School News

GAINS Lessons at Spanish Oaks

Melanie Fillmore

Melanie Fillmore has been so much fun to have here at our school teaching us about dance.  The students and teachers alike have had a great time!!  Keep on movin'!

Spanish Oaks continues to focus on dance for the year as they participate in the GAINS program (Growing Arts In Nebo Schools).  The amazing teachers at Spanish Oaks Elementary have been working with district dance specialist, Melanie Fillmore, on additional ways to implement dance and movement in the classroom.  You may have seen some fun pictures or videos on individual class websites or social media pages. If not, here is a little bit of what classes have been up to.

1st grade:  Students are unlikely to forget their memorable experience with prepositions as the danced in all kinds of ways with their chairs!  Over, under, around, behind, etc.! (Don’t tell Mrs. Brown!)

2nd grade:  Second graders were “dancing with the stars” as they danced through dot-to dot constellations laid out on the floor.

3rd grade:  As third graders explore cultures and traditions from around the world, they learned a traditional folk dance from Germany titled “D’hammerschmiedsgselln.”  Try pronouncing that with your student (with a little help:  da hammer shmee zellen)!

4th grade:  Fourth graders learned the traditional pioneer folk dance, “Oh Johnny Oh,” and talked about the important role dance played for early pioneer settlers in Utah.  

5th grade:  We made geometry principles jump off the page as we used movement to demonstrate points, rays, line segments, parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines.  

6th grade:  Air masses make significant contributions to weather patterns and have a semi-complicated classification system.  Sixth graders used combinations of movement levels and lines to represent the different classification combinations and help understand them better.  


Veterans Visit Spanish Oaks

During our Veterans' Assembly on Friday, as I watched the Veterans stand, saluting the flag, with a look of love and respect on each of their faces, I realized how blessed we are to have individuals that are willing to risk their lives, mentally and physically, for the freedoms we take for granted.  I also realized that it is up to us to make sure that the next generation has that same love and respect for our flag and for our free country.  They must be taught about respect, gratitude and sacrifice in order for them to be able to have these same characteristics in their hearts as they sing the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Alliance, or watch a flag go by in a parade.  Let us each set an example for them to see and emulate.

A huge thank you to all those who have, or are still, serving our country!  We love you!

Author Walk in Miss Linnell's Second Grade


The second graders in Miss Linnell's class have worked so hard pre-writing, editing and publishing informational books on an animal of their choice.  They were so excited to share their finished product with their parents.  The books turned out very professional and the students' did a great job of reading them to their audience.

Spanish Oaks Reflections Assembly Heroes Around Me

We had a great turn out for students who entered PTA Reflections this year.  Holly Moss did a super job organizing everything and it turned out amazing.  Special thanks to all our volunteers, as well as Kneaders and the Hale Center Theater for donating treats and awards.  If you didn't particpate this year, you can look forward to joining the fun next year!!

Congratulations to all our Reflections participants!  We are so impressed with all your talents, ideas, and abilities.  Thank you for your wonderful artistic entries on our 2018 theme "Heroes Around Me".  These are the artists moving on to the next level of judging, by category: 

Awards of Excellence (moving on to the next round)


Kinsley Stumpe
Hayven Stumpe
Carter Christiansen
Paige Johnson
Alli Christiansen


Carter Christiansen
Jessie Sherman
Ethan Rawlings
Tanner Christiansen


Joseph Gunderson
Alli Christiansen
Nash Carlson
Chloe Massimini
Carter Christiansen


Carter Christiansen
Tanner Christiansen
Kylyn Lockwood
Alli Christiansen


Jaylee Stumpe
Kinsley Stumpe
Grace Wood
Jaiden Millard
Bella Fossat


Sawyer Carlson
Jaylee Stumpe
Elisabeth Gunderson
Ellie Taylor
Claire Beenfield


Vera Garner
Archer Olson
Baylor Ward
Isabella Ekenstam
Tyler Raymond

Spotlight: Julie Anderson, STAR Tutor and Art Specialist

Julie is an outdoor enthusiast. She loves being at the ocean, the mountains, and the desert. She loves to try new things and is game for almost anything. She is an avid skier and is happiest on the slopes. She loves Indian and Thai cuisine and does not like to cook, so she has 3 skinny boys and a half starved husband. She is a first year teacher and is so thankful to the faculty and staff at Spanish Oaks for being so kind and patient.   

We are so glad you are here, Julie!!  You are doing an amazing job!