On February 24, the Storm Van from Utah County Stormwater Coalition came to visit Park View fourth graders. Mrs. Devlin from the County Water Department taught the students about protecting our drinking water from water pollutants, or "villains". Students were able to throw rain drops named "Billy", "Bob", and "Jo" into a collection tank. If they missed, water villains ruined the drinking water. Students discovered that pet waste, toxins from paint and gasoline, fertilizer and garbage are the main culprits behind water pollution. They were able to add these materials to a storm gutter that collected a "Pollutant Punch". Mrs. Devlin told students that it costs the city $100 a glass to purify this water. The Park View fourth graders have committed to preserving their water supply by being more aware of their environment.
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Park View is proud to introduce Shanna Stirland as the new principal for the 2014-15 school year.
Stirland has been a school teacher for fifteen wonderful years. Twelve of those years she taught at Spanish Oaks Elementary. She has taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades. She also enjoyed directing the school’s show choir for many years.
Stirland grew up feeding calves, hauling hay and riding horses on a farm in Woods Cross, Utah. She has lived in the Spanish Fork area for more than twenty years. She and her husband have four children, and she isexpecting her first grandchild this September.
Stirland and her husband have been involved in the Arabian horse industry for many years— raising, riding, breeding and selling horses. At one time they even owned a zebra, her name was Zoey. She enjoys biking, swimming and running. She competed in her first triathlon just a couple of years ago and loved it. Her favorite past times are reading and watching BYU football but says "the greatest joy I get in life is spending time with my family."
"I am passionate about the education of children, and I love helping all students to become successful," says Stirland. "I know there is no greater call than to educate children. I am thrilled with the opportunity to become a part of Park View Elementary as the new principal."
Valentine's Day was an eventful day at Park View. Students from all grades were able to purchase Heart Grams for their friends sold by the Student Council. The money raised went to Breast Cancer Research in honor of our dear friend and former teacher at Park View, Leslie Ewell. Students enjoyed classroom parties and Valentine exchanges. Our Latinos in Action students from Payson Junior High brought the classes hearts and treats. Third grade students classified and sorted different types of Valentine's candies. In Ms. McAllister's second grade class, room mom Linda Baker brought in props such as mustaches, blow up guitars, and hearts with love phrases for a photo booth. Ms. Lundell's first grade wrote down their love advice. Brock wrote, "You should marry somebody who would sell thier cat if you were allergic." Oakley wrote, "My mom and dad got married because they both liked to hug each other." Finally, Isaac J. said "You should get married after you have saved up $100.00." Park View students had a fun Valentine's Day.
Students in second grade celebrated the 102nd Day of school today. Celebrating the 100th day is important because place value is a fundamental math concept in 1st and 2nd grades. Since students are in the second grade, they celebrated the 102nd day. Students dressed up like they were 102 years-old, wrote about what they might be like when they are 102 years old, wrote equations that equaled 102, thought of words that described 102 (old, elderly, cane, etc), and gave numerical values to letters and added up how much these words would equal 102. Students also did a variety of activities (hopping, saying the alphabet, counting to 10, etc) in 102 seconds. It was a grand day!