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February 2021

Goshen 5th Grade Parade of States

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:37

This year's Parade of States was so good! Students selected a state and gathered research in class. They were then tasked with the assignment to make a shoebox float the represented their stated. Mrs. Openshaw & Mrs. Haines are so proud of their students! All of our students participated (all 43 of them made and turned in a shoebox float) and did a great job! Even though the presentation part of the assignment looked a little bit different than past years, the students were still able to invite someone to come walk through and see what the 5th graders have learned. It was great to see what they had learned about their state and the creativity they used when putting their floats together.

Mrs. Larsen Received the Crystal Apple Award

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:23

Congratualtions to Mrs. Larsen for receiving the Crystal Apple Award for the 2020-2021 school year. The Crystal Apple Award is given to teachers that show excellence in teaching. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Larsen teaching our 2nd graders! Congratulations Mrs. Larsen!

Mrs. DeGraffenried to Retire June 30, 2021

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Tue, 02/16/2021 - 14:01

We want to congratulate Mrs. DeGraffenried on her decision to retire at the end of the school year. We know it was a hard choice for her to make, but she is looking forward to spending some much deserved time with her family, and more specifically, her grandchildren. We are all going to miss her, but we're so happy that she gets to have free time to do the things she wants to do. 

Mrs. DeGraffenried has said the following about her decision to retire:

"I have decided to retire. It is a bittersweet decision. I have loved my time at Goshen. I love the students, faculty, staff and families. However, I am looking forwarded to spending time with my 14 grandchildren!!! I will continue as the principal of Goshen until June 30, 2021. I am looking forward to the next few months and making more great memories with the students and staff."

Mrs. DeGraffenried will still be our principal until June30th, but our new principal, Mr. Atkin will be spending time at the school between now and then to learn about our school and get to know the kids.

Good Luck Mrs. DeGraffenried, and congratulations!


Welcome to Goshen, Mr. Atkin!

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Tue, 02/16/2021 - 14:01

With Mrs. DeGraffenried retiring at the end of the year, we want to welcome and introduce our new principal, Mr. Ben Atkin.

Mr. Atkin received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah Valley University and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Southern Utah University.

Currently Mr. Atkin serves as a Title I Coordinator at Park View Elementary. He has been there for the past three years. He started his career teaching third and fourth grades at Spring Lake Elementary for thirteen years.

Previous recognitions of Ben include: selected as the Sterling Scholar of Technical Education, received the Full Tuition Scholarship from UVU, and honored with the Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Award.

 Mr. Atkin stated, “There is no greater call and responsibility than educating children. The things children are taught today become the reality of society tomorrow. I know that all kids can learn, and my vision as a school leader is to provide a safe environment conducive to that learning.”

 A colleague said, “Ben possesses the leadership skills to be an effective school administrator. He is smart, caring, self-motivated, hard-working, and a continuous learner willing to jump in wherever needed. Ben is the complete package.”

One of Ben’s personal mottos comes from his dad, Norman Atkin, “Always look for ways to do more than is required, and you will always find success.”

 Ben enjoys fishing, hiking, farming, and sports. He is married to Angie, and they have five children.

 Mr. Atkin's will begin on July 1, 2021, but he will be spending time at the school between now and then to learn about our school and get to know the kids.



Title 1 Preschool Screening for 2021-2022

Submitted by krista.openshaw on Mon, 02/15/2021 - 13:44

If you have a child that will be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2021, and would like to have them screened for the district's Title 1 preschool for the 2021-2022 school year, screening appointments will be held on April 19th, 2021 at Taylor Elementary in Payson. Follow this link for more information:

To sign up for an appointment, follow this link. Click on the 19th and pick a time:

Please note: The parent/guardian must attend the appointment with the child, and both must wear masks. No additional family members will be allowed due to COVID restrictions. The appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. Parent/guardian must bring TWO forms of proof of residency (printed documents with parent/guardian name & address: utility/phone/gas bill, driver's license, insurance card, bank statement, etc.). Child's parent/guardian must live within the boundaries of the participating Title 1 school (babysitters or daycare providers do not count). 

Preschool classes will be held at Taylor Elementary in Payson.


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