Solution Tree Model School

Solution Tree Model School

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15th - May 24th...Holy Cow, We're Almost to the Finish Line!

Its hard to believe that we are down to just a few short days left 
in the 2016-2017 School Year.  The year has flown by, I swear
just yesterday it was Christmas Break and our teachers were making
preparations for the second half of the year.  Our students have all
but wrapped up SAGE testing, and are becoming very "antsy" 
at the prospect of Summer Vacation!  Last week we celebrated
Teacher Appreciation at Fossil Ridge...special Thank You to the PTA for 
providing wonderful breakfast, lunch, and goodies throughout the week! 
The teachers and staff at Fossil Ridge have worked so hard individually 
and collaboratively throughout the year to ensure that ALL students
are learning at high levels by providing each student what he/she
needs to be successful.  As a result of the dedicated work of our teachers,
and the EXCELLENT effort of our students, our kiddos have soared  
during the 2016-2017 school year!  

Our Fine Arts students have been recognized at both the district, community, 
and state level for outstanding achievement in Choir, Theater, Band, Orchestra, 
and the Visual Arts.  We have had 6th and 7th grade students win local and state 
essay contests.  Our Math Counts competitive team dominated district events, 
included numerous "top 10" students, and even a couple of 1st Place awards.  
The Robotics program at Fossil Ridge continued to grow and provided students 
the opportunity to extend their learning and critical thinking skills in 
the Lego League Arena.  We have had gymnasts, BMX riders, track athletes,
and members of various team sports experience amazing success throughout
the past year.  Academically, we have seen incredible growth, and high levels of 
learning across the board at Fossil Ridge Intermediate.  Our students are being
challenged more each year, expectations continue to increase, and with 
that our students continue to rise to the occasion and accomplish things never
thought possible.  This academic success, paired with a commitment to EXCELLENCE
by our faculty and staff has brought state and national recognition to Fossil Ridge, 
including earning an "A" School Grade from the State of Utah, recognition as a 
Solution Tree Model PLC School, and designation as a NASSP Breakthrough 
School.  This recognition comes as a result of the process we are all engaged in at
Fossil Ridge Intermediate.  It is understood that we can never be fully satisfied 
with our work and our journey.  As a result, our faculty and staff will continue 
to celebrate the teaching and learning process, and work diligently to chase perfection. 

It has certainly been a great year at Fossil Ridge.  Together our students, faculty, 
staff, and parents have done their absolute best to make every day "A GREAT DAY TO 
BE A T-REX!"  Thank You all for "BEING EXCELLENT!"

Jonathan Howell

St. George Rotary Club Essay Contest Winner!!

"Each day, teachers come to school ready to tackle a job that is critically
important, extraordinarily complex, often joyful, and, at times, heartbreaking.
In essence, teachers help others to become their best selves, and I can think
of no more important work."  --Arnie Duncan

Zion National Park...Reward for Completing Library Reading Contest!

LA 6 Celebrating 3rd Trimester "T-Rex Readers"

--May 15th...Happy Birthday Mrs. Bosen and Spring Choir Concert (6PM)
--May 19th...REACH Session Ends
--May 22nd...Fossil Ridge Talent Show (School Ends @2PM)
--May 23rd...Fossil Ridge Awards Assembly (School Ends @11:45AM)
 and 7th Grade Activity Night
--May 24th...LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (School Ends @11AM), 
Yearbook Signing, and Faculty vs. Student Basketball

"Get Your Brain On" Students for the Week of May 8th-12th



Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1st - May 5th, 2017...Have a Marvelous May!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to support Mrs. Gubler
and several of our Art students at the Kayenta Arts Festival.  Our
6th and 7th grade students were participating in the "Chalk Art" 
category with other schools, organizations, and even professional 
artists.  As I walked around and took in all the different pieces of
art, I couldn't help but be a proud Principal watching our students
having such fun and working collaboratively to produce amazingly 
colorful and detailed art work.  Our kids' hard work and energy paid
off as they were awarded both 1st and 2nd Place in the 6th-9th grade 
category.  The experience of our Art students on Saturday is but one
example of the importance and success of the Fine Arts programs at 
Fossil Ridge.  We put a premium on the Arts, encourage our students to 
dive in, and provide them with unmatched learning experiences.  
Many times, high stakes testing has overshadowed the arts, and in some 
districts the arts no longer get the necessary funding to remain viable.  At
Fossil Ridge, the arts play a vital role in ensuring that we educate the 
"whole child." Experiences in the arts have allowed hundreds of students 
to shine, find themselves, and taste success outside of the academic classroom. 
Whether  Band (Mr. Nielsen), Theater (Mrs. Bosen), Choir (Mrs. Sheeran), 
Orchestra (Mr. Candland),or Visual Arts (Mrs. Gubler), our students are 
striving for perfection under the direction of amazingly talented teachers!
If our students were to take a Fine Arts SAGE test, there is no question they
would ALL score a 4!

"To make a difference in someone's life, You don't
have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. 
You just have to care."   --M. Hale

-May 1st - May 5th...Science 6 and Math 7 SAGE Testing
-May 4th...Media Center Book Contest Winners trip to Zion National Park
-May 5th...Happy Birthday Mrs. Randall
"Get Your Brain On" Students for the Week of April 23rd-28th...BE EXCELLENT!

These 3 GREAT athletes recently participated in the Gymnastics 
Western Regionals in Los Angeles, California! Congratulations!