Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Science Is What Changes Lives

Midas Creek Elementary has 10 winners moving on to the 
Utah State Science & Engineering Fair

Here are the winners from Midas Creek going on to the State of Utah Science and Engineering Fair at BYU on March 23-26.

Anna H.
Austin W.
Nathan R.
Grace B.
Adalyn S.
Landon W.
Kaden O.
Grace S.
Marley T.
Kelsey A.

4,000 Entires in our District TOTAL
Only 120 will move on to State, and 10 of them are from Midas Creek. 

Huge Thank you to all of the teachers for encouraging our students to 
Reach for the Stars. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'm Just a Bill On Capital Hill

Our PTA President Adriane Watson, our Legislative VP Whitney McKell and our Midas Creek Vice Principal Dr. Jerri Mausbach attended a meeting at the capital on February 18, 2015 with all of our representatives and the Utah PTA Board.  Here are some main points they came back with.

The following bills will be voted on during this legislative session.  Each Bill has a link where you can find more information. 

Within our district boundaries, there are multiple charter schools and the decision on the proposed bills will have a significant impact on funding for charter and non-charter schools. Please take a minute to look at these bills. 

o   Policy shift where each district would give the charter schools 50% of allocated funds
o   Charter schools currently are receiving 25% of allocated funds
o   9.5% of students in Utah attend charter schools
**The Jordan school district currently budgets over 2 million in funding for charter schools 

o   This proposal would allow charter schools to find funding through property tax and not from school district funding
o   This proposal would require charter schools to be accountable to the state with respect to the use of funds allocated to the charter schools

Other bills related to the state education system that were discussed include:

·      Trust Lands Bill#HJR22

o   Government wants to trade 80,000 acres of School Trust Lands
o   This bill will ensure that the trade will be equal in value not just acres

o   This bill would allow 2 nutrition exceptions to every school
o   The exceptions much be approved by the state board of education

o   Right now only 3 kids can be in a foster home at once
o   This bill will allow up to 4 and will also allow a group of siblings to stay together

The Utah PTA has also put together a list of all Bills that impact our children.  Below is a link to the list along with information on whether the Utah PTA will oppose, watch, or support the bill.  There are over 30 bills upon which the Utah PTA has provided opinions. 

Midas Creek boundaries lie within the following legislative districts.  If you have any questions or comments they would love to hear from you. 

Senate District 10- 
Utah State Senator 

Aaron Osmond

**Both Bill #SB97 and Bill #SB0084 are sponsored by Aaron Osmond and the PTA Support Both. 

Senate District 11- 
Utah State Senator 

**Bill SB1S1 is sponsored by Howard Stephenson and the PTA is opposed to this bill. 

House District 41 - 
Utah House of Representatives 

House District 52 -
Utah House of Representatives 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February PTA Meeting Minutes

Adriane Watson, Becca HyerStaci Case, Jennifer Johnson, Timette Wankier, Carolyn BonaCamille Jenson, Leslie Smith, Natalie Searle                        

Approval of last month’s meeting minutes
Staci Case Treasurers report:
  • Started with 45,508.88
  • Expenses 90.50
  • End 45,418.38

Mrs. Bona:
Current legislative session discussing school issues. They are working on a data security bill that would notify parents immediately if there were a breach in school records.
-6th grade musical is underway and we greatly appreciate all the teachers and parents willing to help out
-Leader in me Symposium was a great success. 9 teachers were able to go along with the 6th grade student leaders. Lots of visuals and school visits as well as break out sessions. We are working to build excitement for the Leader in Me program throughout the school

Book Fair
-No big donation push for the spring fair
-have shifts covered but could use help with set up and take down if anyone is available.
-can’t do bookfairs the same next year. We will have no February book fair since Scholastics is overbooked for that month. We will only do one with the 2nd round of parent teacher conferences.

PTA Day @ the capital. February 28th – all PTA members are invited to attend, find out more information at

Red Ribbon week starting February 11th.
-each day a class rep will come to the office to get the daily message to share with their class. Each day will have a fun theme like hat day.

PTA Executive Board for next year is filled.
President Natalie Searle
President Elect: Heidi Elsasser
Treasurer: Tara Names
Secretary: Adriane Watson
Legislative VP: Whitney Mckell

Kindergarten Orientation is on April 10th. We need some volunteers to come and help direct kids.

Community Council:
Jordan District is shifting 5 schools to traditional and 2 schools to a modified school day. Could end up becoming more common over the next few years.

Dinner/Spirit Nights:
Eached $411 at Chick-fil-a Next February 17th at Zupas
Popeyes wants to maybe host one for us.
Are we doing too many spirit nights. Maybe consider doing more in the Riverton – Herriman city boundaries.

Meeting dismissed until March 4th @ 10:00 am

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Red Ribbon Week

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
To find out more about the Red Ribbon Campaign click here for their website.

Midas Creek's Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the PTA to increase student' awareness of the dangers of drugs, and to encourage them to live a drug-free life.

This year we will be incorporating Red Ribbon Week at our school with dress up days.

February 11-- Put a Lid on Drugs 

February 12 -- Follow your Dreams be Drug Free 

February 13 -- Mountain Lions are PAWS-itively Drug Free

February 17 --Your Future is Bright without Drugs 

February 18 -- Team Up Against Drugs 

February 19 --Rise Up Against Drugs 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Arts in Education Needs Your Support

The Utah legislative session is in full swing, and the funding bill (S.B. 75) for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTS Program) is making its way through the legislature. This year, we are asking for $7 million to continue the program’s growth, and have taken steps to give districts and educators even greater flexibility in implementing the arts-integrated program in their schools. This takes us one step closer to our eventual goal of making high-quality, arts-integrated education available to every student across the state.

At this crucial time, we are calling on our arts advocates to once again petition the legislature for funding of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTS Program). While many of our supporters have already written to their legislators showing their support for the BTS Program, there are still thousands who have not yet raised their voice.

Please take just a few minutes today to contact your legislators online at and ask that the BTS Program get the ongoing funding it needs to continue growing and enriching the education of our Utah students.

Visit for more information.

Middle School School Registration

Copper Mountain Middle School

NEXT TUESDAY, February 10 @ 6 pm & 7 pm 

This meeting is for all 6th grade students and their parents to fill out registration cards and sign up for classes. 

South Hills Middle School Registration 

Tuesday, February 17 @ 7 pm 

This meeting is for all 6th grade student and their parents to fill out registration cards and sign up for classes. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Parent Teacher Conference II

Parent-Teacher Conferences

A & B Tracks – February 18 and 19 2015 

On-line scheduling is now open for Parent Teacher Conferences

2.   Choose from the drop down Midas Creek Elementary A & B Tracks.  The school Password is “midas”.

3.     Enter your Student’s ID or Lookup their Student ID by entering the First Name, Last Name and Birthdate.

4.     Find your student’s teacher and select the time slot that works best for you.

If you need additional help please contact the school at 801-254-7407.

Also remember we always have a Scholastic Book Fair and the proceeds go to support the school.