On Friday, May 20th, Governor Gary Herbert along with Dave Elkington, CEO and founder of Inside Sales and representatives from Domo and Qualtric, visited Maple Ridge Elementary. Inside Sales, in partnership with Governor Herbert, has advocated for more computer science education in the classroom. Throughout this school year, representatives from Inside Sales have come every Friday to teach students about coding. Students have learned basic principles of coding and how to create their own algorithms.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, students from five different elementary schools competed in the first ever Nebo District Mathlete Olympiad. The event was held at Maple Ridge Elementary with students from Sierra Bonita, Barnett, Westside, and Sage Creek competing. Top performing math students from these schools were given 10 complex math problems to solve in a 30 minute time frame. Students were judged on accuracy (number correct) and time (how quickly they solved the problems). All students who competed were given a certificate and Mathlete T-shirt. It was a fun event for all involved.
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.
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.