Think you have what it takes to face your fears? Mrs. Spencer's, Ms. Leach's, and Mrs. Laudato's sixth graders do!!! January's incentive activity for Barnett sixth graders was the opportunity to participate in Fear Factor! Each class sent six volunteers to compete for the coveted Fear Factor Championship. Participants were challenged to hold ice in their hand, eat dried squid, & drink tomato juice with herring chunks, just to name a few. Do you think you could do it? Fellow students got the task of watching their friends gag as they tried their best to complete the different challenges. They cheered and pressured challengers into extremely uncomfortable situations. Much fun was had by all the students in sixth grade. In the end, Ms. Leach's class took home the trophy! When the competition was finished, student's were reminded of the effects of peer pressure and how sometimes we do things that we would never dream of doing when we feel pressure from others. Students were also reminded that people are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have. It's not always easy to resist negative peer pressure, but when you do, it is easy to feel good about it afterwards. And you may even be a positive influence on your peers who feel the same way — and Barnett sixth graders are positively amazing people!
Barnett’s 6th grade classes have participated in a program called N.O.V.A. over the last few months, which teaches principles of bettering your life through learning life skills and building an awareness against alcohol and drugs. As part of the requirements for their N.O.V.A. class, the Sixth grade collected items to donate to the Christmas Box House. Each student was asked to earn and donate one item. During the month of December the 6th grade students created crocheted beanies from looms the teachers had received a grant for the previous year. Students also donated brand new items for children through the Christmas Box House. During the month of January, the sixth-grade team received a letter stating that over $700 worth of items were donated to this cause. In the end they were amazed at how one item, when combined with others, could turn into a sizeable donation. They learned that every effort counts.
The first grade students at Barnett Elementary get to participate in a Fun Friday activity if they finish all of their centers during the week. This last week the students who attended Fun Friday got to do a fun art project. The students loved doing this art project as a reward for working so hard during the week on their centers.
On Monday, January 23, Mrs. Knudsen's 5th grade class celebrated Chinese New Year. The students learned about the lucky colors--red and gold--on this day in China. They were able to simulate writing in Chinese calligraphy with black paint and white paper as they wrote the Chinese characters for a positive phrase of their choice. The students were also able to make miniature Chinese lanterns to put into their red Chinese boxes. Most of the lanterns that the fifth graders made pictured a student-drawn dragon in honor of it being the year of the dragon, a cricket, or another rendition of their Chinese characters with crayons, markers, or pencils. The students enjoyed the chance to learn a little bit more about the Chinese culture.
The fifth-grade at Barnett School has been very busy studying the intricate layers of the Earth's Crust. To simulate this billion year geological process in a delicious and fun way, students studied the layering through 'P.B. & Jelly-ology.' Students were given three types of bread, crunchy peanut butter, jelly, honey, Nutella spread, and gummy worms acting as fossils to help them conceptualize the various layers of Earth. As Mrs. Buys told a story of the laying down or depositing of these sediments, students laid down the type of spread or layers to form their creation.
For those suffering from Automatonophobia, the fear of wax figures, this article may not be for you. Dozens of fifth-grade 'wax' historical figures posed in the Barnett Elementary school gym before Christmas break. Every year, the fifth-grade lets their students research their choice of famous person from United States history. After researching, they are able to write a speech that their character would give, briefly describing their role in our history. Past Presidents, inventors, and astronauts were just a few of the statues parents and friends could visit that day. It was a very lively and educational event!
Barnett Elementary's Second-grade has been working hard to perform a large selection of Christmas music and student-written speaking parts. Directed by Barbara Chapman and accompianed by Kaye Hansen, the performance included favorites like: Up on the Housetop, Rudolf the red-Nosed Reindeer, All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The performance was held on Tuesday December 20th, in the Barnett Cafeteria. We would like to thank all of the parents, family, and friends who came to support our production. There were over one hundred and fifty members of the community who came!
The fourth grade students at Barnett Elementary had an exciting learning opportunity recently at Salem Pond. The students participated in a wide variety of activities to help them better understand the essential role of the wetlands for Utah’s environment. Students participated in a nature scavenger hunt, tested water samples, and played games that related to animal habitat and survival. They also drew and wrote about a specific scene at the pond. Students I identified plants and animals that live and grow in a water environment. Students enjoyed seeing a family of ducks, playing the game “OH Deer”, and This was a great opportunity for students to see a familiar park in a new way.
Today Barnett Elementary hosted an assembly featuring the Payson High School Choir. Over 50 high school students came and performed various holiday songs for the students including “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Star of Bethlehem”, and many others. The students loved listening to the joyous music, whether they were songs they had heard hundreds of times or melodies that were new to their ears. We loved hearing from the whole choir as well as hearing some a cappella numbers by their talented chamber choir. The assembly ended with all of the Barnett students joining in with Payson High School students in singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. It was the perfect way to celebrate the arts as well as enjoy this wonderful time of year. Thank you Payson High School Choir for the fabulous performance!
On Friday, December 2, 2011, Barnett’s 6th grade classes participated in their own version of the Greek Olympics. There were six teams all representing Greek city-states including the Athenians, Spartans and Minoans. Students were split into two different teams within their own classroom. They made up their own cheers and flags for their teams corresponding with team colors. The Greek named teams strolled around the gym preparing for their Olympic games which included the Shotput ( using cotton balls), javelin throw ( using straws), fan the Greek, Chariot and foot races and Greek wrestling. The top students of each event from their team went on to the final round. The top winners from each event went on to the finals of each game. Those final six, one from each team won a gold, silver or bronze. Among the 6th grade Greek Olympians winners were Tyler Anderson from Miss leach’s class with a Gold in the Javelin Throw and Colton Tracy from Mrs. Laudato’s class who won a Gold in the Shotput. This was a great culminating activity for their Sixth Grade unit on Greece and brought to life Social Studies for the students who participated.