February 2010

Sixth Grade Scientists

Attributions: 
Lois Baucom

Science can be fun! Just ask the students at Park View Elementary. The 6th grade students worked very hard to prepare for Science Fair and did an amazing job. What liquid do plants like best? What is the most economical way to heat your home? And does a mother really know what her baby smells like are some of the interesting questions asked by our inquisitive 6th grade students.

Some of these students will be heading to Diamond Fork Junior High to compete in the district science. Carter McClellan, Casey Giffing, McKayla Menlove, Shelby Bulkley, Andrew Welton, Zak Gowans, Tanner Manning, Ashlee Stevenson, and Megan Anderson will be there representing Park View. We know they will do a fantastic job!

Striving for Success

Attributions: 
Holly Wright

Don't you wish you had someone to help you be a success? The students at Park View Elementary do! The program is called Success Maker. It is an online program to help kindergarten through eighth grade students. The program consists of interactive games in math and reading. Some of the games are so fun, students don't even realize they are learning! Once students have taken an initial placement evaluation, the program will place him/her at a level where they feel comfortable. Over time, the games and activities get harder and help the student achieve grade level content or above.

Teachers can access their student's scores and progress at any time. Each report shows a percentage in the different areas of learning the student is working on. Student scores can also be compared to the Utah State standard for that student's grade level. So far, the program is a huge hit with both teachers and students!

Teacher of the Year

Attributions: 
Evelyn Ellsworth

Regan Lundell, a well-loved first grade teacher at Park View Elementary, was voted "Teacher of the Year." Lundell grew up in Payson and has lived here most of her life. Her mother was a teacher and as Lundell helped in the classroom, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher too. She attended Southern Utah University, majoring in Elementary Education, with a double minor in Reading and Child Development, two areas of specialty that are very dear to her. She has also completed her Masters Equivalent in Reading through Brigham Young University.

Lundell has taught for fourteen years. She taught kindergarten for three years before moving up to first grade. She has been at Park View for the past four years. When asked about teaching, Lundell said she loves summers but always looks forward to the beginning of the new school year. She feels fortunate to have an occupation that allows her to help children learn to read, write, and learn new skills in math, science, and social studies.

Lundell has worked with BYU's Art Committee with Fine Arts and has presented for other educators in the fields of Reading and the Arts. She also serves as a mentor for new teachers. Lundell likes to read, play the piano, scrapbook, and crochet. She said her favorite thing to do is teach first grade.

Park View is happy to have Miss Lundell at our school. She is a dedicated and loving teacher who is adored by her students. Congratulations!

Park View Goes Juilliard: A Focus on Fine Arts

The mission of Juilliard School in New York City is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors to thereafter achieve their fullest potential. Though not world-renowned, Park View Elementary is equally committed to the success of students. Following the Nebo School District School Board’s goal of “training and empowering faculty and staff to provide integrated and core specific fine arts instruction for every child every day,” Park View is well on their way.

Walking through classrooms at the school, you will see various integrations of the fine arts, including visual art, music, drama, dance and creative movement. Visual arts have always been a focus of the school. With the beautiful student gallery showcasing individual work, to the impressive, diverse hall displays, to the pieces of art produced during their specialty art classes, Park View stands apart.

Principal Kristie Reynolds has taken this a step farther to further promote the Board’s goals. “I have always had a passion for the fine arts. Each month I want to encourage students to create an art piece that reflects concepts learned during the month,” Reynolds said. “The classes can vote which is their favorite piece and display it in our Student Gallery. In this way, students can take ownership of the gallery and more importantly in the beauty of our school. This month’s theme is ‘What I Love to Learn in Class.’”

Fine arts are permeating the air at the school. Kindergarten teachers often use puppetry, songs, and body movement to teach letters and sounds. First through third grades have explored creative movement in language arts and math studies:  varying their height to depict letters, using movement to represent geometric shapes and time, and using the body as a take-wherever-you-go number line. Due to the fine arts training, sixth grade has become novice thespians, creating and performing reader’s theaters and short plays.

All grades have incorporated music as a powerful tool for learning. Students have memorized songs about vowels, opposites, math facts & operations, and science concepts like the water cycle. Ms. Regan Lundell, first grade teacher reported, “Integrating fine arts into the curriculum allows you to reach more students and teach to a greater variety of learning styles. Music, movement and creative expression are wonderful tools to enhance, instruct and solidify important concepts." Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Diane Blackham agrees, "In my classroom singing songs with my students has helped re-enforce curriculum. My students enjoy learning the songs, and have told me a particular song is just what they needed to help them remember what they have learned, such as the steps to a division problem. I believe the songs my students have learned this year have been essential to their success!"

Park View Celebrates 100 Days of School

Students at Park View Elementary celebrated the first one hundred days of school. First graders counted fruit loops by tens, tossed balloons 100 times, found 100 hidden items in pictures, and went on treasure hunt for 100 chocolate kisses. The second grade made 100's day headbands, counted to 100, found a 100's day pattern, drew themselves at 100, shared 100 items, and ate 100's day stew among other things!