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School News: September 7, 2011
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Gateway walk-a-thon coming up on Friday

We must help the child act, think, and will for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practiced to perfection only when working with children. –Maria Montessori

Gateway Academy welcomes Nicole Lane in our 9-12 environment and Shannon Eggleston in our Special Education Department this year. We are excited to have them with us.

The seventh and eighth grade students have been learning how to turn a timeline into a plot graph in English class. They are studying adventure books, and will make presentations about timelines, plot graphs, adventure stories, and even narrative poetry on Sept. 14.

The students are having monthly birthday parties for which the students will prepare and serve food, after completing food handling and safety training.

In our School Garden, students are harvesting the basil and making pesto sauce. They are learning how to care for and maintain the school garden.

Our School Walk-a-thon is coming up on Friday so keep track of all the walking you are doing. Don’t forget to get some sponsors!

Enoch develops plans for individual learning

The new school year has been a huge success. What a wonderful sight to see former students and so many new students entering the halls of Enoch Elementary. We welcome each child back for another year of learning and fun. We have had a delightful time getting to know one another.

Kids should be getting back to the nightly schedule of reading and recording reading minutes each evening. DIBELS reading assessments took place this week and individual learning plans are being formulated for each learner. Differentiation and a personalized approach toward education is a key to the great success at our school.

We welcome fourth grade teacher Ashley Peterson, as well as our new librarian, Jana Dettamanti. Our new speech teacher is Becky Iler.

Our Community Council will be having a meeting at the school on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the Community Council.

Escalante Valley has a great new teacher

We at Escalante Valley School are happy to welcome a new employee this year. LuAnne Brown resides in Cedar City and has been a fifth grade orchestra teacher for the past six years. She is a member of the Roy Halversen Quartet at SUU, and a member of the Cedar City String Quartet.

She is also the concertmistress of the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Her husband, Eric, is the chair of the Art Department at SUU. They are the parents of five children.

Mrs. Brown will be working with at-risk students and helping develop the school’s music program.

Iron Springs gets four new staff members

Iron Springs would like to welcome four new staff members: Dianne Grand Bois is our S.P.E.D. Teacher. She has worked as a S.P.E.D Teacher for 17 years here in Iron County Schools. She has 11 children, and 20 grandchildren. She receives joy from her family and working with children with disabilities and diversity.

Kim Whitehead teaches Kindergarten. She loves the Cedar City-Enoch area. She has two children. She loves teaching children, reading, gardening and sewing.

Nycole Reynolds is our Reading Specialist. Mrs. Reynolds and her husband enjoy living by the mountains with their three children. She loves reading and playing with her children. Mrs. Reynolds has many new and fun ideas for reading.

Brad Combs teaches Art. He has taught Art for 7 years. Mr. Combs is new to Cedar. He loves the mountains, and enjoys our friendly community. He looks forward to working with our talented students.

North finishes initial reading assessments

North Elementary has completed our initial language arts assessments for the beginning of the school year. These individually administered tests, along with the end-of-level assessments from last year, help us to know a child’s reading ability and thus properly place him/her in intervention groups, if needed.

Groups are currently being formed with teachers and teacher-assistants who are trained in research-based intervention programs that help boost kids’ reading achievement. We are grateful to all our reading aides, special needs teachers, and our reading specialist, Paula Burgoyne, for their speed and professionalism as they administer these vital assessments!

Parowan begins year of reading activities

Students at Parowan Elementary are gearing up for another great year in reading. Lower grade students will begin “Book in the Bag” right after Labor Day. Each student receives a new book, daily, to take home and read each night on their reading level.

Many of the classes have set a goal for each student to read at least 180 books in 180 days. Students in 3rd through 6th grade will again be reading books for the “Battle of the Books” in May. In the “battle,” students are divided into teams and compete, college bowl style, answering questions about a list of books they have read during the year.

The P.E.S. spring book celebration will be “A Fairy Tale Festival.” Classes will be reading fairy tales, traditional and fractured, throughout the year and then earn a ticket to the celebration in May.

Three Peaks welcomes 95 kindergarteners, gets visit from Vickers

Three Peaks Elementary was delighted to welcome our 98 new kindergarten students to school Aug. 30. The parents, with digital and video cameras in hand, were so excited to have this special day finally arrive. Kindergarten teachers, Shelly Barney, Harmony Langford, and Trish Topham have been busily preparing and assessing for this first day as well.

Representative Evan Vickers spoke to the faculty about the funding, trends, and the direction of education in the state. We appreciate him so much being willing to visit with the staff at the local school level.

Michelle Hillyard is the new school take home librarian. Students should now be bringing this take-home book each day. Parents should have them read the book three times prior to returning it to school. The book is on the independent level of the child.

CVMS has first Spirit Assembly, elections

We had our first Spirit Assembly on Aug. 26. Students had a great time sitting with their assigned “House” and competing in fun games and promotions. Our outstanding PTSA sponsored a fun movie night that same evening. The weather didn’t cooperate to do it outside but those students who attended still had a great time.

We want to thank Melissa Autrey for all her hard work in organizing this fun event. We also appreciate all those who helped her along with the teachers and staff who volunteered their time.

Students have elected class presidents and student council secretary. Finalists gave their election speech on Aug. 30 via our KUGR studio. Students voted last Wednesday. Elections for House Representatives will be today.

PHS getting off to a great start this year

Welcome back to school, PHS! This is going to be a great year. We have started out on our fall sports, including cross country, girls’ tennis, soccer, volleyball, and football! We wish all these teams good luck! We know that you will all do great.

We have had a blast with our first couple of weeks of school! We have had free pizza, a game night, a movie night, and a whole lot of fun! Thanks to all those who participated.

Our clubs are up and going, and everyone has plenty of school spirit. Make sure you check to see which clubs are looking for new members so you don’t miss out.

Also, keep up with the calendar on the PHS school website (http://phs.ironk12.org) so that you don’t miss any of PHS’s events! Get out there, support your school, and have a great year!

CVHS plans fun new parade, party before Homecoming game

Thanks to all our students and teachers for helping get the 2011-12 school year off to a great start. We have been impressed with everyone getting to class on time and taking care of their own responsibilities.

As a thank you we distributed ice cream sandwiches to everyone in the building on Aug. 25. Coming up at Canyon View we have our Back to School Parent Night on Sept. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We encourage all parents to come and meet with the teachers.

On Sept. 16 we will be having a Homecoming Parade and Tailgating Party prior to our

Homecoming Game. The parade will begin at 4:30 and will head north on Northfield

Road and end at the football stadium. Come out and enjoy the festivities and support CVHS.

PHS getting off to a great start

Welcome back to school, PHS! This is going to be a great year. We have started out on our fall sports, including cross country, girls’ tennis, soccer, volleyball, and football! We wish all these teams good luck! We know that you will all do great.

We have had a blast with our first couple of weeks of school! We have had free pizza, a game night, a movie night, and a whole lot of fun! Thanks to all those who participated.

Our clubs are up and going, and everyone has plenty of school spirit. Make sure you check to see which clubs are looking for new members so you don’t miss out.

Also, keep up with the calendar on the PHS school website (http://phs.ironk12.org) so that you don’t miss any of PHS’s events! Get out there, support your school, and have a great year!

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