Good News Bulletin
Sept. 21, 2022
Sixth graders learn in the great outdoors
After a couple years’ hiatus, the annual Outdoor Ed trip for Elizabeth Middle School sixth graders resumed last week. A team of staff members and parent chaperones took 110 middle schoolers to La Foret Retreat Center in Black Forest from Sept. 12-14. Students stayed in cabins with chaperones and spent three days exploring the wilderness through structured activities and team-building exercises. Along with a one-mile hike every morning, each student participated in a three-hour-long high-element ropes course.
“We all got to know each other better and made some great memories over the three days,” said Kim Hicks, science teacher. “EMS staff are already planning for another wonderful adventure for our incoming sixth graders next year!”
Mark Sauter served as a parent chaperone and sent a note to the school about his experience, which is shared here with his permission: “I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your very professional and passionate teachers. Ms. Hicks, Ms. Mayorga, Mr. Endo, Mr. Stone, and Mr. Jones were kind, compassionate, firm but fair, and extremely patient the entire trip. Just sitting back and observing them, it was very clear that they enjoy their jobs and take the time to know each and every single student on an individual level.
“I must have heard ‘put that stick down’ at least 50 times during the trip, but never once did any of these professionals lose their temper or patience with the children. While I have always had great respect for teachers, being able to see them interacting with these kids just increased the amount of respect I have for each and every one of them. I feel very grateful that our move to Elizabeth landed my three kids in this school district.”
Thanks to Brett Michel, Kim Hicks, Christine Mayorga, Kelly Martyniak and Nancy Connelly for help with this story.
Hundreds roll into town for inaugural EHS car show
The inaugural Elizabeth High School Car Show was a huge success according to its lead organizer and auto shop instructor Derek Spohn. An estimated 200-250 cars and trucks were shown on Saturday, Sept. 17, and roughly 100 spectators stopped by the high school parking lot to see them. The event raised more than $3,300 for the brand-new auto program at EHS.
“The students that organized and ran the show did a great job of staying on top of all the details,” Spohn said. “Our Skills Club officers were standouts as they handled themselves well, demonstrating leadership and professionalism.
“There are too many people to thank, so I think it's best to just say ‘Thank You’ to our supportive parents and community members for their continued support.”
Video shot and produced by communications intern Jacob Freer, EHS Class of 2023
Mayor Vasquez visits Singing Hills fifth grade
Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez visited Singing Hills Elementary on Monday, Sept. 19, to talk with the fifth-grade class about being a mayor.
The students are learning about local government and careers ahead of their visit to Young AmeriTowne in early October, where they will spend the day role-playing a variety of careers. Cooper Tobler, center photo above, was elected mayor for that day by his classmates after a full campaign and election.
Mayor Vasquez told the students how local government works in Elizabeth, with its board of trustees, a mayor pro tem and the mayoral position -- all of which are part-time, volunteer positions -- "it's all about our community." She told them about her unique term of 4.5 years ending in November, which is the new date for town elections. They had previously been in April. The mayor also asked the students to guess number of residents in Elizabeth (about 4,000); explained how town board and staff work with the police and fire departments; and her work on the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting event in December (her favorite), and more.
The students asked her a wide variety of questions for about 20 minutes and learned about the differences between laws and ordinances, how mayors work with town staff members and other mayors around the state, and how leaders "can't make everyone happy, but you can make sure everyone is heard and that you do your best for them."
Running Creek honors its young leaders
Two students from each class at Running Creek Elementary were honored this morning at the school's first assembly of the year. The Leader In Me assembly highlighted the first of seven key leadership traits taught throughout the year: "Be proactive." Students who were cited by teachers for taking proactive steps in the classroom each received a certificate, a hug and handshake from principal Robin Hunt.
Parents of honorees were invited to the assembly and cheered enthusiastically when their child's name was called. Three students who were not present but will receive Leader In Me Awards are Carter Charouhas, Ryder Mathews and Blake Schar.
Thanks to Franziska Johnson for help with this story.
EHS Tailgate Party promises fun for the whole family
The EHS Student Council invites the entire community to the annual Homecoming Tailgate Party from 2:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The Cardinal Booster Club will have food available, and virtually every club or team from the high school will have games for all ages.
Parents with students in the district's preschools, elementary schools and middle school are encouraged to bring their families to the front lawn of EHS after the parade and before the Homecoming football game for the longstanding and always enjoyable community event.
EMS upgrades signage near entrance
Elizabeth Middle School's new electronic marquee was installed on Tuesday next to County Road 13. When fully operational, the marquee will match the capabilities of the full-color, animated video boards at the Singing Hills and Running Creek Elementary Schools.
The updated sign was partially funded by the EMS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization.
A note about emergency text messages
Here's a note for parents as we approach the time of year when weather could affect whether we have school or start late: Please keep in mind that when the school district sends an emergency notice via text message, the service we use limits us to 140 characters. We often have to abbreviate or shorten several words to fit the whole message into that limit. So when you receive a text, and it says, "please check your email," that's where you'll find a more detailed explanation. We are working to find a way to expand that character limit.
Sept. 26 – BOE meeting, 6 p.m.
Sept. 26-Oct. 1 – EHS Homecoming Week - "Lettuce Celebrate" theme
- Sept. 26 – Spirit Day: "1,000 Island" - Hawaiian/Beach theme
- Sept. 27 – Spirit Day: "Balsamic Vinaigrette" - Spirit Day/Fancy
- Sept. 28 – Spirit Day: "Secret Sauce" - Spy, Cops and Robbers
- Sept. 29 – Spirit Day: "Zesty" - '60s and '70s
- Sept. 30 – Spirit Day: "House Dressing" - Fr-White; So-Gray; Jr-Red; Sr-Black
Sept. 28 – EMS fall orchestra concert, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 – Ironman Volleyball, 7-10 p.m. at EHS
Sept. 30 – EHS Homecoming pep rally, 11:15 a.m.-noon; parade, noon-1:30 p.m.; Tailgate, 2:30-6 p.m.
October – National School Principal Month
Oct. 1 – EHS Homecoming dance, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 – National School Custodian Appreciation Day
Oct. 3 – EMS fall choir concert, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 – Singing Hills picture day
Oct. 4 – EHS fall choir concert and art show
Oct. 6 – EHS fall instrumental concert
Oct. 13-14 – NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
Oct. 16 – National Boss's Day
Oct. 17-21 – National Safe Schools Week
Oct. 17-21 – National Safe Bus Safety Week