UTVA Transitions Group Outing at  SeaQuest

UTVA Transitions Group Outing at SeaQuest

Our January outing took place at an interactive aquarium located in northern, Utah. This interactive aquarium allowed our students to experience the sounds of the rain forest as they fed various birds. They discovered what it is like in the depths of the ocean as they fed sharks and touched stingrays. A few of the students who were feeling more adventurous took a turn dipping their toes into water which held fish that nibbled at their skin. Mrs. Q (UTVA’s awesome science teacher/wiz) asked questions that were geared toward the digestive system and some were geared toward carnivores and herbivores. Through answering these science questions, the students were given tokens with which they were able to enjoy all of these activities and more!

This educational outing helped our students to create meaningful relationships with each other. It helped them to grow a connection with UTVA and to develop our school pride. We are so lucky to have so many teachers who are willing to help create these meaningful life experiences for our students.

Cheers to many more outings at UTVA!

Mrs. Peterson

UTVA Featured on Fox News!

UTVA Featured on Fox News!

On Monday, December 17th, Fox News13, live at eleven came to the UTVA office in Murray to highlight the newly opened UTVA Pantry.  Over one hundred UTVA students and familiy members showed up to help unload the truck and stack the pantry. Rick Bonnaducci was there with his Live at Eleven crew to interview Head of School, Meghan Meredith and LuAnn Charles to report how the pantry has come to be, and evolved into a community project. The live clip can be found HERE

As a title one school, UTVA has many families that struggle to make ends meet. LuAnn Charles, Student Services Administrator, found out about a UTVA family in need of furniture and basic amenities for their apartment. She put out a simple inquiry on her personal Facebook page.  The outpouring of offers for beds, bedding, food and clothing for the family was overwhelming.  LuAnn received a call from one of her contacts, Mike Bearden at Alpine school district with the offer to provide the food and clothing that they had received from their recent food drive and donate it to UTVA.  The small idea to help one family along with the generosity of the Alpine School District and so many local community members, has developed into an opportunity for UTVA to open its own pantry!  We are thankful for all that have donated, and helped to sort and organize the pantry. We couldn’t do this without community support! A special thanks to:

Mike Bearden- School Counselor, Diane Wanamaker- Principal (Oak Canyon Jr. High) – Truck delivery of food and clothing donations
Courtney Anderson, St. George  – blessing bag donation
Tracy Jacobson from the Murray City Community Group – pillowcases and gifts for our homeless families
Dr Allen- Murray Dentist office staff
WCF Insurance: Shelves donation
UTVA Volunteers
UTVA office staff: Brooke Cosgrove and Rylie Savage

It is our goal to keep this pantry open year round for families.  If you are interested in donating, here is a list of items that the pantry is in need of:

Dry goods (except ramen)
Laundry soap
New underwear and socks

Please drop donations off at our Murray office: 310 E 4500 S Suite 620, Murray, UT (6th Floor)

Ogden Weber Technical College Outing

Utah Virtual Academy CTE Students Visit the



On September 25th a small group of UTVA students spent the afternoon at the Ogden Weber Technical College learning about the ins and outs of taking classes at OWTC while they are still full time High School Students at UTVA.  If a student decides to attend OWTC while still in school, they can attend TUITION FREE!  There are minimal costs associated with the program, typically ranging from $30-$100, depending on the program.

OWTC focuses on hands on learning  with asynchronous tracks, meaning you can go at your own pace and improvement is competency based.  With 32 certified programs to choose from, students can discover what they love to do.  Programs offered, range from; dental assistance to welding to information technology to culinary arts.

UTVA students learned that 80% of students who start at OWTC finish, 94% of students have a job BEFORE they finish at OWTC and 99% of students leave OWTC with a license of some kind!  These are strong numbers and seems to be a great viable option for those students interested in learning a trade!

To learn more visit: or contact Natalie Niederhauser:



Back to School Night Success

Back to School Night Success

UTVA 2018 Back to School Night was held at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City UT on August 30th. 827 people participated between the High School and K8 schools!  Students played human Foosball, volley ball  posed for photo booth photos, created sidewalk chalk art and met other students and teachers. The school mascot made an appearance and socialized with all of the families that participated.  Our Student Services Team had a T-Shirt booth,  attendance games and sign up’s for our new school wide app.

As a virtual school gatherings like these allow students to socialize with their classmates, put names to faces and see their teachers and mentors face to face.

This was the best attended Back to School Night in the history of UTVA.  Thank you to all who came to participate.  YOU are what makes up the UTVA community!