National Honor Society Service Project - "Letters to Soldiers"

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Ghandi

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On Friday, February 17, WMS and WHS National Honor Society members worked with students at the middle school to begin a month long service project, "Letter to Soldiers." All middle school students in attendance wrote a letter to a member of the military. The letters will hopefully bring a piece of home (the U.S.A.) to the soldiers currently stationed overseas. Mrs. Stringham, NHS advisor; Rebecca Oyler, NHS President; Vanessa Barlow, NHS Vice President; and Kate Rees, NHS Secretary, along with high school NHS members, and middle school Junior NHS members worked with groups of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to create and prepare interesting and fun letters for our troops. Throughout the rest of February and until March 22, the middle school JHNS members will be collecting supplies to send to the soldiers with the letters that were collected.

The National Honor Society places high value on the service of youth. Each NHS and JNHS member is required to complete a certain number of hours of service throughout the year. Mrs. Stringham and the high school NHS officers are hoping that by involving the entire middle school in the "Letters to Soldiers" project, they have begun to create a feeling of gratitude and willingness to serve others.

We never realize what we do for others until someone does something for us. Because our military is filled with volunteers, we want to volunteer something for them to show our appreciation and help them feel like they are a little closer to home.

If you'd like to donate for the "Letters to Soldiers" project, please contact Mrs. Stringham at the high school, (435) 425-3411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She has lists of items that can be sent

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Valentine's Day at Wayne High School

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We celebrated Valentines Day with roses and cookies at Wayne High School. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, also known as FCCLA did their annual Valentine's Cookie fundraiser. Valentine’s Day cookies are made by the FCCLA students, and then they are purchased and anonymously given to students around the high school. The day before Valentine’s a freshmen boy donated money so that every girl in his freshman class would get a plate of cookies. Another student came in with $10.00 to buy a cookie for 10 students who hadn't been given a plate yet. A third student brought in a jar full of quarters that had been saved to purchase cookies for anyone who didn't have one. Three boys (all wrestlers) came up with the idea to give each girl at Wayne High a rose for Valentines Day. They paid for them and dressed up with shirt and ties to deliver them. These amazing students from Wayne High were showing the character they have been taught by stepping up and giving to others.  We are so proud of our students at Wayne High!

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Wayne Middle School Student Council - Leadership in Action

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Student Council is a key component to the functioning of Wayne Middle School, bringing together student leaders and the hardest workers of the student body. The purpose of the student council at Wayne Middle School is to build leadership skills in students and to allow them to develop an investment and ownership in the school. We want them to investigate connections between their academic courses and the real world. The students that take part in the council become active leaders in shaping the culture of our school in a positive way, and to serve the community that we live in.

The criteria for joining the student council are stringent. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have no failing grades. They must be good citizens and reflect that in their classes. Some duties students perform while on the student council include: participate in a weekly planning meeting, coordinate with office to prepare and deliver morning bulletin, highlight a student of the week and teacher each month, monitor our anti-bullying link on our website, and organize a school wide activity every month. To help in this effort, the student Council Advisor, Cliff Peterson, teaches the kids about leadership and planning so that they can be more effective now and better prepared for tomorrow.

The student council does an amazing job organizing monthly activities. In the past months they have conducted building wide activities that were focused in anti-bullying, building self-esteem and promoting positive life choices. Recently the student council planned and conducted a “Bouncing Off Negativity” event for the school that taught the students about resiliency and anti-bullying. The council also did a service project by playing board games with the residences of Beehive House. Next month the Student Council will tour the capital during a legislative session.

Thank you Wayne Middle School Student Council, you are making a difference.

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Hogle Zoo Art Exhibition Comes to Hanksville Elementary

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Each 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. The Utah Division of Arts and Museums sponsors the Hogle Zoo exhibit, which enables schools to have the exhibit come to their school. Art can create a powerful link to learning. Jacques Barzun once said that, “it is clear that if art has importance, it is because it can shape the minds and emotions of men. It can enlarge or trivialize the imagination. If it can do so much, it affects the social fabric as well as individual lives for good and evil.” The Hanksville PTA generously sponsored the exhibit so that their students could enjoy the art and develop appreciation of the different styles of paintings. 

Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury from Hanksville Elementary take the opportunity with their students to enjoy that Worlds of the Wild art exhibit and they use it as an extension if their classroom. One of the activities is for the students to "look at the art” and answer questions such as:

  • What emotions do you see in the picture?
  • How does piece make you feel?
  • Why do you think it makes you feel that way?

Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury also ask the students to look for elements of art, such as line, color, texture, etc. and to discuss the pieces with the class or a friend.  After students have had opportunities to look at and discuss some of the pieces, the teachers ask them to choose a favorite or two and sketch it.  This gives the students the opportunity to look for and draw the lines, shapes and textures they see in the art.  Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury also ask the students to create their own "wild art" as they learn to draw and paint animal in the wild.

Thank You Hanksville Elementary for doing so much for our kids!! 

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Wayne School District Students are Readers

Over the Christmas Holiday the Central Utah Education Service (CUES) sponsored a Winter Reading Contest. The contest was open to all seven school districts in our region. The Winter Reading Contest was designed to encourage the students to read during their Christmas break. Prior to the break each school spoke about the importance of reading and helped students check out books on the CUES OverDrive system. OverDrive is our electronic book library system that students use on their iPads. The Winter Reading Contest went from December 1st to January 15thfahey cindy

When the contest results were announced Wayne School District had three of the top five reading schools in the region. Hanksville elementary was the top reading school with the students checking out an average of 3.68 books per student. Wayne Middle School was second with an average of 2.98 per student. Loa Elementary was fifth with an average of 1.66 books checked out per student. The top four schools received a Kindle Fire, which means that Hanksville Elementary and the Wayne Middle School were each provided with a Kindle Fire to be used as a student incentive. 

The success of our students during this reading contest shows that our students understand that reading is essential for a their success. Why is reading is fundamental to functioning in today's society? Reading is a vital skill in finding a good job, is important because it develops the mind, it is how we discover new things, it develops the imagination and develops the creative side of people.

We had great participation and I hope students enjoyed reading during the Christmas break. I want to say, ”Great Job Everyone!” I would encourage students and parents to visit the online OverDrive library and review the available books. If you have suggestions for books we can add to the OverDrive library let me know.

Thank You

Dr. John M. Fahey
Superintendent
Wayne School District
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Loa Elementary STEAM Fridays

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On the second Friday of every 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. Some of the activities during the Loa Elementary STEAM days include:

· Using household chemicals to create reactions that change the state of matter

· Designing and building catapults with spoons and other common items

· Using common items to build structures like towers and bridges

· Building and programming robotic machines

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.

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Hogle Zoo Art Exhibition Comes to Hanksville Elementary

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Each 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. The Utah Division of Arts and Museums sponsors the Hogle Zoo exhibit, which enables schools to have the exhibit come to their school. Art can create a powerful link to learning. Jacques Barzun once said that, “it is clear that if art has importance, it is because it can shape the minds and emotions of men. It can enlarge or trivialize the imagination. If it can do so much, it affects the social fabric as well as individual lives for good and evil.” The Hanksville PTA generously sponsored the exhibit so that their students could enjoy the art and develop appreciation of the different styles of paintings. 

Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury from Hanksville Elementary take the opportunity with their students to enjoy that Worlds of the Wild art exhibit and they use it as an extension if their classroom. One of the activities is for the students to "look at the art” and answer questions such as:

  • What emotions do you see in the picture?
  • How does piece make you feel?
  • Why do you think it makes you feel that way?

Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury also ask the students to look for elements of art, such as line, color, texture, etc. and to discuss the pieces with the class or a friend.  After students have had opportunities to look at and discuss some of the pieces, the teachers ask them to choose a favorite or two and sketch it.  This gives the students the opportunity to look for and draw the lines, shapes and textures they see in the art.  Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Bradbury also ask the students to create their own "wild art" as they learn to draw and paint animal in the wild.

Thank You Hanksville Elementary for doing so much for our kids!! 

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