January 2019

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Sheets

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Say hello to Ms. Sheets! Ms. Sheets teaches the 4th grade. She has been teaching now for 3 years. Ms. Sheets wanted to become a teacher so that she could watch students grow and progress. Her favorite thing about teaching at Barnett Elementary is the feeling of family. She feels like she belongs and that everyone genuinely cares about her. If she wasn't a teacher she would probably be a physical therapist. She likes to read books in her spare time. Her favorite book is Emeralds and Espionage. We are so lucky to have Ms. Sheets at our school! She is truly amazing. 

Getting smart with Netsmartz

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Barnett Bulldogs received a great lesson on Internet safety. The presenter, Cole, spoke to students about many important things reguarding technology and the internet. He spoke on keeping personal information private. Never share your information with someone you don’t know. He also spoke about the truths of what you post online, stays online.  Another important point Barnett student’s learned was that we need to make the Internet a happier place. Cyberbullying happens quite frequently, but we can spark a change in this and be good citizens online. Cole told us that kids should be at least 13 years old to have a social media account, and that you should always have conversation with parents about anything you’re doing online. It is important that we do this to keep ourselves safe.  Check in with your child, especially if they are on social media to make sure they are keeping themselves safe. The last thing Cole emphasized was about keeping balance. Technology is great and it can help us stay connected and does a lot of good things. However, take the time and have a conversation in person. Put the phone down. Balance is key. 

Barnett's Science Fair

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Gwen Spencer, Angela Stoddard

Everyone likes a good science fair, but when you are at Barnett Elementary, you will get the BEST science fair! This is such a great opportunity for students to show themselves as scientists and represent themselves in that way. We had many great experiments, and quite a few participants. It is so fun to see kids dive deeper in their learning and take the initiative to do science at home. We would like to recognize our science fair winners.

Kindergarten- 2nd grade

1st place: James Draper

2nd place: Zach Felix

3rd Place- Lahni Miramontes

3rd-4th grade

1st place: Alex and Kira Johnson

2nd place: Adella Felix

3rd place: Christabelle Draper

Honorable Mention- Kyara Miramontes

5th-6th grade:

1st place: Nathan Walker

2nd place: Makayde Murdoch and Logan Hixson

3rd place: Lexi Peterson

Our Science fair grand champ was Henry Draper! Congratulations to our winners and to all the participants. A special thank you to our judges for all of their hard work. Thank you to the BYU CHEM CAMP for coming and demonstrating at the science fair. It was such a special day.

 

Setting Goals

January is the month for setting goals. But how many times do we actually keep them? Here at Barnett we set our goals in August and work on them the entire school year. I thought it would be great if I taught you how we make and keep our goals a focus all year long. We call our goals WIGs. WIG stands for Wildly Important Goal. One of our WIGs this year is that Barnett Students will make a years growth in reading. Staying focused on our goals is important. Sometimes it is easy to lose focus in the whirlwind of life. Tracking your goal will help it stay fresh in your mind. We use lead measures to help us do this. Lead measures are things that we can control that will help us reach our goal. For example, some lead measures we use are: read every night at home, participate in guided reading groups, read different types of books, and talk about our reading. These are things that we can track and things we can control everyday. In turn, doing these things can help us with our goal of becoming better readers. We meet with our accountability buddies to help keep us accountable for our lead measures, so we don't lose motivation. So this year, when you set a goal make sure it is specific. Know exactly what you want to achieve. Think of what you can do to help you get to your goal and track those daily. Get an accountability partner that you can talk to to help you stay motivated. That's it! You'll be accomplishing goals before you know it? Don't believe me? Check out the picture. We have here, five, 1st grade students who have already made a years growth in January and their classmates in the background cheering them on! Not sure how to get started? Ask your child. They can tell you all about WIGs!