Taylor Elementary's sixth-grade classrooms worked hard this year participating in NOVA and recently graduating from Officer Gary Thatcher's program. Nurturing, Opportunity, Values and Accountability are all skills that students in Mrs. Phena Brown, Mr. Rory Hansen and Mr. Ryan Wilson's classes worked hard on during a 13-15 week program, leaving a foundation that can be used in the classroom, the playground and in every day life. Students received a folder, shirt and skills that will last them a lifetime. Graduation ceremonies were held in the gym of Taylor Elementary where many Payson police officers as well as city mayor, Rick Moore, welcomed the new NOVA graduates Students from each class, Tyson Christensen, Moriah Bulow, and Haylie Carlile, wrote an essay to read for the audience about their experiences in NOVA and why they need to stick to these new skills! Sixth-grade student, Sydnee Garrett, said, "My favorite time during NOVA was when we were allowed to shout the NOVA chant at the end of each lesson. All the other classes said they could hear us! It gets them really excited for sixth-grade" . Congratulations to this year's graduates of NOVA at Taylor Elementary!
First-grade students are full of ideas and opinions. Mrs. Charlotte Fullmer, Mrs. Penny Oakeson, Ms. Nicole Osborn and Mrs. Alissa Prestwich have been working with their first-grade students to organize their opinions and thoughts and write them down on paper with good supporting details. Students then met in the gym and rotated through an 'inside-outside' circle where students used their listening and speaking skills to hear the share and hear the ideas of one another. Teacher, Mrs. Penny Oakeson, says, "The foundation for opinion writing begins at such an early age. It is essential that students are taught to express their opinions and thoughts to an audience and be able to give their reasons adequate support." First grade students are setting the rest of the school on the right track to becoming great persuasive thinkers!
Taylor students attend specialty classes once a week in an art, library, music and computer class. Each specialty teacher grades the classes based on good behavior, student participation and respectful noise levels during the time in each rotation. Mr. Wilson's class has a reason to be proud because they have received perfect scores for six weeks in a row! These students have enjoyed hearing their class mentioned on the announcements and they've set an example for the other classes in the school. Congratulations to the sixth graders who have worked hard each week get perfect "5's" in their classes!
Students in fourth, fifth and sixth-grades at Taylor Elementary were recently visited by the Utah County Sherriff's K9 team. During the month of February, students have been working hard to follow school and classroom rules in order to be able to attend the K9 visit. Students were able to witness these highly-trained dogs search for drugs as well as a clip of bullets. Many of the students were amazed at how quickly and accurately the dogs were able to find the items without them knowing where it was hidden. It was also a fun experience for students to ask the officers any question they wanted to! The highlight of the presentation was when a K9 officer put on a "bite suit" and showed the students how well the dogs can obey the commands of their handler. Congratulations to the upper grade students who were able to attend because they've been working hard to follow school and classroom rules!
Sixth-grade students in Mrs. Phena Brown, Mr. Rory Hansen and Mr. Ryan Wilson’s classes have spent a large amount of time learning about the middle ages. Along with this study, students learn about different world religions, the value of the printing press as well as the meaning of chivalry in an etiquette lesson. In order to use their new skills, students participated in an annual “King and Queen’s Ball”. The young “knights” learned how to properly treat “Fair Maidens” while participating in a large banquet where their manners were tested while using goblets and fine linens. The event concluded by students performing individual and couples dances that had been practiced for many hours. This is a favorite time of year for parents and students and it would not be possible without the help and support of the sixth-grade parents. Sixth-grade parent, JoJo Lindstrom says, "This King and Queen's ball was the highlight of my son's year. My fifth-grade daughter can't wait until it is her turn to participate in such a great tradition!" Thank you sixth-grade for making a yearly tradition such a meaningful event at our school!
Taylor Elementary is known for being a school with dedicated readers. Staff Developer, Tara Hunt, wanted a way to take that passion one step further and dedicate an entire month to the love of literacy! In honor of famed author, Dr. Seuss' birthday, Taylor kicked off Literacy Month by a showing of the Cat in the Hat and listening to a read-a-loud of Green Eggs and Ham by Mr. Daybell in the gym. Along with this, classes are encouraged to go above and beyond their normal reading goals and compete for the most reading minutes! Each day, classes are also reading a biography of Dr. Seuss and are quizzed on details to earn potential prizes from Mr. Daybell! Students around the school have loved having extra reasons to carry a book with them and are looking forward to the many activities that are planned for the month of March including school favorite, Shooting for Bucks, daily book drawings, read-a-thons and Hat Day! Many thanks go to Mrs. Tara Hunt and Principal Frank Daybell for keeping reading a priority at Taylor Elementary!
Taylor's second graders in Mrs. Becky Anderton, Mrs. Wendy Grill and Ms. Heather Talbot's classes recently performed a "Friendship" program for the school as well as parents while wearing their very best dress. Being a friend is such an important skill to have in school and the second grade students at Taylor are a great example for the rest of the school to learn from. Favorites included, "You've Got a Friend in Me" and "I'm Proud to Be Me". A lot of hard work went into the program and the second graders did a fantastic job representing our school! Way to go second grade for standing out in such a positive way!
Taylor Elementary's fourth-grade looks forward to science and social studies each day because they spend a lot of time learning about the state of Utah. Student's in Mrs. Courtney Corbin and Miss Brittney Wayman's classes have been studying fossils and dinosaurs of Utah. As part of this unit, a special visitor came to speak to the classes to help deepen their understanding and help make dinosaurs and fossils come alive. Seth Sorensen, Nebo School District's Curriculum Specialist and author of The Utah Story, has a unique passion for researching, collecting and studying fossils from different periods in time. With him, he brought dinosaur teeth, maple leave fossils, mammoth tusks, and even a Allosaurus claw (which happens to be his favorite dinosaur). Student Jace Holland said, "I liked seeing the Allosaurus skull cast because it was cool to see how small their brain was". Thank you Seth Sorensen for taking time to visit our class and dig up our interest in fossils!
The Crystal Apple Award recipient for Taylor Elementary is Courtney Corbin. Courtney has been at Taylor Elementary for five years as a fourth-grade teacher. Previous to teaching here, she taught one year at Santaquin Elementary, also in fourth-grade. She has served our school as a member of the D.A.R.T. team, fourth-grade team leader, and as our public relations representative. Because of her hard work, our school is in the newspaper and on-line frequently letting the community know of all the great things going on in all the classrooms.
Courtney lives in Santaquin with her family. She is married to Will, and has two adorable children, Addison and Jace. She has a laugh that makes others happy around her (and helps us locate her in the building.) If you don't know her, she is often spotted with a Dr. Pepper in her hand or at her desk and flip flops on year-round. If music is playing, you can bet she's dancing or is dancing in her head. She is the kind of teacher who is always willing to help another out. Mrs. Corbin is truly excited about education and has the ability to cultivate that excitement in her students by incorporating fun activities into her lessons. She possesses the unique skill to quickly build strong relationships with her students that endure. Before and after school, she can often be found surronded by students whom she previously taught. Courtney takes pride in being a teacher at Taylor Elementary and looks for ways to make it a positive environment for students and staff alike.
Taylor Elementary's February 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 February are.....
Kindergarten: Addison Corbin, Gracie Diamond, Ava Lott
First Grade: Parker Buys, Autum Gilbert, Alyssa Ruiz, Tiana Warmsley
Second Grade: Cheyenne Hermansen, Aida Morales, Whitney Simmons,
Third Grade: McKade Biggs, Taylor Wilson
Fourth Grade: Kylie Nish, Bryce Simmons
Fifth Grade: Samantha Cowden, Shauna Martin, Whitnee Reed
Sixth Grade: Tyson Christensen, Giovanni Hull, Sadie Kenny