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Student Lighthouse Team

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by Annie Call

Last week, the Student Lighthouse Team met for the first time, had a great time getting to know each other, and learning how they would work together this year. The Student Lighthouse Team is comprised of one student from each class in the school. Mr. Duncan came and spoke with them about being leaders and how to help people feel welcome and happy. They also brainstormed with Mrs. Sumsion and Mrs. Call, their leadership mentors, about how they could serve the school this year.

 

Student Wellness

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Teresa Chang

Last week, Cherry Creek celebrated National School Lunch week with the help of our incredible lunch room staff! They do so much to encourage our students to try new foods, eat well-balanced meals, and keep their bodies healthy. Nebo School District also has a Student Wellness Policy for parents to be aware of: 

Parents, teachers, and schools are encouraged to use non food items for parties, celebrations, and rewards.  Foods made available to students on campus for the purposes of class or school parties, celebrations, or rewards should feature healthy choices, and emphasize nutrient density, fruits and vegetables, minimal fats, and added sugars, and moderate portion sizes.

Habit #7, "Sharpen the Saw", reminds us that balance is best, and that includes taking care of our bodies! 

 

Victory Assembly

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by Janelle Barrett
Crocky with Top Croc and Leader of the Month students during the victory lap
September's Top Crocs
September's Leaders of the Month
Twenty five students who received Croc Cards in the month of September
Crocky, the Cherry Creek mascot

The first Victory Assembly of the school year was today, celebrating students receiving the "Leader of the Month" and "Top Croc" awards. On the way to the assembly, students receiving these awards were applauded by their fellow students during a victory lap around the school with Crocky, the Cherry Creek mascot. At the assembly, Mr. Duncan drew names of an additional 25 students who received a Croc Card in the month of September. These students were invited to the Croc Cave for games today with Mr. Duncan. 

Mr. Duncan then introduced a new challenge to the students for improving the lunchroom environment. Each day, one lower-grade class and one upper-grade class will receive a point for the categories of cleanliness and quietness. At the end of the month, the classes with the most points will earn a doughnut party!

It was a fun and exciting day to celebrate some of Cherry Creek's finest leaders!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Finch!

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by Janelle Barrett

Today, we're putting the spotlight on Mrs. Finch, one of our fine special education teachers! She teaches students grades 4-6 in reading, writing, and math (math being her favorite!) Ever since she was young, Mrs. Finch has known she wanted to help special education students, so she attended Utah State University to do just that. She is married to her high school sweetheart, has one daughter, and a son on the way! If she had all the time in the world, she would spend time at her family's cabin, eat junk food, and dance. Mrs. Finch is a former dance instructor, and is very talented! Mrs. Finch is admired for her professionalism and obvious devotion to her students. Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Finch!

Cherry Creek Participates in CMI Training

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by Janelle Barrett

Starting this year, teachers at Cherry Creek are spending extra time after school on early-out days to participate in CMI (Comprehensive Math Instruction) training. Today's lesson was on how to better engage students and strategies to help students reason among themselves instead of getting answers from the teacher. It's an impressive sight to see our dedicated Cherry Creek teachers working together to improve their own knowledge and skills!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Nielson!

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by Janelle Barrett

Cheryl Nielson is one of our incredible fifth grade teachers! She attended practically every university in Utah--BYU, USU, UVU, and SUU--to earn her Master's of Education and Math & ESL Endorsements. Mrs. Nielson is married to her best friend from high school, although they didn't date until after high school. She has three kids, one of whom is serving an LDS mission in Chile. In her (very spare) time, she enjoys running, reading, and gardening. When she gets stressed, she likes to organize closets. Her guilty pleasures is a pan of brownies and a good book. And just in case you were wondering, her favorite gift to receive is gift cards. We love you Mrs. Nielson!

 

Croc Walk & Carnival MOVED to 26th

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Due to a cold and wet weather forecast on Friday, we have decided to move the Croc Walk and Carnival to Monday, September 26 from 5:30-7:45 p.m.  Our PTA has put in a lot of time and effort to make this a great event and we do not want the weather to spoil it.  Sorry about the change!  We appreciate your understanding and hope that you can all attend on Monday evening.  It will be a fun and uniting event!! 

Also, as a reminder, we appreciate the pledges that your children are getting for the Croc Walk and encourage them to get more.  All of the money raised goes towards putting on the many great events that happen at Cherry Creek.  FYI-- the Croc Walk will begin right at 5:30 and end at 6:15 p.m.  Following the Croc Walk, the carnival games and bounce slides will be opened up.  The food booths will be open the entire time. 

Thank You for your Support!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Bergera!

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by Janelle Barrett

Our first spotlight this week is Chelsie Bergera, one of our kind and caring kindergarten teachers! Mrs. Bergera loves being a teacher at Cherry Creek because she loves the staff, students, and parents she gets to work with. She has always been inspired to be a teacher because of the teachers she had growing up. Mrs. Bergera attended UVU and SUU to earn her master's degree and endorsements in ESL and Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching writer's workshop. If Mrs. Bergera could have a perfect day, it would include camping with her family and eating chips and salsa from Los Hermanos. She has been married to her husband, Wes, for 8 years. Mrs. Bergera loves receiving treats and gift cards.  Thanks for being so awesome, Mrs. Bergera!

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Andersen!

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by Janelle Barrett

Today's spotlight is Troy Andersen, our school counselor! Mr. Andersen is so loved by the students--it's not uncommon to see kids of all ages dropping by his office to see if he's here. He went to BYU and USU to receive his Master's degree in psychology, emphasizing in school counseling.  Since he was a teenager, he's always wanted to work with children and youth, and he felt like schools are the best place to make the biggest difference.  Mr. Andersen's guilty pleasure is shopping at yard sales, and he loves hiking with his wife and 7 year old "miracle" son. His favorite teacher gift to receive is gift cards he can use to take his wife on impressive dates! Thanks for helping ALL of us, Mr. Andersen!

 

How Many Drops of Water Fit on a Penny?

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by Stephanie Truscott

Mrs. Truscott's sixth-grade class has been learning about the scientific method this week. We did an experiment where we measured how many drops of water fit on a penny to observe the surface tension of the water, and how the molecules stick together. Some groups got up to 30 drops! Next, we soaked the pennies in soap, and saw that we couldn't fit nearly as many drops because the surface of the penny became slippery. It was so fun to see their curiosity and excitement!

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