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.
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.
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.
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.
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
At Santaquin Elementary we provide opportunities for children to learn and develop at their own rate. To see what services we provide please click HERE.