Scholarship Honoring a Fabulous Teacher–Karen Anderson

Kristy Robertson and Lana Hiskey

The Nebo Education Foundation will be honoring a fabulous teacher–Karen Anderson by offering a scholarship to graduating senior students.

Hundreds of children were met each day by the captivating smile of Mrs. Karen Anderson. One of Mrs. Anderson’s greatest loves was to teach first-grade children how to read. She loved to see the "light" come on when the symbols on the page became real words and opened an entirely new world to a young mind.

Nebo School District Captain Academy

By Lana Hiskey

On January 6, 2011, Nebo School District held its second Captain's Academy Winter Session on leadership and sportsmanship. The Captain’s Academy is held three times a year. This event was held in the boardroom at Nebo School District and included captains from each winter sport: basketball, wrestling, and swimming; student government, drill team, cheer squad, and band across the entire district. All Nebo District High schools–Springville High, Maple Mountain High, Spanish Fork High, Salem Hills High, and Payson High were represented.

PTA Donates Time to Local Schools

Kelly Mortensen, PTA Region X Director, presented a check to the Nebo School Board of Education this past month.

The check was written for $1,472,710. This number signifies the amount of money given through volunteer hours to local schools by the PTA. A total of 83,110 hours were given this past year in Nebo School District.

Two Chosen as Transportation Employees of the Month -- Coralee Olson and Dave Carter

Kim Adams

Coralee Olson is the Transportation Department’s latest "Outstanding Employee". Coralee was chosen by Cindi Ellis to acknowledge her excellent performance.

Nebo Transportation would like to congratulate Coralee Olson for being our Outstanding Employee for November.

Coralee is married to Bruce. She is a wonderful, dedicated mother of four children: Brenton, Kaitlyn, Jordan, and Breann. She has so much fun teaching her children and spending time with them. She loves to cook and enjoys stamping and scrapbooking.

Taylor Elementary Receives Recognition

Courtney Corbin

Congratulations to Taylor Elementary School for donating 4,448 letters to the Macy's Believe: Make-A-Wish program this month! Students at the school worked hard in their classes writing letters to Santa asking what they wanted for Christmas or telling why they believe in the Christmas season. Along with Taylor School, these letters were featured on ABC 4's "Good Things Utah" on Friday December 10, 2010, showcasing the involvement Taylor Elementary has in the Make-A-WIsh foundation.

Spanish Fork Math Teacher Receives Surprise $500 Prize

Lana Hiskey

Keith Richards, a math teacher at Diamond Fork Junior High School in Spanish Fork, was surprised this past week by Horace Mann insurance agent, Craig Harvey. Another $250 will go to the school as part of the "Win $ Win" Sweepstakes.

How did Keith win the donation? Educators and other school employees across most of the United States could enter the "Win $ Win" Sweepstakes before November 11, 2010, with drawings held at scheduled dates in August, September, October and November 2010 for educators.

Technology Used in Classrooms

Lana Hiskey

The Nebo School Board of Education enjoyed seeing the innovative ways that technology is being used in the classrooms of Nebo School District.

Janna Runolfson, first-grade teacher at Brockbank Elementary, shared various experiences that has truly helped her first-grade students improve their reading ability. She mentioned that teachers are always looking for new and innovative ways to teach students. Mrs. Runolfson learned that it is about the students and their thought process and skills.