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Fun Run Update

We had our first tally of pledges last week and we are off to a great start! We collected almost $4,000 in the first round. The classrooms in the lead for the class party competition are Ms. Mergens (upper grades), Ms. Capson (lower grades), and Ms. Mahony (academic support). These classrooms each got a little surprise for being last week's leaders. 

But it is a tight race and several classrooms are very close behind! There will be another surprise this week for the leading classrooms. Our second counting day will be this Thursday, Sept. 20. So continue to encourage your student and send envelopes back on Thursday morning. If  you would like to donate online, go to and scroll to the "donate" button, and please note your students name, grade and teacher in "special instructions" box.

Also, last call for sponsors. If you have considered being a sponsor this year, please reach out to Lisa Thomson ASAP as she wraps up sponsorships. 801-721-5313; 

Finally, save the date - The Fun Run takes place Wednesday, Sept. 26. The schedule will go out later this week. We invite parents to come run with their children or cheer from the sidelines and enjoy this fun event with your students. 

Our Yearbook deadline is fast approaching!

This year we are using a new company to print our yearbooks.  We need to have our order in by the end of September.  The ordering deadline is Sept. 24.  We have posted a list in the foyer if you would like to double check and see if you have ordered and paid for a yearbook and directory.  If you need to order a yearbook, please leave an envelope with Kenya in the office with your child's name, grade and teacher.  Please make checks payable to Indian Hills PTA.  Yearbooks are $12 each.  You will have an opportunity to order later in the year, but the price will go up as you will have to pay for shipping. 

Picture Day is next Monday!

Your child should have been sent home with an order form envelope.  If you would like to order and pay online, you can go to and enter our school picture day ID UM558095Q0.  Easy Peasy!

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Principal's Message

Dear Indian Hills Community:

We at Indian Hills Elementary are excited to begin another school year. To prepare, I would like to make you aware of several important dates and introduce you to new members of the Indian Hills faculty and staff.

Our Back to School Night is on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Grades Kindergarten through Second Grade teachers will meet at 5:00 (Session 1 at 5:00 and Session 2 at 5:30). Grades 3-6 will hold their Back to School Night at 6:30 (Session 1 at 6:30 and Session 2 at 7:00). Be sure to check out PTA information and sign up to volunteer. These are informational meetings so students do not need to attend.

Kindergarten will be administering the Kindergarten pre-test on Monday and Tuesday, August 13-14, 2018. Please contact the school if you have not yet received an invitation to test from our Kindergarten teachers. We can get you scheduled.

School begins in earnest on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8:40 AM. We have fewer short days this school year which allowed us to shorten the regular school day slightly. Our schedule has changed so please see the following bell times:


Monday – Thursday: 8:40 AM – 3:15 PM.

Friday (and most short weeks): 8:40 AM – 1:00 PM.

Kindergarten Half-day: Monday – Friday: 8:40 AM – 11:40 AM.

We have been fortunate to hire some exceptional new faculty and staff members this year. Allow me to introduce them along with a little background. In our Kindergarten, Room 107, you will find Darcie Austin. Darcie comes to us from Washington Elementary where she has taught kindergarten for the past several years. She is a graduate of Weber State University.

Anna Blacker, in Room 125, will take over our ESL instruction. Anna is a graduate of the University of Illinois- Champaign and the University of Utah. She has most recently taught kindergarten and second grade at Emerson Elementary.

Our Resource is now in the capable hands of Elaine Tuck in Room 237. Elaine is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor and Masters degree and has over ten years of experience in Special Education.

As you may know, Mrs. McGinley decided to retire so Traci Heise is being promoted to fifth grade in Room 310. We are lucky to get Becky Chamberlain with us full time in our fourth grade, Room 314. Becky taught our Neighborhood ELP for several years. Taking Becky’s place in ELP is Catherine (Kit) Wedge, Room 308. Kit has taught the last few years in Charleston, South Carolina and is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of South Carolina.

Jana Wayment is taking over Speech in Room 149. Jana came to us from Ensign Elementary. Alas, don’t forget to welcome Ethan Glenn our new night custodian. Ethan is taking over for Antonio Zavala who has moved to another school in the district. Welcome to all.

I look forward to another great year. Thank you for the helping our school community make Indian Hills Elementary a place where exceptional is commonplace.


Earl R. Arnoldson, EdD

Indian Hills Elementary

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