Relay Race Helps Social Studies Students Show Their Understanding

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 6:03am
Attributions: by Rillene Nielsen and Shea Harmer pictures by Shea Harmer
(more pictures available)

SFJHS teachers know that engagement is key to understanding.  Mrs. Shea Harmer wanted her students to understand how important the agricultural products of the New World were to the European continent during the age of exploration and be able to recognize those items.  After students studied the foods, they were able to show their knowledge in a very unique way. 

“So this was a relay race we did for the Columbian exchange,” reported Mrs. Harmer. “The teams had a stack of cards with pictures of different foods on them. They had to decide whether the food was from the old world (Europe) or the new world (America) and then drop their card in the correct bin. Whichever team had the most correct won and the fastest team got 3 extra points. It was just a fun way to see if students were understanding the material and get them moving too.”

 Thanks for sharing what you’re doing in your class Mrs. Harmer.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Riverview Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 7:18pm

Principal Moment


Why will kids ask ten times when recess is but then want to stay in for the whole break to organize markers?

Why do kids forget where to indent in a letter but remember the name of my guinea pig I had when I was in the third grade, and why my dad washed my mouth out with soap when I was eight?

Why do kids write “THE END” so big?

Why do kids know precisely how many days, hours, and minutes are left till their birthdays but still ask, “When’s lunch?”

Why do kids complain when they have to run in PE , but can run around the neighborhood for three straight hours while wearing a refrigerator box on Halloween night?

Why is it that kids can’t see that there are no periods or capitals in their four-page story but notice that I have something green in my teeth?

Why do kids just stare at me and say nothing when they run into me in the grocery store?

Why is it that no other job will bring as much enjoyment, frustration, excitement, sadness, contentment, worry, delight, sleepless nights, and joy as being a teacher? 

I love being a teacher!

Chalk-Walk FUNdraiser-Friday, October 5th

Friday is our FUNdraiser.  We will have a ‘Chalk-Walk’ again.  

FAQ’S of a Chalk Walk

  1. What is a Chalk Walk? During each lap, the walkers will be celebrated with a splash of color (colored cornstarch which is 100% non-toxic and completely biodegradable).  The colors will be released from squeeze bottles managed by teachers and parent volunteers.
  2. How does this help Riverview Elementary? The Color Walk will raise money through sponsored pledges and laps walked.  In other words, the students are actively earning money for our school!  Last year’s funds were used to help purchase an additional twelve Smartboards.  We now have a Smartboard in each classroom!  Thank you!
  3. Where will this take place and what will it look like? The track will be set upon the grass behind Riverview Elementary.  All grades will walk concurrently.  There will be music on site.  Additionally, water will be provided during the walk.
  4. How can I help? In addition to assisting your student(s) with pledges, you can sign up to volunteer or come and walk.  Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Friday, October 5th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  5. What if I’m concerned about the powder getting into the eyes, nose and throat of my child? Participants are welcome to bring bandanas or even dust masks.  We will guide our volunteers to aim below the neck.  Keep in mind that this is a kid-friendly event; the volume of color will be appropriate for fun, not overwhelming or scary.  If a student does not want to participate in the color element of the walk, that child is invited to walk on the inside of the track. 
  6. How permanent is the color, and how should I prepare? Participants should wear OLD white t-shirts, socks, shorts and shoes.  The color should mostly wash out of any item worn.  Of course, if your child wants to keep the colored t-shirt as a souvenir of the event, spray the colors with vinegar and iron it prior to washing.  Participants should also bring a towel or large garbage bag to protect the inside of a car or bus.
  7. Back up date? In the case of inclement weather, we will hold the Chalk-Walk on Tuesday, October 16th.

Funds raised at this event will go towards:

  • Mobile Chromebook carts: Currently each student in grades 4th – 6th has daily access to a Chromebook.  This year we would like to purchase labs for each 3rd and 2nd grade classroom.  Each lab is approximately $9,500; which includes 36 Chromebooks + 36 slot charging cart.
  • What will students and teachers do if everyone has a device? With the help of 1:1, teachers are more able to differentiate instruction; using both face to face and online instruction.

The walkathon represents all that is really great about Riverview.  Because all are participating, our students can be proud to contribute directly and individually to the school.  On this one day in October, we will come together to support and celebrate our kids. 

Families can come “set up camp” on the grass field and on locations along the course.  Plan to bring folding chairs or a blanket or old clothes and your walking shoes, depending on if you want to walk with us or watch.  No bicycles or pets. 

PTA Sponsored Events

Riverview Elementary PTA presents the “Reflections” contest.  Express yourself through art; Literature, Visual Arts, Dance, 3-D Art, and Photography.   The 2018-20189 Theme:  “Heroes Around Us.”  Have students pick up an entry form from their teacher or at the office.  Deadline: Monday, October 21st.

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 8th – 12th.  Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives. Listed are some of the activities that we will be involved in.

Monday, October 8th – “Red Rally Day”

  • Wear as much RED as possible.
  • Pass out red and green ribbons and discuss the “Drug Free Pledge”

Tuesday, October 9th “I have the POWER to be drug free.”

  • Dress as your favorite super hero

Wednesday, October 10th  “Don’t let drugs get you mixed up ”

  • Wear crazy or mismatched clothes and crazy hair
  • Remind students to not be “Crazy” when they walk or bike to school – pay attention at crosswalks and always stop, look and listen before crossing
  • Walk to school day – water bottles and sidewalk chalk

Thursday, October 11th  “Lei off Drugs” 

  • Dress up in your favorite Hawaiian attire

Friday, October 12th “Team up against drugs.”

  • Wear your favorite team color, jersey or Riverview colors
  • ”Too Smart to Start” – pass out bookmarks (Grades 3-6)and Smarties (K-2)
  • Red Ribbon Week Assembly 9am

PTA Bookfair – October 22nd – 26th

The bookfair will be open each morning from 8:00-8:45 AM., during lunch, and after school.  

PTA Dad’s and Doughnuts – Tuesday, October 23rd @ 8:00 AM

Calling all dads, grandpas, and uncles!  Take a break from your usual morning routine and join us for doughnuts.

PTA Bookfair Family Night – Thursday, October 25th

After visiting with your child(s) teacher at SEP conferences, stop by the gym for family night!  The bookfair will be open until 8:00 PM. 

Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Facebook

Riverview Instagram

Have a great week.

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

Upcoming Events

  • October 3rd – Vision Screening
  • October 5th – Spirit Day/Popcorn Friday & RIVERVIEW CHALK WALK!!!!!
  • October 8th – 12th – Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 8th – PTA Reflection Contest Kick-off
  • October 12th – Red/Green Assembly at 9:00
  • October 15th – Student Council Conference
  • October 16th – Assembly; Vocal Dimension
  • October 18th & 19th – Fall Break; No School
  • October 22nd – Reflection entries due & Book Fair Week
  • October 23rd- Dads and Doughnuts
  • October 24th & 25th – SEP Conferences
  • October 25th – PTA family night at bookfair

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary









Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Blood Drive Wed

Spanish Fork High School News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 4:14pm

 The Red Cross Blood Drive will be tomorrow from 8 am to 3 pm in the D Gym at Spanish Fork High School. This is a great way for our us to give back to the community. The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood with all the natural disaster hitting our country.If your student wishes to give blood, please have help them fill out this form before they come to school tomorrow:

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Lunch Worker of the Week at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:25pm
Attributions: Mrs. Slaymaker

Lance Jensen was terrific. He was quick to get tables cleaned off for the next grade coming, and he was fun to talk with.

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

PTA Reflections Contest

Larsen Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 2:15pm

It is that time of year again for the PTA Relections contest.  This years theme is "Heroes Around Me".  There are many different categories that students can enter a project in.  There is dance choreography, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts. The office has extra entry forms if your child needs one. For more information you can visit .  The due date to enter is October 11th.

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Travis Johnson

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 1:38pm

Travis was born in Arizona.  He went to elementary school here at Spanish Oaks.  He graduated from Maple Mountain.   He is a great baker.  He likes to sing.  Travis has a tender heart and is the best at taking care of people.  Travis has been working as a sweeper at Spanish Oaks for about 7 years and loves all the teachers.  He likes to watch animal videos and video games.  He enjoys watching movies.  He also works at Macey's Grocery Store and loves seeing people he knows.  He is a big Disney fan.  He has one brother that is on a mission and misses him a ton.  Travis has a great sense of humor and loves it when people laugh at his jokes.  Travis would go out for a cheeseburger every day of the week if he could.

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Red/Green Ribbon Week is NEXT WEEK!

Rees Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 1:05pm

Our fabulous PTA has planned a wonderful Red/Green Ribbon Week for October 8th-12th.


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

DECA Leadership Conference

Maple Mountain High School News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:45am
Attributions: Story and photo by Alan Marvin.

2018/2019 DECA Leadership Conference Salt Lake City
DECA Leadership that attended were:
Carson Bird
Sarah Chahua
Bridger Farnworth
Trace Groneman
Benjamin Jenks
Braxton Smithson
McKenzie Hoffman

Flu & Vaccination Clinic

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:32am

If you have any questions, you can contact the Utah County Health Department and they will be able to assist you.


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork


Diamond Fork Junior High School News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:48am
  • Please visit to get the latest updated and accurate information on the upcoming bond election. On that site you will find meeting dates, common questions in regards to the bond, and much more. We encourage all parents to become informed about the bond and to attend the community meetings where presentations take place. This is a mail-in ballot election so we encourage all parents to register to vote. For those who are not already registered the deadline to become registered is OCTOBER 9th. Ballots will be mailed to voters approximately October 16th.  You can also click on the “Nebo 2018 Bond” banner at the top of this page to learn more.
Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

October 2018 Students of the Month

Diamond Fork Junior High School News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:29am

The first "Student of the Month" breakfast was held today at Diamond Fork as 13 students were recognized for being amazing kids and outstanding students. English teachers nominated students and talked about why they chose each student. Parents were also able to say a bit about their students, it was a great morning. Here is the list of students for the month of October:

9th Grade: Ben Berky, Nikolas Taylor, Katelyn Day, & Madison Rowe

8th Grade: Nathan Birch, Joshua Biesinger, Kaitlin Stubbs, Alyssa Orgill, & Tanna Marshall

7th Grade: Tanner Hawkes, Ryan Teasdale, Joy Coxson, & Samantha Gull

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Brockbank Bulletin

Brockbank Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:28am


Hello, Brockbank Families!

Fall is here!  It seems like all of the sudden our mountains are turning red, yellow, and orange!  It’s a beautiful time of year, and also a busy one!  We have many exciting things coming up this month, so please read the bulletin carefully!

Reflections:  Reflections projects were due today and we were thrilled to see the wonderful work that was brought to the school!  Thanks to Cindy Shepherd for putting all of this together!  We will announce the winners of the contest at a special assembly,  Oct. 11th,  at 2:00. 

Fun Run Fundraiser:  We are very excited for our upcoming Fun Run Fundraiser that will be Thursday, October 11th!  Tomorrow, your child will bring home a pledge sheet and information about our fundraiser.  You can either pledge by the lap, or just a flat pledge for our school.  The money that comes in from our fundraiser will go towards technology, books, and specialized classroom supplies.  As always, we do not want our students going door-to-door, but we do encourage our students contacting family and close friends.  Parents are welcome to come during the Fun Run hours and walk/jog the course along with your child!  AM Kindergarten will participate in the morning at 9:00 am and the rest of the school will participate at 12:30.  We will have plenty of water and snacks for our students while they are jogging/walking.

Book Fair:  Our PTA Book Fair will begin with a fun “Family Event” that is scheduled for October 17th!  It will begin at 7:30 am and will be in the lunchroom.  Families are welcome to come and enjoy a doughnut and milk, then browse through the Book Fair!                                                                 

Fall Break: Our Fall Break will be October 18th and 19th.  We hope you are able to do something fun with family and friends!

SEP Conferences:  Our first SEP Conference will be held Thursday, October 25th!  We are excited to celebrate your child and the good work that he/she is doing!  OUR SIGN-UPS FOR SEP CONFERENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 12TH.  Parents can go to the school website,,   where there will be a link for parents to sign up for conferences. 

Bond Election:  We want to refer you to the district website to learn more about the upcoming bond election! has information that will help you learn and understand more about this important issue!  We have information in our office about the bond and hope that you are registered to vote in the election coming up in November.

Please keep collecting your Box Tops!

If you did not get a school magnet, please grab one from the office!          

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

Please check our website for more info! 

Thanks for being the BEST! 

Mrs. Nelson

Brockbank Bulletin:

10/1-Reflections Due


10/3-Bond Presentation-SHS-6:00pm

10/4-Bond Presentation-SFHS-6:00pm

10/10-Kindergarten Field Trip-Cornbelly’s

10/11-Fun Run Fundraiser/Reflections Assembly

10/12-4th Grade Field Trip/Sign-up for SEP Conferences available on website

10/15- Student Council Camp

10/16-Picture Retakes/1st Grade Field Trip-Cornbelly’s

10/17-Book Fair Event-7:30-8:30am

10/18&19-Fall Break

10/22-25-Book Fair

10/25-SEP Conferences

10/30-PTA Mtg.-2:00


Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

PTA Health and Safety Week at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:15am

Next week will be our PTA Health and Safety Week.  Each day we will dress up to show our commitment to being safe and doing things that make healthy habits. 

Monday is Internet Safety day.  Please wear WHITE to show your commitment to being safe when using the internet. 

Tuesday is our school’s PICTURE DAY so don't worry about dressing up for health and safety week on this day.  Just wear a big smile to school.  Today we are smiling big to show how being healthy and smart can make us happy. 

Wednesday is Walk to School safely day.  If you want to walk to school in the morning, please make sure to stay on the sidewalks and to STOP at all crosswalks to check for cars.  We also get off our bikes and scooters, and walk them across all crosswalks.  Please wear GREEN to show your pledge to walking to school safely.

Thursday will be No Violence day.  Please wear PURPLE or BLUE to show that you will use other ways to fix problems than violence.

Friday will be our last day of Health and Safety Week where we will all wear RED to Say No to Drugs to show that we are choosing to say no to drugs. 

Thank you for participating throughout the whole week, and for making safe and healthy habits for the future.  Have a great, safe and healthy day!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Jog-a-Thon on FRIDAY

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 7:45am

Our annual school fundraiser Jog-a-Thon is on Friday!  Students can collect pledges in their donation envelope for how many laps they run, or as a flat rate donation.  Our goal is for each student to raise $10, which will help us meet our goal of $5,000 for our school!  Parents are invited to come cheer for their children during their assigned Jog-a-Thon time.  Thank you for supporting our school!

  • UPDATE:  PM Kindergarten @ 2:30-3:00

Jog-a-Thon Times and Details

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork


Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 4:01pm

Parents, Students, and Friends -


Take courage and ASK QUESTIONS TO DISCOVER AND MAKE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS with your learning. This is part of LEARNING TO LEARN WITH PASSION, part of our school’s vision. You may have noticed that many of your teachers teach some of the same topics in ways that are related to their subject. For instance, you may learn about plate tectonics from your geography teacher in a different way than your science teacher. What personal connections have you made as you discover new things in your classes?  Come to the office and share your experience with Mr. Christensen, Mrs. LeMmon, or Mr. Mortensen for a small treat!


We will have our annual field day assembly on Friday, October 5th. We will follow the Monday Collaboration Bell Schedule and from 2:00-2:40 we will gather together for field day! School will dismiss at 2:40pm.


It's SOCKTOBER!  October 1st-31st SFJH Honor Society will be collecting NEW socks for families in OUR community.  Sock boxes are located in the library and the office. Each pair of NEW socks donated goes towards a chance to win a prize or a new pair of crazy socks. Learn more at the official website.

Students can, "Share a Pair," and "Rock their Socks," every Wednesday.

           October 3rd wear Colorful Socks

           October 10th wear Crazy Socks

           October 17th wear Mis-matched Socks

           October 24th wear Socks with Sandals

           October 31st  wear Spooky/Halloween socks

Link to the school calendar for these and other important school dates at

Remember that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of those in need!


The Meditation Club is canceled due to lack of interest.  The German Club will move from Wednesdays to Fridays.


We are looking for Career Presenters during Pack Time.  Students with no deficient grades have a choice of enrichment activities.  We would like to have one of those enrichment choices be a career presentation to help students be aware of the many career choices they have and be more informed as they make career choices.

The time is 9:35 to 10:05 Tuesday through Friday.  If you would be willing to present please contact Travis Palfreyman:


If any 7th grade student would like to go on a fieldtrip up Rock Canyon NOW SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10TH due to wet weather predictions, the cost will be $2.00 and you will want to bring a sack lunch and water. Pay Mrs. Hall in the front office and you will be put on the list. Space is limited so FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. We will be gone most of the day to look at rock formations and the ways rocks are made.


The Spanish Fork High School Marching Band took first place out of ten bands in class 1A and also won Best Percussion, Best Colorguard, Best Overall Music and Best Overall Visual. Three members of the high school marching band are students at SFJHS: Lindsay Deveraux, Sarah Herman, and Jeffery Sass. Follow link to see photos:


Oct 1st:  Shakespeare Performance 7:30

Oct 2nd: Golf 12:00 @ Spanish Oaks, Cross Country @ Diamond Fork 3:30, Whiffle Ball 2:45

Oct 3rd: Vision Screening 2nd period, Musical Auditions 3:00, Tennis @ Salem 3:30, Whiffle Ball 2:45

Oct 4th: Musical Auditions 3:00, Girls Tennis Intramurals 3:30, Area Bond Meeting @ SFHS 6:00

Oct 5th: Field Day Assembly 7th Period, Musical Auditions 3:00, Tennis 3:30 @ Mapleton, Cross Country 3:30 @ Springville Jr.

Oct 8th: Golf District Finals 10:00-1:00 @ Hobble Creek Golf Course, Whiffle Ball 2:45

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Vision Screenings Friday, October 5th 9-11am

Sierra Bonita Elementary News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 3:26pm


We will be holding our Vision Screenings Friday, October 5th 9-11am. If your student wears contacts, please have them wear their glasses this day.


Tiffany Boston, BSN, RNSierra Bonita Elementary School Nurse

Marching Band Sweeps Invitational Awards

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 3:00pm
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The Spanish Fork High School Marching Band took first place out of ten bands in class 1A and also won Best Percussion, Best Colorguard, Best Overall Music and Best Overall Visual. Three members of the high school marching band are students at SFJHS: Lindsay Deveraux, Sarah Herman, and Jeffery Sass. This is the first time in school history that this program has swept all awards! The competition took place on Saturday, September 29 at the Bridgerland Band Invitational at Utah State University.

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

It's HIP to CLIP Boxtops

Rees Elementary News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 2:15pm

It is time to collect BOX TOPS!!  Please clip your box tops and send them in to your class.  This money benefits the school in ways that we get to choose.  Our goal this year is $1,000.00 and everyone can help!!  Please carefully clip and send tops in a plastic baggie.  Thank you!!





Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Teacher Spotlight of the Week-Mrs. Jackson, 5th Grade

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 1:50pm

I'm just an Oklahoma girl living in this Utah world. Oklahoma will always be home to me, but Utah is definitely growing on me. This is my fourth year teaching fifth grade at Spanish Oaks and I love it! Besides teaching I love to travel, decorate my house, watch a good TV series, eat anything sweet, and go on random adventures with my husband.

We all love having her here with us!  She is an amazing teacher!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork

Hat Not Hate Day at Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks Elementary News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 1:47pm
Attributions: student council
(more pictures available)

Today at Spanish Oaks we celebrated being kind to everyone, whether they are like us or not.  It was "Hat, Not Hate" day.  We had some great participation, and some great hats!

Categories: Elementary, Spanish Fork