February 2011

Third Grade Simple Machine Fair

Attributions: 
Mrs. Kirk
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Hannah Garrett, Sydney Jensen and McKenna Wright display their simple machines
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The third grade students at Park View have been learning about simple machines.  As a celebration of what they learned, each student made their own simple machine to display at the Simple Machine Fair for parents and students to observe.  The student's creativity and ability to apply what they learned was very impressive.  The machines were all different shapes and sizes, but they all were able to scientifically do work using one or a combination of the six simple machines.  Some projects were useful, while others were just made for fun; they ranged from catapults, to dog feeders, to home made mouse traps, to Oreo cookie dunking.   Congratulations to our students for a job well done.

Park View Bees Selected for Excellence

Attributions: 
Mrs. Kirk
February Students of the Month
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The teachers at Park View selected the following students, who excel in their classrooms, to be honored at an assembly held on February 4, 2011. “Dare to be Great!”

Kindergarten: Tallin Kunz, Zoey Spencer, Ali Spencer, Gunner Grange, Brelynn Grammer, Teagan Mabey, Alex Rasmussen, Tyson Barker, Gracie Spencer, Kaylee Price, Jolee Nelson, Kadin Mabey, Linda Wright. First Grade: Gentry Taylor, Eric Martinez, Skyler Ainscough, Adison Dobsky, Isabella Slanec, Eian Turner, Brooke Peterson, Mac McClellan, Brayden Johnson. Second Grade: Bradlee Wharton, Makayla Caldwell, Abby Clark, Kaylie Oryall, Jordan Phillips. Third Grade: Hannah Garrett, Kade Bingham, Cameron Ottesen, Kenzington Barter, Garrett Williams, Derek Burton, Jaxon Bahr, Lexie Linde. Fourth Grade: Cole Peterson, Zachary Adams, Jerry Davis, Tyson Stone, Ira Anderson, Samantha Menlove, Adriene Wilde, Nathan Coombs, Brooklyn Carter, Parker Youd, Lora Burton, Jordan Quinones, Josie Humphreys. Fifth Grade: Kaisley Theobald, Michelle Rushton, Brandon DeHart, Maylee Lake, Myranda Goodworth, Nathalia Martinez, Chandler Henderson, Sabryn Kelly, Manuel Escobar, Briton Wilson, Ethan Montoya. Sixth Grade: Chantelle Wilkinson, Blake Olsen, Ben Phillips, Mathew Ottesen, Kylee Jacobson, Sarah Hansen.

Hearts for Kenya

Every semester Park View Elementary’s Student Council tries to facilitate a school-wide service project to help others in need. This year is no different. Thanks to USSynthetic’s Global Classroom, students will be able to help struggling schools across the globe in Kenya, Africa.

Classroom conditions are bleak in this impoverished third-world country. Most classrooms do not have electricity, therefore no light. Children sit on the dirt floor as there are few desks. Books are scarce. With just a little bit of money, these conditions can be altered. For $350, a solar light/cell phone charger can be purchased for a classroom. For $25, a desk/bench, and three books for $10.

All this week, students will be selling Heart-Grams during lunch. For one quarter, children can send messages to their friends or family with a little holiday treat. All proceeds will go directly to Kenya. If you would like to purchase hearts for your children, grandchildren, neighbors, etc., please bring money into the office at anytime. If you would like to make an additional donation, without buying hearts, you may do so. With your help, we can make a significant difference in the lives of the children in Kenya, as well as, here in Payson.

Science Fair

Maddison Mickelsen, Abbigail Ferrin, Justin Riley, Madilyn Trauntvein, Haley Dixon, Austin Gubler

Park View Elementary sixth graders participated in the annual science fair. Students worked hard and learned much in the process…the scientific process that is. Students spent months learning about the many steps in the scientific process before selecting a topic or idea that interested them and conducting their own experiments.

The science fair gave students the first chance to design his or her own learning experience, one that allows him or her to innovate, just as scientists do in the real world. Students were able to explore personal interests by selecting an area for his or her science fair project, as well as learn the scientific method to answer a question. Each student also developed skills above and beyond science proficiency, such as reading comprehension, writing a research paper, creating graphs, performing data analysis, planning a multi-step project, and communication skills.

The following students (pictured) will go on to the district competition, and if successful, will then be asked to participate in the regional competition: Maddison Mickelsen, Abbigail Ferrin, Justin Riley, Madilyn Trauntvein, Haley Dixon, and Austin Gubler.

Park View Artists

Park View students and teachers know the value of art! Teachers recognize that art nurtures inventiveness while it aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Students know art is fun! Art helps students understand other subjects much more clearly – from math and science, to language arts and geography.  Participating in art also helps students gain the tools necessary to respect others’ way of working and thinking, developing creative problem solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. “I love looking at the art in the halls!” one student exclaimed. “It’s like a mini-museum!”