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Chess Club Winners 2012-2013

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Congratulations to all those students who participated in our chess tournament at Spanish Oaks Elementary this year! We had great participation from our 4th, , 5th and 6th grade students. The students had the opportunity to sign up and learn more about the game of Chess. Students used their skills competing in matches with other students on their grade level. We had several winners from each grade level and all students had fun!
Photo #1 6th grade
1st place-Caeden Wilding
2nd place-Mason Allen
3rd place-Duncan Rowberry

Photo #2 5th grade
1st place-Kamry Adams
2nd place-Andrew Pontious
3rd place-Miles Watkins

Photo #3 4th grade
1st place-Hunter Meeks
2nd place-Nathan Silva
3rd place-Kaiden Baird

Principal Huff Walks the Plank at Spanish Oaks


On Monday, May 13th, the students at Spanish Oaks witnessed Mrs. Huff, our principal, walking the plank and getting soaked with water. This was because the students and staff met the goal of 2,500,000 minutes. The students at Spanish Oaks were challenged to set monthly reading goals and worked hard throughout the year, and to improve and progress in reading.

Photos of Mrs. Huff and students

Spanish Oaks Exceeds Reading Goal!


Students, teachers and staff at Spanish Oaks Elementary have made a commitment again this year to participate in the Road to Success reading program sponsored by the Ken Garff Automotive Group. The students were rewarded for their efforts in reading by being entertained by a magic show preformed by Paul Brewer.
Through this yearly reading program students are encouraged to become avid readers and foster a love for reading. This program is fun and exciting as students earn prizes and incentives by accumulating reading minutes. Three lucky readers were drawn to win bicycles at the assembly .

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Bicycle winners for 2012-2013
L to R: McKay Meeks, Tyler Brown and Paige Whittaker

Wax Museum at Spanish Oaks


On May 16, 2013, the fourth grade students participated in their annual Wax Museum. Each student researched a famous person that they were representing and prepared a short speech and brochure with interesting facts to share about that person. The halls of the school were set up as a wax museum so the students and parents could attend. They would press the buttons on the desks bringing the figures to life.
Pictures of fourth grade Wax Museum

Invention Convention at Spanish Oaks


The second grade students at Spanish Oaks Elementary participated in the annual Invention Convention. Each student had to complete the process of indentifying a problem, brainstorming solutions, and creating an invention to help with the solution. Some of the projects included games, kitchen appliances and robots. The students displayed their inventions for other classes and parents to walk through and enjoy.

Crystal Apple Award


This year’s recipient for the Crystal Apple Award from Spanish Oaks Elementary is Shanna Stirland. Shanna attended Ricks College and graduated from Brigham Young University. Shanna has been teaching fifth grade for the past 12 years. Shanna demonstrates professionalism by having a positive attitude and a great relationship with her students, the parents of her students, as well as the teachers on her collaborative team. She cares about each individual student in her class and is willing to help in any way she can to meet the needs of each one. Shanna has expressed how much she loves it when students realize what they are capable of. Shanna is always willing to go the extra mile to try new ideas and to make learning exciting for her students. When she isn’t helping students at school she likes reading, running and spending time with her husband and 4 kids. Congratulations, Shanna on receiving the Crystal Apple!

D.A.R.E. Graduation at Spanish Oaks Elementary


Sixth graders at Spanish Oaks Elementary ended their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) training on Friday, April 12th, with a graduation ceremony. Officer DeWitt of the Spanish Fork Police department was the instructor. During the course students learned skills to help them make wise choices throughout their lives. At the graduation several students were recognized for writing outstanding D.A.R.E. essays and others for being outstanding D.A.R.E. students.

Photos of Mrs. Treff, Mrs. Huff, Officer DeWitt and sixth grade students

Sixth Grade Students Honored by Kiwanis Club


Six 6th grade students were honored as “Terrific Kids” by the Spanish Fork Kiwanis Club. , representatives from the Kiwanis Club, presented this award to these students. The students were chosen because of their positive attitudes, willingness to learn and go the extra mile in their school work. “Terrific” is an acronym representing- Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, and Capable. Pictured are “Terrific Kids” that were honored. L to R: Brooklyn Jackman, Chelsea Summers, Jared Poulter, Hyrum Froerer, Hunter Shaw , Avery Whittaker Behind: Mark Tanner and Bob Zhart, representatives from the Kiwanis Club

Meteorologist visits Spanish Oaks


Lindsay Storrs, Meteorologist from KUTV News, visited the fourth grade at Spanish Oak Elementary. She explained how cold and warm weather fronts are formed and how they affect our lives. She demonstrated some science experiments that helped to reinforce what the students learned.

Freedom Fair at Spanish Oaks Elementary


The fifth grade students at Spanish Oaks just culminated a unit on Social Injustices with a Freedom Fair. Students researched groups of people from the United States who have suffered a social injustice. Social issues depicted included slavery, women’s rights, child labor, the Indian Removal Act, the Civil Rights Movement for Black Americans, and the Japanese Americans’ internment during World War II. The Freedom Fair included groups of students performing skits that represented the different social injustice groups for family members and the student body. Skits included scenes from Martin Luther King speeches, the Cherokee Indians’ Trail of Tears, Japanese internment camps, slave auctions, Susan B. Anthony voting illegally, and much more. The learning that came from this experience will make a lifelong impact on these students.