Rees' multi-age classes all had a very fun time studying about Utah Wetlands last Friday. About 10:30 a.m. we loaded the buses and headed to Salem. When we go there, we ate our lunches at the park. It was a nice change to have recess right their by the pond. The we rotated through five stations. One station was learnind about bird adaptations and dissecting Owl Barf with Mrs. Wiley! Owls can't digest the bones and hair of their prey so they throw it up. I found a mouse skull in my pellet. I liked to pull the little teeth out.
Recently, Goshen Elementary found out that Principal Jim Welburn will be transferring to Salem Elementary next year. Goshen wants to thank their principal for all his hard work and dedication over his four years of service.
His dedication to students and their well-being is seen in his professional attitude and attention to detail. Each of his decisions is made for the benefit of the students. His focus on fostering a productive environment while maintaining a relationship with students is reflected in the time he spent allowing students to get to know him.
Chris Hall was recently awarded the Horace Mann Classified Employee of the Year Award at Spanish Fork Jr. High School. Chris has been at Spanish Fork Jr. High for ten years. The last seven of those years has been spent in the finance office. She is extremely organized and efficient in all she does for the school. Teachers and staff know they can go to Chris for any help of any kind and she will immediately take care of their needs. She not only runs the finances for the school, but is continually helping make faculty functions and other activities successful.
Lu Ann Brobst Staheli has been named Utah’s 2010 Best of State Medalist in Literary Arts: Non-Fiction. In the past year, Staheli saw the publication of her first full length book, When Hearts Conjoin, “Which Way—Do-It-Yourself or Traditional?” as a featured cover article for The Writer Magazine, “Bringing the Library Back to Life After the Library Dragon is Slain” in Library Media Connection Magazine, and Fablehaven Teacher’s Guides for Shadow Mountain Publishers.
Regan Lundell has been awarded the Crystal Apple Award at Park View Elementary. She is not only an exceptional teacher, but also a person of high moral character with an infectious personality. She is esteemed as an expert teacher, faculty mentor, and a key contributor to her community.
Shawn Johnson is the recipient of the 2010 Crystal Apple Award. This is a unique award given to teachers who go out of their way to provide help and friendship to the students and co-workers at their school. “I’ve never seen a person who cares more about students than him. Not only the education but about their lives too,” said fellow teacher Jeremy Chapman. Mrs. Brotherson admitted that Shawn would hate the publicity, he doesn’t like to do things publicly; he helps each student without making a big deal about it; he keeps it quiet and to himself.
At Park View, learning is not an option. Teachers have committed themselves to making sure all students learn at high levels. This motto is not only on their shirts, it is in their instruction and in their hearts.
“We want all students to learn at high levels,” says Principal Kristie Reynolds. “According to RTI (Response to Intervention) principles, children are non-learners either because of motivation or ability. We want to make accommodations to reach both types of learners.”
Who answers our questions? Who keeps us organized? Who knows where everything is? At our school that person would be Mrs. Jeanie Clements. Craig Harvey with Horace Mann presenting the award for outstanding employee at Brookside Elementary to Jeanie on Tuesday, April 20th. Jeanie is always the first person to warmly greet patrons as they enter the doors of our school. She takes things as they are thrown at her with loads of patience and grace.
KSL Radio and Zions Bank honored Marcy Noorda, first-grade teacher at Brockbank Elementary in Spanish Fork, for the "Teacher Feature" program this past week. This program was developed to recognize outstanding teachers who have gone the extra mile, not only in the classroom, but who have also made a significant impact on many young lives.
Five affirmative and five negative teams (20 students) competed in the Utah Debate 2010 Elementary Division II on Friday April 23 2010. Students from Brockbank, Hobble Creek, and Mapleton Elementary debated "Resolved: that the state of Utah should develop a policy to expand energy exports within in its borders."