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School News: May 9, 2012
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On April 17, the Cedar Middle School 5th Period and 6th Period (pictured) Orchestras attended the SUU  Middle School Music Festival 
under the direction of Christina Carrigan, and both groups performed well for the judges, earning “Superior” ratings.They each performed two pieces and received Superior Trophies as a result of their hard work.Please come support these awesome and hardworking orchestra students as they perform their final concert of the year. “Classical Favorite.” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the CMS Main Gym.
On April 17, the Cedar Middle School 5th Period and 6th Period (pictured) Orchestras attended the SUU Middle School Music Festival under the direction of Christina Carrigan, and both groups performed well for the judges, earning “Superior” ratings.They each performed two pieces and received Superior Trophies as a result of their hard work.Please come support these awesome and hardworking orchestra students as they perform their final concert of the year. “Classical Favorite.” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the CMS Main Gym.
Gateway kids visit Life Safety House

“To keep alive that enthusiasm is the secret of real guidance, and it will not provide a difficult task, provided that the attitude towards the child’s acts be that of respect, calm, and waiting, and provided that he be left free in his movements and experiences.” –Maria Montessori

Gateway Academy is now enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. Come have a tour of our school and see what makes us different.

Our second grade students had a terrific time at the Life Safety House Field Trip in Cedar City. Students were able to “put out a fire,” see the fire trucks, an ambulance, and jump out of a “burning” building. Many thanks to the firefighters for educating our students on fire safety!

This past week our Level 2 (fourth through sixth grade) students created their own firebird based on the ballet by Russian composer Stravinksky.

Gateway Academy will be hosting a rummage sale to benefit our students on May 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations may be brought to the school anytime during school hours. Sorry, no large appliances or mattresses.

Fiddlers appreciates dedicated teachers

Many in our nation have devalued and defamed teachers for years by making claims that teachers have it easy and are nothing more than glorified babysitters. To them I say, our teachers are what truly make a difference in the lives of our nation’s children.

I see first-hand how dedicated and noble our teachers are, how much extra time they put in, how they take their work home with them, and how much they worry about and care for our community’s children.

I can attest that these characteristics of teachers are not driven by monetary gain; they are driven by love and concern. I am constantly impressed with the teachers of Fiddlers Elementary in this regard.

They love their students even after a year of difficulty and strain. They continue to work with disgruntled parents that have no interest in working with the school. They take their craft seriously and are just as much professionals as anyone. Teachers do much more than teach and are worth much more than their salaries.

The week of May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Please join with us and show your child's teacher that you appreciate them. In the current education-bashing climate, teachers need to know they're appreciated how they touch our children’s lives.

Enoch has reading incentive program

With the end of the school year in sight, many programs are being polished for presentation for families in the next few weeks. Watch for information from individual teachers concerning dates and times.

The school district administration and school board recently visited our school to experience the great things happening at Enoch Elementary. It was so exciting to show them the very best that our school has to offer.

Mrs. Anne Marie Walker was named as our PTA volunteer of the year. She has spearheaded our reading incentive program this year and has spent countless hours dedicated to the encouragement of student reading.

The final culminating event for this program will be an upcoming, school-wide Olympics event on May 15. We are looking for volunteers to help this activity. We appreciate local merchant Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick for donating a helium tank to our school for use during this event.

Parowan kids enjoy trip to Bryce Canyon

After many stressful days of end-of-level testing, students in third grade at Parowan Elementary received a well-deserved break. The third grade students in Mrs. Evans and Mr. Burton’s class began the day early last Thursday.

Students arrived and loaded on to the bus at 7 a.m. for an exciting trip to Bryce Canyon. When the students arrived at the visitor’s center, the staff welcomed them. The students enjoyed the museum, a movie, and of course spending all their money at the store. What can one say about the beautiful hike to the bottom of the canyon called “Making the Loop.”

Students were able to review many of the science units taught this year: Living and Nonliving, Heat and Light, and much more. It was a wonderful experience.

There are other things going on at the school like track meets and Battle of the Book competitions, but nothing like a hike at Bryce Canyon with 60 energetic kids.

South teacher gets outstanding honors

One of our fantastic teachers, Mrs. Michele Brunson, has been selected as the Outstanding School Teacher for 2012 by The University of Utah and the College of Education.

This award was established to recognize the important role elementary and secondary school teachers play in influencing students’ educational aspirations beyond high school. Michele was honored by President David Pershing at Commencement at The University of Utah and by John McDonnell, College of Education Interim Dean, at Convocation, both last Friday.

Congratulations Michele! We are lucky to have you here at South!

Also, we want to remind parents that books from the Take-Home Library were due for grades K-2 last Thursday. Books for grades 3-5 were due back to the school by Monday.

Lastly, the Battle of the Books competition will continue this week. Good luck to all our competitors!

Iron Springs kids learn at SUU farm

Iron Springs Elementary Kindergartners went on a field trip to the SUU farm. They learned about the many different types of cows. They weighed their classes. The AM class was as heavy as five cows and the PM class was as heavy as three cows.

They saw horses and a foal that was one week old. They also bottle fed milk to the baby lambs. Thank you SUU Farm for this wonderful opportunity!

Thursday is Muffins for Mom at 8:15 a.m. Next Monday is Kindergarten Graduation. Morning Kindergartners will perform at 5:30 p.m. and afternoon Kindergartners at 6:30 p.m.

May 17 the second grade will perform its “BUGZ” Program at 6:30 p.m. These events will be in the gymnasium.

Students at Three Peaks work with pottery, plant tree

Mr. Clay Carter’s class enjoyed traveling to Canyon View High School to work with pottery and clay in the art facilities.

Mrs. Reid’s class invited Chad Reid from the Utah State University Extension Service to come to school to teach them about planting a new elm tree that was donated to Three Peaks by the Double Tree Hilton at Brian Head.

This week at Three Peaks, we will be holding the final PTA reading assembly. This will be sponsored by McDonald’s and will be entitled “The Magic of Reading.”

The May topic for Marvin and Jesse will be self confidence.

Teachers will be participating in the final LETRS literacy training of the year with district reading specialist Leslie Adams.

All staff and students would like to thank the Lion's Club of Cedar City for sponsoring the annual Kite Flight. Many Three Peaks students attended and had a wonderful experience.

CVMS gets fitness program award

CVMS is one of two schools in Utah to receive a touchdown school award from Fuel Up to Play 60. Students at CVMS completed all six steps (competitions) of the program to be named a “Touchdown School.”

Eighth grade students recently voted for ninth grade class officers for 2012-13. Congratulations to the following: Seleck Rigby, President; Mariah Rowe, Vice-President; Amy Zortman, Secretary; and Camry Gover, Activities Chairperson.

Sixth grade students will be rewarded for good grades and citizenship with a trip to Anti-Gravity in St. George on May 21. We hope parents of sixth graders will encourage their students to work hard to qualify for this fun reward.

GYC members also went to Anti-Gravity on Friday.

We remind parents the importance of attendance during End of Level Testing. Please make sure your student attends on testing dates, gets plenty of sleep and a good nutritious breakfast.

Performing arts students are busy preparing for their performance on May 10 and 11 at 6 p.m. We encourage anyone interested to join us for the annual CVMS 5K Run/Walk on May 19. The public entry fee is $15. Call 586-2830 for more information.

CMS plans busy spring open house

Cedar Middle School will have their Spring Open House on May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Student schedules for next year will be available, and our band and orchestra will perform.

Student work will be on display for everyone to see some of the great things we have accomplished at our school this year. There is a link on the CMS website with more information.

Our CMS Warrior of the Month winners for April were Lainey Schneider (sixth grade), Ashton Barney (seventh grade), and Tristan Williams (eighth grade). Employee of the month was Candace Rowley.
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