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 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.
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.
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.