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Publication of Park City School District

 

MAY 2022
 

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Highlight - Jaclyn Knapp, Director of Special Education



 “Jaclyn Knapp, Jossi Hurtado and Dena Housel pictured at Running With Ed”

Jaclyn Knapp has worked an impressive 19+ years in education, with four of those in the PCSD. She currently serves as PCSD’s Special Education Director. She is proud of the progress that the SPED programs have made in the last four years. She says, “Thanks to excellent teachers, coaches, paraprofessionals, behavior specialists and support staff, we have been able to increase our state scores and eliminate disproportionality. We have adopted behavior support models and co-teaching models that are aligned with best practices and will carry us forward with the challenges we face in the next 5–10 years.” The Park City Education Foundation supports the Special Education Department with numerous grants every year, thanks to generous donors.

In addition to her role, she has stepped up when the need arises in the PCSD from helping with 504 and Learning Center administration to leading the policy committee. Knapp loves the highly collaborative atmosphere that drives the district. Within the Teaching and Learning Department, staff and teachers do whatever they can to help each other. This means they are always advising and collaborating outside of their specific areas. By working together, their jobs help the PCSD succeed.

Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her two children, skiing, baking and organizing anything. She added, “I am genuinely humbled by the Park City community. Students with disabilities living in our city have a tremendous amount of support in and outside of school. It's that kindness and generosity, that true desire of this community to assist other people, that make this an ideal place to work in special education.”

Honoring PCSD 2022 Retirees 


The PCSD recognizes and thanks the following staff for their commitment to innovate together, to impact learning and to inspire potential in every student. Thank you for your service and best wishes in your retirement!
Jeremy Ranch Elementary School
Lisa McInerney
2nd Grade Teacher (23 years)
Susan Valentine
2nd Grade Teacher (23 years)
Trailside Elementary School
Melissa Stockton
Paraprofessional (19 years)
Ecker Hill Middle School
Johnna Roussos 
Counselor (14 years)



 
Tami Schwalbe
PE Teacher (26 Years)
Park City High School
Brent Boyden
Custodian (13 Years)
Susie Graves
PE Teacher (30 Years)
District Office
Paula Krueger
District Stem Coordinator (13 years)

PCSD is All About Inclusion


PCSD is a full-inclusion district. Unlike other districts, each student receives special education programming at their home school. Students who are severely disabled or mild/moderately disabled can all access the services they need with their neighborhood peers. The district works hard to ensure no exclusion takes place, no matter the student’s needs. 

As part of PCSD’s full-inclusion efforts, the secondary level has already adopted co-teaching classrooms. The district will also begin its first elementary co-teaching classroom next year. These co-teaching programs are part of the district’s high-leverage practices. They have allowed students to increase their test scores, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-teaching classrooms enable students to stay in the least restrictive environment and learn at an appropriately challenging rate along with their neurotypical peers. 

The PCSD is all about inclusion, making appropriate accommodations to each and every student, ensuring they reach their fullest potential.

Community Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools


Co-Constructing Equity & Excellence
As a system, we are charged with bringing equity and excellence to life to benefit our students, our staff and our community at large. A Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools met this spring to begin planning for the important work ahead in aligning our efforts toward the mission of Park City School District which is “to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential.” 
 
Equity Is:
  • Giving all students what they need to be successful
    • Academic, Social, Emotional, Psychological Safety
  • Recognizing all students are different
    • All students must be challenged 
    • Adapting strategies to meet the needs of individuals and groups of students is necessary
  • Meeting the needs of ALL students is essential to expanding equity
We look forward to reconvening in 2022-23 to ensure that our students have limitless opportunities to achieve and excel. 
Partnering with Community Education
            PCSD’s Community Education Programs offer a variety of opportunities to the public including adult education, leisure learning enrichment classes, after school extended day programs, Aquatic Center programs and more. These are available to anyone in the community.
 
  • Park City Aquatic Center: From Water Aerobics to Youth Water Polo Teams, the Aquatic Center has it all. Check out their webpage to see current programing. https://www.pcschools.us/community/aquatic-center/
  • Eccles Center: With a mission to enrich the community by providing innovative experiences that entertain, educate and illuminate, the Eccles Center has five performance series each year. Click here for more information. https://www.parkcityinstitute.org/
  • Adult Education: Adult students are offered a High School Completion course, GED Preparation / Testing classes (in English or Spanish), and English Language Learning (ESL) level classes. If interested, visit their webpage. https://www.pcschools.us/community/adult-education-and-esl/
  • The Compass: This flexible program focuses on providing educational options to adults and children in an informal but educational environment. Custom classes are offered as requested. See what’s up and coming here. 
  • Good Neighbors: This is a 1-1 English tutoring program for adults that includes English grammar, reading and writing. Volunteer teachers are matched with adults needing to improve their English language skills. If interesting in volunteering or becoming a student, click here.https://www.pcschools.us/community/good-neighbors-program/
  • After School Program: Community Education strives to provide a safe, educational and enriching environment for children while providing a quality childcare option for parents. These after school programs are offered at all four elementary schools for Grades K-5, EHMS and TMJH. Each day includes homework time, snack time, enrichment activity, active play and quiet time. Thanks to Park City Education Foundation donors, afterschool tuition is subsidized or covered for those who may need it. PCEF provides over $300,000 to the afterschool program each year. Check out their webpage if interested in registering your child. https://www.pcschools.us/community/after-school-program
  • Community Partners Friday Enrichment: Kids in each grade receive Friday rotations in Purpose, Experience, SEL and Community.

2021/22 PCSD Calendar

www.pcschools.us/calendar/



Many thanks to the Park City Education Foundation for their partnership and program funding, impacting every student in our district.


 
For more information and frequent updates, please visit our website: https://www.pcschools.us/

Park City School District 
2700 Kearns Blvd.
Park City, UT  84060

Phone: 435.645.5600
Fax: 435.645.5609

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