April 2018

The Great Shake Out at Spanish Oaks

In April each year the State of Utah schedules a state wide earthquake drill.  The purpose for this event is to encourage schools to become better prepared for a major earthquake.  Nebo School District teaches the Drop, Cover and Hold-On (DCH) instruction recommenced by the USOE and state emergency managers. 

Our Spanish Oaks Elementary drill was a huge success.  We did find that getting under cover was easy; it was getting back out that was tricky, especially for the adults :)

Fossil Visitor


The fourth grade had an exciting visit from Pat Hogle, who owns a quarry. Students got to touch and see real fossils as he explained what a paleontologist does. In this photo Kaden and Adalee are working together to split rock and find a fossil!


New Chromebooks in Second Grade


Our second graders at Spanish Oaks were surprised today with brand new chrome books!   They did a digital citizenship training yesterday and got to try them for MyOn today!  They love them!  Thank you!!!

District Keyboard Champions

Both of these students were first place winners from Spanish Oaks Elementary at the District Keyboarding Competition held at Spanish Fork High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 ... Eli Asay (5th) typing 109 WPM and Alli Christiansen (4th) typing 88 WPM.  Congratulations, and well done!!

Ashley Christiansen explained her experience at the Keyboarding Competition.  "It was so exciting for both of the Spanish Oaks Elementary kids to win the Keyboarding Championship last night. I was so appreciate of Alli's teacher being there up until the very end (it was a long night) and also Lorraine is such a fantastic keyboarding teacher.  Allison won the 4th grade typing 88 WPM and Eli won the 5th grade typing 109 WPM, it was pretty amazing because there were 29 schools there representing and I think they said 400 kids there at the championships! I was pretty surprised they both won $100 which was fun. I was so appreciative of Lorraine she was such a solid solid keyboarding teacher."  

5th Grade Program

Today we had the opportunity to watch the 5th-grade program.  It was jam-packed with facts about U.S. History from songs, speaking parts, and quiz questions.  A 5th-grade student would ask a quiz question and the rest of the students in the school would use sign language to tell their teacher what letter option they thought was the correct answer.  The teacher would use letter cards to show the 5th grade what their class thought the answer was.  Then the 5th grade would sing a song about the answer to the quiz question. Thank you to Josie Chilton for being a wonderful pianist!  Great job 5th grade!  

Vocal Dimension OperaWorks Assembly


VOCAL DIMENSION “OPERAWORKS”  is a mixed quartet with piano accompanist that presented an entertaining introduction to the world of Opera.  Students learned about the history, the voice parts, and various elements of Opera.  They enjoyed the “light” side of Opera as they, themselves, became the makeup artist, prop director and sang in the Opera chorus of a delightful version of the “Three Pigs.” Energetic, and fast-paced, “Operaworks” proves that Opera really can be fun!! 

Donor Choose Grant

Gregg Crockett

Today Mr. Crockett's class received the supplies that were awarded from a Donors Choose Grant.  His class now has headphones to go along with their Chromebooks.  This allows the students to do even more with their Chromebooks.  As they are working on projects and need to add sound, or watch a video from a presentation; they can do so without interrupting their fellow students.  Students can now accomplish even more in class thanks to this generous donation from the Ripple Company and the donorchoose.org site that allows teachers to apply for grants and lets individuals help those teachers out.

Thanks to donorschoose.org and Ripple again for the wonderful gift for our class.