The Maple Ridge PTA instituted a new program this year here at Maple Ridge. The Watch D.O.G.S. program, (Dads of Great Students) Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator. This last week, Mr. Bowen and Mr. Hancok volunteered at Maple Ridge.
Faculty members were given the opportunity on Monday, September 19th, to discuss the desired values and expectations for our teachers and students here at Maple Ridge. After some training from Principal Sara Matis, and facilitator Teresa Jordan, teachers also took the time to work on professional growth goals, as well as to work on some objectives for student learning.
Teachers in the upper grades at Maple Ridge, received training in music integration in the classroom. Rob Marsden, Nebo School District music curriculum specialist, came in and taught various lessons to teach music concepts. He also met with grade level teams to develop lesson plans that integrate music into other subject areas.
We are so excited for our upcoming carnival and would love your help! Ticket Presale will take place on September 27, 28, and 29 before and after school.
Volunteers can sign up at-- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ba9ae2fa1f94-maple
Congratulations to our Sixth Grade "The Gift" essay winners! Each student had to write a creative/informational essay. This gift was each individual student's idea and could be anything that would make our world a better place to live. The winners received a super size Milky Way candy bar, because they are out of this world!
On Wednesday, September 7th, students at Maple Ridge Elementary were privileged to see two Harlem Globetrotters in action. Hollywood and PeeWee not only demonstrated their amazing abilities on the basketball floor, but took the time to talk about responsibility. Many students were brought up from the audience to learn a few skills. Teacher DeAnn Sanders was also recognized as the Teacher of the Year, and given a miniature Statue of Responsibility in her honor.
Master storyteller Bil Lepp stopped by Maple Ridge Elementary on Monday, August 30th, to share his masterfull storytelling with the students. Bil will be sharing stories at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem September 1-3.
A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp’s works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., and the Public Library Assoc. In 2011, Bil was awarded the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. Lepp has been featured 15 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and performed at major storytelling festivals, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at corporate events and functions across the country. He performed at Comedy Central’s Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles, CA.