November 2014

Teacher Spotlight: 2nd Grade

Attributions: 
Barbara Chapman, Megan Davies, Justyna O'Neill, 2nd grade students
Mrs. Megan Davies, Mrs. Barbara Chapman, and Ms. Justyna O'Neill

It is time for the next teacher spotlight. This month is the second grade teachers--Mrs. Megan Davies, Mrs. Barbara Chapman, and Ms. Justyna O'Neill.  Here are the words that the other teachers and students have said about these wonderful second grade teachers:

Focus on--Mrs. Davies
 She is a great teacher to work with in 2nd grade. She has fun ideas to do with all the children.  She is always willing to work for the betterment of each second grade student.  Mrs. Davies loves to be crazy and play with the kids. They have fun and play while they learn. The students love it! She is also the epitome of organized. She knows where everything is and so do her students!  Students say she is nice, kind, cool and fun. They also say, she is very good at teaching us how to sing. She is funny. 

Focus on--Mrs. Chapman

Mrs. Chapman is fun and loves the students. She does a variety of exciting activities to engage the students and make learning fun. She works so hard every day and establishes good relationships with her students. She is always willing to share her great ideas with others.  Mrs. Chapman has a lifetime of knowledge and tons of amazing material and is always always willing to share and help out. Her kids get to explore and create regularly and they love it!  Students say that she is very nice, talks cool, is pretty and that she teaches well. She teaches us about the moon really well. Students said that Mrs. Chapman is great because she has a real pirate treasure box, she says if you're happy then she's happy, she does lots of good activities, and has lots of computers.

Focus on--Ms. O'Neill

One thing I can say about Ms. O'Neill is that she is so nice and easy to work with.  She has a positive attitude about everything. She is enthusiastic about learning and teaching. She brings sunshine everywhere she goes. She loves the students and makes sure they know.  She is always willing to help with anything.  Students say she is fun, funny, awesome, nice.  They also said Ms. O'Neill was great because she teaches them Spanish, helps them spell difficult words, and teaches about gravity by swinging on the swings, and looks beautiful with her new dyed hair and glasses. 

Thanks Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Davies, and Ms. O'Neill for being amazing second grade teachers!

 

Gobble Off 2014

Attributions: 
Beth Knudsen

Every year students get to compete for the best turkey gobble in the school.  To prepare, each class did a competition to decide on a winner from each class. Then each of those winners got to compete with the rest of the student winners in the school.  After narrowing down the 20 or so candidates to three gobblers, fourth-grader, Enrique Barrajas won the all-school Gobble Off!  Enrique won a turkey to take home; the other contestants took home a large candy bar.

Wild About Reading!

Attributions: 
Beth Knudsen

This year's theme for Barnett's reading program is Wild About Reading! In keeping with that theme, students who turned in their reading calendars for October and met their goal were able to throw a sponge at their teachers.  It was a fun, motivating assembly for students--and the teachers didn't get too wet.

Veteran's Day at Barnett

Attributions: 
Beth Knudsen
David Moyar dressed up to honor soldiers on Veteran's Day.
Ally Anson sharing why she appreciates veterans.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, students at Barnett Elementary celebrated Veteran's Day.  Mrs. Ronda Hair and Ms. Robyn Curtis organized an assembly that included the presentation of the United States flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Barnett choir singing two numbers--The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.  Also, several short videos were shown to focus students' thoughts on the sacrifices of the soldiers who sacrifice their time and lives to defend our country.  Many students shared statements they had written about why they appreciate veterans. 

Barnett Reflections Winners

3Dimensional Art-Malcolm Meidinger, Tori Harris, McKenzie Mitchell, Myla Millet, Elizabeth Mitchell, Justin Walker
Photography-Xavier Mitchell, Ella Robbins, McKenzie Mitchell, Makayla Morgan, Elizabeth Mitchell, Quinn Christiansen
Music-Xavier Mitchell, Dallin Caldwell, McKenzie Mitchell
Dance-Katelyn Caldwell, Elizabeth Mitchell
Visual Arts-Award of Excellence and Award of Merit winners
Film-McKenzie Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell
Literature-Taizlyn Larsen, Henry Draper, McKenzie Mitchell, Megan Durrant, Mark Peterson, Xavier Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell

This last month, over 70 Reflections entries were submitted in the seven categories: 3-Dimensional Art, Photography, Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Film, and Literature.  At the end of the month, October 22, awards were given to the participants.  Two types of awards were given: Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Those who received the Award of Excellence will go on to compete against other schools' participants in the Nebo South Council PTA.  They also receive a ribbon and a $2 bill.  Those who received an Award of Merit were honorably mentioned, received a ribbon, and a $1 gold coin.

These were the award recipients:
3Dimensional Art
Award of Excellence- Malcolm Meidinger, Tori Harris, McKenzie Mitchell, Myla Millet, Elizabeth Mitchell

 

Award of Merit- Justin Walker

Photography
Award of Excellence- Xavier Mitchell, Ella Robbins, McKenzie Mitchell, Makayla Morgan, Elizabeth Mitchell

Award of Merit- Quinn Christiansen

Music
Award of Excellence- Xavier Mitchell, Dallin Caldwell, McKenzie Mitchell

Dance
Award of Excellence- Katelyn Caldwell, Elizabeth Mitchell

Visual Arts
Award of Excellence- Reagan Holdaway, Xavier Mitchell, Mackenzie Christensen, Tyson Jensen, Samantha Kirkwood

Award of Merit- Emery Christensen, Katelyn Caldwell, Christabelle Draper, McKenzie Mitchell, Daniela Chavez, Sydni Cowan, Gracy Garcia, Tatum Burdick, Quinn Christiansen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Garrison Durrant

Film
Award of Excellence- McKenzie Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell

Literature
Award of Excellence- Taizlyn Larsen, Henry Draper, McKenzie Mitchell, Megan Durrant, Mark Peterson

Award of Merit- Xavier Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell

 

Teacher Spotlight: 1st Grade

Attributions: 
Jack White, Whitney Zylstra, Patty Hanson, and Beth Knudsen
Ms. Whitney Zylstra, Mr. Jack White, and Mrs. Patty Hanson

This installment of the Teacher Spotlight is on the first grade team: Mr. Jack White, Mrs. Patty Hanson, and Ms. Whitney Zylstra.  While these teachers have different personalities and life experiences, they have come to work together and become the foundational teachers for most of the students at Barnett, helping students learn to read, write, add, and subtract--skills that they will need their whole lives.

Focus on--Mr. White
 Mr. White is a great teacher and very patient with his students. He is always willing to share his ideas with other teachers and is willing to listen to you when things aren't going right and offer advice. Mr. White is very organized and always willing to help his team members. He also is always concerned for his students and their well being. He is a very good teacher and his kids love him and love being in his class. He is always prepared and willing to share ideas with others. We love working with him!

Focus on--Mrs. Hanson
Mrs. Hanson is so easy to work with I love her positive attitude about teaching.  She always looks to the good in all we do.   Mrs. Hanson is very fun to work with. She cares for her students and is always trying new ideas for making learning fun. She is willing to help others and try new ideas. She is a fun teacher. She is willing to help others. It is fun to work with her each day.

Focus on--Ms. Zylstra
Ms. Zylstra is very organized and excellent at class management. Her students are always working quietly. The thing we appreciate about her the most is that she is good to take a task and get it done so that the whole grade level benefits and all the first graders get the best learning possible.

All of Barnett, including the parents, appreciate all of our first grade teachers and the time and effort they put into helping their students every day!

Utah Symphony and the Fourth Graders of Barnett Elementary

Attributions: 
Ellie Golliher

Fourth graders from Barnett Elementary joined the rest of fourth grade from Nebo school district to attend the Utah Symphony on Monday October, 27th. This year’s theme was, “What does music say?” The Utah Symphony did a marvelous job of providing an unforgettable experience. As is expected when attending a symphony, fourth graders dressed in their finest to provide a true symphony experience. They heard music that told a story, music that was sad, and music that was happy. They learned what allows music to speak to us as a language. Students were also invited to participate in a number which learned, practiced, and performed with the symphony. Students came back to school with music in their minds. They can now recognize and better understand the music of a symphony.

 

Adventure at Salem Pond

Attributions: 
Ellie Golliher

At Barnett Elementary we are keeping our fourth graders busy. Last week we visited Salem Pond to study wetlands. Thanks to our parent and grandparent volunteers we were able to have students rotate through seven different stations. Students found and compared bugs, identified plants and animals, and played a great game to learn about animal adaptations. They were able to write descriptive sentences about the wetlands and decorate a rock that we later named and wrote about. At the end of the day students participated in service learning by helping to clean up Salem Pond. They collected not just their own trash but any they could find in an effort to leave the pond cleaner then they found it and give back. Now Barnett has home to seventy-eight wetlands experts!

 

Principal's 200 Club Winners for October

Attributions: 
Angela Stoddard
Back Row: Diana White, Andrew Evon, Paizley Thorpe, Rosalia Gomez, Sami Simpson Front Row: Katelyn Pugmire, Claudia Manuta, Jord
Back Row: Ivy Baldwin, Sami Simpson, Ethan Lau, Justin Walker, Ty Webster, Bella Nay Front Row: Ocean Johnson, Danielle Mitchell

Students at Barnett Elementary have been working hard 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 the students who won for October.  Thanks for making so many good choices Barnett Bulldogs!