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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.

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!

December Leader in Me AssemblyThe following students were recognized for leadership at the December 15th Leader in Me Assembly at Monte Vista! Monte the Mustang, Mrs. Doleac, and the Educator of the Month, Mrs. Prew, presented medals and certificates for each student. We are proud of each of them for modeling the PRIDE code. They are Prepared, Respectful of People and Property, Involved in Learning, Follow Directions the First Time, and Encourage Others. Congratulations to: Weston R., Niko L., Hattie K., Oaklee M., Ariana C., Helaman W., Diego M., Alexis T., Alec H., Emilyn O., Keegan W., Emma H., McCade Y., Chance M., Tae H., Sophia R., Cindy L., Wyatt A., Haloti N., Dylan G., Carter T., Aidan E., Davis A., Addison B., Reagan L., and Brooklyn B.

Kristen HeltonNovember’s Educator of the Month is Kristen Helton. According to Heather Miller, fourth grade teacher, “Kristen joined our faculty this year and has been such an asset to our school. She loves music, and she has shared this with our students. She is creative, prepared and always has a smile on her face. When you enter her classroom, you can feel the love she has for her students. She is organized and is good to collaborate with teachers to help plan music lessons that will go along with the core curriculum for each grade. It is wonderful to hear music in the hallways of Monte Vista. Thanks for all you do Kristen!”

November Leader in Me AssemblyStudents in grades K-6 received “high fives” from Monte the Mustang as well as medals and certificates from Mrs. Doleac and Mrs. Helton at Monte Vista’s Leader in Me assembly amid cheers and applause from students, teachers, and parents at the school this morning. Awards were presented to James C., Luke S., Simon K., Derek S., Hannah W., Lila G., Nathan R., Ella A., Emery S., Kylesen L., Kennedy S., Reese J., Zach H., Andres C., Isaac C., Reagan L., Stockton H., Cannon W., Kade A., Samuel F., Helena C., Lexi C., Ayden D., Jerzy S., Sadie A., Jack F., Allen L., Devin L., Mary S., Raylee W., Gavin B., and Julian B.

It was rumored that Mr. Olsen was Monte the Mustang.

Cami AndersonCami Anderson is Educator of the Month for October. Mrs. Anderson is a member of the dual language team for 4th grade, supporting the English side of student instruction. Her teammate, Dermot Kendal, wrote, “She is always super positive and well-prepared. She is very supportive and helpful to the new members of her team. She is a great teacher and colleague.” Congratulations Cami for being selected as Educator of the Month! Thanks for all you do!

Leader in Me awards were presented to the following students for following the PRIDE code and exemplifying the 7 Habits in their classrooms in October. Students representing Monte Vista’s citizenship standards include: Saylor T., Trey B., Robert R., Lillyth M., Onyx, H., Brenden K., Jacob B., Aleah D., Terence B., Quinci H., Maxwell M., Ota U., Jeevan S., Abby A., Brizban C., Evalyn R., Beckham G., Megan G., Avery N., Lily S., Raegan W., Vincent W., Luke S., Luz B., Owen L., Lilo K., Emaline R., Saydey M., Justin J., Tregan G., Jaron H., Rachel T., Jayma E., Karli A., and Hayden S.

Vaske's ClassAmber Vaske is September Educator of the Month. Her teammate, Julie Culverwell, wrote this about Amber: “Amber is a very happy person. She smiles a lot and makes everyone around her feel special. Her students love her for all of her great ideas and she is super flexible! She organizes the grade level’s many events and is always willing to share her great ideas. When asked, a student described her as a ‘teacher who is funny and nice. She always listens to me.’ You definitely deserve this award! Congratulations, Amber!”