Wayne High School Hosts Region FFA

FFA2019Wayne High School has one of the top Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters in the State of Utah. The chapter is very active in competitions and community service. On January 28th Wayne High School hosted the Region FFA competition. It was magnificently organized by the Wayne FFA Chapter. During a competition FFA members focus on skill development and career preparation. These competitive events develop individual responsibility, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. Successful members expand their knowledge base by interacting with peers, teachers, as well as business and community leaders to gain a complete and comprehensive knowledge about specific career and leadership areas. Some of the events that were organized included: Creed Speaking - FFA members recite the National FFA Creed to develop public speaking skills and self-confidence; Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Students showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet in front of a panel of judges: and Prepared Public Speaking - During the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, students present a speech on an agriculture-related topic. Wayne also took top honors in three of the Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. We want to thank Mrs. Grundy for helping our kids understand so many topics that are vital to our community.

The Region Results are as follows:
Creed Speaking: Shaleen Nelson 3rd place
Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Braige Jacobson 3rd Place
Prepared Public Speaking: Aubree Brian 2nd Place
Discussion Meet (Participated): Addison Grundy, Vanessa Barlow
State Degree: Makeyla Bradbury, Wade Jeffery, Maloree Mitchell, Hannah Morrill, Brynnli Nelson, Traven Peterson, Dawson Rees, Gentry Taylor
State Placement: Traven Peterson (State Finalist)
Proficiency: Equine Business – Gentry Taylor – Region 1st; Agriculture Mechanics – Dawson Rees – Region 1st; Beef Production – Traven Peterson – Region 1st

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Loa Elementary Succeeds With STEM

Friday, January 25th, was a STEM Activities Day at Loa Elementary School, and all classes engaged in projects aimed at increasing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This is an ongoing month event where Loa Elementary dedicates a day for the students to participate in STEM activities and projects.

The results were impressive as all teachers & students embarked on immersive learning experiments and activities that demonstrated concepts in a hands-on, engaging way. For example, Mrs. Jackson’s Kindergarten class made use of toothpicks and marshmallows to build structures, conveying the principles of engineering. Mrs. Brinkerhoff and Mrs. Potter’s First Grade classes combined to make bracelets that changed from white to dazzling colors when exposed to sunlight.

stem2019Mrs. Bradbury’s Second Grade class used Styrofoam cups to build pyramids, then had a contest to determine who could build the sturdiest structure for supporting the weight of textbooks. In Miss Davis’ Second Grade class, the principles of insulation, heat, and cold were learned with a bag of shortening and a bowl of ice cold water.

Third graders in Mrs. Barlow’s class mixed solutions of borax & water to learn how crystals are formed, among other projects. Mrs. Shields’ class of third graders went to the playground to learn whether things are pushed or pulled in a demonstration of force and motion.

In the fourth grade, Mrs. Ekker’s students discovered the principles of rock formation by using, of all things, chocolate and M&Ms. The fifth graders of Mrs. Torgerson made use of the school’s high-tech Legos to follow designs—building vehicles and other machines.

Each of these activities and projects had a specific focus that revealed a basic principle of STEM. The day was a great success in engaging students with the firsthand experience and excitement of learning about STEM via the result of their efforts both inside and outside the textbook. When you see the teachers, thank them for all the work they do to create this active learning environment.

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Hogle Zoo Art Exhibition Comes to Hanksville Elementary

hoglezooEach Year Hogle Zoo sponsors an annual art exhibit called World of the Wild. The goal of the exhibit is to bring together the works of artists who are interested in displaying their view of the wild animals, plants and places we share in the world. Pictures of animals is one of the oldest art forms. Ancient art depicting animals can be seen in caves in France, Spain and Australia. Closer to home Freemont and Anasazi animals drawing can be seen along many cliff faces throughout our area. Art can create a powerful link to learning. Heather Watts once said that, “Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by not drawing in their young minds with music, dance, painting and the other various ways we can express those things we do not have words for.” The Utah Division of Arts and Museums sponsors the Hogle Zoo exhibit, which enables schools to have the exhibit come to their school.

Mrs. Wilkins from Hanksville Elementary takes the opportunity with her students to enjoy that Worlds of the Wild art exhibit and they use it as an extension of their classroom. The students have used this year's exhibit to learn different elements of art such as line, shape, color, texture, etc. Each student will also be painting a picture of their animal choice. The school also offer the art to the community so that everyone can enjoy the beauty. As you look at the display ask yourself the following questions:

  • What emotions do you see in the picture?
  • How does piece make you feel?
  • Why do you think it makes you feel that way?

Thank You Hanksville Elementary for doing so much for our kids!!

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Learning About Utah Mining

miningMrs. Stringham's 7th grade Utah History students have been learning about Utah mining. Utah History covers many topics about the state of Utah, including history, geography and the economics of the state. Mrs. Stringham does a lot of hands on activities which help the students gain a deeper appreciation of the topics. The last activity was based on the mining industry. The class spent time "mining" for chocolate chips! Just like the original miners of Utah who mined for gold and silver, the class mined for chocolate chips. Each student participated by "buying" tools, "paying" for land, and "collecting" samples.

It was a fun and exciting day. Once the chips were extracted from the "land" (cookie), the students used their math skills to determine if they made a profit with their materials or lost money on their mining expedition. This class worked hard to see exactly what the "original miners" did and how they lived in the early 1800s in Utah. This has been a great class, and Mrs. Stringham is very pleased with their participation in the class and the activities. 

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Loa Elementary Art Night 2018

ArtNightEach fall, the many artistic talents of Loa Elementary students are showcased in their annual Art Show. Each elementary class completes two or three arts projects, many with a Christmas theme, and they're proudly displayed in the Loa Elementary gym. On November 28th, parents were invited to view, then place a bid on the artwork--and the results were dazzling. Every single project received a bid and was purchased!

The school also decorated artificial Christmas Trees, as well as wooden Christmas Trees, that were available to the public to bid on. Continuing the theme of success, every single tree received a bid and they're now brightening homes throughout the community. This great event doesn't just show off student artistry, it's also a fundraiser. The projects those students worked on so diligently raised funds to purchase art supplies for future projects.

Principal Blackburn would like to express her gratitude to the community for supporting the school by contributing to the goal of high quality education.

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Academic Growth in Wayne School District

academic growthLast year was an exciting year for Wayne School District. As we receive our end of year scores we are pleased at the amazing things our schools are doing with our kids.

The first outstanding number we received was for our elementary school readers. Each year our 3rd grade students take the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test. DIBELS measures the acquisition of early literacy skills. DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. This year our elementary DIBLES score was 96.88% This indicates that 96.88% of our kids met or exceeded the states 3rd grade growth goal. This score was the 2nd highest among all of the state’s school districts and higher then all of the state charter schools. This is outstanding and a well-deserved thanks to our great elementary principal and teachers.

Each year the high school 11th grades take the ACT test. The ACT test measures academic college readiness and is the one of the main scores that schools use for college acceptance and scholarships. One of Wayne High School’s main goals last year was to increase their ACT scores. They added an ACT Prep class that 10th and 11th graders take. In addition, the content teachers also spent time each week reviewing ACT material. This hard work and dedication paid off by receiving a composite score of 20.5, which is an increase of 1.6 points from last year’s scores. It is also almost a full point over the state average. Big kudos to the staff at the high school for their dedication to student achievement.

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