PTA members spent Friday after school decorating classroom doors so the school will be ready for "Teacher Appreciation Week". Teachers and students will be delighted with the new 'decor'!!! Santaquin PTA members are very clever and we can't wait to see it all put together.
For their End of Year Science Review, the 5th Grade Teachers at Santaquin Elementary came up with a totally fun idea to engage their students ... Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader / Minute to Win It! Guest contestants from the Administrative Team struggled to keep up with these fifth graders as they demonstrated their knowledge about the Earth's surface, Matter, Electricity, and Magnets. The students practiced the movement of rocks, which is called erosion, in a relay race moving rocks from one bucket to the other. They had one minute to mix pancake batter, demonstrating the chemical change that took place when the ingredients were combined together. For electricity, they had to blow up a balloon and rub the balloon against their head to make static electricity, then they had to run down and make a complete circuit. To demonstrate their understanding of magnets, the students needed to pull apart magnets with an extremely strong magnetic force. What a fun way to review science! I think everyone learned something today ... thanks fifth grade!!
On Thursday, March 28th, our very own Mrs. Nilson was awarded the prestigious Crystal Apple Award. Mrs. Nilson is a favorite among students for her generous and caring nature. She goes the extra mile to meet the needs of students and faculty alike. We feel so blessed to have Mrs. Nilson as one of our treasured teachers at Santaquin Elementary. Congratulations, Mrs. Nilson ... We love you!
The school ground looked like it was littered!! Upon closer inspection it was discovered that someone or something had left about 600 plastic Easter Eggs on both playgrounds and the grass inbetween. Santaquin Second-grade students scrambled to pick up the eggs, then ran to their classrooms to see what was inside.
It was raining, but that didn't dampen any spirits. It was a fun time!
Students from Mrs. Greer's sixth-grade class found a day with sunshine and ran outside to have their picture taken with the Vernal Equinox sun casting a shadow. Students learn that the sun is low in the sky during the winter and that the low sun casts a long shadow. They also learn that the Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes should have about the same length of shadow. To prove this they take a picture close to the first day of Fall, the first day of Winter and the first day of Spring.
Friday was a sad day for the students of Mrs. Rawle's sixth-grade class, and a bittersweet one for Mrs. Gammell who completed her student teaching on Friday. The students will miss her amazing lessons, but Mrs. Gammell won't miss having all of the papers to write and the scary observations!.
We wish Mrs. Gammell best wishes as she now seeks employment for the next school year. Some lucky students will get to have her as a teacher all year long!
The second grade students at Santaquin Elementary had a fun 'walking field trip' to the Santaquin City Offices on Friday, March 25th. The students learned a lot about the community they live in. They enjoyed going to the museum, senior citizen center, jumping on a trampoline, sitting in the City Council chamber room, and learning about public works. Thank you, Santaquin City, for a fun field trip!
The students at Santaquin Elementary have been working very hard for the past few months to learn and perfect their keyboarding skills. Many students were recognized at our March 'It Pay to Read Assembly" They received candy bars and money for each level completed during keyboarding. The big winner was Connor Dickie, who completed Level 13 and received a $24 award! Great job students!