News Nuggets

Compiled by LeAnn Woolstenhulme

Iron County School District



The 1st graders at Enoch Elementary in Mrs. Jenny Webster’s class have been busy taking apart words and putting them back together as contractions. The students prepared for word surgery with their facemasks and band-aids.

Enoch students will soon be introduced to a new program called Keyboarding for Kids. The program will be provided in the classrooms. It is individualized and adapts to student needs, as they play games and take timed drills. They will also be able to use the program at home.

Congratulations to Mrs. Penny McConnell for over 30 years of educating children in Iron County. She taught reading intervention group. A retirement banquet was held on December 20 to honor her service and dedication. The banquet was attended by the school staff and Mrs. McConnell’s family. Staff members thanked her for being a part of our school family and affecting the lives of so many students. Mrs. Penny McConnell will be greatly missed at Enoch Elementary.



Our CMS Symphonic band is gearing up for their annual 5th Grade “Join the Band” tour at the local elementary schools. We encourage parents to allow their children to take band. The program at Cedar Middle School is huge. Students are nearly guaranteed to make new friends while learning self-discipline and team building skills. In addition to those bonuses, band is fun! When considering whether to sign their children up for band, we hope that parents will not allow money to be a deciding factor. Our school has many rental instruments available for student use at a nominal fee. Take a fun class–sign up for band! We are very proud of Jael Clark and Mara Lambert. They were accepted to the inaugural All-State Band for Junior High School. There were over 200 students who auditioned for the 90-100 member band from throughout the state. Congratulations!



All of our classes are back in full swing after the Winter Break. The 4th graders conducted a patriotic program this week which highlighted, Martin Luther King’s, dream.  Students have been working on listing dreams of the things they would like to accomplish in their lives. The program also included a flag raising ceremony.  We want to remind everyone that you can find information on upcoming events and programs as well other school information on our school website:



Three Peaks Elementary would like to announce the winners of this year’s PTA Reflections contest.

Photography: Gold-James Young, BJ Valerius. Silver-Henry Young. Bronze-Ashlyn Ellsworth.

Literature: Gold-Lili Sowards, BJ Valerius. Silver-Alexa Shumway, Seantay Zuflet, Sadie Beeson. Bronze-Haylee Clawson, Miley Nay, Emma Laswell. Honorable Mention-Talon Holmes, Brooklyn Pasele, Makayla LeFevre, MacKenzie Winslow

2D Visual Arts: Gold-Daphne Adams, BJ Valerius. Silver- Maggie Smith, Audrey Gordillo, Cooper Adams. Bronze-Kate Jessen, Ember Sanders, Sadie Shumway, Holly Gordillo. Honorable Mention-Hallie Short, Ximena Gonzalez, Addison Spencer, Treston Cates, Macy Funderburk

3D Visual Arts: Gold-Emma Adams, BJ Valerius

Film Production:  Gold-Bella Imlay, Silver-Bridger Imlay.

Dance:  Gold-Sophia Uchman.

Students’ pictures and projects can be viewed on the Three Peaks Elementary school website. Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s Reflections contest.  A special thanks goes to Mrs. Julia Valerius for coordinating this year’s contest and for organizing the awards assembly that will be held on January 18 at 2 p.m.  The Regional Reflections meeting will be held at the District Office on January 31 at 4 p.m.



Fiddlers Elementary recognizes greatness in its staff, teachers, and volunteers by spotlighting individuals quarterly who go above and beyond to make Fiddlers Elementary a great place to be.  The winter Spirit of Sorrel Spotlight recipients are Penny Seely, Laurie Jones, and Lindsey Vest.

Teacher Penny Seely works with a smile–her calm demeanor and happy attitude paired with her dedication to education make the home of the Mustangs a great place to be!  Art teacher Laurie Jones opens the world of art to all of the Mustangs at Fiddlers.  She takes mundane and discarded material and inspires her students to create art.  She is a great asset to the Mustang team.  Lindsey Vest is a standout volunteer at Fiddlers.  Teachers, students, and staff members are drawn to her by her positive attitude. She gives a 110% in everything she does.

The Fiddlers Elementary PTA partners with Sparkle’s Car Wash and The Pizza Factory to sponsor The Spirit of Sorrel Spotlight program.




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