Showing posts from November, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / December 4 - 8

STEM Rec Challenges December 4 - 8
Science Smell Focus Challenge. Humans are thought to be able to distinguish a trillion unique smells. We'll learn about how our nose recognises smells, compare our sense of smell to some animal super-smellers, and then see how how many of our mystery smells the students can identify.

Engineering / Math / Art Foxville Christmas Village. Students will design and construct their own building to be included in our FDA Christmas Village. Students will then paint and decorate their building at the art station. The village will be on display through the month of December. We are hopeful this will be an exciting and unify project for our student body.  We need parents to help in the design/construction process and the painting/decorating process. Please see sign up page on facebook. Examples as follows:

Social Studies Great Wall of China. One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China is so massive it can be seen from space.  Constructed across …

Food Drive

Our annual food drive will take place from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. Homerooms will be competing to see who brings the most food, with the winning homeroom receiving a special party. The deadline to bring food is 5:30 PM Dec. 15. The final count will be done on Monday the 18th and the winning homeroom will be announced as soon as everything is counted.
All the food donated will be taken to Community Action in Provo. The following items are the most needed: Wet goods: condiments, peanut butter, jelly, syrup, etc. Canned meat: tuna, chicken, beef etc. Canned Fruit: Mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, etc. Soup and stew Items for kids’ nutrition packs: granola bars, natural juice boxes, raisins, peanut butter crackers, fruit and grain bars, Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee microwave meal, etc.

The Littlest Reindeer

The Littlest Reindeer A Christmas Musical will be presented by Franklin Discovery Academy Dec. 20th at 10:00 a.m.  and at 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be  Dec. 18thand Dec. 19th from 3:30 to 4:30.

STEM1 Rec Challenges / November 27 - December

STEM Rec Challenges November 27 - December 1
Science Taste Focus Challenge. We've completed our month on magnets, and this week move on to studying our senses. First up is our sense of taste. Gustatory cells allow us to experience taste, but not everyone experiences taste the same way. Students will compare their sense of taste to others and see if they might be a supertaster.
Literacy - Morgan D Making books come to life. We will be reading selected children's books, discussing them, and then making books come to life by acting them out! The focus will be on the elements of a story. Art 2D Snow Globes. It is getting cold outside, so on our journey around the world we are going to Austria to learn about snow globes  and how they are made. Students will then have fun making their own 2D snow globe!
Technology Photography Scavenger Hunt.  Students will be introduced to photography and given the opportunity to explore their creative side. Math Building shapes with cubes. Students will be b…

Veteran's Day Rehearsal

We will be having a  Veteran's Day rehearsal in the gym for  all music students (1st-6th)  Thursday afternoon  at 3:30 and also  Friday morning at 7:30.
The performance will be in the gym Friday at 10:00.

STEM Rec / November 20 -21

Due to the short week, STEM Rec will not be offering challenges. We will be having a few days of crafts and games instead. Students will also be able to purchase some Christmas items with their fox dots at our "Pre-Christmas" sale.  
The STEM Rec team wishes everyone the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the happy season.  Have a memorable Thanksgiving!

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree is now up! In addition to helping local families, the tree also includes tags for donating to refugees in Bangladesh.

Participating is easy. Just take a tag from the tree- angel tags ask that you fill out the bottom portion and return it to me- and read the information on the back. Then go shopping! Bring unwrapped gifts and donations back to the school by Dec. 15.

Donations of wrapping materials (paper, bows, ribbon, etc) are also welcome.

Applications for the tree are still available!

STEM Rec Challenges / November 13 -17

STEM Rec Challenges November 13 - 17
Science This week’s topic is the largest magnet on earth - the planet earth! The earth’s molten iron core produces a magnetic field around the planet. Students will learn about how compasses are affected by earth’s magnetic field, the difference between magnetic north and geographic north, and then will build their own compass.
Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.
Literacy Do you love reading? Do you love relaxing? What about reading and relaxing at the same time? And pillows? If you love all of those things and more, then you'll definitely want to check out literacy this week! We're focusing entirely on reading by doing fun read alouds and having a nice, quiet and relaxing Pillow Party that we think everybody will enjoy!
Art We are going to be learning about the Aztecs in art this week. It'll be a …

Music Concerts and More

Our music classes are excited to present a Veteran’s Day Program on Nov. 17th at 10 a.m.

These same classes get to present a Christmas Musical, the last week of school in December.

Also, we’ve been asked to perform in the concert called Hope Of America this spring.An extended block will be offered for this exciting opportunity.
The following is a description of the courses offered this block in music:
Music Discoveries (1st and 2nd grade)- Students will be engaged in a variety of singing activities that nurture the natural development of the singing voice. In this class, students will experience tempo through listening to and moving to slow and fast beats. Students will also explore dynamics through many different classroom activities.This class will have the opportunity to sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.

Group Piano, Level 1 (4th-6th) – This class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.Additionally, students will learn how to read and play music on the piano. This cla…

STEM Rec Challenges / November 6 -10

STEM Rec Challenges November 6 - 10
Science Electromagnet Focus Challenge.  Continuing with our theme on magnets we'll discuss the connection between electricity and magnetism. Students will then experiment with different types electromagnets to see which work best.
Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.
Literacy Sneaky Story Makers.  We are going to be learning how to be story makers by playing a game outside where we have to sneak up on the "publisher" before he catches you!
Art This week on our art journey around the world, we’re doing a molas lesson. Molas are fabric appliqué folk art from Panama. The Kuna people on the San Blas Islands cut and sew these bright and colorful panels and stitch them to the front and back of their clothes. We will be using paper to create similar patterns. So be thinking about an animal you can use in yo…

The importance of charter schools

Have you ever thought that a public school may not be the best environment for your child that has a disability? Charter schools might be the right choice for you and your family. The Best Education Everyone deserves an excellent education, but not everyone can obtain one through the public educational system. Why not take the opportunities that are available to you? All children learn in a different manner. Public charter schools in Vineyard, Utah, will cater to each child’s specific needs. Your child will not be left behind due to working differently than others. Opportunities and attention will be offered to the children that they wouldn’t necessarily get in a traditional public-school setting. At a public charter school, a child with a disability will most likely spend 13 percent more time in a regular classroom than they would in a traditional classroom. In a typical public school, a disabled child will spend most of their time in a small group, if not one on one with an educat…

Charter Schools vs Public Schools

Every parent wants quality education for their children, but the cost of private school is too expensive for most. Parents are offered tuition-free public schools for their children to enroll in, but the quality of education isn’t always top-notch depending on the school the child attends. According to, you can determine by the Great Schools rating, which school students are excelling in academically; the schools are graded with a 1 (being the worst performing schools) up to 10 (being the best performing schools). The ratings are calculated based on city and statewide test scores, which demonstrates that the students are either receiving excellent instructions and knowledge, or very poor instructions. How Traditional Public Schools Work Public school teachers tend to teach every child in one set way and at the same speed, which can be the cause of poor performance at many schools because every child does not learn the same way or at the same speed. Some students …