Lynn Smith moved to Santaquin in 1977 with her husband, and they moved into his family house. She served on the Zoning, Planning and Variance committee. She was on the Library board, and active in the Santaquin Theater. During this time she had eight children, attended UVU, and earned an associate’s degree. She worked part time for the Post Office for three years, and at the same time worked at Santaquin Elementary as a skills coach and office technician. She was hired as the full time secretary, and has held that position for the past 18 years. She has worked with principals Kim Barlow, Scott Carson, Rodger Bushman, Susan Huff, Rob Keddington, and Chad Argyle. She has enjoyed working at Santaquin Elementary School and getting to know many of Santaquin's families and loving their children. Lynn is dedicated to her work and truly wants the best for every person she helps on a daily basis. When she is not at the Elementary school, Lynn enjoys going for walks, four-wheeler rides, gardening, travelling and being with family. After raising 8 of her own children, Lynn now loves being Grandma to 20, soon to be 21 grandchildren. Grandma's house is the favorite place to be for all her sweet grandchildren. Lynn will both miss and be greatly missed at the Elementary School. Her family is excited to get more time with Grandma, and she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Dave.
Join us in celebrating the retirement of Lynn Smith at an open house held in her honor on Wednesday, May 17th from 3:30 to 5:00 at Santaquin Elementary school.
Andrew Goudy, everyone’s favorite custodian, is retiring at the end of this school year. Santaquin Elementary School will forever miss the power of Mr. Goudy’s love for the teachers, staff, and students. The hallways will be a little forlorn without the calls of “Howdy, Mr. Goudy” chorusing from enthusiastic students. Mr. Goudy leaves behind a legacy of kindness, service, and friendship. At age 12, Andrew Goudy moved to Santaquin and has called it home ever since. His love for animals, especially horses, flourished during his youth. His first horse, Agnes, was the best horse around. At age 14, he had a paper route; all delivered while riding Agnes. As a teenager, Andrew began working as the sweeper of the Old Santaquin School, under the employment of Doyle Crook. After returning from his LDS mission, Andrew became the head custodian of the brand new Santaquin Elementary in 1983. Mr. Goudy opened the school and has happily remained there for 34 years. In November 1983, Andrew married Keela Bott, a fellow Santaquin Elementary employee. She taught in Nebo School District for 30 years. Together they have two children, Hayden Goudy and Hannah Goudy Tervort. Hayden is married to Jessica Warnick and resides in Idaho. Hannah is married to Steven Tervort and lives in Nephi. Andrew and Keela have three beautiful grandchildren, Brady and Riley Tervort, and Mesa Hope Goudy. Andrew’s pride and joy has always been his children and now is grandchildren. He truly is the world’s greatest father and grandpa! Andrew has loved his years spent as the custodian at Santaquin Elementary. The flexibility of the job has allowed him to be the best “cowboy custodian” around! He has been able to ride his horses to work and assist in the running of a large cattle farm while working at the school. Andrew’s favorite part of working at the school is the students! He has been a father figure, friend, and all around awesome guy to any student that needed a boost. Many times, he has dumpster dived to save thrown away retainers, climbed ladders to retrieve items off of the roof, and given a hug and squeeze to any student that wanted one. His genuine love for the students creates a feeling of joy and happiness within the walls of the school. Mr.Goudy is the heart of Santaquin Elementary. Please join us in an open house on May 17 as we say goodbye to “Howdy, Mr. Goudy!”
This last week the K-2 classes at Santaquin Elementary used dance and movement to help them review, learn, and remember information about the weather. As part of Nebo School District's GAINS (Growing Arts In Nebo Schools) program, Dance Specialist, Melanie Fillmore visited with these younger grades to model for teachers and provide for students a Dance Integrated learning experience. Using the natural energy and movement qualities inherent in weather students: Skipped a happy skip (sunny)Did swinging and swooshing movement side to side (wind)Floated gently while swaying (snow)Moved from high to low with their arms and body (rain)Stomped and clapped (thunder)Did big, energetic, fast jumps (lightening)and MORE. Students then acted as "meteorologists" and put the movements together in their own "5-day forecast." Students that move as part of their learning experience are shown to remember information better and retain it longer. Good job Santaquin Elementary!
Our kindergarten playground is under construction. Our outside kindergarten doors will no longer be accessible to enter and exit through.
The past few weeks we have been learning about the Civil War. The students started the unit by learning about slavery and the Underground Railroad. We read the picture book Henry's Freedom box about a man who mailed himself to freedom. The students then simulated mailing themselves to freedom, wearing disguises for the Underground Railroad, and making quilt squares. As we continued the unit, we began discussing the battles and generals that played a large role in the Civil War. Students dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and Robert E Lee as we re-enacted some of the battle outcomes, the Gettysburg Address, and the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
This year our school was involved in a service project with the Friends of Utah County Childrens Justice Center. Mrs. Susan Davidson, a local community member, spearheaded our efforts to gather and deliver stuffed animals to the children.
In a letter from the Friends of Utah County Justice Center it reads, "Thank you so much for your support for the abused children in our community. Your recent donation of stuffed animals will be well used by the Utah County Children's Justice Center in behalf of the children and families who are served here."
Bring your child who will be in kindergarten next year to meet the teachers, see the classrooms and get your child excited for next year!
When: April 19th
Choose one session to attend: 10:30am or 2:00pm
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