Fifth and Sixth Teacher: Mrs. Jackie Lyons
Mrs. Lyons’ 5th and 6th graders have hit the ground running this second semester. Not only did they have a very rewarding Catholic Schools Week (CSW) but they also have been busy writing and delivering speeches for the Modern Woodman contest.
The 5th and 6th graders wrestled the traveling trophy from the 3rd and 4th graders by winning the CSW food drive contest. Their classroom collected the most food during the week-long drive. The drive benefited the Salem Community Food Pantry.
Several of the 5th and 6th graders moved on to first level competition in the Modern Woodman contest. Students had to write and deliver speeches that were at least 3:00 long on the topic “The Importance of Healthy Living.”
The 5th and 6th graders are looking ahead to a field trip to the SCHS production of Beauty and the Beast, a field trip to Springfield, and a dance in May. In the meantime, they will be working hard on reading, writing and arithmetic (or similar subjects)!
Mrs. Jackie Lyons’ fifth and sixth graders embarked upon a walking tour of Salem’s historical sites. The group left St. Theresa’s at 8:30am and did not return until 5:00 that afternoon. Along the way, students visited the Armory, Bryan Memorial Park and the Bryan Statue, the old high school (Salem Community Center), the One-Room Schoolhouse, Mark Tully Park, East Lawn Cemetery, the Baddollet House, the Marion County Court House, Larimer Abstract & Title, Sweney’s Corner, the fire station, the William Jennings Bryan Home, and the Lemen-Frakes House.
Mrs. Lyons explained the history of each site with help from Mr. Frank Brinkerhoff at the Bryan Home, Mr. Mark Larimer at Larimer Abstract & Title and the Marion County Court House, Mr. Adam Purcell at the fire station, and Mrs. Eda Lee Bounds at the One-Room Schoolhouse. While at the One-Room Schoolhouse, the students performed a fun one-act play, “Miss Louisa and the Outlaws” and ate a brown-bag lunch.
Mrs. Lyons’ walking tour is a highlight for St. Theresa’s 5th and 6th graders. The every-other year event helps enlighten the students about Salem’s heritage and gives them a new appreciation and understanding of their home town.