September Principal's 200 Club Lunch 2018

Principal's 200 Club Lunch September 2018

Thursday, October 4th was our first Principal's 200 Club lunch of the 2018-2019 school year! We are very grateful to Olive Garden General Manager, Corey Cook, for sponsoring our meal. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Students earn Principal's 200 Club tickets for being safe, responsible, and respectful in the hallways and on the playground.  Each month we draw 10 names from the tickets and take those students to lunch.

Welcome Back Assembly 2018

Welcome Back Assembly 18

On Friday, August 24th, Washington held a welcome back assembly.  Expectations were shared, new and returning teachers and staff introduced, and the PTO shared our theme for the year “Mission Possible.”  Students were given their first assignment, to show that they care deeply about our school by 1. Coming to school on time and 2. Reading every night.  Sixth grade students had participated in “senior agent” training all week, establishing their leadership role in the school.  The assembly closed with the announcement of our top performing Title I school award and an inspirational video (click here).  We’re excited for the new school year!

Growth Award

Can'd Aid Bike Donation


We want to thank the Can'd Aid Foundation for their generous donation of bikes to everyone of our first and second grade students on May 30th. Students first attended an assembly, and then went outside to find out that they were each going home with a bike. We appreciate all of our parents who were in attendance. A special thanks to Ms. Marci, Ms. Gwen, Ms. Moffat, Ms. Treu, Mrs. Karaus, and Ms. Mary Lou for getting permission slips signed and arranging the event.

Fox News Segment – 5/30/18

Art & Cultural Night 2018

Art & Cultural Night 2018

Washington's Art & Cultural Night was held on Thursday, May 11th! We appreciate the support from our families and community. Over 300 people were in attendance. A special thanks to our art teacher, Laurie Shea, for organizing the event and for all of the amazing art projects that she has worked on with all of our students! We would also like to recognize the support from our faculty, staff, and PTO.  Click here to view images from the evening’s events.

Ballet West I CAN Do 2018

Ballet West I CAN DO 2018

Our fifth grade students practice all year for a performance (April 30th) at West High.  We appreciate our fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Miller & Ms. Vehar, as well as our Ballet West dance instructors, Ms. Ann Marie & Ms. Ashley.  Our students did an amazing job!  Click here to watch their performance.

UPOP Spring Recital 2018

UPOP Spring Recital 2018

On Saturday, April 21st, the University Piano Outreach Program (UPOP) held its Spring Piano Recital at the Thompson Chamber Music Hall on the University of Utah Campus. Our students did another fantastic job! We appreciate our University partnership and want to recognize Mio Cowden, Claire Thueson, and the rest of our grad student piano teachers.  We are grateful for the support of our Washington Families.

Photo credit:  Mio Cowden

A few of our Washington UPOP students were invited to participate in the Monster Concert on May 7th.  Click here to watch their performance.

Great Utah Shakeout 2018

Great Utah Shakeout 2018

On April 19th, Washington students participated in the Great Utah Shake Out Drill along with the Salt Lake District and several other entities across the state. Students practiced "drop, cover, and hold on" in their classrooms. Afterwards we practiced our evacuation protocol to our designated location (the LDS church on 500 North). We practice so that students, teachers, and staff are prepared in case of an actual event.

STAR Students of the Month - March

STAR Students of the Month - March

Congratulations to our STAR Students of the Month for March! Students were selected by their classroom teachers for representing the character trait of COURAGE.

Book Fair Goal Exceeded

Book Fair Goal

Washington exceeded its goal for the book fair this year ($1,500), therefore Mr. Finch and Mr. Kelly had to dress up as a dog and cat for the day.

Family Literacy Night

Literacy Night 2018

Thanks to all of the Washington Families that came to Literacy Night on Thursday, March 1st! We had over 200 people in attendance. A special shout out to Darrell Mangum, the storyteller who provided our dinner entertainment, and Heather Fairall of our PTO for putting together and running the Book Fair! And we would like to thank ALL of the Washington Faculty, Staff, and PTO Members who stayed late tonight to put on this community event!

February Principal's 200 Club Lunch

Simply Sushi

We are very grateful to Official Simply Sushi for sponsoring our Principal's 200 Club Lunch for February! Curt and his crew pull out all of the stops for our students. They were given a tour of the restaurant, treated to outstanding service and excellent food, and had t-shirts provided on our way out. Students earn Principal's 200 Club tickets for being safe, respectful, and responsible in the hallways and on the playground. Each month 10 students names are drawn and they are taken to lunch. A special thanks to Ms. Gwen for providing student transportation and supervision.

STAR Students of the Month - February

STAR Student of the Month - February

Congratulations to our Washington STAR Students of the Month! Students were selected by their teachers. The character trait for February was KINDNESS.  Click here to see the deeds our students have done for PFFOW’s “Bee the Good” Campaign.

Bee The Good

Hank Smith

To kick off PFFOW's "Bee the Good" campaign, Dr. Hank Smith spoke to Washington students on February 5th about setting boundaries, being up-standers, and building up others.  Click here to see the “Bee the Good” video campaign introduction.

STAR Students of the Month - January

STAR Students of the Month - January

On Monday, February 5th, we recognized our STAR students of the month. The character trait for the month of January was ACADEMIC ATTITUDE.

January Principal's 200 Club Lunch


On Thursday, February 1st, Ms. Becky, Ms. Gwen, and Mr. Kelly had the opportunity to take these ten students out to lunch for our Principal's 200 Club. We appreciate Tucanos for sponsoring our meal and for promoting our school rules of being safe, respectful, and responsible.

Washington Report to the School Board

Washington Report to the School Board

All SLCSD schools are on a five year rotation where they have the opportunity to present information to the School Board.  On Tuesday, January 9th, Mr. Finch and Mr. Kelly had the opportunity to share the many amazing things that are happening at Washington.  Parents and PFFOW members, Sarah Kelly and Ashley Anderson were also in attendance.  Access to the materials shared and a video recording of the meeting can be found here (under the January 9 meeting).  A video was created to show the board what a week at Washington looks like.  The video can be watched by clicking here.  We are proud of our faculty, staff, and the amazing students and families that we serve.

Winter Holiday Sing Along

Holiday Sing Along

Washington held its annual Holiday Sing Along on Thursday, December 21st. Each grade level sang a song and the school choir performed. We were overwhelmed by the number of families in attendance to support our students! A special thanks to our music teachers, Mrs. Porter and Ms. Annika, as well as Mrs. Kerekes! Happy holidays everyone!

STAR Singers Perform at Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

On Friday, December 16, our choir, the Washington STAR Singers, were invited to perform at the Hogle Zoo’s Zoo Lights. We are grateful for all of the families that attended the performance. A huge shout out to Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Kerekes for putting together and practicing with our choir. A special thanks to Shawney Robinson for providing the sound system. We also appreciate the West High ASL class for joining the choir on a few songs.

UPOP Winter Recital

UPOP Winter Recital

On Saturday, December 2nd, the University Piano Outreach Program (UPOP) held its Winter Piano Recital at the Thompson Chamber Music Hall on the University of Utah Campus. Our students did a fantastic job! We appreciate our University partnership and want to recognize Mio Cowden, Claire Thueson, and the rest of our grad student piano teachers.  We are grateful for the support of our Washington Families.

Photo credit:  Mio Cowden

Family STEM NIght

Family STEM Night

300 people attended Washington’s Family STEM Night on Thursday, November 16th. We want to thank our Washington Families for joining us for an evening of fun and learning. We appreciate Scales and Tails UtahDiscovery Gateway Children's Museum, and the University of Utah School of Dentistry for providing entertainment and services. We are grateful to all of our faculty and staff, as well as our PFFOW volunteers for putting together and hosting this outstanding event.

Veteran's Day Program

Veteran's Day Program

We were grateful to celebrate Veterans Day with an amazing program from our Washington STAR Singers on November 10th. We want to recognize West High ASL and ROTC for being part of the performance. A huge thanks to Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Kerekes for starting our school choir and putting together this outstanding and very touching program. We would again like to express our gratitude to our veterans for their service.

First Annual Washington Jog-a-thon

Washington Jog-a-thon

Washington's first annual jog-a-thon was held on Friday, October 6 and was a HUGE success! We reached our goal of $10,000 for this fundraiser. We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors and for the generous donations collected by our students. The family support was incredible! Thank you for coming out to cheer on our STARS! The students all put in an outstanding effort.  Well done, PFFOW!

Corporate Sponsors

See The Good

See The Good

PFFOW (Parents, Families, and Faculty Of Washington) presented at our student of the month assembly. They are instituting "IN" ("I Noticed") boxes which focuses on students and teachers seeing the good that is happening at our school. We appreciate our students who helped perform in the skit, as well as Mr. Finch, Sarah Kelly, and Ashley Anderson.

photo credit: Stacie Lawrence

Great American Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Want to see what Washington students did to view the eclipse on the first day of school?  KUTV 2News paid us a visit and documented the events in Ms. Mary Lou’s second grade class.
KUTV News Segment – 8/21/17

Grazing Goats


Ever wonder how the vegetation on the hill behind our school is taken care of?  If you passed by during the month of August then you witnessed first hand what the goats do best – EAT!
KUTV News Segment – 7/27/17

SITLA Instagram Contest

SITLA Instagram Contest             SITLA Instagram Challenge Winners

We are thrilled to announce that Washington Elementary won the SITLA Instagram contest!  On May 18 the school was awarded the check.  The $1,000 of Trust Lands money that we received will be put towards funding our Tanner Dance program for grades K-3! We are so grateful to our parent, SCC member, and Tanner Dance teacher, Ashley Anderson for posting the picture and entering our school in the contest.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom

Everyday every student at Washington Elementary can pick up and eat a free morning meal thanks to our Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) grant!
KUTV News Segment – 10/27/16

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