Family and friends filtered in and out of East Meadows Elementary as they watched the end-of-year programs. Each grade focused on themes they have learned about throughout the year. Pre-school children got to say “goodbye” animal style. The first and second grades shared what they’ve learned about friendship, community, and strengthening relationships. The third-grade classes ended their program with a parent showcase where students shared their writing, poetry and acting abilities. Visitors listened to names of places they’ve probably never heard of while fourth graders sang about Utah. And fifth graders talked and sang about their love for America.
East Meadows fifth-grade students earned their way to Cruise Day. Students have been working hard earning ‘cruise points’ by demonstrating responsible behavior at school. For their reward they got to dress for an island cruise, sample island buffets, and play water games. East Meadows congratulates the students on their hard work.
Fifth graders at East Meadows Elementary have been investing some time into learning their states. On Wednesday, May 12, family members and friends got to see the results. Students learned major cities and landmarks, wrote a state report that included interesting facts, and designed their own state shirt. Visitors enjoyed seeing their displays and answering trivia questions the students had prepared for them.
On Friday, April 30, the East Meadows Kindergarten classes went to Hogle Zoo. This is a tradition the students enjoy each year. This year was a little different because of the weather. Instead of the usual spring-like temperatures, students bundled up for the wet weather as they visited with the animals. When asked about their day at the zoo, most students commented, “It was cold.” The cats seemed to like the cooler weather though because they were quite active. Among many other animals, students enjoyed seeing wolves, giraffes, and peacocks.
On Tuesday, April 27, the East Meadows 3rd graders explored Salem Pond, a local wetland. Parents and teachers guided them through various activities. Students learned how many habitats are within a wetland and observed the plants and animals living in the marsh. They looked for signs of pollution, talked about ways to help protect the environment and gathered up trash found in the area. Many students enjoyed collecting water samples in specimen cups and observing living organisms through a microscope lens. Tage from Ms. Biggs class, said, “My favorite part was that I found a crawdad and saw 17 baby ducklings at least. It was awesome!"
East Meadows concluded their winter afterschool 4-H classes with a ‘parent share.’ Students got to show their creations from the Art Technique class, their skills from the Basketball club, experiments from the Scientists Gone Mad class and will take away valuable health and wellness knowledge from the Recharge class. With 18 different clubs offered, there was a lot to see and share. East Meadows would like to thank the Department of Workforce Services, JC Penney, and Utah County 4-H for sponsoring a wonderful and affordable program for elementary students.
East Meadows Elementary 4H students had the privilege of helping to stuff Easter eggs for the Spanish Fork City Easter egg hunt! The students met after school, and made light work of filling the more than 10,000 plastic eggs that will be used in the hunt. Many thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the hunt and giving the East Meadows 4H group the eggsellent opportunity to serve.
On Wednesday evening, March 10, dads gathered up their kids and took them to the annual Dads and Donuts event at East Meadows Elementary. Those that attended enjoyed eating donuts while reading books with their students and visiting with neighbors. It’s a great tradition that many look forward to each year.
The Crystal Apple award this year goes to the brains of our operation. Julie Hammari leads our team through her talents, knowledge, abilities and height. She has been a great leader and teacher for both faculty and students here at East Meadows Elementary. She has always been willing to change a grade level because of her nature to be flexible and ability to work in any situation. This is most apparent in her current grade level team. Julie began teaching at Canyon Elementary as an intern in the 5th grade. She then moved to 3rd grade the next year and back to 5th her third year at Canyon. Her move to East Meadows Elementary placed her back in 3rd grade until she made that fearful move to teach sixth grade. However difficult the content in 6th grade was, it was the fact that the students exceeded her height that brought the most fear. Julie’s knowledge and understanding allows her to teach and inspire students to achieve beyond even their own expectations. Her math knowledge has allowed her to diversify the level of math classes she has taught over the years. From the advanced learners to the lower students who struggle to understand, Miss Hammari’s genius in math brings teachers and students throughout the school to her room for understanding. Julie is a team worker who in her own sneaky manner, plays pranks on the best of us. She is always willing to help her team and is a frequent supporter even at their basketball games. Students often comment on her sense of humor and her ability to bring a smile and joy to their lives. Her creativity and artistic talents have appealed to the eyes of many, especially Dwight, at Christmas time. We love working with Julie and congratulate her on all her accomplishments.