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February 2015

“Hands On” Science Learning at Barnett Elementary

Submitted by beth.knudsen on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:01
Lisa Peterson

Barnett Elementary’s mission statement is: “Making THE difference in lifelong learning”  We are proud that over one hundred of our school’s students from K-6 entered our school’s science fair on February 10th.

Surprising to some, a science fair project is one of the best learning experiences a student can undertake.  Preparing a science fair project is an excellent example of what education experts call active learning or inquiry (also "hands-on" learning). It is a very effective instructional method and is recommended as a cornerstone of successful science teaching. Our society relies on science every day, and science fairs are a great way for students to become more knowledgeable about how the world around them works. Every citizen needs sufficient science literacy to make educated decisions about what he or she reads in the media, about health care, and about other every-day problems. Barnett students are proud to be “hands-on” learners and problem solvers!

The winners in the 5th and 6th grade division were:
Grand Prize - Adam Warner, 1st Place - Ethan Manuta, 2nd Place -Mark Peterson and Carson Caines, 3rd place - Quinn Christiansen, 4th place - Luis Sion.  

Our top 10 winners are eligible to advance to compete in the district science fair on February 24th.  Adam Warners project was “What gas station (or company of gas) gives us the best gas mileage?”, Ethan Manuta’s project was “Does decreasing the air pressure in a football make it easier to hande and catch?” just to name a few.

3-4 grade division winners: 1st place - McKenzie Mitchell, 2nd place - Kristen Harris, 3rd place - McKenzie & Katelyn Pugmire, 4th place - John Humphries,

K-2 grade division winners: 1st place - Tori Harris, 2nd place - Addison Pugmire, 3rd place - Taylor Humphries, 4th place - Abby Harris

All of our students did an amazing job and the caliber of projects get better every year. Congratulations to all the students who entered the science fair at Barnett!

Teacher Spotlight: 5th Grade

Submitted by beth.knudsen on Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:55
Ronda Hair, Gwen Sorensen, Beth Knudsen
Mrs. Ronda Hair and Mrs. Gwen Sorensen


This month the fifth grade teachers are the spotlight!  We are very lucky to have both Mrs. Ronda Hair and Mrs. Gwen Sorensen as teachers for the fifth graders at our school.  Here is what they (and their students) say about each other.

Focus on--Mrs. Gwen Sorensen
 Mrs. Sorensen has a happy, bubbly laugh that inspires others to be positive and to feel better. She is always appreciative to those she works with.  She works diligently to support her students to be successful, safe, and happy at school. She is an excellent teacher that understands how students learn, and takes many different approaches to ensure that learning takes place. 

Some things that her students have said about her are: "She has a good smile", "She has pretty hair", She is smart", "She is nice", "She is pretty," and "She is kind".  Mrs. Sorensen always has a smile on her face and it is a gift to have her here at Barnett. 

Focus on--Mrs. Ronda Hair
 Mrs. Hair shows concern for everyone.  She takes care of her students well being, but also shows concern for all people who come across her path.  She is very generous and loving.  I have never worked with an individual as compassionate as Mrs. Hair. She supports all of those who enter her door.  I have found a lot of comfort in her listening ear.  Mrs. Hair has a variety of ways to make learning fun. She is continually planning engaging learning activities that are fun for all involved. Mrs. Hair is continually helping me through the year and is sharing everything that will benefit my students understand.  Ronda Hair is a wonderful teacher!

Some of the fifth grade students have said this about Mrs. Hair: 
"Mrs. Hair is amazing, she is the best ever! She really helps the students when they don't get it." SavAnna Cox"She explains every thing perfectly." Marian Smith
"Mrs. Hair is a great person. She is very understanding and reasonable, even when someone messes up. Mrs. Hair is fun to be around and can always make you smile. I am very glad she is my teacher."  Maddux Howard"Mrs. Hair is extremely kind." Isaac Webster"She's really smart." Diana White"She's giving." Bailey Franson"Mrs. Hair is very fun! She is always really helpful. She loves having us around!" Sarah Rash"She's exciting, kid friendly, giving, and fun!" McKenzie Van Dam"She's nice, kind, she loves kids, and having them around. Mrs. Hair is very fun!" Mindi Brailsford


SEP Reminder

Submitted by beth.knudsen on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:45

Please remember to come at the time you signed up for SEPs on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Teachers have prepared information to share with you and are ready to answer your questions!

If you haven't signed up for a time, please sign up at SignUp Genius with your child's teacher:

Science Fair reminder

Submitted by beth.knudsen on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 17:47

Barnett Science Fair is coming up on February 10th! 

Barnett Elementary will be hosting a school Science Fair February 10, 2015. ALL students are invited to participate in grades K-5. 6th grade students at Barnett are required to particpate. Awards will be presented on a school level and students in grades 5 and 6 have the opportunity to move on to the District Science Fair.Projects need to be completed and turned in by February 9th, judging will take place February 10th, and projects will be on display for parents and community February 11th from 2:00-5:30pm. If you have any questions please talk to your child's teacher.

More information can be found at this URL:

Teacher Spotlight: 4th Grade

Submitted by beth.knudsen on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 17:03
Lynette White, Ellie Golliher, Jaimie Cummings, Beth Knudsen
Ms. Ellie Golliher, Mrs. Lynette White, Ms. Jaimie Cummings

This month we get to spotlight the fourth grade teachers at Barnett Elementary!  Here is what the fourth grade teachers have to say about each other. We are so lucky to have such great teachers at our school!

Focus on: Mrs. Lynette White
 Mrs. White is amazing! She is so helpful and truly a wealth of knowledge when it comes to curriculum. She always knows how to help a struggling student. She also has an uncanny ability to get her students to love reading!  Mrs. White is so devoted to her students, she always spends the time to prepare something meaningful and fun for them, she is an amazing science teacher with a seemingly unlimited supply of experiments up her sleeve, she is always willing to help other teachers and share her resources, she is THE fourth grade expert!

Focus on: Ms. Ellie Golliher
Ms. Golliher is always willing to lend a hand and help out.  She is very well educated and knows her stuff.  When she doesn't know something, she isn't afraid to ask for help.  She makes her class fun for the kids, and is diligent in being prepared and on top of each day.   Ms. Golliher is so uniquely herself, which I think helps her kids to know how to be themselves. When asked about what his favorite thing about his teacher was, Will Christensen responded, "She is super-duper fun!!!"  

Focus on: Ms. Jaimie Cummings
Ms. Cummings was raised in Florida and has made the theme for her classroom have to do with ships, captains, beaches, and shells, etc.  She has made it fun for her class by putting a big part of her upbringing into her classroom decor.  She cares about each one of her kids and tries hard to provide for all the needs for each one.  Ms. Cummings is a dedicated teacher and works diligently at her teaching. She loves her students with all her heart, puts in the extra effort to make things nice and well prepared, her students feel loved and cared for, teaches independence and gives lots of choices, good at teaching things besides academics such as character and social skills. 

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