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Be a Leader Like Martin Luther King

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:45pm
Attributions: by Jen Baldwin
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This week Ms. Baldwin's 2nd grade class learned about the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery bus boycott and the injustices of segregation.

Students had a chance to write about their dreams for the world. They want to show others love. They want to see people treat each other with kindness. They want world peace...check out the pictures to see some examples of what they wrote.  We are grateful for examples of good and brave leaders to help us learn to be leaders too!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Geology With Cookies

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:27pm
Attributions: by Jill Strong
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Mrs. Strong's 4th grade class was able to "mine" for minerals today. The class learned about the difference between rocks and minerals. They took a rock (cookie) apart to look for the minerals (chocolate chips, M&Ms) inside. By the end of the lesson, the students were able to state the difference between a rock and mineral! 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Spreading Kindness

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:22pm
Attributions: by Clint Cornwall and Chalyce Peck
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Fifth grade began a Kindness Challenge in December, and the challenge continues this month. As students decorated the hallway in the swamp, each student had their own paper stocking hanging on the wall. Before Christmas break students were able to write small kind notes and stuff them in each other’s stockings. They are trying to find some small or different ways to spread kindness to others. What a great way to inspire each other help everyone feel important! 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Chemistry Teaches Synergy in 5th Grade

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:15pm
Attributions: by Scott Earl
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Discovery Gateway came to Cherry Creek Elementary to show our 5th graders the proper way to mix chemicals without blowing anything up or destroying themselves. When chemicals synergize, they create something different as they work together, just like what Habit #6 teaches us. Students were able to mix chemicals together and practice what they learned through personal trial and error.

They really enjoy the presentation that the lab scientist gave. They also enjoyed working with one another and synergizing to bring about a chemical reaction.

Categories: Elementary, Springville

DIY Thermometers

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:23pm
Attributions: by Susan Deardeuff
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Today, Mrs. Deardeuff's class made their own thermometers. The liquid inside is made with water and rubbing alcohol. When the bottles are sealed tightly, the liquid rises up the straw when the temperature goes up. It was a neat and easy way to show how heat, air, and pressure work together! 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Reindeer in Springville

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 1:19pm
Attributions: by Susan Deardeuff
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On December 15th Mrs. Deardeuff's class walked to Mountain West Animal Hospital to learn more about reindeer from the amazing Doctor Bott! Dr. Bott is an expert on reindeer and let us ask questions and see his 6 reindeer. One student asked Dr. Bott if reindeer can fly. He responded, "I've never seen one fly, but that doesn't mean they can't." Well said! Thanks, Dr. Bott!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Mr. Duncan Reveals His Big WIG

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:46pm
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett
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Ever heard of "lead measures" and wondered what that means? You may know that it has something to do with tracking goals at school, or at least you may suspect it has something to do with the Leader In Me program. 

To demonstrate what lead measures are and how to use them to reach a goal, Mr. Duncan told the kids about his "Big WIG" - a personal goal he's working toward. This goal is to write a draft of a book. Lead measures are the small, daily actions that will help you to reach a larger goal. Done consistently over time, lead measures help you visualize and track how well you are doing toward reaching your goal. You can see if you need to re-evaluate your goal, change how you approach it, or know if you're on the right track. 

Mr. Duncan is using a calendar tracker (see pictures) with his two lead measures marked on each day that he does them. It gives him a daily reminder to stay focused on his goal. Teachers have encouraged students to come up with their own "Big WIG" that is not necessarily school-related. We hope that the students can be inspired to reach any goal they set their mind to! 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Gingerbread Ornaments

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:37pm
Attributions: by Susan Deardeuff
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Mrs. Deardeuff's class is doing a 12 (school) days countdown to Christmas break. On one of these days, they read "The Gingerbread Pirates", made gingerbread man ornaments and played a fun "Build-A-Gingerbread Man" game. Mrs. Deardeuff was even gracious enough to share her recipe for making gingerbread man ornaments. They smell amazing!

1 cup applesauce

2 Tbsp Elmer's glue

4 ish oz. cinnamon.

Mix ingredients, adding cinnamon until the dough is the consistency you want. Press flat on wax paper and use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out the shape. Use a straw to poke a hole through the top of the gingerbread man. Let sit out to dry for a few days.


Categories: Elementary, Springville

Lead Time

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 9:12am
Attributions: by Kim Golding
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Mrs. Golding’s students get to take charge of “Lead Time” every day. They walk our class through changing the calendar, updating the weather, reviewing the 7 Habits, reciting a 7 Habits poem, and leading a brief discussion on how we have used and can use the habit of the month! They are great leaders!!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Crystal Apple Award

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:20pm
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett

Bethany Clark was this year's Crystal Apple Award winner. The Crystal Apple is given to employees who demonstrate above and beyond service and kindness. Recipients are nominated by their faculty, and we all feel that Bethany is so deserving of this award. She does so much for our school and our students, much of it behind the scenes. We appreciate all that she does! Congratulations, Bethany!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Online Program Links

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:16pm
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett

Links to all the online programs students use are now on the Cherry Creek website! The kids use a lot of these programs in the classroom, and also for homework. Teachers can provide each student's login information if they haven't already for you to to be able to help at home. 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Victory Assembly

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:08am
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett
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Yesterday's Victory Assembly featured Leaders of the Month and Top Crocs from November. Mr. Duncan updated the kids on how our school is doing on our Wildly Important Goals. In November, students increased 400 reading levels, putting us at just over 600 reading levels improved so far this school year! However, our on-time attendance goal slipped in November to 84% of students being on time to school. We hope students can be proactive in helping their families get ready on time in the mornings so that they can have a strong start to their school day. Check back for more posts about the Cherry Creek's Got Talent performances and the kindergarteners' video introducing December's focus habit, Habit #3: Put First Things First!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Christmas Around the World

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:00pm
Attributions: by Jen Baldwin
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Last Friday, second through fourth grade students attended BYU's "Christmas Around the World" performance. Students got to see first hand how cultures around the world celebrate Christmas through music and dance. Some groups of dancers were visiting from other countries, including one dance company from China! One part of the performance was a mash-up of dances from different cultures. This was fun and exciting for the students to watch. It was a wonderful event!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Giving Tree Information

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:23am
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett
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The giving tree is up, and starting tomorrow, parents can come pick an ornament off the tree to help provide a merrier Christmas to families in the area. Here's how it works:

1. Starting December 1st, adults can come pick an ornament off the tree right outside the main office. Ornaments will specify what kind of item to buy. Items range from $1 on up.

2. Go purchase the item with your students.

3. Return items in their original packaging, unwrapped, with ornament attached to the main office.

4. Gifts must be returned by Friday, December 15th.

If you'd rather, cash donations can be made online at the following website:

Thank you for your generosity! It will surely warm your heart and those who will receive your thoughtful gifts.  

Categories: Elementary, Springville

I Can See the Leader in Me

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:51pm
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To help Cherry Creek's hallways reflect more of what we're teaching students about the 7 Habits, we've put up some extra bulletin boards around the school. Each grade level is in charge of decorating a board for a specific habit. The fun part is that the decorations are student-made, with only a little help from teachers. We hope this helps remind the kids of what we're all about here at Cherry Creek! 

Categories: Elementary, Springville

What Are Cherry Creek Teachers Grateful For?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:02am
Attributions: by Janelle Barrett

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Cherry Creek teachers and staff shared what they are grateful for this season:

Mrs. Truscott: Colored Sharpies

Mr. Cornwall: Dr. Pepper

Miss Glenn: Weekends and chocolate

Miss Barrett: The huge windows in my room

Mrs. Deardeuff: Music, dark chocolate, Red Robin french fries, and Janelle Barrett (she really did say that!)

Mrs. Monney: Having another female in the house - my daughter moved home!

Mrs. Crowley: Good hair days

Mrs. Chang: Flushing toilets and a furnace

Mr. Andersen: Leftovers for easy lunches

Ms. Baldwin: To live in a free country, and the chance to learn and be anything I want to be!

Mrs. Bergera: My new house and getting to know my cute neighbors.

Mrs. Smartt: Drawings and notes from my kiddos that make me feel so loved!

Mrs. Golding: Books! #readingislife

Mrs. Nielson: Hot water

Mrs. Gast: Caffeine

Mr. Sedgwick: The anticipation of holidays and the first snowfall

Miss Brice: Clean, fresh water and delicious food

Mrs. Strong: My little munchkins at home and at school

Mrs. Blackburn: Calling Canada with no extra costs

Mr. Duncan: To be principal of the most amazing school, and my supportive wife and kids

Ms. David: Spectacular sunrises

Mrs. Braithwaite: Time 

Mrs. Thayne: Hugs from kids that squeeze the living daylights out of you!

Mrs. Palmer: Diet Pepsi

Mrs. Clark: Sunshine!

Mr. Johnson: Tom Brady

We are all so grateful to work at Cherry Creek where we get to work with wonderful students and parents. Have a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Rainy Day Service

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:27pm
Attributions: by Jan Grotegut

What better way to spend inside recess days than give service! Mrs. Grotegut, one of our Title 1 technicians, kept our 5th and 6th grade students busy during lunch recess by having them decorate cards and place mats to give to the Meals on Wheels program. Today, they made 43 cards and 13 place mats! This will surely bring smiles to those who participate in Meals on Wheels. What an inspirational way to spend free time! Way to go, Crocs!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Science in Kindergarten

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:38am
Attributions: by Chelsie Bergera
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This week in Kindergarten we are focusing on non-living things.  Today during science, the students used their imaginations to make non-living things found in our world.  Creations included a house boat, an airplane, a food truck, a tractor, a construction work place, and a train!  We love doing hands-on projects in class!!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

3rd Grade Math Sports

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 2:07pm
Attributions: by Lyndsee Brice
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Miss Brice's class reviews their multiplication facts by playing sports! Students practicing certain fact families (multiples of 2 or 10, for example) get to play tennis. Other fact families play hockey, and some basketball. It's a fun way to keep the kids motivated. They get a lot of opportunities to practice with the support of a classmate. Math is always fun in our class!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Gum Drop Engineering

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:39am
Attributions: by Stephanie Truscott
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In sixth grade we explore engineering. On Halloween we built structures with gum drops and toothpicks. The goal was to create the tallest free standing structure. Sixth graders are very creative!!

Categories: Elementary, Springville