Though we teach children in English at school, you would not have known it if you had been in the second grade at Park View this week. There were scurvy dogs and scalawags, captains and mateys, and many "A-hoy there's!" as they celebrated National Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day. Our teachers planned a special day for the 85 students dressed in their pirate hats and garb. They read many books, such as "How I Became a Pirate," and explained their own pirate conversion in a short auto-biography. Elle McClellan wrote, "One day, I was in my backyard and even though I don't have a pool or pond, a pirate ship came! They looked worried, and came up to me and said, 'Do you have nails and wood?' I said 'Yes.' They said, 'Good! Can we use it?' 'Yes,' I said. 'Good, can we also trust you to take care of our treasure?' 'Yes,' I said, 'I will guard it with my life!' Then they got the wood for their faire and were off. The end." Teachers designed a place-value treasure hunt for math on Pirate Day. Children listened to clues about a multi-digit number and their responses led them to more clues and finally...treasure.Other activities for the day included: making a pirate face from a paper plate, constructing pirate flags and telescopes, and writing pirate poems full of alliteration. The kids also enjoyed "Captain Says," a game much like "Simon Says" but with lots of ship work movements. It was a successful day that the children enjoyed and will remember for a long time to come.
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Park View just held another wonderful Student Council selection. With over 70 applicants and 20 positions, it was wonderful to see so many students want to make our school a better place. Each candidate had to write a one-page essay explaining their best attributes and describing a time they served another person without thinking of being rewarded. They also had to dress up for their interview with Mrs. Reynolds who asked them, "Why should I choose you to be on Student Council?" "The responses were fabulous," Mrs. Reynolds exclaimed. "The students were professional and prepared, albeit a little nervous. I was truly impressed and wished our Student Council could accommodate all of them!" The last step in the selection process was completed by each child's teacher. They filled out a rubric, which indicated how the children perform in class with regards to homework completion, rule compliance, and example setting. Lastly, each child that met all three requirements were placed in a drawing.
"We try to make it as fair as possible," Mrs. Reynolds explained. "The class with the most applicants per grade level gets 4 of the slots, while the other classes get 3 each. We also try to keep it fair with boys and girls." Having the largest Student Council, Park View takes over 36 kids each year. Students can keep trying and with a little luck and great behavior, make it on at least one semester during their 5th or 6th grade year.
So congratulations to this fall’s Park View Student Council!
Ms. Allred's Class: Sarah Baker, Adda Rigby, Wylie Wilson
Mr. Broadbent's Class: Abby Clark, Jackson Fitzwater, Emily Reyes
Ms. Shumway's Class: Macy Alexander, Wayde Fratto, Alyssa Gowans, Harley Walker
Mrs. Hardy's Class: Sydney Jensen, Kinsey Makin, Brandon Presson
Mrs. Thomson's Class: Kiley Cannegieter, Kayzlee Davis, Ethan Gowans, Braxton Hall
Ms. Van Nosdol's Class: Stuart Charles, Alexis Lowry, Kya Heimuli
"Do you have homework tonight, honey?" a common question in virtually every household, every afternoon. But homework expectations have changed over the years. Students are expected to explain their mathematical thinking in words. Children must not only be able to read, but must do so with fluency, accuracy and comprehension such that they can apply it to real-world circumstances. At times, parents feel at a loss as they attempt to help their children succeed with homework. Park View has tried to bridge this gap by holding an annual Homework Night. Grade level representatives, Kindergarten through 6th grade, prepared materials for parents, offering helpful tips and resources. There were three sessions of 20 minutes each, in order for parents to attend whichever was most convenient. Many parents sat in multiple sessions as they have several children who attend Park View. To motivate parents, the school offered door prizes such as: backpacks, calculators, and school T-shirts.
On parent remarked, "Thank you so much for providing this homework night. It definitely helped me to understand how things are working for my boys in their classrooms, and how I can best help support what they're learning while at home."
Payson City invited Park View's 5th grade to sing at the Patriot Day celebration held at the city park. There they not only honored our US troops, but specifically paid tribute to our local heroes: police officers and fire fighters. Almost 80 children, led by Mrs. Searcy, our music specialist, sang a patriotic medley including such favorites as , "God Bless America," "My County Tis of Thee," and "America the Beautiful." Dressed in their best red, white, and blue, the children were initially nervous, but found it much more fun than they thought. Violet Andrew said, "It made me feel good to sing for everyone. It made me remember why we have this day and reminded me what happened to the Twin Towers." Harley Walker explained, "I was a little nervous at first, but then I thought of this happy thought, 'It's exciting to sing for all of those people that protect us, the military, veterans, police, and fire fighters." We are very proud of our 5th graders. They did a wonderful job!