Hanksville Elementary students went on a field trip to the Hanksville Emergency Services building. Emergency services are organizations which ensure public safety and health by addressing different emergencies. Some of these agencies exist solely for addressing certain types of emergencies while others (like Hanksville) deal with multicomponent emergencies as part of their normal responsibilities. Emergency Services also engage in community awareness and prevention programs to help the public avoid, detect, and report emergencies effectively.
One Friday a month Loa Elementary changes its routine and has special day in which the students complete a series of STEAM activities. STEAM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the five disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEAM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Mrs. Jackson’s 3rd grade class at Loa Elementary has been learning about the American Flag and Pledge of Allegiance in Social Studies. Along with learning about the pledge they discussed what are the characteristics of a good citizen and how to be a good citizen in our own communities. They learned about the court system as well. When they finished these discussions, they walked up to the Wayne County Court House where the students were given a tour of the courthouse. They were shown the courtroom, the judge's chamber, the sheriff department, the recorder's office, and the Treasurer's office. In the Treasurer's office, they learned about the land in Wayne County and got a copy of the document that shows the trade with the Native Americans for the water right to Fish Lake. To wrap up the unit the students did some research about Wayne County and the towns in it. The students had to work with a partner and research their assigned town and then teach what they learned to the rest of the class. It was very fun and interesting to see the facts the students discovered about each town. They are currently working on a project where they are writing about someone in their community that is a good community member that could tell them some good stories of Wayne County from long ago. It has been a fun unit to study.
Loa Elementary School started focusing on STEAM last year and we loved it so much we continued it this year. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We divide the entire school into five groups and rotate through each of these areas. On September 8th, we had a grand time in Engineering! The students learned what engineering is and some of the different types of engineers. Engineers are people who design or build something to make our lives better. Engineers usually start with a problem that needs to be solved and then find a way to solve the problem.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is integrated into all of our schools. STEM curriculum uses real-world applications as the basis for activities. Students learn how problem solving and the scientific process apply to everyday situations. The curriculum aims to get students interested in STEM areas and improve proficiency in those areas.
A STEM lesson plan often starts by presenting students with a problem. Students gather information and conduct experiments to test theories. One example in Wayne School District is Mrs. Stringham's 7th grade Utah Studies class. The class has been learning about the geology of Utah. One of the exciting natural forces that helped to shape our state is the earthquake. After learning about how often earthquakes occur in Utah, the class created marshmallow and toothpick structures. These structures were designed to withhold the simulated quaking of a 3.3, 5.2, and 9.2 earthquake! The Utah landscape was designed with Jell-O. After each structure was tested all of the structures held (with just a little damage)!
Mrs. Stringham's Utah Studies class had a great time learning about natural forces of Utah and pondering when the next "big one" will hit!
School has started for the 2017-2018 school year and you may have noticed some changes throughout the district. Most notable, Wayne High School has moved from a traditional seven-period day to a 5 x 5 block schedule. In a 5 x 5 block the school start and end times remain the same but the students have five longer classes per day. The first day (A-day) the students have five classes, the second day (B-day) students have five different classes. The block allows the school to offer additional classes not available in the past.
One critical class we have added this year is Badger Academy. This class is for 9th graders who are making the pivotal transition into high school. As they face the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges of this stage of development, it is easy for them to feel overwhelmed, confused and alone. Research suggests that students who navigate this transition into high school successfully are far more likely to stay in school and graduate than those who struggle.
Many of the freshman academies that do exist in other schools have reported great success. According to research some positives of freshman academies include improvements in attendance, school behavior, teacher morale, and parental contact. Students also realize increased academic success as can be seen from the reduction of freshman class failures and an increase in scores on standardized tests.
Mrs. Shannon Robertson is teaching the Badger Academy. She has high expectations for the incoming freshman and hope to encourage study skills, academic success skills, stress management, and social/life skills. The 9th grade class is already a valued part of Wayne High. Many of them are members of teams and clubs. It is hoped Badger Academy will help them reach new heights.