Dear T.O. Smith Community,
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! With every year comes new changes, and this year is no different. As you know, we have transitioned from a Dual Language Immersion school at the end of the 2021 school year. We were able to send our DLI students and faculty off with a fun celebration. But as we start this new year a final farewell to our former students attending Eastridge Elementary is fitting; we want to wish them a great school year and much success as both schools move forward on our new paths.
As for TO, we are ready for another great year of learning, fun, and excitement for our TO Smith community as we celebrate culture, build social-emotional skills and use grit and perseverance to see us through our tough academic accomplishments. Through the theme of the Olympics and the motto “Tiger Grit,” our students and teachers will put their learning into practice in fun events as we reach for the gold and set personal goals and monitor our progress.
One thing that will never chage is how proud we are to have a diverse culture and student population where differences are celebrated and used as an asset to learning. We will this strength to support our community’s passion for diversity and culturally rich education toward becoming leaders in International Baccalaureate (IB) learning. As of this summer, we have begun our IB journey by starting the application process. In recent years, administration and teachers have set the foundation to prepare our students to begin engaging in IB aspects by building upon attributes that are related to the IB Learner Profile. For example, teachers support students in the learning process by teaching students goal setting and building social-emotional skills of grit, self-efficacy, and emotional regulation to enable them to stick with rigorous learning when it gets challenging. As our teachers start a more formal learning process of IB, they will be better prepared to provide opportunities for student agency and foster qualities of the IB Learner Profile to develop internationally minded people.
We are just scratching the surface of our IB learning this year. However, we are excited and ready to cheer each other on as we start our new path to International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
We will keep our TO and surrounding communities updated on our process, so look for more updates on our website as we begin our IB journey, along with more exciting updates as we get closer to moving into our new home in 2022!
Our school offers a variety of enrichment activities including family nights, clubs and programs and is dedicated to providing educational success for all students.
T.O. Smith Elementary School was erected in 1955, and first used by students in 1956.
The school was named for Thomas O. Smith on March 22, 1956, for the sincere appreciation felt by the Board and community to the Superintendent for his leadership and untiring efforts on behalf of public education; and as had been requested by hundreds of petitioners. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and his Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. His professional education career includes 3 years teaching in Weber County schools, Teacher-Coordinator of the Part-Time School; Teacher at Ogden High School; Principal at Lincoln Elementary School; Principal at Washington Junior High School; Principal at Ogden High School; and Superintendent of Ogden City Schools from 1948 – 1969.
Lawrence D. Olpin was the Architect who designed the building, and Saunders Construction Company was the Contractor. The original cost for construction was $525,629.00
T.O. Smith Elementary School will educate, enrich, and empower students and families to allow us to become one of the highest achieving elementary schools in Ogden School District. We will accomplish this by using high-leverage instructional and social-emotional strategies to engage all students, data-driven planning with colleagues to improve professional practices and student outcomes, and an intensified focus on literacy instruction across all grade levels.
TIGER “3E” Mission
All mindsthrough data-driven decision making and differentiation leading to student and family success
Students and families by promoting character & citizenship development through social emotional learning
Students to choose their future by gaining college & career readiness skills
Students to gain skills in order to successfully participate in a global society
Families to be an active part in student success