We Learn: Pre-teaching model in 6th grade

Cherry Creek Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:26am
Attributions: by Katelyn Finch

This year, Mrs. Finch's 6th grade students have been trying something a little different. We have started something called Pre-Teaching. The way it works is that the students will learn a new lesson for the first time in my class 2-3 days before they learn the same lesson in their regular class. I introduce the material, they form different ideas on the material, and within that time we try to solidify the concept as much as we can. By the time they learn that same lesson in their regular class they have had time to really understand the lesson already.  When I asked the students how they felt about the Pre-teaching model, I was blown away. Here are their responses. 

"It’s easier."

"It’s not as hard and you can actually keep up with your classmates."


"You can understand it much easier."


"There’s not as many people in Mrs. Finch's room which helps."


"It helps because I’m kind of slow at getting the concepts so when you have more time to learn, it is easier to know what the class is doing."


"When you have enough time to learn it, you know what the class is doing rather than spending so much time thinking."


"I wish we had this method in Jr. High."


"There are too many distractions in the regular classroom."


"Everyone got volume but not surface area until I saved the day."



"One of the girls told her other classmates, "see you should go to my class". (Mrs. Finch's class)"



"It makes me want to do it more."


"It’s easier if we come in here and learn it first. We know the stuff that we need to learn and when the teacher teaches it to us we know what to do with the math."


"I feel better."


"This class is easier and you know how to do it before we learn it."

  This has been so successful because of the collaboration that has taken  place between the 6th grade teachers and I and also because the students are willing to come to class and put forth their best effort

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Read with the Bees!

Mt Loafer Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:52am

Don't miss out on this great summer reading program! Take a look at the flyer attached to see how it works and some of the rewards students can earn through reading.

Categories: Elementary, Salem

Mrs. Beckert's Monday Message

Brookside Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:48am
Attributions: Mrs. Dana Beckert

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

Here are just a few reminders for this week:

  • The last day of kindergarten will be on Friday, May 18th. Graduation for AM students will be at 10:30 and graduation for PM students will be at 2:00. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher. Thank you!

  • We will be having our Author’s Party this Friday, May 18th at 2:45. Come and enjoy your student’s writing and celebrate their progress.

  • Looking forward into next week, we will be having our field day on Tuesday, May 22nd. Fourth through sixth grades will be from 9:30-11:00 and first through third grades will be from 1:00-2:30.

Have a wonderful week!, Dana Beckert


Categories: Elementary, Springville

Brockbank Bulletin

Brockbank Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:17am

Hello, Brockbank Families!

We want to thank our PTA for our awesome carnival!  It was so much fun and the children  really enjoyed it!  A special thanks goes to  Sharlene Hales, Brenda Dudley, and all of the wonderful PTA Volunteers, for all of their hard work!

We also want to thank the PTA for the great Book Fair they put on!  Thanks to Julie Evans and Kara Cloward!  It was a great success! 

Box Tops: We are collecting Box Tops one more time before the school year ends!  Please watch for a Box Top Sheet for your child to glue Box Tops to and return it by May 18th.  The class with the most Box Tops will get a pizza party!!! 

Track Meets:  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be having our Track Meets for grades 3-6.  All the track meets will be at the Spanish Fork High School football field.  Here are the dates for those meets:
April 24-3rd Grade
May 1-4th Grade 
May 8-6th Grade
May 15-5th Grade
Please make sure your child has water, comfortable clothing, good running shoes and a jacket. 

Swimming Activity:  We will be going swimming on the last day of school.  We will be leaving Brockbank at about 9:00 and we will walk to Spanish Fork Swimming Pool.  Our Busing students will leave the pool at about 11:10 and will walk back to Brockbank, eat their lunches, then board the buses at about 11:30-11:40.  Our walking students will leave the pool at about 11:15, walk to the school, eat their lunches, then leave at noon.  We will be sending a permission note home for you to send back to school.  Please watch for that and return asap. 

We also want to let you know that unfortunately we will not be able to have summer school this summer!  Our school is undergoing a lot of updating and changing and we will be without power for a short period of time.  There will also be many workers here and with all the construction, we will not be able to have students here.  We are so sorry for the inconvenience.  However, Angie Killian, the principal at Riverview Elementary School, has offered to have our students go to their summer school if you are interested.  For more information, please call Riverview Elementary.  
We invite you to LIKE us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as our own Brockbank website!  Follow us on Instagram--#Brockbankbest, #Lookatbrockbank, and #BrockbankBFF

Thanks for being the BEST!

Mrs. Nelson

Brockbank Bulletin:    
5/15-5th Gr. Tack Meet
5/16-6th Gr. Graduation-1:30/4th Gr. Program-6:00 pm 
5/17-1st Gr. Program-6:30 pm/6th Gr. Sonic Field Trip
5/18-Kindergarten Last Day/5th Gr. Field Trip
5/21-5/25-Kindergarten Assessments
5/23-Field Day

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Kindergarten testing

Sage Creek Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 8:30am

Parents of Kindergarteners, end of year testing will be held next week. Please sign up for a time frame with your childs teacher using the following signup genius.

Mrs. Orton:


Mrs. Mousser:


Categories: Elementary, Springville

Goshen Kids' Marathon is a Success!!!

Goshen Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 7:58am
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Students and Parents from Goshen School had a great morning on Saturday when they participated in our First Annual Goshen Kids' Marathon.  The weather cooperated while the group ran the last 1.2 miles of their marathon!  Once the race was over, and the kids had received their medals, breakfast was served.  It was a great time, and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Categories: Elementary

Remodel Update 5-15-18

Goshen Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 7:44am

The construction has started on the back of the building now.  This is where the office will be located, so they are in the process of taking out the faculty room and Title 1 Room to make room for our new office!

Categories: Elementary

Teacher Appreciation Week Friday 5/11

Goshen Elementary News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 7:42am
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What a great week!  The PTA topped Teacher Apprecitation Week with a Soda Bar for the staff.  It was so nice to drop into the faculty room and get a soda throughout the day when you needed one!  

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the PTA, volunteers, parents and students that made the teachers at our school feel like a million bucks last week!  Thank you for the Magical week!! 

Categories: Elementary

Fourth Grade County Fair

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:15pm
Attributions: Joni Cheney
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The fourth grade held its County Fair on Friday May 11. Parents and students from Orchard Hills were invited to walk through the classrooms and look at the county displays created by each fourth grader. Students were required to write an informational report on an assigned country from Utah, focusing on the county's geography, people of importance, economy, and many other interesting facts about their county. The final reports were culminated in colorful and creative displays. Utah has 29 counties, can you sing, or name them all?

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

6th Grade vs Faculty Kickball Game

Larsen Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 2:55pm
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Today was the annual 6th grade vs Faculty kickball game.  There has been a lot of talk around the school on who was going to be victorius between the two teams.   We are pretty sure the faculty won but 6th grade is protesting the actual score.  The PTA saved everyone at the end of the game by bringing Otter Pops to cool off afterwards.  It was so fun and a great way to bring spirit to our school.  Great job everyone!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

3rd Grade Springville Track Meet

Brookside Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 1:51pm
Attributions: Miss Kelly White
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Our third grade students had a great turn out at the Springville Track Meet. Here are some pictures of the winners. Great job students!

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Jordanelle Dam

Canyon Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 1:30pm
Attributions: Skyler Pope and Mac Wilkinson
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Jordanelle Dam...It was so cool! We learned a lot about the dam and the water in the lake. It was super loud inside the power plant. I leaned that the Power Plant is a really cool and fun place. I also learned that I can light up a light bulb by peddling a bike. 


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Civil Air Patrol Flag Ceremony

Park Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:22pm

Park Panthers had the opportunity to have the Civil Air Patrol come for our Leadership LiftOff this morning. The young men in the Civil Air Patrol performed a flag ceremony. It was a great way to honor our nation and begin another great week! Thank you so much for coming!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

5th Grade State Fair and Wax Museum

Larsen Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:17pm
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Larsen 5th graders held their annual State Fair and wax museum on Friday.  Students were given a state to research and make a diorama about interesting facts about it.  Then students chose a famous person from that state to dress up as and tell about them to visitors.  They did a great job and everyone learned some awesome facts about the United States!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

4th Grade Pioneer Day

Larsen Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:40am
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Our 4th grade has been studying all about the pioneers and on Friday they celebrated all that they had learned.  The students dressed like pioneers, played pioneer games, made crafts with yarn and a bunch more!  The classes ended the day with square dancing. Great job 4th grade!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Students of the Week - May 11th

Hobble Creek Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:02am
Categories: Elementary, Mapleton

Teacher Request for 2018-2019 School Year

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:34am

Hi Parents,

We are now taking teacher requests for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for the requests will be on Thursday, May 24th NO exceptions! Forms will not be given to students.

You must choose TWO or more equal teacher choices. One teacher will not be considered more of a request than another. You MUST have at least two choices to be considered. The request will be denied if any teacher requests are starred or numbered. 

Thank you! 

Sierra Bonita Elementary

Praise Note Students At Brookside Elementary

Brookside Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:05am
Attributions: Mrs. Dana Beckert

Corbin Moore got the classroom set up first thing in the morning, Josh Creer is nice to everyone around him, McKenzie Cooper is always doing her best and helping her classmates, Finleigh Lyman is a great friend and hard working, Kami Hill showed Tiger Pride by helping pick up litter outside, Holister ChurnTavia Gallagher, Raegan Walker, Gracie Anderson, and Zoie Curtis helped other students pick up trash to be helpful,  Alexandria Oman organized the class library and is an amazing leader, Alex Woodward tries to settle down when he's asked, Tyler Fay works hard to pass off math facts, Korgan Howell is trying hard to do neater work, Avery Glover does her best, Angelina Love picked up trash that she saw another student leave to make sure our school grounds are clean, and Emma Archer is a good friend and helps others. 

Thank you Burger King for the free kids meals for the student award.

Categories: Elementary, Springville

Hershey Track Meet

Wilson Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:07am
Attributions: Mr. Rawlings
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It's that time of year again when the weather is warm and the students are ready to compete with other schools at the Hershey Track Meet. The track meet is a great way for our students to participate in athletic events with several other schools in the district. Grades 3-6 did an amazing job in their events, with a few of our Lions finishing in the top 3! Way to go Lions!

Categories: Elementary, Payson

We Learn: Polynesian Artwork

Cherry Creek Elementary News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:04am
Attributions: by Rosalyn Payne
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This year Cherry Creek students have been studying the art and culture of New Zealand, Australia, and various Polynesian islands. Here is a sampling of some their Oceania-themed art:


6th Tint Gradient Underwater Silhouettes. After learning about tints and shades, monochromatic color schemes, and negative and positive space in art, students painted a circular gradient by gradually adding increasing amounts of blue into white paint. Then, observing photos, they drew outlines and cut silhouettes of sea creatures to add to their blue gradient backgrounds.


6th Maori Taaniko-Style Weaving. Students observed traditional Maori woven garments from New Zealand. They created unique patterns on grid paper to plan weaving designs. Then they carefully transformed those ideas into paper weavings.


5th–6th Starry Sunset Skies (Aurora Australis). Students learned about the Aoraki Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand, observed pictures of the Aurora Australis, and learned what causes this phenomenon. They practiced blending and layering watercolors, from lightest to darkest, using wet-on-wet techniques for the sky, then dry-on-wet to make mountain silhouettes. Finally, they masked the foreground and spattered on white tempera stars.


5th Airports and Airplanes. Students observed photos of airports around the world. They discussed the features and functions of airports. They each drew individual plans, then divided into collaborative engineering teams and negotiated to decide which ideas to incorporate, adapt, or expound in their group project. They worked together to build large airports from cardboard using a variety of attachment techniques. Finally, they sanded, assembled, and painted wooden airplanes with spinning propellers.


4th Maori Spiral Designs. Students learned the meanings of various Maori spiral symbols (koru, moana, hei-matau, mangopare, etc.), and looked at artworks by New Zealand artist Raewyn Harris. Then they created original designs using spirals and other Maori patterns.


4th Bubbles. Students observed photos of real bubbles, noticing how they reflect light. Then they drew bubbles with colored pencils on black paper, adding highlights and reflections.


3rd Floppy Fish. Students rubbed textures onto both sides of a colored paper, then folded and cut the paper to make a 3D fish sculpture.


3rd Surfboard Designs. Students practiced folding and cutting to produce symmetrical designs. Then they experimented with contrasting color schemes and balancing positive and negative space to create interesting layered designs that could be stencil-painted onto a surfboard.


2nd-3rd Coral Reef Habitats with Sea Turtles. After learning about coral reefs and examining an assortment of shells, sponges, and different types of corals, students observed images of diverse organisms living in coral reefs. They drew visual textures of various marine plants and corals, and added marine animals to their reef environments, overlapping elements to show depth. They colored the underwater scenes firmly with wax crayons and colored pencils, then added water with chalk pastel.


2nd–3rd Pop-Up Architecture. Students looked at an assortment of photos of very diverse house styles. They each individually chose three houses they thought were (1) most awesome, (2) strangest, and (3) where they would like to live. Then they took turns listening and talking with a partner about why they chose their selections. After their pair and share discussion, class members shared out insights they had learned from each other that might have made them see something differently or maybe change their mind. We discussed who might live in these different types of houses and why. We talked about similarities and differences, and about appreciating diversity. Then we learned to make folded street cards with pop-up houses.


1st Color-Mixing Comical Crocodiles. Students used basic shapes to draw a cute, comical crocodile. They painted first with yellow, then added blue to make green.


1st Tropical Fish Collages. After reading A Fishy Color Story and A Fishy Shape Story, students experimented with combining colors that contrast and compliment each other, then cut a variety of shapes for bodies, fins, tails, etc. to make colorful collage fish.

Categories: Elementary, Springville