East Meadows 6th graders enjoyed a day of medieval games and feasting on Friday, December 10, 2010. As part of their social studies, students learned about the medieval times and what it might have been like to live during that period. Some of their activities included sword-fighting, jousting, dancing and melee (a mock battle between two armed horsemen). MaKenna Briggs said she especially liked learning about the knights’ armor and jousting. In this picture Emma Brinkerhoff and Sydnee Farrer try their skills at sword fighting.
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The third graders at East Meadows Elementary have recently been learning about Native American Culture. On Wednesday, December 8, each class performed a play depicting the culture of Native Americans. Mrs. Barton’s class performed “The Birth and Creation of the Corn God.” Mrs. McQuivey’s class did, “A Possum’s Tail.” Mrs. Bigg’s class dazzled us with “The Strongest One.” Mrs. Mecham’s class acted out “The Cannibal Monster--A Tlingit Legend” and Mrs. Wilson’s class performed “The Glusabe and Old Man Winter.” Leading up to this culminating event, students had previously learned the meaning of legends, made pottery out of play dough, and created teepees out of paper.
For more than a decade Dwight Liddiard, East Meadows Principal, and Katherine Beck, Clinical Faculty Advisor for Brigham Young University, have been sharing Christmas books with educators, librarians and others interested in hearing about great new stories. Katherine and Dwight researched and reviewed books copyrighted in 2010 and chose 31 well-written and nicely-illustrated Christmas books. On December 2, people gathered at East Meadows to hear summaries of these books. Some of the titles chosen this year were: Christmas With Tucker, Tacky’s Christmas, Jackie’s Gift (Jackie Robinson’s story), and a 1956 reprint of The Year Without a Santa Claus. This tradition has provided a wonderful venue for gathering information about holiday books worth purchasing. For those unable to attend, the list of books can be found on the East Meadows Elementary website, http://eastmeadows.nebo.edu.
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.
East Meadows 5th graders took the opportunity to visit Olympic Park near Park City. Olympic Park served as the 2002 Olympic venue for ski jumping, Nordic Combined, Bobsled, Skeleton and the Luge. Besides seeing how snow is great for a lot of fun winter activities, the students learned that snow is also important to Utah’s economy. In fact snow is called ‘white gold,’ and without it industries would economically suffer. Students enjoyed looking at the event rides and watching people do some practice runs. They were amazed at how fast the riders zoomed by.
East Meadows Elementary students were privileged to have Spanish Fork High School athletes and student council members come to the school to read and play with them today, November 18. This is a fun tradition the high school participates in. These high school students want kids to get excited about not just playing sports but reading and learning also. Lisie Dixon told third-grade class members, “you are lucky that you get to come to school and learn to read . . . knowing how to read can help you in all subjects.” After reading to the classes, the high school students joined the elementary students on the playground for recess. Third-grader Kelly Gardner said, “My favorite part was tackling them.”
East Meadows 4th graders were scientists-in-action today, November 15. Carolyn Firestone, representative from the University of Utah, Museum of Natural History brought the mini-museum to the school so students could learn about rocks and minerals. Museum on the Move (Mom) addresses the Utah core curriculum in science. Instead of lecturing to students, MoM focuses on allowing students to think and process like actual scientists. Students observed specimens, questioned and made inferences, researched, and recorded thoughts and ideas. Schools participating in MoM can choose from four different studies: Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, Animals and the Great Salt Lake.
On Thursday, November 11, 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. Students liked trying out the officer’s handcuffs but admitted they would never want to be in a situation where they had to wear them. Principal Dwight Liddiard commented that the school is lucky to have a full-time officer spend time working with and teaching students. He also reminded the students that life is about making choices and they should look to the right people when making those choices.
This year’s Reflections theme was “Together We Can.” The winners for East Meadows Elementary are as follows: Dance-Grayson Jenkins, Emily Monroe, and Grace Fillmore. Film: Matthew Bradford, and Meg Haroldson. Literature: Haylie Campbell, Cameron Smith, Rachel Sweat, and Kaylee Sweat. Music: Spencer Fillmore, and Baylin Bradford. Photography: Sam Jex, Kate Searcy, Brooklyn Fenn, Lorin Wyss, and Gavin Henry. Visual Arts: Emma Martin, Madalyn Gull, Kyler Hunter, McKenzie Gladding, and Nichole Heyn. 3-D Art: J.D. Crotts, Evie Crotts, Brooke Hinckley, Whitney Robbins, and Lindsey Thomson. The winners were awarded with a donut and chocolate milk party on Wednesday, November, 3. The winners will advance to the area contest and those winners will be announced sometime in January. East Meadows congratulates all those who participated in Reflections this year.
The Crystal Apple this year goes to the most selfless person we know. Adam Gull always puts his students, family, and co-workers first. Not a day goes by without him trying to help someone else. Adam began his teaching career in 5th grade at East Meadows as an intern. He decided to stay on when a position teaching 6th grade opened at East Meadows. He has spent time leading the 6th grade team and supporting his fellow teachers. Adam’s game plan has always been about his students. He has spent both time and effort to teach the fundamental skills of learning, respect, responsibility, and enjoying life to help win the game even if some players try to use his whistle. He is always willing to go the extra mile with after school clubs, professional development, getting to know his co-workers at the school, and making others feel welcome. His giving attitude doesn’t end when he walks out the door of the school, Adam spends his afternoon and evenings coaching kids. He has coached many after school clubs, city league soccer,and the Diamond Fork Junior High basketball team. He spends many nights and weekends camping and doing activities with the youth of his church. These are just a few of his selfless acts. Adam and his sixth grade team have an open relationship in creating new plays, analyzing game time strategies, sharing success stories, and just tossing the ball around. In other words Adam is like a Sea Gull, soaring high, looking at things from greater perspectives, and always looking for someone with food to grab a bite. So here’s to our coach of the year!