Chess Tournament-Open For Registration

Mar 22, 2019
Gina Mason

 Kids in Park City compete in sports, dance, cheering, debate, business and robotics, along with many other activities. Chess has been around for 1500 years and it’s alive and well in the school district. Ecker Hill Middle School will host a tournament with players from kindergarten to ninth grade.  But, with this tournament, there’s an opportunity for friends and family to participate.


On April 16th, the consultants who are developing a master plan for the Park City School District will present several options to the Board of Education. Then, the public will have at least a month to let the board know what they think about the ideas and the costs to implement them.

Park City School District / PCSD

A second round of master planning for the Park City School District in the last five years has been underway since last summer. In April, the process will conclude with a presentation to the Board of Education. Taxpayers and community members have the next couple of weeks to weigh in.

The Park City School District completed a strategic plan last year which defined the district’s priorities and goals. The master plan, currently underway, will implement the vision for future education.

Lassande Institute

 Park City High School has five teams that made the final round of the 2019 Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute High School Challenge.

The University of Utah based program is designed to encourage students to think about their communities, explore big ideas and pursue creative solutions.  The five teams from Park City will be part of an on-line challenge where people can rate their top three choices.


Utah law forbids health educators in public and charter schools to advocate for the use of contraception. HB 71 has now passed the senate and is waiting to be signed by Governor Gary Herbert. It permits teachers to explain the different contraceptive methods available while still refraining from advocating its use.


Ecker Hill Middle School students and parents will have a chance to learn about how electronics affects the human brain. Research shows the addictive impacts of using electronics on children’s neurological and emotional health.

Dr. Christy Kane will lead the presentation next Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Ecker Hill Middle School.  She says the American College of Pediatrics published a report that less than five percent of our kids get appropriate physical exercise. Social media and gaming are thought to be one of the causes of the increase in obesity in children.

PCSD Master Planning Open House Draws Few People

Mar 4, 2019
Carolyn Murray


Two public input meetings were held by the Park City School District Master Planning Committee last week. About 10 people came to the meeting at the high school on Wednesday and fewer than that showed up at Ecker Hill the following evening.

In 2015, the Park City School District embarked on a comprehensive master planning effort. The recommendation from that effort was to bond for $56 million-dollars to build new and expanded facilities. It failed at the ballot box.



The Park City School District Master Plan established a Treasure Mountain Junior High School task force. One of the questions they’re asking is how safe is the school - especially given this year’s snow load?

Park City School District On Legislative Watch

Feb 21, 2019

Each year, the Park City School District carefully watches legislation during the 45-day session.  They’re monitoring school safety bills, standardized testing policy and bills requiring seat belts on school buses.

The Park City Board of Education will hold a swearing in for the new district 3 school board member in the next board meeting later this month. KPCW had a chance to meet with Wendy Crossland and talk about her background and hopes for the school district.



The Park City Education Foundation celebrates 10 years of Running with Ed, a team relay race which circumnavigates the Park City School District. It’s also a fundraiser which the Ed Foundation has come to rely on, so it can continue to support enhanced educational programs in Park City’s public schools.

Early bird registration is open until the end of February. Runners can save $10 if they sign up by February 28th. Park City Education Associate Director Jennifer Billow says the event raises $250,000 for the organization.


Research shows children who attend pre-school have better academic outcomes and higher earning potential. Utah public education funding does not include pre-school programs. The Park City Education Foundation contributes over $100,000 to the school district to help pay for pre-school.


The Utah League of Cities and Towns held a mock legislative session for 500 youth who participated from across the state. Some of Park City’s Youth Council attended the event at the Capitol (yesterday) on Wednesday. Carolyn Murray has this:

The mock legislative session at the Utah State Capitol brought a distracted driving bill to the visiting students to debate. House Bill 13 is sponsored by Representative Carol Spackman Moss and addresses minors driving with hand held devices.

KPCW-Students Participate in We Rise Up


Park City High School and Treasure Mountain Junior High students greeted the week with a school wide assembly, outside, on the snowy ball field while Navajo drummers welcomed the sun rise. It’s part of the We Rise Up initiative which is about empowering youth across the US to contribute and engage in making the world a better place. Carolyn Murray covered the event and has this:

Park City Mountain Powder

As a rule, Park City School District does not cancel school for snow. Administrators look at a handful of concerns and decide to close or stay open in the wee hours before buses leave the garage. Last week, a wet, heavy snowfall snarled Park City traffic causing many delays. But school was on. Carolyn Murray has this: