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!
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.
At Loa Elementary School we use DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills. The students in the elementary are regularly tested to track the extent they are meeting their literacy goals. It has been shown that students who have high literacy skills by the end of the 3rd grade will more successful throughout the remainder of their school years. The state measures the percentage of students that make typical growth or better. The state expectation for the 3rd grade is 47.83% of the students making typical growth or better. The Utah State Board of Education recently informed us that the 3rd grade growth rate at Loa Elementary was 93%. This is impressive growth and hats off to Ashlee Jackson and Stephanie Williams who were the 3rd grade teachers and to the Loa Elementary reading tutors. This phenomenal growth in literacy is just part of the excellent education the students are receiving at Loa Elementary. The teachers and principal at Loa Elementary are committed to continue the outstanding education that our children deserve.