Angela Harman, Spanish Fork Junior Orchestra Teacher, Makes National Magazine

By Lana Hiskey & Chad Criswell

Nebo’s own Spanish Fork Junior High’s orchestra teacher, Angela Harman, was recognized by the “Teaching Music” magazine in the October 2015 issue.  

Chad Criswell writes, “Almost every music education classroom can be enhanced in some way through the use of technology.” He goes on to spotlight Angela’s innovation with technology from iPads and apps to GarageBand software.

Angela said, “I hook the iPad up to GarageBand and use it to keep a beat or play an accompaniment that makes ‘Twinkle’ a lot more fun.”

Celebrating National Principal’s Month - Answer to Wednesday’s Challenge

October is National Principals month. All Nebo schools recognized and celebrated their amazing school leaders. This is just one of the ways schools participated. 

Park Elementary’s staff really went all out to surprise and thank their principal, Ryan Kay.  He is a huge NASCAR and demolition derby fan. 

Adam Gull said, “Ryan does so much for our school, his family and community. He is also the director of one of the finest demolition derbies in Utah in his hometown of Nephi, so the staff decided to put on a little event to celebrate him as our leader.”

Janna Slye Reports to Nebo School Board of Education on Governor Herbert’s Education Meeting

Lana Hiskey

Janna Slye, special education teacher, at Sierra Bonita had the opportunity to meet with Governor Herbert, Lt. Governor Cox, and Education Advisor Tami Pyfer. Others that were chosen to be a part of this elite committee included an elementary school principal, special education teacher mentor, high school counselor, elementary behavior unit teacher, elementary special education teacher, elementary teacher, and high school teacher.

Sunroc, A Clyde Company, Recognized by Nebo School District


Sunroc, A Clyde Company, Recognized by Nebo School District

Superintendent Rick Nielsen and Nebo Foundation Director, Lana Hiskey, recognized Sunroc Building Materials at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce at the First Friday Forum in October. Matt McDonald, Vice President of Sunroc Building Materials, was there to accept the award and recognition on behalf of the company.

More October Grants Given by the Nebo Education Foundation

More October Grants Given by the Nebo Education Foundation

The Nebo Education Foundation board had a record number of grants in October. Here are a few more that received funds to meet the many needs across the district. This Foundation Board functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses as well as fundraisers where all the money goes to educate students in Nebo School District. Thank you to all those that so generously supported Nebo students through donations.

Rees Elementary students delight the Nebo School Board of Education - Answer to Wednesday's Challenge

Lana Hiskey

Principal Ryan Pitcher started the presentation by boasted about the school’s secret weapon being the supportive parents at Rees Elementary. He then introduced the second-grade students that sang Ree’s school song that says:

“When I am at Rees I do my very best,

On class work, homework and the rest.

I honor others’ right to learn,

I raise my hand and take my turn,

I treat others as I want to be,

I walk and talk most quietly.

I care for others’ things, like they belong to me,

I’m an Eagle brave, strong and free.

Classroom Grants Given in October by Nebo Education Foundation

The Nebo Education Foundation functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses. The Foundation helps enrich students’ education in Nebo School District. These grants are funded through the fund-raising efforts of the Nebo Education Foundation board. The foundation also accepts donations from individuals and businesses to support projects.

“That’s what the foundation is all about – to give our students the best educational opportunities possible through classroom grants,” said Lana Hiskey, executive director. 

Where Are We Wednesday, October 14, 2015?


Where are we Wednesday, October 14, 2015? Name the place and event that happened in Nebo School District.

The communications office will be posting photos from around the district on Wednesdays. The first person to email the correct name and place will receive an award.  Email your response to sends e-mail)

Payson Junior High will air on NBC Today show on Sunday, October 18,

Lana H. Hiskey

Payson Junior High will air on NBC Today show on Sunday, October 18, during the 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. show. Harry Smith flew out to Payson Junior High to conduct the interviews himself.

Jennifer Braithwaite, physical education teacher, and Jesse Sorenson, former assistant principal and avid cyclist, had a vision to help students be more active, improve focus and classroom academics. They applied for a $17,000 grant through Specialized Bicycles Components for 30 bicycles. 

Nebo News October 2015