Hanksville - STEM Activity - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

grinchOn December 20, 2017, the students at Hanksville Elementary did a fun and timely STEM activity. The activity was centered around recycling (clean) trash and building toys that they could give to their brothers and sisters for Christmas. The theme was from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. Their prompt for the activity was, “When the Grinch came to Whoville, he took everything, including the kids' toys. There were a lot of toys in Whoville!! There were Flung-Floopers and Who-Wunkers. Design a toy sure to sure to make any child in Whoville smile.”

The students 1st step was to make a plan on paper. After the students’ designs were approved, they went to work on the piles of garbage to make their toys. After working on their toys for 40 minutes, the students displayed their toys to the class and wrote a reflection paper on how their toy would make a child from Whoville smile.

This was a great activity that helped the students learn about recycling, project design, building and creativity. We would like to thank Sara Bradbury for developing the outstanding activity and all of the staff at Hanksville Elementary who helped the students create these outstanding projects.


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Wayne Band and Choir Christmas Concert

xmas choirOn December 11th, the Wayne High/Middle School Band with the Wayne High School Choir held a Christmas Celebration. The music program in the Wayne School District continues to grow with enthusiastic teachers and students. The growth in the middle school band is a welcome sight and is providing an increasing talented pool of musicians for the high school. Lori Chappell and Joni Taft are doing amazing things with our students and their concerts continue to engross the entire community. The Christmas Concert started with the 6th grade band presenting the audience with Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Mary Ann, Crusader’s March and Jingle Bells. They were followed by the 7/8th grade bands rendition of Little Shop of Horrors, Sawmill Creek, A Whole Lot of Christmas. After the middle school, the high school band played Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Jam and Angels in the Bleak Midwinter. Following the high school bands songs, they were joined by the high school choir where they jointly presented Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! The choir then pleased the crowd with White Winter, Christmas in Three, All on a Silent Night, I See a Star, Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, Hallelujah, and Mary Did You Know? We would like to thank the community and parents in Wayne County for their unwavering support to the choir and band programs. It makes a big difference when the auditorium if full of our family and friends, thanks.

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Wayne Middle School Donates Socks to New Horizons

socksFor the past month, Wayne Middle School Junior National Honor Society members Aleydis Pineda, Hali Peterson, Millie Ice, and Kassen Pace have been working with the middle school students to collect new and unused socks to donate to New Horizons Women's Shelter in Richfield. Each grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) had a box in the hallway next to the office to fill with new, tagged, and unused socks.

The competition to collect socks was a heated one! All students participated and the outcome was fabulous! To reward students for their kind work in collecting socks for those who need them, at the end of the week, the 8th grade (with 131 pairs) received ice cream! The 7th grade (with 67 pairs) and the 6th grade (with 60 pairs) will be getting some popsicles!

We are so proud of the caring and dedicated students who were willing to help someone in need.

The Junior National Honor Society is part of the National Honor Society. Students who are members of the Junior Society must have a high GPA, commit to specific hours of community service, and participate in educational and volunteer projects.

If you have questions about the National Honor Society or the Junior National Honor Society, please contact Mrs. Nikki Stringham.

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Mountain Man visits Hanksville Elementary

mtnmanThe K-2 class at Hanksville Elementary did a four-week unit on the Pilgrims' journey to the new country, and the Indians in New England and the changes they faced when the Pilgrims settled their land. They also learned how the Pilgrims and Indians worked together. The class discussed Squanto and the first Thanksgiving, and focused a lot on the Indian culture and discussed the different foods, shelters, customs, and dress that the five different regions the Indians possessed. The students did an at-home Indian shelter project which they had to make a model of an Indian shelter and then wrote a short essay on the type of shelter they chose and the Indian tribe that used that shelter. To wrap up the lesson Fred Weihing came to the class and showed the students some tools that the Indians used. Fred is part of the Rocky Mountain Mountain Men Association and attends many rendezvous each year. He also explained to the students how leather was made and how they used every part of the animal for something. He explained that they didn't waste anything. Fred showed the students several articles of clothing that were made from fur and had them try on a couple of pieces. He used a beaver as an example, and brought a beaver pelt to show the students. Fred also discussed different tools the early settlers, pioneers and mountain men used. This was a great hands on experience that allowed the students to connect their learning with real historic artifacts. We would like to thank Sarah Bradbury who set up the event and Fred Weihing who spent time in our school to help the student better understand the past.

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2nd Grade Presentation at Loa Elementary

Thanksgiving17On November 21st at Loa Elementary the 2nd grade class put on a Thanksgiving presentation to the students in the school and the parents in the community. Mrs. Potter’s and Ms. Davis’ classes combined and treated their parents, grandparents and siblings with a rousing series of fun Thanksgiving songs interspersed with students reciting Thanksgiving poems. The cafeteria was full to the brim and all in attendance were treated to an outstanding event. When you see a 2nd grader from Loa Elementary, thank them for their outstanding performance. Also, thank Ms. Davis and Mrs. Potter, whose time and effort made the presentation possible. In the words of Loa Elementary's 2nd grade class, Happy Thanksgiving.

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