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Sixth Grade Wax Museum

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:34am
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The sixth grade created their very own Wax Museum.  Each student researched somebody who had a positive influence on the world.  After researching and writing bio-riddles, they created boards to share with both the school and parents.  Eight students had the opportunity to share their bio-riddle with the parents: Isabelle Crossley, Jarrisen Egan, Ellie Kapp, Dalan Durrant, Addison Terry, Corbin Carter, Brooklyn Hone, and Logan Dahl. We had a great night!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Introducing Second Grade Teachers

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:29pm

Introducing Orchard Hills Second Grade Teachers

Mrs. Sharilee McMullin grew up in Mesa, Arizona.  Her dad is her hero because he was the happiest most positive person she knew.  He always taught her to look for the best in people.  Mrs. McMullin loves being a teacher to so many amazing kids and a mom to the cutest two boys in town. 

Mrs. Eileen Lisonbee grew up in Payson, Utah.  Her mom is her hero because she is patient and kind and always knows how to build a person up.  She has never known her mom to say an unkind word to any of her children.  Mrs. Lisonbee loves to read, cook, sew, camp, vacation, and celebrate.  She also enjoys making crafts with kids. 

Mrs. Leah Pruett grew up in Spring City, Utah.  Her hero is her mom because she raised 8 kids and always seemed to be able to get more done than the average person can.  Even her dad calls her Wonder Woman.  Mrs. Pruett likes to read, write, cook, and do craft stuff. 

Miss McKenzie Baker grew up in Plano, Texas.  Her hero is her grandpa because he is always serving other people and she wants to me like that.  He is also so fun and kind and pretty much the coolest person.   Miss baker loves to tumble, watch movies, and bake. 

Mrs. Kathy Kelley grew up in Southern California.  Her dad is her hero.  He was always willing to drop everything to help someone.  He was forgiving and always had  a positive attitude.  Mrs. Kelley loves watching movies, reading, spending time with family, and sewing quilts.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Thank You Veterans!

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:58pm

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To honor and thank the local veterans students and classes wrote letters and made posters for veterans.  The letters and posters were delivered to the veterans at the Veterans Home in Payson.  Thank you to those who have and who currently serve our country.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Mrs. Miller Receives PEAK Award

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:58am
Attributions: Ryan Murray

Mrs Miller received the PEAK Award.  PEAK stands for  Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education. 

“Sue is the face of Orchard Hills Elementary. She has been a part of the school since the day it opened. She is the first person everyone meets when they come to the school. Sue makes everyone feel so welcome. She is a blessing to those who only speak Spanish. She is able to talk to them in their native language which creates a much more inviting environment. She takes care of the teachers, students, and parents of the Orchard Hills community. She is someone who helps those around her become better.”

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Red Ribbon Week Banners

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:46pm
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This week was Red Ribbon Week.  Students talked about making good and healthy choices.  Each class made a banner to hang up in the halls.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Third Grade Field Trip

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:24am
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Third graders went to the Scera and saw the play Captain Louie.  Then they went to Classic Fun Center.  It looks like they had so much fun!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Fifth Graders Learn About Science and Hard Work

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:19am
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The fifth graders had an opportunity to go on a field trip to BYU on Friday, October 27. While they were there they learned about magnetism, electricity, and other science related topics. They were then privileged to go to the student athletic department and meet some of the football players and learn from them what it takes to be an athlete; they learned the value of hard work and dedication. They had a lot of fun and enjoyed the campus environment. 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Yearbook Cover Grade Level Winners

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 3:46pm
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After the cover was chosen a winner was chosen for each grade level.  Those winners are: 

Kindergarten:  Blakely Beckman

1st: Zoey Darger

2nd:  Luci Alexander

3rd: Paisley Terry

4th: Eli Taylor

5th:  Ximena Ibarra

6th:  Brynlee Smith

There were so many fun and creative entries this year! Thank you to those who participated.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Yearbook Cover Contest Winner

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 3:42pm

The winner of the yearbook cover contest is second grader: 

Tyson Wadsworth!  

Congratulations Tyson!  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Introducing Orchard Hills Third Grade Teachers!

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:24pm

Introducing Third Grade Teachers

 Mr. Ramon Saldivar grew up in San Diego, California.  Every military person who has lost their life during war time or conflict is his hero.  He likes woodworking and landscaping.

 Mrs. Jeanette Dunn grew up in Provo, Utah.  Her mom is her hero because she raised nine children to be happy, healthy responsible hardworking adults.  She likes to play the guitar, travel, camp, and hike. 

 Mrs. Mindee Everitt grew up in St. Johns, Arizona.  Her mom is her hero because she had six kids and raised them well.  She likes to play volleyball, bake, go camping, and go for rides on their side by side. 

 Miss Mary Blackner grew up in University Place, Washington.  Her mom is her hero because she is amazing!  Her mom is the best cook, is super creative, a problem solver, a listener, and very supportive.  Miss Blackner loves reading, sports, playing the piano and violin, and being in nature.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Introducing Orchard Hills Fifth Grade Teachers

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:32pm


Mrs. Carolyn Bascom grew up in Bountiful.  She moved to Elk Ridge when she was 10.  Her dad is her hero.  He was always there for her.  He helped her understand so many things.  He was loving and kind.  Mrs. Bascom loves to paint, run, dance, and read. 

 Mrs. Krissi Tanner grew up in Orem, Utah.  Her husband is her hero because he is her rock.  She loves chocolate because it is delicious.  She loves the outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping, rock crawling, and hunting. 

 Miss Riley Winward  grew up in Star, Idaho.  Her hero is Miss Brower.  Things that make Miss Winward happy are playing games with her family, watching basketball or a good show, reading a book that sucks her in, cooking a yummy meal for her friends, singing, and playing with Lucy her puppy. 

 Miss Brianne Brower grew up in Puyallup, Washington.  Her hero is Miss Winward.  Miss Brower likes hiking, writing, and getting JCW shakes.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

UPSTART- Kindergarten Readiness Program

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:46pm

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UPSTART is a free, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that will give your child a fun start in reading, math, and science (with a focus on reading) in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  More information is available in the flyers which are attached in the photos.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Reflections Contest Theme: Within Reach

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:36pm

The theme this year for the Reflections Contest is:


All students can participate.  Entry forms are available in the office. 

The deadline for entries is November 10th.  Have fun and be creative!

The different categories are:

  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Dance
  • Photograhy
  • Film and Video
  • Music Composition 


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Introducing Orchard Hills First Grade Teachers

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:33pm

Introducing First Grade Teachers

 Mrs. Christy Collier grew up in Roseville, California.  She loves to read, camp, and go to concerts.  Her hero is her husband, for all he does for her and her family. 

 Mrs. Jenni Coon grew up in Payson and in fourth grade she moved to West Mountain.  She loves hiking, camping, and being with her husband Jim and their 2 kids Janie and Jentry.  Her heroes are her parents.  They have shown her what unconditional love it. 

 Mrs. Patti Jeffery grew up in Arizona.  She enjoys cooking, reading, and sewing.  Her mom is her hero because she had many trials and much adversity through her life, and she came out on top!

 Mrs. Kim Andrews grew up in Las Vegas.  She has lived in Utah for about 34 years.  She loves to teach, craft, sing, watch movies, and play games.  She also enjoys the outdoors.  Her mom is her hero because through all her adversity, she was kind, loving, and loved by everyone. 

 Mrs. Debbie Sperry grew up in Payson.  She loves, kids, her family, butterflies, cattails, and baby chicks.  Her parents are her heroes because they loved her and taught her how to be successful and happy.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Cougar Pride Root Beer Float Party

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:39pm

Our Cougar Pride board has filled up for the second time this year.  Many students  were able to participate in the root beer float party yesterday.  Way to ROCK Orchard Hills! 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Orchard Hills ROCKs!

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 4:04pm
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At Orchard Hills 'we ROCK.'  

We are:





Students are given Cougar Paws for being respectful, optimistic, committed, and kind.  The Cougar Paws are collected and hung on the wall by the gym and lunchroom.  It is only the end of September and so many Cougar Paws have been given out.  It is awesome!  Keep up the good work students.  Remember to 'ROCK' it!  The focus for the month of September was Respect.  The focus for October wil be Optimism.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Netsmartz Assembly

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:52pm
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Students were able to attend the Netsmartz Assembly today.  Mr. Parkinson taught students about being a good digital citizen and about how to stay safe on the internet and computer.  They were taught some rules.

1- Tell a trusted adult if anything makes you feel sad, scared or confused.

2-Ask a trusted adult before sharing information like name, address and phone number.

3-Do not meet face-to-face with anyon efrom the Internet.

4-Always use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online.  

If you would like more information you can go to their website:


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Spiritual and Religious Youth Art Competition

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:43pm

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The Springville Museum of Art would like to announce this year's Annual Spiritual and Religious Youth Art Competition.  See the details in the photos posted.  This is an Art Competition for K-10 students.  If your child is interested they can see Mrs. Kesler for entry forms.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

2017 Make Your Mark Bookmark Contest

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:38pm

Utah students in kindergarten through 12th grade can design a bookmark for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship!  Submit your entry soon.  Students who would like to participate can get forms from Mrs. Kesler.     

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Sixth Graders Learn About Problem Solving

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:37am
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US Synthetic came to teach the 6th grade about problem solving.  They taught the students about the problem solving cycle - PDCA.  PDCA stands for Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust.  Their purpose was to help the students recognize the importance of discussing the problem before solving a problem and being willing to try multiple attempts to solve the problem.  The students had a great time learning this through building towers.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin