Hanksville Elementary Excited for 2018-2019

Hanksville Elementary will start an exciting new chapter this coming year! Over the past few years HES student body has been shrinking and this year it is so small, that we will have one teacher, Mrs. Wilkins for K - 5 grades. We plan to organize in a way that the students will get the curriculum they need. We will still have a secretary, instructional aides including a music and preschool program, a school lunch program and a custodian/maintenance person.

Many schools, large and small, are working with a "blended" curriculum to provide "personalized learning" for each student. Our fifth graders are ready to work in a blended learning environment, which for our school next year will mean, that they will receive instruction from their teacher by means of face to face and virtual or online instruction. Then Mrs. Wilkins will be able to teach younger grades and still work with the older students when they are ready for independent work and questions or extra time to understand the concepts. Our instructional aides will continue to work under the direction of the teacher, meeting students' academic needs.

Personalized learning, with students taking more responsibility for their learning, will be advanced. Students will have opportunities to track their achievements, set goals and express their understanding with a variety of learning styles.

Our school has been working with students to nurture their science, technology, engineering, and math skills. We call this STEM; adding art component it is STEAM. When we will cultivate an interest in the natural and social sciences in elementary, the chances of STEM success in high school and beyond can be greatly improved. Students learn to work together on projects; they create, build and analyze what works, what doesn't, and how to improve.

We ask that parents and community members who have an interest in areas that include science, engineering, arts, technology, or social studies to volunteer their expertise or even just an interest to bring the students a richer experience.

We look forward to a stimulating and edifying year!!

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Coding Camp

Coding Camp CollageUtah is currently in an information technology renaissance. Major technology corporations are moving to Utah and providing 10s of thousands of jobs. Companies are moving to Utah because it provides a workforce that is hard working, ethical and skilled. Wayne School District wants to prepare our students to take advantage of the opportunities that the high-tech industries provide.

In June teachers from the school district offered a 4-day coding camp to students in grades 4-9. At the camp students learned basic programming by using a gaming program called Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). They also used coding to program Sphero and Lego robots. Camp started with the students giving directions for a treasure hunt. Basically, they learned how to write a set of instructions like computer code.

Each day of the coding camp the students were given a new activity. The activity consisted of writing a set of instructions in code in Scratch. The programing code was for a new game. Each day the activities increased in difficulty. In addition, during the week obstacle courses and mazes were created for the Sphero robots. The activity for the Lego robots consisted of the students programming the robots so that they could complete a picture scavenger hunt. Students were engaged and had fun learning. We want to thank Debbie James and Stephanie Williams for their efforts in teaching this camp. Also, a big thanks to Andrea Peterson for setting up that camp and helping with her technical expertise.

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Preschool Signups 2018-2019

It is time to signup for preschool for the 2018-2019 school year. All kids who will be four years old by Sept. 1, 2018 are eligible to attend preschool. Kids who will be three years old by Sept. 1 need to go through a screening process to determine eligibility. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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2018-19 Proposed Budget

The Wayne County School District School Board will review and approve proposed budgets for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 at the board meeting scheduled on June 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Middle School Library located at 75 North Center Bicknell, Utah.

The Board will also hold a public hearing on the same date and place to amend budgets for the current fiscal year, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Budgets are available to review in the District Office building during normal business hours.

Budget detail is also available here.

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Honk! Jr


“Cause out there, somewhere, someone’s gonna love you,” is one of the lines from HONK JR. This is the play Wayne Middle School performed in the middle of April. This musical is a twist on the Ugly Duckling story. In this version it talks more about the barnyard animals that live nearby the duck family. Ida, the mother duck, loves Ugly when no one else does. Many are frightened by her appearance and her honk. Throughout the rest of the play, it shows Ugly’s journey after she is separated from her mother and meets the cat, who wants to eat her. Ugly meets many new friends and in the end is reunited with her mother and discovers that she is a swan. Everyone by the end of the play highly respects Ugly and apologizes for their rudeness in the beginning. This musical is absolutely adorable and all of the middle schoolers loved it.

One student, Elena Peterson, is the one of the many amazing people who made this all happen. Early in the school year, she went to Principal Peterson and asked him if they could do a middle school musical. He responded by telling her that if she found someone to supervise and be in charge then it can happen. Elena asked Toni Lamb and she accepted. After several months of practice they performed.

A special thank you to everyone who helped and another big thanks to all of the middle school students who participated. A huge thank you to Toni Lamb for directing and helping everyone along with Paula Pace for helping our Wayne Middle students get into their characters. Another special thanks to Elena Peterson for making this happen and to Andrea Peterson for helping up in the sound booth.

Written by Allie Peterson

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Coding and Programming

codingOver the past school year Hanksville Elementary has taught the students the basics of coding and now they are starting their efforts in programing vehicles. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website - they're all made with code. Programming is the process of using code to create a set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a task.

This week the students in Hanksville Elementary grades 3-5 were provided a Meeper Bot to program and control over various scenarios. A Meeper Bot is a level programmable car that students use primarily to learn basic programming. They spent the first portion of the class building their cars, which is a container with wheels and simple computer that controls the wheels. Mrs. Wilkins then taught the students how to control the cars using on application on their iPads. After the students got a feel of how their cars worked they starting programming their cars. They did this by putting a series of commands into their iPad application which then controlled the cars. The students practiced programming several their cars several times. They then put a track on the floor and programmed the car until it could complete the course. The students were totally engaged and enjoyed the activity. These are exciting 21st Century skills that are being taught to the students who can use them as they progress through school and into the career of their choice.

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By: Logan Stevens and Marisa Mares

On March 19-21 Wayne High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) traveled to Layton, Utah to the State FCCLA Convention. For the past year Kristen Stephenson, a Senior at Wayne High, has been the President of State FCCLA. One of her responsibilities was to conduct the meetings and with her State Board plan the event. Through her outstanding planning and leadership skills the State Convention was well run and organized. Also attending the convention were Wayne High School's FCCLA Officers: Vanessa Barlow, Jaden Blackburn, Miriam James, West Saunders, Logan Stevens, and Marisa Mares.

FCCLAOn March 20 the competition started and the fun really began. At 7:30 am, all officers collected for breakfast which was provided by FCCLA through the Hilton Garden Inn, and then they signed into their categories and received their competing time. Vanessa and Jaden competed in Focus on Children with a project titled "Spark Quad." Their project was on an after-school program for kids to learn about cultural heritage. Logan and Marisa competed in Chapter Service Project Display, doing The Caps and Gowns collection project for seniors that chose not to purchase or couldn't afford a cap and gown. Miriam and West competed in Life Event Planning with their project titled "A Trip Back in Time." This project was about the planning process of the 2016-2017 '50's themed Preference Dance. After competition was over and a closing ceremony everyone was done for the day and was released for dinner but urged to be back for the dance, bouncy house, and karaoke that ended the night.

On the last day of the event was the award ceremony and during the ceremony all members of Wayne High School's FCCLA received a silver in their categories. It was also announced that Jaden Blackburn received the position of Utah State Vice President of Community Service for the 2018-2019 year, and will be attending Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. Overall state FCCLA was a blast to attend. We are proud of the four State officers from Wayne High in the last six years. In recognition of dedication to FFCLA and her outstanding leadership, Mrs. Taft received the Master Advisor award. Thank you, Mrs. Taft, for your support of us and all of the FCCLA members that have gone before us.

At the end of the event Kristen handed over her position to the next State FCCLA President. We are proud of the work she accomplished and the fine way she represented our State and our school. Thank you, Kristen.

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