News Nuggets

Compiled by LeAnn Woolstenhulme

Iron County School District


Dual Language Program Application Window Coming Soon. With our Dual Language Immersion program application window for incoming first graders coming up, we’d like to pass along some information about the program. What is the DLI program? It is an educational program where students spend ½ of the day being instructed in English and the other ½ being instructed and immersed in the second language. At East, the second language is Spanish. Studies have confirmed that immersion is a much more effective method of learning a language than attending a separate language class for an hour a day. What are the benefits of the DLI program? Students who participate in DLI show an increase in attention, problem solving, and memory. They score as well as or higher than non-participating students on high stakes testing, and they develop a high level of fluency in a second language with little to no accent.

East’s students have consistently scored above average on the Spanish proficiency tests. One of the greatest advantages, in our increasingly global community, is that the students gain a highly developed awareness and appreciation of cultures and diversity. The DLI application window runs from February 1 to March 31 . Applications are available at the office, and are available to any incoming first grader, regardless of background or ability level. Please note that students with siblings already in the program are given priority. If your student is selected, and you live out of East boundaries, it will be your responsibility to provide transportation. Once the spaces are filled, students who have filled out an application will be placed on a waiting list. If you are interested in the DLI program, we hope that you will stop by and pick up an application!



Enoch’s 3rd through 5th graders were visited by author, Frank Cole, on January 19. He travels the country teaching students that with a good imagination, you can solve any problem you face in life. He has published several books, including The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine and The Guardians series. He held a book signing at Deseret Book, where his books can be purchased.

Congratulations to November and December’s Tigers of the Month, top readers, Box Top Winners, and the More for Four winner, Ella Brown. She won a $75 gift card for Wal-mart. Look for this contest next year, for the chance to win other great prizes.

The Kite for Flight contest begins in February, hosted by the Cedar City Lion’s Club. Students will track the minutes they read every day in the hopes of winning a kite and other prizes. The contest lasts for three months and ends on April 28, at the Kite for Flight event. Classes with the most participants will earn a pizza party.



Each class was given spelling tests this week to determine who will be in the school Spelling Bee which will be held on February 13. The top spellers of each class will compete at the school level. The school winners will move onto the district level. Students have been studying the spelling and definitions of hundreds of words in preparation for this event. We appreciate their enthusiasm and hard work. Thank you to South’s PTA for sponsoring this fun and educational activity!


Three Peaks Elementary will hold SEP conferences February 5-9, 2018. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. every day, including Wednesday. Teachers will send home appointment times for each student. Please make every effort to attend these meetings so that parents and teachers can discuss and share valuable information about each student. Students do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending SEP conferences is a way to be involved and help your child succeed.


Fourth grade students will be presenting a program about “Utah” on January 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Parents are encouraged to attend.


North Elementary is delighted to announce that one of our amazing fourth grade teachers, Mrs. Kim Sauceda, has been selected as the Elementary Science Teacher of the Year for Region 9 by the Utah Science Teachers Association. She’ll be receiving her award in February. Mrs. Sauceda’s passion is science and she is masterful at bringing it to life for her students. She helps them see how science is a part of their everyday lives! Kim is also our Lego Robotics Team coach and our Science Club advisor. We’re so glad she’s here at North! Thanks, Kim, for your incredible work!


SUU STEM is offering free math/science tutoring at CHS Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00. Bussing is available from CMS to CHS after school. Parents must pick up students at 5:00. Permission slips are in the office. Bus passes will only be given with a parent call or note. We are also excited to announce we will be offering a Cool2Code after school program for students in conjunction with Code Changers. This program is a valuable opportunity for students to learn about coding. Honor Society is ready for another semester of great activities. In December, members participated in a service project making cards for the elderly and blankets for the hospital. They also enjoyed a hot chocolate bar. January will be the pancake social. All new members are invited to attend this event. Any questions – contact teachers Ashlee Simonson, Jennifer Davis, or Candace Rowley.



Last week 64 students participated in the Science Fair. Student had worked on their projects since the beginning of the school year. There were 10 different categories they could enter. Teachers, Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Roundy, are very proud and excited to announce that 40 students will move onto the Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair in March. What an honor it is to represent another team at SUU!

Congratulations to the winners!

Animal Science:

1st Place – Elise B.

2nd Place – Niky J.

3rd Place – Ryen B.

Behavioral and Social Sciences:

1st Place – Brynlee C.

2nd Place – Katie M.

3rd Place – Courtney H.


1st Place – Braxton B.

2nd Place – Lindsey H.

3rd Place – Kamryn A.

Earth & Environmental Science:

1st Place – Andrea F.

2nd Place – Kayleah M.

3rd Place – Tayra Dittmer


1st Place – Sam S.

1st Place – Tyson P.

2nd Place – Jase W.

3rd Place – Maccoy A.

Math & Computer Science:

1st Place – Taytum S.

2nd Place – Josh W.

3rd Place – Jackson V.

Medicine & Health:

1st Place – Heather R.

2nd Place – Harrison C.

3rd Place – Carson M.

Physics & Astronomy:

1st Place – Harlee N.

2nd Place – Jessica M.

3rd Place – Cooper M.

Plant Science:

1st Place – Katelyn R.

2nd Place – Lily B.

3rd Place – Regan M.

Product Testing & Consumer Science

1st Place – Alex M.

2nd Place – Elsie C.

3rd Place – Mark S.

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