Welby Elementary Student Receives STEM Innovation Award

Picture of Caleb McDonald at Jazz GameIt is an award that students across the state were hoping to win, but just four were selected and Caleb McDonald was one of them. Caleb is a 6th grade student at Welby Elementary School and he was named the first recipient of the Utah STEM Action Center’s Innovation Award. The award is given in partnership with the Utah Jazz. Caleb was chosen because of his leadership in STEM at Welby Elementary. Last year, he served as captain of the school’s First Lego League Team called the ‘Coders’ and he took that role very seriously. Caleb was there before and after school working on the team’s robot design and programming. He also helped his teammates accomplish goals and learn more about robotics. Caleb’s robotic coaches say he is very good at motivating others and encouraging them to do their best.

As part of the award, Caleb received tickets to a Jazz game and was invited down to the court at half time to be recognized as the first Innovation Award winner.

Congratulations, Caleb. This is an amazing accomplishment and we are proud of the work you do with other students.

Hayden Peak Students Salute Veterans During Special Program

Hayden Peak students salute veteransStudents saluted veterans from all branches of the military during a special patriotic program at Hayden Peak Elementary School. Throughout the program called “Freedom is Not Free” parents and grandparents who served or are currently serving our country were thanked for their sacrifices and service.

Visitors to Hayden Peak were greeted by flag-bearing Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at the entrance to the school and thanked for their service.

The program began with a rousing rendition of “You’re a Grand Old Flag” as students paraded onto the stage with flags waving. Then, students led the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “This Land is Your Land,” “God Bless America,” a medley of the military songs affiliated with each branch and other patriotic songs. Students also read poems and performed short skits to honor the proud vets.

The program is a great reminder to all of us what a special opportunity Veterans Day is to offer our gratitude to all those who serve.

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Midas Creek Elementary Students Say Thank You to Veterans in Patriotic Program

Picture of Patriotic ProgramIt was a Patriotic Program that brought tears and cheers as students sang their hearts out to honor military veterans. Students invited family members and friends who serve or have served in different branches of the military to attend and sit on stage. Each grade performed a patriotic song to thank the service men and women for their sacrifices in order to protect our freedoms. At one point, the entire student body saluted the veterans, gave them a standing ovation and all together sang “I’m Proud To Be An American,” which brought tears to many in attendance.

Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces and to schools like Midas Creek for taking time to honor them for Veterans Day. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Bingham High Marching Band Takes Top Prize in State 4A Championships

Picture of Bingham High marching bandVery talented students from around the state came together hoping to march their way to musical success at the ‘Red Rocks’ marching band competition in St. George. Under the direction of Darin Graber, it was the Bingham High marching band that came out on top winning the state 4A championship. The Herriman High marching band took second place in 4A and Riverton High placed second in the 3A competition. Bands are classified by band size and not school size so a school that competes in 4A with athletics and other music activities could be classified anywhere from 1A to 5A, depending on the size of the band.

Congratulations to everyone involved. All of your hard work paid off and you made the District proud! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Oquirrh Hills Middle Ninth-Graders Make a Visit to ‘Reality Town’

Oquirrh Hills students at 'Reality Town'Ninth grade students at Oquirrh Hills Middle School had an opportunity to take a glimpse into their future with the recent ‘Reality Town’ event at the school.
The program shows students the value of education and how far a salary can go to purchase things we all need to live.

Students were assigned a life scenario, salary and occupation based on their grades. Using a play checkbook, students “bought” needed items at various stations in the OHMS gymnasium, giving them the opportunity to learn about juggling financial responsibilities and the education.

“It’s a fun way to teach students about the value of good grades,” said school counselor Jennifer Whitney. “The program also gives students a chance to experiment with creating a budget and learning how to live within their means.”

Students had to make sure they had enough “money” in their bank account to buy the items they needed to live. There were stations for housing, groceries, transportation, insurance, entertainment and donations to charity, among other “expenses” adults encounter on a regular basis.

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