The 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.
On 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.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is alive and well at Wayne High School. The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
To be a member of Wayne High School's Honor Society, students must submit an application, provide a transcript to show academic success, collect letters of recommendation from teachers, and be prepared to lead. Currently there are 12 members of the NHS in Wayne High School. There are also 15 members of the Junior NHS. Junior NHS is for students in lower grades (6-9). The NHS is service oriented and each year, the group chooses a service project that involves the entire community and all student body. This year, the National Honor Society is collecting new socks at the middle school and money at the high school. All donations will be given to the New Horizons Women's Shelter in Richfield to help support women and children who sometimes face homelessness because of domestic violence.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The National Honor Society is a great leadership and academic club that helps students focus on service as a way to reach out and help others. If anyone is interested in the National Honor Society, the service project(s) we are working on, or the students involved, please contact Mrs. Stringham at (435) 425-3411.
The voted levy resolution for our schools passed with 626 votes for and only 321 against. Thanks to everyone who voted and especially to those who helped spread the information in our community. There are many great things that the school district is planning to do with these additional funds to help support and improve the great education our students are getting.
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes the support of our community to educate all of our children. Thank you for your support of our students!!
-Wayne County School Board
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.