March 2012

DAY OF SERVICE AT SPANISH OAKS

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leslie.loftin
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Day of Service at Spanish Oaks
Employees from U.S. Synthetics, a polycrystalline diamond oil and gas exploration company in Orem, volunteered at Spanish Oaks Elementary for the National Day of Service. The volunteers were excited to be able to give back to their community and demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of life for all of us. The volunteers helped in individual classrooms and unpacked and stamped newly purchased student reading textbooks. We appreciate U.S. Synthetics and their employees for the time spent at our school.

Photos of U. S. Synthetics employees

KINDY 500 AT SPANISH OAKS

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leslie.loftin
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Kindy 500 at Spanish Oaks
Life is a highway for the kindergarten students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. The students created a vehicle to travel to different destinations and learn about national symbols and famous people in history. Some of the destinations the students visited were The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Betsy Ross’ home, and the Statue of Liberty. Students and parents lined the halls of the school while the kindergarten students took a few laps around to show off their Kindy 500 creations.

Photos of Kindy 500

Author visits Spanish Oaks Elementary

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leslie.loftin
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Author Julie Wright visited Spanish Oaks recently. She is the author of the Hazzardous Universe series. Ms. Wright shared with students her experiences as an author and got the children excited about writing. She spoke about the influence of one of her teachers in middle school, Mrs. Brown, who helped her to realize her talent and potential as a writer. She had the students in the audience help write a story using their imaginations by choosing characters from objects in a trunk, creating a plot and resolving a conflict. The students enjoyed hearing her message and are excited to take her advice and use it in their own writing.

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Amanda Randquist, Author Julie Wright, Oscar Alvis, Jackson Oviatt

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Jackson Oviatt, Emily Bates

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Crystal Apple Award

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leslie.loftin
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This year’s recipient for the Crystal Apple Award from Spanish Oaks Elementary is Jerika Terry. Jerika has been teaching third grade for the past 3 years. She graduated from Brigham Young University. The teachers on her team have commented on how well planned and organized she is. Jerika demonstrates professionalism by having a positive attitude and a great relationship with her students, the parents of her students, as well as the teachers on her collaborative team. She cares about each individual student in her class and is willing to help in any way she can to meet the needs of each one. Jerika has expressed that she is very appreciative to be teaching at Spanish Oaks and that she loves her job and working with the students and staff here. Congratulations, Jerika!

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Horace Mann Representative, Glen Clayson, and Jerika Terry, Crystal Apple recipient

Freedom Fair at Spanish Oaks Elementary

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shanna.stirland
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The fifth grade students at Spanish Oaks just culminated a unit on Social Injustices with a Freedom Fair. Students researched groups of people from the United States who have suffered a social injustice. Social issues depicted included slavery, women’s rights, child labor, the Indian Removal Act, the Civil Rights Movement for Black Americans, and the Japanese Americans’ internment during World War II. The Freedom Fair included groups of students performing skits that represented the different social injustice groups for family members and the student body. Skits included scenes from Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, the Cherokee Indians’ Trail of Tears, Japanese internment camps, slave auctions, Susan B. Anthony voting illegally, and much more. The learning that came from this experience will make a lifelong impact on these students.

Photos of Freedom Fair skits

Teacher Appreciation Week at Spanish Oaks

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Leslie Loftin
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Last week the PTA sponsored Teacher Appreciation week and, wow, did the teachers get spoiled! The theme was a country western theme, “Our Teachers are the Best in the West.” Each teacher had a “wanted” sign outside of their door that was decorated by room parents. There was a waffle bar breakfast that kicked the week off on Monday morning. The students were involved in a basketball “shoot out” and dancing in the gym. Teacher treats included yummy cupcakes, a bag full of western treats, a general store where teachers got to shop during lunch, root beer floats, cowboy chips and salsa, and a wonderful Dutch oven lunch on Friday. We appreciate our amazing committee chairmen, Angie Warner and Kara Kilpatrick, and all the PTA Board that volunteered many hours to make this such a special week!

Photos of Teacher Appreciation Week

Spanish Oaks Students Honor Dr. Seuss

Attributions: 
Leslie Loftin
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Spanish Oaks Students Honor Dr. Seuss
On Friday, March 2nd , the students at Spanish Oaks celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by doing many fun literature activities. Some classes read books with friends, dressed up as different characters in Dr. Seuss books, and classes were visited by Maple Mountain High School Honor Society students who read to the students. It was a fun day!

Photos of Students celebrating

THIRD GRADE SCIENCE FAIR AT SPANISH OAKS ELEMENTARY

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Leslie Loftin
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3rd Grade Science Fair
The third grade students in Mr. Rigby’s class participated in a class science fair. The students had to form a hypothesis, observe and gather data. There were a great variety of project topics. Some of the projects included raw power, trapping moisture through humidity and homemade lava lamps. The students displayed their projects for other classes and parents to walk through and enjoy. Students worked hard on their projects which was evident in their outstanding displays.

Photos of science fair participants;
Eli Dallon-raw power
Brianna Daw-humidity
Kariana Varela-colorful flowers