News Nuggets

Compiled by LeAnn Woolstenhulme

Iron County School District



5th graders at East Elementary who successfully completed the Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program graduated on February 1, 2018. The students participated in the DARE program for 10 weeks. Each Thursday, Officer Bergstrom of the Cedar City Police Department taught a lesson to each class. The lessons included the effects of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol on the body and in society. Peer pressure, and ways to handle it, was also addressed. Finally, the students learned skills on decision making that they can apply to all areas of their lives. As part of the DARE program requirements, the students had to write an essay summarizing what they had learned and their plans for the future. The top essay writer in each class was recognized during the ceremony. The winning students were Macy Greer, Traxton Mitchell, Jazmin Uribe, and Danae Cuello. Macy Greer’s essay was chosen as the top in the school. We’d like to thank Officer Bergstrom for educating our students so that they can reach their potential, and all of the parents who came to support our DARE graduates!


We’d like to remind all parents of current kindergartners in the district that the window is now open for our Spanish Dual Immersion program applications. Stop by and pick up an application in the office. If you have any questions, please let let us know!


Pictured are DARE essay winners Danae Cuello, Macy Greer, Traxton Mitchell, and Jazmin Uribe.



Congratulations to the Cedar Middle School Advanced Orchestra on being selected to participate in the 2018 UMEA State Jr. High Orchestra Festival at Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah. This audition-only honor is something only 24 middle school and junior high orchestras in the state have been selected to participate. Ms. Carrigan and her awesome orchestra students will head up to U of U in March to perform for out-of-state judges, and listen to other State Orchestra-level playing by other ensembles. Please congratulate these students when you see them! The CMS Symphonic Band has completed another successful tour to local elementary schools. They would like to say “thank you” to the elementary children for being such good audiences. Please remind the 5th grade students to register for band and orchestra next week as they sign-up for classes at CMS. Please have your instrument decided before you go to your parent/teacher conference.



Congratulations to our School Spelling Bee winner Tonya DeGroff. Tonya and the runner-up, Casey Coates, will move on to the District Spelling Bee on February 21. We wish them good luck!


The Canyon View Middle School band and orchestra visited the 5th graders on January 26. Aaron Combs, Counsellor; Lauralyn Anderson, Band Director; Teresa Redd, Orchestra Director; and members of each group brought instruments for students to listen to and try themselves. Students are given the opportunity to sign up for band and orchestra for 6th grade.


February 12-16 is Family Week. Each day provides an activity to promote family engagement. Parents may join students for lunch each day this week, $4.00 for a cafeteria meal. Monday is Family Art Night, 6:00-7:30 pm. On Tuesday, write a love note to your child. On Wednesday, students will make cards. Thursday is wear something that represents your family. Enjoy donuts in the gym on Friday, starting at 7:45 am.


No school February 19 for President’s Day.



Fiddlers Elementary proudly supports and recognizes the arts.  This year two students from Fiddlers have been selected as finalists in Region 16 for their original works of art in the National PTA 2017-2018 PTA Reflections program,  “Within Reach.”


William Boswell was awarded first place in Film production and Hayley Rowley was awarded 1st place in Dance Choreography.  Both of these students’ entries if selected at the state level will advance to the National PTA competition in early summer.



Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who have attended or will attend SEP conferences this week. The shared information will help improve your child’s education and will help them succeed in future career and college pursuits.


Marvin and Jessie were at it again this week.  They taught us about Friendship which is something that the students at Three Peaks Elementary strive to do every day.


The Utah Opera program will visit us on February 9. They will introduce us to the elements of opera in a fun and attention grabbing game-show format with artists acting as host and contestants. Artists will perform snippets and full scenes from operas such as Carmen, The Barber of SevilleThe Magic FluteDie Fledermaus, and La Bohème. This assembly is funded in part by the Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS) program and administered by the Utah State Office of Education for the Utah State Legislature.



South Elementary 3rd Graders work hard each quarter to turn in all of their homework and get at least 80 percent on their progress report to participate in a reward activity. Just recently, those qualified students participated in our 2nd Quarter “Thrill of the Ride” in which they used the engineering design process to build roller coasters out of pipe insulation. Students designed their roller coaster, assembled it, tested it, and made adjustments. The teachers were impressed to see the ingenuity of their students and enjoyed watching them through each step of the process!


Last week our fantastic 8th grade science teachers put together a Science In the Snow learning experience.  Students went to Woods Ranch and engaged in numerous experiments and activities all designed around the various curriculums in school and SNOW!  Students were able to look at snowflakes under a microscope to determine the type, write a poem about snow by a nice warm fire, study snow tracks, make snow bubbles, play music, adapt a kick ball game to a snow game, and make snow ice cream-to name a few. Students did a great job with the hands-on experience.  A huge thank you to Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Roundy for taking the time to make learning so fun!



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