Wayne High School Makes Tremendous Gains in the ACT Test

The ACT test is one of the important tests that is given to all students in the State of Utah. It is often the deciding factor as to what school a student can get into and the level of scholarship they can be awarded. For the last several years Mrs. Bray has had the high school focus on student success on the ACT test. There has been extra classes and concentration on the ACT skills in the core classes. All of this effort from the high school teachers has shown successful results in this year’s ACT test. The results for the graduating class of 2019 are great. The results are as follows:

Subject

  Wayne HS  

State
  Average  
National
  Average  

English

20.8

19.5

20.1

Math

19.1

20.0

20.4

Reading

21.7

20.8

21.2

Science

20.9

20.3

20.6

Composite   

20.8

20.3

20.7

In English, Reading, Science and Composite Wayne High School exceeded not only the State average, but also the National averages. These results show the outstanding students we have and the great teachers we have in the high school.  Teachers, thank you for all you do to help our kids be prepared for the future. 

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Loa 4th Grade Gets Top 10 Math Recognition

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Mr. Jared Swanson’s 4thgrade class at Loa Elementary was recognized by Imagine Learning for finishing in the nation’s top 10 during a recent math competition.Imagine Math is one of the programs we use in the district to help strengthen our student’s math understanding. 

The Imagine Math Ready, Set…SOLVE competition took place all during the month of October. Classrooms all across the United States completed over 7 million math lessons, solved over 224 million math problems, and spent 2.5 million hours working on math.“I am incredibly proud of this class for all of the work that they have put into their schoolwork this year. I think that the fact that they had the honor of being in the top ten in Imagine Math in the country for the month of October shows how much work they have put into their studies,” said Mr. Swanson. 

Through their hard work and dedication, Mr. Swanson’s 4thgraders placed among the nation’s best—and received a Pizza Hut pizza party as the reward for their efforts!“We’re excited about the performance of our 4thgrade students, and very pleased that they are succeeding in developing their math skills for the future,” said Principal Cherie Blackburn. “Naturally, we’re proud that their efforts paid off with national recognition.Congratulations to Mr. Swanson and his students for all their hard work.

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Wayne High XC State Champions

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Wayne High Boys XC Win First State Title, Girls Place 3rd

By Lane Sorensen

As Wayne High sophomore, Miles Guerrero, crossed the finish line at the 1A State Cross-Country Championships at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City, he couldn’t believe what he had just accomplished. He had just taken 2ndplace in a very tough State race with a time of 17:21.2, only 4.5 seconds behind the 1A champion, Luke Reeder, from Panguitch. 

“My mindset was very focused on never letting the first runner more than a stride ahead of me. I knew what had to be done for our team and for myself. It was game time,” Guerrero said about what his game plan was going into the race. 

It was in this moment that Guerrero turned around to see where his other teammates were, and to his astonishment they were not too far behind. Reed Edwards was the second Wayne runner across the finish line, placing sixth with a time of 18:00.8. The next two scoring runners for Wayne, Jace Edwards and Riley Edwards, placed 12th(18:30.5) and 13th(18:32.8), respectively. This strong performance brought Wayne a score of 33, which was more than enough for them to capture their first ever boys state cross-country championship. 

“The thrill of seeing my teammates cross the finish line so close together was moving. As I saw our fourth runner finish, I knew we had done it. We were state champs. The entire season stacked upon that moment. The reality of what we had just done hit me. We had done it and I burst out in tears,” Guerrero said about what that moment was like when he realized that his team had done something that had never been done in school history. 

As the team embraced and shouted in excitement, the many hours and miles that they had put into the season suddenly became worth it. 

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Senator Okerlund Visits Loa Elementary

Senator Okerlund at Loa ElementaryOn Monday, September 23rd, Loa Elementary welcomed a visit from Utah State Senator Ralph Okerlund.

Superintendent Dr. John M. Fahey and School Board President Curtis Whipple were on hand as Principal Cherie Blackburn gave the senator a tour of the school.

Among the highlights of Senator Okerlund’s visit was a demonstration of physical and chemical reactions from the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Mrs. Barlow’s 5th grade class, as well as interactions with the school’s students and staff.

Senator Okerlund, District 24’s State Senator since 2008, and the State Senate Majority Leader since 2013, took a keen interest in the school’s facilities and resources, while asking what the state senate could do to aid in helping districts, administrators, and teachers to better educate Utah’s students.

“As the state with more students per capita than any other, education is always going to be a major focus,” Okerlund said. “Anything we can do to help prepare our children to be competitive after graduation, we’re going to do.”

Wayne School District and Loa Elementary would like to thank Senator Okerlund for visiting, and for showing such a genuine interest in educational issues. 

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WHS Off to Great Start!

Wayne High is off to a superstar of a year! Our theme this year is “Stars in the Making.” In the first day of school, all students received a care package of popcorn, a pencil, and a sticker. Opening assembly included introductions of new students and welcome games for freshmen.

The student body officers hosted a game night and dance after the volleyball and baseball games on Wednesday, August 21. We had a great turnout, and we hope to keep the activities rolling. Spirit Week and an awesome Spirit Dance are in the works. Be in the lookout for more information.

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