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Spanish Oaks Elementary Students Honor our Veterans

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The students of Spanish Oaks Elementary were honored to have the members of our local American Legion visit our school and share their veteran experiences with us. Steve Wilson, a local veteran, encouraged students to be grateful every day to be able to live in our wonderful country. The veterans attending from the American Legion shared where and how they had served their country. We watched a video on what a veteran is and how we can show our appreciation to the veterans for their service. The veterans were also honored with patriotic songs from our school choir. Spanish Oaks students would like to say “thank you” to all the veterans who have served or are serving to protect the freedoms we enjoy!

Photo of Veterans Steve Wilson, Shirley Wilson and their granddaughters and great granddaughters Abby and Emma Wilson

Colonial Day at Spanish Oaks

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The fifth grade at Spanish Oaks celebrated a Colonial Day as an end to their studies of Colonial times. On that day, they came dressed as colonial children, and some students even brought their lunches in a knapsack. They participated in many learning activities such as writing with a feather pen, learning lessons from colonial classrooms, making butter, constructing a Jacob’s Ladder and playing many fun colonial games. Students gained a great appreciation for colonial life.

Prevailing Winds Preform for Spanish Oaks Elementary

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The Prevailing Winds Woodwind Quintet preformed for the students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. They individually introduced each instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon) and demonstrated the distinct sound of each one. They discussed the history of each instrument and how the instruments have changed over the years. Some of the pieces they played were Beethoven Ode to Joy, Harry Potter Suite, and Turkey in the Straw. The students and faculty enjoyed this assembly very much.

The 50th day of school at Spanish Oaks

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On Friday, November 9th, the kindergarten students at Spanish Oaks Elementary celebrated the 50th day of school this year by dressing in 50’s attire. The students enjoyed activities in language arts, music, math and science. They counted 50 objects, wrote numbers to 50 and made a necklace with 50 rings. They enjoyed listening to music and dancing to music that was popular during the 50’s. It was a fun day!

Photos of kindergarten teachers and students

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

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Mrs. Kris Truex is a computer technician at Spanish Oaks. Her husband has been in the military for over twenty years. She and her husband live in Spanish Fork and they have two sons. Kris grew up in California and graduated and attended college there. She has lived in Utah for the past twelve years. She is interested in going back to college and pursuing a degree in mortuary science. Her favorite foods are anything you can wrap up in a tortilla and a good sloppy joe. Her favorite vacation destination is anywhere with a good beach! She enjoys volunteering for the army, and loves to read. A favorite book she just read was Divergent. Her favorite quotes are “What you live with you learn, what you learn…you become” and a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She loves watching the students mature and grow every year. She enjoys helping the students at Spanish Oaks learn technology. Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person on our staff!

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

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Mrs. Angela Olsen teaches kindergarten at Spanish Oaks. She and her husband, Matt, live in Spanish Fork, and they have two daughters and one son. Angela grew up in Spanish Fork and has attended college at Dixie State, Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Her favorite foods are chips and salsa from Joe Banditos, peanut M&M’s and pizza. Her favorite vacation destination is Lake Powell where her family enjoys relaxing on their houseboat. Her favorite genre of books is anything with mystery and suspense. She loves to go camping in the mountains with her family whenever she gets a chance and enjoys reading, riding horses and boating. She expressed how much she loves it when former students that she has taught throughout the years come back to visit and give her hugs. Her favorite quote is, “Through perseverance victory shall be obtained.” Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a fun person and wonderful teacher on our staff!

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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