Meet Suzanne Aguero. Many students may remember Mrs. Aguero for being their music teacher at East Meadows Elementary. While she worked as the music specialist, she was busy earning her teaching degree. She now teaches third grade. Mrs. Aguero loves teaching school. Every day she gets to work with her students is a day that she has a smile on her face. She has a quote on her desk that reads, “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” This is a reminder to her of what is most important in life. In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Aguero is a mom to five children. She has many interests and hobbies including collecting Barbie dolls. She has more than 50 of them!
On Wednesday, November 16, East Meadows 5th graders became D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates. Officer Chris Sherriff welcomed family and friends as he commended the 5th graders for completing their 10-week educational training. In order to receive their graduation certificates, students participated in class discussions and activities, learned songs, and wrote thoughtful essays on why it is important to stay away from drugs and other harmful substances. The D.A.R.E. mission statement is: Teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The official D.A.R.E website states that, “D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life." Outstanding D.A.R.E. essay winners are: Tivalee Holker, Riley Wells, Gage Brouse, Addison Romney, Conner Bennett, Jesse Carter and Brylee Ferre. One student from each class was selected as the Outstanding D.A.R.E. student. From Mrs. Andersen's, Jaxon Judd, Mrs. Hogle's class, Madison Reese, Mrs. Hughes' class Emily Irwin and Mr. Killpack's is Dragun Williams. Congratulations to all the 5th grade students on graduating from this program. We also thank Officer Chris Sherriff and the 5th grade teachers for their time in this worthwhile program.
Brandon Mull, author of the ever popular children’s series Fablehaven, visited East Meadows Elementary. He talked with kids about coming up with ideas for writing books. He said he has always had an imagination. He just started writing down the stories that were in his head and asking people to read them. Brandon has always been a fan of fantasy. His writings have been inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. He gave the students some tips for young writers. He told them to read a lot, write a lot, observe things around them and to ask people to read their writing and give them feedback. Brandon is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Other books by Brandon Mull are: Pingo, The Candyshop Wars, and the new series Beyonders. He says the new Beyonders series is his favorite thus far.
The fourth grade students at East Meadows Elementary learned about Native American culture today. Mrs. Eileen Quintana and Mrs. Natalie Billie came and showed the students many different items from their Indian culture. They had dance costumes, moccasins, pottery, hand-woven baskets, jewelry and many more items they talked about and displayed for the students. A few students were even allowed to put on the dance costumes. It was a very fun and informative assembly.
"One magical princess, one young mine laborer and one army of menacing goblins: the scene is set for a work that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien to write about the battle for Middle Earth and for C.S. Lewis to write about the imaginary world of Narnia," stated the UVU Review. The Utah Valley Theater presented "The Princess and the Goblin" to students and staff at East Meadows Elementary on November 10, 2011. This fun and classical play portrayed such things as bravery, honor and believing in oneself. Our students had a great time being entertained by 4 actors and 4 of our very own students. The play consisted of 4 live characters and several puppets. There were approximately 11 characters portrayed throughout the play. Thank You UVU theater for sharing such a fun assembly.
This year’s Reflections theme was “Diversity Means…” The winners for East Meadows Elementary are as follows: Visual Arts: Brighton Bills, Mitchell Mangum, Victoria Mitchell, Grace Fillmore, Natasha Whitney. Dance: Breille Karp, McKenzie Whitney. Film Production: Mason Marshall, Baylee Masterson, Lorin Wyss. Music Composition: Isaac Fenn, Morgan Roberts, Brooklyn Fenn. Literature: Xander Lacefield, Lillian Woidka, Morgan Reid, Max College, Rhiannon Lacefield. 3D Art: Brynn Roberts, Spencer Fillmore, Leah Jensen, Ryen Hansbrow. The winners were awarded with a donut and chocolate milk party on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The winners will advance to the area contest and those winners will be announced sometime in January. East Meadows congratulates all those who participated in Reflections this year. Thank you to all the judges and PTA volunteers who helped also.