On Wednesday, March 18, 2019 Dr. Sydnee Dickson the State Superintendent of Public Instruction visited the schools in Wayne School District. She has made it one of her goals to visit each district in the state. Dr. Dickson visited Loa Elementary, Wayne High School and Wayne Middle School. While in the schools she visited classrooms, and spoke with students, teachers and principals. She expressed how impressed she was with the teachers’ high-quality instruction and how the students were positive and engaged in their classes. Dr. Dickson was enthralled with the good feeling in each school and was pleased with the students’ energy. We also had a chance to discuss issues that affect education in our rural community, primarily student safety. Dr. Dickson has the same concern as us on student and community mental health and will continue to support initiatives that increase the number of mental health professionals in rural areas. We also discussed the difficulty of funding education in rural Utah and what initiatives the state has to assist the rural districts.
Wayne School District provides the students with many forms of learning. While we focus on the academic skills students need, we also feel strongly about providing an appreciation of the arts. This week Hanksville Elementary invited Fred Weihing to assist the students create wooden door signs for each student. The students drew welcoming words on the wood which Fred burning into the wood. The students then built arrows to put on pegs the students put into the signs. Then the students stained the wood to make a very attractive display. The students learned about safety, building, painting and creativity. The students also made an Atlatl (spear thrower). Fred will come to HES 2 more times this year to help the students make interesting and informative art projects. We would like to thank Mrs. Wilkins for bringing this exciting opportunity to the students in Hanksville.
On February 14th, 15th, and 16th, Wayne Middle School held a dinner theater at Loa Elementary School, and performed the play “Who Shot the Sheriff?”
The play takes place in a small town in territorial Wayne County in the late 1800’s, when someone in the town shot Sheriff Dan. After the unfortunate shooting of the county Sheriff, Sheriff Dan, no one was quite sure what to do. Miss Samantha, a concerned citizen, rode out of town to find a new Sheriff. To the surprise of the townsfolks, Sheriff Sam Purdy came to their rescue. The play’s plot progresses in an attempt to find out who shot Sheriff Dan. Was it Miss Twitty, the owner of the Sarsaparilla Saloon, Frank the bartender, or maybe the old prospector, Smiley? In the end, it was an unexpected character, Lily Bell, who was responsible for the shooting. If you weren’t able to attend, you really missed out!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Beginning Monday, February 4th, CUES region will be administering online school surveys. All parents or guardians of current students are invited to participate. The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback about teachers, principals, and schools based on interactions during the 2018-2019 school year. Responses are anonymous and no personal information is collected.Please include productive respectful, and helpful input. We seek to improve our school and make it a positive place for all students, parents and community members. Results will be given to teachers and administrators and used to improve classrooms and schools. The surveys take about 10 minutes.
You may take the survey on any computer or device that has web access. You are also welcome take the survey on a school computer. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
You can access the survey by following the link below:
There is also a link to the survey on the school and district websites.
This survey will be open through Friday, February 22nd. You may receive more than one invitation or reminder to take the survey, but please take the survey only once per school.
Only select the teachers your student(s) have classes with this academic year (2018-2019).
If you have more than one child at the same school, please only take the survey once. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback for multiple teachers at the school.
If you have children attending multiple schools, please only take the survey once per school. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback for multiple teachers at each school.
Comments will be shared with administrators and teachers in their original form. If you wish to remain anonymous, please do not provide any information that may directly or indirectly identify you (ex.: your name, your child’s name, your child’s gender, details of a specific incident or conversation, etc.).
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Wayne School District
Wayne High School has one of the top Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters in the State of Utah. The chapter is very active in competitions and community service. On January 28th Wayne High School hosted the Region FFA competition. It was magnificently organized by the Wayne FFA Chapter. During a competition FFA members focus on skill development and career preparation. These competitive events develop individual responsibility, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. Successful members expand their knowledge base by interacting with peers, teachers, as well as business and community leaders to gain a complete and comprehensive knowledge about specific career and leadership areas. Some of the events that were organized included: Creed Speaking - FFA members recite the National FFA Creed to develop public speaking skills and self-confidence; Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Students showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet in front of a panel of judges: and Prepared Public Speaking - During the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, students present a speech on an agriculture-related topic. Wayne also took top honors in three of the Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. We want to thank Mrs. Grundy for helping our kids understand so many topics that are vital to our community.
The Region Results are as follows:
Creed Speaking: Shaleen Nelson 3rd place
Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Braige Jacobson 3rd Place
Prepared Public Speaking: Aubree Brian 2nd Place
Discussion Meet (Participated): Addison Grundy, Vanessa Barlow
State Degree: Makeyla Bradbury, Wade Jeffery, Maloree Mitchell, Hannah Morrill, Brynnli Nelson, Traven Peterson, Dawson Rees, Gentry Taylor
State Placement: Traven Peterson (State Finalist)
Proficiency: Equine Business – Gentry Taylor – Region 1st; Agriculture Mechanics – Dawson Rees – Region 1st; Beef Production – Traven Peterson – Region 1st
Friday, January 25th, was a STEM Activities Day at Loa Elementary School, and all classes engaged in projects aimed at increasing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This is an ongoing month event where Loa Elementary dedicates a day for the students to participate in STEM activities and projects.
The results were impressive as all teachers & students embarked on immersive learning experiments and activities that demonstrated concepts in a hands-on, engaging way. For example, Mrs. Jackson’s Kindergarten class made use of toothpicks and marshmallows to build structures, conveying the principles of engineering. Mrs. Brinkerhoff and Mrs. Potter’s First Grade classes combined to make bracelets that changed from white to dazzling colors when exposed to sunlight.
Mrs. Bradbury’s Second Grade class used Styrofoam cups to build pyramids, then had a contest to determine who could build the sturdiest structure for supporting the weight of textbooks. In Miss Davis’ Second Grade class, the principles of insulation, heat, and cold were learned with a bag of shortening and a bowl of ice cold water.
Third graders in Mrs. Barlow’s class mixed solutions of borax & water to learn how crystals are formed, among other projects. Mrs. Shields’ class of third graders went to the playground to learn whether things are pushed or pulled in a demonstration of force and motion.
In the fourth grade, Mrs. Ekker’s students discovered the principles of rock formation by using, of all things, chocolate and M&Ms. The fifth graders of Mrs. Torgerson made use of the school’s high-tech Legos to follow designs—building vehicles and other machines.
Each of these activities and projects had a specific focus that revealed a basic principle of STEM. The day was a great success in engaging students with the firsthand experience and excitement of learning about STEM via the result of their efforts both inside and outside the textbook. When you see the teachers, thank them for all the work they do to create this active learning environment.