Mr. Jason Dickie's second grade class at Goshen Elementary School won the first school spirit contest at the school this year. The students of the winning class wear the school colors of yellow and blue more than students in any other class. This is also the day of the PTA's Fall Carnival--another good reason to show your spirit. The other adult in the picture is Mr. Eric Cuthill, who is serving as a student teacher in the room from the University of Phoenix.
Goshen Elementary students shared some of their big dreams with La Marque Ward, Pat Pugh, and Kobie Wilkerson. They are from the Ohio, Cincinnati area. La Marque Ward was a professional basketball player and continues to have new dreams and share them with others. Together they shared with students how to build their dreams on character. They began by having one student pretend to be a statue while other students were the rain falling on the statue. Students saw how the statue did not change or move. Just like the statue, we can develop our character and keep it forever. They followed up with how our dreams are held up by a strong character foundation. Students each held up one finger and saw how each fingerprint is unique. There is no one just like them and what's inside of them is unique too. Students were told to let their dreams out! Students at Goshen Elementary will be dreaming big.
This year Mrs. Valerie Corlett, the music specialist at Goshen Elementary, started the year off with the fourth graders learning how to play the recorder. The students have been very excited to learn how to play their first two notes on their new instruments. For some of them it is their first instrument to play. Soon they will be playing "Hot Cross Buns.” The students at Goshen are looking forward to playing all kinds of instruments this year.
Each year Goshen students are asked to complete a summer packet. The summer packet includes writing, math, and reading activities. Those students that finish it get to go to the Summer Packet Extravaganza at the beginning of the next school year. This year students had fun running around while eating snow cones, going on a slip and slide, winning cupcakes at the cake walk, and lots of other exciting activities.
The old bell at Goshen Elementary could be heard through town on the first day of school this year. The school met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on their end of the year tests last spring and celebrated by having each student ring the bell. Goshen is looking forward to a great year of teaching and learning.
The fifth and sixth grade students at Goshen Elementary just finished their keyboarding classes. The class was taught by Mr. Randy Bartholomew who had the students working toward goals this year. Students were given candy, money, and gift cards based on the levels they reached in keyboarding. The high scoring student, who reached Level 12 being able to type 80 words per minute, is Sidney Burrell.
The fourth graders at Goshen Elementary went to the Children's Discovery Garden at Thanksgiving Point to explore what they have learned in science this year. Students watched an experiment on how heat and pressure can change the form of a rock. They also walked around and identified different rocks and animals in Utah. Pictured are students in Mrs. Samantha Peckham's class as they created an animal that could adapt to the habitat and climate on a fictional planet they were given. Thanks to a grant from Thanksgiving Point students were able to share their knowledge and participate in these fun activities.
Each year Goshen Elementary has an Education Fair where students can explore and learn more about concepts that interest them. They may participate in Language Arts, Science, Math or Social Studies activities. The students are required to make a visual, showing what they did for their project. They present their projects to judges and receive cash awards. The overall winners for each grade received a medal and the sixth grade overall winners received a trophy and an Educational Savings Plan. This is a great event. One that Goshen looks forward to each year. The high point sixth graders were Parker Hannifin and McKenna Hammond. The overall class winners for 2011 were: Grady Bowers, Marcus Stewart, Lauren Voran, Hank Bowers, Brandon Jasperson, Leandra Allred, and Parker Hannifin. Honors went to thses sixth grade students as well: Ezri Staheli, Bridgett Lott, and Hunter Jasperson.
This is what it looked like as first grade student Koy Isaacson, son of Dustin and Chelsie Isaacson of Goshen, finished his "victory lap" in the halls of Goshen Elementary School last week. Koy won the bicycle in a drawing of all of the students in the school that had been reading in Ken Garff's Road to Success reading program. Koy, a trick bicycle rider, was doing a maneuver called "Bunny Hops," as this picture was taken to celebrate the season and being chosen for the new bike.