September 15: Full Show
9:05 - Ute Conference suspends players and parents over Herriman Brawl
An update has come through regarding referee harrasment from parents, specifically involving the recent “parent brawl” that took place in Herriman over the weekend. Dave and Debbie discuss the update.
9:20 - Sandy City and the Gondola
Today we are broadcasting live from Sandy City! Mayor of Sandy City, Monika Zoltanski joins the show to discuss her priorities for the city and share input on where she stands with the Gondola.
9:35 - Student Loan Forgiveness: Is Utah gearing up for a lawsuit?
Governor Spencer Cox along with many others signed a letter requesting the Biden Administration to withdrawl the Student Loan Forgiveness plan immediately. Senator Mike Mckell shares his input on this and what could come from it.
9:50 a.m. Jordan High School Latinos in Action
Jordan High has an incredibly active Latinos in Action program — which has proven to be an effective dropout-prevention program for students who historically have had higher high school dropout rates. Latinos In Action bridges the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, working from within the educational system to create positive change. Jordan High’s program operates as a year-long elective course taught by a highly-qualified teacher at the middle school, junior high, and high school level. The end goal of everything LIA does is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college- and career-readiness. They accomplish this by focusing on four pillars: leveraging personal and cultural assets, excelling in education, serving the community, and developing leadership skills. Jerildeen Fernandez a student at Jordan High School a part of Latinos in Action shares information about Latinos in Action.
10:05 a.m. — Math and Reading scores fall drastically since pandemic
Assessment data show that math and reading scores for American 9-year-old students fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic. Nationally, reading scores saw the largest drop in 30 years, while math scores had their first dip in the history of the testing regimen behind the study, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Education Department. But schools are aggressively targeting the “COVID-19” slide with initiatives to reverse the trend and inspire a trajectory of learning. Dr. Roderick-Landward will be prepared to talk about what CSD is doing to not only lift up struggling students but also provide opportunities for the many students who are achieving at high levels.
Instructional Supports Assistant Director Jesse Hennefer joins the show to explain more.
10:20- a.m. — The pandemic’s impact on student’s
This year’s senior class had just started their high school careers when the COVID-19 pandemic upended life. They were freshmen when school was shuttered to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. And this is the first year that no COVID-19-related health orders or laws have been in place since 2020. What has that been like for this year’s seniors? What did they learn from those years? Do they think they “missed out” — or did they learn things about life that other classes have never had to experience? What is it like now that students can go to football games, have dances, and attend school without masks? Jordan High is holding its Homecoming Pep Assembly Thursday morning. Students of Jordan High School share their input on how they’ve been effected.
10:35 - Behavioral issues caused from the pandemic in elementary school students
One of the reverberations of the pandemic is that kids have not had structure for two years. When they were doing online school at home, the littlest of students didn’t learn how to “Do School,” meaning: Sit at a desk, raise a hand, wait your turn in line, focus for a period of time on a subject, etc. Many small children in their developmental years have only been exposed to close family members and friends for the two COVID-19 years.An evidence-based preschool, like those in Canyons District, can help children become adjusted to both the social and academic parts of school, even before they start kindergarten. Canyons School District Preschool Coordinator, Terri Mitchell joins the show.
10:50 a.m. — Special Education Resources in the Canyons School District
While “The Great Resignation” has been a major challenge for schools, it’s proven to be especially challenging for special education departments. The dearth of teachers specially trained in special education is a concern for most school districts, including Canyons District. The shortage of para-educators for special education classrooms also is an issue, and CSD this week started a new incentive program for current employees to hopefully fill those positions. Current employees who refer a candidate who accepts a paraeducator job and stays for at least 90 days will receive an extra $500. Employees who recruit a part-time paraeducator who stays for at least 90 days will receive $250. Even with the shortage of teachers and staff, special education departments work hard to provide services to the students who need just a little more help to do big things. Special Education Director Nate Edvalson will talk about the need for
teachers, paraeducators, and the great work being done in special education classes and programs, such as speech-language pathology.
Special Education Director Nate Edvalson and Amy Buckley - Speech and language specialist join the show to discuss the resources available to students and need and the staffing issues they are facing in the department.
11:05 - The Putin - Xi meeting
China has offered tacit support for Russia’s actions in Ukraine – Boyd Matheson, Host of Inside Sources, spoke with an inside source about a meeting between Vladimir Putin and the Chinese leader. Boyd joins the show to explain his discussion.
11:20 a.m. - How Safe UT is being utilized in schools
Nearly every day, Canyons District receives tips through the SafeUT mobile app indicating that a student is contemplating self-harm. As Canyons’ Student Services Director, Dr. Brian McGill leads the department that helps respond to such tips. Dr. McGill can talk about the mental-health services that are offered and how schools and the District work together to support students in crisis and innovate approaches to reach students who may be struggling in silence. In 2018, Dr. McGill received the “Champion of SafeUT Award” for leading Alta High’s efforts to prevent suicides, reduce instances of bullying, and maintain a safe learning environment by carefully monitoring and following up on tips sent via the SafeUT mobile app, the state-funded SafeUT mobile app that gives students immediate, all-day-and-all-night access to school staff and counselors at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Canyons’ Student Services Director, Dr. Brian McGill joins the show to explain more on the Safe UT app and how students in the Canyons District put it to use.
11:35 a.m. - How the Canyon’s District has taken a closerlook into school safety
In response to heightened worries about school safety following the May tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, Canyons spent the summer months conducting an internal review of the safety and security measures at CSD campuses and central offices. The review called for an evaluation of each facility’s existing security measures, as well as CSD’s already-robust Incident Command Manual, which is meant to be CSD’s guidepost for emergency responses. Risk Management Coordinator Ryan Jakeman speaks about the review, what was found, and how it has made schools safer.
11:50 - How Student involvement leads to success
As we contunie our brodcast from Jordan High School and focus in on KSL in the Classroom, students from different organizations join the show to explain how being highly involved in school has increased their success overall. D2 speaks to a student involved in the peer court and student government as well as a student in the club DECA