Principal Markworth's October 2017 Letter

Believe, Achieve, Become an Everyday Hero Issue #2, October 2017

The Hero Herald

October Continues Focus


2-17 Cache Valley Direct Fundraiser
5 SEP Window Closes
6 No School-Teacher SEP Prep Day
9-13 Harry Potter Week/White Ribbon
11 School Community Council 3:00 pm
13 AR Mid-term Recognition
16 SEP Conferences 4-8 pm
17 ½ day (dismiss @ 12:30 pm)
17 SEP Conferences 3-7 pm
18-20 No School-Fall Break
25 Coffee & Cocoa w/the Principal 8 am
23-27 Red Ribbon Week
30 Pumpkin Drop STEM Activity (lunch)
31 Halloween Parade 2:00 pm

Remember to nominate an Education Support Professional by visiting our web site at:

Stay Informed


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The month of October includes White & Red Ribbon Week, SEP Conferences, & the Halloween Parade, & the Fall Carnival
Each year in the Fall we reflect on our progress from the previous year. We celebrate our students progress and learning while we also look at areas that we can improve.

Here are some highlights of our progress:

Our 45% proficiency in Language Arts on the SAGE test was the 4th highest in the state when comparing similar schools.

Our 49% proficiency on math was the 4th highest in the state when comparing similar schools.

78% of our 3rd Graders grew at or above typical compared to other students in the state as measured by DIBELS.

You can see all of our data at:

"All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary." –Gerard May

7 Habits of Happy Kids (Actually 8)

We hope that your students are coming home and sharing with you the “Happy Habits” they are learning at school. Ask your students about them:
  1. Be Proactive: You’re in Charge
  2. Begin with the End in Mind: Have a Plan
  3. Put First Things First: Work First, Then Play
  4. Think Win-Win: Everyone Can Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Listen Before You Talk
  6. Synergize: Together is Better
  7. Sharpen the Saw: Balance feels best
  8. Find Your Voice and Help Others Find Theirs
Check out more information and activities at:

PTA Activities in October

We have some amazing PTA activities happening in October:

White Ribbon. Students will be taught responsible digital citizenship during their computer and Art classes October 9-13.

Reflections. This is an art contest open to all students. The theme this year is “Within Reach.” Deadline for submissions is October 26th.

Red Ribbon Week. This week helps our students make healthy choices relating to illegal drugs and alcohol. During the week of October 23-27 watch for activities each day to help our students make great choices.

PTA Fall Carnival. Friday October 27, 2017

We are so excited for our Fall Carnival! This event is not only for all the families that go to Woodruff but also for the community (friends, neighbors and extended family). The fundraising packets that were sent home are to collect donations from those in our community.

This is the only PTA fundraiser for the year. We will not be having another one before the Wildcat Run. If we don't earn the funds now, we won't be able to provide wildcat run shirts. So just like in years past, please have your students raise funds for our PTA so we can keep providing fun activities for your students!

As your student gets donations, please have them bring in their packets and we will send them back home daily. For every two people that donate to your student, your student will receive 1 prize drawing ticket.

Each person that donates, they will receive PRIZE DRAWING TICKETS. The bounce houses, carnival games and face painting are all included in the minimum $5 or more donation/immediate family. Those activities don't cost tickets. Texas Roadhouse will be catering food that night. This is optional. It is $5/plate (pulled pork, roll with butter and buttered corn). Coca-cola will also be providing water and soda to go along with the meals.

If you have further questions, please contact the PTA:

Coffee & Cocoa with the Principal:
This year join Mr. Markworth every 3rd Wednesday from 8:00-8:30 to discuss school issues and have a cup of coffee and/or hot cocoa

After-School & STEM Activities for Students

Woodruff Elementary is a STEM Designated School
At Woodruff we provide opportunities for students after school. Some are by invitation and some you can sign up your students. Here is a list:

Odyssey of the Mind. Our award-winning team is looking for more members and parent coaches. Applications are available in the main office.

Lego League and Jr. Lego League. Students can learn how to code and build vehicles out of Legos. Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Armbrust along with parents coach our teams.

K’Nex Team. 5th Graders are selected to participate in a challenge competition with other schools.

Pumpkin Drop Challenge. Families will come up with their best designs to see if the pumpkin can survive the fall on October 30. Watch for more info.