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Courtney Corbin, Taylor Elementary's Teacher of the Year

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:32

Mrs. Courtney Corbin was chosen by Taylor Elementary as 'Teacher of the Year' for the 2011-2012 school year. Mrs. Corbin has great energy and an easy going personality that is contagious and naturally draws people to her.  Mrs. Corbin’s positive attitude is a great influence on staff and students alike.  She plans and teaches effective lessons and wants each student to learn at their highest level.  She teaches in a way that excites her students and makes them want to be in her class.  Mrs. Corbin is willing to do anything, for anyone, at any time.  She is a fabulous teacher and always puts the school and students first. She truly loves students! 

Mrs. Corbin lives in Santaquin with her husband, two kids and a pug, named Tug.  She enjoys decorating, mowing the lawn and collecting ABC books.  Congratulations to Mrs. Corbin for making Taylor Elementary a great place to be! 

Taylor Elementary's Wax Museum

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 12:40

Taylor's fifth-graders in Ms. Harward, Mrs. Provstgaard and Mr. Richin's classes have been working hard this year studying different states in our country.  As part of this, the students chose a famous person that is tied to their assigned state and portrayed that person in a "Wax Museum".  This time of year is a favorite for the school because the fifth gradeers put so much time and effort researching and making their costumes a perfect representation of the person.  Some of the famous "wax" characters seen were The Statue of Liberty, Harriet Tubman, Annie Oakley and Benjamin Franklin.  Parents and Taylor students were invited to attend the "Wax Museum" and see all of the great indviduals that are part of our country. Nice job fifth-grade students! 

Taylor's Sixth Grade Nova Graduation

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 12:23

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!

Taylor's First Grade is Opinionated!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 12:34

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's Lucky Sixth Grade!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 12:14

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! 

Taylor Elementary Upper Grades Visited Utah County K9 Officers

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 10:20

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 King and Queen's Ball

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 15:49

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!  

March is Literacy Month at Taylor Elementary!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 13:54

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 Grade Friendship Program

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 12:59

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's fourth-grade Visited by Fossil Expert, Seth Sorensen

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 11:09

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!   


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