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Upcoming Nebo Chess Tournament

Submitted by kali.brown on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:05


Art City Invitational Chess Tournament will be held Saturday, January 25, at Art City Elementary.  Registration is open now, and is $10 if students are registered by this Saturday, January 18.  Registration cost then increases to $17, and is available through Thursday, January 23.  No registrations are accepted after January 23.

When:  Saturday January 25, 2020 Check in 8:00-8:30 am, instructions at 8:45 am, round 1 begins at 9:00 am, rounds 2-5 follow as each grade finishes.

Registration:  $10 if you register and pay by Jan 18, $17 up until Jan 23. Registration accepted only through Thursday, Jan 23. Registration will be limited to 175 students, so register early! Register and pay online at, “Chess Tournament”. If you have questions, contact Betsy Eckton ( No registration/payment accepted at the door!

Where:  Art City Elementary – 121 North 900 East, Springville, UT


Outstanding Employee Award to DeAnn Carter

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:39

"I've been the secretary at Spanish Oaks Elementary since it opened in 2001.  I worked the summer before it opened to help set up the school.  I've seen a lot of changes in the last 19 years.  I've also worked at Spanish Fork Intermediate and Payson Jr. High.  I am in my 25th and final year at Nebo School District.  My husband and I live in Elk Ridge.  We have five children and 17 grandchildren, four of them attend Spanish Oaks Elementary!!!  We enjoy glamping (we have a motor home so I've been told we are not camping).  We also have a side-by-side so enjoy exploring the mountains.  I love being at Spanish Oaks Elementary.  We have wonderful children, parents and faculty."  We love you, Mrs. Carter ... congratulations!



Crystal Apple Award to Susan Phelps

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:35

Susan Phelps was awarded our Crystal Apple Award for 2019-20.  She shared the following information about herself so we can get to know her better.  "This is my sixteenth year on staff here at Spanish Oaks Elementary.  I love the administration, co-workers, and families here at Spanish Oaks and consider myself lucky to be at this school where I know that the education and well-being of each child is first priority.  I graduated from Southern Utah University with a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  Completing my education was a long-time dream come true for me.  I absolutely love teaching and spending time with children.  There truly is no more rewarding occupation outside the home.  I completed my Master’s Degree two years ago and am grateful for the things I learned.  For the past 30 years, I have been blessed to be married to Dale, the love of my life and we are the proud parents of five amazing children.  We currently have our two youngest left at home.  One is waiting to receive her mission call and the other just got home from the Washington D.C. mission.  I have four grandchildren whom I adore.  I enjoy playing tennis, camping, and being home with family!"  Congratulations, Mrs. Phelps ... we love you!


Excellent Explorer Award Winners at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Wed, 01/08/2020 - 11:49

Again, we have the most amazing students here at Spanish Oaks!  The following students were nominated and won our Excellent Explorer for Term 2.  Congratulations!! 

Caleb Allen - 3rd Grade. When I think of someone who is kind, shows respect and works hard I think of Caleb. He is one of those students that I can always count on to be doing what he is supposed to be doing when he is supposed to be doing it. He is a hard worker. I was so impressed as we were getting ready for a class activity that a student in his group was having a hard time with his part. Caleb took the time to memorize that students part in order to support the student to be successful. I count myself lucky to be his teacher. - Mrs. Dimmick

Berkley Devenish 3rd.  At recess, I saw Berkley helping girls to get up onto the highest bar so they could do spins on it. She would lift them up and make sure they had a good hold before she would let go of them. She did this over and over again without any thought of her having a turn. She helped anyone that wanted a turn, not just her friends.  Angie Lindstrom

Megan Devlin: Megan has been an outstanding student this year! She is constantly looking for ways to help out in class from passing out papers and cleaning the classroom to encouraging students who are struggling. She has been a huge help to a student who needs extra support at school. Megan has a big heart and helps out all who need her. Thank you Megan for being a great example of kindness, respect, and working hard! Mr. Rigby, 4th grade

Reagan Brough (1st grade)-You can always count on Reagan to have a positive attitude. I have never heard her say an unkind thing about anyone or anything taught in class. She is always happy! Reagan is also a hard-working student. She is always willing to try new things and doesn't give up when something isn't easy right at first. Reagan is a very quiet student. As a teacher I feel like it's easy for quiet students to slide under the radar and not get the positive attention and praise they need, but Reagan is such a good student and it hasn't gone unnoticed. She is friends with anyone and everyone, she is kind, she respects her teacher and classmates, and she works hard. - Mrs. Liddle

I would like to nominate Grace Wood. Grace is always kind, respectful and works hard. Grace shows kindness by continually complimenting others. She makes everyone around her feel important and loved. Grace is respectful by always doing what she is supposed to and she worries about others and their feelings. Grace is a hard worker, she finishes all of her assignments on time. She is always volunteering to help me or her classmates and she enjoys helping Miss Mellor's kindergarten class every morning. I am impressed by Grace and all that she does!-Mrs. Dyches, 6th grade

Ruben Mendoza in 4th Grade.  Ruben has worked extra hard this year. He comes to school each day ready to work and he works hard. He has made progress in his reading levels already this year! :)  His math skills have improved as well. He is able to solve all multiplication and division facts already. He loves math and works really hard on his assignment.  He comes to school with a smile on his face and wants to talk to the teacher about his day and what makes him happy. He talks to other students and congratulates them when they succeed...even little successes. He cares about everyone around him.  Ruben is an overall amazing student that deserves to be recognized for his hard work, dedication, kindness and progress!  Mrs. Monroe


Staff Spotlight Mrs. Swain, ACC Technician

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 09:16

Mrs. Swain is an ACC Technician at Spanish Oaks.  Her favorite subject is Art because it lets you express yourself and the way you see the world.  Her favorite hobby is Zumba, she loves it because she loves music and it's a great exercise.  She loves teaching because you have the potential to help kids develop and learn.  If she wasn’t an ACC Technician she would be a dancer because it’s a good way to show every emotion.

Written by: Sam Swain 


Teacher Spotlight Mrs. Baldwin, ACC Classroom

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 09:04

Mrs. Baldwin is our new ACC Teacher at Spanish Oaks Elementary.  We are so happy she is here.  She grew up in Holland, a beautiful part of the Netherlands.  She attended three colleges, but mostly BYU.  Her favorite part about teaching is the children.  It doesn't matter what their differences are, she loves the children all the same.  Her favorite school subject is reading, especially with children.  If she wasn't a teacher she would be a Mom because of her love for children. 

Written by: Kate Roberts & Sorelle Olsen


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