Author and Illustrator Dustin Hansen Visits

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:29pm
Attributions: Shar McMullin
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Dustin Hansen, author and illustrator of the series Microsaurs, came and visited Mrs. McMullin’s class. Mrs. McMullin read the first book of the series to her class and her students loved the book. They were excited to meet the special guest and he even signed their books and bookmarks. He talked about the steps of writing a story and they got to help give him ideas for the next book he’s writing. 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Track and Field Day

Santaquin Elementary News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:19pm

Track and Field Day for 3rd thru 6th grades is coming up soon. Track and Field Day  will be held at the Payson High school track. Please send water, sunscreen, and anything else your child may need to make the track day enjoyable!

6th Grade  Tuesday  April 24

5th Grade  Thursday  April 26

4th Grade  Tuesday   May 1

3rd Grade  Thursday  May 3



Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Mrs. Hogan receives Crystal Apple Award

Santaquin Elementary News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:54pm
Attributions: Keely Holt, Kristal Taylor

Willetta Hogan is the recipeint of the Crystal Apple Award this year.  The Crystal Apple is an award given to a teacher who belongs to the Nebo Education Association.  Each year a teacher is nominated and voted by their peers to receive the Crystal Apple Award.  The teacher chosen is one that the staff feels does an exemplary job. Congratulations Mrs. Hogan! 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Keeley Holt is Santaquin Elementary's Nebo Teacher of the Year

Santaquin Elementary News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:57am
Attributions: Nebo School District, Santaquin Elementary PTA

We are excited to announce our Nebo Teacher of the Year!  Keeley Holt has taught kindergarten at Santaquin Elementary for 12 years!  Keeley is married to Nate Holt, they have three children and reside in Payson, Utah.  We are so proud she is part of our school! 

“Keeley is a dedicated teacher that plans for success with each of her students. The love she has for teaching and her students is always apparent. Keeley’s genuine love and concern for students is always present as she strives to help each child reach their full potential. She is a leader among her peers and gives direction and focus to her team and constructively contributes to the whole school learning community. Mrs. Holt has a productive attitude, devoted character, and passion towards learning.”

Fun facts about Mrs. Holt:

Super Power she wants:  The ability to do laundry by magic with a finger snap.

Unique Abilities:  She can do the splits and clog.

Terrified of:  Snakes and spiders

Favorite hobbies:  Shopping, boating at Lake Powell, spending time with family and reading.

Favorite Childrens book:  Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Favorite Disney Character:  Belle

Hates:  Pickels and Onions

Loves:  Husband, 3 Kids and PEPSI  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Farm Field Days

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 3:58pm
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The second grade classes went to Farm Field Days.  They loved learning about farming and agriculture in their community!  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Miss Riley Winward is Orchard Hills Teacher of the Year

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 3:31pm

Miss Riley Winward is teacher of the year for Orchard Hills Elementary!  We are so excited that she is at Orchard Hills.  Congratulations Miss Winward! 

Riley shows incredible dedication to her students. Each child knows that she loves them and of her desire to help each one of them to become the best person they can. Riley sets high standards and realistic expectations for all students, and they respond with success. She loves fiercely and fairly. She is able to recognize each student’s unique strengths and helps them build upon these strengths. Riley is loved by students, parents, and faculty.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Break Out Review

Santaquin Elementary News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 1:33pm
Attributions: Megan Camper
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Ms. Camper's class enjoyed a fun review lesson today. They had 45 minutes to unlock their box as a group. The students sorted nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns to figure out the answer to the number lock. To find the answer to the directional lock the students had to put the place value houses in order from greatest to the least. The students were able to solve the word lock by completing two and three-digit addition and subtraction problems. Then they used a cipher wheel to determine the correct letter for each problem. One of the trickiest clues they had to find was hidden around the room. The students had to solve a problem and use that clue to find the hidden key. The class enjoyed solving tricky problems and working well together. All groups were able to unlock their box with 47 seconds left. It was an awesome day!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

We are Champions!

Santaquin Elementary News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:01am

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Our Chess Club has been meeting every Wednesday morning since February.  Just before spring break,  Chess Club finished up with a school tournament.  Students competeted against classmates in their grade to determine grade level winners.  A big congratulations to our Chess Champions!  We also want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers, Mr. Argyle, Mr. Mechum and Mr. Ekker.  These champions spent so much time teaching chess to our students.  We appreciate you all so much!   

Grade Level Chess Champions


  1. Logan Wright
  2. Ava Beesley
  3. John Moray

1st Grade

  1. James Nielsen
  2. Jesse Anderson
  3. Grayson Page

2nd Grade

  1. William Von Benedict
  2. Timothy Gull
  3. Aaron Hess

3rd Grade

  1. Cambri Bezzant
  2. McKay Wright
  3. Thomas Nielsen

4th Grade

  1.  Jane Teemant
  2.  Ryker Lawrensen
  3.  Jacob Anson

5th Grade

  1. Cole Ward
  2. Jonah Shaw
  3. Autumn Partridge

6th Grade

  1. Kaden Harris
  2. Courtney Roth
  3. Jarrett Johnson


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Volcanoes in Mr. Craig's Class

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:29am
Attributions: Clay Craig
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Mr. Craig's class made and erupted volcanoes! 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Santaquin Elementary is Energy Star Certified!

Santaquin Elementary News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:07am

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We are proud to announce Santaquin Elementary has earned the @ENERGYSTAR signifying superior energy performance in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide! Thank you to our staff, students and all our visitors for helping us save energy!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Sixth Grade Field Trip

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:32pm
Attributions: Stephanie Wood
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Sixth graders traveled to BYU to visit their planetarium and then to Classic Skate to get some exercise!



Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Orchard Hills Receives Energy Star Award

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:38pm

Orchard Hills has earned EPA’s Energy Star!  Over the past three years an “Energy Incentive” has been offered to each school.  The certification process isn’t easy.  Air quality, lighting quality, and the overall Energy Use Index readings and calculations of each facility are taken into account.  Data is then gathered and compared.  We then receive a score based on the grading criteria. 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Lagoon is Introducing the Summer Fever Fundraiser

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 2:33pm
Attributions: Lana Hiskey
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For the 2018 season, Lagoon will be introducing the “Summer Fever Fundraiser”. We are hoping to seize the excitement for summer by giving students and families a jump starts on Summer Fun at Lagoon. The Summer Fever Fundraiser will offer an exclusive discount to Utah School Families, and the Education Foundations will reap the benefits.  See the attached documents for more information.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Learning About Measurement in Mrs. Tanner's Class

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 2:27pm
Attributions: Nicole Murri
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Mrs. Tanner's class has been learning about measurement and about converting between metric and customary units of measure. "King Gallon" came and crowned students queens, princesses, and cats to teach them about quarts, pints and cups. "Metric McGonagall" came to teach them about transfiguring or converting from one metric unit to another.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

First Graders Learn About Habitats

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:34pm
Attributions: Kim Andrews
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The first graders at Orchard Hills had a presentation on animals and their habitats. Melissa Cavan brought some special animals to show. We had a great time!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Terrariums in Sixth Grade

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 2:31pm
Attributions: Stephanie Wood
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Sixth grade students built terrariums earlier this week.  They are learning about ecosystems how organisms interact with each other and their environment.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Summer Fun at Lagoon

Santaquin Elementary News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:03am
Attributions: Lana Hinskey

For the 2018 season, Lagoon will be introducing the “Summer Fever Fundraiser”. We are hoping to seize the excitement for summer by giving students and families a jump starts on Summer Fun at Lagoon. The Summer Fever Fundraiser will offer an exclusive discount to Utah School Families, and the Education Foundations will reap the benefits.  This is a partnership that helps the Nebo Education Foundation fund teacher grants.

Click HERE for promo code!

Click HERE for more Information!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

The Winner is...

Santaquin Elementary News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 9:43am
Attributions: Misty Rindlisbacher

Brighton Bowles a 6th grader in Mrs. Rawle's class was our only student who filled out a perfect bracket for our Library March Madness!  Our Upper Grade Winning Book was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and our Lower Grade Winning book was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.

The winning books were picked by students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade who voted for their favorite books from the 16 most checked-out books at the school and students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade voted for their favorite book Mrs. Rindy has read aloud in the library.  Congratulations Brighton!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Library March Madness

Santaquin Elementary News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:35am
Attributions: Misty Rindlisbacher
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Our students have been having a blast doing centers in the library.  Some of the new centers include reading big books, creating their own bookmarks, reading on the bean bags, playing literacy games, and using whisper phones to help with fluency and expression.  Our students are also participating in March Madness!  4th, 5th, and 6th graders are voting for their favorite books from the 16 most checked-out books at the school. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are voting for their favorite book Mrs. Rindy has read aloud in the library.  Each week, votes are cast on iPads or Chromebooks and soon we'll have our winning Best Books decided.  Ask your student to tell you about their favorite library center and which books are in the Final Four!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Fourth Graders Attend the Symphony

Orchard Hills Elementary News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:44pm
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The fourth grade classes enjoyed listening to the Utah Symphony at Salem Hills High School today!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin