Saturday, December 19, 2009

Madrigals sing at Barnes & Noble

The Madrigals performed at the Barnes & Noble at the Red Cliffs Mall last Saturday. It was an excellent performance! The Madrigals were here to raise funds for their Salt Lake City trip this weekend.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Madrigals. Hopefully someone has taken some pictures of their SLC Temple Square performance, and we can post them here.

Three THS Students Win Regional Reflections!

Tuacahn High School did extremely well at the Regional PTA Reflections Contest, with three winners going on to State competition. Our school had the most Regional winners of any school in our region!

Winners at the Regional level are:

Eliza Denton- Film/Video
David Edmunds- Musical Composition
Ashalee Johnson- Photography

Pictured above (left to right) Eliza, David and Ashalee.

Sydne Davies, Regional PTA representative, presented the awards at a special assembly on Friday morning, December 18, 2009. These winners will compete against 19 other regions in the State PTA Reflections competition. We will know how our students did sometime in March or April. Winners at the state level go on to National competition. Congratulations Eliza, David and Ashalee!
Be looking for posters around school with the 2010-2011 Reflections theme. Let's get ready for next year now! Questions? Feel free to post a comment and the answer to your question will be posted.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Battle of the Bands '10 Kick-off

PTSA had our Battle of the Bands Kick-off during lunch hour. We high-jacked the Plaza Stage and were entertained by Mike Whiteside, Chris Whiteside and David Edmunds. PTSA handed out BOB packets along with BOB poster contest paperwork. In case you didn't get the paperwork, and you want it, go to this link to get the entire packet. Toward the end, you will find the poster contest entry form and rules if you are only interested in that.

Last year, a band from our school, The Fillmore Odd Generation, took 2nd place in the State competition! WOW...not shabby for our first appearance in BOB. The Fillmore Odd Generation featured current THS students, Mike Whiteside, Chris Whiteside and THS graduates Matt Dumas and Josh Beahm. They were fantastic!

This year we would like to make another good showing at the BOB, so get practicing, get the paperwork, and get ready to play at our BOB at THS sometime at the end of January or very early February. The winner (and possibly 2 winning bands) will go to Regional competition at Enterprise High School. The top 3 bands at Regional will go on to the State competition.

Bands can be Rock, Country or Jazz.

Feel free to post questions, and I will answer them here on the blog. Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Five THS Reflections Entries go on to Region Competition

Of the 12 Reflections winners that went on to the council competition, 5 have now become winners! These entries will now go on to the Regional competition. Winners at the council level are:

Eliza Denton: Film/Video

David Edmunds: Music

Jazzmyn Callis: Visual Art

Ethan Williams: Visual Art

Ashalee Johnson: Photography

These students along with 17 others from the Council will now go on to Region competition. Only one entry in each category will win at Region, and they will go on to State competition.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Council Reflections Reception

Winners at the Council PTA level of Reflections will be on display at the Washington County School District Offices on November 24, 2009. Hopefully some of our Reflections winners will be represented! Put this date on your calendar just in case. The reception will be held somewhere between 4 and 6pm that day.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

PTSA Reflections Contest: Beauty Is.......

This year PTSA received many fantastic entries for the 2009-2010 Reflections contest. The outstanding entries that will be going on to the PTSA Council level are:

Film/Video: Eliza Denton

Musical Composition: David Edmunds

Dance: Brooke Nally

Literature: Courtney Bohrer, Melinda Nelson, Amber Pittario

Photography: Taylor Holbrook, Jennifer Boyer, Ashalee Johnson

Visual Art: Ethan Williams, Aleah Denton, Jazzmyn Callis

Today the school held an assembly for Reflections, and we were able to see and hear the wonderful work that the students' created. Each student received a certificate and will be receiving a $50 Visa Gift Card. Congratulations, and good luck at the council level!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Small Band Club

Do you love to sing or play an instrument?

The PTSA is sponsoring a Small Band Club, for all of you that are interested in being in a band. The club will meet Mondays at 3:15 pm beginning on September 14, 2009. Meet in Mr. Bonham's music room. Cliff Oram will be the advisor, and has experience working with jazz bands. You may want to be in a jazz group, rock band or country band, and he can help you out. If you play any type of instrument or sing, you are welcome to join the fun.
If you want to get a group together for this year's Battle of the Bands, sponsored by PTSA, this is a good place to come to form a group.

Questions? Feel free to post them here under comments, and I'll reply.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gift Card Drawing Winner!

In an effort to encourage more gift card purchases, I have gotten some goodies from local vendors as give-aways. The give-away works like this: for every $100 of gift cards purchased, your name will go into a drawing. If you purchase $500 in gift cards, then you will have 5 chances in the drawing. I just did a drawing for the first few weeks of gift card purchases, and the winner is......the Troy Gregory family!! You can pick up your gift certificate from Heather in the office.

The Gregory family won a gift certificate for a free sandwich, chips and pickle from The HONEYBAKED HAM Co., on Telegraph St. in Washington. Did you know that HoneyBaked Ham sells delicious sandwiches, salads and soups, in addition to their yummy ham? I had lunch there today and it was fantastic! I got the turkey salad with provolone cheese and the ham and bean soup. They also sell several items that are perfect for gift giving; mango-lime salsa (a best seller product), soup mixes, mustard, chutney, etc. You can also purchase ham bones (with plenty of ham still on them) to make your own delicious soup.
When you shop at The HONEYBAKED HAM Co., please thank owner LeeAnna Ventura for her generous support of THS!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PTSA Fundraiser: Gift Cards!

By now, hopefully you have seen an order form to purchase gift cards from the school. They have been sent home a couple of times with your student (if you haven't seen one, ask your student to dig it out of their backpack!). You can print one online from the school website: .

PTSA has budgeted $5000 in earnings from gift card sales this year. This money will go toward the school academies to help with purchases that will enhance the students' educational experience. We are very optimistic, but in order to meet our goal, we need your help. If every family just purchased $100 per week in gift cards, we would make about $1000 every week. This translates into storage for music, storage for art supplies, musical instruments, etc. Last year we were able to contribute $5000 toward the new dance floor, and the previous year we were able to donate a substantial sum toward the computer lab. If every family did purchase $100 per week in gift cards, we could probably purchase all of the tuxedos, dresses, costumes for all of the productions. Wouldn't that be amazing?!

Every family buys groceries. Maybe you shop at Albertson's or Smith's, and use your "points" to buy gasoline at these stores. On Friday or Saturday night, you may go out to dinner. Perhaps you enjoy a Starbucks coffee on the way to work, or get your hair cut at Great Clips. When it is time to do some home diy projects, you might head over to Lowe's or Home Depot. Instead of putting these purchases on your credit card, we hope that you'll support our school by purchasing gift cards at the school for all of your needs. We can get just about any gift card that you need, and you get the exact dollar amount that you spent on the card. The school makes anywhere from 1% to 15% on each card. You can even purchase Visa cards which you can use just about anywhere.
Every Monday and Tuesday, you can turn in your order along with a check or cash (no credit cards as they cost us 3% to run your card) in at the office. Jana Houston, THS business manager will place the order for the cards, and you can pick them up (or have them sent home with your student) on Friday afternoon of the same week. If you need a last minute gift, and you forgot to order a card, Jana keeps a few on hand. Please consider gift cards for your holiday gift giving.

This is the easiest fund raiser going. I hope that you will make it a point to go to and print off the order form. If you don't see a gift card that you'd like, just give the office a call. We have more than what is listed. Feel free to post your questions here, and I will do my best to answer them.

We are doing a gift basket giveaway each week. I will post our first winner on Friday. For every $100 in gift cards purchased, you get an entry for the drawing. Good luck!

PTSA Back to School Free Lunch

PTSA has a tradition of serving a free back to school lunch each year to the student body. It is a fun way to kick off the school year. This year, our back to school lunch was held on Friday August 21, 2009.

Our menu this year included hot dogs on a bun, chili, watermelon, pineapple orange juice and snow cones. Since it was 110*F on Friday, the snow cones were a big hit! There were a lot of blue lips and tongues on both students, faculty and PTSA members.

I'd like to thank both Albertson's on Dixie Drive in St. George and Lin's Market on the same street for their very generous donations of food for this event. We received all of our hot dogs for free, the majority from Lin's, and Albertson's gave us 4 watermelons, hot dogs and a $30 gift card which covered our paper supplies. Please thank manager Steve, at Albertson's and manager Phil, at Lin's for supporting our school. It doesn't hurt to email Albertson's and Lin's regional offices and say thanks! Please support these businesses!

I'd also like to thank faculty, staff, parents and students for all of their help. Student body officers made the snow cones (you guys are awesome!), Andy Hunsaker was the main chef on the barbecue, cooking the hot dogs, and Jan Hunsaker showed her watermelon cutting skills. I noticed all of the faculty and staff helping students get their food in a timely manner. Also, we had several fantastic parents helping prepare and serve the food. Many, many thanks to all of you.