Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CES Principal Marlene Deis milks a goat last Wednesday.
Kindergartners Gracie Smith and Cage Crago can’t hide their reactions to watching Deis at work.

CES principal keeps challenge tradition going

For the past several years Columbus Elementary School Principal Marlene Deis has been encouraging students to participate in the Accelerated Reading program with the promise of accepting whatever challenge they give her during the last week of school. This year Deis got up close and personal with a milk goat. And as usual, it was wildly popular with the students. In years past Deis has sat in a dunking booth, kissed a pig, pulled around a huge sheep on a leash, climbed on the school roof and dressed up like a pirate.
CES librarian Stephanie Johnston said Deis received advice from various students this year on how to milk a goat.
“Mrs. Deis was a natural, and milked the goat with ease,” said Johnston.
Johnston said kindergarten through fifth graders read more than 20,000 points this year. The top readers were Molly Hamilton, Tara Jensen, Taylor Brumfield, Harper Lambrecht, Maxine Winkler, Colter Chamberlin, Sean Culbertson, Samantha Howell, McKynzie Finney and the very top winner was Nicholas Hampton.