School News

PEAK Award Winner Mr. Rigby

Ryan Rigby, Teacher, Spanish Oaks Elementary
Nominated by: Jenna Fagergren Lambert, Megann McKendrick

“Ryan is always willing to try new things with a good attitude. He knows that things are constantly changing in education and technology, and he doesn't complain when we are asked to do something different than usual. He is a great communicator and teammate. For new teachers, he's always sharing ideas and meeting with our team to make sure everyone is on the same track. Ryan gets to know people well and works to be a friend to those around him. He is always welcoming collaboration and is up for sharing ideas, lessons, and behavior re-enforcers. Ryan is always helping where needed.”

“Ryan never speaks badly about others, and is always so kind. I am new on the fourth-grade team, and he has been so helpful and patient with me. He quietly goes about doing good for everyone, and he deserves to be recognized.”

Congratulations, Mr. Rigby ... we love you!

Veterans Visit Spanish Oaks

During our Veterans' Assembly on Friday, as I watched the Veterans stand, saluting the flag, with a look of love and respect on each of their faces, I realized how blessed we are to have individuals that are willing to risk their lives, mentally and physically, for the freedoms we take for granted.  I also realized that it is up to us to make sure that the next generation has that same love and respect for our flag and for our free country.  They must be taught about respect, gratitude and sacrifice in order for them to be able to have these same characteristics in their hearts as they sing the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Alliance, or watch a flag go by in a parade.  Let us each set an example for them to see and emulate.

A huge thank you to all those who have, or are still, serving our country!  We love you!

Author Walk in Miss Linnell's Second Grade


The second graders in Miss Linnell's class have worked so hard pre-writing, editing and publishing informational books on an animal of their choice.  They were so excited to share their finished product with their parents.  The books turned out very professional and the students' did a great job of reading them to their audience.

Spanish Oaks Reflections Assembly Heroes Around Me

We had a great turn out for students who entered PTA Reflections this year.  Holly Moss did a super job organizing everything and it turned out amazing.  Special thanks to all our volunteers, as well as Kneaders and the Hale Center Theater for donating treats and awards.  If you didn't particpate this year, you can look forward to joining the fun next year!!

Congratulations to all our Reflections participants!  We are so impressed with all your talents, ideas, and abilities.  Thank you for your wonderful artistic entries on our 2018 theme "Heroes Around Me".  These are the artists moving on to the next level of judging, by category: 

Awards of Excellence (moving on to the next round)


Kinsley Stumpe
Hayven Stumpe
Carter Christiansen
Paige Johnson
Alli Christiansen


Carter Christiansen
Jessie Sherman
Ethan Rawlings
Tanner Christiansen


Joseph Gunderson
Alli Christiansen
Nash Carlson
Chloe Massimini
Carter Christiansen


Carter Christiansen
Tanner Christiansen
Kylyn Lockwood
Alli Christiansen


Jaylee Stumpe
Kinsley Stumpe
Grace Wood
Jaiden Millard
Bella Fossat


Sawyer Carlson
Jaylee Stumpe
Elisabeth Gunderson
Ellie Taylor
Claire Beenfield


Vera Garner
Archer Olson
Baylor Ward
Isabella Ekenstam
Tyler Raymond

Spotlight of the Week Julie Anderson, STAR Tutor and Art Specialist

Julie is an outdoor enthusiast. She loves being at the ocean, the mountains, and the desert. She loves to try new things and is game for almost anything. She is an avid skier and is happiest on the slopes. She loves Indian and Thai cuisine and does not like to cook, so she has 3 skinny boys and a half starved husband. She is a first year teacher and is so thankful to the faculty and staff at Spanish Oaks for being so kind and patient.   

We are so glad you are here, Julie!!  You are doing an amazing job!