On February 28th, the 4th graders at Salem Elementary celebrated a night of dancing with their parents. During fourth grade students are supposed to learn common folk dances and songs of Utah's history. Students worked for 5 weeks to learn folk dances set to authentic music. These included square dances, polka, and line dances. After learning all of the dances they invited a parent partner to come and dance with them after school. They enjoyed their time celebrating their learning with their families.
On April 3rd, the Fourth Graders were visited by the University of Utah's Museum on the Move. A fossil expert came to share fossil specimens with our students. They were allowed to explore all about ancient Utah life at five different stations. They were able to handle fossil specimens and make inferences about how and where they lived in Utah. They also used the information they gathered to speculate about what Utah was like millions of years ago. It was a fun day digging around in Utah's past.
Students in Mrs. Thatcher's second grade class had the opportunity to incubate chicken and button quail eggs as they learned about the basic needs of animals and how external features affect an animals' ability to survive. Students were very excited when the chicks hatched from the eggs after 21 days. Students were able to care for the chicks for a few days in class, and then some students were even able to take them home. It was a great learning experience for all.
Salem Elementary students are given the challenge to work on academic and personal goals throughout the year. When students complete the required number of goals, students are awarded the Super Star Award during a school assembly on March 23rd. To show an example of hard work and dedication of working towards a goal, Jaylee and Luke performed on the piano during the assembly. Congratulations to those who earned the Super Star Award.
Fifth-graders at Salem Elementary recently participated in the Fifth Grade Science Fair. Science fairs are a great way for students to take an active role in science. Fifth-graders used the Scientific Method to help them in understanding and expanding their knowledge of a specific science topic of their choice. Many hours were spent researching and developing their presentations. Students were able to present their scientific findings to students at the school during the day, and then to their parents later that evening.
Salem Elementary had a blast with their Spirit Week Feb 29-Mar 2. It was full with crazy sock day, best dress day, Dr. Seuss Day, and of course SCHOOL COLORS!! This year, the students combined Make a Wish Fundraiser with their Spirit Week. They raised monies for a Spanish Fork six-year-old boy, Jacob. His wish is to go to Florida Theme Parks. To accomplish this, they had a Penny War during Spirit Week. Each class had a jar in their room, some teachers hid there's.
Each month our Principal, Mr. Welburn, reads to the students here at Salem Elementary. Students are always very excited to hear the stories that he shares, and the stories are remembered and talked about throughout the year. It has been a fun way for the students to get to know their principal a little better. They look up to him for his love of reading, and appreciate him taking some time to share it with them.
Last week Salem Elementary Kindergarteners invited their Grandparents to come to school with them for Grandparents Day. It is such a fun day for Kindergarteners. They are so excited to have the opportunity to be the 'teacher' and teach their grandparents some of the things they do each day at school. Grandparents are always amazed at how much their grandchild knows and has learned in Kindergarten! A lot has changed since they were in kindergarten!