Taylor sixth-grade and faculty competed in the fifth annual Olympic Games. The student body was treated to the thrills and spills of Taylor's very own version of the Oympics. Sixth-grade students have been studying about early civilzations beginning with early man, moving up to ancient Egypt, and the Nile River Valley. For the past month, students have been learing about the origins of democracy and the ancient Olympic Games. The Taylor Olympics is the culminating event which incorporates skill and ideals of ancient Greece and with the ideals of today. Students are placed in teams with names of city states of ancient Greece; such as Athens, Delphi and Olympus. The students create a team flag that incorporates the theme of the ancient city state with the theme of the student teams today. The day of the Olympics is filled with excitement and preparations. Dressed in school-appropriate togas, student participated in an athlete's parade and ceremonial torch relay and cauldron lighting. Keeping with the tradition of lighting the caludron;. this year's torch bearers were Zane Jolley, Moriah Bulow and Josh Cowden who were representing each sixth grade class. Students and faculty then competed in a variety of modified sports including the javelin (straw), Long Jump (step), Hockey (potato flip), and many other exciting events. The day's events concluded witht the main event, the Chariot Race (rolling chars) and an awards presentation. Teachers and students cheered and applauded everyone's efforts. Despite the spills from both students and teachers, namely, Mr. Mike Adams, everything went without a hitch. The ancient Olympians would say, "Citius! Altius! Fortius!"
Taylor Elementary recently participated in the Reflections Contest which was themed, “Diversity Means…” Entries were turned in by many students in visual art, photography, 3D art, Literature, Music, Dance, etc. Students’ entries were shown in a slideshow in a school-wide assembly. Winners were selected by a panel of judges and those students were awarded a trophy as well as the chance to have their entries sent to the district level for judging.
Taylor kindergarten students in Mrs. Treana Kober and Mrs. Courtney Mahew's classes celebrated November 11th in many ways. They started the day by writing eleven words from around the room. Then Mr. Daybell came by to share eleven things he is thankful for. Students were silent for eleven seconds, found out how far eleven steps can take us, ate the number eleven (two stick pretzels), divided the classes into groups of eleven, wrote the letter 'T' eleven times and had eleven-year-old buddied come and share stories with the classes!
Because it was also Veteran's day, the classes had been talking about how thankful they are for our freedom and the soldiers that have protected us. The classes have also been discussing how Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks so they wrote about what they are thankful for. Thank you Kindergarteners for making such a unique day memorable at Taylor!
Taylor Elementary recently held and assembly featuring some hidden talents among the students. Each classroom elected a student to particpate in the second annual 'Turkey Calling Strut' contest. Students had a chance to strut across the stage and perform their best turkey calls in front of the school. Team-Leader teachers voted on the winners from each grade level. A lot of fun was had by students especially when teachers had a chance to strut their talents for the school. Winners were awarded a frozen turkey from Taylor's fantastic PTA members.
Kindergarten: Edgar Salas
First Grade: Parker Buys
Second Grade: McKay Ewell
Third Grade: Gabe Witham
Fourth Grade: Creg Davis
Fifth Grade: Tyler Chisholm
Sixth Grade: Jacob Etheridge
Teacher: Mrs. Chris Patten
Second-graders at Taylor Elementary in Ms. Becky Anderton, Mrs. Wendy Grill and Ms. Heather Talbot's classes enjoyed an authentic Thanksgiving feast in the gym. The second grade teachers read the book, 'Stone Soup', to their classes and then delighted them by actually cooking a pot of stone soup. Students each brought in ingredients to contribute to the soup and then dressed in Pilgrim and Indian costumes to create the 'First Thanksgiving' and shared a meal together. This event is certainly something that students remember throughout their time at Taylor. Thank you second-grade teachers and parent helpers for creating a memorable experience for our school!
Taylor Elementary's halls were recently filled with music coming form the entertaining Steve James' musical perfomance. Steve James is a singer/songwriter who wrote music specifically for the "Prevention Dimension" program wich teaches students to be drug and alcohol free by finding other alternaitves to enjoy. He is always a delight for Taylor school and the students love to sing along with songs they're familiar with while watching his amazing fun-filled performance.
Fifth grade teacher, Robin Provstgaard says, "Prevention Dimension is a great program for our schools in Utah because it reinforces the importance of being healthy, staying drug free and making good choices every day at school and in the community. Taylor students are always looking for ways to make positive goals in their lives and this program helps them achieve this."
Thank you Steve James for taking the time to come to our school and reminding us how important it is to set goals to stay drug-free and remain healthy!
Taylor Elementary School is full of Tiger Pride. Students wear school shirts with school colors, classrooms and hallways are sparkling clean, and everyone at the school is friendly and has a smile on their face showing others the pride we take in our school. Now Taylor Tigers have one more way to show their pride: The Tiger Pride Program. Each month the school works on a different social skill that students can practice and perfect throughout their day at Taylor. This month, Tigers have been working on "Showing Empathy" toward one another. When this skill is noticed by an adult in the school, this student is awarded a tiger paw and entered a drawing to recieve a prize.
"The idea about teaching the skills is once they've learned these, they'll be helpful for them forever," said Mike Adams, Taylor’s school counselor. "The second thing is really, if they can learn it and do it at school and practice it and there's common expectations throughout every classroom and every adult in the school knows that, it's easier to get the kids on board and it will change the school culture as well."
Way to go Tigers for working to be better students, citizens and create more pride at Taylor!
Taylor's fourth and fifth-grade classes have been learning about Native American tribes in Utah. These student recently had the opportunity to have a special visitor at their school, Eileen Quintana of Title VII Indian Education for Nebo School District. Eileen brought with her many items that are unique to the Navajo culture. Students were able to see infant cradle boards, jingle dresses, blankets, a bow, dolls, dresses, teepee models , head dresses, articles of clothing and dream catcher baskets. Eileen also brought pictures of hogans and sheep farms from the Navajo resevations. Thank you Eileen for giving our students the chance to learn about the Navajo culture here in Utah.
Taylor Elementary's September students of the month get to enjoy a fancy lunch of pizza and soda with Mr. Daybell. These students were chosen by their teachers because they make great efforts in academics and behavior choices each day in their classrooms. These students have set a high standard at Taylor School for others to admire! Way to go Taylor Tigers for setting the bar high!
Students of the month for October are.....
Kindergarten: Carter Christensen, Oaklie Jackson, Grayson Wilson
First Grade: Ellie Boardman, Natalie Cox, Bridger Marsh, David Martin
Second Grade: Lane LIndstrom, Ashley Nelson, Savanna Torres
Third Grade: Avonlea Bell Marcos Godinez
Fourth Grade: Creg Davis, Bryant Giles
Fifth Grade: Hannah Lindsey, Eiza Lindstrom, Dallin Southwick
Sixth Grade: Moriah Bulow, Josh Cowden, Zane Jolley
Taylor Elementary loves to celebrate learning, student success and the feeling of a school community. Taylor tigers were also exctied to celebrate Halloween with each other on the afternoon of the 31st. Taylor's halls were filled with ghosts, nijas, princesses, hippies and football players. Families and friends were invited to the school after lunch to particpate in a loved tradition of the "Halloween Parade" around the perimeter of the school. This was a fun time to celebrate Taylor's love of learning as well as keeping old traditions at our school. Happy Halloween!