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Hour of Code is Here!

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We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago. That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10). Most classes going to participate for the whole month of December during Library Time -though some will be in January. More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code and this is Ensigns third year of participation.
Our Hour of Code is a statement that Ensign Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, I encourage you to continue the learning at home: http://ensignschoollibrary.weebly.com/hour-of-code.html, this is a list of activities that do not require a login. This includes Minecraft and Starwars coding activities. Additionally our Ensign Library has numerous books on learning how to code. There are also youth classes held every summer through the University of Utah that allow even young students to learn coding and create their own computer games. 

See http://hourofcode.com/us for more information, and help spread the word.

Mrs. Bauman
Ensign Library Media Technologist

Our annual Web Safety Assembly is coming on Wednesday December 20th.

Parents are welcome.

Its hosted by Utah NetSmartz. To learn more about this organization read the following excerpt from their website.  

The NetSmartz program as provided by the Utah Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs provides digital citizenship trainings to Utah students in grades K-12. These trainings provide instruction to students about topics including cyberbullying, sexting, Internet predators, social networking dangers, and more. The trainings are age-appropriate and are adjusted to the age and understanding of each training group (kindergarten to high school.)

The trainings focus on motivating and inspiring positive change among the students. The program provides students with empowering ways to address Internet safety & digital citizenship at school and at home. Trainers provide a unique and entertaining outlook on the subjects addressed that both captures students attention and brings home the key message: “Each student is in control of their digital futures; they decide today, by the things they share, what their future holds.”

The NetSmartz program in Utah is provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state and is managed by the Utah Office of the Attorney General. The program has continued to operate throughout the state for the past eleven years.

http://utahnetsmartz.org/about/

For more information visit the NetsSmartz website which includes a parent tip page. 

Clayton Show Choir Performance

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On Wednesday the Clayton Show Choir visited Ensign to perform for the school. Many of the performers were Ensign Alumni and we were excited to see them.

Thank you for visiting Ensign!

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) Elementary School Assessment Information See attached Flier

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) Elementary School Assessment Information

See attached Flier

Did you know that Microsoft Office 365 is free for your Students?

 

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Did you know that Microsoft Office 365 is free for your Students?

Read more at: http://www.slcschools.org/news/2014-15/office365-students.php#.WaQv9Sh96Ul

or Download this HOW-TO FLIER

 

Kindness and Gratitude: A Kindergarten Friendship Celebration

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Ensign kindergarten has a tradition of combining the general education classrooms, the diagnostic kindergarten, and the functional life skills kindergarten in a celebration of friendship and appreciation. Do we notice acts of kindness and recognize people that give us support? Kindergarten students discussed the prompt, “I would be sad if I didn’t have…” and then wrote their thoughts about gratitude. Students expressed gratitude for moms, dads, brothers, sisters, teachers, rain, water, cats, dogs, and life. As a culminating event, students shared a snack together, served by parents, while wearing their gratitude turkey hats. At Ensign, not only do kindergarten students meet rigorous curricular goals, they learn and practice pro-social behavioral skills that support future learning success.  

Congratulations!

We could like to congratulate Ensign Elementary sixth grader Elizabeth B. She is the elementary division winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Utah PTA and the Utah National Guard. The contest asked students to write an essay about why they were proud of their parent, or guardian, who is currently serving in the military.  Elizabeth wrote a heartwarming essay about her father, who is in the Air Force. She was celebrated at a ceremony at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  

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You can access this Newsletter by following this link: http://ensign.slcschools.org/our-school/newsletters

2017 Veterans Day Performance & Field Trip

2017 Veterans Day Performance

Ensign fifth and sixth grade students honored Veterans with an hour long presentation for both the school and parents. As part of the presentation students sang patriot songs. They also recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Gettysburg Address. Students conducted a flag ceremony as well as providing information about wars that American soldiers have been a part of. The next day students took their presentation on the road, and traveled to the Headquarters of the Utah National Guard to perform. There they were given a behind the scenes tour which included the situation room and the inside of a tank. Thank you National Guard. It is a privilege to acknowledge and honor both our Veterans and active service members.

Ensign School Community Council

Ensign School Community Council 

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Watch Us Grow

School LAND Trust

Approximately 66% of Ensigns' students met or exceeded district mean growth scores in 2016 as measured by the SAGE Assessment and K-2 end of level tests in Language Arts.

Approximately 76% of Ensigns' students met or exceeded district mean growth scores in 2017 as measured by the SAGE Assessment and K-2 end of level tests in Language Arts.

In 2016 approximately 65% of Ensigns' students met or exceeded the districts mean growth scores as measured by SAGE and K-2 end of level tests in mathematics.

In 2017 approximately 73% of Ensigns' students met or exceeded the districts mean growth scores as measured by SAGE and K-2 end of level tests in mathematics.

Interested in Joining the School Community Council? (SCC)

Want to be an important part of helping our Ensign School learning community become an even better place for our kids?  
The School Community Council ("SCC") is composed of parents, administrators and teachers and charged with working collaboratively to make sure that each of our children meets their specific grade goals, that funds provided by the State and District are used most effectively to enrich our learning environment and that any needed resources from our community are made available.  The SCC also works closely with the PTA to assure robust science, reading/math, after school club and extracurricular programs that provide a rich experience for each student.
The SCC meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  There are other committee meetings, as necessary.  Meeting usually last roughly one hour.
Ten parents participate as representatives on the SCC.  Each parent representative serves a two year term on the Council.  Terms are staggered so that there are five open spaces every year.  This year, as usual, there are five open parent representative positions.  We would appreciate anyone interested in knowing more about service on the SCC to contact a member of the SCC.

To find out more and read a informational flier go to: http://ensign.slcschools.org/community/school-community-council-scc

 

Red Butte Garden Field Trip

Red Butte Field Trip

Last week the Second graders had the opportunity to visit Red Butte Gardens for some hands on learning. In small groups they visited different learning stations to discover more about plant life cycles.

They also learned about the parts of a plant and dissected them- each taking a taste of sugar cane plant.

Each student received a magnifying glass to take a closer look at things that interested them as they walked around.

It was a beautiful day for an amazing learning experience.

DIPES & WIPES FUNDRAISER

fundraiserDIPES & WIPES FUNDRAISER

In September, Ms. Hamilton's and Mrs. Romney's classes wanted to do something for those affected by the hurricanes in Houston, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.  They decided to help the littlest ones by collecting diapers and wipes.  We appreciate all those who either donated here, or at another location around the city. Additionally, many families contributed to items being sent to a classroom in Texas to help them get started after losing everything in the flood. We have such wonderful families at Ensign. There are so many good people taking time to help others. 

Discovery Gateway Outreach Visits our Kindergarten Classes

What is a great way to begin our school year? We ask questions.

Discovery Gateway visited kindergarten this September and introduced us to hands-on experiences in energy. We learned that pushing and pulling is force. What happened to the energy from our bodies as we pushed? Even though we can’t see force, we can see the effect of force. Our objects moved in the direction of our force when we pushed or pulled. Why not extend our thinking? What happens if the object is tethered to a single point? We had fun playing with hover discs, pushing them and watching the effects of our push. In addition, we challenged our intuitive understanding of force by simultaneously rolling a big ball and a little ball down a ramp. Energy is fundamental in science, and kindergarten is an engaging place to explore such questions and answers.

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Read the Ensign Library Fall Newsletter

Read the Ensign Library Newsletter to discover how to access E-Books and Utah’s Online Library (Great Research Website for students), Fall Book Fair Hours, library happenings, and much more!

CLICK HERE TO READ IT

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.

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! 

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

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

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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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