October 2012

Football Players Read to Students at Spanish Oaks

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Football players from Maple Mountain High School took time out to read to the students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. They visited classrooms and read their favorite books to the students. They encouraged the students to always work hard and to be the very best they can be. We would like to thank Coach Burtenshaw and the Golden Eagle players for their visit.

Photos of Maple Mountain football players

Red Ribbon Week at Spanish Oaks

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The week of October 15-19 was Red Ribbon Week at Spanish Oaks. Every day there was a theme to help remind students to be healthy, drug-free and safe.
Monday, the students were given a wrist band to wear for the whole week that said “Peace Out to Drugs.” There was an assembly that reminded the students of internet safety sponsored by NetSmartz.
Tuesday was hat day to remind students to “put a cap on drugs.”
Wednesday was backwards day to remind students to “turn your back on drugs.”
Thursday was Cowboy Day to remind students to “give drugs the boot” We also had an assembly sponsored by the Mad Scientist, who put on a program for our students that warned about using tobacco and the damage it does to our bodies.
Friday, students faculty and staff were asked to wear the color red. Several classroom activities and lessons were taught throughout this week. Thank you to the the sixth grade student council and advisors for their hard work in planning and carrying out the activities for this special week.
Photos of Red Ribbon Week activities

Sixth Grade vs. Faculty Flag Football Game

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The annual 6th grade vs. faculty football game was played on a beautiful fall afternoon at Spanish Oaks. The sixth grade had an extra player on their team this year, former BYU football player, Korby Eason. He first spoke to the sixth graders before the big game. He stressed to them that learning and always doing the best you can in school is very important and will benefit them all of their lives. Korby played quarterback for the sixth grade team. The student body made signs and cheered for both teams. This yearly event is enjoyed by students and parents who come and watch.

Pictures of flag football game

Spanish Oaks Elementary Principal Receives Alumni Award at Brigham Young University

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Mrs. Susan Huff, Principal of Spanish Oaks Elementary was awarded the 2012 David O. Mckay School of Education Alumni Achievement Award. Mrs. Huff spent eighteen years in the classroom and taught first and fourth grades, served as a clinical faculty associate in the BYU-Public School Partnership, and is a local and national educational consultant. In the past she has been awarded Utah Rookie Principal of the year, Nebo District’s Instructional Leader of the Year, Utah Reading Principal of the Year and most recently the National Distinguished Principal Award.
Mrs. Huff is married to Richard and they have raised five amazing children who are rearing their fourteen grandchildren. Susan has said completing her doctoral dissertation while working full time and having family responsibilities was one of her greatest challenges and a very satisfying accomplishment. She is a published author and educational consultant and enjoys the opportunities this provides her to work with dedicated educators both locally and throughout the country.
Spanish Oaks Elementary honored her with a luncheon and a gift basket from the faculty, staff, students and PTA. We are grateful for Mrs. Huff and her work to improve the lives of children and adults. Congratulations, Mrs. Huff! We are proud of you and this award is well deserved.

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

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Mrs. Collette Russell is a Special Education Technician at Spanish Oaks. She and her husband live in Benjamin, and they have three wonderful sons. Collette is from Spanish Fork, Utah and has attended college at Utah State University and Utah Valley University. Her favorite foods are seafood and Mexican. Her favorite vacation destination was to Greece last summer where she went to the birthplace of her grandfather and met several members of her family. She said that she would love a vacation home there someday! She enjoys reading about history and especially Utah history. Her favorite quote is, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” She likes to hike with her family, gardening and traveling. It means a lot to her when she sees a student accomplish something that has been difficult for them. She is grateful to the students and their families of Spanish Oaks and for the lasting friendships she has made in the last ten years she has been here at this school. Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person and technician on our staff!

Fifth Grade States Fair

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Fifth Grade States Fair

Fifth grade students at Spanish Oaks Elementary participated in a States Fair, on Friday, October 8th. This was a culmination of research and studies on individual states. The students were able to share their hard work with family and the student body during the fair. Students represented their states in many different ways such as 3-D maps, costumes, remote controlled floats and board games as well as many other projects. Students will remember what they learned during this fun activity.

Photos: Fifth grade students and their state fair projects

School Cents from Maceys

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Rebecca McConnell from Macey’s grocery store presented a check to Mrs. Huff for our school from the School Cents receipts program. Macey’s is sponsoring this program again this year. Patrons are asked to put the receipts from purchases from Maceys in the bin provided at the front of the store or they may be brought into the office at our school and we will collect and turn them in. We appreciate Macey’s and all those that participate in this program to help our school.

Picture: Principal, Susan Huff, holding the check donated by Macey’s.