After months and months of practice, Maple Ridge fifth graders performed at the "Hope of America" event at the McKay Event Center last week. "Hope of America” is a highly effective musical program designed for school performances and/or classroom singing. Fourteen songs teach students about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, how the government works, an appreciation for the military and other American heroes as well as promotes a greater love of country. These songs have been produced by national award winning musicians and composers and come with both vocal models for children to learn the lyrics and orchestral accompaniment tracks.
On Friday, May 5th, members of the sixth grade orchestra performed for the upper-grade students at Maple Ridge. The orchestra is comprised of sixth graders from both Sierra Bonita, and Maple Ridge. The orchestra performed, in part, to showcase what they have learned throughout the year, and to motivate younger students to enroll in orchestra.
Recently, Robyn Kerr, a second grade teacher at Maple Ridge, was awarded the Crystal Apple Award at Maple Ridge. Craig Harvey from the Horace Mann Agency awarded Robyn Kerr with the Crystal Apple Award. The Crystal Apple Award recognizes excellence in education by honoring those making a significant impact in the lives of children. Robyn was recognized because of her dedication to her students, and because of her professionalism in all aspects of her teaching. She always has a smile on her face, and is willing to help others in any way she can. We love having Robyn here at Maple Ridge!
On May 2nd, fourth grade students participated in the Mapleton track meet at Maple Mountain High School. Fortunately, the weather cooperated so parents and students could enjoy the day. Tenley Smithson got 2nd on long jump and 3rd on softball throw, Bryli Everett achieved 2nd place on the softball throw.
Sixth graders at Maple Ridge learned about various ecosystems around the world on Thursday, April 27th. Not only did they learn about ecosystems, but were able to interact with several different animals such as an African hedgehog, a python, a hissing cockroach, and an armadillo. Students also played games to learn about how natural and unnatural causes can hurt various forms of wildlife. Representatives from Loveland Living Planet Aquarium taught various concepts about wildlife through fun games involving the importance of bees, and the journey of the sea turtle.
Recently, the PTA recognized Melanie Adamson as Outstanding Educator for Maple Ridge Elementary. Mrs. Adamson works with the UEI students in the school. She does a great job with her group of students, and makes sure to give students throughout the school, the opportunity to come into her classroom, and help these students in whatever way they can. Melanie has been credited with working behind the scenes to ensure the progress and development of her students. Melanie is a pleasure to work with, and we feel fortunate to have her here at Maple Ridge! Mrs. Manning was selected last year as the Outstanding Educator or the year for 2016-2017,and was also recognized by the PTA.
On Thursday, April 20th, students from Maple Ridge performed an amazing adaptation of Treasure Island for the school. Members of the cast come from all grade levels. The play was directed by DeAnn Sanders, a fourth grade teacher here at Maple Ridge. Stacey Hall, the librarian at the school, helped with costumes and props for the play.