May 2014

Math Olympiad at Barnett

Don Applegate
Congratulations to Sean Humphries, the high score winner!

Several students from Barnett Elementary  6th grade classes  were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program.  They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the direction of Don Applegate.  He worked with students in learning strategies to solve unusual and difficult problems by thinking creatively.  Congratulations for a job well done!


Group Picture: 6th Grade Mathletes from Barnett Elementary

Front Group: Tyler Reynaud, Jonah Larsen, Sarah Thompson, Bridger Johnson, Gabe Moyar, Hayden Madsen;  Middle Group:  Kaylee Bishop, Jesus Valencia, Derek Bunker, Mackenna Albiston, Garret Ruch, Sean Humphries;   Back Group:  Selena Vargas, Katelyn Beckstead, Jared Boehme, Xander Griggs; Not Pictured:  Mitchell Price

Fun Run Reminder


Just a reminder about the Fun Run tomorrow morning!  Students will not be allowed to call for their waiver slips in the morning so please make sure to have them bring them in the morning, if they haven't brought them to school yet.  If you need another copy, just print off page 5 from the May 2014 Bulldog Barker (see attachments).

3rd Grade Spelling Bee 2014

Beth Knudsen

Thursday, May 15, 2014 was the annual 3rd grade Spelling Bee at Barnett Elementary.  Three contestants from each of the third grade classes participated in the Bee.  The participants did a fantastic job of spelling the words supplied to them by the proctor, Ms. Robyn Curtis.  Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and Lexie Christiansen took the day at this Bee.  The winning word was "squirrel."  Wonderful job to all the Spelling Bee spellers!

Gwen Spencer, Teacher of the Year!

Lisa Peterson & Angela Stoddard

Gwen Spencer has been teaching 6th grade for 7 years.  She has been team leader for 4 years and does a fabulous job at keeping the 6th grade teachers cohesive, organized, and optimistic.  She is a wonderful math and science teacher.  She has been invited to attend PESTL (Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning) for the last 4 years and continues to increase her knowledge anywhere she can. Gwen is always up on the latest research and attends conferences every summer to help her students reach their potential. This year she has attended Comprehensive Mathematical Instruction Framework courses through SUU. Gwen has a knack for making learning engaging and fun.  Her students have fun; and, yet, are expected to work hard.

 She has been known to show up to school dressed up as Cleopatra, Athena, Good Queen Maude (wife of King Henry I- Middle ages), Pollyanna, "Super Teacher", and Aunt Sally.  Aunt Sally comes to teach the sixth graders about order of operations in math; Aunt Sally really likes order! Gwen has been instrumental in planning and implementing many activities for 6th grade such as Egyptian days, Greek Olympics, Medieval Feast, and Microorganisms day at Payson Water Treatment Plant. 

Gwen has played an integral role in implementing I Can Statements into our teaching at Barnett and educating parents on those statements so they know what their child is learning every day. As we move PLCs forward in our school, Gwen is at the forefront trying new things with her team and sharing with other grade levels what worked and what to avoid.

She designed a whole reading theme assembly around Super Heroes and got all of our teachers to dress up and inspire our whole school to be Reading Super Heroes. She is creative in designing Spirit Days around reading or other exciting events that come up in our school. Gwen knows that learning is fun and helps teachers, students, and parents to feel that same way when they are around her. Gwen is a fun and devoted part of our Barnett faculty.  We truly appreciate her dedication to making a difference in the lives of our students.

Sub Zero Assembly for Fifth Grade

Emma Zeeman
Sub Zero Presenter and the Fifth Grade

On April 30, 2014 the 5th grade students that had worked hard to have good behavior, got to have an assembly with Sub 0 Day Ice Cream. We learned about how liquid Nitrogen can boil at -300 degrees F. After around 10 minutes we started to see liquid oxygen drip off the bowl. Akadian and Blaze stood under it and the liquid oxygen burned a little because it was so cold.

The presenter then poured a cup of liquid Nitrogen on the floor and it disappeared in a cloud of cold fog. Then we got to see liquid Carbon Dioxide inside of a frozen balloon. When she blew up the balloon and put it into the liquid Nitrogen it collapsed and shrunk showing the liquid Carbon Dioxide. After she took it out and started warming it up the balloon blew itself up.

At the very end the presenter took liquid Nitrogen and made Marshmallow Ice-cream, it was the best ice-cream I had ever had. It was the best assembly we had ever had too. 


Spring Choir Assembly

Beth Knudsen
Lillian Gardner, Ethan Thomas, Bridger Deuel, and Addie Wilson dancing at the Choir Assembly.
Students playing the drums during "That's How You Know" from Enchanted.
Mrs. Christine Muniz leading the Barnett Choir.

On April 28, 2014, the Barnett Choir sang some of the songs from their Spring Concert. Their songs were focused around popular songs from the radio or from movies, for example, "When Will My Life Begin" from Tangled, "Roar" by Prism, "That's How You Know" from Enchanted, "What Does the Fox Say?", and "Let it Go" from Frozen.  They did a fantastic job singing and being led by their choir director, Mrs. Christine Muniz.




Minute to Win It

Beth Knudsen

Students in both the upper and lower grades were able to participate in Minute to Win It games as a reward for turning in their reading calendars. Several students who had turned in their reading calendar were randomly selected from each class and grade to take part in the fun games.  A teacher was also randomly selected to compete against the students.  Some of the fun games that were played involved knocking bottles down with a pantyhose headcovering, making cup pyramids and taking them down quickest, and trying to get an Oreo from the forehead into the mouth.  It was an entertaining assembly for all.