Taylor School is very excited about the Reflections Contest this year. To kick off the contest, PTA representative Heather Taylor along with the PTA Area Rep held an assembly to announce this year's theme of, "Diversity means....." Students are encouraged to enter in the different areas of photography, dance, drawing, music and other mediums. Taylor students are full of creative ideas and are excited to to get going their projects. Information packets were sent home on Wednesday, Sept 22, and entries are due by October 19th. If you have any questions, please contact Taylor School.
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Mr. Adams, Taylor Elementary's school counselor, loves visiting classrooms. One of his favorite things to do is to use picture books to convey his message and one of his favorites is "Personal Space Camp", by Julia Cook. In this book, the character, Louis, learnes all about what "personal space" means. In the story, Louis is sent to the principal's office and thinks he's learning about space suits, lunar landings and outer space. However, he soon finds out what personal space camp really means.
Mr. Adams used a hula hoop to demonstrate how uncomfortable it can feel when there isn't enough personal space as well as how important it is to make sure others have theirs. Students at Taylor get excited when Mr. Adams comes for a visit and they make sure to use their newly taught skills each day. Thank you Mr. Adams for making Taylor a great place to be!
Taylor students learn about and use computers on a daily basis to better their education. Now students are even smarter with computers because they know how to stay safe on the internet. A "Net Smart" assembly was held to teach the classes the best ways to stay safe when "surfing the net". Remembering how to keep personal information private, knowing which sites are safe, and letting parents know what is being viewed are all ways Taylor tigers choose to stay away from internet predators.
Fifth grade teacher, Mr. Ien Richins, says, "The internet is something the world depends on every day and kids are using computers at younger ages. It is essential to keep them aware of the dangers and focus on the advantages that can come from using the internet properly".
Taylor students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades had a chance to meet LaMarque Ward who founded the Cincinnati Dream Academy in 2007 after successfully playing basketball nationally and internationally. Along with Mr. Ward came several of his collegues including children’s book author, Kobie Wilkerson. Students were inspired to each have a dream that is based upon hard work and integrity. Fifth grade teacher, Ms. Marlayne Harward, said, “It was amazing to hear inspirational stories from these men who worked hard to be successful. It really encouraged students to work hard.” Taylor is very grateful to have hosted such an motivating group of individuals.
Taylor's fourth graders in Mrs. Corbin and Ms. Wayman's classes were visited by the Utah Living Planet Aquarium's Water Van. This presentation was exciting for students because they were able to see how the Water Cycle works in Utah. Large models, along with a few animals, made the trip from Salt Lake in order to educate fourth graders on the wetland environments of Utah and how important water is to our state. Fourth grade student, McKenna Bedolla said, "My favorite part of the presentation was the King snake we got to see." Taylor looks forward to this presentation each year and is very grateful for the time and energy the aquarium donates to our students!
A lot of parents today are wondering what to do with their kids and are frustrated because the old parenting techniques just don't seem to get the job done. Parents want to enjoy their kids, have fun with them, and enjoy a less stressful family life. Even if their kids are trouble-free right now, they fear what the coming teenage years will bring.
If you are dealing with difficult behaviors from your child at home or are interested in learning some new parenting skills and techniques then call and sign up for the Love and Logic classes being taught at Taylor Elementary.
Love and Logic is an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from parents while at the same time expecting kids to be respectful and responsible. These classes are once a week beginning on Wednesday the 28th of September and will run for four Wednesdays ending on October 19th, the class time will be 6:00-7:30 in the evening. The classes are free to you. Please call Gloria at 801-465-6050 to sign up.
Students at Taylor Elementary were surprised by Mr. Daybell with a new book! Taylor Elementary is partnered with Ken Garff's "Road to Success" reading program and as a result, the upper grade classes each recieved their own copy of "The Adventures of Dod" by Thomas R. Williams. Students were anxious to look through their books and many have already begun reading. Staff Devloper, Tara Hunt, says, "What a wonderful way to help promote reading! By giving each of the students a book to have as their own, excitement has been increased for all to read. We're grateful for this wonderful gift! Thanks Ken Garff, Author Thomas R. Williams, and the other sponsors!"
Fourth grade students at Taylor Elementary had the pleasure of having a special guest visit their classroom and share one of his many talents. Mr. Wade Menlove is the Alternative Language Services and Migrant Education Specialist for Nebo School District and the fourth grade was lucky enough to have him take a morning to make his famous home-made salsa.
Each year, the fourth graders in Mrs. Corbin and Ms. Wayman's classes read a story title, "The Pool Party" by Gary Soto. This story is about a young Mexican-American boy who is invited to attend a pool party at a fellow classmate's house. It is fun to read because it is full of Spanish vocabulary that the fourth graders love to learn. As Mr. Menlove makes his salsa, he talks to the classes about the story and some of the things the main character has to face before the pool party.
Mr. Menlove's salsa is made from fresh picked vegetables right out of his own garden. It is definitely a favorite time of year for the fourth grade classes, as well as the staff who get to eat the leftovers! Thank you Mr. Menlove!
Taylor Elementary sixth graders enjoy learning about World History, especially the Egyptians. One exciting way, sixth grade teacher, Phena Brown, has introduced her students to the past, is through the Arts. Mrs. Brown’s students have been studying theatre and reading plays about the Egyptian culture. Each student is assigned a role in the play, or as part of the stage crew. The sixth graders perform their play for one another sharing their newfound knowledge in both theatre and history. Mrs. Brown says, “Integrating the Arts, especially theatre, is such a valuable way to teach my students. The content becomes more concrete and the students enjoy what they’re learning”. What a great way for Taylor’s students to learn about the world around them.
Fourth graders at Taylor Elementary have been working hard on remembering what their E.A.R.S. are for...reading out loud! Reading with Expression, Accuracy, Rate and Smoothness are things that a good reader does when they're reading aloud. Each Friday, Mrs. Corbin and Ms. Wayman's classes have the chance to show off their skills by reading to the four first grade classes. This is a fun opportunity for both grades to look forward to because it gives them a chance to practice reading, make new friends, and learn from each other.