Don't forget that tomorrow, December 21st, school will be let out at NOON! We will be serving lunch an hour earlier than normal. PM kindergarten will not have school tomorrow. School will be out for the Christmas Holiday starting Friday, December 22nd, and will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd at 9:00. The faculty and staff would like to wish all of our families the Merriest of Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Tuesday was a special day for the 6th graders because they finished, and graduated from the NOVA program. We were lucky to have Deputy Taylor, from the Utah County Sheriffs Department, come visit us every Friday to talk about the NOVA Principles, and the NOVA theme "Illuminating the Path to Excellence". He talked to the students about the effects of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and bullying on their lives. The students learned so many important things during the weeks that Deputy Taylor visited us, and we are all so grateful that he was willing to come out to Goshen for our students. The students were asked, during the last weeks of NOVA, to write their own NOVA constitution, and how they plan on implementing the things they learned in their lessons into their lives. Five of the students were asked to read their consititutions aloud to the audience, showing how much they have grown. It was great to hear from our students about how they are going to use the NOVA principles to Illuminate Their Path to Excellence. Deputy Taylor also brought two of his Lieutenants with him. We would like to give a big Thank you to Deputy Taylor!
Local author, J. Scott Savage, author of the book series Case File 13, Far World and Mysteries of Cove visited Goshen School on Thursday. He came and talked to the students about how their creativity can change the world. He told them stories about children who have changed the world with one little idea. He included the stories of Alexandria Scott, the founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand, who has raised over $150 million to fund childhood cancer research and Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received at just 16 years old. Scott then talked to the students about finding their own creativity, where he helped our students tell a short story that they came up with on the spot. It was so fun to hear the students' ideas, and the way that Mr. Savage took those ideas and turned it into a fun and exciting story!
We would like to thank Mr. Savage and his wife for traveling to Goshen School and sharing his talent with our students!
In learning about revolutions, Mr. Hunt's class had an activity where they created different styles of catapults. Students worked in groups to try and design a catapult that would launch the farthest and be consistent. Many different styles and variations were tried to come up with the perfect catapult. Their catapults were then put to the test in battle. They were placed on opposite sides of a "battlefield" and had to launch past the markers on the other teams side. This is part of an ongoing effort of Mr. Hunt to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into his classroom and allow his students to have more hands-on experiences in learning.