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Volume XVIII Issue II The Ogden Valley news Page 13 July 1, 2010 Valley Student Readers Win Big! Valley Elementary Adopts Health Pam Clark, Valley Program Supervisor This was Valley Elementary’s second year of participation in the Ken Garff Road to Success Reading Program. This year students read 2,722,869 minutes in 26 weeks—all outside of school. Last year, the school goal was 2,000,000 minutes, which they surpassed, so this year a new goal was set to reach for 3,000,000. Mr. Lee was spared his promised day on the roof of the school, since reading fell just a little short of the goal. Third grade winners Hannah Hillstrom, Samuel Waldrip, Joshua Cox, Braedon Iverson, Jared Fairey, Paige Sunderland, and Alyssa Ferrin with Principal Tommy Lee. The Road to Success requires a minimum amount of reading in order to place each entry slip into the annual drawing for the bicycles. This amount is 100 minutes per week, which is just 20 minutes at home for five nights. If every child read just 100 minutes a week, the 26 weeks would have produced 1,768,000 minutes; however, many Valley students read much more than this each week. Many sponsors provided incentives such as erasers, bookmarks, and pencils, etc., for all students each month. At the end of the year, four $50 educational savings bonds and four bicycles were given away by drawing from the thousands of entry slips the kids have entered Winners of the $50 educational savings bonds were: Riley Fruth, 1st grade; Easten Platt, 2nd grade; Nicolaus Bennett, 5th grade; and Brooke Hansen, 6th grade. all year. A school assembly was held May 24 to thank Ken Garff and the other eighteen statewide sponsors with a poster parade, letters, and short presentations, as well as to present this year’s award winners. In addition to gifts from the major sponsors, the Valley PTO gave a grant from which books were purchased. These were awarded to 70 more students whose names were drawn from the entry slips. The school also sponsored “breakfast with the principal” each month, where the top readers from each grade were honored to enjoy donuts, juice, and milk with Mr. Lee. The school also ordered 50 medals on ribbons to honor the six or seven students with the highest personal minute totals from each grade. Teachers have always asked their students to read at home each day. The Ken Garff Road to Success Program supports teachers’ efforts, plus, adds goals, incentives, and competitive fun between classes that have encouraged many children to spend more time reading, and many reluctant readers to get started! Mr. Lee has already committed Valley for participation again next year. Others who manage the program are Mrs. Clark, reading coach/teacher; Mrs. Bruggink, program coordinator and morning kindergarten teacher; Kathy Fronger, weekly minutes tabulator and librarian; and the united support of the Valley Elementary faculty. You can view the leader board for all participating schools, see a list of the sponsors, and learn more about this fun reading motivator on line at <kengarffroad.com> Mr. Lee awarded medals to the following winners chosen for reading the most minutes in their grade. Winners were: Kindergarten: Nya O’Keef, Emma Cox, Meredith Froerer, Trapper Rasmussen, Masynn Shupe, and Davin Roylance. 1st Grade: Lexy Shaw, Ella Nilson, Halle Southwick, Maia Vaatuitui, Oaklie Perkes, Catie Wilkins, and Destinee Rowely. Bicycle winners: Oaklie Perks, 1st grade; Colton Montgomery, 3rd grade; Mason Ferrin, 5th grade; and Krystal Kerr, 5th grade. 2nd Grade: Charley Froerer, Andrew Rollins, Emma Olsen, Oakley Hogge, Trinitie Lopshire, Olivia Chieppa, and Ashley Cox. 3rd: Hannah Hillstrom, Samuel Waldrip, Joshua Cox, Braedon Iverson, Jared Fairey, Paige Sunderland, and Alyssa Ferrin. 4th: Abby Harris, Carlie Lythgoe, Stephen Ziegler, Elizabeth Dowell, Camerson McKinney, Justin Rollins, and Christian Belmont. 5th: Sammi Wilkins, Jaden Walker, Taylor Rumsey, Megan Warnes, Logan Sunderland, and Cole Lifer. 6th: McKenna Harris, Maryn Preston, Drew Young, Andre Waldrip, Kiley Allman, Beth Froerer, and Taylor Gooch. The four winners of the $50 educational savings bonds were: Riley Fruth, 1st grade; Easten Platt, 2nd grade; Nicolaus Bennett, 5th grade; and Brooke Hansen, 6th grade. The four bicycle winners were: Oaklie Perks, 1st grade; Colton Montgomery, 3rd grade; Mason Ferrin, 5th grade; and Krystal Kerr, 5th grade. Also, a boy and a girl are drawn from K-3 and 4-6. Program—Awarded $1,000 Valley Elementary recently was awarded a $1,000 check for attaining their goal of becoming a Gold Medal School. One in every four Utah students in grades K-8 is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That is enough students to fill 124 elementary schools or 2,067 classrooms. With obesity on the rise among children, schools have become the ideal place to teach students about physical activity and nutrition. Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher identified schools as a key setting to prevent and decrease the prevalence of overweight and Emily Reeves presents Valley Elementary with a plaque for the school’s achievement in meeting the criteria for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal Awards in Utah’s Gold Medal School Program. The school was awarded a $1,000 check to assist with future healthy school program efforts. Photo courtesy of Pam Clark. obesity. Schools can provide many opportunities to engage children in healthy eating and physical activity and to reinforce healthy diet and physical activity messages. All of these healthy habits combined can also produce better overall mental health, self-esteem, and academic success. Gold Medal Schools makes it possible for elementary schools to provide physical activity and healthy nutrition choices at a time when budget cuts and testing requirements overshadow physical activity and nutrition. Gold Medal Schools improve students’ academic success through policies and environmental changes that support good nutrition, physical activity, and staying tobacco-free. The Utah Department of Health developed the Gold Medal Schools program in 2001 using the State Office of Education’s core curriculum and the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines to address overweight and obesity in elementary schools. Today, Gold Medal Schools have reached more than 200,015 students and over 8,123 teachers in 374 elementary schools. Schools participate for many reasons: • To earn up to $1,500 for nutrition resources, PE equipment, and tobacco prevention efforts. • Healthy schools make healthy learners. • Studies demonstrate that students who are physically active and have good nutrition achieve higher test scores. • Gold Medal Schools emphasizes changes to physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco policies in order to create a healthier school environment. • Gold Medal Schools will not change curriculum. • Gold Medal Schools will make lasting changes without putting high demands on teachers. • Students, faculty, and staff at Gold Medal Schools enjoy walking, a tobacco-free school environment, Safe Routes to Schools, and much more. Schools are asked to meet criteria that are divided into five levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Focus. As schools achieve new levels, they continue to implement the criteria they completed in previous levels. As a result, by the time a school reaches the Platinum Focus level, they will be implementing all Gold Medal Schools criteria from Bronze to Platinum Focus and will have a comprehensive healthy school environment. A rare accomplishment, Valley met the requirements for Bronze, Silver, and Gold during their first year participating in the program. To qualify, Valley implemented an exercise program, and refrained from using food and treats as rewards, and additional programs to promote a healthier lifestyle for students. Sixth grade teacher Rebecca Warnes was the school’s liaison for the program with Emily Reeves assisting. For more information, visit <http://health. utah.gov/hearthighway/gms/> Eden 4th of July Celebration 7:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Flag Ceremony 9:00 a.m. Children’s Parade Come join in the fun and participate in the parade! 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