October 2011

Seeing Red at Art City Elementary School

Monday, October 17, 2011, we were seeing a lot of "red" as we kicked off Red Ribbon Week at Art City Elementary School, Springville.  Students were ask to wear as much red as they could to remember to not do drugs.  Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity to do fun things to remind the students there are other things better to do than to take drugs.  We can have fun without the help of artificial stimulants.  "Red Ribbon Week empowers communities and individuals across the US, especially youth, to take a stand for, and make a real commitment to, drug prevention and education.

What makes us Scream at Art City Elementary School

Attributions: 
Article by McKell Murdock, 3rd-grade teacher

What makes you want to SCREAM?  This month Miss Murdock's class at Art City Elementary, Springville, wrote about what makes them want to scream.  The students studied The Scream by Edvard Munch and used similar colors, lines and movement to create their own watercolors.  Using a Digital camera their picture was taken, while re-creating that famous scream face.  Their pictures were printed then cut out and glued onto their watercolor painting.  Students then wrote about what makes them scream and published their writing in the school computer lab.

Art City and BYU Partnership

Art City Elementary Scool and Brigham Young University (BYU) are partners in teaching and developing amazing teachers, in doing so Dr. Brad Wilcox, Professor of Literacy for the Education Department at BYU, came to Art City two Fridays.  The first week he modeled how to teach a literacy lesson, his students observed him, then they met and discussed what worked and what didn't.  The BYU students then had the opportunity to write a lesson plan and present it in groups of 3-6 sixth-grade students.  Dr.

Art City Elementary Kindergarten Goes to Pumpkin Land

Attributions: 
Article and pictures by Alisa Morgan

On Tuesday October 11, 2011 Kindergarten classes, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Miner, and Mr. Waadt, had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Pumpkin Land at Vineyard Garden Center in Orem.  The Kindergarten classes have been learning about the four seasons and Fall.  Students made their way through a corn maz, visited with various animals, played on a playground including a giant pumpkin slide, made their way through the light alley, and picked out a pumpkin to take home.  It was a great way to celebrate the fall season.

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Mrs. Patti Parker Sumo Wrestles Mrs. Lori Nielsen at Art City Elementary

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Pictures by Jane Shoemaker and Brandon Garnica 6th grade

Art City Elementary School Principal Lori Nielsen had the opportunity to "Sumo" wrestle third-grade teacher Ms. Patti Parker on Friday, October 6, 2011.  Ms. Parker's class had the highest classroom total for the school walk-a-thon fundraiser.  The students raised just over $14,000 dollars for new school technology and the PTA. 

Fourth-Grade Dinosaur Museum

Art City Elementary School, Springville, held their Annual Fourth-grade Dinosaur Museum on Friday September 30, 2011 . The museum is an opportunity for students to share what they have learned about the Fourth-grade science core of fossils and where they are found, (sedementory rock). Students used computers and the library to do some of their research about the extinction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric organisms. Students made blankets, pillows, dioramas, posters, there were a few fossil digs as well as 3-D displays.