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Soldier Hollow Charter School Earns Prestigious Award!

What an amazing honor to have Soldier Hollow Charter School recognized as a 2011 Blue Ribbon! It is a great testament to the hard work of the administration, teachers, and students at the school. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”

Additionally, “The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally normed tests; or 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.”

Chuck Weber, the principal at Soldier Hollow Charter School was kind enough to take a few moments to speak with me about the school. His love for the students and support of the curriculum was obvious as we discussed his philosophy of doing what’s best for the kids. Through his stewardship, the focus is on academics and environmental responsibility, applying and making it relevant in the student’s lives.

It is also a goal to foster a supportive environment, encouraging students to feel good about themselves, their school, and their community, with zero tolerance for bullying. Efforts are made to address problems with consequences, rather than punishment.
I love the comment Mr. Weber made when he stated that everything has consequences, whether it’s a footprint in the sand, or the result of behavior.

Enrollment at Soldier Hollow Charter School is done through a lottery process, designed to maintain the classroom size of 20 students per class. Currently there are openings in 2nd through 8th grade!

If you are interested in enrolling or learning more about the school, call 435-654-1347. It was interesting to learn more about this innovative and dynamic school available right here in Heber Valley, and I think it’s pretty awesome that they have earned the recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.

BY ERIN LEE SPENCER   09/15/2011

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