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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.
Jamie Rolfe visited her sons' classes and brought a special surprise with her from her family owned business, Olson's Greenhouse. She brought enough flowers and soil for students in Mrs. James and Mrs. Thatcher's class, as well as Mr. Stutz class to plant flower pots for their moms for Mother's Day. She also taught the students how to grow and take care of their plants. We so much appreciate the generosity of Jamie, and Olson's Greenhouse, for providing such a wonderful opportunity for students.
Second Graders were very excited to visit Harward Farms for Farm Field Days. Students enjoyed learning about agriculture in our home state of Utah. We learned that milk comes from dairy cows, hamburger comes from beef cows, eggs come from chickens, wheat grows in a field and is harvested and ground into flour, wool comes from sheep and is used to make clothing, and much, much more! It was a fun day on the farm indeed!
Ronald McDonald visited Salem Elementary and performed some outrageously, funny magic tricks! While performing his magic he talked to students about good test taking skills to prepare them for the end of year tests. Chloe Peterson was called up to help assist Ronald in one of his magic tricks. He asked her to pick a balloon out of the hat. After several attempts Chloe kept coming out empty handed. Ronald talked about how sometimes you just have to slow down and think about it. He then had Chloe reach into the hat one more time, while taking her time.
Students at Salem Elementary were honored to have a Brent Boswell, a children's novelist, visit their school. Boswell engaged the students with a fun presentation in which he discussed the importance of reading. He told students that everyone can enjoy reading! He encouraged students to figure out what it is that they are interested in, and then to read books according to their interests. He signed and autographed some of his books and gave them out to some lucky students!
On Friday, March 8, Salem Elementary's kindergarten students excitedly showed up to school, sporting their new cars. Their cardboard, Kindy 500 Cars, that is. Students then drove their cars through the hallways of school, making several stops throughout the day, to learn about many of our Nation's memorials and patriotic symbols. Students had a wonderful time on their road trip, visiting Lincoln Memorial, The Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, Mt. Rushmore, a Bald Eagle, and more! Students were especially excited for the soveniers that they were able to take home.