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GALLERY: Inappropriate Teacher-Student Facebook Messages

Cimaron Neugebauer
Apr 14 2014 - 8:43pm

Out of hundreds of messages, the Standard-Examiner selected 20 messages that show a 27-year-old teacher's string of behavior over months of inappropriate Facebook messaging to a then 13-year-old student. In the messages she discusses Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) issues of other students including grades, divorce/custody issues along with personnel, faculty, and student privacy issues with a teen student. The Ogden Highland Junior High School teacher resigned April 2. Some redactions have been made for privacy of other teachers and the principal, all of whom had disparaging remarks made about them. Since the teacher has not been publicly charged with anything, her Facebook profile picture has also been blurred. Private Facebook Messenger messages from the teen's account were provided to the Standard-Examiner by the parent.

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Weber High teacher suspended over genitalia naming exercise

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 14 2014 - 7:16am

PLEASANT VIEW -- A Weber High School teacher has been placed on leave because of student complaints about a class exercise some found disturbing."We had some students who reported to administration that a teacher was having an exercise where they were put into groups, male and female, to come up with names for genitalia," said Nate Taggart,...

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VIDEO: African nation finding support for education in Utah

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 5:50pm

OGDEN -- Utah has one of the highest pupil to teacher ratios in the United States, at 22.8 to 1. Many classes have higher student numbers than that, but even a big-size Utah class would be a dream situation for a teacher in Malawi. "We have a pupil-teacher ratio of as high as 150, and in some schools 1 to 250," said Benedicto Kondowe. "We...

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Ogden axes 17 teachers, including 6 at Highland

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 2 2014 - 6:43am

OGDEN -- It's normal, in the spring, for school district administrators to let a few teachers know that their contracts won't be renewed -- but telling six teachers at one school that they're not coming back in the fall has raised some eyebrows.Seventeen Ogden School District teachers were given non-renewal notices, and six of those were from...

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Ogden High's Burningham picks up art show teacher of the year award

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Mar 6 2014 - 6:56pm

OGDEN -- Ogden High School art teacher Bruce Burningham was selected as this year's recipient of the Brigham Young University David O. McKay School of Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show. Burningham has taught at Ogden High School since 1999. He teaches...

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GALLERY: Mount Ogden Junior High celebrates as they raised over $10,000 for needy students

Mount Ogden Junior High School janitor Tom Jones, had his hair and beard shaved off by the principal, Jessica Bennington, at the Mount Ogden Junior High School auditorium in Ogden on Friday, December 20, 2013. The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

Briana Scroggins
Dec 21 2013 - 7:57pm

The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal on Friday, December 20, 2013. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

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Teachers can be nominated for Jazz all-star award

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Nov 20 2013 - 6:09pm

SALT LAKE CITY - CenturyLink is once again partnering with the Utah Jazz for the CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award program, which recognizes and rewards five outstanding Utah K-12 teachers.

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Town hall meeting looks at issues of class sizes, funding, parental burnout

Panelists Turner Bitton, Martell Menlove and Brad Asay (left to right) listen as an audience member poses a question during a Tuesday, Oct. 22, town hall meeting called "Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education."
NANCY VAN VALKENBURG/Standard-Examiner

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Oct 24 2013 - 12:35am

OGDEN -- Utah's large class sizes, underfunded schools, parental burnout, grade inflation and dissatisfaction with local school district leaders were all discussed Tuesday night at an Ogden town hall meeting, as was the problem of local students who arrive at Weber State University requiring remedial math classes.

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GALLERY: Inappropriate Teacher-Student Facebook Messages

Cimaron Neugebauer
Apr 14 2014 - 8:43pm

Out of hundreds of messages, the Standard-Examiner selected 20 messages that show a 27-year-old teacher's string of behavior over months of inappropriate Facebook messaging to a then 13-year-old student. In the messages she discusses Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) issues of other students including grades, divorce/custody issues along with personnel, faculty, and student privacy issues with a teen student. The Ogden Highland Junior High School teacher resigned April 2. Some redactions have been made for privacy of other teachers and the principal, all of whom had disparaging remarks made about them. Since the teacher has not been publicly charged with anything, her Facebook profile picture has also been blurred. Private Facebook Messenger messages from the teen's account were provided to the Standard-Examiner by the parent.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 14 2014 - 9:23pm


Weber High teacher suspended over genitalia naming exercise

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 14 2014 - 7:16am

PLEASANT VIEW -- A Weber High School teacher has been placed on leave because of student complaints about a class exercise some found disturbing."We had some students who reported to administration that a teacher was having an exercise where they were put into groups, male and female, to come up with names for genitalia," said Nate Taggart,...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 14 2014 - 7:16am


VIDEO: African nation finding support for education in Utah

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 5:50pm

OGDEN -- Utah has one of the highest pupil to teacher ratios in the United States, at 22.8 to 1. Many classes have higher student numbers than that, but even a big-size Utah class would be a dream situation for a teacher in Malawi. "We have a pupil-teacher ratio of as high as 150, and in some schools 1 to 250," said Benedicto Kondowe. "We...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 7 2014 - 6:23pm


Ogden axes 17 teachers, including 6 at Highland

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 2 2014 - 6:43am

OGDEN -- It's normal, in the spring, for school district administrators to let a few teachers know that their contracts won't be renewed -- but telling six teachers at one school that they're not coming back in the fall has raised some eyebrows.Seventeen Ogden School District teachers were given non-renewal notices, and six of those were from...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 2 2014 - 6:43am

VIDEO: African nation finding support for education in Utah

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 5:50pm

OGDEN -- Utah has one of the highest pupil to teacher ratios in the United States, at 22.8 to 1. Many classes have higher student numbers than that, but even a big-size Utah class would be a dream situation for a teacher in Malawi. "We have a pupil-teacher ratio of as high as 150, and in some schools 1 to 250," said Benedicto Kondowe. "We...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 7 2014 - 6:23pm


Ogden district teachers, minus 1, turn in contract

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 20 2011 - 11:26pm

OGDEN -- Every Ogden School District teacher except one has signed the new contract written by the district's Board of Education. The one holdout was an inactive teacher, on leave during the past school year, who decided not to return.

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Teacher petitions hit Ogden district

(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Director of Human Resources Brenda Ruffier (right) leaves in a hurry Tuesday as Doug Stephens, president of the Ogden Education Association, delivers to district offices the petitions signed by more than 2,000 people asking Ogden School District to restore teacher bargaining rights.

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 19 2011 - 10:35pm

OGDEN -- Ogden Education Association President Doug Stephens turned in petitions Tuesday endorsed by approximately 2,000 supporters who oppose the Ogden School District's rejection of collective bargaining and the ultimatum that forces each teacher to sign a district-authored contract by the end of today or lose his or her job.

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Ogden teachers rally over contract ultimatum

(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) (From left) Stephanie Houtz, Sandra Abbott, Sarah DellaCerra and Jessica Namovicz of James Madison Elementary School rally with Ogden School District teachers, who were given a July 20 contract ultimatum to sign or lose their jobs, at Liberty Park in Ogden on Thursday. Teachers then marched to the district offices with their contracts, which state raises based on experience would eventually be replaced with raises based on merit, to the district offices.

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 14 2011 - 12:44pm

OGDEN -- Traffic parted and a red sea of protesters flowed toward the Ogden School District offices.

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Ogden teachers get take-it-or-leave it contract deal

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jun 30 2011 - 3:17pm

OGDEN -- Teachers employed by the Ogden School District will get letters over this holiday weekend, informing them they have 20 days or fewer to sign a new contract or they will lose their jobs.After months of contract negotiations with the teachers' association, the school district announced Thursday that it will bypass the representative body...

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GALLERY: Inappropriate Teacher-Student Facebook Messages

Cimaron Neugebauer
Apr 14 2014 - 8:43pm

Out of hundreds of messages, the Standard-Examiner selected 20 messages that show a 27-year-old teacher's string of behavior over months of inappropriate Facebook messaging to a then 13-year-old student. In the messages she discusses Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) issues of other students including grades, divorce/custody issues along with personnel, faculty, and student privacy issues with a teen student. The Ogden Highland Junior High School teacher resigned April 2. Some redactions have been made for privacy of other teachers and the principal, all of whom had disparaging remarks made about them. Since the teacher has not been publicly charged with anything, her Facebook profile picture has also been blurred. Private Facebook Messenger messages from the teen's account were provided to the Standard-Examiner by the parent.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 14 2014 - 9:23pm


GALLERY: Mount Ogden Junior High celebrates as they raised over $10,000 for needy students

Mount Ogden Junior High School janitor Tom Jones, had his hair and beard shaved off by the principal, Jessica Bennington, at the Mount Ogden Junior High School auditorium in Ogden on Friday, December 20, 2013. The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

Briana Scroggins
Dec 21 2013 - 7:57pm

The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal on Friday, December 20, 2013. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Dec 21 2013 - 7:57pm


GALLERY: Inappropriate Teacher-Student Facebook Messages

Cimaron Neugebauer
Apr 14 2014 - 8:43pm

Out of hundreds of messages, the Standard-Examiner selected 20 messages that show a 27-year-old teacher's string of behavior over months of inappropriate Facebook messaging to a then 13-year-old student. In the messages she discusses Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) issues of other students including grades, divorce/custody issues along with personnel, faculty, and student privacy issues with a teen student. The Ogden Highland Junior High School teacher resigned April 2. Some redactions have been made for privacy of other teachers and the principal, all of whom had disparaging remarks made about them. Since the teacher has not been publicly charged with anything, her Facebook profile picture has also been blurred. Private Facebook Messenger messages from the teen's account were provided to the Standard-Examiner by the parent.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 14 2014 - 9:23pm


VIDEO: African nation finding support for education in Utah

Becky Wright, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 5:50pm

OGDEN -- Utah has one of the highest pupil to teacher ratios in the United States, at 22.8 to 1. Many classes have higher student numbers than that, but even a big-size Utah class would be a dream situation for a teacher in Malawi. "We have a pupil-teacher ratio of as high as 150, and in some schools 1 to 250," said Benedicto Kondowe. "We...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 7 2014 - 6:23pm


GALLERY: Mount Ogden Junior High celebrates as they raised over $10,000 for needy students

Mount Ogden Junior High School janitor Tom Jones, had his hair and beard shaved off by the principal, Jessica Bennington, at the Mount Ogden Junior High School auditorium in Ogden on Friday, December 20, 2013. The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

Briana Scroggins
Dec 21 2013 - 7:57pm

The school exceeded their goal of 8,000 dollars and collected 10,046 dollars. Students and teachers participated in a variety show for exceeding their goal on Friday, December 20, 2013. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)

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GALLERY: Apple for the Teacher and Design an Ad, Arts and Humanities awards ceremony

Cameron McLeod, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Apr 27 2012 - 10:55am

Teachers, students and guests gather at the Apple for the Teacher and Design an Ad, Arts and Humanities awards ceremony Thursday night at Ben Lomond Hotel. Thursday, April 26

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Ogden district teachers, minus 1, turn in contract

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 20 2011 - 11:26pm

OGDEN -- Every Ogden School District teacher except one has signed the new contract written by the district's Board of Education. The one holdout was an inactive teacher, on leave during the past school year, who decided not to return.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Jul 20 2011 - 11:41pm


Teacher petitions hit Ogden district

(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Director of Human Resources Brenda Ruffier (right) leaves in a hurry Tuesday as Doug Stephens, president of the Ogden Education Association, delivers to district offices the petitions signed by more than 2,000 people asking Ogden School District to restore teacher bargaining rights.

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 19 2011 - 10:35pm

OGDEN -- Ogden Education Association President Doug Stephens turned in petitions Tuesday endorsed by approximately 2,000 supporters who oppose the Ogden School District's rejection of collective bargaining and the ultimatum that forces each teacher to sign a district-authored contract by the end of today or lose his or her job.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Jul 19 2011 - 10:53pm


Ogden teachers rally over contract ultimatum

(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) (From left) Stephanie Houtz, Sandra Abbott, Sarah DellaCerra and Jessica Namovicz of James Madison Elementary School rally with Ogden School District teachers, who were given a July 20 contract ultimatum to sign or lose their jobs, at Liberty Park in Ogden on Thursday. Teachers then marched to the district offices with their contracts, which state raises based on experience would eventually be replaced with raises based on merit, to the district offices.

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jul 14 2011 - 12:44pm

OGDEN -- Traffic parted and a red sea of protesters flowed toward the Ogden School District offices.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Jul 14 2011 - 11:03pm


Ogden teachers get take-it-or-leave it contract deal

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Jun 30 2011 - 3:17pm

OGDEN -- Teachers employed by the Ogden School District will get letters over this holiday weekend, informing them they have 20 days or fewer to sign a new contract or they will lose their jobs.After months of contract negotiations with the teachers' association, the school district announced Thursday that it will bypass the representative body...

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