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.
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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.
Taylor Elementary's principal, Mr. Daybell, loves when his students read. Every morning he asks students about what they read the night before, he shares on the announcements what he's currently reading, and he loves to visit classrooms just to have a chance to read to students. Mr. Daybell recently visited classrooms and read a book about Abraham Lincoln as well as one by one of his favorite authors, Patricia Polacco. He read "The Bee Tree" to students saying he loves Patricia Polacco's books because she writes about what happens to her in her own life.
At the end of each story, Mr. Daybell challenged the classes to read every day and have someone read to them every day. We become better readers when reading is happening every day of our lives. Taylor School is lucky to have a principal who enjoys sharing his love of reading at school.
Taylor's second graders in Mrs. Anderton, Mrs. Grill and Ms. Talbot's classes had a fun visitor on Friday, The Payson Fire Department. Ren Zeeman, a local favorite, came to the school as part of second grade's "Safety Week". He spoke to students about being safe in a fire at home and at school. He showed his equipment and even passed around his helmet. Students were also allowed to go out to see one of Payson's shiny red fire trucks! This is always a favorite time of year for second grade students and Taylor is priviledged to have Payson's Fire Department visit each year.
Taylor Elementary was surprised at school on Friday! Walmart representative, Leticia Vigil, surprised Principal Daybell and PTA President, DeAnn Thurgood with some exciting news. Walmart was donating 10, 500 Box Tops to Taylor Elementary for the school to use towards improving student learning. This equals out to $1050.00 for the school to use to purchase leveled library books, as well as interactive whiteboards. Fifth grade teacher, Robin Provstgaard, said, " It is gratifying to know Walmart recognizes the valuable resources we have in our students. We are excited to know Walmart is willing to promote a love of learning by their generous contribution! We are proud and grateful to have them in our community."
Taylor Tigers love to share their school spirit whenever they can get a chance. Sixth grade tigers, Dane Dutson, Keaton Reynolds, Kylie Reynolds and sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Brown participated in the Payson Onion Days 5K and 10K races. This was a fun chance to exercise and show their Tiger Pride for the town to see. Mrs. Brown is well known for her racing talents and that enthusiasm is spreading thick through the sixth grade! Thanks Taylor school for sharing your running spirit during Payson's town celebration!
Mr. Adams, the school counselor, has been visiting classrooms at Taylor School teaching and practicing different skills. One of the things Mr. Adams has taught is how to fill each other's buckets. Mr. Adams read the story, "Have you Filled a Bucket Today" by Carol McCloud to students. This book shows the benefits of kindness through the metaphor of a bucket. Being kind to one another "fills" our buckets. Students have been challenged to write bucket filling notes to one another telling each other sincere things.
Our thanks go to Mr. Adams for reminding us how to build each other up so we can make Taylor a better place each day. We hope our school is full of kindness, respect, fairness, responsibility and generosity! Just remember what Author Carol McCloud says, "Bucket fillng is easy. It doesn't cost any money. It doesn't take much time. It doesn't matter how young or old you are. Bucket filing makes everyone feel good."
Taylor Tigers were delighted with a great back-to-school present from Costco....a brand new backpack! The backpacks were loaded with folders, rulers, scissors and a pencil pouch to help students get started with school. When the students recieved their new backpack, they were excited to show them off for one another and put their new school supplies to use. Many thanks go to Costco for donating a backpack for every student ensuring a great start at Taylor Elementary. Way to go Costco!
Taylor Elementary School's amazing art teacher, Mrs. Patten, is always coming up with exciting and enjoyable art activites for each of the different grades to do. One week, the 6th grade classes were able to make "Splatter Art" using colorful paint, large syringes and a lot of protective plastic!
Large poster paper was laid on the ground and students would squirt the different paint colors from the syringes onto the paper making scattered, colorful streaks. The end result was a colorful display of artistic creativity! Nice job 6th grade!