President’s Corner

Happy New Year! Hope you had a nice Christmas holiday with your family and friends.

Our UAD board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at Sanderson Community Center. It starts at 6 pm. Hope to see you there. Your voice is critical to us. Your voice does affect our decisions no matter how small or big.

Please save the date of Saturday, February 22 for the general meeting and another event happening on the same day. We want to work with UTRID, UT-ASLTA, and SLCAD for community needs.

We encourage you to consider joining UAD as a member and show your support of UAD to become stronger. UAD needs your voice and your opinions to help us move forward for our future generations.

Philippe Montalette

Rattles ’n ‘Powder

July 17, 2013 – Skyla, daughter of Shellie Mortensen. Lilah, 16 months, is her older sister. Skyla and Lilah are the granddaughters of Kevin and Sandy Mortensen of Salt Lake City and the great granddaughters of Dave and Shanna Mortensen of Murray.

October 31, 2013 – Callie Jane, daughter of Jamie and Bourke Tarbet V of Ogden.  She joins her brother, Bourke VI, who is 18 months old. Grandparents are Cathy and Bourke Tarbet IV of Syracuse; great grandparents are Valerie Kinney of Roy and Dennis and Shirley Platt of Ogden.


November 4, 2013 – Xuan (Mia) Gregerson, 60, passed away in Castle Dale.  Mia was born in Vietnam, and later married Fred Gregersen in Vietnam. They later moved to Castle Dale. Mia loved being around her family and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and reading. She loved to visit with everyone and was never without a smile on her face. Funeral services took place in Castle Dale.

December 2, 2013 – Paul Loveland, 87, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah; He was born in Jordan Valley, Oregon. An avid basketballer, he was honored in the basketball hall of fame. He was a skilled welder/ layout specialist who graduated from Utah Technical College; He worked in the steel industry for most of his life. He loved the outdoors and was avid fisherman. Funeral services and burial took place in Salt Lake City. He is survived by his wife, Jane Loveland.

December 7, 2013 – Duane Harrison, 87, passed away peacefully. He was raised in Salem, attended schools in Salem and Spanish Fork and graduated from Spanish Fork High School. Following military and missionary service, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo and a master from Columbia University in New York City. He was an educator by profession, progressing from teacher to assistant principal at the Utah School for the Deaf in Ogden.  Funeral services took place in Ogden with interment in Spanish Fork Cemetery.

December 17, 2013 – Vandella Fleming, 64, passed away at her daughter’s home in Orem.  She was one of four deaf Simmons siblings:  Lawana, Lucille, Vandella and Kenneth. Vandella attended USDB before moving to North Carolina with her brother Kenneth to attend and graduate from the deaf school there.  She moved back to Idaho and married Tom Fleming; they resided in Gooding, ID. Of the four Simmons siblings, Lucille and Kenneth survive. Private services took place in Gooding with burial beside her husband, Tom.

January 2014 Holidays

  •    New Year Day
  • 20  Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • 25  Chinese New Years – Year 4712

Jean Massieu School News

Michelle Tanner

December was a busy month at JMS. City Creek hosted a field trip to their stores and provided our students with fun learning activities. We frosted cookies, wrote letters to Santa, played at the Microsoft Store, talked with Santa, ate lunch at Chick Fila and Aaron Bullock read to the children some fun winter stories. It was a great day for all involved. Throughout the month, our boys and girls basketball teams have been playing games across the state. We even had a game in Wendover. We have won some and lost some, but the students have a learned a lot each time and we hope it prepares them for the upcoming tournament in Washington.

We also held our annual Winter Program. Our teachers and students spent time throughout the month preparing for the program and finally performing for the student body, parents and community members. The students did a remarkable job and everyone present enjoyed the performance. We had a great turn out despite bad weather. Thank you to those who attended and I am sincerely grateful to the teachers and especially Sarah Leathers for coordinating the performance.

Finally, our Sub for Santa event was a huge success. Thanks to all the donations provided by all the wonderful people out there, we were able to provide a nice Christmas to 26 families. Thank you to all who contributed. And, I would like to express a big thank you to Sarah Leathers and Lindsey Wert for making this happen!

We have more exciting events lined up for January. Several of our students will be competing in the Lego Robotics competition. We have two teams again this year and we are hopeful that they will have a great learning experience. We also will be competing in the Battle of the Books competition hosted by Gallaudet against other schools for the deaf across the nation. Lastly, we will be ending the month with a trip to Washington as our girls and boys basketball teams compete in the WSBCC tournament.

Amidst all of this our students are still heavily engaged in reading, writing, math, social studies and science, as we follow the Utah State Core Curriculum. We know how important it is to educate the minds of our students and we are grateful for the support provided to us in achieving this goal.

Kimberly Thornsberry Honored

Hamilton Relay (the contracted Relay provider for the State of Utah) has announced that Kimberly Thornsberry has been chosen as the winner of the Deaf Community Leader award in Utah. Kimberly was nominated by her peers as an individual who is an inspiration in the Utah Deaf Community. Learn more about Kimberly below:

ï Case Manager, Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ï *Provided workshops around improving quality of life for others

ï *Volunteered as a board chair for the Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf

ï *Alumni Member of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority

ï Past President, Beehive Chapter of Gallaudet University Alumni Association

ï *Volunteered, Deaf Way- International Deaf Conference

ï Serves on The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers as one of their Deaf Self Advocacy Training (DSAT) Master Trainers

ï Serves on the leadership task force on Self Advocacy for the Office of Rehabilitation

ï Completed a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.

She is currently working toward a Clinical Mental Health Licensure at the University of Utah.  This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

About Hamilton Relay
Hamilton Relay provides contracted traditional relay and/or captioned telephone services to 16 states and the Island of Saipan, and is a provider of Internet-based captioned telephone services nationwide. More information is available at www.hamiltonrelay.com.

Desert Star Playhouse ASL Interpreter Night

Phantom of the Opera will be presented in January.  For those wishing to watch this popular play with interpreting, Wednesday January 15 at 7:00 pm is the date and time for this great opportunity.


ï $18.95 for adults

ï $9.95 for children

Location: Desert StarPlayhouse, 4861 S. State St, Murray UT 84107

Call the box office at 801 266-2600 to make your reservation.  Alternatively, you may visit us at DesertSarPlayhouse.com. 

SLCAD Plans for 2014

Sego Lily has exciting plans for 2014 and we need YOUR input for the workshops we would like to provide for you!

Here’s the VLOG link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y2ZMp2tCg8

Please watch for the survey monkey link so you can participate in the survey telling us what workshop topics you would like us to provide.

Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe!

For more information, contact Stephanie Mathis, Executive Director, at 801-590-6067 VP or stephanie@slcad.org

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