Directors Corner

What a great time of year to be an educator! It is a time of renewed energy and looking forward to the current students moving on, then initial planning for the next school year. As you plan please be aware of the Utah Rural School summer conference at SUU July 11-14. This year the planning committee has focused on PLC development. The committee has scheduled for Dean Wilson and a team of teachers to provide breakout sessions on July 12, followed by Joe Cuidemi from Solution Tree on July 13. It is the hope of the URSA board that administrators will support this conference by attending with a team of teachers. Thank you for everything that each of you do!
Jason Strate, CUES Director


Reminder that the annual URSA conference will be held July 11-14 in Cedar City. Some of the classes to expect are:

July 12, 2017

 KEYNOTE: Dean Wilson
 TITLE: Choose to be A Champion 
 DESCRIPTION: Using Data to Drive Systems: PLC's, Grading, PBIS


 SESSION #1  Anissa Maxfield and Ben Felder
 TITLE:  Secondary Science Champions

SESSION #2 Tyson Larson 
TITLE: From Contender to Champion: Developing above the line behavior. 

SESSION #3 & 4 Dean Wilson
TITLE: 12 Rounds Strong. 

July 13, 2017

KEYNOTE: Joe Culdemi 
DESCRIPTION: PLC'S with High Performing Collaborative Teams. 


 SESSION #1  Joe Culdemi
 TITLE:  PLC's 101

 SESSION #2  Joe Culdemi 
 TITLE:  Developing a Cohesive PLC Team.

 SESSION #3  Joe Culdemi
 TITLE:  The Principal;s role in Leading the PLC Process 

 SESSION #4  Joe Culdemi 
 TITLE:  Whole school Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

This is just a sample of the great things that we have planned for you at the URSA conference this year. Many other great presenters will be there and will cover a wide variety of topics. The theme for this year’s conference is “Ensuring the Success of All Learners”. Tuesday evening, July 11th, at 6:00 pm will be the family picnic. Feel free to bring your family for great food and entertainment by the “Superintendents of Rock” this evening. The conference will officially kick off on Wednesday morning. The Registration Site is now open. To go to the registration site click HERE! The cost will remain the same, $50.00 and covers all conference events. You can pay using your PayPal Account, any major credit card, or if you school/district is covering the cost of the registration check with your school/administration or your regional service center for the correct code to use for payment.


Central Utah Secondary Art (CUSA) provides a unified art show to middle and high school students in the North & South Sanpete, Tintic, Juab, Sevier, Piute, Wayne ,and Millard district areas. CUES is happy to join in sponsoring the show this year. This is a great opportunity for students to have a chance to showcase their art works. The show this year will be held at the Spring City Art Gallery and dates for the show will be April 28th to May 12.
There will be 2 divisions for this show, 7-9th grades and 10-12th grades. Both 2D and 3D work will be classified together for this year, Each student will be allowed one entry. Both divisions will have 1st ($200), 2nd ($150), and 3rd ($100) places, 3 honorable mentions, and a few awards from Snow College, including one free tuition for their summer art workshop. Art needs to be dropped off by a school representative on April 22 between noon and 5PM at the Spring City Gallery. The registration form and more information can be found on the CUES website at . An Opening Night Reception and awards will be on April 28 from 6-8 PM at the Gallery. Address is 53 South Main Spring City, Utah. We hope that students will take advantage of this great opportunity and also plan to support next years show which will be held at the Snow College Art Gallery in Ephraim, Utah.

Summer Training Workshops

CUES has some fantastic trainings opportunities planned around the Region this summer. Training topics will range from UEN Tools and Resources, Utah's On-line Library, Engaging your students with iPads, Fun Formative Assessments, Understanding you Mac, and Google Sites. Time will also be set aside for Canvas work sessions. There will be two 2-day classes on "Google for Educators" and "Use Technology to Teach." Attendance at any training can be used for relicensure points. Click HERE for more info and to register. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

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