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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Swimming at the Middle School


The students at Wayne Middle School had a treat the last Friday in August. At 10:00 they walked down to the Bicknell pool and had an opportunity to have an after school swim. Mr. Peterson (Wayne Middle School’s Principal) used the time to welcome the students back from a long hot summer and to celebrate the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The students had an enjoyable splashing each other and trying to get the teachers wet. All of the teachers were in attendance to supervise and life guards were present and extra attentive. Sherry Ellett, our Art Teacher, was the primary life guard. In the next month the middle school will use the pool as part of its physical education program. The students will go to the pool during their PE class and learn about pools safely and the basics of safe swimming. This activity was a great way to start the school year and we are looking forward to a lot of fun activities sandwiched between days of high-quality classroom instruction. 

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