Solution Tree Model School

Solution Tree Model School

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29th - February 2nd, 2018

HELLO FOSSIL RIDGE
ITS A GREAT WEEK TO BE A T-REX

WEEKLY MESSAGE
What is it that drives you? What is it that gets you out of
bed each morning?  What is your purpose? WHY DO YOU
DO WHAT YOU DO?  At the heart of everything we do we
will find the "why of the work."  That thing that drives us
toward EXCELLENCE.  That sense of purpose that continually
moves us forward through difficult and frustrating times.  That 
commitment that pushes us toward greatness in all that we do.
So, what is your "WHY"...What gives you a sense of "PURPOSE?"
Please take a few short minutes to watch the following clips...
Kevin Carroll's "Red Rubber Ball" and "Amazing Grace" before
and after the "why." Enjoy!

"The Red Rubber Ball" -Kevin Carroll

"Amazing Grace: What's Your Why?"


STUDENT, FACULTY AND STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Happy Birthday Mrs. Wiese...January 28th
Happy Birthday Mrs. Drake...February 1st
Mulan opened on Friday, January 26th and 27th to big crowds.  Congratulations to 
the Cast, Crew, Mrs. Bosen, and Mrs. Sheeran for an EXCELLENT show.  Tickets
are still available for this week's performances on Friday, February 2nd and
Saturday, February 3rd.  If you haven't seen the show yet, you are in for a treat!!

Congratulations to this week's "Plinko" students, our "T-Rex" students,
and Mrs. Stevens for being EXCELLENT!!

Mrs. Snow's Science 6 Students testing out their home-made insulators :)


MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Monday, January 29th...PLC Early Out Day (School Ends @11:45AM)
Wednesday, January 31st...Mulan Matinee Performance for Elementary
Friday, February 1st...Mulan Performance @7PM/FRIS Theater
Saturday, February 2nd...Mulan Performance @7PM/FRIS Theater
Wednesday, February 14th...2nd Trimester Celebration Party
Monday, February 19th...NO SCHOOL (President's Day)


HAVE A GREAT WEEK FOSSIL RIDGE
BE EXCELLENT!






Friday, January 19, 2018

Week of January 22nd - January 26th

Hello Fossil Ridge...
Its a Great Week to be a T-Rex!!

"If you were to choose between being right, or being kind, always choose KIND."
     -"Wonder"             

WEEKLY MESSAGE
As the Principal of Fossil Ridge Intermediate School I have the opportunity
to get to know faculty, staff, and students on a more personal level.  As a
result I may have information or experiences that others may not.  I am
aware of the struggles, hardships, health issues, disabilities that our students,
faculty, and staff deal with on a daily basis.  It is impossible for me to "walk
in the shoes" of others, or comprehend the trials they are able overcome. After
47 years, and 25 years as an educator, I believe I have finally come to realize
that no one is perfect, we are all different, and we all overcome our own
trials whether big or small.  Some of us are old, some of us have brown hair,
some of us have physical disabilities, some of us speak a different language,
some of us have anxiety, some of us come from poverty, some of us are tall,
some of us like country music, and some of us need extra help and support.
We need to embrace our differences, no matter what they may be, instead of
using our differences to label one another.  There is no way for us to ever 
know what it's like to be someone else. It is impossible to truly understand
what others around us struggle with on a daily basis. We may never know
the power of our words, positive or negative.  Our words may add to 
someone's trials, may even make their day even more difficult, and even worse
may cause that person to sincerely question their self worth. On the other hand,
our words will lift the spirits of a person, will be the highlight of their day, will
build confidence, and will make people feel loved.  I challenge everyone to
understand we are different, to avoid making judgements based on our 
differences, and simply...BE KIND to one another.  
--Jonathan

STUDENT, FACULTY AND STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Great Teaching, High Levels of Student Learning, and Student Celebrations
 at Fossil Ridge! We have the most FABULOUS Students, 
Faculty, and Staff anywhere...STAY EXCELLENT😃

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
**Fossil Ridge Theater Presents Mulan**

     Opening Night Friday, January 26th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Saturday, January 27th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Monday, January 29th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Friday, February 2nd--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Saturday, February 3rd--7PM/FRIS Theater

EDUCATIONAL LEARNING AND SHARING
"Be Kind"  (YouTube clip)...notice how small acts of kindness create 
a domino effect of people "paying it forward"


HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
BE EXCELLENT!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Week of January 8th - January 12th

WEEKLY MESSAGE
We are certainly "back in the saddle" at Fossil Ridge after
our first full week of the new year! It was another "Great
Week to be a T-Rex!"  Recently, I had the opportunity to 
attend a training that focused on Classroom Management
and Student Engagement. The training was very well done,
and myself and Mrs. Iverson (Reading Interventionist & 
Learning Coach) returned to Fossil Ridge with some great
information and instructional strategies to ensure high 
levels of learning for ALL students.  On a side note...I sit
in trainings or conferences and feel inadequate, start to
reflect on my own strengths and weaknesses, and realize 
that the pursuit of excellence never ends, we can't ever settle 
for mediocrity. 

Anyway, one of my "take-aways" from this particular training
was the critical important of RELATIONSHIPS.  Nothing in a
school setting will ever be successfully accomplished without
positive relationships.  Education is not about programs or
the newest "fad", its about people.  The greatest joy I see
on a daily basis is the interaction, and relationship building
that goes on between students and teachers, students to 
students, and teacher to teacher. I know that the faculty
and staff at Fossil Ridge sincerely care about our students,
and have built relationships that allow students to feel
important and loved.  I also know that our students 
reciprocate that love, soar higher, and taste more
success because of those relationships. May we all continue
to maintain and foster positive relationships that impact our 
lives for the better. Have a Great Weekend...BE EXCELLENT!
--Jonathan
Mrs. Graft's REACH Class


STUDENT, FACULTY, AND STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to Fossil Ridge Mr. Jensen (7th Grade Counselor)!

Congratulations to our weekly T-Rex Students and Teachers!!😃

Congratulations to our "Plinko Kids" of the week!!😃


MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Monday, January 15th--Civil Rights Day NO SCHOOL
Fossil Ridge Theater Presents Mulan
     Opening Night Friday, January 26th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Saturday, January 27th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Monday, January 29th--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Friday, February 2nd--7PM/FRIS Theater
     Saturday, February 3rd--7PM/FRIS Theater




EDUCATIONAL LEARNING & SHARING
"Every Kid Deserves a Champion"--Rita Pierson (8 minute clip)


BE EXCELLENT!

     






Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year...January 5th, 2018

WEEKLY MESSAGE
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOSSIL RIDGE FAMILY...HERE'S TO
A SUCCESSFUL, PROSPEROUS, AND HEALTHY NEW
YEAR!💥  

As we look back on 2017 at Fossil Ridge, we
have many things, people, and accomplishments to 
be proud of, and celebrate.  We have seen teachers
recognized with district, and state awards. We have
seen students soar in local, district, and state competitions
like Math Counts, Show Choir, Band, Orchestra, Musical
Theater, Visual Arts, and Lego League.  We have celebrated
student learning and academic growth in individual classrooms, 
REACH Time, and State End of Level Assessments (SAGE).  
Data from SAGE continues to provide evidence of high levels
of learning for our students, making Fossil Ridge a top Mid-Level
school in Washington County School District, and the State of Utah.
In 2017, our students, faculty, and staff were recognized by national
education organizations for student achievement. Solution
Tree recognized Fossil Ridge as a "Model PLC School"
(http://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,507) and
the National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP) named Fossil Ridge a national "Breakthrough School",
an honor shared with only 26 other schools across the country!
With all of our success, we are not satisfied, nor do we have
the luxury of becoming complacent...we will continue to 
be driven by our Purpose of "High Levels of Learning for ALL
Students."  At Fossil Ridge, we are committed to "chasing perfection", 
with the understanding that we can always grow and become an
even better school for our students, faculty, staff, parents, and
community. Our work as educators at Fossil Ridge never ends,
we are constantly searching for improvement and ways to have
an even greater impact on student achievement. Here's to a 
fantastic 2018, let's ALL work together to make it "A Great Year
to Be a T-rex!






MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, January 6th...Lego League Competition @DSU (12PM)
Wednesday, January 10th...WCSD Math Counts Competition @FRIS
Thursday, January 11th...Community Council Meeting @ FRIS (9:30AM)
Monday, January 15th...Civil Rights Day NO SCHOOL




EDUCATIONAL LEARNING and SHARING
"We Are All Mentors of Children" --Kevin Honeycutt TED Talk (8 minutes)



BE EXCELLENT!






Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25th - September 29th

WEEKLY MESSAGE
Today the Utah Office of Education released SAGE results and 
Comprehensive School Grades for the 2016-2017 school year. We
would like to congratulate the students, faculty, staff, and parents
for another successful year at Fossil Ridge. We are much more
than a SAGE score, or a School Grade, yet it is also important
that we celebrate individual and collective success on state end 
of level testing. With that said, the entire Fossil Ridge community
should be very proud of the 2016-2017 results. Fossil Ridge, its
students and faculty have once again earned a USOE School 
Grade of "A"! Fossil Ridge is one of only four schools in the 
WashingtonCounty School District to earn an "A" grade, and is a 
top five mid-level school in the entire state! One of the aspects of 
academics that we preach at Fossil Ridge is the critical 
Importance of student and teacher growth. This is certainly an 
area were our kids continue to excel. We will commit to have high 
expectations of our students, we will continue to challenge ALL 
students, and we will celebrate individual and collective growth at 
Fossil Ridge. "Every Child.Every Day. Whatever It Takes!"


FOSSIL RIDGE EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, September 25th--Early Out PLC Day (School Ends at 11:45AM) and
Mrs. Lund-Fuller Birthday
Tuesday, September 26th--REACH Math Priority Day
Wednesday, September 27th--REACH Science Priority Day, Mrs. Sherratt Birthday
and Parent Teacher Conferences (4PM-7PM/Commons Area and Gym)
Thursday, September 28th--REACH Language Arts Priority Day, School
Community Council, and Parent Teacher Conferences (4PM-7PM/Commons and Gym)
Friday, September 29th--REACH Social Studies and Reading Priority Day

A new Bow-Tie from the twins for "Bow-Tie Tuesday!


FOSSIIL RIDGE INSPIRATION STATION AND LEARNING
"Challenges are what make our lives interesting, and overcoming them
is what makes life meaningful." --Joshua Marine
Show off your #TREXCELLENCE...Last week's "Get Your Brain On" Students
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Students and Teacher (Mrs Randall) caught being #TREXCELLENT...
Congratulations to our "T-Rex" students and Mrs Randall!

--Weekly Dose of Educational Learning and Sharing--
"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"  (6 min. Angela Duckworth. TED Talk)




HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!
BE #TREXCELLENT!

















Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 18th - September 22nd, 2017

WEEKLY MESSAGE
This past week, Mrs. Brackett and myself participated in an
#EveryClassroom Challenge with administrators from the entire
district. The challenge was for EVERY administrator, at EVERY
school, to get into EVERY teacher's classroom during the week.
This allowed Mrs. Brackett and I to each visit 45 classrooms 
in a three day period! It was indeed a fabulous week, and time
very well spent. It was inspiring to watch dedicated and 
passionate teachers work their "magic" to ensure that all 
students were learning at high levels. Teachers were greeting 
kids at the door, teaching and learning was happening from 
bell-to-bell,clear objectives and daily learning targets provided 
a "learning road map" for students, multiple and effective teaching
strategies promoted an environment of student engagement, and 
formative assessments were used to check for student understanding.
It is clear that the Faculty and Staff of Fossil Ridge Intermediate
sincerely care about the academic, social, and personal well 
being of each student. Our teachers are also willing to "do 
whatever it takes" to ensure that ALL students are provided 
the necessary opportunities and resources to learn at high levels.
Last week simply supported everything I already knew...We have
an EXCELLENT school because we have a dedicated group of adults
who understand that everything we do centers on our students
and their success. 



FOSSIL RIDGE WEEKLY EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, September 18th--REACH College & Career Awareness and
Fine Arts Priority Day and District SPED Training(2:10PM)
Tuesday, September 19th--Team Data Analysis(Team Prep Time),
REACH Math Priority Day, and Mrs.Anderson's Birthday
Wednesday, September 20th--REACH Science Priority Day and
School Leadership Team Meeting(2:10PM)
Thursday, September 21st--REACH Language Arts Priority Day and
District SPED Training(2:10PM)
Friday, September 22nd--REACH Social Studies and Reading 
Priority Day
Mrs. Fernandez and the student-led "Reading Advisory Council"
making plans for the next school-wide reading challenge!


FOSSIL RIDGE INSPIRATION STATION
**Happy Birthday Mrs.Anderson...September 19th**
Stay #TREXCELLENT! Congratulations to our
Weekly "Plinko Players"

BE #TREXCELLENT Fossil Ridge! 
This Week's "Get Your Brain On" Students

Strive to Be #TREXCELLENT Fossil Ridge!
Congratulations to our "T-Rex" Kids and Mrs.Stevens


"Teachers who are always positive and 
passionate are an absolute blessing to
their Principals." --Danny Steele


HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
STAY #TREXCELLENT!







  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week of September 11th - September 15th

WEEKLY MESSAGE
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, Thomas
Edison failed over 1,000 times trying to invent the lightbulb, Vincent
Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire lifetime, and the greatest
power hitter of all time, Babe Ruth struck out over 1,300 times in his 
baseball career.  So what do these men have in common? Each one 
of them experienced desperate failure, internal conflict, significant 
challenges, and productive struggle on their way to becoming unbelievable 
successful. They did not give up when obstacles were placed before them.
They did not avoid challenges and failures that come with risk taking. Instead these men realized that failure was an essential part of growth,
learning, and success.  

This process of extended learning from intense challenge, a growth mindset, and even failure has been labeled the "Learning Pit" by the educational community.  The "Pit" represents all that is wonderful about learning and growth; conflict, challenge, questioning, failure, struggle, confusion, mistakes, resilience, and deeper thinking.  If we as educators and parents want our students to experience "true" learning, we must push them into the depths of the Learning Pit.  Not only do we need to teach 
students that mistakes and failure are acceptable, but critical to long-term individual growth and success.  As ALL learners experience the challenge of the "Learning Pit", have the freedom to make mistakes, and taste the power of productive struggle, they learn the necessary skills for future life-long success.  When students show effort, make mistakes, and push forward with resilience, they will ALL learn at the highest levels!


FOSSIL RIDGE WEEKLY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, September 11th--National Day of Remembrance, Fall Team 
Reflection Week, and REACH CCA & Fine Arts Priority Day
Tuesday, September 12th--Fall Team Reflection Week and REACH Math
Priority Day
Wednesday, September 13th--Fall Team Reflection Week, REACH
Science Priority Day, and Mrs. Power's Birthday :)
Thursday, September 14th--Fall Team Reflection Week and REACH
Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, September 15th--Visiting School (Page Middle School), Fall
Team Reflection Week, CCA "Pre-School" Day, and REACH Social 
Studies and Ready Day

FOSSIL RIDGE INSPIRATION STATION & LEARNING
Fossil Ridge "Get Your Brain On" Students of the Week!
BE #trexcellent 

Come on down, You're the next "Plinko" Players of the Week!
Stay #trexcellent


--Weekly Dose of Educational Learning--
For additional information concerning the "Learning Pit" and "Growth
Mindset", please see the following resources...

"The Learning Pit" (James Nottingham. YouTube)

"Labels Limit Learning" (James Nottingham. YouTube)

"The Power of Yet" (Carol Dweck. YouTube)


HAVE A GREAT WEEK
BE EXCELLENT!