Barnett Elementary's Second-grade has been working hard to perform a large selection of Christmas music and student-written speaking parts. Directed by Barbara Chapman and accompianed by Kaye Hansen, the performance included favorites like: Up on the Housetop, Rudolf the red-Nosed Reindeer, All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The performance was held on Tuesday December 20th, in the Barnett Cafeteria. We would like to thank all of the parents, family, and friends who came to support our production. There were over one hundred and fifty members of the community who came!
The fourth grade students at Barnett Elementary had an exciting learning opportunity recently at Salem Pond. The students participated in a wide variety of activities to help them better understand the essential role of the wetlands for Utah’s environment. Students participated in a nature scavenger hunt, tested water samples, and played games that related to animal habitat and survival. They also drew and wrote about a specific scene at the pond. Students I identified plants and animals that live and grow in a water environment. Students enjoyed seeing a family of ducks, playing the game “OH Deer”, and This was a great opportunity for students to see a familiar park in a new way.
Today Barnett Elementary hosted an assembly featuring the Payson High School Choir. Over 50 high school students came and performed various holiday songs for the students including “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Star of Bethlehem”, and many others. The students loved listening to the joyous music, whether they were songs they had heard hundreds of times or melodies that were new to their ears. We loved hearing from the whole choir as well as hearing some a cappella numbers by their talented chamber choir. The assembly ended with all of the Barnett students joining in with Payson High School students in singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. It was the perfect way to celebrate the arts as well as enjoy this wonderful time of year. Thank you Payson High School Choir for the fabulous performance!
On Friday, December 2, 2011, Barnett’s 6th grade classes participated in their own version of the Greek Olympics. There were six teams all representing Greek city-states including the Athenians, Spartans and Minoans. Students were split into two different teams within their own classroom. They made up their own cheers and flags for their teams corresponding with team colors. The Greek named teams strolled around the gym preparing for their Olympic games which included the Shotput ( using cotton balls), javelin throw ( using straws), fan the Greek, Chariot and foot races and Greek wrestling. The top students of each event from their team went on to the final round. The top winners from each event went on to the finals of each game. Those final six, one from each team won a gold, silver or bronze. Among the 6th grade Greek Olympians winners were Tyler Anderson from Miss leach’s class with a Gold in the Javelin Throw and Colton Tracy from Mrs. Laudato’s class who won a Gold in the Shotput. This was a great culminating activity for their Sixth Grade unit on Greece and brought to life Social Studies for the students who participated.
These first graders at Barnett Elementary had good behavior for the entire month and earned POPCORN DAY! During Popcorn Day the students were able to eat popcorn and watch a movie. It was a lot of fun and a great reward for those students that made great choices and worked hard.