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!

Second Grade Mathemeticians

Kerri Jex

Second graders at Park View have been working hard all year to pass off addtion math facts. For each set of facts, ones, twos, threes, etc., a student passed off they earned part of a breakfast. Students will be celebrating the completion of the addition math facts by enjoying a tasty breakfast on Thursday, February 4. Way to go second graders!

Singing Around the Tree

Every year around Christmas, the halls of Park View are filled with sounds of children singing. This year was no exception! Each grade level worked really hard to learn two Christmas songs to perform for the school. Their hard work paid off because each performance was wonderful!

Annual Christmas Books and Candy Canes

Photos by Maizie Brown

This year's annual Christmas Books and Candy Canes was a big success! Many families gathered in the halls of our school to enjoy reading their favorite Christmas books while eating a candy cane. Some gatherings were small, while others were quite large. Thank you to everyone for joining us!

Penny War

Eric Kern

This past week, the jingle, jangle of the season united with the sounds of laughter, galloping feet, and elated voices to create a choir that could be heard up and down the halls of Park View Elementary.

The familiar sounds of the season were not the traditional reverberation of bells or the perfected tone and pitch of those who move in unison through a piece of music, but rather the sounds of service and caring, as students dropped coins into jars which decked the halls of this school.

The annual Penny War was started three years ago at Park View under the direction of principal, Kristie Reynolds, and has benefited dozens of families struggling with overwhelming and far reaching challenges. “Last year we helped 10 families with Christmas. This year we expect about the same,” exclaimed Reynolds. “We are helping a little girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. We also have several families that could use some extra money at Christmas. All families are part of Park View’s catchment area.”

Park View has had anywhere from $1,800.00 - $2,300.00 donated each year. The students and parents LOVE it. Many save money specifically for the Penny War. Once the money has been collected and accounted for, selected families are called, wish lists are created, and then the Student Council, along with parent volunteers and Mrs. Reynolds, spend the evening going shopping, wrapping presents, and building memories that will last a life time. The best part of the Penny War is knowing that others will have a Merry Christmas too.

Park View Artist

Congratulations to sixth grader, Natalie Shultz, who is now an award winning artist! Natalie’s artwork was chosen to be part of the 24th Annual Christmas Lamb Show held at the Springville Art Museum. The exhibit will be held from the 5th of December through the 29th of December in the Ingrid F. Nemelka Gallery, at the Springville Museum of Art.

Sixth Graders Take to the Ice

The sixth graders showed their agility and good humor while skating at Peaks Arena in Provo. The field trip was a great way to enjoy the beginning of winter while learning a new skill or practicing an old one. While ability of the skaters varied, everyone had a great time!

Park View Says Goodbye

Mr. John Clark, a beloved third grade teacher at Park View Elementary, retired this November. Clark led an eventful life before becoming a teacher. He served in the National Guard at age 18 before fulfilling an LDS mission to Sweden. Mr. Clark then served in the regular army for two years where he earned the prestigious Din-a-Ling award for getting his unit lost in the woods. He served in the Reserves for many years and was honorably discharged as a Major.

He has also served in the Boy Scouts of America every year since he was fifteen and has received a Venturing Leadership Award, Second Miller Award, Service Award from the Order of the Arrow, and the District Award of Merit. He even met his wife, Becca, at Camp Evergreen, East Fork of the Bear scout camp. They were married in 1974 and have five children and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Clark speaks Russian, Swedish, has learned German and Spanish and understands Danish and Norwegian. He has lived in Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Russian and a minor in Political Science, plus a secondary teaching certificate. He earned an Elementary teaching certificate from USU and his Masters Degree at BYU in Elementary computers. He cheers for BYU at all their football games, but then cheers for U of U for their games. He also plays the piano, clarinet and the cello.

Mr. Clark started his teaching career at a preschool and tutored at a reading school. He taught in Lake Shore until the school was torn down, then moved to Park View until it was renovated during which he taught at Spring Lake and then came back to Park View.

“I first got to know John when I substituted in his classroom,” said fellow teacher, Lori Toutai. “He was gone for two weeks of training for the army. I remember thinking what a great contrast it was to have this very tall man teaching those little second graders. One of my favorite memories of John was seeing him out at recess playing kickball with those little kids.”

“He is an awesome third grade teacher and he is always kind to others,” says student Tyler Jones.

“He always did my Rubik’s cube when I couldn’t finish it.” Shantell Angell said.

“I’ll tell my kids that he was an AWESOME teacher!” exclaimed Madison Montoya.

“I loved looking at the plants in the back of the room,” commented Aspen Forster.

“I think he is a cool teacher because he taught me to use email,” said Aubrey.

Thank you Mr. Clark for all of you have done for each one of us and for the many extra hours you spent at school. The place won’t be the same without you!

Red Barn Adventure

After learning all about plants, first graders at Park View visited the Red Barn in Santaquin. Students started their tour with a brief presentation in the loft of the Red Barn explaining what the farm grows and the process in which the fruit and vegetables from the farm make it from to homes. Students then loaded up the hay wagons and head to Mountainland Apples packing plant to watch what happens to the apples in order to have them ready to ship to the grocery stores where consumers may purchase them. Each child was given an apple when leaving Mountainland. The hay wagons then took them to the Pumpkin Patch where students picked a pumpkin of their own. After the picking, students returned to the Red Barn for a homemade apple cider doughnut. It was a blast!