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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!

Heather MillerCongratulations to fourth grade teacher Heather Miller who is Monte Vista's Educator of the Month for February. Heather is in her 15th year of teaching, ten of those years at Monte Vista. She is loved by her students and our faculty, and is a valuable member of her team. Heather's interests outside the classroom include camping and hiking with her family, including fourteen-year-old twins, a five-year-old, and a four-year-old.

Diane EdwardsCongratulations go to Diane Edwards, Monte Vista's January Educator of the Month. Mrs. Edwards has been teaching for "about 30 years!" She taught preschool for several years and has been at Monte Vista for 14 years. She loves second graders, saying they are "happy and curious." She especially loves teaching science and integrates language arts into her science lessons.

Teachers receive GrantsCongratulations to Shawn Colyer, Yi Lou, and Szu Ying McFarland who together received over $4,000 to support classroom needs after applying for grants from the Jordan Education Foundation. Mayor Dawn Ramsey and Jordan Education Foundation David Jenkins presented the awards at faculty meeting on February 23. Teachers are using grants particularly to support enhanced technology in their classrooms. Congratulations!

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

January Leader in Me
Students receiving the January Leader in Me awards at Monte Vista include Liam Stevens, Savannah Haider, Tynnley Murphy, Zackery Jenson, Cameron Taylor, Emma Griffiths, Ella Stirling, Remington Bowen, Sierra Richards, Eleanor Mooso, Harlow Lewis, Luke Walsh, Benton Smith, Molly Thatcher, Jordan Taylor, Gibson Visser, Ethan Gilbert, Kylie Schaerrer, Ainsley Haas, Addie Tebbs, Brooklyn Jeffers, Alexandra White, Anna Hall, Hallie Eggett, Adam Cole, Alyssa Taylor, Ellie Davis, Addyson Horsley, Seth Callejo, Chloe Quist, Shayna Teeples, Boston Brady, Devin Shirts, Scott Goff, Andrea Ives, and Lawson Dwelle. Congratulations, students for your exemplary behavior and leadership in the month of January!

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!

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.

Crystal Prew and StudentsCrystal Prew received the Educator of the Month award at December’s Leader in Me Assembly on Friday, December 15th. Mrs. Prew has been a teacher at Monte Vista for the past 10 years, her first year being the year most of her students were born! Former students knew her as Ms. Romans, as she got married last year and changed her name. Mrs. Prew went to Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. She grew up on the central California coast. We are really happy she chose to teach in Utah. Congratulations, Mrs. Prew, for being December’s Educator of the Month!