On Thursday evening, November 15th, the fourth grade teachers at Santaquin Elementary were excited to hold their first annual Write Nite. This was an opportunity for parents and students to receive strategies and tools to encourage writing at home. Prizes and writing materials were given away to those in attendance at the end of the evening! Families learned about all Core Writing Areas, to include: opinion, informational and narrative. Thank you for supporting student learning through our Parent Literacy Night.
Ballet West came to Santaquin and performed some dances from the Nutcracker for the students.
The dancers showed the studentbody how they warmed up before dancing and explained what it took to be a professional dancer.
Several students from the audience were picked to go on stage and try a spin with the dancers. We think our students did a great job. It's harder to do than it looked!!
The dancers told the story of the Nutcracker Prince, and it was fun to see the costumes and a few of the dances that they will perform in the real show.
For many students, it was the first time they had seen "toe-dancers" in real life.
Thanks, Ballet West for an enjoyable afternoon!
Mrs. Rawle has a Halloween Birthday. This year she found out that a sixth-grade student, McKenna Brailsford ALSO has an Oct 31st Birthday.
Mrs. Rawle's sixth-grade class "took a wrong turn" during the parade and hurried back to class to surprise her by decorating the room.
As the kids strut through class room after class room, we enjoyed looking at the Zombies, Avengers, and other costumes. This time of year, everyone gets candy and everyone has a party. I
n my class, we had to try to eat a doughnut that was on a string tied to a pole. Most students would catch the doughnut and rest it on their shoulder while they ate it. I just took bite after bite.
"YUCK!" is how most kids acted after they had their hands in the fake body parts. "BINGO!" was heard at another table, but there was nothing scary about that. We had fun Glo-Sticks for prizes though.
I wonder how YOU spent your Halloween?
Joseph Jacklin, Student Reporter
Our Halloween Costume Parade began here at Santaquin Elementary at 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 31st. Parents were welcome and came to join us in the gym and main entryway to watch as students and teachers “paraded” through the school. Clowns, witches, doctors, superheros, etc., marched in step, showing off their amazing costumes. Happy Halloween!
Each month Santaquin Elementary will post a new edition of our very own school newspaper, the Santaquin Sentinel. This publication will include: calendar items, review of important school events, guidance from our school counselor, and a special message from Mr. Argyle. Thank you to all members of our school community for your continued support of our learning.
On the evening of October 24th, 2012, the parking lot of Santaquin Elementary was full. Parents and second grade students were at the school for their second annual ‘Parents and Pumpkins’ Literacy Night. Parents and 2nd graders came to learn about word work strategies, comprehension tools and technology they can use at home. Parents enjoyed the strategies learned that evening, going home with a variety of materials for being in attendance. One of the highlights of the night was the pumpkin drawing. During the month of October, 2nd grade students had the opportunity to turn in ‘pumpkin reading tickets' for every 20 minutes they read. Containers were filled with ‘pumpkin reading tickets’ from each class. The students sure read a lot!!! It was at the end of ‘Parents and Pumpkins’ that students’ names were drawn to pick an awesome hand-painted pumpkin. The pumpkins were donated locally and painted by volunteers. ‘Parents and Pumpkins’ was a great event for all!
October 22, 2012, at Santaquin Elementary.
It was the first day of Red Ribbon Week and we were told to wear red clothes and wear running shoes. Most of the students did. After the announcements, we all went out to the front of the school, on the grass by the first grade classrooms.
When the whole school was there, Mr. Argyle yelled. "GO". Then while following a flag that read "Run Away From Drugs", everyone zoomed around the school. It was AWESOME.
After the run, everyone returned to class, very tired but happy.
Photos and Story by: Elizabeth Anne Crook, sixth-grade student
These dedicated readers were chosen to participate in our October 'Road to Success' Reading Celebration ... popcorn and a movie with Mr. Argyle! “The goal of the program is to encourage improvement in literacy which will help develop daily and lifelong reading habits, specifically by READING EVERY DAY at least 20 minutes, to improve vocabulary, proficiency, and communication skills” (Garff, 2012). Well done Santaquin Readers!