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Governor Gary Herbert visits Ensign School and signs eight bills into law, including monies for clean-air buses

 

Governor Gary Herbert

Last week, Ensign students (grades 4-6) had the opportunity to watch government in action. Ensign had the honor of hosting Governor Gary Herbert and many other legislators, and concerned citizens, as he spoke to the gathered crowd and then signed 8 bills into law, including monies for clean-air buses. Alongside the governor, our safety patrol members were able to witness the signing,  May 12, many of the 4th graders toured our state capitol building and learned about the election process, so this was a fantastic event to help bring their learning full circle. Thank you to Governor Herbert and all the Legislators and dignitaries that were in attendance. 

Kindergartners Learning Coding Skills thru Bee Bots

Coding thru Bee Bots

This year our Kindergartners had the opportunity to learn with Bee Bots. While they are a great tool for learning the basics of computer programming, the experience encompasses many subject areas. They learned the parts of this robot, wrote the words, drew maps, plotted courses, and created obstacles. Then they learned how to program the Bee Bots to move along the course. There were even stopping points to solves math problems. They learned presentation skills and how to give feedback. Thanks Ensign Parents who volunteered to make this a reality! 

Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinner Toys

Weather School Visit!

Weather School

Good4Utah's Devon Lucie was live at weather school at Ensign Elementary School this week! His broadcast featured our 4th graders. 

To watch both broadcasts click on the following link: http://www.good4utah.com/weather/weather-school/weather-school-at-ensign-elementary/700018289

Training for Parents & Volunteers: Child sexual abuse prevention and awareness

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, we are now required as per the HB 286 to provide training and instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to parents or guardians of elementary school students. 

If you volunteer at Ensign Elementary, it is required for you to complete the training. 

Please access the training through this link and follow the instructions below:
 
https://pcau.enspark.com/

1.  Select Register
2.  Complete Registration
                 Parents/Caregivers must select I am a Parent of a Student from the registration drop down box in order to access the parent course
3.  Click Register Button
4.  Click Launch Course
5.  There will be a Certificate of Completion issued at the end of the course that the user needs to print or download as a PDF if you volunteer at the school.

Bill of Rights Exhibit and Extraordinary Civil Rights Special Guest: Reverend France A. Davis

Bill of Rights DisplayExtraordinary Civil Rights Special Guest: Reverend France A. Davis

Ensign Elementary received one of 200 nationwide pop-up exhibits from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the landmark Bill of Rights document. The Bill of Rights and You exhibit spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. As part of this exhibit we have created a learning classroom with the display, copies of the original and updated Bill of Rights, and an interactive area for Civil Rights lessons.

On February 2nd we had the honor of a visit from Reverend France A. Davis. He talked to our entire school about his experiences growing up with segregation and marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other peaceful civil rights leaders during the Civil Rights Movement. He was present for the famous and pivotal “I have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend Davis talked about some of the civil rights activities he participated in that lead up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The students had more questions for him than he could answer, and were so thrilled to meet him, many staying afterwards to shake his hand. The students had a thank you surprise for Reverend France A. Davis, they had learned and performed for him the song We Shall Overcome. He had some advice to give the students (the following is a summary, not a quote).

1.  Do everything within your power to be prepared so you can do your best in whatever you want to accomplish.
2.  Be ready to notice when the "ground swells" ... when opportunity to do something arises.  And when there is a need for action .... have the courage to take action.
3.  Have bold Vision and believe in your Vision.  And don't be afraid to believe big.  
4.  Communicate effectively and respectfully with everyone ... especially those with whom you may disagree.It was an incredibly memorable event for everyone involved. 

It was a memorable event for everyone involved. 

Since then,students have had the additional privilege of getting to learn from our very own Dr. Bobbie Kirby about her experiences with segregation during her childhood. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

Dr. Kirby with a class of students 

 

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