Wasatch School District Considers Moving 2020 Spring Break To Match UVU Spring Break

While Wasatch County School District students, parents and teachers look forward to their spring break the first week of April. The school board is considering changing Spring Break for 2020 to line up with a University’s spring break.

Listen to Wasatch School District spokeswoman Kirsta Albert explain why the school board is considering a change to scheduled Spring Break for 2020 at KPCW.org.

“Our number one initiative in terms of student achievement is focused on academics. We also have 300 students at the high school who are in distance learning with Utah Valley University. What happens is we end up with 300 students when we have spring break who have to either stay put while their family goes on spring break or miss some of their course work which is the worst-case scenario. Proposing to align our spring break with UVU will allow the distance education students to have the same spring break as the rest of the students in the district, as their peers. The real benefit though is also the additional instruction time after spring break before the end of level testing begins. It’s sort of a natural break between 3rd and 4th terms. So, they come back and they start their fourth term instead of coming back midway into the 4th term and then you’ve lost some ground. So, it gives that nice academic break between 3rd and 4th term.”

The calendar is still under consideration and open to comment until the next Wasatch School Board meeting. Comments can be sent to the Director of Operations and Human Resources Shawn Kelly emails can be sent to [email protected]

“We are just grateful for the input that we have received in the past based on surveys administered to staff and parents of district students,” Albert said. “All of that feedback is taken into consideration as we consider a future calendar. That feedback is absolutely at the root of any decisions that are made. Those are recommendations that we then take to the board of ed for their final determination.”

Albert clarified the calendar change would only impact Spring break and would not change the first or last day of school. You can find the proposed calendar and links to other future items out for public review here.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.