A huge congratulations to the students who won Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence for their Reflections entries. We are proud of all of you! Also, a shout out to Baylor Ward, who has been invited to continue on to the next level of competition.
Award of Merit
Isabella Ekenstam-3-D Art
Alli Christiansen-Music Composition
Ethan Rawlings-Film Production
Award of Excellence
Carter Christiansen-Film Production
Jessie Sherman-Film Production
Tanner Christiansen-Film Production
Paige Johnson-Dance Choreography
Baylor Ward-3-D Art
Spanish Oaks Elementary won tickets to last night's BYU men's basketball game (thank you, Mrs. Hiskey!) ... We tied for 1st place with all the other schools in Nebo for the MOST school news posts! Mr. BIllie represented our school at the game, and even got to "meet" Cosmo. Thank you for checking out our school news link http://spanishoaks.nebo.edu/news to see all of the amazing things happening at our school every day!
I was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona and am the oldest of four children. I graduated from BYU with my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching young children because they are so curious and excited about learning. I especially love teaching my sweet 1st graders how to read because it opens so many doors. In my free time, I love hiking, going to the gym, reading, playing games with my family, and spending time with my husband. I am so grateful to teach at Spanish Oaks!
And we are so grateful to have her here!!
We had a super time yesterday in our reading assembly assisting our guest illustrator as she created a new character: Fred, the Polar Bear. We enjoyed learning how to use our imaginations, be creative and illustrate picture books. A special "thank you" to our wonderful guest, Julie Olson, local author and illustrator extraordinaire! We also want to give a "Shout Out" to Seth Perrins and Mike Mendenhall from Spanish Fork City for their donations of two bikes that were given away at our reading assembly yesterday. Our winners were: Harrison Taylor in Kindergarten and Aliza Curtis in 3rd grade. A LOT of other students were chosen to receive free books. It was such a fun assembly! We LOVE our new Polar Bear friend, who now lives in the library. Thank you also, to our amazing PTA representative, Aubrey Smith, for setting up the assembly. Keep reading, Spanish Oaks Explorers!
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!