Taylor Elementary is known for being involved in helping others in need, specifically with the Make-a-Wish program. Janna Manookin has a special drive to raise awareness in the school about the benefits of this special cause. One of the many ways Taylor does this is by participating in Macy's department store's 'Believe' program during Christmas time. Taylor Elementary partnered with Payson High School's Latinos in Action group and wrote over 3,000 letters to Santa as well as telling why it is important to believe in the season. The letters were turned in to Macy's store manager on "double day" where each letter is worth $2 to the Make-a-Wish program totalling $6,226 worth of donation to the foundation. Way to go Taylor Tigers for spreading your Christmas spirit to those in need!
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Taylor's students were recently delighted with a visit from Clark Planetarium. Students were excited to watch experiments involving magnetism, electricity, air pressure, and atoms. The planetarium challenged students minds and made them rely on the scientific process to predict what was going to happen next. Students were invited to participate in these science activities and were amazed at the final experiment which involved a large fire explosion from a balloon. A favorite was being able to hold an actual meteorite! Thank you Clark Planetarium for brining your science world to Taylor!
Fourth-grade students at Taylor Elementary in Mrs. Courtney Corbin and Ms. Brittney Wayman's classes had a great reason to dress in their very best...The Utah Symphony perfomance at Salem Hills High School. This performance is always an exciting time of year for fourth-graders because they love to see and hear the different instruments the symphony uses in music. Several of the selections played were familiar to students so it was neat to experience them being performed live. Many thanks go to the Utah Symphony and those at the district level that help organize this event each for Nebo's fourth-graders. What a memorable time of year!
Taylor Elementary's November 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 November are.....
Kindergarten: Jaynie Davis, Chelsie Isaac, Victoria Liddle
First Grade: Isabell Adams, Jack Hardy, Luke Lyman, Julia Trent
Second Grade: Trey Bowcut, Hayden Conrad, Taysia Warmsley
Third Grade: Russel Magelson, McKenna Simmns
Fourth Grade: Aylssa Chamberlain, Ashley Rightsell
Fifth Grade: McKade Bowcut, Jeffrey Flinders, Rock Sydall
Sixth Grade: Mason Linstrom, Vanessa Sabel, Samantha Samuels
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!