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High schools showcase classes, activities during fairs for incoming students

Jan 27, 2017 02:36PM ● By Julie Slama

Hillcrest High School holds its annual Husky Fair for both incoming and current students to showcase elective classes and extra-curricular activities offered. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Current Midvale Middle School eighth-graders have opportunities to learn about elective classes, extra-curricular activities and sports teams during Hillcrest High School’s and Jordan High School’s annual open-house fairs.


The Husky Fair allows both current students as well as incoming students to attend the event, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the school’s cafeteria, 7350 South 900 East. 


Current students may walk through the table displays and talk to teachers and students involved in the activities from 4 to 5 p.m.  Incoming students and their parents may come at 5 p.m. to see the table displays, before going to the auditorium at 6 p.m. to meet student body officers, cheer and performing arts performances and learn about registration, said Leslie Covington-Taft, school career and technical education adviser.


“This is a fun night where students can see what Hillcrest has to offer and parents can ask questions about the registration process,” Covington-Taft said.


Among the 52 displays will be classes in career and technical education, family consumer sciences, business, performing arts, woodworking, robotics and animation, digital media, international languages, automotive and others.  There also will be clubs and activities such as mock trial, Hope Squad, Link, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, Key Blub, book club, business clubs, sports teams, performing arts and more.  In addition, students can learn more about Canyons Technology Education Center and Hillcrest’s international baccalaureate (IB) program.


“We invite students from Midvale, Union, Albion and welcome those interested from other schools since we offer IB and many of our students come from several middle schools,” she said.


Following the night that can attract hundreds of students and their parents, counselors visit the middle schools to follow-up with the registration packets.  Hillcrest also offers a freshman orientation in August before the school year begins.


Similarly, Jordan High will hold its Digger Fair for incoming ninth-graders from Midvale, Eastmont and Mt. Jordan middle schools as well as others interested in attending the school, from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the school, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd. (9880 South).  The first hour is similar to the Husky Fair, where students and their parents can see displays and talk to teachers about classes and programs, before learning about registration in the auditorium the final hour, said Karma Bateman, Jordan CTE coordinator.


“We will have tables advertising all the electives freshman can take such as early childhood development, foods, woodworking, computers, robotics, CAD architecture and performing arts and others,” Bateman said.  “Some of these will have student demonstrations, activities or games about what they learn in the classes so incoming students can ask and learn more about areas they are interested in.”


Bateman said that when students register for classes in February, they help determine which classes will be offered at the high school.


“We use the registration forms to determine how many course offerings in each subject we need and it helps with hiring teachers full time or part time in April.  At the same time, it gives our incoming students a chance to come to the building, become familiar with our classes and activities and welcome them to their future school,” she said.