Mrs. Burraston is a skill building technician at Mapleton Elementary. She enjoys gardening, playing with her kids, and reading. Her favorite children's book is "How Full is Your Bucket" by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer. She has a great husband, a daughter that is 10 and a son that is 7. Her favorite vacation was to her aunt's cabin, and she would love to travel to the Jungle. She enjoys working at the school because she loves the kids.
Well done, fourth grade students! It sounds like the track meet was a success and fun for all!
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Spring Lake's fifth-grade enjoyed the day at Payson City's annual track meet. They successfully competed in various track and field events, soaked up the sun, and had fun with all their friends.
Someone once said, “A woman is like a tea bag you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Well I assure you, my esteemed colleagues, that the woman we are honoring here today, Mrs. Diane Martin, is stronger than any Earl Grey in existence. I realized this from the very first moments I stepped foot into my classroom here at East Meadows nearly five years ago. There wasn’t a day in the week back then that we weren’t in hot water in some form or another.
I quite literally may not have been here happily espousing Diane’s amazing qualities if it hadn’t been for her knowledge, quick thinking, and amazing attitude in addressing the behaviors belonging to the most difficult 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in Nebo district. I knew she had been working with these kiddos for several years before I was lucky enough to be called her friend, yet I had no idea of the full extent of her incredible teaching ability.
Diane has the biggest heart of any person I know. And I’m lucky to be married to someone with a pretty big heart. However, I can proudly say that Diane’s ability to overlook a child’s swearing, spitting, kicking, hitting, hurtful, or even foulsmelling
behavior and see that child for who they really are is a rare gift few people possess.
Diane will offer the very sweatshirt she is wearing to help a child to warm up. She will purchase, with her own money socks, underwear, snacks, school supplies, or other treats to help a student feel safe, welcome, and cared for.
She sees the little details in my students’ lives that I
so regularly miss and knows just how to clue me in without being overbearing.
And lest you think for a second that she is a pushover, and that she makes disciplining students difficult when they need to be held accountable let
me assure you that she is tough as nails when it comes to laying down the law. Regardless of how big, mean, angry, or deranged a student might be when
I need someone to cover my back and assist in keeping a student safe
from harm or injuring someone else, Diane is ready at a moment’s notice to step in and assist in a physical restraint even knowing that she will be wearing the bruises for days to come.
And yet, gratefully, it is due to her kindness, compassion, levelheadedness
and humor that we now so rarely ever need to physically support students in staying safe. They know, simply by being in the same room with her, that they are loved. And this attitude toward being a steward over a child’s education goes further than any rules or procedures I can implement to keep kids safe.
I also need to point out, that Diane’s husband Brett has a great deal to do with her success, as he is so often willing to fulfill her requests on short notice. I am grateful that he is a wonderful support in my classroom through her.
I am honored to know Diane. I know that so many of you feel the same way. And it is with great pleasure that we recognize her today.
Nebo’s district-wide collaboration day will change to Monday instead of Wednesday beginning in the 2016 - 2017 school year. All students will continue to be dismissed 45 minutes early from school on Mondays. Nebo District implemented a highly successful, district-wide collaboration time in 2008. Collaboration time is specifically for teachers to focus on improved student learning and quality instruction.
The district-wide collaboration provides time for teachers to meet with other colleagues in the same department or grade level to discuss assessments, core curriculum standards, student learning, needs for re-teaching, and enriching the curriculum. It continues to be in the best interest of students, families, and teachers to have a consistent collaboration time throughout the district.
Superintendent Rick Nielsen said, “We know that giving teachers time to collaborate together about quality instructional practices, with a focus on individual students, is one of the most important factors affecting high student achievement. Our collaboration time throughout the district helps us in our goal to meet the academic needs of every child in every school.”
Nebo District appreciates the community support and the opportunity to work with the children in all our communities.
Kindergarten parents it is time to sign up for the end of year kindergarten assessment. Click on the following link to sign up.
We are happy to announce that Larsen Elementary's Classified Employee of the Year is Mrs. Jill Johnson. Mrs. Johnson has worked at Larsen for 8 1/2 years. She is our Skill Building technician and runs the computer lab for Imagine Learning. Mrs. Johnson always goes the extra mile and is willing to help wherever needed. She is a joy to work with and always wants the best for the students. We are so happy she is a part of our staff! Thank you Mrs. Johnson for all you do!
Mrs. Eastman is a special education technician at Mapleton Elementary. She enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, sewing, playing guitar and reading. Her favorite children's book is "The Little Engine that Could" by Waty Piper. She has four children and 11 almost 12 grandchildren that enjoy playing games and camping together. Her favorite vacation was to New York, and she would love to travel to Europe. She likes working at the school because she loves the kids.
Robin is 100% about her class. She will do WHATEVER it takes for them to enjoy her class. She also cares, deeply, for the adults in the school. –Tara Hunt
Robin is the happiest person on this planet. Students know that she loves and cares about them. She is very flexible and willing to do whatever the team agrees upon. I miss working with her. –Marlayne Harward
Robin, is a great example of handling stressful situations with calmness and dignity. Whenever she speaks to a student/parent she always does so in a respectful way. She naturally creates a learning experience for everyone involved. Thank you Robin for your example, you deserve this award. –Ien Richins
Robin is a blast to work with. She always has a funny story to share about everything. She is fun, outgoing, and young at heart. She is easy to get along with and hard working. She loves and cares for each of her students and goes above and beyond to show them how much she cares. In turn her students all adore her and come back to see her because she makes such an impact on their lives. Everyone who knows Robin feels like they are her best friend and if you don't know her you want to be her friend or have her as your teacher. – Melanie Ellsworth
She was born to be in a classroom. She connects with the kids like I’ve never seen anyone do before. They look to her as a teacher, a mother, a confidant and an example. She can take a student’s worse day and put a smile on their face better than anyone. I’ve never heard her say she wishes she didn’t have “so and so” in her classroom. Even the most difficult student receives her genuine love…even if she wanted to duct tape them to their chair =) She is a busy lady. She has perfected the balance of being a working mother and professional in a way I can only be jealous of! -Courtney Corbin
Robin Provstgaard is the mother of 4 daughters and 1 son and 8 grandkids. Her career at Taylor began more than 21 years ago as the PTA president at Taylor. 21 years ago, she began her teaching career in 3rd grade, moved to 5th grade and then back to 3rd. All of her children attended Taylor. She can often be surrounded by current students and former students who all crave her attention. She has even taught entire families of siblings. She is recognized for her hair colors, her shoes, her infectious smile and friendships. She LOVEs everything Disney, cruises, shopping, hunting, car shopping, fly fishing, eating out and most of all, her family above anything else!
Hello, Brockbank Families!
We are so excited for tonight’s Reading Carnival! Our wonderful PTA has gone to so much work to prepare this for us! We invite EVERYONE to come and join in the fun! There will be bouncy houses, a rock wall, food, fun and friends! Wristbands and tickets will be for sale! The carnival will begin at 5:00 and end at 8:00! We hope to see you all there!
We are also still accepting pledges if you have them! Please have your child bring any pledges to the office! Thanks!
Tomorrow will be the Track Meet for the 4th Grade! Please remind your child to dress for any kind of weather!
Thursday will also be our Super Star Track Meet for Ms. Jensen’s class! That will be a lot of fun for them and we wish them the best of luck!
Again, we are in the midst of testing and we appreciate your help in making sure your child is here early and ready to go for the day!
Good luck to all those participating in the Stock Show! This is such a great event and I look forward to seeing some Brockbank Students there! I have wonderful memories of getting my own steer ready for the show! It provided a way for me to put myself through college!
Thanks for all you do to support our school! Tonight is another way that you and your child can not only help our school financially, but also, create a culture where we can meet and build friendships and relationships! Thanks for all you do!
Mon., May 2-READING CARNIVAL-5:00-8:00
Tues., May 3—4th Gr. Track Meet
Thurs., May 5—Super Stars Track Meet
Fri., May 6--3rd Gr. Field Trip
Tues., May 10—5th Gr. Track Meet
Fri., May 13—Ms. Jensen’s Year End Program/Popcorn Friday-50cents/bag and Otter Pops-50 cents each!
Tues., May 17—6th Gr. Track Meet/1st Gr. Program
Thurs., May 19—3rd Grade Track Meet/6th Gr. Graduation-6:00pm
Fri., May 20—Kindergarten Last Day of School
Fri., May 27—Last Day of School-Swimming at SFHS Pool-Early out at noon
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This week (May 2nd through May 6th) is Teacher Appreciation Week. A huge Thank You goes out to all of the PTA and Parent Volunteers that helped decorate the doors at the school on Friday to have them ready for the teachers Monday Morning! The doors look great!
Back by Popular Demand: Perfectly Prevented IIIPlease join us even if you did not attend workshop I or II!Thursday, May 127:00-8:30 p.m.Nebo School District CTE Building, 350 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, UTAdults only, please
7:00 p.m. Review of Workshop I and II--Triggers/interventions and the function of problem behaviors
7:15-8:30 p.m. How parents can RESPOND to problem behaviors to reduce or eliminate unwanted behaviors.
Taught by Michele Thompson, Nebo District Level Behavioral Specialist
There is NO COST to attend, pre-registration is requested and appreciated so we can have an appropriate number of supplies for everyone in attendance.
Register Today online at http://conta.cc/1rrFxGk or by phone at 1.800.468.1160
If you have any questions about the support group or this workshop, please contact Heidi Whittaker, Utah Parent Center Parent Mentor serving families in the Nebo School District by phone at 801.228.8144 or by email at email@example.com.
The Students of the Month for April were picked for Cooperation. Thank you students for being willing to cooperate with your teacher and fellow students!
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Last week, Goshen students were taught about the history of Western Dance, and they were taught the basics of square dancing. This kids had fun learning the different steps to square dancing, and then putting it into practice. They were even able to square dance to popular music. It was a good time for everyone!
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On Friday April 29th third-grade held their annual Spelling Bee. Thanks to Zions Bank of Payson and The Spanish Fork Rotary Club who provided dictionaries for all the students.
The top spellers in each class were: Brodee Paul, Koben Lillywhite, Bridget Christensen, Hannah Bryce, Abby Snow, Sadie Bohn, Pedro Ceja, Vanessa Berriel, Mason Ludlow, Jaycelyn Keisel, Kyle Bassir, Quincy Dewsnup, Emily Wood, Ginger Shaw, and Elissa Petrell.
First place went to Quincy Dewsnup, Second to Mason Ludlow, and Third to Abby Snow.
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Miss Brice's class and the rest of the third graders enjoyed their field trip to the Museum of Natural Curiosity recently! They were able to explore the rainforest, the discocery garden, water works, and many more creative and exciting places! These third graders loved learning and exploring this fun place.
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On Friday, March 22, 2016 Mr. Mendenhall’s sixth grade class had a “Mission to Mars” event. It was an even that was supposed to simulate actually landing on Mars. The way the class simulated the Mars landing or “7 minutes of terror” was by having students create rockets out of 2 liter soda bottles that could carry an egg inside of them, be launched 200 feet in the air, plummet down, and have the egg survive. It was a pretty good turnout for participants that day. Quite a few kids made rockets, a lot of which actually survived.
After the rockets were all launched off and checked for survivors, there was once more thing the students did. They had a candy launch! They brought their buddies from first grade to join in on the fun. Overall, it was a blast and I’m sure everyone there had a great time.