This year we have a couple of ongoing special events here at Ensign Elementary and they both have to do with Carnivals! Want to find to find out how you can be a part of the fun?
At Ensign we are working on our positive behavior. We started the year with a carnival assembly, where students enjoyed a silly video demonstrating the right and sometimes wrong ways to follow our school rules (You can watch it too at: http://www.teachertube.com/video/ensign-rules-393660). Students learned that they will be earning Green Bucks all year long to spend at our end of year Ensign Carnival through exhibiting positive behavior both in the classroom, and also throughout the school. The more positive behavior displayed, the more they earn! Our focus this year is to help students learn positive behavior through a combination of rewards and restorative justice practices. Studies show that using restorative justice practices leads to more positive outcomes for students than a more punitive approach. Find out more information here: http://ensign.slcschools.org/our-school/policies-procedures
The Ensign Library also has a Carnival theme: Step Right Up to the Ensign Library. Carnivals and Libraries have a lot in common; both are organized, both have something for everyone, and most importantly, both have a dash of magic. Carnival Performers use hard work and perseverance to develop the abilities and skills to astound crowds, so in honor of these positive attributes we hope to instill and inspire creativity, discovery, curiosity, and excitement for learning in our own Ensign Students. The Ensign School Library is an amazing space to aide in this goal. Today’s learner’s live in a world saturated with information, and are actively intrigued by new things. During their class time in the Ensign Library students will learn to choose the materials that are just right for them and explore the world of information Literacy in a meaningful way. Every January we have a giant school wide read/fitness-a-thon, and we are already hard at work preparing this carnival themed event. Ensign Students have a lot to look forward to this year at Ensign Elementary School!