Acequia Elementary

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By Brittany Cooper

Acequia Elementary is one of four elementary schools in Minidoka County.

The students are enjoying a relatively new facility as the process to build a new school began four years ago. The school opened its doors in 2009.

Suzette Miller, principal of Acequia Elementary School says, "the original school was built in 1936. i believe it was actually a high school and elementary school and they added on....the taxpayers decided it was time to build and grow with the school and obviously we outlived the technology aspects of that school."

There are two teachers per grade level. One of the teachers, Ellen Austin being a Mrs. Idaho contestant.

Ellen Austin, Mrs. Minidoka County says, "they're looking for women balanced inside and outside so it's something you want to work on. if you have any physical things to work on, to keep healthy, nutrition, but they also want a well-balanced educated women to represent other women of Idaho."

In addition to participating in Mrs. Idaho, Austin is a standout at school as well. Officials selected her as outstanding teacher of the year.

She also leads the K-Kids, a group that's sponsored by Kiwanis.

Laura Victoria, 5th grader says, "we go pick up potatoes and take them to the care center and clean the playground."

Brigham Harman, president of K-Kids says, "you go out and help other people, you just really get excited to see the looks on their faces when you get finished."

Leadership is a common theme at Acequia. Last year, Miller attended a training where the book, The Leader in Me was introduced.

Miller says, "they built a program for elementary age students so I presented it to my team leaders and asking them what they thought about incorporating leadership into our schools and that was the next step we wanted to take."

Students who show good leadership skills are chosen to participate in a parade, called Following the Leader.

Officials pick the leaders for their good behavior and positive example.

According to Linda Cameron, elementary kindergarten aid, "it could be for helping other students, doing what the teachers ask them to do throughout the week."

Next Wednesday, we’ll walk the halls of Filer High School.



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