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High School theme focuses on unity, courage and attitude

 

By Marcy Curtis

Staff writer

1-27-2021

 

Three North Sanpete School Board members were re-elected and sworn in at a school board meeting last week.

Richard Brotherson, Shalmarie Morely and Stacey Goble all took their oath of office and were sworn in by district business administrator Darin Johansen. Brotherson was also elected as the school board president by the members of the school board.

Board members mentioned that many good things have been happening in the district. Administrators and teachers were recognized for working hard to keep school in session and holding extracurricular activities. Students were also praised for hanging in there with all the changes.

“Students have been thrown big challenges and are handling it the best they can,” said Morely.

The North Sanpete High School Student Body Officers presented the school report. Student advisor Ricki Stewart mentioned the students will be better for all that they have been through this year. “Activities at school have been hard to have, and keeping students connected is a priority,” said Stewart. “We have had a lot of hard conversations with students, but they will be better off because of them.”

Student Body President Brady Jacobson introduced the 2020-21 theme: Unity is Strength, Courage is Power, Attitude is Everything. “We knew we would need something to inspire and uplift our students as we faced the challenges of hosting activities during COVID-19,” said Jacobson.

“While we have worked hard to be normal, we have in fact had to adjust, a lot,” said Riley Madsen, Student Body Vice President.

The students have missed out on dances, regular homecoming activities, assemblies, and singing the school song together. They have been able to do food drives, Sub for Santa, and a homecoming parade. New things have also been found at North Sanpete High School such as game show broadcasts, school Kahoots, bingo and a lot of PB&J sandwiches.

“While we have learned to deal with disappointment, we have tried to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” said Jacobson. “We will continue to work to maintain connections for students at school.”

Trisha Power informed the school board that community members want a school orchestra. Members of the community were sent a survey and 70 people responded in one day. Students in the district are missing the opportunity to participate in orchestra in a school setting. South Sanpete School District has an orchestra program, she said.

“It’s only fair for there to be equal opportunities for every student,” said Bradley Power, a student at North Sanpete High School. “Only having a band in high school, with no orchestra, is like having a football team, but no basketball team. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Power suggested that the program start in elementary school, but also that any orchestra program would be better than none. School board members mentioned that it wasn’t something that they could decide at that moment, but that they would continue to look into it.

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Shaunna Rawlinson, Dr. Allan Day, Alyssa Madsen and Officer Greg Peterson (from left to right) have worked hard to put eight of these triage bags together for each school in the North Sanpete School District. If ever needed, the staff and students will be treated with the medical supplies contained within these bags.

 

All North Sanpete schools

will receive triage bags

 

By Marcy Curtis

Staff writer

1-20-2021

 

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete schools recently received an important addition to help them prepare for an emergency.

The North Sanpete School District along with the help of Greg Peterson, Shauna Rawlinson and Dr. Allan Day and his clinic, all coordinated and put together emergency triage bags for each school.

“This is just one piece of our goal to prepare each school for an emergency,” said Superintendent Nan Ault.

Greg Peterson, the district resource officer and Shauna Rawlinson, a district nurse, meet with principals in the district once a month to review aspects of preparedness and to keep the conversation going. The bags are for the schools to use in any type of emergency. Each one is equipped with wheels so that any teacher or staff member can easily transport the bag to anywhere it needs to be in the school.

“These bags have enough tools to treat any emergency,” said Rawlinson. “Hopefully they are never needed, but we are prepared if we do. It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

The bags are very full. They have many basic materials in them and some pretty specific tools. In addition to a lot of bandaging, there are rinse trays, sheers, pen lights, stethoscopes, antibacterial rinse, bag-valve-masks, cold and hot packs, neck collars, splints, casting materials, tourniquets, space blankets, water, masks and so much more.

These medical supplies can also be used to supplement Emergency Medical Services in case of a larger scale emergency.

“I have had my own children come through this district with a few still in school,” stated Rawlinson. “Sometimes I would hear of shootings or catastrophe’s somewhere and wonder what our schools would do in an emergency.”

These nationwide incidents started the thought process a few years ago by then high school principal Ault. She was more than willing to help and support when approached again by Peterson and Rawlinson.

In the next couple weeks Rawlinson and Peterson will go into each school, empty the bags and go through them with the teachers.

“I know when I first started on the ambulance it was overwhelming how much I needed to learn and it was vital I was comfortable using the supplies, said Rawlinson. “A big part of the training will be to make sure the teachers and staff members are comfortable using the bags and all that is in them.”

Dr. Allen Day from Revere Health in Mt. Pleasant and Alyssa Madsen played a huge role in making sure these bags were filed with what was needed. COVID made it tough for just the average person to get the items needed, but with their help all the items were attained. The goal by everyone involved was to make sure everything to keep students and staff safe were included.

“COVID has taught us it is important to continue to move forward with good things,” said Rawlinson. “We wanted to show the community that every part of the students’ school experience is important and the district is constantly working on many good things.  COVIS did not slow us down!”

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