Park Students Host Leader in Me Symposium and Leadership Day

Park Elementary News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 8:58am
Attributions: Article by Adam Gull Photos by Ryan Kay, Adam Gull
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March has roared in like a lion for Park Elementary students, but it was the months of preparation by students and faculty that made the Leader in Me Symposium and third annual Leadership Day such a great success.

Park Elementary is in its third year as a Leader in Me school.  Part of being a Leader in Me school is reaching the goal of becoming a Lighthouse school.  A Lighthouse school is one that fully embraces the culture of student leadership associated with implementing the Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Each school must also achieve specific requirements along the way.  Not only is it a goal for Park Elementary to become a Lighthouse school, but continuing with student leadership so every student, teacher and family can be model citizens and a beacon in the community.

On March 18th and 19th, Park students hosted 100 visitors from Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me Symposium and demonstrated what student leadership looks like at Park Elementary.  Seth Pauley, a 6th grader at Park and MC, explained the history of Park and a few things that have been implemented school wide such as attendance goals, classroom and student WIGS (wildly important goals), and the Positive Panther Board.  First grade students Emily Taylor, Colben Brindley, Morgan Witt, Corbin Allen along with 5th grader Patrick Young  shared their favorite habit and how it helps them in school and at home.  Our 3rd grade students charmed the audience with their 7 Habits song.  

After the assembly, visitors were able to attend three breakout sessions to visit classrooms where they saw integrated lessons with the 7 Habits.  They were also shown student data binders, and mission statements, which demonstrate student leadership, responsibility, and respect.  Visitors were then brought back for a question and answer panel consisting of students, parents, teachers and our principal. 

A highlight of the symposium was students Jessica Cook, Logan Castor, Patrick Young, Hampton White, Tyrel Bird and Emily Taylor.  These six students stole the show in front of 450 people at the Utah Valley Convention Center with their unbelievable speeches on the 7 Habits and how the Leader in Me has inspired them.  These Park Panthers had the audience laughing, crying, and applauding with a standing ovation. After the symposium, students were treated like celebrities by signing autographs and posing for photo ops!  One student, Patrick Young, received two job offers after he graduates from high school.  Principal Ryan Kay said he “couldn’t be prouder.”  Leslee Hunt and Jennifer Sorensen, who have been integral in the implementation of the program, both commented the performance of these six students and all of Park Elementary made it worth the three year journey.  Both are excited to continue the growth of this program.

On March 25th, Park students hosted the same event for community, business, and education leaders.  Many leaders commented on how confident and impressive Park students were in talking to others and setting academic and behavior goals and tracking them all on their own.  Or in other words… “Being Proactive, Beginning with the End in Mind and Putting First Things First.”    

We are so proud of ALL students at Park Elementary!  Tyrel Bird may speak for many students when he says- “The Leader in Me program really did find the leader in me.  


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Members of SFJH's Band Visit Brockbank Sixth Graders

Brockbank Elementary News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:51pm
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The Spanish Fork Junior High School Band visited Brockbank Elementary sixth-graders to get them excited so they will want to take band next year in junior high. Mr. Matthew Wendell, the band teacher, explained the all the different instruments to the six-grade students . The junior high students played a musical piece for the sixth graders. Some of the band members are former Brockbank students. 

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

SFJH's Orchestra Students Play for Brockbank Sixth-Graders

Brockbank Elementary News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:42pm

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Recently students from the Spanish Fork Junior High School Orchestra visited the sixth-graders at Brockbank. Ms. Angela Harman, the orchestra teacher, explained the program and explained all the different instruments to the six-grade students . The junior high students played musical pieces that they have been practicing. Several of the orchestra members are former Brockbank students. Sixth-graders now get to decide if they want to take orchestra or band. It is great to have the Spanish Fork Junior High Orchestra and Band come and get the the sixth-grade students excited to join them.


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

District Science Fair Winners from Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:52pm

Congratulations to the following students whose amazing projects placed at the District Science Fair:

  • Eli Dallon:  1st Place in Physical Science for Physics
  • Bridger Hall:  2nd Place in Engineering
  • Spencer Harward:  4th Place in Earth Science
  • McKay and Spencer Meeks:  Humanitarian Award

Well done, future scientists ... We are SO proud of you!!!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Star Students for March

Rees Elementary News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:15pm

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Scroll through the pictures and see the smiling faces of March's Star Students.  We are so proud of their accomplishments!

5th Grade:  Lilly Collinsworth, Cameron Clark, Jayce Bissegger, Matthew Blander, Zachary Wright, Owen Blakey, Maisy Melton, Tavin Smith, Brenda Bernadino, Nephi Barlow

3rd Grade: Jayden Thomas, Lauren Hurley, Jagure Youd, Landon Wright, Ben Escamilla, Davis Justensen, Samara Kassuhn, Betzi Ortega, Sam Nelson

2nd Grade:  Jeff Knowlden, Berklie Deuel, Nolen Staheli, David Martinez, Gage Hooley, Jaelyn DeNovellis, Austin Van Houten, Sayde Youd, Rachel Gull, Ayden Bauer, Adrian Martinez

1st Grade:  Hayden Larsen, Autumn Emery, Tilann Huelskamp, McKaydie Hair, Emmanuel Cruz, Raenna Branam, Ava Park, Elend Maciel, Olivia Keller, JoDee Mills, Anna Blair

Kindergarten: Angelie Castro, Kai James, Brindley Jarvis, Ian Cloutier, Sienna DeNovellis, Kodi Begay, Alleah Wood, Randy Estrada, Preslie Black, Kayleigh Musso, Bryanna Ortega, Hadlie Luke, Adley Kaighn, Shaiyne Olsen, Jacob Robles

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Dance Company in Concert

Maple Mountain High School News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:16am
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

The MMHS Dance Company will present its 5th annual spring concert entitled "Dance Company in Concert" on Thursday andFriday evenings starting at 7:00pm, April 3 and 4th in the MMHS Auditorium.  Original works by MMDC members will be presented along with performances by the MMHS Dance Sterling Scholar, Dance 2 class, and the Social Dance 2 class.  Please come out and support MMHS Fine Arts.

The Dance Company will also represent MMHS at the Dance Company Festival and Adjudication on April 2nd at 7:00 pm as they perform in the gala at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo.


Canyon Elementary News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:12am
Attributions: Sarah Blackhurst

This month our spotlight is on our facilitator: Sarah Blackhurst!

Here's a little bit about her:

Where you grew up: In Payson, UT on an orchard. We grow peaches, apples and cherries. I absolutely loved growing up on a farm.

Family: I grew up with 5 brothers and 0 sisters. I am a lucky mama of 2 boys: Will, 8 and Owen, 5

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Ed from Utah State University, Master's Degree in Education from Southern Utah University, Administrative License from Southern Utah University.

Teaching experience: First grade at Spanish Oaks, first grade at East Meadows, Administrative Intern and Facilitator at East Meadows, Faciliator at Canyon.

Something you like to do for fun: I like to go running! I also like to watch and play baseball, our favorite team is the Yankees.

Favorite Food: I love dessert: cookies, cake, brownies, anything sweet!

Something funny about you: I love nicknames. I like to call people by their nicknames, and have them call me by mine! In fact, I have two myself...

Why you love working at Canyon: I LOVE the teachers and the students at Canyon. They have become some of my very best friends this past year!

Sarah works closely with our interns to help them through their first year of teaching. Here is what some of our new teachers have to say about Sarah:

"She is the envy of other BYU interns. I am a much better teacher because of her influence. She is a constant support and mentor. I am so grateful to have Sarah as our facilitator. She is a friend and a guide that I can always count on."

"Sarah is wonderful! She always gives 120%. Sarah is always willing to answer any questions and really goes the extra mile  to make sure that all new teachers have the support and help they need. She also has such an amazing attitude and never has anything negative to say. She is a great listener and has great advice :)"

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

"Sweets and Stories" at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:35pm

It's time for our Spanish Oaks PTA "Sweets and Stories" on Tuesday, April 1, from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Bring a book, pillow or blanket and come get cozy and read.  The BOGO Book Fair will be open during this time, as well!!  We will have prize drawings for books!  Come and read and have a sweet with us!!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

BOGO Book Fair at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:21pm

Please plan to come to our "Buy One Get One Free" Book Fair and stock up on summer reading!!

When:  March 31 - April 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed at 12:30 p.m. on Friday)

Make sure to visit us on the evening of Tuesday, April 1, for "Sweets and Stories" from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

2nd Grade Program at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:10pm

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Our amazing second grade students at Spanish Oaks treated the whole school, and their famlies, to a fun-filled, totally unique program ... The show featured songs from Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, and Toy Story, along with a completely original rendition of The Gingerbread Man.  These talented performers brought the house down with their very own depiction of, "What Does the Fox Say?"  Well done, second grade!  We laughed until we cried and clapped until our hands hurt!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Teacher Appreciation Week! - Part 3

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:48pm
Attributions: Article by: Tiffany Manwaring
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A big THANK YOU to all those who helped decorate the teacher doors for "Teacher Appreciation Week!" They look fabulous!!

Teacher Appreciation Week! - Part 2

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:38pm
Attributions: Tiffany Manwaring
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A big THANK YOU to all those who helped decorate the teacher doors for "Teacher Appreciation Week!" They look fabulous!!

Teacher Appreciation Week! - Part 1

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:20pm
Attributions: Article by: Tiffany Manwaring
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A big THANK YOU to all those who helped decorate the teacher doors for "Teacher Appreciation Week!" They look fabulous!!

National School Breakfast Week Contest Winner

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:15pm

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Nebo School District celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 3-7.  The 2014 theme for this annual event was “Take Time for School Breakfast”.  The district held an art contest and students had the opportunity to create a picture to enter and maybe win a prize.  We are so excited to announce the winner from our school:  Zoe McEwen!!  This wonderful second grader drew an amazing picture (attached) and won her very own awesome basketball!!!  Congratulations, Zoe ... We are so proud of you!!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Park's Leadership Day Makes the Daily Herald

Park Elementary News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:57am
Attributions: Article by Candi Higley Daily Herald

Leadership Day was a great success!  The studentbody was amazing from speeches to classroom visits to school panel.  Here is a link to the Daily Herald article.  Thank You students, teachers, and parents!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

March Students of the Month

Maple Mountain High School News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:30pm
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Sophomore Mekinzie Meeks’s favorite quote is, “The Lord is in the details of our lives.” – President Thomas S Monson. This is one of her favorite quotes because she has seen it in her life, and she is grateful that her Heavenly Father and Jesus give her those tender mercies. In five years, she sees herself returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attending a university working towards a degree in English, and quite possibly engaged. 

A few of Mekinzie’s hobbies are playing the piano, reading, writing in her journal, family history/indexing, and learning in general. She also enjoys watching musicals and plays. Her favorite subject in school is English. The reason she likes English is because written words are fun, and she finds writing and reading therapeutic.

About what sets her apart from others, Mekinzie says, “There’s the straight forward things like my name is spelled different, and I stick “u”s in words (i.e. favourite, colour, honour). There are also the less obvious items like I have a strong sense of integrity, dedication, and responsibility, as well as gratitude. Also, I love to transpose major songs to minor and vice versa.” 

Sophomore Clint Davis’ favorite quote is, “Leave no doubt” He likes this because it reminds him that hard work pays off and people will notice if you work hard. In five years, Clint sees himself going to college and living the college life.

Clint’s hobbies are football, track, basketball, weight lifting, camping, hunting, riding horses and working on his bronco. His favorite subject in school is math because it makes sense and comes easy to him.

What sets Clint apart from everyone else is his attitude and drive to become better. The funniest thing that happened to him was when he was in 1st grade. He went to his uncle’s house with his mom. Clint’s uncle was on the K-9 unit with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department. While he was there, his dog got out of his kennel and attacked him. It tore his leg up pretty bad but he says he has an awesome scar now.

If he could meet anyone in history, Clint would talk with Teddy Roosevelt and ask, “What was your greatest contribution to society before, during and after being president?”

Junior Karli Well’s favorite quote is, “A miracle is often the willingness to see the common in an uncommon way.” In five years, she sees herself in a theater doing tech for a show. Karli likes to do tech for shows and read.

If she could talk with anyone in history, she would love to talk with her 9th great grandma to ask about how she stayed strong amidst trails in her life and how she could always make someone smile.

Junior Jared Wall’s favorite quote is, “I’m coloring” – Jared Wall. He likes it because he uses it everyday. In five years, Jared sees himself 3 years into college, training to be a tech director for live theater, and a returned missionary. His favorite class is Tech because Mr. Moss is a fantastic genius. 

Jared’s hobbies include ultimate Frisbee, tech, reading, and laughing. The funniest thing that happened to him was discovering the tech bible online. Something interesting about him is that he is color blind, LDS, and, in his own words, “super awesome.”

He would like to meet Brodie Smith, if he would coach him in ultimate Frisbee.

Senior Misty Packer’s favorite quote is, “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” This was from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and after watching it, she just wants to go out and live. In five years, Misty sees herself graduated from the U of U and moving to a brand new city outside of Utah to start a new job in the publishing industry that is a stable company.

Misty’s hobbies include writing, reading, taking pictures, watching “Once Upon a Time” and movies. She loves movies. The funnies thing that happened to her was last year when a hypnotist came to the school and managed to hypnotize a boy into professing his undying love to her, and she barely know the boy.  Her favorite class is AP Lit because it’s a class that reminds her that she needs to work hard and use her brain.

One thing that separates Misty from everyone else is that she wants to go after her dreams with a fierce determination. She says, “I won’t let fear stop me because my mom told me that if my dreams don’t scare me, they aren’t big enough. I let that drive me.”

Misty would want to have a conversation with Ronald Regan and ask him if he knew any good jokes.

Senior Nathan Hurst’s favorite quote is, “Life’s hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” ­–John Wayne. Nathan sees himself in five years going to college at BYU, working on a degree in percussion performance or commercial music. His favorite subject is music because he wants to do music as a career. He thinks it is the most creative and emotional subject in school. He loves how there are so many possibilities in music.

Nathan enjoys composing, playing drums and watching movies. One thing that sets him apart is that he has fun watching other people perform music. He can enjoy almost any style of music, including Latin.

The funniest thing that happened to Nathan was when he was playing drums at the all-state jazz band rehearsal. The director, Terrell Stafford, asked him what the ride cymbal would sound better with. Without thinking, he responded with “a good drummer?!”

If Nathan could talk with anyone in history, he would ask Stravinsky what gave him different ideas in his compositions. He likes his composing style, and Nathan thinks that it is very unique.

Jungle Book Musical

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:38pm

Sierra Bonita is Proud to Present this year’s Musical:

The Jungle Book

We invite you to forget about your worries and your strife and watch the “Bare Necessities” come to life!  Observe as the stage is transformed into a magical, musical jungle that tells the story of Mowgli and his friends. Come take a look in our portrayal of Disney’s “The Jungle Book!”

April 2nd @ 9:30
April 3rd @ 2:00
April 3rd @ 7:00pm
April 4th @ 7:00pm

Since our performances are free, we invite you to bring your families, parents, neighbors, or anyone else too!  Concessions will be sold at evening performances.

Prep of the Week - Bryson Van Tassell

Maple Mountain High School News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:14pm
Attributions: Story by David Boyack. Photo by Tyler Lewis.

Bryson Van Tassell has been selected as this week's "Prep of the Week" for Maple Mountain High School. Bryson has been a big reason why the Golden Eagle baseball team is off to a great start. His bat and glove helped the team to recently win back-to-back team championships at Deseret Hills and Snow Canyon Invitational Baseball Tournaments in St. George. Congratulations Bryson and good luck to you and the team the rest of the year!

radKIDS Graduation

Canyon Elementary News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:26am
Attributions: Dave Harlan (photos)
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Congratulations to the 3rd graders for graduating from the radKIDS program! Every week for an hour, 3rd grade has been working hard on learning safety skills and physical defense skills to keep themselves safe.

They've learned that 1. No one has the right to hurt me! 2. I don't have the right to hurt anyone else unless they are trying to keep me from safety, and then I can stop them! 3. If someone does hurt me, it's not my fault and I can tell!

During graduation, we had some deputies from the Sherriff's office who dressed up in protective suits, and the children got to practice their physical skills on them. They all did great!

Also  thank you to parent volunteers who helped during these few months, and a special thank you to Jenn Robinson and Kami Leonard who donated many hours to teach the program!

For more information on radKIDS visit


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Lobo Band Earns Superior Rating at District Assessment

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:29am
Attributions: By Matthew Wendall and Rillene R. E. Nielsen

On Saturday, March 15th the Lobo Band traveled to the famed De Jong Concert Hall for the BYU Band Festival in Provo. The BYU Festival was an adjudication/clinic designed to expose students to the music from several high schools and other junior highs. Students even heard the BYU Wind Symphony.  This clinic came at a very opportune time as the band was preparing for their District Assessment and future competitions.

The Lobos received great feedback from well-known band directors from across the country on what they did well and got help on how to improve their skills during clinics held throughout the day.

Students were instructed by Dr. David Blackington (BYU Director Emeritus) while still on stage waiting for their clinic from Dr. Kenneth Sigleton (University of Northern Colorado). The judges were impressed by the skill of a mostly 8th grade band. Startled to hear the Lobo Band only has nine ninth graders out of thirty-four, Dr. Kirt Saville (BYU) told Mr. Wendell, “The future looks bright for Spanish Fork.” Dr. Parisi from the University of Missouri in Kansas City was also impressed.  

On Wednesday, March 19, the Lobo Bands took their performance to Salem High School to earn a Superior Rating (I-) at the Nebo District Concert Band Assessment. The Nebo Band Festival is an opportunity for students to listen to all the bands in the district and attend clinics after their performance.

Mr. Wendell stated, “All too often, students are only assessed as individuals, but music classes go beyond the individual and even challenge the very character. Music requires much more from a student. In order for a successful performance, individuals must prepare academically with music theory, history and culture, physically with both athletic ability and technical agility, and even emotionally to take listeners on an adventure. It’s not just playing dots on a page. Then they all get judged as individuals and as a team, a team where everyone is a starter. I’m very proud of the work our band students do to continue earning superior ratings. They are very difficult to get.”

If you would like to hear the Lobo Bands in concert, their next performance is on April 3rd @ 7pm in the Little Theater. Admission is Free.

If you would like discounted tickets (2 for $10) for the BYU Wind Symphony on April 10th @7:30pm at the De Jong Concert Hall please contact Mr. Wendell ( for more info.  

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork