Inside Our Schools Dec.20 – Jan.4

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-15-2016

 

As a reminder, tomorrow is the last day of school before the Christmas break for students in the South Sanpete School District. School will be dismissed according to the schools early out schedule and reconvene on Jan. 2.

For students in the North Sanpete School District, Christmas break will be begin on Thursday, Dec. 22. School will be dismissed at noon, and reconvene on Jan. 4.

 

Ephraim Elementary School

            Faculty and staff want to remind parents to make sure their children go to school prepared for the cold weather. This means a heavy coat, gloves and appropriate shoes. Students will have an outside recess if the weather is sunny and the temperatures are above 22-degrees.

The PTA has been asking students to bring in box tops and hopes to see more when children return from the holiday break.

The PTA will celebrate Story Night and Readasaurus’ birthday late next month, so parents can begin planning for that.

 

Ephraim Middle School

            The end of the second quarter will come quickly after the Christmas break. It will be on Jan. 13, and faculty will release report cards the following week.

 

Students from the eighth-grade band performed musical numbers at the 66th annual Ephraim Middle School Candlelight ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Snow College Eccles Center for Performing Arts.

Students from the eighth-grade band performed musical numbers at the 66th annual Ephraim Middle School Candlelight ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Snow College Eccles Center for Performing Arts.

 

Gunnison Valley Elementary

            Despite the Christmas break, the bookmobile will still keep its schedule and be at the school at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

 

Gunnison Valley Middle School

            The bookmobile will be at the school from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the day after students return from Christmas break.

 

Gunnison Valley High School

            Students, faculty and staff are rounding up activities before the Christmas break. Students will attend the final 12 Days of Making it Real assembly on Friday with performances by the band, choir, cheerleaders, and whoever else chose to sign up for a presentation.

The school will hold a moratorium on all school associated sports and activities beginning Dec. 23. The moratorium will be lifted on Dec. 28 with a boys’ basketball game against Juab at 4 p.m.

 

Madeynn Hill and Brinley Bown are wrapped in two of the many fleece blankets students made to donate to the Children’s Justice Center, just in time for the holidays.

Madeynn Hill and Brinley Bown are wrapped in two of the many fleece blankets students made to donate to the Children’s Justice Center, just in time for the holidays.

 

Manti High

            The final production for the Manti High School’s Theater group production of HowThe Grinch Stole Christmas will be tonight at 6 p.m., so don’t miss out on the school’s final Christmas presentation of the season.

A moratorium on all school related activities and sports will run from Dec. 22 to Dec. 28.

 

North Sanpete High School

            A moratorium on all school related activities and sports will run from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27.

 

Students at North Sanpete High School raced against time to raise as much money as they could for the local marine’s sponsorship of Toys for Tots. Together, with the help of the community, students raised over $3,000 to donate to local families in need. Senior Student Body Officers (left to right) Mason Lund, Angela Clayton Gavin Cox, Breden Blackham and Jackson Blackhurst will deliver the toys to Snow College West Campus today.

Students at North Sanpete High School raced against time to raise as much money as they could for the local marine’s sponsorship of Toys for Tots. Together, with the help of the community, students raised over $3,000 to donate to local families in need. Senior Student Body Officers (left to right) Mason Lund, Angela Clayton Gavin Cox, Breden Blackham and Jackson Blackhurst will deliver the toys to Snow College West Campus today.

 

Fairview Elementary

            Still not done with your holiday shopping? Amazon.com is working with the school and if you shop on Amazon.com the school will benefit with a charitable donation. Before you shop, go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose “PTA Utah Congress Fairview Elementary” as your donation.  There is no extra cost, but kids will definitely benefit.

            Parents were invited on a tour of the school for the school’s first ever Partners in Education (PIE) Day. They were able to watch teachers instruct kids from kindergarten, third-, fourth- and sixth-grade classes. After they watched some instruction in math, reading and test prep, they gathered to talk about what they learned and asked questions, and, of course, ate pie.

According to research from Principal Allynne Mower, parents who are involved in their students’ education have kids who are more likely to attend class more regularly, complete homework, earn higher grades and test scores. It also adds a boost to the child’s self-esteem.

The school will offer brunch of funnel cakes on Dec. 20, before students are dismissed from school for the Christmas break at noon.

 

North Sanpete Middle School

            Students are involved in a Food Drive and are attempting to collect at least 1,200 food items to donate to the Sanpete Pantry. Today is the last day for items to be donated. If you have canned goods, please send them with your child to the school. Students who bring at least four items will have the chance to win cool stuff in a drawing. Every four items brought to Mrs. Ivory’s room will render one drawing ticket, so the more kids bring, the more chances they will have to win.

 

 

 

Gunnison High students finally get promised prizes

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-15-2016

 

GUNNISON—Students from Gunnison Valley High were awarded the prizes they were promised for attending Snow College’s Tech and Industry Open House in October.

“This is the first time that a school has actually shown up with the prizes they promised,” GVH student Chesten Sanderson said.

Kadon Hanks, Snow College’s technology department marketing director, awarded Josh Mitchell, Tyler Gardner and Chesten Sanderson with the prizes on Nov. 23.

The boys received a remote control quadcopter, a 20-piece tool kit or a gift bag loaded with useful daily items like a T-shirt, water bottle, pens, etc.

The event was in connection with the national organization MFG Day and supported by sponsors in the manufacturing industry.

The organization was created to promote manufacturing and ensure the prosperity of the entire industry, and to address the skilled labor shortage companies face.

Students got to attend various shops to see mechanical equipment in action or see what the machines produce.

“The nice thing about the open house is that there are probably a lot of these students who have really no idea what a shop or the equipment looks like,” Aaron Jones, Snow College tech department representative, said  “This gave them a chance to see what it’s all about and hopefully give them options for their future.”

 

 

Manti High School student Carson Lawrence brought the Grinch to life, along with his trusty K-9 companion Max, played by Brynn Peterson, in the drama department’s adaptation of a radio-style rendition of the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Manti High School student Carson Lawrence brought the Grinch to life, along with his trusty K-9 companion Max, played by Brynn Peterson, in the drama department’s adaptation of a radio-style rendition of the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

 

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The Snow College Ethics Bowl team brought home the winning trophy and will prepare to compete at nationals in February. From left to right are Dr. Matthew Gowans, Shawnee Platero, Elysa Garcia, Calli Cahill, Adam Hall and Dr. Gregory Wright holding their trophy after winning the 2016 Ethics Bowl.

The Snow College Ethics Bowl team brought home the winning trophy and will prepare to compete at nationals in February. From left to right are Dr. Matthew Gowans, Shawnee Platero, Elysa Garcia, Calli Cahill, Adam Hall and Dr. Gregory Wright holding their trophy after winning the 2016 Ethics Bowl.

 

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Families stood in a long line that wrapped around the inside of the Greenwood Student Center at Snow  to wait for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap. From left to right Haylee, Chelsey and Emma Christensen of Ephraim each took a turn to tell Santa how good they have been this year. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Families stood in a long line that wrapped around the inside of the Greenwood Student Center at Snow to wait for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap. From left to right Haylee, Chelsey and Emma Christensen of Ephraim each took a turn to tell Santa how good they have been this year. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Red, White, and Green Fireworks Spectacular
Holiday fireworks fill skies for 2nd year in Ephraim

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

 

EPHRAIM—Families bundled up to stay warm on Friday night while they enjoyed  Ephraim’s 2nd Annual Red, White and Green Firework Spectacular.

Festivities began at 6 p.m. with the Ephraim City Light Parade on Main Street, a community favorite that has been going on for years.

After the lit up cars and children made their way to the end of the parade, the community navigated to the Greenwood Center to warm up with cocoa, and little ones happily waited in line to sit on Santa’s lap.

Afterward, the sky was lit up at 7:15 p.m. in a synchronized and choreographed Firework Spectacular, a show that was orchestrated to the beat of Christmas music.

The origins of the festival  go back to when Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond, saw his father put on a firework show 30 years ago when he was a young boy.

Two years ago, Osmond  was assigned to oversee and direct activities for his LDS Stake, which included a firework show.

So what began as a church activity turned into a community event.

“I wanted to bring that same form of Christmas magic to our little town of Ephraim,” he said. “I knew this would get everyone excited and into the Christmas spirit, just like it did for me when I was a little boy.”

He says he hopes this unique event will continue for years to come, with the help of “our wonderful sponsors and community partners.”

 

Children dressed up like glittered snowmen scurried up and down Main Street to greet spectators at the Ephraim City Light Parade. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Children dressed up like glittered snowmen scurried up and down Main Street to greet spectators at the Ephraim City Light Parade. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

 

The Ephraim Fire Department shined their big rig and decorated it with Christmas lights to ride in the Ephraim City Light Parade. - Robert Stevens / Messenger photo

The Ephraim Fire Department shined their big rig and decorated it with Christmas lights to ride in the Ephraim City Light Parade. – Robert Stevens / Messenger photo

 

 

After the Ephraim City Light Parade, people looked to the night sky to watch the Firework Spectacular, a show where every firework that burst was on queue with Christmas music. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

After the Ephraim City Light Parade, people looked to the night sky to watch the Firework Spectacular, a show where every firework that burst was on queue with Christmas music. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

 

Ephraim Elementary students watch as Zions Bank Ephraim branch manager Nate Christensen climbs a latter to hang kids’ hand-crafted ornaments high on the 20-foot tree that stands in the lobby.

Ephraim Elementary students watch as Zions Bank Ephraim branch manager Nate Christensen climbs a latter to hang kids’ hand-crafted ornaments high on the 20-foot tree that stands in the lobby.

Zions Bank continues ornament giving tradition

 

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

Ephraim and Manti Elementary students helped local Zions banks ring in the holidays with the 47th Annual “Lights On” Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1, and on Monday.

The tradition gives banks a chance to support local schools while allowing kids to venture downtown to decorate the enormous trees standing in bank lobbies.

“It’s amazing to see the students bring Christmas to our downtown businesses,” Ephraim branch manager Nate Christensen said. “They’ve clearly created one of the best-decorated trees in all of Ephraim.”

While Manti has held the tradition for over 13 years, Ephraim’s involvement is only in its third year. The bank began supporting Ephraim Elementary students after the branch relocated to the current building from Market Fresh in 2013. Before then, students were not able to participate due to the size and location of the former branch.

David Warren, Manti branch manager, says his favorite working day of the year is when students visit the branch. “This sets the tone for us. It is just so much fun,” he says.

Zions donates money to schools to purchase materials for kids to make ornaments. Then kids walk or are bused to the bank, where they hang their creations on the trees and sing carols for staff and visitors.

Ephraim Elementary principal Gannon Jones accepted a $100 donation on behalf of the school.

Christensen says he remembers participating in the tradition when he was a young elementary student in Salina.

“We made the ornaments at school, and I remember walking across Main Street to the bank to hang the ornaments,” he said. “It reminds me of the magic of being a child.”

After ornaments had been hung and songs were sung, staff in Ephraim gave kids donuts, when one student remarked, “You are clearly on the good list this year.”

 

Gear Up Coordinator, Heather Haffen led North Sanpete Middle School eighth-graders down the freshman hall, some for the first time, during the first ever “Hawk for a Day” program. Some high school kids greeted the young students with a friendly embrace. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Gear Up Coordinator, Heather Haffen led North Sanpete Middle School eighth-graders down the freshman hall, some for the first time, during the first ever “Hawk for a Day” program. Some high school kids greeted the young students with a friendly embrace. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

 

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North Sanpete High School Principal Nan Ault accepted a prize of $250 from Holman Orthodontics of Ephraim. North Sanpete won the award for “Best School Spirit."

North Sanpete High School Principal Nan Ault accepted a prize of $250 from Holman Orthodontics of Ephraim. North Sanpete won the award for “Best School Spirit.”

“Hawk Pride” scores with Holman Orthodontics

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

 

MT. PLEASANT — Holman Orthodontics of Ephraim awarded North Sanpete High School (NSHS) the title of “Best School Spirit” and a $250 cash prize in a patient promotion.

Dr. Brian Holman launched the promotion on Facebook and asked patients and the community to vote for the school they believed had the most school spirit.

“Our office is willing and able to give back because the community has been so supportive with the growing business,” Holman said. “So it was my turn to give back. With the nature of working with so many young people, this was a great way to reach out and get to know them on a different level.”

People were encouraged to “like” a school’s logo on Facebook and leave a comment outlining why they believed the school should win.

NSHS student Mariah Ashworth said she thinks the school has an overall well-rounded environment because teachers are always willing to help, teams work hard and people participate, and she notices students always reaching out to help others.

Another student, Grant Morris, said, “I’m not going say anything fancy, but if I can run and yell ‘Sparta’ during lunch, then our school is awesome.”

Principal Nan Ault accepted the award in November on behalf of the school.

Inside Our Schools

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

 

Covin Keeler, fourth-grader at Manti Elementary, opened up schools Christmas program on Monday evening at Manti High. The show began with kindergarteners sharing a message about giving by singing “The Very Best Part of Christmas.” - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Covin Keeler, fourth-grader at Manti Elementary, opened up schools Christmas program on Monday evening at Manti High. The show began with kindergarteners sharing a message about giving by singing “The Very Best Part of Christmas.” – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Christmas break for students in the South Sanpete School District will begin on Friday, Dec. 16. Kids will be released from school based on their school’s early-out schedule. Classes will reconvene on Monday, Jan. 2.

Students in the North Sanpete School District will begin Christmas break on Dec. 20. School will be dismissed at noon.

 

 

 

North Sanpete High

            The school has sponsored a Sub for Santa for the past five years, and this year the students have chosen to carry on the tradition. Student Body Officers are working in conjunction with local marines to raise money for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Thus far, students have helped raise $2,100, and are hoping for more before the drive ends tomorrow.

The officers have chosen the gender of a child they want to shop for with the donation money, and will go shopping at Walmart to purchase the toys on Dec. 10. Toys will be dropped off at Snow West Campus and stored in a warehouse. Afterwards, children will meet with a marine and go shopping the warehouse.

Please deliver last minute monetary or new and unopened toys to NSH before 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.

 

North Sanpete Middle School

Marcos Serrano, North Sanpete Middle School student, sits with Mason Bailey (right), North Sanpete High freshman class president, in Biology class; one of several he will attend with Mason during the schools’ first ever “Hawk for a Day” program.  - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Marcos Serrano, North Sanpete Middle School student, sits with Mason Bailey (right), North Sanpete High freshman class president, in Biology class; one of several he will attend with Mason during the schools’ first ever “Hawk for a Day” program. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

            Students are pleased to present a Christmas Band Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the school. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

 

 

 

Ephraim Middle School       

            The band and orchestra will present the Sounds of the Season concert in the auditorium on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Everyone in the community are invited to attend and enjoy music that complements the sounds of the Christmas Season.

 

 

 

Ephraim Elementary

            Students will perform in a Christmas program on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Snow College Activity Center.

The sixth-grade Band and Orchestra will also perform a Christmas concert tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Ephraim Middle School Commons.

 

 

Manti Elementary

            Every year students from Manti Elementary prepare a Christmas program for the community. The entire student body sang in a choral program to spread the Christmas spirit. This year, the master minds behind the decorations and theme were the students. The fifth-graders created a cubic city, an idea that was inspired through math.

Discovering potential through arts creativity (DPAC) and Anne’s Dance Academy will showcase their dancing talent in a Christmas program at Manti High on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Local Vocals, Dec. 15. at 6 p.m. Eva Beal Auditorium.

 

 

 

Manti High

            Drama student will hold a radio-style rendition of a classic Dr. Seuss favorite “The Grinch” at 6 p.m. in the Manti High Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 15.

The play can be compared to a live-on-stage 1930’s radio show with live sound effects.     “This will be a unique experience and a different type show,” Kory Howard, MHS teacher, said. “With all the live effects, it should be really fun.”

Everyone is invited to attend the performances in support of the hard work teens put into the production. General admission is $2.00.

 

 

 

Spring City Elementary

            The PTA reached their respective $2,500 book fair sales goal, and soon, kids will reap the benefits with a unique learning experience.

The PTA says they will buy three listening stations with the money they earned. The stations allow students to listen to audio books, a way to improve listening skills, and give teachers the ability to record custom activities for their students. Each station is set up to allow six students to listen to the book at the same time they read the hard copy, Pamela Anderson, school librarian says.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9276 awarded cash prizes to three elementary students for winning a patriotic essay contest. From left to right on the front row is Elizabeth Allred who won first place and will compete at the district level, BreiLynn Lund won second place, and Kyle Morris won third place. Back row is VFW Scholarship Committee Chairman Jamie Rodriguez and Post Commander David Tucker.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9276 awarded cash prizes to three elementary students for winning a patriotic essay contest. From left to right on the front row is Elizabeth Allred who won first place and will compete at the district level, BreiLynn Lund won second place, and Kyle Morris won third place. Back row is VFW Scholarship Committee Chairman Jamie Rodriguez and Post Commander David Tucker.

Foreign wars vets name winners of essay contest

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

  1. PLEASANT—The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9276 of Mt. Pleasant announced the winners of two annual essay contests on Monday, Nov. 21.

The first contest is called Patriot’s Pen and is open to all sixth to eighth-grade students in Sanpete. The second is a Voice of Democracy audio essay contest for grades nine through 12.

Post Commander David Tucker presented students with their prizes and certificates at each of their respective schools.

Elizabeth Allred won $100 for first-place. Second place went to BreiLynn Lund who won $50. Kyle Morris won $25 for third place. All three students attend Spring City Elementary.

Avery Briggs won the $300 first place prize and will move on to the district level with the possibility of earning a spot at the national level.

Catherine Lund received the $100, second place spot. Both students are seniors at North Sanpete High School.

Allred and Briggs will compete at the district level on Dec. 8.

Each year the VFW administers two essay contests nationwide to promote literacy and patriotism among America’s young people, and as a way to give back to the communities that support the local VFW posts.

This year the theme for the Patriot’s Pen contest was “The America I Believe In.” Students in this contest were instructed to write a 300-400 word essay to the local post where it was judged against all other local entries. The winning contestants move on to the national level, and the grand prize is $5,000 and a trip to the nation’s capitol.

The theme for older students competing in the audio essay contest was “My Responsibility to America.” It is administered similarly to the written essay contest, but this year the national grand prize is $30,000.

The VFW Post 9276 says they are happy to involve students from Sanpete in the two contests and want to give gratitude to the community and thanks to the parents, teachers, counselors and administrators who encouraged the students to participate in the patriotic contest.

They also said they want to thank each student who put forth the effort to write or record an essay.

 

 

 

Fountain Green Elementary fourth-graders (left to right) Paitlyn Mahedy, Kaylese Cook, McKinlee Roach, Maci Madsen and Hattie Corry say they love the school's art specials and showing off their masterpieces. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Fountain Green Elementary fourth-graders (left to right) Paitlyn Mahedy, Kaylese Cook, McKinlee Roach, Maci Madsen and Hattie Corry say they love the school’s art specials and showing off their masterpieces. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

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NSSD opposes state education move to take away local control of athletics and activities

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

 

MT. PLEASANT— At a special meeting on Nov. 23, the North Sanpete School District (NSSD) voted to oppose efforts by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) to remove local-level control over high school athletics and activities.

The USBE sent an official ballot to all Utah school districts to support or oppose the USBE’s authority to regulate high school activities and to regulate the eligibility of athletic students who transfer schools before they play varsity ball.

Currently, student eligibility to participate in high school activities (including athletics) is determined by high school principals.  Principals vote as members of the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board of Trustees. These principals represent the actual teams that are competing, so decisions are currently made at the local level as much as possible.

The NSSD school board had concerns with allowing the USBE to regulate the UHSAA because the USBE’s proposed rule would allow charter schools that have no geographic boundaries to recruit student athletes before they reach varsity status, thus creating unfair competition for rural schools.

“The problem is that the NSSD classification for state competition not only includes Judge Memorial and Juan Diego, the Catholic private schools in Salt Lake, but the classification also includes American Leadership Academy and other large charter schools,” NSSD Superintendent Dr. Sam Ray said.

The biggest concern the board had was that a director of a charter school who also sits on the USBE board brought forth the rule and got it approved in the first reading, which the NSSD considers a conflict of interest.

A superintendent, who is a member of the UHSAA board, briefed district superintendents in a meeting on Nov. 7 and said they are going to have to settle with the USBE rule or it is likely that the State Legislature will come in and control the UHSAA.

Prior to the Nov. 7 superintendent’s meeting, the UHSAA board representatives met with members of the USBE to work out a compromise.  However, after the meeting, the UHSAA board met and rejected the compromise agreement because it would give charters schools an unfair advantage in high school athletics, according to Ray.

Since the meeting, the board of trustees sent a survey to Utah school districts to analyze what level of support they have at a local level.

They asked the NSSD board president to sign off in approval or opposition to the rule and whether the board thinks the USBE or Legislature should control eligibility for athletics.

“My reading of the tea leaves is that they (the UHSAA) are trying to rally elected representatives at a local level,” Ray said.

Because of Ray’s background in high school administration, he said he feels the USBE does not have time to deal with eligibility issues. He also explained that eligibility issues are overwhelming and time-consuming for the USHAA members and that he believes the USBE does not have the staff or the budget to implement their proposed rule.

Ray said he believes the current local-level control of the UHSAA is best because principals represent local teams and the communities they play for.

“We would prefer to see the UHSAA continue to run it as it is, and not have the oversight of the politically charged state office and legislature,” said Ray, who also spoke for principal Nan Ault at the meeting.  “Soon you’re going to have party politics controlling that on the State Legislature, but also controlling the USBE as well.”

Inside Our Schools – Nov. 23 – Dec. 7

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

 

Students in the North Sanpete and South Sanpete school districts have received his or his midterm grades. Parents can access the report on the Powerschool website or ask your child for a hardcopy. If you have issues logging in to the website, contact your child’s school for support.

 

 

 

 

North Sanpete High

            Students from the choir have prepared for the special Winter Choir Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the special presentation. Admission is $5. For more information contact the high school at 435-462-2452.

 

 

 

Fairview Elementary

 

Music teacher Cami Talbot gives her time to teach students at Fairview Elementary the gift of music and encourages dance motion with the sing-a-longs. She travels between Fairview and Moroni elementary schools and teaches students in all grades new songs and radio favorites to help instill the creative arts into young minds. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Music teacher Cami Talbot gives her time to teach students at Fairview Elementary the gift of music and encourages dance motion with the sing-a-longs. She travels between Fairview and Moroni elementary schools and teaches students in all grades new songs and radio favorites to help instill the creative arts into young minds. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Students at Fairview Elementary wore backward or red clothes to kick off Red Ribbon Week on Monday, Nov. 23. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Students at Fairview Elementary wore backward or red clothes to kick off Red Ribbon Week on Monday, Nov. 23. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Students participated in Red Ribbon Week filled with fun activities and crazy dress up days. The goal for Red Ribbon Week is to educate students on how to take preventative measures when it comes to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and internet safety. The campaign is designed to support the decision to live a drug-free lifestyle. Parents are encouraged to continue talking to their children about living a safe, healthy and drug-free life.

 

 

 

North Sanpete Middle School

 

Moroni Feed representative and Mayor Luke Freeman presented North Sanpete Middle School students a crash course in food safety before the Thanksgiving break. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Moroni Feed representative and Mayor Luke Freeman presented North Sanpete Middle School students a crash course in food safety before the Thanksgiving break. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Luke Freeman, Moroni Feed representative and mayor, taught students about food safety and preparation before the Thanksgiving break. Students were taught about what food safety is, what microbiological organisms live in foods and how to eliminate and control microbes from food and the body.

 

 

 

 

Ephraim Middle School

            Sixth-grade band, orchestra and choir students will perform the “Sounds of the Season Music Concert” on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Ephraim Middle School Commons.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. the Ephraim Middle School’s (EMS) annual Candlelight Program will be held at the Eccles Performing Arts Center on the Snow College campus. EMS band, orchestra, and choir students will be performing, and two local citizens will be presented with Yule candles for his or her service to the community.

 

 

 

 

Moroni Elementary

 

Students at Moroni Elementary lined up to pet the pardoned turkey at a Thanksgiving assembly on Nov. 23. - Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

Students at Moroni Elementary lined up to pet the pardoned turkey at a Thanksgiving assembly on Nov. 23. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Students attended an assembly to learn about agriculture and the farming of turkeys, and special guest was present for the kids: A turkey.

 

Moroni PTA President Carlee Christensen’s family was gifted a pardoned turkey from the governor and have since raised a couple of birds that are said to be so tame they were able to bring one to the school for kids to learn about and even pet.

A pardoned turkey ceremony dates back to the 1940s with U.S. presidents sparing a bird presented to them annually. Kids got up close and personal, a fun way to celebrate the local agriculture industry.

 

North Sanpete Middle School has big goals this year to promote health

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

MORONI—The healthy lifestyles and physical education faculty at North Sanpete Middle School (NSMS) have some big goals this year for students to promote lifelong, health enhancing behaviors.

This year, goals are to help student’s value physical education, not only for health but a challenge, self-expression, social interaction and overall enjoyment.

Physical education courses at the school emphasize basic physical skills and fitness development through a wide variety of activities.

“Middle school students work toward mastering basic manipulation and movement skills, knowledge of sports, fitness basics and the important aspects of sportsmanship and teamwork,” NSMS healthy lifestyles and PE teacher Cindy Bedford said.

According to NSMS healthy lifestyles and P.E. teacher Wendle Roberts, physical education supports the Utah Common Core by incorporating cross-curricular concepts such as developing physical, social and cognitive skills.

“The ultimate objective is that planting seeds of knowledge and building a solid foundation of good practical health literacy and decision-making skills will contribute to a variety of healthy choices for the self, others, community and, eventually, the world,” said NSMS Principal O’Dee Hansen.

Hansen and other NSMS faculty claim instruction in healthy lifestyles have been greatly enriched with the addition of iPads because they allow students a tool to research answers to questions on-demand.

According to Hansen, literacy in language arts, math, history, science and technology has been strengthened through the healthy lifestyle curriculum.

A health educated student is more likely to comprehend concepts related to preventing illness by being able to decipher valid health information, products, and services, reducing risk behaviors and practicing health-enhancing ones.

“The goal of a health educated person is practicing life-long health-enhancing behaviors, and this is a large task for an adolescent,” Roberts said. “The progress students have made is quite amazing in this introductory semester healthy lifestyle course.”

The course is also geared to help students develop competency in motor skills and movement patterns and principals of fitness and game strategies.

“NSMS students are a truly amazing group of high-energy, fun-loving and intelligent young people who love action,” Bedford said. “Therefore, we build on that concept and work hard to set the stage for success and lifelong physical and active lives. The information taught is vital, the students are bright, inquisitive, super interesting and overall an impressive group of adolescents.”

 

NSSD eyes community council for human sexuality committee

 

Daniela Vasquez

Staff writer

11-24-2016

 

  1. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete High School (NSHS) Community Council might end up as the district’s Human Sexuality Committee, a committee required by state law to approve human sexuality curriculum in district schools.

The school board met on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to discuss who will sit on the state-mandated committee.

“Since we have so few schools, we will simply add a few members to the high school community council, as this committee has approved our curriculum in the past,” Superintendent Sam Ray said.

The committees are in place to make sure parents and the community are comfortable with how teachers present human sexuality in classes.

This means a committee must approve the maturation program in elementary schools, the biology and health classes in secondary schools, and even the child development classes in the high school.

The committee is required to meet once a year, but only if there is going to be a change in the curriculum. Ray says there might be years when there is nothing to approve so the committee would not have to meet that year.

The NSHS Community Council preapproved the current high school curriculum. The middle school has not made any changes to its curriculum in a couple of years, and the school board itself approved the curriculum long ago, Ray said.

Ray said a law professor at the University of Utah sent a request to the district to answer questions about the district human sexuality curriculum and to return a copy of the policy.

Since the district didn’t have a policy, leaders reviewed a Utah School Board Association sample policy and turned to their attorney for direction. The attorney advised the school board to revise the current policy and to have a nurse, a health teacher and additional parents join parents already serving on the community council.

“That seemed to be a much more in line with what we have been doing, and it will be much less of an administrative burden to faculty than to create a whole new committee,” Ray said.

The board went through the first reading of the revised policy with all of the attorney’s recommendations at the board meeting and plan to discuss the topic further at the next meeting.

 

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