Principal Newsletter January 16th-19th

Riverview Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:36pm

Principal Moment

When I was in teacher school, I learned a lot about how to teach the different subjects.  But most of what I know about teaching reading, I’ve learned from students.

My students taught me that when inviting children to the reading rug, it is much more exciting when the teacher hides a book behind her back than when she pulls it off the shelf.

They taught me that after gathering kids on the carpet – no matter how many times you say crisscross applesauce – someone in the front row will always sit on her knees.

They taught me that when the teacher shows her class a picture from a book, she must always move the book very slowly in front of them or they will whine, “I can’t see.”  And when the teacher is finished showing the picture, she will always have to show it again to one person who says, “I didn’t see it.”

My students taught me that whenever the teacher reads the word knock aloud, she should hit the desk at the same time.  When she reads yawn, she should make a good loud stretch.  And when she reads cleared her throat, she should accompany it with lots of noise in the back of her throat.

Students taught me that a child can read an entire page out loud and not pause at one single period. That same child will remember exactly who sat on the beanbag chair during silent reading time yesterday, last week, and two months ago but they won’t remember what they just finished reading two seconds ago.

They taught me that when I am reading a book to the children and ask them to make a prediction about what will happen next, it is entirely possible that one child will disregard my question completely and announce that I wore the same shoes yesterday and that my legs are hairy.

They taught me that if an ant crawls onto the cover of a child’s book during reading time, she will not flick it off-but carry the book carefully to the front of the room to show me.  When hearing that their lucky classmate has an ant crawling on her book,  the rest of the class will jump out of their chairs and run over to see our new visitor.  Reading will only assume after the dazed little guest has been carried outside to safety by all twenty-four children.

It is cool being a teacher.   It is also cool to go to school at Riverview! 

SEP Conferences

Thank you for attending SEP Conferences!   When teachers and parents work together to try and provide the best learning environment for learning; the child is the one who benefits the most.  We appreciate your support!

PBIS Assembly and Good Citizen Reward

The student body reviewed the PBIS rules last week.  Students re-learned that PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.  Students are learning to ‘Make their Mark and Make it Matter’ by being a R.A.M.  Ask your child what it means to be a R.A.M.  I also encourage you to visit the Riverview website at and familiarize yourself with PBIS at Riverview elementary.  Check out the fun videos!

This week, students joined in a 2nd term Good Citizen Reward...The Riverview Winter Olympics!  The games were opened with the Olympic Theme song.  Students had participated in a torch lighting ceremony.  They competed in speed skating, hockey, and figure skating.  Every student received a Riverview Gold Medal.  Thank you to all Riverview students for being great citizens!


I would like to invite you to check out two outstanding eBook libraries which allow you to access books anytime, anywhere and for free.   The Nebo Overdrive library can be accessed through  and the MyOn library is available at

Nebo Mobile App

Nebo School District has launched a free app.  This app may be used to view student information (schedules, grades, attendance, etc.) and school information (news, calendars, menus, etc), which is retrieved from various sources.

Install the “Nebo School District” mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.  Click the following link to access the append get full install instructions

Communication Options

Riverview School website 

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

January Events

  • January 16th – First day of 3rd term; School Community Council meeting @ 3:30
  • January 18th – Good Citizen Reward for 4th – 6th grades; Winter Olympic Games
  • January 19th – Good Citizen Reward for K-3rd grades; Winter Olympics Games
  • January 26th – NetSmartz Assembly; K-2nd @ 1:50, 3rd-6th grades @ 2:20
  • January 29th – February 2nd – PTA White Ribbon Week
  • February 2nd – Utah Opera Assembly; K-3rd @ 9:00, 4th – 6th @ 10:00

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary




Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Art PD at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:17pm

Faculty and staff got together for some professional development and bonding ...  Thank you, Stacey Johnson, for sharing your talents and helping us identify even more ways to integrate the arts at our school!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Guest Reader In Kindergarten

Spring Lake Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:47pm
Attributions: Brenda Mc Farland

Mrs. McFarland's pm class has a special Grandpa read to us today. J. Lynn Jones a long time Nebo employee who is now retired took time to read to use. Thank you Mr. Jones!

Categories: Elementary, Payson

Student Of The Month For January

Spring Lake Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:45pm
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Aliyah Torres, Parker Thornton, Ian White, Gadd Webber, Jennessi Vasquez, Paxton Edvalson, Paige Abbott, Dean Jenson, Brielle Adams, Tyler Bartholemew, Chelsea Bingham, Dawson Craghead, Taylor Grant, Colt Hughes, Nate Gardner, Jenna Mendenhall, Garret Marvin, Jaeda Lindsey, Kyler Frisby, Hunter Lindsey, Kylee Frisby, Hunter McMurdie, Lilly Brinkerhoff, Dagan Charles, Bridger Taylor, Maylee Rowley, Londyn McClain, Payton Austin, Nizhoni Avila, Teague Hughes, Emily Woodland, Isabelle Mitchell, Presley Oliver, Taisa Rohbock, Samantha Prettyman, Cooler Wells, Maxwell Neal, Madisyn Quarnberg, Sienna Denovellis, McCoy Jensen, Krew Frost, Marli Losser, Bridget Christensen, Natalie Whitney, Cooper Soots, Makabe Phillips, Kaleah Curtis, Quincy Dewsnup, Sadie Woodland, Asher Geldmacher, Haley Jerauld, Abbygale Rowley, Jessie Albright, Spencer Sullivan, Carolina O'Bryant, Tyler Quarnberg, Kevin Guzman-Leiva, Tristen Fulton, Kayleigh Atwood, and Evan Rocha.

Categories: Elementary, Payson

Hogle Zoo

Spring Lake Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:29pm
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Our second grade had a blast this last week when the Hogle Zoo came to visit our classes. They brought in some fun animals from Utah to show the students and teach about the importance of habitats for animal survival. The students had the opportunity to discover two different habitats in Utah and learn about the different animals and plants that live there. We also talked about how it is important for us as humans to learn and educate ourselves on different habitats and what life lives in them. It was a great experience for our students and one that they enjoyed! 

Categories: Elementary, Payson

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King!

Riverview Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:14pm
Attributions: Sherilyn Woodhouse
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This week we celebrated Mr. King's birthday. We learned that his voice and dream was the most important for equal rights. Our class made a collage by using oil pastels and then traced our hand prints. The signed hand prints symbolize that we will strive for love and peace. We even discussed how we can bring love and peace into our classrooms and homes. The students came up with fantastic ideas. Such as, helping others, saying you're sorry, don't argue, include everyone, fill someone else's bucket, and last, leave the last treat in the fridge for someone else.
Thank you Mr. King for your dream and voice. Our second grade class will try to use our voice, love, and peace as well.

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Blue Pack Party

Barnett Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:58pm
Attributions: Angela Stoddard, Sarah Sumsion
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Borealis Blue Pack had a fun time at their party today. Blue pack were the winners for Term 2. Let me tell you a little about the packs. The entire Barnett Elementary, faculty and students were placed into packs. They were placed into a pack by spinning a wheel that designated a pack for them. Then as an entire pack they try to earn pack points by being on their best behavior whereever they are in the school. Any faculty member in the school can give a student a pack point for good things they see happening. Borealis Blue worked so hard in Term 2 and earned the party. It was a pie face party! At the end of the party, students enjoyed an ice cream sandwich as they watched, some of their very own teachers get pie faced! 

Categories: Elementary, Payson

Be a Leader Like Martin Luther King

Cherry Creek Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:45pm
Attributions: by Jen Baldwin
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This week Ms. Baldwin's 2nd grade class learned about the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery bus boycott and the injustices of segregation.

Students had a chance to write about their dreams for the world. They want to show others love. They want to see people treat each other with kindness. They want world peace...check out the pictures to see some examples of what they wrote.  We are grateful for examples of good and brave leaders to help us learn to be leaders too!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Sabrina Huyett and Sherry Plaisted Receive Grants from The Nebo Foundation

Brockbank Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:33pm
Attributions: Lana Hiskey
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Mrs. Sabrina Huyett and Mrs. Sherry Plaisted recently received grants from the the Nebo Education Foundation. The Nebo Foundation is composed of 20 volunteer board members who live in cities serviced by Nebo School District. Board members meet each month to review and award grant requests, consider fund-raising avenues and other items that advance the educational opportunities for Nebo School District students.  

Brockbank Elementary – Sabrina Huyett
“Thank you so much for your generous grant to our class! We are beyond thrilled to have new science materials. These funds will enable us to hatch chickens, explore static and current electricity, and experience magnetism. Before receiving this grant, we only had one type of magnet. The Utah science core lists several types of magnets that students need to be familiar with, and now our students will have hands-on experience with all of them! This will make such a difference in our science exploration. Many thanks!” exclaimed Sabrina Huyett, fifth-grade teacher at Brockbank Elementary.

 Brockbank Elementary – Sherry PlaistedSherry Plaisted, facilitator at Brockbank Elementary, said, “Nebo Foundation does such an excellent job of supporting our school with the reading materials we need. These books will give our lower readers, just right materials that look more advanced with age appropriate themes and ideas. Thank you so much for the many ways you help schools all over the district. I have worked in other states and I would have loved having a Nebo Foundation when I was teaching in other places. You do such an amazing job and make grants so easy to apply for. Thanks again!!!”


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

5th grade NOVA graduation

Mapleton Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:09pm

On January 17th, our 5th grade students graduated from the NOVA program. This 12 week course taught by Officer Miller from the Mapleton Police Department focused on seeking positive opportunities, instilling values, and accepting accountability for choices. We appreciate Officer Miller and the lifelong lessons that he taught. 

Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Students of the Week - January 19th

Hobble Creek Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:05pm
Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Brookside Elementary Praise Note Students For The Week Of January 15, 2018

Brookside Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:02pm
Attributions: Mrs. Dana Beckert

This is a great group of students this week that have gone above and beyond in praiseworthy acts.  Joshua Talbot put all the chairs up without being asked, Cole Levengood is working hard at being polite and following directions, Baylee Sampson helps her neighbors, Caleb Salmond tries to do hard things, Kaelinn Haglund took down all the chairs in the classroom, Madi Fay helped a classmate with math, Derek Huerta has worked hard on his reading, Mckinley Bartholomew is a good friend, Lydia Kmetzsch picked up trash without being asked, Maverik York cleaned up without being asked, Casey Cottle follows directions while the class is lined up, Sina Afemui is very polite, Kaleb Rivas took time to think before writing in his journal, and Jake Simpson picked up trash without being asked.

Keep up all the praiseworthy acts students, we are watching you!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

It Pays to Read

Santaquin Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:23am
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Santaquin students enjoyed the Pays to Read assembly this week.  The Pays to Read assembly is a reward and motivator for reading.  Our students have read just over One Million minutes already this year.  Students earn reading tickets during the term for reading.  During the assembly,  Mr. Argyle randomly picks tickets for the students to choose a book or a prize.  Many students leave the assembly with a book.  Several students are chosen to participate in the basketball shoot contest, and two students win a bike.  Congratulations to our bike winnners, Kristy Jessop a kindergartner in Mrs. Holt's AM class and to Jack Walker in Mrs. Millers 5th grade class. 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Spanish Oaks Heroes of the Week

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:21am

Every week we continue to have a great bunch of students chosen for our Heroes of the Week.  Keep up the great work!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Sixth Grade Feast

Canyon Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:42am
Attributions: Jasmine Weier
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Sixth graders at Canyon Elementary participated in a Medieval Feast at the end of the second term. Students earned points throughout the term. The number of points they had, determined their rank in medieval society. The top point earners reigned as King and Queen. A large feast was enjoyed by all. 

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Hansen's Heroes

Sage Creek Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:28am

Congratulations to another great group of students that have shown what it looks like to be a great role model to their peers.

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Orchard Hills Fourth Grade Teachers

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:28am


 Mr. Clay Craig grew up grew up right here in good old Santaquin, Utah.  His hero is his mom, Barbara Craig.  She is very brave even when times are difficult.  She does everything with class.  Mr. Craig enjoys spending time with family, making pottery, hiking, and reading.

 Mrs. Jeannie Roundy grew up in Santaquin, Utah.  Her mom is her hero because she taught her to work hard, set high goals, and how to be a good mom.   Mrs. Roundy enjoys anything that involves her 5 children.  She enjoys watching them rodeo, play sports, and dance.  Mrs. Roundy would spend a lot more time in Lake Powell if life ever slows down. 

 Mr. Ben Gowans grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  He likes canyoneering and eating junk food.

 Mrs. Joni Cheney grew up in Bountiful, Utah.  She has six brothers.  Her hero is her husband because he is positive and loves to work and learn new things.  He kept her going when she was trying to get her teaching license.  Mrs. Cheney loves spending time with her family, camping, quilting, and cycling.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

DARE Graduation

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:08am
Attributions: Krissi Tanner
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DARE is a program offered to all fifth grade students at Orchard Hills Elementary. DARE stands for Drug Alcohol Resistance Education and is designed to teach students the risks involved with underage drinking, tobacco use and using illegal drugs. The point of DARE is to provide these students with the appropriate knowledge and skill set to make an educated & well-thought out decision when in the future they are confronted with drugs and alcohol. In order to graduate from DARE the students had to write a five paragraph essay that details what they learned from DARE & how they plan to use it to make informed decisions for the rest of their life. The students & teachers at Orchard Hills are grateful for Officer Bell who volunteers his time and energy to helping us make safe and healthy decisions!

 DARE Essay Winners:

Tyler Erickson

Allayna Chidester

Mayley Smith

Boston Price

 Overall DARE Students:

Jade Zeeman

Zach Darger

Kathryn Morgan

Paizlee Zeeman

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

The Great Kindness Challenge

Goshen Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:03am

We are so excited to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge this year!  The challenge runs all week, next week (1/22-1/26), and our students are going to have the opportunity to do random acts of kindness throughout the entire week.  We have such a great school, and great students, we are looking forward to seeing them do some great things for those around them. 

Categories: Elementary

4th Grade Parents and Pastries

Goshen Elementary News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:50am

This Monday (January 22nd) will be our 4th Grade Parents and Pastries activity.  If you have a 4th grader, please bring a favorite book to read and meet at 1:45 here at the school.  You will be able to read your book to a group of students and enjoy a donut with them.

Categories: Elementary