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.
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.
Congratulations, Mrs. Barbiero, Educator of the Month for March! Janet Barbiero has been teaching for 15 years, and 14 of those years have been at Monte Vista. She spent 10 of those years in fifth grade and four years in fourth. When asked why she teaches fifth grade, Mrs. Barbiero responded with, “I love the curriculum and the age of the students. They are independent, still nice and are not just learning about themselves but about the world around them. They get humor and are fun to engage in conversations.” Mrs. Barbiero says she really loves teaching 5th grade!
Do you want to know a little more about Mrs. Barbiero? She says that Halloween is one of her favorite holidays and she loves anything spooky. She is married and has a beautiful, 7-year-old daughter named Marena who she says, “is my everything.” When you see her, congratulate Mrs. Barbiero as Monte Vista’s Educator of the Month
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!
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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!
Monte 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.
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!
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!