School News

Spanish Oaks Students place at B.Y.U Science Fair


Congratulations to the Spanish Oaks students listed below who were winners at the Central Utah Science Fair at BYU:
Dallin Carter – “Gears Providing Mechanical Advantages”
Caeden Wilding – “UV Rays: Can They be Stopped?”
Ladd Davies – “Measuring Wind Speed with Balloons”
Annika & Isabell Wood – “Water Absorption of Wood”
Mary Kilpatrick & Emma Young – “Dry Ice Challenge”

Also, thank you to Mrs. Stirland, 5th grade teacher at our school, for being over the Science Fair and for all the time she spent to make it a success!

PHOTO: Science Fair Winners
Front L to R: Emma Young, Mary Kilpatrick
Back L to R: Caeden Wilding, Isabel Wood, Annika Wood, Dallin Carter and Ladd Davis

“Helping Soles” Shoe Drive at Spanish Oaks Elementary


The students of Spanish Oaks Elementary had the opportunity to help raise money for New Life Orphanage in Ghana. Students were asked to collect used shoes and bring them to school. They are then the shoes are shipped to Africa where they are sold cheaply to street vendors, who then clean and repair the shoes to sell them in the market. The grade levels that collected the most shoes were fifth grade and sixth grade. Thank you to our student council for collecting and sorting the shoes and thank you to our students and their families for supporting this great charitable fund raiser. Our students collected 579 pounds of shoes.

Photos of Student Council with donated shoes

Nifty Fifty United States Peformed by Fifth Grade Students

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Fifty Nifty United States

Fifth grade students from Spanish Oaks Elementary performed for their families and friends. The performance was a culmination of their studies of United States history. The program was a combination of songs, narration and skits which students have learned and rehearsed throughout the school year. The program started with Christopher Columbus and included other events such as the signing of the Declaration, Eli Whitney, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Titanic, Rosa Parks on the bus and many other important historical events. The fifth graders learned that indeed we are the Fifty Nifty United States!



Day of Service at Spanish Oaks
Employees from U.S. Synthetics, a polycrystalline diamond oil and gas exploration company in Orem, volunteered at Spanish Oaks Elementary for the National Day of Service. The volunteers were excited to be able to give back to their community and demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of life for all of us. The volunteers helped in individual classrooms and unpacked and stamped newly purchased student reading textbooks. We appreciate U.S. Synthetics and their employees for the time spent at our school.

Photos of U. S. Synthetics employees


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Kindy 500 at Spanish Oaks
Life is a highway for the kindergarten students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. The students created a vehicle to travel to different destinations and learn about national symbols and famous people in history. Some of the destinations the students visited were The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Betsy Ross’ home, and the Statue of Liberty. Students and parents lined the halls of the school while the kindergarten students took a few laps around to show off their Kindy 500 creations.

Photos of Kindy 500

Author visits Spanish Oaks Elementary

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Author Julie Wright visited Spanish Oaks recently. She is the author of the Hazzardous Universe series. Ms. Wright shared with students her experiences as an author and got the children excited about writing. She spoke about the influence of one of her teachers in middle school, Mrs. Brown, who helped her to realize her talent and potential as a writer. She had the students in the audience help write a story using their imaginations by choosing characters from objects in a trunk, creating a plot and resolving a conflict. The students enjoyed hearing her message and are excited to take her advice and use it in their own writing.

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Amanda Randquist, Author Julie Wright, Oscar Alvis, Jackson Oviatt

Photo 2: L to R

Jackson Oviatt, Emily Bates


Crystal Apple Award

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This year’s recipient for the Crystal Apple Award from Spanish Oaks Elementary is Jerika Terry. Jerika has been teaching third grade for the past 3 years. She graduated from Brigham Young University. The teachers on her team have commented on how well planned and organized she is. Jerika 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. Jerika has expressed that she is very appreciative to be teaching at Spanish Oaks and that she loves her job and working with the students and staff here. Congratulations, Jerika!

Horace Mann Representative, Glen Clayson, and Jerika Terry, Crystal Apple recipient

Freedom Fair at Spanish Oaks Elementary

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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 Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, 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.

Photos of Freedom Fair skits

Teacher Appreciation Week at Spanish Oaks

Leslie Loftin
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Last week the PTA sponsored Teacher Appreciation week and, wow, did the teachers get spoiled! The theme was a country western theme, “Our Teachers are the Best in the West.” Each teacher had a “wanted” sign outside of their door that was decorated by room parents. There was a waffle bar breakfast that kicked the week off on Monday morning. The students were involved in a basketball “shoot out” and dancing in the gym. Teacher treats included yummy cupcakes, a bag full of western treats, a general store where teachers got to shop during lunch, root beer floats, cowboy chips and salsa, and a wonderful Dutch oven lunch on Friday. We appreciate our amazing committee chairmen, Angie Warner and Kara Kilpatrick, and all the PTA Board that volunteered many hours to make this such a special week!

Photos of Teacher Appreciation Week

Spanish Oaks Students Honor Dr. Seuss

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Spanish Oaks Students Honor Dr. Seuss
On Friday, March 2nd , the students at Spanish Oaks celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by doing many fun literature activities. Some classes read books with friends, dressed up as different characters in Dr. Seuss books, and classes were visited by Maple Mountain High School Honor Society students who read to the students. It was a fun day!

Photos of Students celebrating