Butterfield Canyon Student Places Second in World at Prestigious Archery Event

Kaylee with her bowKaylee Gurney is 11-years-old and in the 6th grade at Butterfield Canyon Elementary and already she is making a name for herself in the sport of archery. Kaylee recently competed in the Vegas Shoot youth event. She placed second in the girls cub division among more than 750 children who competed. Prior to that accomplishment, Kaylee placed first in the 2018 Utah Open and several other archery events in Utah.

Kaylee’s love for archery began when she was 7 and both Kaylee and her parents credit much of her success to the hard work she does on a daily basis and to her amazing coach, Bart Winterton of Leave Your Mark Archery. Kaylee’s next goal is to qualify for the junior Team USA archery when she turns 14.

Congratulations, Kaylee.

Community Comes Together to Celebrate Science at Oquirrh Elementary

Students engaged in experimentThey were celebrating all things science as more than 800 students and their families gathered for a fabulous, fun night of learning at Oquirrh Elementary School. Student ambassadors from the University of Utah engaged parents and their children in a variety of hands-on STEM experiments in chemistry, math, biology, medicine and physics during Family Science Night. Some of the experiments included pulling DNA out of strawberries, using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, analyzing blood through a microscope and creating electricity using fruits, vegetables and wool.

Each student participated in a least two experiments and received a family science kit to celebrate their success. Everyone was also treated to a pizza dinner.

Thanks to everyone for supporting such a fun and engaging STEM event!

Westvale Elementary Student Qualifies for USA Nationals in Bouldering

Landers climbing side of mountainHe has a goal of one day competing in the Olympics and 9-year-old Landers Gaydosh is already proving he has what it takes to achieve that goal. Landers is in the third grade at Westvale Elementary School, but he isn’t letting his young age get in the way of some big success. Landers is on the Momentum Climbing Nationals team and he recently qualified to compete in the USA Climbing National Bouldering Youth Championship in Oregon. In order to compete in Oregon, Landers had to place in the Mountain West Regional tournament and the Divisionals tournament.

Landers was one of the younger competitors in his category at Nationals and he did fanstastic – placing in the top 30 overall.

Lander’s parents are proud of his accomplishments and say climbing is great for teaching and working through problem solving, self-awareness and perseverance.

Keep an eye on this young man as he ‘climbs’ to the top in his sport.

Congratulations, Landers.

Riverton City Recognizes Rosamond Elementary with Awards for “Excellence in Education”

Picture of award winnersJoin us in congratulating the following students and teacher who are recipients of the Riverton City Choice Awards for “Excellence in Education.”

  • McKenzie Thygerson – McKenzie is a wonderful fifth grade student. She has so many strong characteristics, as a student and as a friend. McKenzie works hard academically and strives to always do her best. She volunteers and participates in class discussions and activities. Her teacher says that McKenzie is very helpful. McKenzie is also a good friend. She listens, is fair and comforts others. McKenzie is a great role model at Rosamond and we sure appreciate her!
  • Tanner Berg – Tanner is a delightful fourth grade student at Rosamond. His teacher says that he is very empathetic and tries to make sure others feel valued. On his own, Tanner writes positive notes to other students. He is always thinking of others.Tanner works hard in class and always participates. He makes the classroom a better place every day. Tanner contributes to our school as well. He is a student leader and a member of the Culture Club- whose mission is to bring smiles to the faces of all Rosamond Student
  • Kim Vance – Kim Vance is an exceptional 6th grade teacher, who is invested in her students and in the Rosamond community. She has served as a PLC leader and is currently the 6th grade team leader. Kim is a dedicated teacher, who recognizes the importance of the work she does every day. As a STEM leader, she has helped the Rosamond faculty make great leaps in teaching STEM lessons and accessing STEM materials. We love her upbeat attitude, her friendly smile and the joy she brings to Rosamond Elementary.

Thanks to Riverton City for recognizing these outstanding students and this exceptional educator.