Back-to-school momentum growing |

Back-to-school momentum growing

by Reid Williams

WHO: Summit School Board

WHAT: Regular meeting

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., today

WHERE: Central administration offices, Frisco

FRISCO – With five weeks to go before classes resume in the fall, Summit Schools officials are gearing up.

Presentations on the agenda for the Summit School Board meeting tonight include construction updates for renovation projects at Dillon Valley and Breckenridge elementary schools, important back-to-school dates for teachers and students, as well as updates on student testing and programs.

Classes begin for students Sept. 3, but work for teachers begins as early as Aug. 26. New teachers attend an orientation that day, and school staff members report Aug. 29 to prepare classrooms and meet with principals.

Board members also will hear a presentation on “social norms” by Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA) executive director Jeannie Ringelberg. The nonprofit SPA promotes healthy lifestyles and choices among youth by sponsoring programs and activities at schools and community events. The social norms campaign is intended to reduce unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol by helping youth realize most of their peers do not engage in those behaviors. The campaign involves compiling data on teens’ habits. The campaign is seen as a positive reinforcement alternative to “just say no” prevention efforts.

Summit High School graduates and current students are scheduled to present a report on career and technical education. The high school’s career and technical education program exposes students to fields such as culinary arts, construction trades, graphic design, journalism and other fields. The innovative program taps into hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal and state grant money and was instituted the past school year.

School board members are expected to vote tonight on a new student enterprise class in the program intended to teach students business while marketing clubs and activities.

School board members also will be asked to approve the new master contract with the district’s teachers’ association and two applications for grant programs.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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