By Emily Buckley, editor in chief
Cache Valley is home to five high schools representing over 7,500 high school students. Students and programs are thriving at each of these schools. Here’s what they are doing to make their schools a positive place in our community:
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,455
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT BODY: Awesome!
WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT IS NEW OR EXCITING AT SKY VIEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR? Our theme for the year is “2020 Vision! Looking ahead to a great year!”
IF YOU WERE GOING TO BOAST ONE “THING” ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? We won three state championships last year!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT/UNITY? Our annual Bold and Blue Night for students and community was held before school started to get everyone pumped up for the new year. Students are encouraged to wear their Super Fan shirt or other Sky View apparel and to come support our athletic teams, drama productions, choirs, bands, orchestra, and other clubs. After every game, students gather in a circle with arms linked and sing the school song.
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE KINDNESS/SPORTSMANSHIP BOTH WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL AND ACROSS THE VALLEY? Our student ambassadors and executive council are great at welcoming new students and making everyone feel welcome at Sky View. We also have an incredible Hope Squad and Hope Heroes group, who are always helping everyone realize that they are important and that they matter. Our Especially 4 Athletes leadership team encourages good sportsmanship among fans and athletes and motivates our athletes to take an active role in becoming their best in all areas of their life while lifting and blessing the lives of others, especially those needing extra friendship and attention. Every trimester we spend 10 minutes a day for a week doing “Habitude” (a leadership development program) training for every student.
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,437
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT BODY: Inclusive
WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT IS NEW OR EXCITING AT GREEN CANYON THIS SCHOOL YEAR? WolfPACK Academy — a new course for incoming freshmen to help them transition into high school, succeed academically, get involved, and develop social and emotional skills to be happier and healthier for life.
IF YOU WERE GOING TO BOAST ONE “THING” ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Our teachers! The teachers in the WolfPACK work hard and are trying new ways to improve their students’ learning. Above all, they really care about their students.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT/UNITY? We really work on trying to include everyone and get everyone out to our athletic events. We have great school spirit and focus on “Do Rowdy Right.” Principal Swenson leads a Sportsmanship Summit for all of the schools in our region. Student leaders and “super fans” come together to focus on how to have fun at the games, get more students involved, and show good sportsmanship.
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE KINDNESS/SPORTSMANSHIP BOTH WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL AND ACROSS THE VALLEY? Last year, our principal would get on the loud speaker once a week and present “Positive in the Present.” Sometimes the message focused on things to do that would increase students’ individual happiness, like writing down three things they are grateful for or writing down a positive experience they had that day, but often it would focus on other people’s happiness, encouraging students to do something simple like send a text to someone that needs a lift, say hello to someone they don’t know, or perform a conscious act of kindness.
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,650
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT BODY: Inspiring
WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT IS NEW OR EXCITING AT RIDGELINE THIS SCHOOL YEAR? We have had changes in our administration and coaching staff (new principal, new assistant principal, new activities director, new football coach, new basketball coach, new tennis coach, and new lacrosse coach). Lots of new!
IF YOU WERE GOING TO BOAST ONE “THING” ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Academic excellence.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT/ UNITY? Our theme for this year is “All In.” Our student body officers have made school spirit and unity a priority. We want all of our students to feel “All In” at Ridgeline. Our student body officers hand delivered invitations to our freshman orientation, they plan fun activities that help students feel welcome and included, and they are an example of kindness to others.
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE KINDNESS/SPORTSMANSHIP BOTH WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL AND ACROSS THE VALLEY? Our student body officers host a spirit bowl each year to encourage students and staff to attend as many events as they can to support the Ridgeline community. We send a group of students to our region’s sportsmanship summit every year and we teach students about spirit and sportsmanship at assemblies throughout the year. To promote kindness, we encourage our students to serve each other and the community; students can even “letter” in service. Many of our student groups provide service to the community through activities such as singing at retirement homes, reading to elementary students, and serving as peer tutors to students with disabilities.
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,537
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT BODY: Limitless
WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT IS NEW OR EXCITING AT LOGAN HIGH THIS SCHOOL YEAR? We are continuing with our Innovations programs. Approximately 300 students learn through a blended learning program.
IF YOU WERE GOING TO BOAST ONE “THING” ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? We celebrate our diverse student body with over 30 different languages spoken by our students at home. Our faculty theme is “limitless.” We want our students to know they have limitless support and limitless opportunities for success.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT/UNITY? Our student theme this year is “We are friends.” We strive to create a culture of friendship in our school — across clubs, organizations, and athletics. Everyone should feel a part of the school community!
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE KINDNESS/SPORTSMANSHIP BOTH WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL AND ACROSS THE VALLEY? Within our school, our life skills teachers and students put on a kindness week where our student body is invited to participate in a kindness pledge. We also have an active Hope Squad, which is a group of student advocates who watch for peers who need support and are trained on strategies to help those struggling find the adult help they need. Extending beyond our school, we recently hosted a “Last Chance Chalk Dance” and invited high school students from across the Valley to attend. We also participate in the regional sportsmanship summit, where student leaders learn about the values and ideals of being a good opponent.
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,470
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT BODY: Proud
WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT IS NEW OR EXCITING AT MOUNTAIN CREST THIS SCHOOL YEAR? Our students are performing very well academically on state and national assessments. A high percentage of students are also involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities.
IF YOU WERE GOING TO BOAST ONE “THING” ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Strong school pride.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT/UNITY? The theme for this school year is “Better Together.” Our Student Body Officers work hard to plan activities and assemblies that build school spirit, sportsmanship, and unity. Inclusion of all students is a priority at Mountain Crest. A character education program that promotes inclusion and kindness is taught to all students on a consistent basis throughout the school year.
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE KINDNESS/SPORTSMANSHIP BOTH WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL AND ACROSS THE VALLEY? Our Freshman Mentoring Program is an important part of our efforts to promote kindness and help all students feel part of our campus community. The program kicks off at our annual Mustang Orientation Academy, where upper-class mentors help new students feel welcome. Mentors spend the next months getting to know and working with their assigned freshmen. When community members and students enter Mountain Crest, they see a sign on the entry sidewalk that says, “Nice Matters.” Students know this is the expectation.