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September 2012

Sixth Graders Learn about Public Safety

Submitted by leslie.loftin on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 10:40
Article from Daily Herald

The Utah County Fire Department's fire engines were in action Thursday, but it wasn't because of yet another wildfire. Rather, the Utah County Sheriff's Office hosted its annual safety fair for Nebo School District children at the department's base in Spanish Fork. Students from Spanish Oaks Elementary School traveled to the base to learn about the functions and equipment of several different departments under the sheriff's office, including search and rescue, SWAT, K9, wildland fire and the bomb squad.

"It affords the students the opportunity to interact with police officers and firemen and go hands-on with the equipment we use with our jobs every day," Sheriff's Lt. Tom Hodgson said. "It's very educational for the students."

Suzi Doll, a sixth-grade teacher at Spanish Oaks Elementary School, said the school knows the trip as the community heroes field trip.

"It's a side of the city that they never get to see," Doll said of the unique opportunity for the students to experience. "It's just fun for them to see what goes on behind the scenes."

Hodgson says the sheriff's office is planning to do the same event next year and is already brainstorming ways to improve it.

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

Submitted by leslie.loftin on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 09:57

Mrs. Susan Phelps teaches first grade at Spanish Oaks. This is her second year teaching at our school. She and her husband live in Spanish Fork, and they have three sons and two daughters. Susan is from Taylorsville, Utah and has attended college at Southern Utah University and Brigham Young University. Her favorite foods are seafood and pasta. Her favorite vacation destination was to Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her favorite author is Robert Munsch, and she loves to read his books aloud to her students! She loves to be in the mountains with her family whenever she gets a chance and enjoys playing tennis and running. She expressed how much she loves to see students learn and understand what she is teaching and loves the fun personalities of the students at Spanish Oaks. Her favorite quote is, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person and teacher on our staff!

Green Ribbon Safety Week at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by leslie.loftin on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:57

Green Ribbon Safety week at Spanish Oaks
The week of September 10th -14th was Green Ribbon Week at Spanish Oaks Elementary. Every day there was a theme to help remind students to practice safety habits.
Monday, Safety Day, the students were given a green wrist band to wear for the whole week, and pledges were sent home for students to discuss and sign with their families.
Tuesday, Two-Step Tuesday, students were asked to walk safely to school and obey all safety rules.
Wednesday, Green Spirit Day, students, faculty and staff were asked to wear green on this day to remind them of the pledges they have made to be aware and obey safety rules. There were discussions throughout the school of how we can be better prepared and how to be safer while we are at school as well as away from our school.
Thursday, Crazy for Safety, Students had crazy hair on this day to remind them that students at Spanish Oaks Elementary are crazy for safety.
Friday, Take a Stand and be Safe, students were able to wear silly socks on this day to remind them to take a stand and be safe.

Thank you to Dawnyeil West, Spanish Oaks PTA, and the 6th grade student council and advisors for their hard work in planning and carrying out the activities for this special week.

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