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May 01, 2017
Rainbow Reading Bus Visits to Elementary Schools
visits to elementary schools through month of May
May 26, 2017
Last Day of School
Jul 13, 2017
Ogden School Foundation Golf Classic
Wolf Creek Resort
Aug 21, 2017
First Day of School
Sep 01, 2017
All Grant Applications Due

Some of the many activities, fieldtrips and events that the Foundation sponsors are listed below. We are very proud to be able to offer such diverse opportunities to our students. Inner city children often are not able to participate in a wide variety of educational experiences away from school making what we are able to offer even more meaningful.

 

Cashore Marionettes: Students are enthralled with this presentation that features amazingly life like puppets. Not only have the students never seen anything like this show, many of the teachers have commented that they have never seen marionettes before either. To see the quality of the performance, please go to http://www.baylinartists.com/in-school-performances/the-cashore-marionettes/ and click on one of the screens at the lower left side of the monitor. This is definitely a presentation that kindles our student's imaginations.

 

 Celebrate Shakespeare: Each spring near Shakespeare's birthday, the Utah Shakespearean Festival visits our community. The program includes a performance for secondary students, drama workshops, and a free evening community performance in the beautifully restored Ogden High School auditorium. This program is sponsored in partnership with WSU Stewart Library.

Elementary Science Programs: Three interactive science programs rotate among the elementary schools each year:

The Clark Planetarium Astro Van includes assemblies, classroom visits and rocket launches.

 

The Living Planet Aquarium Rain Forest Van provides educational "safaris" on rain forest conservation and wildlife, complete with live jungle animals.

 

The Utah Waters Van visits each fourth grade class to educate student on the water cycle in Utah's desert climate.

 


Telitha Lindquist Greiner Excellence in Teaching Awards:  The Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize, inspire, and reward teachers in the Ogden School District for continually seeking ways to improve the quality of education in our schools.  A winner is selected from each school in the district based solely on the votes of their peers.  Winners each receive a check for $500 and are recognized in front of their peers and students, as well as at several community events throuhout the year.
 

 

 

 Expanding Your Horizons Conference: Scholarships for many of our Junior High School girls to attend this unique girls only science conference is just one way the Foundation offers hands-on science and math activities and encourages students to consider careers in Math and Science.

Fieldtrips

 

 

Eccles Dinosaur Park: Our students get an up-close look at creatures like the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex or the gazelle-like Dryosaurus. They also have access to a working paleontology lab, hands on exhibits and over eight acres of life sized dinosaurs in a natural outdoor environment.

 

 

 

Ogden Nature Center: Student tours include meeting live birds of prey, wandering through 1.5 miles of easy walking trails, and exploring tree houses, bird blinds and a spotting tower.

 

 

Treehouse Museum: These educational tours provide unique activities that are centered on current Treehouse exhibits. These activities compliment classroom lessons and support the Utah State Core Curriculum.

 

 

WSU Storytelling Festival: Throughout time, people of all ages have loved stories. The storytelling festival provides our students with the opportunity to experience creative expression, enjoyment and pleasure through storytelling. Thousands of our students attend the festival and listen to local, state, and national storytellers, as well as their own peers.

Grants
  Minigrant Program: Over 300 teachers were excited to receive minigrants for for up to $300 each in 2016. They were able to use these grants to help develop special projects or buy supplies for their classrooms.
 

 Impact Grants: The Foundation was thrilled to award funding to over 60 teachers last year who requested Impact Grants of up to $1,000. These grants were specially designed to support creative and measurable projects that encourage higher levels of student learning. These larger grants require a more detailed application and defined reporting. The Foundation was thrilled to award funding to over 60 teachers last year who requested Impact Grants of up to $1,000. These grants were specially designed to support creative and measurable projects that encourage higher levels of student learning. These larger grants require a more detailed application and defined reporting.

 

School Priority Grants: All schools in the district may apply for a yearly grant of up to $6,000 for secondary and $4,000 for elementary schools, to fund school-wide projects. We were pleased to award over $73,000 to 16 schools last year.

Innovative Grants: A new category for 2016, up to 10 Innovative Grants are awarded district-wide for amounts up to $2,500 for projects that are truly innovative and unique.

 

 Major Grant Project: The Foundation frequently sponsors district-wide projects in the areas of literacy, the arts, math and science, or technology. Past projects include Media Center Upgrades, Math Calculators, High School Band Uniforms, Secondary School Musical Instruments, and Elementary School Learning Centers.

 

Rainbow  Bus: This incentive program, sponsored in partnership with the W.C. Swanson Family Foundation, is a favorite of our students. The bus travels to our elementary schools each spring and students who have achieved 97% school attendance or greater are given the opportunity to board the bus and choose a gift, ranging from art supplies, toys, and personal hygiene items to gift certificates for their entire family to local restaurants.

 

Reflections Awards for Student Winners: The two PTA councils in the district sponsor the annual Reflections Contest in each of the schools to encourage creative writing and visual arts. Winners from the schools compete at the council level; council winners receive a cash award and compete at the state level.

 

Utah Children's Theatre: All second grade classes have the opportunity to travel to Salt Lake City to attend a live performance of a children's play. For many students in our District this may be their first opportunity to see live theater.

Summer Arts Program: Summer camps provide opportunities for students to be involved in theater, music, creative writing and visual arts during the summer months. These programs help kids continue to progress and learn and help negate the "summer slide" effect that is so common with our students.

 

Sur-Prize Patrol: Teachers who successfully apply for an Impact Grant are often in tears when the Sur-Prize Patrol shows up in their class with an oversized check and balloons to let them know how much funding they will receive. The Patrol is made up of Foundation Board members and donors. The Patrol's goals include having the students see the check awarded and understand that their teacher went the extra mile in their behalf and that the Foundation made these Grants possible.

Visiting Authors
Elementary/Junior High School Visiting Authors: Students in selected elementary and junior high grades have the opportunity several times a year to interact with prominent children's and young adult authors.

The Foundation supplies copies of the author's books to familiarize students with his/her writing prior to the event. The authors are always enthusiastically received in the schools.

 

 

High School Visiting Authors: Working in partnership with Weber State University English Department, the Foundation sponsors workshops with well-known authors for high school English classes. Students have the unique opportunity to read the author's work and then interact with him/her during their presentation at their respective schools.

 

WSU "College Bound" Partnership: This partnership creates an environment for our students to be on a university campus and see that a college education is possible for them. It supports the district's initiative "No Excuses University" that encourages students to pursue their education beyond high school graduation. Our students interact with WSU student leaders and athletes, tour the campus, and attend a men's basketball game. Even though all our students live in Ogden, many of them have never visited Weber State or considered that they might be able to go on to higher education. This programs helps create a "when I go to college" not an "if I go to college" mind set. Having a goal to go to college can change a child's life.

Events Transportation
Throughout the school year the Foundation funds busing for approximately 10,000 students to attend a variety of Fine Arts performances including:
  • Children's Dance Theater
  • Utah Symphony
  • High School Holiday Dance Concert
  • Imagine Ballet's Nutcracker
  • WSU Outreach Program
  • Ogden High Musical
  • Elementary Choir Week
  • Imagine Ballet's Spring Show
  • Festival of the Arts
  • Performances at Union Station
4th Grade Rendezvous at Fort Buena Ventura During May, after a school year of Utah History study, students from the Ogden District attend a special 4th Grade Student Rendezvous at Fort Buena Ventura sponsored by the Ogden School Foundation. The Foundation donates the busing and entrance fees to the Fort where students from various schools present their Utah History performances.