Barnett Elementary showed respect on Veteran's Day by hosting an assembly for the whole student body. It was open to the public and featured the musical talents of the Barnett school choir. It was heart warming to hear classic, patriotic songs like, "My Country, ‘Tis of Thee," sung by over a hundred students. The assembly became even more moving when the faculty showed a Veteran's Day tribute video. When some of the students were asked after the presentation how they felt, several became teary-eyed when relaying some of the specific moments that stood out to them. One particular image of several coffins covered by an American flag really helped many of the children connect to the realities of war. The Barnett community is grateful for the many veterans who have sacrificed much in our behalf and were pleased to honor those sacrifices.
Barnett's 5th graders recently participated in Colonial Days where they learned about life in colonial America. Students experienced first hand just how hard colonial families worked to get all the chores done. The students learned how to spin wool into yarn and how to weave with it. They got to make their own candles, bread dough, and paper, as well. But it wasn't all hard work; they also got to play some colonial games. One of the best parts was competing against each other (and the teachers) in the stick pull.
Halloween was so much fun in the Kindergarten classes! Besides the costumes and yummy treats, we made ghost hats and necklaces with the numbers and their tallies from 1 to 10. The numbers 1-5 were on the hats and the numbers 6-10 were on our necklaces. We were all so proud of our work.
Patty Hansen, a fabulous first grade teacher at Barnett Elementary, is the proud aunt of You-Tube "Kid History" creators and stars Brett, Randy, John, and David Roberts. Mrs. Hansen arranged for them to visit Barnett Elementary to talk with grades K-3 about how important writing is in capturing memories. Brett talked about revision in writing and how they had to revise continuously during filming to get the perfect story. All of the brothers talked about writing and storytelling and made writing more applicable and appealing to the students. The students were laughing and quoting along as they watched two episodes of Kid History with the creators and actors present. At the end of the assembly, Brett and Randy Roberts stood at the door giving students high fives as they left. The Roberts left a very positive impression since most young writers hate revising their work. Students at Barnett now have awesome examples of what can happen when you do edit your work.
Second graders at Barnett Elementary got a special treat at the end of October when Fire Chief Scott Spencer visited the school to explain some of the essentials of fire safety at home and at school. The students were able to watch Colby Cox (in photo) get dressed up in all of the gear of a fireman as Chief Spencer explained what each article of clothing was used for. You could hear the 2nd-graders "ooo" and "ahhh" as they learned about the different layers of protective clothing and what to do in a fire at home. Chief Spencer led a question and answer session with them where they asked specific questions about fire safety and shared a few experiences and concerns they have had with fire.
The highlight for many of the students was going out by the playground and seeing the fire truck. Chief Spencer explained the different parts of the truck and the kids got to see the ladder moving up close. After blasting the siren, he gave the students fire department stickers and left most of the second grade dreaming of becoming firefighters.
Several students were awarded a trip on a fire truck and some lunch made by the Payson Fire Department for being great artists. During Fire Prevention Week, one of the activities was a coloring contest Mrs. Ellsworth, the art specialist, had grades 1-6 participate in. Students turned in a coloring sheet and the fire department picked the best one from each grade. Those students were then able to ride on a fire truck to the fire station where they enjoyed a BBQ with the firefighters. Congratulations students on being wonderful artists and great examples for Barnett!
Winners were: Camen Kent, Nathan Hullinger, Camille Hullinger, SaraLyn Hunter, Ashlynn Poulson, Keaton Mikesell
Students at Barnett Elementary have been working hard this month 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 our board is full of student names we have a drawing for books and prizes. We were able to fill up the Principal's 200 Board twice the month of October! Here are the winners! Thaks for making so many good choices Barnett Bulldogs!
Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, declared, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”
Here at Barnett Elementary we absolutely agree with this credo. We know that grandparents are a great blessing in the lives of our students. To show our appreciation for all they do, the third grade students hosted a special Grandparents’ Day in September. The day started at noon as grandparents filled the lunchroom to eat with their special third grader. After lunch, students took their grandparents on a tour, showing them the different parts of the school: the playground, their classroom, and, most importantly, their very own desk. Several grandparents took advantage of this time by taking pictures, asking questions, and really getting to know their grandchildren better by seeing where they spend a good portion of their day.
Grandparents and students then returned to the lunchroom for a special presentation which the students had been practicing for several weeks beforehand. They sang songs, told their favorite things about their grandparents, and recited poems. A slideshow of pictures of the students with their grandparents provided the grand finale. The performance was a success and the proud faces in the audience showed that the grandparents loved every minute of it. Afterwards, refreshments were served; and this time, the kids gave their grandparents cookies for a change. Thanks, grandparents, for all you do. You make our lives so much better!
On Friday, September 9, 2011, the fifth-graders at Barnett Elementary took a journey to Diamond Fork Canyon. While there, they learned about fire safety and what a healthy forest looks like. They were surprised to learn that a forest with a lot of plants on the ground isn’t actually the healthiest forest because it takes nutrients from the trees! One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity the students had to act as real scientists and collect samples from the river to assess the “healthiness” of the river—if it was too acidic or too basic. The rangers up at Diamond Fork Canyon actually used the classes’ results to turn in to the state! They were also able to look for critters in the river, as another indicator of the healthiness of the river; the most commonly found organism was a water floater. They were able to participate in a presentation on animal species and types, with a particular emphasis on birds, especially the birds in Utah.
Fourth grade students at Barnett Elementary School attended the Utah State Fair Friday, September 9. They had the opportunity to see Utah livestock and produce. They were entertained by a wandering magician. Students learned about animals and plants native to the state. They also participated in a State Fair Scavenger Hunt to locate the Utah butter sculpture and other unusual exhibits. Students enjoyed the seal tricks, the chickens and rooster that imitated student actions. One Student, Zowee Hanks, showed her lamb at the Utah County and the Utah State Fair. Everyone had a fabulous time.