Shawnie Drury was selected by the teachers of Goshen Elementary School as the Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year. Mrs. Drury was selected because of her superb work with the fifth grade students for whom she serves as a Title I technician. She tutors students in all subject areas, sharing her thoughts on how to do math problems, and how she figures out the plot of a story with her students. She works with many students in a regular reading group each day. Mrs. Drury is appreciated by the teachers and adored by the students.
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 medals and collectors' coins. This is a great event. One that Goshen looks forward to each year. Pictured is the grand champion in sixth grade, Brandon Jasperson and the reserve champion, Savannah Black.
Goshen Elementary's citizen of the month theme for March was honesty. These students were chosen by their teachers for always being honest: Leland Fowers, Brayden Palmer, Lita Matheny, Jada Hacking, Alexis Vazquez, Yadira Vazquez, William Matheny, Scarlett Penrod, Dexton Draper, Eduardo Vazquez, Jebb Jensen, Bowen Taylor, Sadie Fullmer, Alysa Zohner, Jeran Zohner, Rylie Tew, Brooke Prestwich, and Matthew Tervort.
Bill Vest, supervisor of the Nebo Child Nutrition Program, is presenting Leslie Jacobsen with a jar full of money. Leslie, who is the head cook at Goshen Elementary School, has been treated for cancer. The money was donated by school lunch workers at other schools in Nebo, as well as teachers and fellow workers at Goshen to help her with her treatment. Leslie Jacobsen is seated across the table from Bill Vest, and is surrounded by her fellow workers, Debra Hudson, Tiffany Nelson, and CNP manager Donna Woodland.
William Matheny found out in a good way some of the hidden benefits of eating breakfast at school. Everyone knows about the nutrition and satisfaction in a good breakfast, but few people know that you could also win a bicycle. William, who is a kindergarten student at Goshen Elementary School, ate breakfast at school every day during the annual National School Breakfast Week, celebrated during the week of March 12-15 at the school. His name was entered into the drawing each day for a brand new bicycle furnished by the Child Nutrition Program at the district. William didn't expect to win--in fact he didn't even know there was a contest. But when he found out that he was selected for the bike, he was a pretty happy boy. With training wheels in place, school head custodian Carwynn Carter helped him to ride a "victory lap" through the halls of the school. Mr. Carter became his bike trainer and coach as William claimed he had never ridden a bike before. William is pictured on his bike for the first time with lunch clerk Debbie Hudson (left) and lunch manager Donna Woodland proudly watching his first ride in the cafeteria.
For the month of February Goshen Elementary students were challenged to "click-it" and wear their seat belts whenever they were in a car. Each day they marked off a card if they wore their seat belts. At the end of the month students were awarded for wearing seat belts during the school's health and safety week. Students also got to experience what it would feel like to get in a wreck going five miles an hour wearing a seat belt. Pictured is Vanessa Sandoval and Lita Matheny on the Click-it Trailer as they crashed into each other.
Brent Boswell, the author of Big! Mean! Pig! and Mission Invisible visited Goshen Elementary and talked to the students about reading for information and fun. He played a game where he showed pictures and asked if the picture was real or not real. He told the students they could find all the answers by reading, just like he had done. Mr. Boswell encouraged students to become better readers by reading more and more.
February's Citizens of the Month at Goshen Elementary were Evan Jacobsen, Max Kropf, Lacie Waters, Hayden Young, Bailee Carter, Briella Engelbrecht, Rhett Carter, Gus Carter, Davis Carter, Eduardo Vazquez, Brinley Cottam, Oscar Carreno, Hunter Weston, Bridger Eastwood, Conner Bateman, Ricardo Vazquez, Charity Pieper, Hadlie Carter, Olivia Draper, and Dean Thompson. These students were recognized for being responsible in class and out on the playground too.
The Crystal Apple Award at Goshen Elementary was given to Renee Davis as a small symbolic statement of the district's gratitude and appreciation of all that she’s done, and continues to do, for each faculty member, and more importantly for the students that attend and have attended Goshen Elementary! Renee sacrificing her own lunch time almost every day, to help out students and/or correct their work. Renee always works well past our contract hours. Teachers like Renee, are one of the most valuable assets to our society. They stimulate mind, heart, and soul. It is difficult to judge exactly where Renee’s influence stops in one's life. Her influence is, in fact, perpetual.
The fourth and fifth grade students at Goshen Elementary finished their 3 month keyboarding classes. The class was taught by Mr. Randy Bartholomew who had the students working toward goals this year. Students were given candy and money based on the levels they reached in keyboarding. The highest scoring girl student at the school, who passed all the fourth grade levels and had a new level created was able to type 70 words per minutes, is Kiera Nelson!