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Principal's Message


February 16, 2018


    TO:              ALL Parents and Students at Tooele High School, 2017-2018


FROM:           Jeffrey D. Hamm, Principal, Tooele High School


Dear Parents and Students:


Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!  Attached you will find your child's mid-term grades for third-quarter.  Please review these with your student(s)--including accessing the fuller, more detailed report on the SIS (Aspire) grading system--and then contact your children's teacher(s) if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding their grades.  We would also ask you to review your student's attendance periodically--and consistently--with them so that there are not any surprises at the end of the quarter (or year) with "U's" and/or any other potential truancy issues.  Some additional items of information, as follows . . . .


     ACT Day.  Just a reminder that the Junior class will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, as scheduled. Only 11th-Grade students will be on campus that day.  But new this year is the State requirement that our remaining students (Grades 9-10-12) will be asked to participate in a College and Career Exploration Day off-campus.  In order to receive credit for being at school on that day, they will need to turn in a form--signed by their parents--indicating that they have participated in one of the following suggested activities:


*On-site visit to a college.               *Job shadow with a business.

*Work on college application(s).      *Work on scholarship application(s).

*Virtual college tour.               *Fill out job application(s).

*Career exploration or career interest inventory (Utah Futures).

*Other student college and career exploration activities.


These forms have been distributed to ALL our 9th-, 10th, and 12th-Grade students through their respective English classrooms yesterday and today (February 15-16), and should be returned to their classroom Teacher by no later than Monday, February 26. Completed forms will also be accepted in the front office.  


     We Need Your Help!  As you may or may not know, Tooele High School received a letter grade of “D” on their report card from the State this past year.  One of the contributing factors to this grade was that our number of opt-out letters for SAGE testing nearly quadrupled last year--from less than 30 to over 140--and this was only in our Freshman and Sophomore classes!


     That’s why we are asking for everyone’s help this year to get ALL our students tested.  The truth is that some of our best and brightest students consciously opted-out of the SAGE test(s) last year for a lot of different reasons--and while we recognize that everyone has the right to do so--we are hopeful that we can get everyone to the testing table this year.  We are so much better than a “D” school!  Any support we can get from home will be greatly appreciated.


Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey:  Tooele High School and Tooele County School District are committed to improving our services and making school environments the best possible for students, staff, and stakeholders.  To this end, we have been surveying parents and students since November 2017 to gather meaningful feedback on various aspects of school climate, as well as teacher and administrator performance.  We value our family partnerships and appreciate your willingness to complete this short (2:00-3:00” minute) survey to let us know how we are doing. Your responses will help guide and inform ongoing improvement planning focused on student learning and school effectiveness.  Please use the link below to access the Stakeholder Survey webpage.


     Thanks to all those who have taken the survey thus far.  Hopefully, everyone can help us out--the more feedback we get from parents, the more it can help us serve you--and your student(s)--better. 


Yet another busy year is rapidly slipping away!!  As our Winter sports programs wind down, we wish to congratulate ALL our athletes, coaches, musicians, and teachers on yet another productive and rewarding year.  To this end, we had several post-season honors bestowed upon our student-athletes, as follows:


     Academic All-State for Winter Sports:

Dawson Banks (Basketball)
Mitchell Bunn (Basketball)
Kelsey Stephens (Drill Team)


     Swimming State Championships:

Collin McEachern (5th-Place, 100 Breaststroke)
Hunter Sherwood (6th-Place, 100 Backstroke)


     Wrestling State Championships:

Carter Grgich (6th-Place, 170 Pounds)


Best of luck to ALL our students and staff involved with each of our extracurricular programs as they compete in the remainder of their respective post-season competitions and tournaments!!


In addition to athletics, we also had eight of our Sterling Scholars advance to the Semi-Final Round of State Competition, as follows:


  • Owen Ferguson
  • Karina Kenison
  • Katharine Krippner
  • Collin McEachern
  • Cassie Palmer
  • Mariana Sablan
  • Sam Thompson
  • Judd Tolbert


Moreover, we had two Art Award Winners at their respective State Competition, as follows: 

  • David Blanchard was the 2nd-Congressional District Award Winner from Representative Christ Stewart’s office, and will have his award-winning submission on display at the Utah State Capitol for the next year.
  • Eli Shovan earned a Juror’s Honorable Mention Award for his Photography submission at the State Show.


Finally, we wish to congratulate and recognize our honorees from Tooele High School at this year’s Tooele County School Board Meeting on March 13, as follows:


  • Leah Lorton:           Teacher of the Year
  • Emily Spendlove: Classified Employee of the Year
  • Stacy Smart:           Volunteer Honoree
  • Paden Jolley:      Student Honoree


To this end, you may also have noticed our recently installed student and staff recognition boards now hanging in our foyer.  Specifically these boards recognize one staff member and one outstanding student from each department each month, beginning in January 2018.  Please stop by and check them out as you visit our school in the weeks ahead and congratulate our Honorees.


     Please reference the attached dates of importance to keep up with what’s going on with upcoming events at our school, as follows . . . . 


~Dates of Importance:  FEBRUARY 2018~

  • Mid-Terms Go Home (via email only): Friday February 16
  • Girls Day Dance: Saturday, February 17
  • President’s Day (No School): Monday, February 19
  • DECA State: Thursday-Friday, February 22-23
  • Shrek the Musical: Monday, February 26-Monday, March 5
  • ACT for ALL Juniors Tuesday, February 27
  • (No School for Grades 9-10-12)


*Looking Ahead to MARCH . . .

  • Junior CCR’s:                         March 2018
  • “Meet the Herd” Night (6:00-8:00 p.m.):     Thursday, March 1    
  • FBLA State:                                Monday-Thursday, March 5-8
  • Corridor Days (9th-Grade only):             Thursday, March 8
  • Daylight Savings Time BEGINS:              Sunday, March 11
  • Makeup Monday #6 (3:00-4:00 p.m.):         Monday, March 12
  • Staff Appreciation Week:                   Monday-Friday, March 12-16
  • TCSD Board Employee Recognition:      Tuesday, March 13
  • 3rd-Term ENDS (44 Days):               Thursday, March 15
  • TCSD Data Day (No School for Students):     Friday, March 16
  • 4th-Term BEGINS:                      Monday, March 19
  • Utah Symphony in THS Auditorium:      Tuesday, March 20    
  • Tooele County Summit @ THS (6:00-8:00 p.m.):
  • Community Council:                    Wednesday, March 21
  • Final Grades DUE Posted:                   Thursday, March 22
  • Region IT Fair:
  • Spring Dance Concert:                 Thursday-Friday, March 22-23
  • Report Cards Go Home:                 Friday, March 23
  • Spring Break (NO School):             Monday-Friday, March 26-30


In conclusion, as we reflect upon the national tragedy this past week with the school shootings in Florida, we are humbled and heartbroken for the victims and their families, who are in our thoughts and prayers.  Especially at times like this, we would want everyone to know that school safety is our top priority at Tooele High School, and that we are working vigilantly to keep your student(s) safe.  Like everyone else, we have Safety Committees, Safe UT apps, and many other protocols and procedures in place to follow in the event of an actual emergency--all in conjunction with the Tooele City Police Department and Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.  Having said that, we would like to remind our parents and students that the best deterrent is still communication at home, and communication between home and school.  The mantra of “if you hear or see something, say something,” is still the best way to keep ALL our kids safe from these types of disasters. 


As always, we would like to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and support as we have gotten everything up and running this year and, hopefully, gotten everyone working together on behalf of ALL our students.  Again, we appreciate the opportunity we have to work with you on behalf of your students each and every day.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns; I can be reached at the enclosed (email) address and/or telephone number(s) during school hours at your convenience. 


Thank you for your interest in and continued support of Tooele High School--we look forward to continue working with you!






Jeffrey D. Hamm, Principal

Tooele High School           

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