Public Invited to Opening of WSU’s Charter Academy

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University and the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education invite the public to the grand opening of the WSU Charter Academy (WSUCA). The event will be held on the first floor of the David O. McKay Education Building on Aug. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The open-house celebration includes an ice-cream bar for the first 150 people, an appearance by Waldo the Wildcat, exploration of the classroom and observation room, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The newly remodeled classroom is geared toward age-appropriate development. Areas of the room are dedicated to specific focuses of development including literacy, fine-motor skills and physical health. The classroom also provides child-sized amenities such as drinking fountains and bathrooms.

“Since we are the first Utah university to authorize a charter school, we want to share it not only with the campus community but also the surrounding metropolitan community,” said Chloe Merrill, associate dean of the College of Education.

WSUCA will begin its first kindergarten class this fall consisting of two half-day sessions with 22 students per session. A lottery for enrollment was held earlier this year.

Using research-supported curriculum and age-appropriate practices, faculty and staff will focus on the development of the whole student, not only in academics but also in social, emotional and physical capabilities.

Kindergarteners will also enjoy activities outside of the classroom with other departments on campus. “We want the campus to be a playground for the children,” Merrill said. “We are hoping that if children are on campus at a young age, they’ll want to continue their education.”

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Chloe Merrill, associate dean, Jerry & Vicke Moyes College of Education
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