10 things teachers wish parents knew

It’s back-to-school season, and parents aren’t the only ones excited to get their kids back to the classrooms. Teachers are counting down the days until school starts again, and not in a don’t-go-summer sort of way. “Teachers care a lot more about their students than parents think they do,” says Steve Herrmann, a third-grade teacher […]

Provo School District giving one-time bonus to employees in November

Provo School District is giving its employees a one-time bonus at the end of November, Provo School District President McKay Jensen announced in a joint meeting with the Provo City Council on Thursday. Following Thanksgiving break, district employees will receive a bonus that is worth 2.5 percent of their salary. “We wanted to make the […]

Free lunches available for kids in south Utah County

This summer, if your kids are out at the Springville Splash Pad, Payson Community Pool, Spanish Fork City Center Library Park, Taylor Elementary in Payson or Santaquin’s Centennial Park at lunch time on weekdays, they’re in for a free meal. For the second year in a row, the Utah Food Bank is offering free lunches […]

Easter Basket Auction ‘champions’ Provo School District’s after-school programs

Early in his business career, a mentor warned Brent Brown that he would receive a lot of requests from charitable organizations asking for money. Realistically, Brown knew he couldn’t support all of the organizations that would contact him about donations, so he took this advice from his mentor: “Choose a category and then champion it.” And now Brown […]

Superintendent: New Provo High construction moving quickly

  Construction crews are moving dirt around and pouring footings and foundations, making sure the new Provo High construction project is completed on schedule. “They know they have two years to get this done and they are moving,” said Provo district superintendent Keith Rittel, during a joint meeting with the Provo council on Thursday. Rittel, […]

From video game development to sports: Summer camps in Utah Valley

Your kids could spend their summer vacation playing with friends, being bored, swimming at the local pool — or they could spend four weeks learning to code and developing their own video games. This year World Tech Academy is offering three sessions of a Video Game Summer Camp that’s three days a week for four […]

Provo School District breaks ground and shares building plans for new Provo High

Provo City School District broke ground on the new Provo High Wednesday afternoon, one day following the announcement that Brigham Young University would buy the current Provo High location on University Ave for $25 million. “I want to thank the citizens in Provo,” said Julie Rash, Provo School Board president. “Without the support of the […]

BYU buys Provo High for $25 million

BYU has bought the Provo High School 25-acre property for $25 million. The sale will close in June or July, and BYU will lease back the building and fields to the district at no cost for 30 months, when the new high school is constructed. Last fall, the school district announced that it had been […]

Provo High construction to start soon; sale still in the works

Provo School District expects to break ground for the new Provo High School within the next month, with a completion date on track for fall 2018. The sale of the existing school is still in the works. Last fall, the school district announced that it had been approached about selling Provo High, which it had […]

Provo city declines to buy Provo High

The sale of the Provo High School property cleared another hurdle on Tuesday night, with the Provo council officially declining to buy it. When a school district announces that it’s selling a property in an urban area, the city has the first right to buy it, said Brian Jones, council attorney. If it wants, it […]

No timeline set for constructing, selling Provo High

  Because the Provo School Board decided to build a new Provo High School independent of selling the school’s current campus, there’s no rush to accept an offer on the property. Several months ago the school board announced that it had been approached by a reputable buyer about selling the property. And now Caleb Price, […]

Prominent artist gives Utahns a TASK to create and connect

[pullquote]  If you go… When: Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5–8 p.m. Where: Mapleton Memorial Recreation Center Cost: FREE Site: Facebook event [/pullquote] Armed with aluminum foil, tape, string and raw creativity, more than 50 students at Mountain View High School created a masterpiece Wednesday — one of interpersonal connection and transformation more than a tangible […]

Provo School District weighing offer to sell Provo High

Provo High may be sold rather than rebuilt. On Tuesday night, the Provo School Board announced that the district has been approached by a reputable buyer about selling the property. District spokesman Caleb Price said the prospective buyer is an organization that approached the district in the last few weeks, but couldn’t give more information […]

Provo schools create chain reaction of kindness

Provo students have been working on a chain reaction of kindness this school year — from little things like helping other students pick up spilled crayons, to helping prevent bullying, to hugging a substitute teacher after other students were being unkind. The program is part of Rachel’s Challenge, named after 17-year-old Rachel Scott — the […]

10 sure signs it’s time for the kids to go back to school

It’s not that you don’t love your kids. It’s just that three months is too long for summer vacation. Here are 10 signs you’re ready for your kids to go back to school. 1. You. Just. Cannot. Do. One. More. Kid. Craft. From. Pinterest.   2. Your ambitious family summer schedule that involved Reading! Writing! […]

Provo School Board decides on $108 million bond

PROVO — When Provo voters go to the polls in November, they’ll see a $108 million bond from the Provo School District. The money from the bond will pay to rebuild most of Provo High School (with the exception of the new field and the addition from the 1990s), and Rock Canyon, Edgemont, Provost and […]

Provo High School teacher arrested for sexual abuse

PROVO — The Special Victims Unit of the Provo Police Department arrested Donald Bills, a Provo High School teacher, for sexual abuse charges on Thursday. Bills, 55, taught medical classes at Provo High School and had multiple incidents of sexual contact with one of his 17-year-old students. An unnamed source came forward and reported the […]

10 ways to break from boredom during fall break

Provo, Alpine and Nebo school districts go on fall break October 10, 11 and 14. Keep your kids entertained during the vacation with these 10 ideas for fall fun:   1. Make an autumn basket Gather the signs of the season into a wicker basket. Items like pinecones, fallen leaves, squash and pumpkins make great […]

2013-2014 School calendars for Alpine, Provo and Nebo districts

The first day of school isn’t here yet, but the days are already numbered. Your kids’ first holiday from the classroom is less than two weeks away thanks to Labor Day, and Fall Break follows a little more than a month after that. All told, grade school, junior high and high school students in Utah […]

Bullies wearing backpacks: 8 ways to protect children from school bullies

More than half a million Utah kids are about to begin a new school year. Some will be involved in sports, others in music, others in art or honors courses. And according to the Provo School District website, about 16 percent will also be involved in bullying. Kids who are bullied — whether physically or […]