Throughout the week of May 9-13, teachers at Maple Ridge were given the movie star treatment for appreciation week. Every teacher had their own star in front of the office walkway, and the school was decked out in red carpets. Throughout the week there were several activities to celebrate teachers. One day, students wore their teacher's favorite color. Another day, students had the opportunity to dress up like their teacher's favorite book/movie character. On Wednesday members of the PTA had volunteers come into the classrooms so that the teachers could enjoy a delicious lunch, and have a little more time to enjoy it.
Students participating in the school choir, performed for their peers on Friday May 6th. The performance was a medley of songs throughout the decades. Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Bingham, fourth grade teachers, directed the students. Fifth grade students were also able to perform some of the songs they sang for the Hope of America program they participated in earlier this week.
On Friday, April 29th, students participating in the school play, Alice in Wonderland, performed for their peers. This interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, involved having more than one Alice, and a glow-in-the-dark Cheshire Cat. Mrs. Sanders, a fourth grade teacher, along with Mrs. Taylor and Ms. Hall, the school librarian, put on this amazing production complete with elaborate costumes, scenery and lighting.
Just ask anyone at a well run school, and they will tell you that the secretaries make the biggest difference. Maple Ridge is lucky to have the finest in Jen Gatley, and Wendy Simmons. To show appreciation for all of their hard work, the front office was decorated, and the secretaries were given angel regalia to wear throughout the day.
On Monday, April 25th, members of the Ririe Woodbury company came to Maple Ridge to teach students some of the elements of contemporary dance. Some of these elements included space, shape and time. Throughout the assembly, several students had the opportunity to demonstrate dance movements.
Wendy Simmons, our amazing secretary, was awarded the Classified Employee of the Year here at Maple Ridge. You can't help but smile when you are around Wendy. She is constantly happy, and will help anyone in any way she can. Mrs. Simmons has had the difficult challenge of opening a new elementary school this year, but she has done it while making everyone's lives easier. Kaylie Sanders, a student in the sixth grade, says, "Mrs. Simmons is just so kind and loving and is always there for others."
Wendy is also known for her creativity and talent in making pretty much just about anything, from remodeling furniture, to making jewelry. Her talents never cease. We are so fortunate as faculty, staff and students to have Mrs. Simmons at our school.