used medication. Statewide, 54 agencies collected 21,309 pounds of drugs. Nationwide, 4,700 law enforcement agencies participated at 5,839 collection sites resulting in a total of 914,236 pounds of medications collected. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to drop off unused medication. Your efforts really make a difference!
Register Now to Volunteer for the Candy Cane Corner 2018
Candy Cane Corner is a partnership between The Road Home, YWCA Utah, and Volunteers of America, UT. This holiday store is a great way to help make the season bright for the families these three agencies serve by providing them with a meaningful and empowering holiday shopping experience. Each year, Candy Cane Corner helps families in need celebrate the holidays with new gifts. Parents visit the store with their case manager and select gifts for their children and themselves. For many of these families, it has been a very long time since they were last able to shop for new clothes or toys. We hope you’ll join The Road Home, YWCA Utah, and Volunteers of American, UT at Candy Cane Corner this year as they bring holiday magic and cheer to all of the children, mothers, and fathers they serve. Visit candycanecornerslc.org to sign up to volunteer or donate to the Candy Cane Corner.
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WWW . MIDVALECITY . ORG Midvale City Reminds Business Owners to Renew Their Business Licenses Midvale City reminds business owners to renew their Business Licenses no later than January 15, 2019 to avoid late fees. Business License renewal notices were sent during the last week of November. If there are any changes to the business, such as owner information or the business has relocated or closed, please contact the Business Development Coordinator at 801-567-7213 so we can update our records. RENEW ONLINE All Business Licenses can be renewed online through Xpress Bill Pay, the premier provider for online renewal payment systems. This service is available 24/7 with no additional fees. To renew online complete the following steps: 1. Click on “Create a free account.” (If you’ve already signed up with Xpress Bill Pay and have an account, you can log in with your email address and password rather than creating another account.) 2. Follow the instructions on the screen: Enter your email address and a password of your choice. Then enter your contact information and business name to register your account. 3. Once you’ve registered your account, Xpress Bill Pay will send an email to your email address to verify your email account. Open the email and follow the directions to verify your email address and enable your account. 4. You will be redirected to the Xpress Bill Pay website to the “Add New Account” page. Type “Midvale City” in the “Find your billing organization” box then hit enter. Click on the Midvale City box that appears. 5. Select the “Bill Type” as “Business License Renewal”. Enter your business account number (located on your current Business License) and last name as it appears on your Midvale City bill. Select “Locate Account”. 6. When the information concerning the E-bill account is located, it will then display with the option to “Add Account”. 7. Once you have verified that the information looks correct, select the “Add Account” button to finish linking your Business License Renewal account to your Xpress Bill Pay online account. You will then be able to view and manage your renewal account. 8. To pay your renewal, select the green “Pay Now” button and follow the prompts to finish your transaction. RENEW IN PERSON To renew in person, please visit the Community Development Department, located at Midvale City Hall, 7505 S Holden Street on the second ﬂoor. Please bring the “Application to Renew Business License” that was mailed to you. The ofﬁce is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. RENEW BY MAIL To renew by mail, send a check or money order, payable to “Midvale City” with your “Application to Renew Business License” form that was mailed to you. The address to send your renewal is: Midvale City Business Development Coordinator 7505 S Holden Street Midvale, UT 84047 For more information, please contact the Business Development Coordinator at 801-567-7213 or Jstuart@midvale.com.
Soccer unites two boys’ remarkable friendship By Julie Slama | email@example.com
aison Anderson remembers in grade school lingering around Silver Mesa Elementary, waiting for his mom, who was a paraeducator, to finish up in her classroom. Tanner Cluff also would hang around after school as his mom was the PTA president and would be coordinating activities. “Tanner became one of my best friends in elementary,” said Anderson, who lives in Sandy. “We weren’t in the same class and probably wouldn’t have become friends if it wasn’t for hanging around after school. It was harder for him to make friends outside of the accommodated core. He loved sports and always talked sports, so once he learned I played soccer, we’d play soccer and other sports at recess and after school. He loves basketball, but he was like 6 feet tall in fourth grade, so I didn’t have a chance. Soccer was something we could play together.” Silver Mesa Paraeducator Patty Smith remembers Cluff in her classroom and his love of sports. “He was amazing when it came to recall stats, especially his favorite (Utah) Jazz player,” she said. That friendship continued at Hillcrest High from when Cluff was a freshman and the two became locker partners through Anderson’s graduation last spring. Now the two are not only friends, but teammates, playing together
this season on the same soccer team — Real Salt Lake Unified. Anderson, who filled a position in the team when it became vacated the previous year, made sure Cluff knew about this year’s tryouts, which were held last spring. “I talked to him about it and he was really excited,” Anderson said. Cluff is a senior at Hillcrest and has been the football team’s manager for the past three years. He, along with 17 other new team members, received uniforms and scarves at signing day in June. With their coach, Jenna Holland, they met RSL Head Coach Mike Petke and RSL and Utah Royals FC team members at Rio Tinto Stadium. As the only player from Hillcrest, Cluff joined the handful of local high school students who participate on the co-ed RSL unified team, which is comprised of 16- to 25-year-olds throughout the state. The goal of unified sports is to unite Special Olympic athletes and partners as teammates for training and competition. “The jersey top is really cool, but the shorts are so short, I wear two knee pads to make them look longer,” said Cluff, who now stands 6’8”. “Playing with RSL Unified is a dream come true. Sports are my life. I don’t know what I’d do without playing.” Cluff has played the past couple seasons
for Hillcrest High’s unified soccer program, which has won recent state trophies. He also was one of nine members who were selected and traveled as Team Utah to the USA Special Olympic Games in Seattle this past July and brought home gold. “I absolutely love soccer,” he said. “It gets my adrenaline going and it’s fun.” RSL Unified knew they would have a twomatch season this year. First, they traveled to face the Colorado Rapids Unified team on Aug. 25, before hosting LA Galaxy Unified on Sept. 1. “The first week was hard because there were more drills than we’ve had on my school team,” Cluff recalled. “I didn’t know all the formations, but Maison helped me through it. He helped me through all the season. We’d get together and practice so it wasn’t so difficult. We had a lot of fun, too.” One rule that wasn’t familiar to Cluff was offsides. “They didn’t call it in my previous games, so I had to learn that. We were ready for it at the first game even though the refs never called it,” he said. “I was playing forward, which is cool because I thought I could score, but there were very few times the ball came up to me.” Cluff said Anderson did get a goal in the game that ended in a 3-1 loss. “I gave him a big hug because he’s my buddy,” he said. “I hate to lose. The athlete in me doesn’t like to lose.” However, just taking the field was a highlight for the team, Anderson said. “When we came out of the tunnel, everyone was chanting ‘RSL United’ in one section, and it was getting louder and louder,” Anderson said. As an experienced team member, he helped calm the nerves for his teammates in playing in a MLS (major league soccer) stadium. “It is really exciting once everyone works out their nerves on the field. For the most part, the partners guide the athletes and help them understand where to be and what they need to be doing so together, we’re successful.” Even with the loss, Cluff said he had fun in Colorado as they went to a Colorado Rockies game with the Colorado Rapids Unified team. “The Rockies game was a highlight of the trip for me. When the Rockies are on TV, I’m immediately watching them. It was way more cool to watch the players in person,” he said. Anderson said that watching the Rockies with the opposing team reminded him of the previous year when he flew with the team to play Sporting Kansas City and they took in the Kansas City Royals game. “We sat together and not only was it fun to get to know one another, but to cheer for the players, not just the teams,” he said. “When we met up, we knew it was about selflessness and becoming friends unified through sports. It gives us more satisfaction to help one another. This changes our perspective on life when we’re involved on a personal level.”
RSL United teammates Tanner Cluff and Maison Anderson are friends both on and off the field. (Photo courtesy of Jenna Holland)
But one week later, this year’s squad was playing at Rio Tinto, which was amazing, Cluff said. “I had watched RSL on TV, but being able to play there was breathtaking. I had been on the field and waved when Hillcrest won and was honored there, but with the chanting before the game, and the beating of the drums, it was exciting,” he said. “Even the Utah Royals players came to support us.” Although LA took the game, 2-1, in what Cluff said was a fast-paced game, Anderson said it was a good season for the young team. “A lot of the team has played high school unified soccer, but with travel and playing with different formations since it is 11 (players) on 11 (players), not 5-on-5, it’s a different game and different level. The players learned to be respectful of the game, the players, the ref and the RSL family,” he said. Even now, with just a few practices this fall as the team enters the off-season and Anderson prepares for a Central America mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he remains in touch with Cluff. “He will text me to talk strategy or ideas about soccer. He talks football and basketball. It’s been an incredible experience to play RSL Unified and to be able to get to know the people I’ve met better. There’s a special connection and it’s been given more kids opportunity to play,” he said. “Unified soccer isn’t just about competition; it’s about becoming friends and being there for one another.” Cluff isn’t quite ready to see his friend leave for two years. “I’m so happy I played and I’m on the team,” he said. “Maison is absolutely one of my closest friends…We’re going to do something before he leaves so we can talk more about soccer.” l
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Are letter grades failing students? Parents give the grade to report cards By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
t may be a positive experience when little Gabriella or Alex brings home a report card from elementary school informing parents they’ve mastered or are progressing to meet a standard in the core curriculum — all without the traditional letter grade. But parents say that may not be the answer for high school students. “So far, my kids have been spared the drama of the standard-based report cards,” Bingham High PTA vice president Jodee Packer said. “With my kids applying to colleges, random proficiencies compared to letter grades don’t make sense. Everyone knows that a 4.0 GPA (gradepoint average) means all As.” Packer, who lives in Jordan School District, also points out to compete in high school athletics, GPAs are checked to allow students to compete, and to change it “complicates the system unnecessarily.” “It’s a system we all know. How do we check grades if we’re all doing proficiency-based report cards?” she said. Nationally, the trend is exploring standard-based report cards as educators say letter grade report cards diminish students’ interest in learning and result in them thinking about how well they’re doing rather than be engaged in what they’re doing, said education expert Alfie Kohn, author of “Punished by Rewards” and “Schooling Beyond Measure.” “The research quite clearly shows that kids who are graded — and have been encouraged to try to improve their grades — tend to lose interest in the learning itself, avoid challenging tasks whenever possible (in order to maximize the chance of getting an A), and think less deeply than kids who aren’t graded,” Kohn told the National Education Association in 2015. “The problem isn’t with how we grade, nor is it limited to students who do especially well or poorly in school; it’s inherent to grading. That’s why the best teachers and schools replace grades (and grade-like reports) with narrative reports — qualitative accounts of student performance — or, better yet, conferences with students and parents.” Locally, school districts are taking a closer look at transitioning to or have already made the change to standard-based report cards to complement their parent-teacher conferences. Granite School District, Salt Lake City-area’s largest district, began reviewing the standard-based grading more than eight years ago and has been making the transition, tweaking it along the way, said Assistant Superintendent Linda Mariotti. Four years ago, 18 teachers tested the new system. Last spring, 400 Granite District teachers used proficiency-based grading. This fall, 1,200 of the 4,000 teachers in the district were on board, mostly in the elementaries, she said. “Anytime something is new, it can be overwhelming because change is hard,” Mariotti said. “But proficiency-based grading empowers our students. It supports student learning and we
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want to do what’s right for our students.” She, along with other educators, inform parents in town meetings about what the district calls proficiency-based grading, which she said is a synonym for standard-based grading. “I may be one of the oldest in the room and grading hasn’t changed since I was in grade school, but we need to let you know how well your student is learning at that moment in time and we can do that with proficiency-based grading where a letter grade can’t do that,” Mariotti told parents recently at town meeting held at Cottonwood High. “The PBG report card will show where students are struggling and how you can help them and with what. It allows teachers to evaluate the assessments and know where to reteach. It eliminates grade inflation and extra credit not based on course work. Our report cards now will have value where the traditional letter grade report cards haven’t been making the grade when it comes to measuring student progress and achievement.” In traditional grading, Mariotti said letter grades report the number of points earned on assignments in a subject but it doesn’t reveal what the student has learned. Proficiency-based grading, she said, offers better feedback by evaluating how well the student has met measurable standards. Through the PBG or standards-based grading, students will receive a score based on assessments put into an algorithm. The latest assessment will carry the most weight as students are expected to know the subject better, she said. “This will ensure that we are being consistent and that the students will be learning the standards,” Mariotti said about the assessments that can be retaken during that school year. “With PBG, students are given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in multiple ways — they can write it, build it, dance it, say it, paint it, say it in another language — any way they can articulate they know it.” That one to four score will be what is shown on report cards for elementary-grade children, but Granite secondary students currently will have that converted into letter grades as well. “Nationwide, colleges are placing less emphasis on GPAs and more on ACT (college standardized tests) and the courses students are enrolled in, but we realize it is a bigger system out there so right now, we’re continuing to provide both the score and letter grade. USHAA (Utah High School Activities Association) also has student-athletes eligibility on GPA so that’s another reason to provide both. But we know letter grades can be subjective and may not really be reflective of what students are learning and PBL eliminates that,” she said. However, the transition frustrates some parents. Sheri Wade’s children have some classes that are graded on a PBG system and some that are not — she thinks. “My daughter’s math class is straight forward,” she said about the eighth-grade honors
Granite School District Assistant Superintendent Linda Mariotti discusses the transition to proficiency-based report cards at Cottonwood High School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
class at Bennion Junior High. “If the student gets a one, then we know the student needs improvement and in what area. If there’s a four, then we know the student has exceeded the expectations.” What confuses Wade is a science class. “I’ve been told that if a student receives 40 percent on a quiz, that it can’t be retaken and that assignments and labs are part of the grade where I’ve been told that with PBG it’s not graded so it’s hard to understand what is going on,” she said after the parent meeting at Cottonwood High. Earlier, Mariotti said that homework is not scored. “Homework is independent practice. Teachers demonstrate and talk about a skill, then they do it together with students and then ask students to do it on their own either in class or at home. Teachers provide students feedback, but not in terms of grades or scores, but rather to see them do well and improve,” she said. “There also is no extra credit. The scores are based on proficiencies’ assessments. It’s a new mindset that we’re needing to shift.” Cottonwood School Community Council member and parent Robyn Ivins then questions the motivation for homework. “I really like the proficiency-based grading and I’m grateful for them trying to make a difference, but it’s confusing to students and parents with how assessments really work and if homework and extra credit are really not part of the grade,” she said. “I feel like all the teachers who have switched to PBG are on the same program, but they aren’t.” For example, Ivins said her daughter, who she thought was in a PBG math class, just had her homework graded and was told that the teacher informed her that homework needed to
be completed if any student wanted to retake tests that term. Even the change of mindset may prove difficult, Ivins said. “If teachers tell them they’re not grading homework, the majority of high school students won’t do it. It’s hard for them to be motivated to do it just for the sake of learning. It’s hard for students to suddenly be told they don’t have to get a certain grade. It goes against everything they’ve been told from first grade that they need to have certain grades so they can be ready for college and receive scholarships,” she said. Ivins also expressed concerns with the new grading system for refugee students and those with disabilities. Mariotti gave the example if a parent has a sixth-grader and she is reading on a third-grade level, the teacher is still to teach the sixth-grade standards. “The IEP (the student’s individualized learning plan) will be able to show and help her with different ways she may be able to demonstrate her learning and trying to meet the proficiencies, which she may or may not get to, but she may get to a concept or objective level,” she said. “The same is true with an English learner, where a state test helps identify her understanding level and from there, she can demonstrate the learning.” Many parents wanted a concrete date the district will completely transition to PBG. Mariotti said there isn’t “a drop dead date,” but encourages teachers to shift when they’re comfortable. “Already this is rolling over on its own, just snowballing. I know it’s frustrating to parents we don’t have a specific date, but we want teachers to embrace it, not resist it,” she said, but added that in two years, she expects most teachers and
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schools to be on board with PBG for Granite’s Both Granite and Jordan districts have on67,900 students. line report cards so students and parents can The transition also is occurring in nearby review students’ learning — as does Murray Jordan School District, School District. that educates students in Murray School the southwest part of the District students reur report Salt Lake Valley. ceive the common cards now will Jordan School Disletter grades. trict Administrator of “All Murray have value where the Middle Schools Michael City School District Anderson said that he’s schools use a traditraditional letter grade “excited to give more letter grade report cards haven’t been tional meaning to our grading report card that measystem. It’s part of the making the grade when sures completion,” trend to get to the heart said Scott Bushnell, it comes to measuring of school and learning Murray District assisand education.” tant superintendent. student progress and While he said that “The MCSD report achievement.” middle school and high card is issued quarterschool levels haven’t ly and gives a snap— Granite School District Assistant changed their letter shot of a student’s Superintendent Linda Mariotti grades, with SBG, they academic, citizenship are able to provide an and attendance status “accurate reflection of what students know and at that time.” are able to do.” However, Murray District educators have “With standard-based grading, extra credit, looked into the pros and cons of standard-based effort or not getting work down isn’t the focus; grading. it’s assessments,” he said. “We’re changing re“We are focusing by grade levels and subport cards from a grading game to a learning ject areas, across schools, working on agreement game.” of standards and levels of proficiency. We are He said that the assessments will reveal currently working within the traditional grading what standards students miss and will help teach- format and communicating with students and ers determine if the question was poor or if it’s parents on how a student is performing. In Enan area that needs to be retaught. He said that glish/language arts, math and science, we have homework is used for students to practice what is begun to monitor the progress of students with taught to be ready to take the assessments. respect to grade-level standards. This progress “Kids can retake assessments, but only af- monitoring has been beneficial in helping stuter homework is done, so they have a chance to dents and parents understand standards mastery. learn the material,” he said. “The four, three, This process began in elementary schools and is two, one score with proficiencies will show if now being used in secondary schools as well,” students know or can show proficiency and can he said. demonstrate and apply it. This will give more Canyons School District made the transition meaning to the A to F letter grade on current to SBG with elementary schools in 2013-14 and report cards and allow the student to know why tweaking it with parent and teacher input for the they may have a B in a class and know he or she following school year. needs to show proficiencies in certain standards “We feel parents have a better understandto improve. Standard-based grading empowers ing of their child’s progress with our report the students to know where they are learning and card reflecting ‘mastered’ or ‘not yet mastered’ what gaps they have.” a standard rather than passing or failing,” CanAnderson said that since letter grades are yons spokeswoman Kirsten Stewart said. “The “universal” with colleges worldwide, Jordan has idea is not to penalize the student, but to learn remained with letters, but “has put more mean- the material and retake the tests to demonstrate ing into those letters” at the high school level. the mastery of the standard. One of the benefits Elementary students are on the numeral system. of standards-based grading is it helps to convey “Our teachers and administrators have that mistakes can be made and not getting 100 worked their guts out for better education and percent is part of the learning process.” standards of learning for our kids,” he said. While the standard-based grading system “Standard-based grading takes the guess work is in place in elementary schools, Stewart said out of report cards.” there is discussion about placing it in the secOquirrh Elementary PTA President Beth ondary schools although “there is no established LeFevre appreciates that. deadline.” “The report cards are trying to explain it “It doesn’t have to be a score, but the letmore and there’s no guessing that one assign- ter grade can be based on those standards,” she ment can bring down a grade,” she said. “It gives said, adding teachers have more than 90 hours parents a better idea of what a child needs to annually of instructional training to help assess work on, but I’d still like to see more explanation student learning and achievement. “We feel stanwith the scores and see the percentage of where dard-based grading is a nice balance to commuthey’re at. 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Former NBA coach hosts skills camp for kids By Catherine Garrett | email@example.com
ore than half of former NBA coach Barry Hecker’s coaching career has been spent at the highest levels in the sport of basketball. Yet, his love of teaching the game spans all age ranges. The veteran coach will hold a three-day “Shooting and Offensive Skills” camp Dec. 26-28 at the Gene Fulmer Recreation Center, located at 8015 S. 2200 West, in West Jordan for boys and girls in grades three through nine. “These camps are all about the basic fundamentals of basketball,” Hecker said. “We focus on quality fundamental instruction, we work hard with a lot of discipline and structure and we have a lot of fun. When these kids walk out of there, they know they’ve been taught and improved.” The camp will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of the camp is $80, which includes a T-shirt. Registrations are open online at www.slco.org/gene-fullmer/ or at Gene Fullmer Recreation Center through the first day of the camp. The first 25 kids registered will receive a free basketball. Contact Jason Kehr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (385) 468-1951 for more information. The camp is being sponsored by Ken Garff
Automotive Group, Champions of Autism and Standard Optical. Hecker has been coaching basketball at every level for more than 40 years — including 21 years in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies — but particularly enjoys working with those new to the game. “If you teach skills, that leads to confidence and that confidence can allow anyone to do anything they want,” he said. “I have more fun with young kids than with the pros. In the NBA, you have guys who are making millions. These kids are making nothing and they’ll listen to you.” The long-time NBA coach is a native of the Salt Lake area and has been a resident of Murray for years. He said he loves to share the values of hard work, teamwork, unselfishness and persistence, along with the physical skills of the game itself, with others. “I don’t care who I coach or when I coach,” Hecker said. “I simply enjoy teaching the game. It’s great to see a smile on someone’s face as they experience success. If you help somebody, you’ll be somebody.” l
Former NBA coach Barry Hecker worked with current NBA player Rudy Gay during his 21 years in the NBA. (Photo courtesy Barry Hecker)
Christmas came early to the Canyons School District Education Foundation with a $20,000 donation from Larry H. Miller Charities, the nonprofit arm of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. The money will fund a Sub-for-Santa effort benefiting students in every corner of the District. "We have pockets of need throughout our District, and this generous donation will make it possible for schools to assist families in making the holiday season truly special for students in need," said Foundation Officer Denise Haycock. The donors want the funds to be widely dispersed. To that end, the Foundation will make every effort to share this money across the District.
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Region champs: memorable season for girls tennis
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The Hillcrest High School girls tennis team nabbed the Region 2 championship this fall. “It was a great season,” said head coach Robert James. “The girls really played hard and had a great team attitude. It was great winning the region this year.” Members of the team include: Annie Blake, Aliyah Casaus, Katelyn Davies, Shaistah Din, Colette Dunn, Sadie Greenhalgh, Emma Greenwood, Elizabeth Hamilton, Megan Jeffery, Katheryn Lopez, Micaela Madariaga, Kylee Maddocks, April Maxwell, Shay Minoughan, Nicole Poelman, Sydney Russell, Emily Zhang and Erin Zhang.
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Never too early to think about next year for Hillcrest cross country By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hillcrest High cross country team finished the season well, with the boys taking first at region and then seventh at state. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
or a cross country team that dominated its region and finished seventh at state, the 2018 season for the Hillcrest High boys may only be an appetizer to the main course to come in 2019. The Hillcrest High boys cross country team ran past (literally) the rest of the field in Region 2 to claim its second consecutive region championship with almost a perfect score. The Huskies top five runners finished in the top six. “We were expecting it, but we were happy with it,” said Senior Zac Hastings of the quasi region sweep. Hastings and the rest of the Husky runners followed up their region success with a seventh-place finish at the 6A state championships at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City on Oct. 17. “It was about as good as we could’ve expected,” said head coach Scott Stucki. He was confident they could beat out their closest competition for that spot in Copper Hills and Westlake, who finished eighth and ninth respectively. Hastings finished 16th with a time of 16:04:8 on the three-mile course over hilly Sugar House Park. Though he didn’t break the 16-minute mark, his personal goal, he did finish with the third fastest time in Hillcrest history on that course.
“Yeah, it’s a challenging course but it’s really fun,” he said. “The two hills at the beginning are just brutal, then you kind of have to survive the rest of the race.” The two biggest hills on the course happen within the first mile. “A lot of kids make the mistake of going out too hard and then use it all on first mile and then you’re done,” Stucki said. The girls team finished 2018 second in region and 13th at state, but finishing ahead of a markedly improved Kearns team, who took the region title away from them. “Only had one goal at state and that was to beat Kearns—and we did—so that made me happy,” Stucki said. For Hastings, a four-year cross country runner and three-year track member, he saw personal improvements over the closing weeks of the year, made all the more impressive considering he missed a month of summer training with an injury to his IT band. This spring will be his final time running in a Husky uniform with the track team before going on to college, where he plans to continue running. Though he won’t be running for Hillcrest in 2019, next year’s expectations are rising a little bit higher than this year’s seventh-place finish. The Huskies graduate only four seniors from this year’s squad
(two boys, two girls). And, with a strong junior class and sophomore Anthony Davies returning, Stucki feels a trophy is within reach for the boys. “We’ll have our sights a little higher,” Stucki said. “The ultimate goal for next year is to be in the mix for one of the trophies. The top two teams get trophies. We’ll have to have a really good summer and some more growth with some of the kids, but with a senior-laden group, if we’re gonna get a trophy it’s going to be next year.” The girls team could come down to dedication and the next freshman class. “I have a group of girls that are more talented than they realize,” Stucki said, adding that if “you get a good strong group of freshmen, you can go from an also-rans to region champs.” Preparation for the 2019 season starts next summer, where Stucki said it comes down to getting the miles in. Varsity guys need to average up to 50 miles a week while girls need to be above 40, preferably around 43-45, said Stucki. He tracks 11 weeks in the summer, hoping for the boys to reach 550 miles and 480 for the girls. “The more kids you have hit those goals,” he said, “the better off you are.” l
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Tempting The Grinch
he animated film by Illumination “The Grinch” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Cameron Seely recently premiered on Nov. 9. During opening weekend, it made $66 million dollars. The popularly known version of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss was published on Oct. 12, 1957. It began as a 32-line illustrated poem titled “The Hoobub and The Grinch” and was originally published in May of 1955 in Redbook magazine. The book version was released in December of 1957 by Random House. Since then, the book has held the attention of young readers for decades. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s a quick rundown. In the little town of Who¬ville, all of the Whos who live there love Christmas. The Grinch lives north of Whoville and, not being a Who, hates Christmas. As the holiday approaches, the Whos get antsier, creating all sorts of smells and noises, including a song they all sing together on Christmas Eve. As The Grinch radiates of hatred on that night, he comes up with an idea. He will steal Christmas. He disguises himself as Santy Claus and sleds into Whoville where he steals all the Christmas things. As he is stealing Christmas in the middle of the night, a Who child, Little Cindy-Lou Who questions him about
stealing the family’s Christmas tree. He feeds her a lie and moves on with his night. On Christmas morning, well…I won’t spoil it for you. In the story, The Grinch steals everything relating to Christmas, even though Dr. Seuss mentions a few very specific things on The Grinch’s list: pop guns, bicycles, roller skates, drums, checkerboards, tricycles, popcorn, plums, pudding, roast beef, ribbons, packages, boxes, bags, and even the tree. If you don’t want to tempt The Grinch this holiday season, maybe it’s worth not having all of the above-mentioned items easily accessible. We’re in good shape with the first item on this list. Pop guns will probably be unavailable for purchase in many stores. Instead of buying an entirely new bicycle, tricycle, or roller skates, maybe it would be worthwhile to provide a gift card for the app related to the dockless electric rental scooters littering the streets of downtown Salt Lake. I haven’t used one myself, but from what I understand, you pay through an app on your phone and the scooter will run for as long as you pay for. Instead of buying a drum kit, which can run anywhere from $200 to upwards of $600 or more, maybe gift some drumsticks and lessons; or the Rock Band video game provided a gaming console has
been previously purchased. Checkers isn’t the popular game it used to be. Instead of spending $15 to $300 (I’m surprised too) on checkerboards, pick up a few packs of cards for less than $10. Not only are cards less expensive, there are unlimited variations of games that can be played. I’m not so sure checkers can say the same. For popcorn, just don’t. Who wants kernels in their teeth? Or to string popped popcorn? Unless that’s crucial to family tradition, please don’t partake. Also, plums and pudding. I’ve never incorporated those into festivities myself, so I don’t personally understand the appeal. However, I do know that my home is flooded with cookies and other homemade treats gifted from neighbors and family members. If you’re like me and have a swarm of goodies anyway, don’t buy plums and puddings either. Along the same thread (no, not the popcorn one), is roast beef. Does anyone still do roast beef for Christmas? It must be a Who thing. For ribbons, packages, boxes, and bags: keep it simple. Let’s start with boxes and bags. I’m sure a good portion of us will be doing online shopping this year. Keep the boxes from those orders. Personally, I keep boxes from online orders all year long so I can re-purpose them for gift giving. If I need to use
bags, I’ll buy a wholesale pack, because spending $2 to $10 per bag is madness. For ribbons and packages, I recommend buying wholesale as well. Hit up your local craft or party store and buy a few spools of ribbon which you can use multiple times. Balloon ribbon makes for surprisingly fancy present wrapping ribbon. Finally, the tree. I’m exceptionally biased. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh pine from a live tree throughout the season. I would have saved a few hundred dollars by now if I had invested in a fake tree, but some things are just worth it. l
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Life and Laughter—Dance of the Sugar Plum Peri
never remember having visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, mostly because I didn’t know what a sugarplum was (but it sounds like something I’d eat). What I do remember is having visions of Christmas cookies piled on every possible surface in our kitchen as mom baked herself into a holiday frenzy. Around the middle of December, mom would cart home bags and bags of ingredients for her annual Christmas cookie bake-a-rama, preparing to make the treats she only made once a year. My siblings and I would “help” her unload bags of chocolate, sugar, cream and spices until she yelled at us to go watch TV. When mom donned her apron, adopted a determined expression and started grabbing bowls, that’s when I knew Christmas was really coming. We also knew to stay out of her way, which meant we had to be creative when it came to sneaking bits of cookie dough, scoops of frosting and pieces of pecans. During the ‘70s, sugar consumption wasn’t regulated, it was even encouraged! We ate so much sugar on a daily basis, our teeth were in a constant state of vibration. But at Christmas?! Our sugar levels reached critical mass to the point we peed sugar cubes. I’d eat cookies for
dinner, have a stomachache all night, and only be able to eat four bowls of Cap’n Crunch for breakfast. Each of us had our sugary Christmas cookie favorites, and mom made every single one. Mine were the cherry cookies; buttery sugar cookie dough baked around a maraschino cherry. My sisters loved the pineapple tarts cooked to a golden brown, and gingerbread men, decorated with frosting and Red Hot candies. We all loved the delicate spritz cookies, made with mom’s electric press, and the chocolate mousse balls (which we never got tired of saying). Once the baking was done, and the powdered sugar settled underfoot, mom would pile the cookies on sturdy paper plates and send us out in the snow to deliver the goodies to our neighbors. We roamed the neighborhood, passing other children delivering treats to nearby homes, and wave to each other because this was one chore we didn’t mind. More holiday treats came in the form of grandma’s raisin pudding with rum sauce that she’d warm up in an aluminum can on the stove, and pies she kept hidden in the back bedroom under dishtowels because she couldn’t trust us not to stick our finger in them. We’d decorate sugar cookies at
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