Exploring a Local Wetland

3rd Graders Explore Salem Pond

On September 16, East Meadows 3rd graders explored Salem Pond, a local wetland. Parents and teachers guided them through various activities. Students learned that there are many habitats within a wetland. They observed 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. Pictured here are 3rd graders with nets and materials on hand ready to get to work and explore.

East Meadows Mustang Week

Naiya Turner, McKailey Robb, Katelynn Smith and Maddison Ross get ready to gunny-sack race.

Students enjoyed a week of fun-filled activities as they celebrated Mustang Week sponsored by the staff and PTA of East Meadows. The goal for the week was to have some fun activities and events that helped students feel a part of the East Meadows community. Many cowboys and cowgirls descended on the school Tuesday for western dress-up day. On Wednesday, the kids learned a few country-western dance moves as they learned to line dance. Because of the pouring rain, Thursday’s field day was moved indoors as they roped make-shift cows, raced, shot at targets with water bottles and pinned the badge on the sheriff. Mustang week ended with an assembly featuring Corbin White.

East Meadows Leaves a Smile for Jerry

Students and staff at East Meadows Elementary lost a dear friend over labor-day weekend. Jerry Reynolds passed away on Sunday, September 4. Jerry was beginning his fifth year as a school custodian. His hard work and good humor added to the friendly atmosphere at East Meadows. He took the time and effort to get to know students and recognize them by name which they loved. “He always said ‘hi’ to me and smiled,” said Morgan Latham. Lorena Heyn said, “He knew my name—he knows me!” And Mikayla Tobler said she “loved how he was always so helpful and he used to wink at me.” East Meadows students and staff will greatly miss Jerry and wish to leave him with a smile as he always did for the school.

East Meadows Elects a Student Council

East Meadows Student Council

Each year, East Meadows elects sixth-grade students to serve on a student council. The student council represents and serves the school in a variety of capacities. They do morning announcements, learn about service-project opportunities the school can get involved in, and come up with ideas to help improve the school. These students will have the opportunity to attend a student-council conference at Brigham Young University. Through this conference and in serving the school, they will get an early start at learning how to be good leaders. Congratulations to this year’s school council.

Colby Hazel, Karter Shaw, Dallin Harding, Amanda Gould, Parker Harrison, Alexis Proctor, Abigail Crandall, Jentri Harris, Talynna Dinehart, Ethan Russell, Sam Hoisington, MacKenzie Wood, Laine Romney, Amanda Olsen, Colby Peterson, Brick Mecham

Fall 4H Afterschool Program

Pictured with their 4H shirts are Amanda and Jessica Olsen

The fall 2010 4-H afterschool program at East Meadows Elementary offers some great opportunities for first through sixth-grade students. The program gives children a chance to learn and develop skills outside the classroom setting. Registration this year was available for the first time online. Fall classes include Nursery Rhymes, Art Techniques, Recharge!, Arts & Crafts, Scientists Gone Mad, Photography, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Games, Line Dancing and Babysitting Kits. Students are allowed to sign up for one class and must be enrolled in East Meadows Elementary to participate. The class fee is just $10. Students attend one day a week for ten weeks and then participate in a parent showcase at the end. Students will also learn the 4-H pledge, motto, and participate in a service project. All classes will begin on August 30, 2010. If you missed fall registration, you may catch the next registration on January 6, 2011.

Best Foot Forward

Tallon Cottle holding the book and a shoe to emphasize putting your best foot forward.

Students at East Meadows Elementary begin the school year with a challenge to put their ‘best foot forward.’ To emphasize this theme, Principal Liddiard held an assembly on the first day of school and talked about different ways to make this year their best. Mrs. Hogle’s fifth-grade class members took turns reading from the book, This School Year Will Be the Best, by Kay Winters. The book illustrates fun ideas and wishes kids might have about what would make their school year the best. East Meadows staff will recognize and reward students they see putting their ‘best foot forward’ throughout the year.

Mustang Graduates

JoDee Mercer
Sharon Adang, Christine Aguero, and Cody Bingham show their diplomas.

East Meadows Elementary held graduation for the sixth-grade students last Thursday. There was a short program, and a slide show. Proud parents and faculty applauded the efforts of the students, and wished them well next year as they move on to Junior High. Congratulations, graduates! Nicely done!

End-of-Year Programs

Kindergarten Class of Mrs. Taylor Prepared for Program

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.

Cruise Day

Brooklynn Topham, Averi Hansen, Sydni Harrison, Savannah Slye, Jentri Harris and Sierra Lyman

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.

Teacher of the Year

Principal Dwight Liddiard, Neeley Kay, District Representative Julie Warren, and Ryan Kay

East Meadows congratulates Neeley Kay for being chosen as Teacher of the Year. Each year the Nebo School District chooses one outstanding teacher for this award. Mrs. Kay is an excellent instructor and is well-deserving of this award.