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April was a great month to receive a PRIDE award at Monte Vista!  Students were chosen for exemplifying the  7 Leader in Me habits, as well as following the PRIDE code, which includes being Prepared, Respecting people and property, beingInvolved in learning, following Directions the first time, and Encouraging others.  Awards were presented by Mrs. Doleac, Monte the Mustang, and Educator of the Month, Linda Carter.  The following students received awards:  Brielle Horton, Alexander Evershed, Avonlea Swenson, Bridger Dalton, Gabriel Liddard, Noah Strang, Tosh Poole, Hunter Scharrer, Tariah Horton, Carson Edmunds, Kenzee Wardle, Capri Jenkins, Oliver Thorne, Laney Casoria, Alyssa Soares, Briton Wessoman, Christopher Thompson, Andrew Carr, Kallie Soares, Lane Linnell, Jackson Burton, Marti Zobell, Kiera Callejo, Charles Wahlquist, Ethan Jenkins, Beckett Coates, Spencer Smith, Tytus Mauchley, Autumn Hurst, Kade Davis, Brielle Malstrom, Samuel Sipos, Addi Campbell, Kaydee Stanley, Kimmie Huntsman, Megan Sorenson, and Noah Martin.

March Leader in Me Awards

Students recognized for leadership in the month of March received certificates and medals at an assembly on Friday, March 30. Monte the Mustang helped present the awards. Congratulations go to Jacob Sorenson, Halle Demill, Mekhi Hilton, Bodhi Coy, Evelyn Waite, Ariana Swenson, Dawson Luce, Anthony Miranda, Tyson Dunn, Ruby Anderson, Jacob Stirling, Lily Jensen, Zach Benson, Layla Lonteen, Corbin Christensen, Avery Li, Abrielle Okada, William Harris, William Robbins, Ashlynn Newbold, Brynnly Clark, Jace Kelly, Lily Holmgren, Sean Borcsani, Kasey Jacobsen, Kaitlin Carroll, Caden Ellison, Koa Griffiths, Chelsea Hansen, Payton Richins, Sophie Gilbert, and Jimmy Cota.

STEM Winners Monte Vista students showed their expertise at the JSD Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair held February 21st at Daybreak Elementary. Winners from our school include Kaden Taufer for "Rotten Teeth," Kimmie Huntsman for "Which Gum Brand Lasts Longest," Alexis Carr for "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk," Brian Nielsen and Caleb Scott for "How Do Multiple Washings Affect the Flame Resistance of Sleepwear?" Audrey Carson for "The Candle Championship," Addison Campbell for "The School Parking Lot: The Hidden Dangers," Jaron Hall for "I'll Huff and I'll Puff!" Malia Scott and Brynlee Warren for "Parachute Materials and Air Resistance" and Alyson ORdyna for "How Much Weight Will My Boat Hold and Still Float?" These students received awards at South Jordan Middle School on February 26th.

The next step will be competing at the Central Utah STEM fair on March 28 at BYU. Best of luck!

Chinese New YearMonte Vista Elementary celebrated Chinese New Year the week of February 5-9 in an impressive show of songs and dances performed by dual language immersion students for peers and teachers at the school on Thursday and their parents on Friday.  The entry of the building was transformed into a breathtaking Chinese structure, and all students participated in learning Chinese phrases and understanding more about Chinese culture.  Chinese teachers, Wei Wang, Yi Luo, Yvonne Grover, Michael Chuang, Mindy Kang, and Szu Ying McFarland, are grateful for the assistance of parents with decorations and costumes.  Chinese New Year

Hot Chocolate
It may not be bitterly cold outside this month, but Monte Vista students still appreciated a cup of hot cocoa as they entered the school grounds on Tuesday, February 6th . Even Monte the Mustang was a visible presence, greeting students with handshakes and high fives. One council representative spoke of the process. She said, “We had to hurry so fast to have cups ready for
all the students that came pouring off the school buses! But it was really fun!” Thank you, Mrs. Prew, for your work as student council faculty advisor. It was a great day to be a Monte Vista Mustang!

Christmas PlayMrs. Willison’s ASCS class charmed their audience of students and parents as they told the story of a Christmas that almost wasn’t. Written years ago by a former aide, the play is performed each year and adapted for the current class. This year’s production was adapted and directed by Mrs. Laura Kimball.

Orchestra StudentsLed by Mrs. Heather Wright, the Monte Vista Elementary student orchestra played holiday favorites to a full house of students, parents, grandparents and neighbors on Wednesday, December 13th. Comprised of 3rd-6th graders, the orchestra meets to practice two days each week before school. Beginning students meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, and advanced students practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just in case you might be interested in joining the orchestra next year, fliers come home in August, and students must join before the beginning of October. Orchestra is available for $200 per year, and students bring their own instruments (violins, violas and cellos). Mrs. Wright has a few instruments available for rental at an inexpensive price.

PrizesHow important are the first few minutes of the school day?  Very important!  Students manage housekeeping items like choosing school lunch as they walk into class, and they quickly settle into the day’s instruction:  learning new concepts in reading and math.  In order to support our focus on beginning the school day positively, we are introducing an incentive program for each student.  All students who have no tardies for a week will receive a ticket on the last day of the week.  Teachers turn in these tickets to the office, and on Monday ten names will be drawn for prizes.  Be on time!  This program will continue until Winter Break!

Fundraiser

Monte Vista’s students are receiving music instruction this year because of a Beverly Taylor Sorensen Arts grant.  When asked how they could support our school, the community council offered to raise money for instruments for the music program.  During Parent Teacher Conferences, tickets were sold to participate in prize drawings for gift baskets donated by community members.  Our main sponsor has been Swire Coca-Cola.  We appreciate their generosity.  Community Council Chair, Marinda Wessman, expressed her appreciation for community support.  “There has been a lot of excitement about the baskets AND about the musical instruments that we plan to purchase.”  Stay tuned to learn how much the Community Council received through this fundraiser and the instruments supplied to the school!

Tonyburgers Free Kids Meal

How long does it take to spell A-T-T-E-N-D-A-N-C-E? For eight classes at Monte Vista it took less than two months. As a way to prioritize students coming to school every day, classes add a letter each day they have 100% of their students in class by 9:15 a.m. Students in Mrs. Grover, Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. Asay, Ms. Kang, Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Culverwell, Mr. Chuang, and Mrs. Anderson’s classes had an extra recess managed by Mrs. Doleac and Mrs. Ford on November 1st. Starting in November, all students will receive a free kids’ meal at TonyBurgers when their class spells ATTENDANCE. We expect to be handing out a lot of TonyBurger cards!