Learning About Utah Mining

miningMrs. Stringham's 7th grade Utah History students have been learning about Utah mining. Utah History covers many topics about the state of Utah, including history, geography and the economics of the state. Mrs. Stringham does a lot of hands on activities which help the students gain a deeper appreciation of the topics. The last activity was based on the mining industry. The class spent time "mining" for chocolate chips! Just like the original miners of Utah who mined for gold and silver, the class mined for chocolate chips. Each student participated by "buying" tools, "paying" for land, and "collecting" samples.

It was a fun and exciting day. Once the chips were extracted from the "land" (cookie), the students used their math skills to determine if they made a profit with their materials or lost money on their mining expedition. This class worked hard to see exactly what the "original miners" did and how they lived in the early 1800s in Utah. This has been a great class, and Mrs. Stringham is very pleased with their participation in the class and the activities. 

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Loa Elementary Art Night 2018

ArtNightEach fall, the many artistic talents of Loa Elementary students are showcased in their annual Art Show. Each elementary class completes two or three arts projects, many with a Christmas theme, and they're proudly displayed in the Loa Elementary gym. On November 28th, parents were invited to view, then place a bid on the artwork--and the results were dazzling. Every single project received a bid and was purchased!

The school also decorated artificial Christmas Trees, as well as wooden Christmas Trees, that were available to the public to bid on. Continuing the theme of success, every single tree received a bid and they're now brightening homes throughout the community. This great event doesn't just show off student artistry, it's also a fundraiser. The projects those students worked on so diligently raised funds to purchase art supplies for future projects.

Principal Blackburn would like to express her gratitude to the community for supporting the school by contributing to the goal of high quality education.

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Academic Growth in Wayne School District

academic growthLast year was an exciting year for Wayne School District. As we receive our end of year scores we are pleased at the amazing things our schools are doing with our kids.

The first outstanding number we received was for our elementary school readers. Each year our 3rd grade students take the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test. DIBELS measures the acquisition of early literacy skills. DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. This year our elementary DIBLES score was 96.88% This indicates that 96.88% of our kids met or exceeded the states 3rd grade growth goal. This score was the 2nd highest among all of the state’s school districts and higher then all of the state charter schools. This is outstanding and a well-deserved thanks to our great elementary principal and teachers.

Each year the high school 11th grades take the ACT test. The ACT test measures academic college readiness and is the one of the main scores that schools use for college acceptance and scholarships. One of Wayne High School’s main goals last year was to increase their ACT scores. They added an ACT Prep class that 10th and 11th graders take. In addition, the content teachers also spent time each week reviewing ACT material. This hard work and dedication paid off by receiving a composite score of 20.5, which is an increase of 1.6 points from last year’s scores. It is also almost a full point over the state average. Big kudos to the staff at the high school for their dedication to student achievement.

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Swimming at the Middle School

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The students at Wayne Middle School had a treat the last Friday in August. At 10:00 they walked down to the Bicknell pool and had an opportunity to have an after school swim. Mr. Peterson (Wayne Middle School’s Principal) used the time to welcome the students back from a long hot summer and to celebrate the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The students had an enjoyable splashing each other and trying to get the teachers wet. All of the teachers were in attendance to supervise and life guards were present and extra attentive. Sherry Ellett, our Art Teacher, was the primary life guard. In the next month the middle school will use the pool as part of its physical education program. The students will go to the pool during their PE class and learn about pools safely and the basics of safe swimming. This activity was a great way to start the school year and we are looking forward to a lot of fun activities sandwiched between days of high-quality classroom instruction. 

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Wayne School District Starts the 2018-2019 School Year

firstday18 1Since the end of the last school year the Wayne School District staff has been working to get the school ready for this school year. Along with carpeting throughout the district, there is a new floor in Loa Elementary cafeteria/gym, upgraded boy’s bathrooms at the middle school and the front entrance in the high school has been refreshed. The teachers have been working all summer with their curriculum so they will be prepared for their classes. For the last few days excitement filled the air as our teachers readied their rooms in anticipation of soon to be arriving students. Loa elementary and the middle school have had Back-to-School nights so that the teachers and principals could meet with their parents and talk about the new things that are to come. 

firstday18 2Finally, the day arrived and the students filled the hallways as they were greeted by their teachers and school staff. Each principal met with the students to discuss the changes in their schools and to introduce their new and old staff members. The high school staff sang a rap song to the students with this year’s school theme of “No Limits.” The idea is that the students should not set limits on themselves or on their future. We have outstanding teachers in Wayne School District and each of them is committed to providing the students with a profound experience this year. Our goal is that each student learns their rigorous curriculum in a positive and supportive environment that they will fondly remember the remainder if their lives. Parents, teachers, students and community members all play a critical part in the success of our school systems. Our School Board, District and School staff want to thank the community for their tremendous support in our joint effort to teach our kids. 

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