The National Honor Society (NHS) is alive and well at Wayne High School. The NHS is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and is commonly active preparing students for higher education, planning and community service activities both in the community and at the school. Nikki Stringham is the advisor of the Wayne High School Chapter of the NHS. She has been working with the Society members to plan and execute community service events that benefit people in the community, county and throughout the state. The NHS spent the month of January collecting board games for the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit charity that gives the families of ill children a place to stay while their children undergo treatment at Intermountain Hospitals. Once the students collected the games, they had a "game night" with treats and prizes at the high school. We'd like to thank Kate Chappell for this great idea! She picked up and delivered the 15 games the NHS collected to the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. Wayne High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is amazing!
Friday was Groundhog Day and in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the groundhog saw his shadow. Tradition says that we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter. In Hanksville, the students are also learning about shadows and how the weather effects seeing a shadow. The eager students learned that the sun and clouds effect the ability of the groundhog to see its shadow. In a (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activity, the kids were assigned to measurement how the light from a flashlight effects a groundhog shadow. The students were given a paper groundhog and then measured the length of the shadow and compared it to the distance from the wall and the flashlight. They then moved the lights and created different shadow effects and measured the distance between the groundhog and the wall. The students then discussed the different forces in place that made the shape of the shadow change. This was a great learning experience that helped the students learn how to collect data through measuring the distances between the ground hog, shadow and light source.
On January 26th, Wayne Middle School had an assembly on making good choices and the danger of addiction. Will Ferguson was our presenter and he stressed the importance of school and making good choices. He used examples from his life. He is a former football player that became addicted to pain medication after a sports injury. He emphasized the dangers of all types of addiction. Will includes specific dangers from prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana. He spoke plainly to the students by telling them that if you have a friend how is starting to experiment with drugs that you should tell a responsible adult. Will stated that, “Friends help friends stay away from drugs.” Mr. Ferguson explained that by starting with any dangerous substance there is tendency for use to grow until you cannot stop. There are also statistics that show there is a higher rate of addiction when a user starts in their teen age years. He then discussed the student’s futures and their dreams. Will asked several students about their dreams and what they would like to be. He told the students that they would not be able to fulfill their dreams if they do drugs. He reminded the students that time lost during an addiction can never come back. After discussing the dangers of addition and drugs, he told the students the importance of having good friends. Finally, Will reminded the students that they should hang out with good people because they will help you do good things, and that they should not hang out with bad people because they push you into doing bad things. After the conclusion Lance Peterson emphasized the points that Mr. Ferguson made and then talked about character, the importance of making good choices and having positive relationships. This was a positive experience for the students and made an impact.
On December 20, 2017, the students at Hanksville Elementary did a fun and timely STEM activity. The activity was centered around recycling (clean) trash and building toys that they could give to their brothers and sisters for Christmas. The theme was from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. Their prompt for the activity was, “When the Grinch came to Whoville, he took everything, including the kids' toys. There were a lot of toys in Whoville!! There were Flung-Floopers and Who-Wunkers. Design a toy sure to sure to make any child in Whoville smile.”
The students 1st step was to make a plan on paper. After the students’ designs were approved, they went to work on the piles of garbage to make their toys. After working on their toys for 40 minutes, the students displayed their toys to the class and wrote a reflection paper on how their toy would make a child from Whoville smile.
This was a great activity that helped the students learn about recycling, project design, building and creativity. We would like to thank Sara Bradbury for developing the outstanding activity and all of the staff at Hanksville Elementary who helped the students create these outstanding projects.
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On December 11th, the Wayne High/Middle School Band with the Wayne High School Choir held a Christmas Celebration. The music program in the Wayne School District continues to grow with enthusiastic teachers and students. The growth in the middle school band is a welcome sight and is providing an increasing talented pool of musicians for the high school. Lori Chappell and Joni Taft are doing amazing things with our students and their concerts continue to engross the entire community. The Christmas Concert started with the 6th grade band presenting the audience with Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Mary Ann, Crusader’s March and Jingle Bells. They were followed by the 7/8th grade bands rendition of Little Shop of Horrors, Sawmill Creek, A Whole Lot of Christmas. After the middle school, the high school band played Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Jam and Angels in the Bleak Midwinter. Following the high school bands songs, they were joined by the high school choir where they jointly presented Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! The choir then pleased the crowd with White Winter, Christmas in Three, All on a Silent Night, I See a Star, Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, Hallelujah, and Mary Did You Know? We would like to thank the community and parents in Wayne County for their unwavering support to the choir and band programs. It makes a big difference when the auditorium if full of our family and friends, thanks.