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August 2021

Eagle News 8/23/2021

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First Week of School
We had a great first four days of school for our 1st – 6th graders! Students seem excited to be starting a new school year! Our teachers devoted a lot of time last week to teaching students how to demonstrate the Alpine Big 3: Respect, Responsibility, Ready, in the classroom and school common areas: hallways, restrooms and cafeteria. It is so important in the first days of school for students to learn the rules, routines and procedures that create a warm and nurturing learning environment in our school.
First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten
We are excited to welcome our youngest learners, the preschoolers and kindergartners, to their first day of school on August 24. There will undoubtedly be a few tears by both students and parents, but our teachers will welcome your students to school with love and enthusiasm.
Assessment Data
We are proud of the 2020 – 2021 Alpine Elementary student academic achievement data. Acadience Testing is the foundational reading assessment that is administered to K – 6 graders three times during the school year. We particularly focus on the K – 3 scores, knowing that proficiency in reading is the foundation for all academic success in succeeding school years. Last year there were 60 elementary schools in the Alpine School District. 61 this year with the opening of a new school in Vineyard. Alpine Elementary’s Acadience results compared well with the other elementary schools in the ASD:
Kindergarten: 86% proficiency, 6th highest in the ASD
First Grade: 86% proficiency, highest in the ASD
Second Grade: 72% proficiency, 12th highest in the ASD
Third Grade: 71% proficiency, 6th highest in the ASD
Those combined K  – 3 assessment scores gave us the second highest K – 3 Acadience results in the entire school district, 81.25 %.! ! Darn that Highland Elementary at 82% proficiency. Those achievement results don’t happen by accident. We are grateful for all of the great work last year’s K – 3 teachers did with students, and we are confident that this year’s teachers will continue helping students achieve to their full potential.
Our RISE state testing scores in English Language Arts, Math and Science in grades 3 – 6 are also above state average and compare favorably with the other schools in the ASD.
Teacher Aides Needed
We are in need of multiple Teacher Aides this new school year. Most of the positions are three-hour jobs, though we do have some four and five-hour positions. Teacher Aides hours are typically in the 9:30 am – 12:30 pm time frame.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an aide at Alpine Elementary, please contact our Instructional Coach, Jenna Berry, [email protected].
PTA News
The Alpine Elementary PTA is looking for volunteers to help with our Running Club, which will be starting in the next couple of weeks. We have moved the Running Club to morning recess 3 times a week rather than early morning in the hopes that more students can participate. If you would like to help a couple of days a month to oversee the students as they run, please contact our PTA President Suzanne Campbell at 801-635-7899 or [email protected].
The PTA is also still looking for a volunteer to chair Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on Drug Safety and Awareness. This is an important program and serves as a great reminder to students, and will be happening the week of Oct. 19 – 22. Again, please reach out to Suzanne if you’d be interested in helping with that.
After School Parking
Please do not park in the bus loading zone 3:00 – 3:30 pm. We have cones set out to remind parents that cars in the bus loading zone make it difficult for our one bus to pull in to pick up students and leave to take students home.
Elementary School Band and Orchestra Program
I have included a flyer for an Elementary School Band and Orchestra Program being offered and Highland and Ridgeline Elementary schools. Because Highland has a different school start time than Alpine Elementary, the program at Ridgeline would be the one that fits our schedule.
Online Absence Requests
Parents can excuse their students from school by using the Online Absence Request for Parents. I have attached instructions on how to use this online form.
Outside the Principal’s Office
In the eight years I have been at Alpine Elementary, we have never had as much moisture as we did in our first week of school. Not always convenient for outside recess, but very much needed in this drought-stricken part of the country! We had trees in our neighborhood blown over by the strong wind Saturday night. Hopefully, your homes and property withstood the strong gusts. On my Saturday morning bike ride up to the top of Squaw Peak, I rode in a steady downpour for a few minutes. I hope that you all enjoyed the cooler weather over the weekend.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 8/2/2021

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Eagle News

For those of you new to Alpine Elementary, my primary means of communicating with parents is a weekly email that I call the Eagle News. I will often include an anecdote about my life in a section of the email called Outside of the Principal’s Office that I hope allows parents to better to get to know me.  The Alpine Elementary Staff looks forward to a new school year that will enable all students to have a successful learning experience. So here is the first Eagle News for the 2021-2022 school year!

Important Dates

August 6—Parents can get on Skyward and see who their child’s teacher is going to be for the new school year. Call the office, 801-610-8700, if you need help logging into Skyward. We have spent a lot of time creating classes that are balanced by number of students, gender, academic ability and behavioral characteristics. To maintain that balance, I respectfully ask that parents not call or email me requesting a teacher change after being informed who your student’s assigned teacher will be. Moving students from one class to another after teacher assignments have been made creates imbalanced classes. I know that parents talk amongst themselves and have perceptions about preferred teachers, but it is not possible to accommodate all parent requests. Students often tell parents that they are not in the same class as their friends, and ask their parents to contact me wanting to make a class change. Please do not do that!

August 16—Open House, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Teachers will communicate with parents via email about classroom routines, expectations, and curriculum prior to the August 16 Open House. This is a time for students and parents to meet the teacher and see the assigned classroom. 

August 17—First day of school for 1 – 6 graders. Our school schedule for the new school year is:

9:15 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. There will be no designated early release day for students, as Mondays have been in previous years. 

August 24–First day of school for Preschool and Kindergarten.

AM—9:15 am – 12:00 pm

PM—12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Supply Lists

Grade level classroom supply lists will be posted on the Alpine Elementary website on August 4. 

No Masks in School Required

We receive daily updates on how COVID-19 and other variant viruses are impacting people around the world. At this time, Governor Cox, the Utah County Health Department and the Alpine School District Board of Directors have not issued a mask mandate in schools. Consequently, unless directed otherwise by state and district officials prior to August 17, students, parents and staff will not be required to wear masks in school. Having said that, any student, parent or staff member can choose to wear a mask in the school. We will continue to teach and reteach our students the importance of personal hygiene and to not come to school if displaying any virus-like symptoms. 

Outside the Principal’s Office

The two big trips my wife Laura and I took this summer were to Rapid City, SD and Newport, OR. We enjoyed visiting our son and daughter-in-law in South Dakota, and unlike a year ago when I fractured my clavicle in bike wreck, I had two beautiful bike rides on the Needles Highway near Mount Rushmore. We raised our family in Redmond, Oregon which is 175 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but the part of Oregon we miss the most is the Oregon Coast. The four days Laura and I spent on the Oregon Coast were good for the soul!  We enjoyed the cooler weather as we walked the beaches, ate some excellent sea food, and of course had to sample some ice cream from the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I spent a lot of time on my road bike this summer, Suncrest, Alpine Loop, Granite Flats and the Murdock Trail were some of my go to rides.