April 2012

What Barnett Elementary is Doing During Testing

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Article and Photos by Sara Stout
Samantha Waite participating in karate
Mrs. Stout's Class with Jessica from Bobby Lawerence Karate

Barnett Teachers will go to whatever lengths to help their students succeed. This time of year means, for all teachers and students, end of year testing! These tests are designed as a cumulative assessment for everything the student has been taught and how much has been retained. Needless to say, students and teachers can feel the pressure and in a stressful environment it is very hard to do well. Barnett teachers were asked what they have done to help their students do their best on end of the year tests. "I had Bobby Lawerence karate school come in and do a demonstration for my class. It helped my students learn the importance of focus and discipline. Viewing good test taking and karate skills as the same, we have been highly motivated to do well do earn our black belts in test taking!" (-Sara Stout) Judy Catlett in fourth-grade says that she's read some research that the scent of mint helps sooth the nerves and always has a minty aroma to help her students calm down during testing.  A few teachers have their kids do a brain dance to get their blood moving or an exercise of some kind. Several other teachers mentioned providing healthy snacks for their kids to munch on throughout the exam. 

Whatever the strategies of the teachers, every child will be able to perform better if they get enough sleep and a healthy breakfast! Thank you parents for all the support you are giving the students and teachers during this time of testing. 

 

Second-Grade Visits Harward Farms

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Article and Photos by Sara Stout
Second Grade Field Trip
Second Grade Field Trip
Second Grade Field Trip
Second Grade Field Trip

Barnett Elementary's Second Grade went on a field trip to the Farm Field Days located at Harward Farms. There were many other schools represented there from various school districts in Utah County. There were about 14 stations for children to visit which had a different agricultural focus at each one. There were farmers all over Utah that were there to discuss mink farms, fruit trees, adult and baby animals, bees, and many more subjects. Sringville High School's FFA volunteered to teach at many of the booths and take our kids around to the different stations. The second-grade had a lot of fun learning more about agriculture.

 

Third Grade Spelling Bee

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Article and Photo by Sarah Means
Third Grade Spelling Bee
Third Grade Spelling Bee
Third Grade Spelling Bee

On Thursday, March 29 the third grade held their annual spelling bee. Each class had their own spelling bees earlier in the week, but only the top three from each participated that afternoon. After some rigorous spelling and some tongue twisting words, Dreyton Whicker in Mrs. Morrise’s class won first place, followed closely behind by Karli Barclay in second, and Gideon Watkins in third. All of the participants did extremely well and studied hard. Great job to all of those who participated and congratulations to our winners!

Ronda Hair Named Barnett Elementary Teacher of the Year

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Article and Photo by Angela Stoddard
Barnett Teacher of the Year

 

Mrs. Ronda Hair was chosen is Barnett Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for Nebo School District. Mrs. Hair began her career with Nebo School District at Barnett Elementary in 1999. She was the Assistant Site Coordinator for the CLEAR after school program in 2001 and in 2004 she was hired to teach special education in conjunction with the after school program. In the following years, Mrs. Hair taught half day special education and half day 5th grade. Ronda currently teaches special education full time, is an active member of our school CSI team (Critical Student Interventions), and is a team leader for the school leadership team. Ronda Hair works with our students who require the most love, attention, and understanding. She works countless hours, including weekends, to keep files current, plan engaging lessons, and make sure her students are receiving the best possible education they deserve. Parents know Ronda cares because of the rapport she develops with them. They trust her with their children and value the advice and recommendations she shares with them. She is someone who sees the value in every child and believes in them no matter what challenges they may have before them. Students love Mrs. Hair because she makes them feel special, smart, and important.Mrs. Hair says, “I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world and to our school. By focusing on what a child ‘can do’ and helping them to recognize their own abilities they are more prepared to take on new skills. I believe my classroom should foster risk-taking, invite a sharing of ideas, and aid my students to feel successful each day. I want my students to feel like their efforts to learn will be acknowledgedand rewarded.” Her dedication, hard work ethic, and love for students qualify her to be teacher of the year.Barnett Elementary is lucky to have Mrs. Hair! Congratulations!

 

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