February 2012

Third Grade Incentive: Minute to Win It

Article and Photos by Sarah Morrise
Justin Walker, Gavin Watkins, and Jace Duarte
Austin Solorzano, Roman Castillo, Gideon Watkins, Jace Duarte, Gavin Watkins, and Justin Walker
Jazmin Siqueiros, Roman Castillo, Gideon Watkins, and Jace Duarte
Delaney Walker, Paulina Cruz, Magaly Gomez, Angie Najarro, Karli Barclay, Parker Simpson, Garrison Durrant, and Kira Muir


Our third graders have been working so hard the last month to ensure that they are on their best behavior and learning as much as they can. In order to applaud their efforts, the third grade team received help from two willing parents and was able to put on a minute to win it party. The students had a great time as they tried the various challenges and cheered on their teams. These students work hard, and finally they had a chance to play hard too.


Principal's 200 Club

Article and Photo by Angela Stoddard
Students in the picture are: Alejandra Ramirez, Shandra Smith, Riley Collins, Charlie Anderton, Porter Beck, Jamion Oaks, Luis Sion, Keanna Vaitohi, Austin Solorzano, Alex Hill, Andrew Palomar

Students at Barnett Elementary have been working hard this month to earn Brag Notes. When a student earns a brag note their name is added to the Principal’s 200 Club Board. Brag notes can be earned by making good choices, working hard in school, and being a good friend or helper just to name a few things. Once the board is full of student names we have a drawing for books and prizes. Here are our winners for the month of February. Thanks for making so many good choices Barnett Bulldogs!





Underground Railroad in the Fifth-grade

Article and Photos by Beth Knudsen
Picking up trash with plantation owners (Emma Cloud & Amelia Spencer) overseeing
On the URR (up front are Ashley Waters, Aubrey Ramirez, Devin Tanner, and Macy Haskell)
Harriet Tubman & helper (Michelle Spencer & Nadia Evans) helping the slaves escape
Bounty hunters (Amelia Spencer & Emma Cloud) interrogating the abolitionis family (Heidi White & Jaida Oliphant)
Putting the slaves in their quarters
After the activity

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the students in Mrs. Knudsen's fifth grade class went back in time to participate in the Underground Railroad. They were each assigned a part in the role-play. All of the roles were based on real people who actually helped or hindered slaves on the Underground Railroad. After researching their people and creating brief reports on their characters' accomplishments, the students created costumes and props for the day of the activity.  The students who were the slaves were able to move from a plantation in the South, all the way up to Canada with the help of many different people along the way who risked their lives to free them. When they made it to Canada, Mr. Cope talked to them about the value of freedom. The students were able to gain a greater appreciation for their freedoms that they enjoy because of this activity.

100 Days of First Grade

Article and photo by Whitney Zylstra
Sydni, Roxie, and Camryn

On January 31, the first graders at Barnett Elementary celebrated the 100th Day of School. Throughout the day they were able to do a lot of fun activities to celebrate. One of the activities they did was put together 100 piece puzzles. The students had so much fun celebrating this fun day!


Sixth-Grade Fear Factor

Article and Photo by Lisa Leach

Think you have what it takes to face your fears? Mrs. Spencer's, Ms. Leach's, and Mrs. Laudato's sixth graders do!!! January's incentive activity for Barnett sixth graders was the opportunity to participate in Fear Factor!  Each class sent six volunteers to compete for the coveted Fear Factor Championship.  Participants were challenged to hold ice in their hand, eat dried squid, & drink tomato juice with herring chunks, just to name a few. Do you think you could do it? Fellow students got the task of watching their friends gag as they tried their best to complete the different challenges. They cheered and  pressured challengers into extremely uncomfortable situations.  Much fun was had by all the students in sixth grade. In the end, Ms. Leach's class took home the trophy!  When the competition was finished, student's were reminded of the effects of peer pressure and how sometimes we do things that we would never dream of doing when we feel pressure from others. Students were also reminded that people are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have.  It's not always easy to resist negative peer pressure, but when you do, it is easy to feel good about it afterwards. And you may even be a positive influence on your peers who feel the same way — and Barnett sixth graders are positively amazing people!