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Junction says 'aloha' to summer, students with end of year party

By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
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Junction elementary brought new meaning to the term “staycation” as they brought the spirit of Hawai’i and “aloha” to Roseville last week. Celebrating the end of their inaugural school year, the students of Junction broke out the tiki torches, flower leis and grass skirts to welcome summer and celebrate the tight-knit community they’ve formed. Students participated in contests like the limbo and a musical hula-hoop game for prizes while families socialized over beach towels and lawn chairs. Vincent shared several parents’ opinions in likening the school event to a block party saying, “It’s not unusual to see parents looking out for the other kids, they’re all like family.” The Migneault family quickly fell in love with Junction elementary and the Roseville community after moving from Montana where they previously called home for 11 years. “The community is so involved and welcoming. It’s different from Montana, a good different,” said Matthew Migneault, whose sons Keaton and Mason are 3rd and 1st graders, respectively, at Junction. “I think that because the school was new and no one else knew each other it helped (the boys) make friends and adjust,” said Robyn Migneault. As families dined on Teriyaki bowls from Kazoku and shaved ice, the students performed island themed song and dance routines like “Surfin’ U.S.A” and Hawaiian fishing song the “Hukilau.” “This is really a celebration of a great year,” said Junction teacher and Administrative intern, Carrie Vincent. “We’ve all grown so close and have achieved great things with the PTC and the kids, we just felt it was a good opportunity to honor their accomplishments.” According to Vincent, fundraising efforts by the PTC enabled the school to purchase more textbooks as well as ten new computers for the students. The school, once a blank canvas, has also added student designed tiles that decorate planters in the quad area as well as two new murals that feature the school’s mascot J.J the Jaguar. Next year, the school is expected to grow from 286 currently enrolled students to 402 and then some as a result of a new apartment complex being built this summer as well as new houses and new families moving into the area. “The kids are happy, the families are happy and there’s so much school pride,” Vincent said.