Our school took 3rd place in the elementary division at the Nebo District Chess Tournament held this past weekend at the Summit Center due to 3 of our boys that rocked! We are so excited for our students who played in this tournament! They are: Isaac Rueckert Kindergarten, Max Rueckert third grade, and Parker Rueckert fifth grade. Way to represent us!
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Our PTA put on a fun night in conjunction with Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Day. There were fun art projects that correlated with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, as well as a presentation on resilience and emotionally supporting our students in a challenging world. Thanks to PTA and our counselor Teresa Winkler for their contributions in making this night a success!
We have the sweetest group of Excellent Explorers this term! They all work every day to be kind and to be a role model for the other students. We appreciate them so much! Congratulations on a job well done!
Our Excellent Explorers are:
Ellie Taylor, 4th Grade-Ellie has always been a powerful example of what an Excellent Explorer should be. I had the opportunity to be her teacher last year and to watch her this year. She goes out of her way to be kind to other students. There is a student who left the school and came back and I have watched Ellie reach out to support her friend and to help her feel like she is at home. She is a hard worker and is determined to always to her best. I also appreciate how respectful she is to everyone, not just the teachers or her friends. I am blessed to have been her teacher and to watch her share her kindness with the world. - Mrs. Dimmick.
Jocelyn Gomm, 5th grade-She is always working hard, showing respect and being kind. She is someone I look up to, she is amazing! -Norah Williams.
Nathan Kendall, sixth grade- Nathan is a friend to everyone. He can get along with anyone in the whole grade and is such a great influence on others. He works hard in the classroom and is always looking for ways to serve and be helpful throughout the day. He is a great example to other classmates and does his best to make others happy. He goes above and beyond each and every day.
Kate Roberts, 6h grade-Kate is happy and kind to everyone ALL OF THE TIME. She draws people in because she is so much fun to be around and very welcoming. If someone needs to be cheered up or needs a friend, Kate is the person for the job. She makes our classroom a better place and we enjoy her so much! -Mrs. Dyches and Mrs. Taylor.
Lincoln Beenfield, 6th grade-Lincoln is such a great student all around. He is helpful to kids around him. He notices when someone needs help and doesn't hesitate to go out of his way to help them. He is mature and a good friend and knows how to separate himself from problems going on around him. Lincoln is very respectful through both action and words. He is always one of the first ones in his seat or lined up at the door, you never have to ask him twice. He pays attention great and participates in class. He never calls out or interrupts those sharing. Lastly he is such a happy kid. He is fun to be around and makes you feel happy. He is someone that you know you can count on. He is a great asset to any class or group of friends-Mrs. Dyches and Taylor.
Kaleb Dorrough,1st grade-Kaleb is one of the most polite first graders I have ever had. He is always saying "please" and "thank you." He is so grateful for everything and anything. I can give him one single Skittle and he would think it was the most amazing thing. He is also so nice to other people even when they aren't nice to him. There was a time when we were out at recess and another student was taking away Kaleb's shoes, so I had to intervene and take care of the situation. Kaleb was so forgiving and didn't hold it against the student. He just shook it off and didn't let it bother him. I think that is such an honorable quality to have. He works super hard in class. He takes constructive criticism very well and is always wanting to improve. He is always on task and completes his work on time-Mrs. Liddle.
Mrs. Huffman is a P.E Specialist here at Spanish Oaks. Her favorite food is anything Mexican. Her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Her favorite color is green, she enjoys hiking and her favorite drink is Raspberry Lemonade. Her favorite thing about working at Spanish Oaks is teaching kids P.E.
Written by: Lincoln Beenfield & Mason Ford
Maple Grove Middle Logo/Mascot Contest
There will be a student entry contest for the new mascot/logo of Maple Grove Middle School. We would love to see what students think the logo and mascot (which is a bobcat) should look like. We want to collect entries from feeder elementary students and then base the logo and mascot on what is submitted. This contest will start now and continue through May. The winning logo/mascot ,or a variation of it, will be used in the building (for example the entry floor) as well as for school swag, etc. This contest is not intended to have strict guidelines - just any thing that could become our school mascot and/or logo.
We will collect entries tuned into our office. Please make sure students include their name, their elementary school, and their parents name and contact information. Students can also email their entry straight to firstname.lastname@example.org if it's a jpeg, PDF or some other electronic version.
Love and Logic Parenting Workshop
There's a lot of advice out there on how to raise your kids -- some is better than others. “Love and Logic” is a favorite of therapists, family life educators, teachers, principals and most importantly parents. It's practical, easy to learn and very effective. Come and enjoy this fun, upbeat, useful and free workshop!
We are finishing up our Kindness Week (but hopefully not our kindness). It has been a great week, and we would like all of our staff and students to keep being kind in the forefront of their minds as we finish up the rest of our school year.
This morning's quotes were: "Kindness begins with one single smile!" by Noel and "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all", anonymous (or actually Thumper I believe). Our song was Two Heads Are Better Than One, and our challenge is to anonymously do something kind for a family member over the weekend. Parents, you can watch for that one! We enjoyed wearing hats today for our focus ... "Hats Off to Kindness".
We are having so much fun here at Spanish Oaks this week! It is amazing how the students have grabbed onto the idea of being kind and are helping other students, giving compliments and being all around more friendly and kind.
Our quotes for the day were: "One kind word can last forever" by Cody Drollinger, and "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love" by Mason. I love these!! Thank you Cody and Mason. Our song this morning was The Friendship Song, and our challenge is to ask someone about their day and then really listen to what they say.
Our activity is a school paper chain. Each student is recognizing another student that has done something kind for them and writing it on a slip of paper that we will be making into a paper chain. Come in and check it out :) Here are some of the acts that have been recognized:
Jordan helped me pick up my stuff
One time when I was hurt Colten helped me up and took me to the office
Garrett walked me home
Chloe for being a good friend-Kara
Mrs. McClain is kind and helps us to learn things
These are just a few of the great things our students do! Just a reminder that tomorrow is "Hats Off to Kindness." Students can wear a hat :)