Local Wellness Policy Meeting

Be a School Wellness Champion

Wayne School District invites parents to a meeting about the school wellness policy on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:00 in the District Office boardroom. Having healthy choices at school helps keep our children healthy and ready to learn. The school wellness policy helps our school create an action plan for nutrition and physical activity at school. Parents can share their opinions and help make sure the policy is meeting the needs of our students. Wayne School District’s wellness policy is available here. Please come and join us.

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We hope you will join us! 

Wayne School District Local Wellness Policy


Hanksville Elementary School Annual Science Fair

On Friday, March 24, Hanksville Elementary School held their annual science fair.

Mari2ndA science fair project is an exciting and meaningful learning experience for each child. Not only can children enter and compete for ribbons, trophies, and awards, but more importantly children have an opportunity to apply the many skills they are learning in the various academic subjects.

A science fair project cuts across almost every curriculum. Some of the skills the students learn and demonstrate are as follows:

  • Thinking Skills – This is perhaps the most important product of a science fair project. Students put much time, effort, and thought into a project. They see the result of their thinking in the form of a project. They have developed or utilized problem-solving skills.
  • Organizational Skills – Another important skill that students utilize when preparing a project is organization. Students will need the support and advice from teachers and parents, but this is an opportunity to plan, prepare, and organize a project from start to finish.
  • Science – Children have an opportunity to investigate a myriad of topics of interest to them in science. They apply the skills of scientific inquiry when investigating their topics. Students learn to investigate, experiment, and discover the many wonders of science.
  • Language Arts – Children use many language arts skills when preparing a project. They must read for information to better understand their topics. Children utilize library skills and study skills when they research the projects. Writing is also an integral part of each science fair project. Students use these skills when displaying their projects, writing for information from organizations or other sources, and/or writing a paper to accompany the projects.
  • Math – Measurement is an essential component of science projects. Students have opportunities to apply the use of metric measurement and organize data using tables and graphs in meaningful activities.

Students selected scientific areas that were important to them. 11 students participated. All participants set up their projects and gave an oral presentation to the judges. Students followed the scientific method and worked hard to prepare.

Our 2016-17 Science Fair Winners are:

  • 1st place Alyssa Morrill, 4th Grade, project: Growing Crystals
  • 2nd Place: Mari Esplin, 2nd Grade, project: Types of Soil for growing
  • 3rd Place: Adel Schultz, 3rd Grade, project: Cola Corrosion

Thanks to students, parents, Martin & Suellen Esplin and Joe Johnson for planning and preparing the students to participate.


Making Good Choices

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

choicesOn Friday, March 24, Wayne High School National Honor Society, Student Government, and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors presented an assembly to help students recognize and make good choices. Mrs. Stringham, National Honor Society and Anti-Bullying Advisor, shared information about the five step process for making good decisions and the four kinds of decisions people make.

The four levels of choices are:

  1. No-Brainers (example: What color socks do I wear?)
  2. Baby Risks (example: Should I be tardy for school?)
  3. Possible Severe Consequences (example: Should I miss curfew?)
  4. Possible Deadly Consequences (example: Should I try something really dangerous?)

The five step process includes the following:

  1. Identify your choices.
  2. What’s best for you now?
  3. Consider others. It’s not only about me.
  4. Consider your future. It’s not just about now.
  5. Make a choice and go for it. (Remember, on choice levels 3 and 4, especially, you must be FULLY aware of the consequences involved.

The decision making process is a little muddy sometimes when you are a kid/student, and the process that was presented in the assembly is to help our students learn how to work through al of the tough decisions they face every day.

Makayla Brian, Student Body President; Landon Chappell, Student Body Vice President; Rebecca Oyler, National Honor Society President; and Dean Mathews, National Honor Society Member shared stories of other, former students who had made choices that affected not only their lives, but the lives of many others.

Mrs. Stringham had members of the faculty and the student body participates in an activity that showed how “snap decisions” are made. As the presenters shared the stories of decisions made by others, a group of twelve students worked together to get out of the “human pretzel.” This activity was to show how decisions affect others in your group, all the time!

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2015), “Pictures of the brain in action show that adolescents’ brains work differently than adults when they make decisions or solve problems. Their actions are guided more by the emotional and reactive amygdala and less by the thoughtful, logical frontal cortex. Research has also shown that exposure to drugs and alcohol during the teen years can change or delay these developments.” Based on the stage of their brain development, adolescents are more likely to:

  • act on impulse
  • misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions
  • get into accidents of all kinds
  • get involved in fights
  • engage in dangerous or risky behavior

Adolescents are less likely to:

  • think before they act
  • pause to consider the consequences of their actions
  • change their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors

Wayne High School faculty and administration are always looking for ways to involve students in activities that help create awareness and action. The assembly presented on March 24, while interesting and fun, involved a great deal of necessary information to help students be aware of how to make decisions and why the decisions they are making might not just affect them. The National Honor Society and the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, with help from Mrs. Stringham are trying to help students become aware of their actions, consequences, and the impact each person has on every one else. All of the students who participate in the activities that are set in motion by the two clubs are learning valuable life lessons. We’ve had a great year, and we are excited to see what the future brings!


Wayne School District Music Program


The music programs in Wayne School District continue to grow. This year Lori Chappell has put together both a growing middle school band and a talented high school band. There are 57 young students in the middle school band. This young group continues to improve under the tutelage of their enthusiastic leader Mrs. Chappell. Their classroom motto is “Strive for Excellence.” With high expectations the students are continuing to improve and are preparing for their spring concert.

Why is music important for our children? Several studies indicate that musical training will help organize the maturing brain, which is manifest by children studying music having increased math and reading skills. There is also the “Mozart effect” which referrers to research that found that ten minutes of listening to Mozart can provide a short term boost to one’s spatial-temporal intelligence. There is also a direct correlation between music practice and improvement in the students’ ability. The connection between practice and improvement can easily be connected to other courses like math and science. While music has an academic connection it also provides entertainment to both the students and the listeners. It is fun to watch students play a selection of songs perfectly and it is a pleasure to watch parents that are proud of their children.

The high school band is making the whole county proud. They played at several basketball gamed during the season as well as during the Boys State Basketball Tournament. The bands drummer, Braige Jacobsen, and guitarist, Gavin Pace performed ‘Uma Thurman’ at the State FFA Convention. Gavin is also giving lessons to middle school guitarists so there will be a replacement when he leaves. Thanks Gavin. Currently both the high school and middle school bands are preparing for their spring concert. The concert will be on May 1st at the high school auditorium. We hope to see you there.

Thank you Lori, you are amazing.


Wayne School District Teacher Selected as National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador


Jessica Grundy, the Agriculture teacher at Wayne High School, was selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador. Last weekend Mrs. Grundy met in Orlando, Florida with other teachers to attend a bootcamp for National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors.

This group of agriscience educators came to Orlando to learn more about the "how" of teaching. That may seem a little odd considering these folks from 10 different states represented decades of combined classroom experience.

These select National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors were training to become facilitators. Their goal was to learn more about the mechanics behind teaching other teachers. Their topic? How inquiry-based learning and increased science rigor can increase student achievement.

During the two-day bootcamp, participants were drilled on a variety of facilitation techniques, like using inclusive language and movement as a way to signal what your learner can expect next and giving directions that produce the desired outcomes (it’s harder than you’d think). True to the hands-on philosophy of agriscience education, participants practiced these over and over, often being stopped mid-lesson by mentor facilitators and gently guided back on the right path.

“As we’re sending these facilitators out to be teachers of teachers, that’s a departure from their normal every day in the classroom.” said Wes Crawford, an agriscience teacher from Oregon who is also a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Mentor Facilitator who co-lead the training.

“While they bring a wealth of knowledge, we need to help them be even more impactful, so when they’re done with other teachers from across the United States, those teachers can go back and be purposeful in implementing agriscience and inquiry in their own classrooms.”

Congratulations Mrs. Grundy!! We know that the lessons you learned will impact the teachers you are going to train. But more importantly you are becoming even a better teacher, which will help your students in Wayne High School.


School Board Day on the Hill

Board on the Hill

On March 17th, the school board had the opportunity to attend School Board Day on the Hill at the Capitol. The board had the opportunity to listen to presentations from various legislators and also from Governor Gary Herbert. This annual meeting is a great opportunity for our board members to get first hand information on what the legislature is working on. We are also able to discuss the proposals with representatives from other school districts in the state and to weigh in on how changes would affect our school district.

We were lucky this year that our entire board was able to make it – we are one of the few school districts able to say that. We also got to visit briefly with Senator Ralph Okerlund and discuss some of the bills they were working on.  

A presence on Capitol Hill during the Legislative Session is critical since they control so much of our budget. Giving a local perspective to how new legislation will affect us is also critical and something we spent a lot of time doing this time of year.

Wayne County School Board


Wayne High School Choir

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This year Wayne High School restarted its choir under the direction of Joni Taft. The choir started out with about 15 students and grew to 38 by the Christmas Season. Many of these students have gone out of their way to come early to school and during their lunchtime to work on learning and practicing their songs. As Joni has built a fun and talented choir, they have performed throughout the county. They have performed at the Sr. Citizens dinner, PIE Night, Thurber, Fremont and Hanksville Wards, Bicknell Town Council Christmas Party, Thurber and Lyman Ward Relief Society, the Inter-faith Christmas Program, and the Loa Stake Choir Christmas Program.  The community been very grateful and have had donation to support their program. South Central, the Ito Foundation as well as other community individuals have awarded the choir money. The choir students and Joni have made hundreds of loaves of bread to help finance their choir outfits. The Wayne County School Board has been very supportive towards the program.

We appreciate all the support financially and otherwise that we have received from this community.  We have received many, many compliments and positive comments about how nice it is to have a Wayne High Choir.

The choir is now working on our Family Night on Broadway, which is scheduled for Monday Night, May 1st, and will feature the Wayne High Band as well as the Choir performing selections from Les Miserables. The choir is also working on 50's selections in preparation for the Preference Ball, which will be a 50's theme. We are grateful to Joni Taft for her dedication and spirit that has brought this great choir to our community. We are especially grateful for our talented students who are providing such a wonderful service.


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