Uinta County School District #1

January 2019-Newsletter, Vol 38


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Dear UCSD #1 Staff Members,

It seems the use of electronic cigarettes is a growing trend among teenagers. A current study concluded, more the 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. That includes 4.9% of middle school students and 20.8% of high school students.

Students are able to vape in classrooms, restrooms, hallways, and throughout the school without being detected. It seems that the substances vaped can be odorless and absent of the large clouds of vapor associated with larger e-cigarette devices. Students are exhaling the vapors in their clothing, shirt sleeves, hoodies, and coats. Many times an odor can be detected depending on the flavor, usually a sweet, candy smell.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is very clear that vaping is a dangerous activity. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is known to be highly addictive, can harm adolescent brain development (which continues into the early to mid-20s), is a health danger to pregnant woman, and is toxic to developing fetuses. Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosols can contain harmful substances including heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. Vaping is becoming the most popular method used to deliver marijuana and other drugs. E-cigarettes are not regulated or approved by the FDA so it is hard to say what substances can be found in the aerosol products. E-cigarettes due to their compact size, intense heat, and batteries have caused fires and explosions, which have resulted in serious injuries.

I encourage you to get informed about e-cigarettes and what to look for, then be vigilant in your classrooms, passing times, before and after school, and in your homes. In 2014, board policy was amended to include e-cigarettes in our “Tobacco Free” schools policy.

I have attached a link to an article from the CDC that provides very good information, including pictures of the devices, and current studies on e-cigarettes. Link

Have a great day!

-Superintendent, Ryan Thomas

~January 2019 Birthdays~

2nd-Sheldon Prescott

3rd-Karma Asay

7th-Carol Davis, Kevin Blackwell

8th-Kathryn Mancewicz

9th-Sherie Tesoro

10th-Holly Robbins

14th-Tiffany Faddis, Shannon Williams

17th-Nicole Simmons

18th-Janice Brown, Rebecca VanDreew, Sheila Pedroza

20th-Tyler Ruby, Michelle Rex

22nd-Enda Jones, Nicole Ungerman, Teresa Hoffman, Roberta Shaw

24th-Jayme Jorgensen

26th-Tyerria Padilla

28th-Michelle Robertson, Brenda Stone, Jade Heidt

29th-Kallie Martin, Norma Welling

30th-Treisa Reichenberg, Kristen Hutchinson, Kara Jessup, Christine Cope, Jacob Cowan, Luis Tautimer

31st-Seth Lester


UCSD#1 Administration

Ryan Thomas, Superintendent Ext.1020

Cheri Dunford, Supt., Board Exec. Assistant Ext. 1021

Dr. Joseph Ingalls, Assistant Superintendent K-5 Ext. 1026

Doug Rigby, Assistant Superintendent 6-12 Ext. 1025

Alicia Johnson, Instructional Services Admin. Asst. Ext. 1024

Kristine Hayduk, Human Resources Ext. 1023

Matt Williams, SPED Director Ext. 1040

Diana Olson, SPED Admin. Asst. Ext. 1041

Bubba O'Neill, Activities Director Ext. 1060

Dauna Bruce, Activities Admin. Asst. Ext. 1061

John Williams, Business Director, Ext. 1030

Jaraun Dennis, Facilities Director, Ext. 1075