Today East Meadows Elementary kicked off the Warm the Soles program. This program is sponsored by Nebo Credit Union. Donations from the credit union and local schools help provide shoes for those that may have difficulty purchasing them. Last year East Meadows collected a generous $900. Members of the student council will come by the classrooms each morning to collect funds for the program until Friday, December 16. East Meadows would love to meet or exceed last year’s generous donation and wishes to thank ahead of time those who choose to contribute.
Natalie Mecham is super organized and is always looking ahead at curriculum, she is also never stuck in a rut. She is constantly evolving her teaching strategies. She finds new ideas and innovative ways to help students understand—and she is always willing to share what she finds. She is dedicated to her students at school in addition to her family at home. She thinks of the children in her class as she does her own kids. She has been a leader in implementing the new writing core and has set an example of integration for her colleagues. Natalie’s enthusiasm, hard-work, and dedication make her an outstanding team-member and an incredible teacher. Any teacher is fortunate to work with her and any student is lucky to be in her class.
If you have attended elementary schools in the local area, chances are you have probably participated in a favorite Christmas tradition. LaRee Liddiard, elementary school teacher in Nephi, created her own paper patterns of angels, stockings, wreaths, lanterns and other Christmas designs many years ago. Students added the tissue paper and carefully crafted their design. The decorations were then placed on windows around the school. When LaRee retired, she passed on these patterns to her son Dwight Liddiard, principal, who has been carrying on the tradition at different schools for 27 years. East Meadows 5th-grade students recently finished their decorations and the school windows are now adorned with these stained-glass patterns for all to enjoy until the Christmas holidays.
On Monday, November, 21 Mr. Kent Jex set up his tepee and dressed in his Indian clothing and talked with the Kindergarten and 3rd grade students about Indians. They were invited by class into his tepee where he had many items for them to view. He talked about how he had lived with the Indians for a couple of years in Arizona. This was a very fun activity to have the same week as Thanksgiving. Mr. Jex is the grandfather of Sam Jex in Mrs. Mecham’s class and Sadie Jex in Mrs. McEntire’s class. Thank you for taking time and sharing with our students Mr. Jex.
We have wrapped up another successful session of afterschool 4-H clubs. Our students have had some great opportunities in their afterschool clubs. They have been learning about a variety of things including teamwork, cooperation, and healthy lifestyle activities like jumping rope, flag football, and steal the flag. They also have been trying new recipes and some even liked spinach. Our GPS students have been learning how to operate a GPS unit and many things that it is capable of doing. Students have also been able to explore their creative side through drama and different art mediums, as well as make fun fall crafts. Parents enjoyed coming to the school on Monday, November, 21 2011 to see the new skills and projects that their child has been working on. Our service project for the Fall Semester was collecting food and coats to be donated to a local shelter. Service is a very important part of 4-H. The students have learned that hands are for serving others and we hope they felt good about themselves as they donated their items. If you missed the Fall Semester sign-ups there will be another chance to register for the Spring Semester on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. This is an online registration so look on the school website for more information.
Meet Suzanne Aguero. Many students may remember Mrs. Aguero for being their music teacher at East Meadows Elementary. While she worked as the music specialist, she was busy earning her teaching degree. She now teaches third grade. Mrs. Aguero loves teaching school. Every day she gets to work with her students is a day that she has a smile on her face. She has a quote on her desk that reads, “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” This is a reminder to her of what is most important in life. In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Aguero is a mom to five children. She has many interests and hobbies including collecting Barbie dolls. She has more than 50 of them!
On Wednesday, November 16, East Meadows 5th graders became D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates. Officer Chris Sherriff welcomed family and friends as he commended the 5th graders for completing their 10-week educational training. In order to receive their graduation certificates, students participated in class discussions and activities, learned songs, and wrote thoughtful essays on why it is important to stay away from drugs and other harmful substances. The D.A.R.E. mission statement is: Teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The official D.A.R.E website states that, “D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life." Outstanding D.A.R.E. essay winners are: Tivalee Holker, Riley Wells, Gage Brouse, Addison Romney, Conner Bennett, Jesse Carter and Brylee Ferre. One student from each class was selected as the Outstanding D.A.R.E. student. From Mrs. Andersen's, Jaxon Judd, Mrs. Hogle's class, Madison Reese, Mrs. Hughes' class Emily Irwin and Mr. Killpack's is Dragun Williams. Congratulations to all the 5th grade students on graduating from this program. We also thank Officer Chris Sherriff and the 5th grade teachers for their time in this worthwhile program.
Brandon Mull, author of the ever popular children’s series Fablehaven, visited East Meadows Elementary. He talked with kids about coming up with ideas for writing books. He said he has always had an imagination. He just started writing down the stories that were in his head and asking people to read them. Brandon has always been a fan of fantasy. His writings have been inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. He gave the students some tips for young writers. He told them to read a lot, write a lot, observe things around them and to ask people to read their writing and give them feedback. Brandon is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Other books by Brandon Mull are: Pingo, The Candyshop Wars, and the new series Beyonders. He says the new Beyonders series is his favorite thus far.
The fourth grade students at East Meadows Elementary learned about Native American culture today. Mrs. Eileen Quintana and Mrs. Natalie Billie came and showed the students many different items from their Indian culture. They had dance costumes, moccasins, pottery, hand-woven baskets, jewelry and many more items they talked about and displayed for the students. A few students were even allowed to put on the dance costumes. It was a very fun and informative assembly.
"One magical princess, one young mine laborer and one army of menacing goblins: the scene is set for a work that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien to write about the battle for Middle Earth and for C.S. Lewis to write about the imaginary world of Narnia," stated the UVU Review. The Utah Valley Theater presented "The Princess and the Goblin" to students and staff at East Meadows Elementary on November 10, 2011. This fun and classical play portrayed such things as bravery, honor and believing in oneself. Our students had a great time being entertained by 4 actors and 4 of our very own students. The play consisted of 4 live characters and several puppets. There were approximately 11 characters portrayed throughout the play. Thank You UVU theater for sharing such a fun assembly.