Welcome to Trailside Elementary School
Dr. Ember Conley - New Park City School District Superintendent
Leading Educator Joins Park City School District as Superintendent
Dr. Ember Conley has Experience as a Teacher, Principal and Administrator
The Park City School Board has unanimously selected Dr. Ember Conley as its new Superintendent beginning July 1, 2013. She is currently Deputy Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona.
The Park City School Board noted, “Dr. Conley has the experience that will benefit students, teachers and administrators of our district. Her student-centered focus on academic excellence and experience implementing the common core standards, teacher evaluation systems, data-driven decision making, along with her work on closing the achievement gap with diverse student populations, are precisely the attributes we sought in our comprehensive nation-wide search process.”
Teachers, administrators, parents and students were all involved in the rigorous candidate evaluation. There were nearly a dozen applicants the community based search committee assessed. Three finalists were examined during intensive individual 2-day visits to the district that included school visits, meetings with a variety of faculty and staff and interactive community forums.
The Board sincerely appreciates Tom VanGorder’s exemplary service to the District as Interim Superintendent while continuing to meet his responsibilities as Associate Superintendent of Student Services. VanGorder has expressed his support for Dr. Conley and will continue as a senior staff executive to the Superintendent.
Conley is excited about the opportunity; “I’ve met with parents, teachers and administrators in Park City before considering this role; and was impressed by the community wide commitment to making Park City Schools among the best in the nation. My family and I are looking forward to contributing to that sort of engagement both professionally and as active community members.”
Additional details on Dr. Conley:
Dr. Ember Conley is a native of Utah, born in Moab. She received her bachelor degree from Arizona State University and graduated with honors from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. After owning her own business for six years, she returned to Fort Lewis College and earned her teaching certification in Elementary Education. Her teaching career includes 4thgrade, 6th grade science, 6th grade math, and 7th grade math. She received her Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Policy Studies.
With this additional degree, she found her passion in leadership to assist students in maximizing their potential. She has served her students a high school assistant principal, high school principal, and elementary principal. In 2010, she graduated with honors from Argosy University with her doctoral degree, focusing on K-12 Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. She was awarded the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Dissertation in 2010 for her research in the learning styles of Native American Students. She has served the students and community in Maricopa, Arizona for five years as an elementary principal, deputy superintendent, and interim superintendent.
Jose and Ember ’s family will move to Park City later this summer. They have three beautiful children; Ruby is an Air Force Airman, Smoki is a dynamic teenager, and Delynger is the preschooler that runs the house. Their family is complete with pets, which includes Aries, 140 pound Rottweiler, Princess Selene, the 7 pound Schnauzer, and Midnight, the alpha cat . Family and children are the breathe of life in both her professional and personal life.
Park City School District
Board of Education Member
From the Desk of Dr. Einhorn
June 3, 2013
From the desk of Dr. Einhorn—
Here we are at the end of the year already—hard to believe! Please be aware of the schedule for this week:
Monday, June 3rd—Trailside Talent Show—1:45 p.m. in the gym
Tuesday, June 4th—Trailblazer assembly—9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 5th—5th grade Movin’ On assembly—1:30 p.m. in the gym
Thursday, June 6th—last day for students—year-end video in the gym—9:00 a.m.
Clap out and early dismissal—12:20ish p.m.
Year-end PTO carnival—5:00-8:00 p.m.
I’ll be working through June 26th (in math training the 10th-14th) and will be back in the office August 1st. Please make sure you provide us with updates to your e-mail, address, and/or phone number prior to the end of this week. Teachers often send out information to parents in August, so please update contact information if needed.
Class lists are being finalized this week and next year’s teacher’s name will be on the report card. Placements have been carefully assigned, but parents who have a valid reason for disputing a child’s placement may see me in August. Please know that while we do place our small groups of students identified as gifted together in 4th and 5th grades, we have a much larger group of high-achieving bright students who are spread out in all of the classrooms. There is no “smart” classroom—they are all full of very capable students, and we have high expectations for our entire student population.
Please note beginning of school dates:
Monday, August 12-15—2nd/3rd grade Dual Immersion Camp
Friday, August 16—1st grade Dual Immersion Camp with picnic*
Thursday, August 22—Open House/Back-to-School, 3-5 p.m. for K-5*
Monday, August 26—First day of school, 1st-5th grades
Thursday, August 29th—First day of school, K
Tuesday, September 3—First day of school, PK
- indicates a change from previously announced information—no whole school picnic due to a district event for all teachers on August 23rd.
Thanks for all of your support this year. Looking forward to a great 2013-14 school year! Have a wonderful, relaxing summer!
Dr. Kathy Einhorn, Principal, Trailside Elementary
Desde el escritorio de Doctora Einhorn - Español
Trailside Elementary Honored by the French Government for Outstanding Dual Immersion
Utah Americorps Literacy Initiative Volunteer Opportunity