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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The fall 4-H Afterschool Clubs at East Meadows Elementary prepared Halloween treat bags for their service project on October 12, 2010. These bags will be delivered by 4-H teens to patients in the hospitals and nursing homes in Utah County. They also made Halloween cards to go along with the bags. They picked up trash around the school and made a treat for themselves to eat. On Monday, November 22nd at 2:45 pm will be the Parent Showcase Celebration for all Afterschool participants.