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.
While there the students from Hanksville Elementary were able to see the fire trucks, ambulances, and the first response truck. The students were given a tour of each vehicle and their purpose was explained. The First Response truck is unique and important because due to our isolation Hanksville Emergency Services is often the first responder on the scene. The students then learned about safety and why it is so important around the equipment and at home. They also learned what actual emergences are and when they should call 911. They also learned the importance of knowing their address so that emergency services can find them. The students learned about the support local citizens provide each community. We had a good visit and want to thank all of the emergency services providers that do so much for their communities.
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.
Over the past few months the students at Loa Elementary have experienced many fun and exciting activities. By learning about an integrated STEAM topic and then emphasizing the instruction through hands on activities, the students learn the topics and become excited about STEAM careers. This week the students had five hands on activities:
• Science – the students learned about force and built rockets and then applied force to the rockets
• Technology – the students learned about digital safety rules and digital/coding vocabulary
• Engineering – the students used common parts to build catapults and then they shot small pumpkins at a target
• Art – the students used different colored frosting to decorate cookies and then they ate the cookies
• Math – the students learned about pumpkins and then estimated the number seeds in a pumpkin. They then removed the seeds from the pumpkin and compared the estimated number of seeds to the actual number.
Though the United States has historically been a leader in the STEAM fields, fewer students have been focusing on these topics recently. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEAM career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Currently, nearly 28 percent of high school freshmen declare an interest in a STEAM-related field, but 57 percent of these students will lose interest by the time they graduate from high school. The emphasis of STEAM activities at Loa Elementary is designed to change these numbers and have an increased participation rate in STEAM classes in the middle and high school, which would translate into more students entering STEAM careers.
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.
“I really liked when we went to the courthouse. I learned that people sit and record the things that the judge and the suspects say. You also have to walk through metal detectors. We visited all the offices in the courthouse. We saw the Sheriff’s Department, the Treasurer, and the Recorder. It was interesting.” ~ Rylan Taylor
“We have been learning about the Pledge of Allegiance and how to be a good citizen. We say the pledge to be respectful to our flag, Country, Government, and community. We have also been learning about Wayne County. We visited the Court House. The Court House is a special place to all our communities. Wayne County Utah is a cool place. It has two National Parks, Capital Reef and Canyonlands. The cities are Fremont, Loa, Lyman, Bicknell, Teasdale, Torrey, Grover, Notom, Caineville, and Hanksville.”~ Dreygan Niemeyer
“I liked when we learned about the flag and pledge of allegiance. We learned what each color means and how to fold the flag. When we did that we went outside and Keaton and Kage folded it and the teacher raised and lowered it. When you fold the flag, you have to fold it and make sure that the stars are showing. You also need to raise it quickly and lower it slowly. After we came in we started a booklet that told us what it all meant. For instance, the 50 stars stand for each state and the 13 stripes stand for the 13 original colonies.” ~ Cienna Cropper
“I liked learning about the flag. My teacher read us a book about a little kid and her grandma. They had to learn the pledge of allegiance and what it means. The pledge of allegiance means that I will be a good citizen and promise to respect the United States of America. Then we got to do a really fun art project. It was a big flag and we got to paint red strips and paint a blue square and then we got our hand white and set it on the blue square. It was fun. We also talked about the 13 stripes on the flag stands for the original 13 colonies and the 50 stars stand for the 50 states.” ~ Jenny Petree
“I like when we went to the courthouse. We got to see records of Wayne County. We also learned that we traded the Native Americans 1 suit, 500 pounds of flour, 1 good beef steer, and 9 horses for the water rights to Fish Lake. We also saw where the judge sits and then we saw the judge’s chambers and there were a lot of old books.” ~ Kage Oyler
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.
On September 8th, the problem we needed to solve as engineers was how to scratch our backs. You know that place that you just can't quite reach. So, the students were put into groups and could choose from a number of provided items to create their back scratcher. They could choose from toothbrushes, paint sticks, plastic bottle tops, metal bottle tops, twigs, dish scrubbies, pipe cleaners, forks, spoons, and nail brushes. The students had to design their back scratcher and test it to see if it would work, then make changes if necessary. The back scratchers were then put to the test by the Loa Elementary Staff! The staff voted for their favorite one, and the winners were awarded with a treat. The students had a great time and came up with some really creative ideas. We would like to thank Loa Builders for their donation of the paint sticks and WCHC Dental for their donation of the toothbrushes!