Cedar North Elementary to host open house in new building

By Holly Coombs

Cedar North Elementary will host an open house for the public to tour the new, STEAM building on Aug. 10 at 550 W. 200 North.

The school’s Back-to-School Night will follow the open house at 6 p.m.

North Elementary Principal Ray Whittier respectfully asked that all those who do not have students registered at North Elementary exit the building at that time so teachers can host the parents of our current students.

“Our Back-to-School Night will use an open house format,” Whittier said. “All parents and students of North Elementary are invited to come meet their teachers, fill out annual registration and legal forms, pay for lunches, etc.”

The building with two stories, includes two science labs, classrooms, a big lunch room that also works as a gym for physical education and a stage auditorium.

A classroom specific to SUU, who has partnered with the school, is available. Elementary Education majors will work with the elementary students on a regular basis, Whittier said.

Besides two staircases, one elevator is accessible to wheelchairs, and for security only the front west doors will be open regularly during school hours.

As one may walk in the front doors of the school, the administrative office is to the right side. Whittier said the second set of doors will be locked after students come to school. 

“All other doors will be locked during school hours. Everyone will have to come through the office to get checked in,” Whittier said. “No one will be able to get into the school or be in the school without us knowing.”

With School beginning Aug. 15, the construction will not be complete.

Whittier said most of the school and parking will be complete, but the playground will not be complete until October, but a black top will be available for students to play on until the full playground is complete.

The open house to see the school will consist of a by invitation only will be for school and city administration from 3 to 4 p.m. The public is then invited to come through from 4 to 6 p.m. and Back-to-school night for the students and parents from 6 to 7 p.m.

Whittier said during the private invitation the classrooms will be open for teachers to interact, the classrooms will be closed during the public, although people can look in, and from 6 to 7 p.m. the classrooms will be open for students, parents and teachers to meet.

Whittier said he is excited for the new building and all the possibilities available.

“Some of the programs, the science education, SUU partnership is going to the next level,” he said. “Art integration and science integration is going to the next level. There are just lots of possibilities including a lot more safety.”

He said it will be the safest building with cameras and other safety including having doors locked during school hours.

Whittier said he knows other schools in the district are working to eventually get security devices eventually as well. He said he is also grateful the playground will be on the opposite side from where it was previously to provide safety from the street for the students.

Whittier said he also loves having a new, bigger office.

“In the old building, I had a lot less room,” he said. “Here I have more room than I know what to do with.”

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