Spring is in the Air

Wow, basketball is over with our district schools capturing both the boy and girl state titles. The boys at Panguitch followed suit with the Bryce Valley girls to represent our district well. Congratulations to them.

We are also honored to have one of our teachers represent the district and state in a special circumstance as she prepares to participate in the PolarTREC experience this summer. Rebecca Harris from Escalante High School was selected to be part of the team to travel north to the Arctic Circle to study hydrology and sediment transport in Arctic glacial lake systems. I was at EHS last week where her students were subject to presentations from PolarTREC researchers from NAU (Northern Arizona University). Students were able to ask questions and receive answers concerning Rebecca’s summer travel to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where she will participate in a three weeks ground study of glacial lake systems and sediment changes. Rebecca teaches science at EHS and her selection to the PolarTREC team will undoubtedly provide her students at EHS with access to many experiences and information that will integrate into their learning at school. Rebecca just returned from an orientation at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

On a sad note, we offer our condolences to Escalante Principal Chip Sharpe at the passing of his wife, Lizbeth. We appreciate both Chip and Lizbeth for their contribution to our Escalante schools and to the community. Chip serves as the principal for both Escalante Elementary and Escalante High School as well as an administrative mentor for Boulder Elementary School.

Tracy Davis