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September 2015

Faculty Spotlight: Brittainy Thornton

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 16:54
Ms. Brittainy Thornton-1/2 Day Kindergarten

Because we have so many new faculty members this year, we are going to spotlight one faculty member each week.  This week's teacher is Brittiany Thornton.  She is our 1/2 Day Kindergarten Teacher, and this is her first year teaching.  Before she became a teacher here, she did a lot of subbing for the school district.  She also did her student teaching at Santaquin Elementary.  She says that her favorite thing about working at Goshen Elementary is seeing the kids everyday.  

Here are a few interesting facts about Ms. Thornton:

  • Her birthday is May 13th.
  • She likes to bake, cook, fish, hike and she loves spending time with her family and friends.
  • She likes pizza, ice cream and chocolate.
  • She drinks Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • Her favorite color is pink.
  • She loves reading anything by Mercer Mayer.
  • She has never broken a bone.

We want to welcome Ms. Thornton to Goshen Elementary!

Agenda for October SCC

Submitted by l.degraffenried on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 14:39

Goshen School’s School Community Council
Agenda for Oct. 7th, 2015
1. Open Public Forum
2. Safe Technology
3. Review of our school’s testing results from last year.
4. Discuss - School Improvement Plan Goal #1. about reading.
5. Open discussion – ideas – concerns – suggestions

***Note: Review goal #2 (Math) on this year’s School Improvement Plan and come to our next meeting (Nov. 4th,) prepared to discuss any changes, deletions, or additions that you’d like to make to that
goal for next year!

Minutes from our September 2nd, School Community Council Meeting.
Joanie Burningham chaired the meeting. – Started at 3:35 p.m.
We watched a Trust Land’s video clip on the responsibilities that school community council members have. Everyone was given copies of the following; Goshen School’s - School Improvement Plan, The Laws Governing School Community Councils, a list of S.C.C. members and their e-mail addresses.

We discussed the following during the meeting;
* How the Trust Lands money was spent last year.
* Our school theme for the year, “We are Positively Positive”
* A motion was made by Joanie Burningham and seconded by
Rachel Pipkin to sign our schools, Title One - School Wide
Planning Committee Form and the Parental Involvement Policy.
(The voting was unanimous)
* Future district community council meetings.
* The 7 Habits lesson plans for this year.
Rachel Pipkin made a motion that the meeting be adjourned until Oct. 7th; the motioned was seconded by Janille Osborn. The voting was unanimous to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m.


Submitted by l.degraffenried on Sat, 09/26/2015 - 09:11

The PTA Music and Magic Night were a success! Great food, wonderful country music and songs performed by Nephi Allred and a magician that add the kids delighted! The baskets were amazing!

Thank you for your support!

And the Winner Is....

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:34

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Facebook contest!  We went from having just over 150 likes on our Facebook page to having over 450 likes!  The class that reveived the most likes was Mrs. Openshaw's 6th grade class.  They will be enjoying a pizza party on Friday afternoon.  Thanks again for everyone who participated.

Debbie Hudson receives 2015-2016 PEAK award

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:24

For the students of Goshen Elementary, lunch is a favorite time of day!  One of the reasons why is because they get to see Debbie Hudson.  She has been the lunch clerk at our school for 18 years, and she received the PEAK award for our school this year.  PEAK awards are given to Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education.  Faculty and staff members are nominated by anyone in the community through the Nebo School District website.  Debbie was nominated by Donna Woodland, Leslie Jacobsen and Mrs. Degraffenreid.  This is what they wrote in her nomination:

“Debbie is dedicated to her job. She demonstrates this in so many ways. Every day she greets the students by name as they go through the lunch line. She loves the kids and has developed a rapport with them. Debbie has collaborated (and donated her own money) with co-workers to create special contests for the students. These include “Who Will Win the Super Bowl?”, Easter Coloring Contests, “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin”, and “How Many Candies in the Jar?” at Christmas. She uses her own money to meet student’s needs. One year, she purchased a yearbook for a student. Debbie is always optimistic and finds the silver lining in everything. Her laughter is infectious; and if you watch carefully, you will catch her dancing!”

Debbie is such an asset to our school, and we are so lucky to have her!

Congratulations Debbie from all of your friends at Goshen Elementary.


Picture Day is Coming

Submitted by l.degraffenried on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:50

"Picture Day is Friday, September 25. Order portraits now at using Picture Day ID UM225195Q0.

Which Class "Likes" Goshen Elementary the Most?

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 18:04

We are having a contest between all of the classes to see who "likes" our Facebook page the most.  Your child will be bringing home a contest page to record how many of your family members "like" Goshen's Facebook page.  This is a great time to get any family members involved that might be interested in keeping up with what is happening at school, including grandparents, aunts, uncles etc.  All you have to do is tally up those in your circle that has "LIKED" our page and put that number in the box.  Don't forget to add each of your student's names along with their teacher's names for their classes to get credit.  The class with the highest AVERAGE of students who's family likes our page will win a pizza party!  Here is a link to the page if you haven't liked it yet!

Mrs. Oberg Honored at Nebo District's Opening Meeting

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 17:50
Mrs. Oberg (fall left) is honored for her 201-2015 PEAK Award

Last year, Mrs. Oberg received the 2014-2015 PEAK (Positive Energy and Kind) award for our school, and was honored at this summer's Nebo School District opening institute for all employees.  Thank you SO much to Mrs. Oberg for all she does for our school!  She helps make everything run so smoothly!  She is definitely the backbone of our school! 

Goshen's Second Graders Get New Books!

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 17:36
Second Graders with their new books

The United Way of Utah County, Women's Leadership Council
made a visit to the Goshen School 2nd grade to share stories and to give each child a free book. They will be doing their visits this whole year!
Thank you Women's Leadership Council!

Music and Magic!

Submitted by l.degraffenried on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 17:26

Goshen PT 

"Music and Magic Night"

Every year the PTA puts on a fundraiser. Originally we had planned a fun run and carnival. We have changed that, and are excited to announce a "Music and Magic Night"! We are doing this to earn money to provide funds for the PTA to continue to support our school including SEP teacher dinners, Teacher Appreciation Week, Health and Safety Week and we are donating $500.00 to Goshen Elementary.  The money will be used to pay for student entry fees for class fieldtrips.

"Music and Magic Night" will be held on Friday, Sept 25, at Goshen Elementary. Doors will open at 5:30pm and a delicious dinner of pulled pork sandwiches will be served.

We are excited to have two performers that evening! Nephi Allred is an up and coming artist from Genola! You may have seen him recently on Salt City Superstar where he made it all the way to the semifinals! A true cowboy, Nephi is a regular on the senior pro rodeo and just recently competed in Montana where he drew 6 bulls! Nephi says his inspiration to sing comes from hearing his grandmother and aunts singing in church. Nephi can be found gigging around Utah and Nashville-singing songs by some of his favorite artists-Marty Robbins, Chris Ledoux, and Jim Croce. When he's not singing-he's bow hunting. He will be our opening act that evening.

Between performers we will announce our winners in the silent action.  We will also have great items for the raffle drawing.

Then it will be time for Theron Milo, The Rocky Mountain Wizard! He is Utah's premier family Magician! With over 14 years’ experience dazzling audiences with his masterful sleight of hand; this wizard will give us a great show! 

Tickets prices:

$8.00 per person

$32.00 Family Pass (5 people)

Children 2 and younger are free.

Visit our blog at to purchase tickets today! We will also be selling tickets during SEP on September 23. (Pre-ordering will help us prepare enough food for all to enjoy!) Please mark your calendars!

Invite all your family and friends!


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