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Excellent Explorer Award Winners at Spanish Oaks

It is time for our first Excellent Explorer Celebration, and we have some super winners!!  These students are ones that were nominated by someone in the school, and then anonymously chosen by our student council.  They are students that can be looked up to as role models for all of us here at Spanish Oaks.  Our Excellent Explorers are:

Rylan Smith, nominated by Mrs. Dimmick.  “Rylan is a great example to the students around him.  He is always working hard and making good choices. He is respectful of not only his teachers, but of the other students in the class.  He looks for opportunities to help others.  I am lucky to be his teacher.

Colton Preston, nominated by Mrs. Taylor.  “Colton is awesome!  He is a great example to those around him.  He works hard and tries his best.  He is the kid that you can always count on to be a great leader, to be doing what he should even if his friends are not, and to be kind to everyone.

Madilyn Jackman, nominated by Miss McKendrick.  Madilyn has shown exceptional behavior by the way she never stops learning.  She doesn’t give up when she doesn’t understand a hard question.  She goes the extra mile to make sure she understands a problem by asking others, checking it herself, and then doing more of the same type of work to improve her skill-sets.  She seems to always be happy and I’ve never heard her say anything negative. 

Ivy Diehl, nominated by Miss Mellor.  Ivy is an amazing Kindergarten student who is showing her respect to her teacher and friends in class each day.  We have been learning about what a great listener should look like and act like as someone is teaching and Ivy has it down perfect.  She is very attentive and respectful to anyone who is talking and she reminds her friends not to talk to her when she is trying to learn.  She is not afraid to try hard things!  I am so proud of her and I am so happy she is in my class!

Ethan Donegan, nominated by Mrs. Liddle.  Ethan is a star student.  He is such a great example to the rest of the class of what a good friend and good student is like.  He is a friend to everyone.  He is a great helper in class and checks off students’ morning work because he finishes his own work so quickly.  He is respectful of me as the teacher, as well as his classmates.  He exhibits exceptional behavior.

Alema Lavaki, nominated by Mrs. Stewart.  Alema is always looking for ways to help others.  He embodies each and every aspect of being an Excellent Explorer.  He is always one of the first people in class and out on the playground to see someone in need and be there to help.  He is a good friend and is so kind and respectful, no matter the situation.  He is such a positive young man and looks at any challenge he is given with a good attitude.  He is a wonderful example and a joy to have in my class.

Congratulations to all of you!

PTA SafeRoutes Utah Assembly

Holly Moss

Today the PTA sponsored an assembly by SafeRoutes Utah for grades K-4 to educate about safety when walking or riding to school.  Today or tomorrow your K-4 grader will come home with some hand outs.  Ask them what they learned at the assembly and remind them about walking safely in crosswalks and on sidewalks and with safety gear so they can “Beat the Street”.

Also, check out UDOT’s Walk & Roll challenge program for rewarding kids who do walk/ride to school frequently!  They can be entered every month to win a bike or scooter just by entering their miles!



PTA Health and Safety Week


PTA 'Health and Safety Week' October 7 - 10, 2019:

  • Monday

"I pledge to keep my hands off drugs"
Wear RED to school.
- Teachers talk with students briefly on the importance of respecting our bodies and keeping them safe and clean from harmful substances. 

  • Tuesday

"I pledge to walk to school safely"
Walk or bike SAFELY to school, or as you leave school.
- Teachers talk with students briefly on how it is important to be aware of your surroundings so that they and others are safe.  Also, to never walk alone, if possible.

  • Wednesday

" Don't stand by, stand up, stand strong, stand together"
Wear CRAZY or missed matched SOCKS.
- Teachers talk with students briefly about how are words and actions can harm each other.  Here is a quote you can use as a guideline: "I will not use my hands for hitting or my words for hurting others.  I will use them only for helping."

  • Thursday

"I've got the power"
Wear WHITE to school.
- Teachers talk briefly about making wise online choices.  Hand out the bookmark and use that as a guideline to talk with the students.

We appreciate your continued effort in helping the students be aware of good and healthy choices!


PTA Health & Safety Week Committee  
PTA Board



2019 Reflections Theme: LOOK WITHIN

It's that time of year again, time to get creative with the ARTS!  It's time for our annual PTA REFLECTIONS program! 2019 Reflections Theme: LOOK WITHIN

  • Why?

National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

  • What?

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Each student may submit ONE entry PER category. 

  • How?

Official rules and guidelines are found online at and instructions for each category can be found in our school on the Reflections bulletin board near the office in the East hallway by 6th grade classrooms.

  • To Enter?

This year our Region (Nebo) is piloting an online entry system for all categories except Phtography and 2D Art, which can still be turned in to the office!  To enter online, you must: 1- Be logged in to a gmail account2- Scan this QR code to fill out our school's entry/consent form and upload your work.
3- DEADLINE: October 25th!