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!
In sports they call it a three-peat when a team wins the championship three times in a row. Mr. Jason Dickie's second grade class at Goshen Elementary has won the school spirit award three times this year. You will notice the students holding up three fingers in the picture to mark this great event. The Goshen PTA sponsors this friendly competition between classes.
Everyone knows the first book printed with movable type was by Gutenburg. He printed the Holy Bible. Who read the first e-book on-line at Goshen Elementary? You may not know that it is Jose Vazquez. Jose was selected for the honor because he checks more books out of the school library than anyone else (his mom tells him she wants him "to read and read some more") and because he has a computer at home. Goshen Elementary has just acquired a "shelf" of e-books for their library. The number one advantage is that students can read them on their iPads and Nooks at home. Back packs are a little lighter now in Goshen.
Mike Christensen used to have grandchildren at Goshen Elementary. Then he would come on a regular basis and help in the classrooms where his grandchildren learned. Now the grandchildren are grown, but Grandpa Christensen still comes every Tuesday to help the rest of the students at Goshen Elementary. He's been doing this for 8 years. With Grandpa Christensen's beard of white, when he wears his Santa hat at Christmas time, quite a few heads turn in his direction to see if he is really Santa Claus checking for good boys and girls. Whether it is Christmas or not, students love to read for Grandpa Christensen. He pats them on the back and tells each one of the students how wonderful they are and how impressed he is with what they are able to read. Just like their own grandfather would do if he came to the school. Grandpa Christensen doesn't live across the street from the school, or even anywhere close. He comes rain or shine from Pleasant Grove, which is over 30 miles away. And he brings treats. At least today he did for Valentine's Day. He spends all of his donated time in Mrs. Renee Davis' second grade class, where he focuses his efforts with students who need someone with whom to practice their reading skills. Mrs. Davis gets a lot of stuggling readers assigned to her class because of the great success she has in teaching students to read. Mike Christensen is one of the reasons her students are so successful in learning to read.
The citizens of the month for January at Goshen Elementary are Ryann Thornton, Caleb Spencer, Payden Sorensen, Heidy Varela, Lindy Hampton, Mclayne Balzly, Brylee Oldroyd, Layne Osborn, Sky Simmons, Kaylyn Eastwood, Conner Raven, James Baum, Raquel Black, Adrian Rodriquez, Chelise Tromble, Alexys Palmer, Kelby Grill, Caden Eastwood, Carson Lavery, and Anna Wood. The theme for the month was cooperation. These students can always be counted on to cooperate when working with others.
Goshen Elementary PTA sponsored their monthly spirit day by having students wear their school colors or school shirts. Mrs. Renee Davis' second grade class won the traveling spirit trophy for having the highest percentage in her class participate in the contest. The trophy is a wooden statue of a falcon, the school's mascot.
Roads to Success reading winner, Gage Penrod, son of Clint and Emily Penrod of Genola, won a new bike in a drawing at Goshen Elementary School. In the picture above, Gage is riding his new bike through the halls of the school in a "Victory Lap" cheered on by his class mates and other students in the school. Gage's ticket was chosen from thousands of tickets that were placed in a drawing. Students earned tickets for every hundred minutes that they spent reading during the last term. Goshen students have recorded over 726,000 minutes of reading so far this year with half as many students as most elementary schools in Nebo. The Road to Success program's primary sponsor is Ken Garff Motors and Channel 13.
On January 4,1896 Utah was the 45th state to join the Union. The fourth graders at Goshen Elementary are learning about Utah history this year. To celebrate Utah becoming a state each fourth-grade student rung the old school bell at the end of the day. Students were interested to find out that Utah has been a state for 116 years.
For a final project, students in Mrs. Monica Valerio's class wrote and prepared what they would perform to show a frozen picture of the beginning, middle, and end of their literature circle books. A narrator would tell what was happening in that part of the book. The students who were frozen would tell how they felt about the situation from a characters point of view when a person in the audience tapped them. This was a great opportunity for students to share what they learned from books they were reading in class.