Eagle News 5/29/18

Thank you for all of the well wishes and kind words that came my way last week after my bike accident. The brain fog finally started to lift on Friday, and despite my wife’s pleas to stay off my bike, I went for a 20-mile bike ride on Saturday. And then on Memorial Day, Laura and I went for a 30-mile ride out to Vivian Park. Good to be back in the saddle again!
We were inspired as we rode our bikes past the Orem Cemetery on Memorial Day. The cemetery was awash in color, with flowers and American flags placed near gravesites to commemorate deceased loved ones. We saw both old and young paying their tributes to those who have passed on. I am particularly grateful for those brave men and women who have worn a military uniform to protect the freedoms of this great country! There are many who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of our country’s way of life. I, along with many others, salute and honor you!
Only three days of school left. Hard to believe! As we conclude our school year, I want to thank the entire Alpine Elementary Community for all you have done to make the 2017 – 2018 year an excellent one. Our dedicated staff continues to make every effort to provide the learning opportunities that will enable all students achieve to their full potential. The key metrics of DIBELS and SAGE assessments clearly indicate that we continue to make growth in our academic improvement goals.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give special recognition to our outgoing PTA president, Tylyn Neilson. She and her PTA Board have done an excellent job of helping our school in countless ways. We are excited to have Erica Hartshorn get back into the saddle and serve once again as the Alpine Elementary PTA president for the 2018 – 2019 school year.
We say goodbye to the following staff members and wish them the best of luck in the next steps in their professional journeys:
Kirsten Ostergaard—First Grade
Angie Murdoch—Second Grade
Petra Chou—Third Grade
Dawn Chang—Fifth Grade
Nicole Ybarbo—Fifth Grade
Sandy Vanderwilt—Sixth Grade
Travis Thomas—Head Sweeper
Jason Healey—Custodial Sweeper
Nicole Ybarbo has made the decision to not work full-time and wants to at this time pursue her Master’s Degree. Consequently, we will be able to keep Kaylin Padgett in 5th grade, and we will need to hire a 6th grade teacher.
Many of you remember that Cami Larsen was the principal who preceded me at Alpine Elementary. You will be interested to know it was announced on Friday that after four years as the principal at Black Ridge Elementary, Cami has been appointed to be a Director in the Human Resources Department. Congratulations Cami!
The last day for kindergartners will be Wednesday, May 30, and the final day for our 1st – 6th grade students will be May 31; however, we will be on a shortened day for the final day of school with school dismissing at 10:35 am. Buses will transport students home after the early dismissal. We will conclude the final day of school with our traditional flag ceremony and school song in front of the school before the students go home.
It truly is a privilege to be the principal at Alpine Elementary! We have a special school because of the students, parents and staff that work together to provide each and every child the best education possible. I hope you all have a wonderful Summer Break. Have fun, be safe and we will see most of you when the school year begins in August. For those of you who will no longer have a student at Alpine Elementary, I thank you for  all you have done for our school and for putting your trust in us to educate your children.
And as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District