In case of emergency with facilities or students, during weekend times or off school time, please contact Dr. Ember Conley at 435-659-7591.
Safety Consultant's Report
Cole Smith, a safety and security expert with the Tresit Group, presented the Board of Education with his analysis of district safety protocols on Feb. 27. Smith, a former Special Agent for the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, submitted a report that includes recommendations for the following: visitor access policy, background checks, lessons learned from drills and areas of improvement, historical threats in Utah and best practices for school safety, future training for staff, access control and perimeter, and modular classroom threat assessment. The full report can be accessed here.
Superintendent Ember Conley announced she will not seek renewal of her current contract. Her last day as superintendent will be June 30, 2018. The Board of Education has retained the services of HYA Executive Search to conduct a nationwide search through March 31.
The 12-member search committee will interview candidates and present five to seven candidates to the board. Initial interviews with the board will be April 27-28, followed by semi-finalist interviews with the board May 5-6. A public announcement will be made following a site visit and an extensive background check.
Park City Named Best School District in Utah
Park City School District has received the honor of being named best school district in Utah by Business Insider.
"There are nearly 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the U.S. The best districts are coveted, and a high-caliber school system can be a key factor when a family decides to relocate to one city over another," the article states.
Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, provides a ranking of school districts. Their ranking is based on a district's strength of academics, health and safety, diversity, and the quality of teachers.
"We are incredibly honored," said Superintendent Ember Conley. "This accolade is a reflection of the incredible teachers and staff who are advocates for our students. We also strive to be forward thinking in providing our students with the best possible education," she said.
PCSD's letter grades from Niche include:
Health & safety: A
Board Updates Strategic Plan - 2018-2022
The mission of Park City School District is to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential.
Park City School District is student-centered with a focus and emphasis on the whole child — our students are safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy.
We are committed to engaging all students to reach their full potential no matter where they are in their academic journeys.
We are committed to continuous development, accountability, and transparency.
We are committed to hiring the best and the brightest staff in a transparent and fair manner.
We are committed to communicating with all stakeholders in an open, timely, and consistent manner.
We are committed to a culture of collaboration with our community partners.
Our Strategic Goals
Strategic Goal 1 (Academic Success)
Develop the potential of every student through data-driven and best learning practices to be academically successful and prepared for life beyond graduation. Provide safe, optimal and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.
Strategic Goal 2 (Leadership)
Provide district wide leadership that exhibits transparency, clarity and accountability at all times and in all situations.
Strategic Goal 3 (Excellent Personnel)
Create a culture of respect for all employees through recruiting, retaining, and providing professional development, while building the district’s leadership capacity.
Strategic Goal 4 (Communication)
Continuously deliver efficient, effective, and transparent communication about the district.
Strategic Goal 5 (Community Alliances)
Partner with families and the community for the general well-being and education of our collective student base while including a culture of inclusiveness and respect for the rich diversity of our community.
PCSD Chat is District's New Text message System for Parents
Park City School District launched a new communications tool today, Oct. 25, in an effort to help parents stay better informed. “PCSD Chat” is a two-way text message system that allows parents/guardians to receive texts from the school district.
“The best part of the system is that it also allows parents to text us,” said Melinda Colton, director of Communications. “This allows us to be more responsive and provide immediate answers.”
Once parents receive the text tomorrow, they can simply add the V-card into their contact list by clicking the link.
Park City is the first school district in the country to use this system which was developed by AtlasRTX, a company based in Park City. “As a Park City parent, I couldn’t be more honored for our company to partner with our own school district,” said Bassam Salem, CEO of AtlasRTX. “This will showcase the future of community engagement: from the convenience of a mobile phone or online, in real-time with district staff backed by an artificial intelligence 'chatbot,' and in any language, so it is inclusive of every member of our community; that is the vision for PCSD Chat.”
The district is just about ready to pilot this text message program this year at the school level at Trailside Elementary and is calling it “Trailside Chat.” If successful, Colton said the system will be available at all PCSD schools at a later date.
“Not only can we text parents about important events, but we can also keep them informed about what the Board is doing and alert them in case of an emergency,” Colton said. “The benefits of having such immediate communication with our parents are endless.”
Community members and employees are welcome to join the texting service by simply texting your first and last name to 435-602-4444 or registering via the PCSD website.
PCSD will continue to use SchoolMessenger to email parents general district announcements.