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Lagoon is Introducing the Summer Fever Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

Fourth Graders Attend the Symphony

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

Kindergarten Registration is March 20th

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:05pm

Kindergarten Registration

 Kindergarten registration for the Payson/Santaquin/Goshen Area Elementary Schools will be from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.  Please go to your respective elementary school on that day if you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. Bring your child with you as there will be a short assessment given. Requirements to start kindergarten are outlined below.  Please keep in mind that these are state laws not subject to change by the school.

 *Special instructions for students involved in the new school boundaries in Santaquin.

This will be considered a Pre-registration for the Santaquin area schools. You will need to register at your current school in March and then if involved, your new school in the fall.

 Children must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2018 to start kindergarten.

  • A birth certificate is required to enroll a child in kindergarten. 
  • Proof of residency is required.
  • To attend kindergarten, a student must have written proof of receiving the following immunizations:
    • 5 diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DPaT/DT)
      • 4 polio* (3 doses, if 3rd dose was given on/after the 4th birthday)
      • 2 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
      • 3 hepatitis B
      • 2 hepatitis A
        • 2 varicella*(chicken pox) – history of disease is acceptable; a parent must sign the verification statement on the school immunization record.

 Please come to registration and bring your child’s immunization records even if they are not completed, but keep in mind that students are not to start kindergarten until completed immunization records are on file at the school.  For more information about immunizations, or to schedule a child for vaccines, call your family physician or contact the Utah County Health Department Immunization Clinic at (801) 851-7034 or 851-7025

 If you have further questions about kindergarten registration, please contact your  elementary school.

Orchard Hills 801-754-3237

Santaquin       801-754-3611


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Family Literacy Night Fun

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:30pm
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We hope everyone had so much fun at the Family Literacy Night!  The different activities were: Dr. Seuss Bingo, book walks, lock box challenges, roll a Dr. Seuss character, charades, Boggle, making slime, and a photo booth.  Thank you so much for coming! 

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Karen Allinson Receives Crystal Apple Award!

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 3:32pm

This year’s Crystal Apple recipient has a long history of working with those in need.  

Prior to entering the field of teaching she worked as an EMT for 10 years helping those in crisis.  She then moved on to helping teenagers who struggled by working to develop an improved detention program at her local high school. It was also at this time that she began online studies through the University of Phoenix to earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education. While still working on her degree, she made the jump from teenagers to preschoolers and worked in our very own special education preschool as a class aide.  When she neared the end of her elementary ed. program she did her student teaching in a 2nd grade classroom at Mt. Loafer Elementary.  All the while working in the preschool as her schedule allowed.  

Finally, she was done with school and it was time to find a teaching job. As luck or fate would have it she was working in the summer preschool class when a job opening came up for a resource teacher here at Orchard Hills. A wise friend and co-worker encouraged her to apply for the job and when she hesitated her friend applied for her.  She was called in for an interview while at work with the preschoolers, so wearing shorts and t-shirt went down the hall to Ryan Murray’s office and interviewed for a job as a special education teacher.  A few days later she received a phone call telling her the job was hers if she would like it. So while her son was up to bat at a national baseball tournament she accepted the job.  She jumped into a job she hadn't planned on and has given it 110% ever since.

So it was back to school to earn her master's degree in special education and  she has worked her heart out to succeed as both a teacher and a student the past 3 and half years.  She is a great asset to our school and has helped almost everyone here in one way or another.  Please help us congratulate this year’s Crystal Apple recipient,  Karen Allinson.


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Teacher Development

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:36pm
Attributions: Robin Wheatley

Orchard Hills teachers true professionals! They are always trying to develop their teaching skills to benefit their students.  Each month teachers are trained during a literacy or math collaboration meeting taught by district coaches.  The materials presented are then used in the classroom.  As one teacher said, "If we want our students to be life long learners, we need to set an example."

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:12am

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SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23

In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app. As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks.

Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone.

Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students. Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:
· Encourage your friends to download the app
· Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts

KSL Contest:
Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card.
These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page.
The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL!
The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m.
Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas!

#nebohero #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #NeboDistrict #NeboSchools #safeUT

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Apple Valley Elementary School Mascot and School Colors

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:14pm
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If you are a student or a parent of students who will be attending Apple Valley Elementary next year,  we would love your ideas and suggestions on a mascot and school colors.

Please fill out the survey HERE to tell us your ideas!  Use this for the survey link.

 If you would like to see the Apple Valley school boundaries please click HERE.


Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Timpanogos Storyteller Visits Orchard Hills

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:50pm
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Tim Lowry a professional storyteller withTimpanogos Storytelling came to Orchard Hills.  The students loved the stories that he shared with them.  He made it very engaging for the students as he used actions, voices, and involved the students.  He then met with a couple classes where he taught the students how to tell a good story and what the components are: people, setting, and problem.  

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

2,135 Cougar Paws!

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:27am

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The Cougar Paw count is over 2,000 now!  Way to go Orchard Hills Cougars!  Keep up the good work.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Third Graders Celebrate Chinese New Year

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:36pm
Attributions: Mindee Everitt
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Third graders celebrated the Chinese New Year. They learned how to use chopsticks and had a race picking up smarties. They also learned to write in Chinese, played with Tangrams, and made a fun dragon puppet.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Nebo Education Foundation Partners with Amazon Smile

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:47pm

Nebo Education Foundation partners with Amazon Smile

If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, the Nebo Education Foundation would be significantly benefitted if you shopped through

 Support us when you shop on Amazon. Go to and Amazon donates to Nebo Education Foundation.

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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Remember to type in NEBO EDUCATION FOUNDATION when it asks you for your favorite charity.

 The donations that come into the Nebo Education Foundation are then given back to teachers and schools through grants.  Thank you for your support.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

100th Day of Kindergarten

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:43pm

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Orchard Hills kindergartners celebrated their 100th day of school.  They were so excited!  They were able to build with 100 things, show 100 things, count to 100, do 100 exercises and more.   What a fun day they had!

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin

Second Grade Problem Solvers

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:11pm
Attributions: Eileen Lisonbee
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Mrs. Lisonbee's second graders worked on word problems today in math.  My students became a crew of problem solvers!  They were incredible at solving 2 digit addition word problems.

Categories: Elementary, Santaquin