Lobo Pup's News Page

As “part of the pack,” we know you want to keep informed about all that’s happening at Taylor. Here you’ll find the information you need to do just that. Be sure to bookmark this page, and check back often for updates on school events, fundraising opportunities, student achievements, and other great news from our pack!

3E Snacks

In the month of November, the students collected food items for 3E Snacks, and the class with the most items won a pizza party provided by the PTSO. The students collected and donated over 700 items! Mr. Matthies' class won the pizza party, and 3E Snacks came and picked up the food items. A big thank you to 3E for the service they provide to our students and community. Also, a huge thank you to our PTSO for providing the pizza party!

Donation food boxes line a school hallwayStudents in Mr. Matthie's class enjoying their pizza party
    6th Grade Science Fair

    Students judging experimentsTaylor Intermediate 6th Grade held their annual Science Fair on November 30. Students applied the Scientific Method in their individual experiments. The top three students from each class will represent the Snowflake School District at the Northeast Regional Science Fair on March 1, 2019, at the NPC Performing Arts Center.

     A huge thank you to the Snowflake High School Advanced Science students from Mr. Sterling Pitts, Mrs. Debbie Pitts, and Mr. Nathan Gresko's classes for providing the judges and also students to demonstrate advanced science projects as part of the high school Friday enrichment programs.

     Judges:

    • Bennett Owen
    • Nealicia Zeena
    • Paulina Loya
    • Belle Young
    • Linnen Trampleasure
    • Emma Williams
    • Trinitee Flake
    • Claire Christensen
    • Jaylee Powers
    • Evelynn Contreras
    • Drea Barberich
    • Elexis White
    • Anthony Gabaldon
    • Hanna Chapman
    • Alyssa Rolow
    • Kate Johnston
    • Samantha Rencher
    • Emily Rolow
    • Danny Merritt
    • TJ Davis
    • Dallin Decker
    • Mason Rapier
    • Briette Flake

    Winners for the 6th Grade:

    • Caldwell - Alyssa Davis, Ryden Solomon, and Johnny Lopez-Rodriguez
    • Brinton - Branson Thomas, Brock Ervien, and Kaidan Hancock
    • Krekeler - Dawson Reed, Andrew Bentley, and Maddyson Hall
    • Photos coming soon!
    November Student Recognition

    Taylor Intermediate held its November PAWS assembly on November 30 at 12:30 p.m. Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of November.

    November Student of the Month Winners and NomineesStudent of the Month - Value was Responsibility
    Winners:

    • Jamon Hatch
    • Erika Casillas

    Other Nominees:

    • Addie Coor
    • Carston Hunt
    • Kashley Craner
    • Zackary Powers
    • Ashlyn Brinkerhoff
    • Javier Hernandez
    • Lily Pope
    • Wyatt Johnson
    • Haley Hunt
    • Easton Reidhead
    • Jayde Willis
    • Brooklyn Rogers
    • Brock Ervien
    • Marie Tenney
    • Ridge Perry
    • Jaida Ballard
    • PAWS T-Shirt Drawing WinnersDustin Barlow
    PAWS T-shirt Drawing Winners
    • Roxanna Loaiza
    • Baylon Law
    • Ryder Larson

    November Million Word ReadersMillion Word Readers

    • Hyrum Flake
    • Madason Woodside
    • Abby Williams
    • Wyatt Johnson - Reached Two Million Words

    November Sum Dog Winners
    November Sum Dog WinnersThe Navajo County Math Competition: Students have to answer 200 questions before the program starts. Then they have a week to answer 1000 questions. This competition is open to all schools in the county. We had 34 of the top 50 students. Mrs. Calwell's 6th grade class took 2nd place and Ms. Thatcher's class took 3rd place.

    • 1st -Marie Tenney
    • 2nd - Arwen Johnson
    • 3rd - Zander Owen
    • 4th - Hailey Jones
    • 6th - Reese Stockton
    • 7th - Adrian Enriquez
    • 8th - McKenna Solomon
    • 9th - Abbie Gardner
    • 10th - Parker Sherwood
    • 11th - Dustyn Warner
    • 12th - Emily McCray
    • 13th - Zoe McCray
    • 15th - Taya Schneider
    • 16th - Johnny Lopez-Rodriguez
    • 19th - Gionn Jones
    • 20th - Jaida Ballard
    • 21st - Rylan John
    • 22nd - Branson Thomas
    • 24th - Easton Reidhead
    • 26th - Sydney Brimhall
    • 27th - Ryder Hancock
    • 31st - Cayden Clarke
    • 32nd - Julian Barrera
    • 33rd - Landon Nezzie
    • 34th - Jaqueline Enriquez
    Pizza with the Principal

    Congratulations to our students who earned pizza with the principal in November! We are very proud of you and all of your hard work.

    Five students eat pizza with the principal
    Veterans Day Program

    photos from our Veterans Day programWe held our Veterans Day program on Friday, November 9, 2018. Wyatt Johnson, Dawson Neff, and Cade Hall started the program with presenting the colors and leading the audience in the pledge. Ms. Muder then welcomed everyone and gave a brief history on Veterans Day and the significance of the day. She then introduced Mylee Hargrove. Mylee gave the following introduction for State Representative Mr. Blackman. "Walter “Walt” Blackman served in the United States Army for 21 years as a front-line soldier. He is a bronze star recipient. He has been deployed to conflict zones around the world seven times. Those deployment areas included Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Bosnia. He has been married to his wife, Kristi for 13 years, and the couple has five children."

    Mr. Blackman had a captive audience once he mentioned that he drove a tank in the military. He talked to the students about his time in the military and the places he has seen. He encouraged the students to “Never quit, never give up. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.” He told the students to look in the mirror at night and ask themselves, “Have I done the very best I could do today?” if not, try again tomorrow. He said there were three important things each should have or do in their life.

    1. Love your county.
    2. Respect the flag.
    3. Keep and trust God in your life.

    He followed up with questions from the audience, which could’ve taken hours if not for the time. He received a standing ovation as he left the stage. The fifth and sixth grade choir students sang Lee Greenwood’s "God Bless the U.S.A.” Taps was played and the program ended.

      Snowflake USD Receives an A

      Click to view moreSnowflake Unified School District is an all A district. We are so proud of our administrators, teachers, students, and parents and all their hard work. This is such a group effort, and it has really paid off. Below is the article that Kevin Carney from Vail mentioned us in.

      AzMERIT Results Are In
      What Are You Doing to Improve Your Game?

      "I remember the great Magic Johnson beating the Celtics in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals with a "junior sky-hook" shot.

      One reason I remember it is because he shared in the post-game interview that he had been working on that "junior sky-hook" all season long as something to add to his arsenal and improve his game. 

      That always stuck with me - that someone at the pinnacle of success would still work on ways to get better at his craft. 

      I share this because as I look at the image of the Vail USD high school administrators and teachers working together in a recent "Data Dig" of AzMERIT results, I see that same spirit of Magic Johnson at play. 

      In a school district where 89% of the 19 schools are "A" rated, these educators are coming together - working on their "game" - trying to make improvements - all in the spirit of getting better.

      I saw the same thing at another Data Dig where the Snowflake School District was working on ways to improve, despite learning just a week prior that all of their schools are now "A" rated schools.

      Vail and Snowflake are two of the many BT partners whose AzMERIT scores resulted in "A" schools or improved letter grades.

      Congratulations to all schools who are feeling positive about their results.

      That said, whether you are an "A" rated school or not, it is good and healthy to remember...

      As such, I hope you will notice and take advantage of the multiple opportunities to work on our "game" that are included in this newsletter.

      If we can assist in any way, through the advertised BT workshops or other avenues, we are willing and honored to do so.

      Thank you for your continued partnership."

      Kevin Carney
      Executive Director
      Beyond Textbooks
      Vail Unified School District
      (520) 879.3961 

      Think Pink

      October was breast cancer awareness month. The students and staff wanted to show their support to all those with cancer and to one of our own, Rita Beukema. 

      Students and staff wore pink and Team Rita shirts. We are stronger as a pack!

      Click to view more photos
      October PAWS Assembly

      Student body, student council and the mascot pose together with the A School bannerThe October PAWS assembly was on Friday, October 26. The high school student council came to present our school with the A-school banner. Pictured with the Taylor Intermediate student council are Marie Caldwell, advisor, Ms. Debbie Muder, principal, and Laurie Brimhall, high school advisor.

      Student of the Month for October: Our value was honesty. Congratulations to our winners, Durham Reed and Brooklin Baldwin. Our other nominees were: Swedyn Vowell, Joseph Lee, Madelyn LeSueur, Tracen McCray, Willie Walling, Taya Schneider, Savannah Owens, Mason Lunt, Jamon Hatch, Mylee Hargrove, Christian Pachta, Danica Urban, Wyatt Wilhelm, McKenna Solomon, Reese Stockton, Leslie Garcia, Kenton Mangum, and Jeffrey Undercoffler.

      T-Shirt Drawing Winners: Taylee Williams, Abbygail Owens, and Maire Tenney.

      Million Word Club Members: Arwen Johnson, Lily Pope, Alexander Owen, and Connor Whitmore.