Kindergarten Students at Park View Elementary Celebrate the Holidays

Mrs. Toelupe, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Kirk
Kindergarten Students enjoy a Thanksgiving feast
Students perform a Hawaiian Haka

It is a holiday tradition that students in Mrs. Thomas’ Kindergarten class dress up in 17th century period costumes and participate in a Thanksgiving Feast.  Students prepare for this special day by making  placemats and learning a native American Song to perform for their parents. Parents volunteer to bring traditional Thanksgiving food such as turkey, rolls and pumpkin pie to share.  Mrs. Thomas believes this activity is informative as the children learn Thanksgiving history, how to set the table correctly, and how to display good manners.  Many parents shared their feelings about this gathering, “The children will always remember this.” 

            Mrs. Toelupe’s class shares another Kindergarten holiday tradition by planning and preparing a Hawaiian Luau for their parents.  Students make menus, placemats and signs; they learn hula dances and haka chants.  The students are the hostesses, waiters and performers.  They take their parents’ orders and serve them a delicious meal.  They perform their dances and chants.  This year there was a special ‘surprise’ performance.  The dads did a silly English version of the New Zealand haka.  Mrs. Toelupe loves this special day because it’s a wonderful opportunity for students to show off the skills they have been learning in class, and to thank the parents for their support. 

Minute To Win It

Doing your homework at Park View Elementary pays off! To celebrate completing their assignments, sixth graders participating in a series of challenges, based on the popular TV game show "Minute To Win It." Some of the activities included Noodling Around (placing large noodles on spaghetti noodles), Floating Feather (keeping feathers in the air), Bobble Heads) getting the most head-bobs with a pedometer on a sweatband, and many more. Students had a blast!

Living History

Fifth graders at Park View Elementary made history come alive by representing historical figures in a living wax museum. Students spent weeks researching history, writing about history, and creating a display showcasing history. On opening day, their hard work paid off when they presented their historical roles to the school. It was a BIG hit!

Did Goldilocks Lie?

While studying the components of heat, sixth grade students investigated the truth behind Goldilocks and the Three Bears in which Goldilocks chooses Baby Bear's porridge because it was not too hot or too cold. Students conducted their own research by using different types of bowls, thermometers, and porridge to see if they could achieve the same results. After conducting their experiment, they were quite surprised to find that she did in fact fib! Students are now in the process of rewriting the story to include the truth.

Liar, Liar!

The student council showed off their acting and lip syncing skills in order to reinforce the importance of telling the truth. They worked hard to perfect their performance in which the "Liars" received a pie in the face. The student body loved it!

Farm Field Day

Laura McAllister

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, the second grade Park View students participated in Farm Field Day. The Utah County Farm Bureau and Utah State University Extension host the event at the Equestrian Park in American Fork. While there, students rotated to a variety of stations where they learned about health, safety, animals and products associated with agriculture. Everyone had a great time. Jacob Sorenson exclaimed, “I liked learning about bees and how they make honey because we’re the Park View Bees!” Before attending the Farm Field Day, students ate lunch and played at Discovery Park. “I liked going to Discovery Park because I’d never been there before and there were a lot of fun things,” shared Adda Rigby. “Second Grade loves participating in Farm Field Day!” stated Ms. McAllister. “The content is aligned closely to the State Core Curriculum and the students love the interactive stations. Thank you to all who participated and made it possible.”  

Arbor Day Celebration

Laura Kirk

First graders at Park View Elementary know how important it is to take care of our planet! To celebrate Arbor Day, Mrs. Kirk's first grade class sang for the mayor and members of the community at Payson Memorial Park. After their performance, students released Arbor Day balloons. Students had a wonderful time!

Park View Storytelling Festival

Park View Elementary held their annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 18. The festival had many activities for the students and their families to enjoy, such as karaoke, rocket launches, hayrides, inflatable jousting, flusher, and an inflatable obstacle course. The main fund raising came from the baskets each class had prepared. Each class picked a book and then donated items to go along with the book. The baskets were then bid on by attendees of the festival. The festival raised nearly $4,000.00 for the school. The money will be used to help pay for field trips, technology upgrades, and other big items for the school.

Organizing a festival of this size takes hours of planning, preparing, and physical man-power. Park View would like to thank all the parents and families responsible for its success.

Crystal Apple Award at Park View

Kristie Reynolds

Regan Lundell has been awarded the Crystal Apple Award at Park View Elementary. She is not only an exceptional teacher, but also a person of high moral character with an infectious personality.  She is esteemed as an expert teacher, faculty mentor, and a key contributor to her community.

Miss Lundell has done it all! She has both a reading and an ESL endorsement. Because of this expertise, many of our teachers consider her a resource for their pedagogical learning and growth. In the past three years, she has had an on-level reading rate of 97%. Students in this class learn to read and learn to love it.

Miss Lundell is also an outstanding mentor to student and novice teachers. Only the best teachers are chosen for university student placement. There has hardly been a year in her tenure where she has not trained a teacher. Her commendable classroom management is a great model for those entering education.

Because of her remarkable skills, she was chosen to participate in the district mentor program. She regularly checks on her protégés, offering help, ideas, support, and a laugh to help them through their day. One remarked that she always felt comfortable with her, as she was approachable and positive. Though an expert in her field, she makes beginning teachers feel as equals.

She is an integral part of the Payson community. She takes a personal and appropriate interest in her student’s lives, attending baptisms, recitals, or anything else where circumstances allow. She takes time to get to know families and individual student needs. She truly loves her students.

Congratulations Miss Lundell!

Park View Has “Got Learning”

At Park View, learning is not an option. Teachers have committed themselves to making sure all students learn at high levels. This motto is not only on their shirts, it is in their instruction and in their hearts.

“We want all students to learn at high levels,” says Principal Kristie Reynolds. “According to RTI (Response to Intervention) principles, children are non-learners either because of motivation or ability. We want to make accommodations to reach both types of learners.”

Teachers in grade level teams do everything they can to ensure learning takes place. They build common assessments to test mastery of concepts taught within curricular units. If students have not mastered the material, they are re-taught a different way in a smaller setting. “Last year, we had many more students not master critical math concepts,” says 2nd grade team member, Laura McAllister. “This year, by giving common assessments and doing daily re-teach, enrich, and extend groups, almost all of the students know every math concept required for second grade.”

Mrs. Reynolds has also implemented a new homework program called D.A.R.E. which stands for Doing Assignments Required Every day. Researchers from University of New Hampshire found that parental involvement has a strong, positive effect on student achievement. “Parental effort is consistently associated with higher levels of achievement, and the magnitude of the effect of parental effort is substantial. We found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement.”

Mrs. Reynolds kicked off the DARE program with a motivational assembly. If students turn in their homework 100% of the time, they earn the right to be in the DARE Club. They also earn a fun party as a reward. Those that miss a day of homework can go to the daily homework lab called DARE. Teachers and parent volunteers help students finish up their work, listen to them read, or re-teach concepts that are still difficult to understand. When asked to identify the reasoning behind DARE, Reynolds responded, “I will always be the advocate for all kids, especially the underdog. I truly believe all students can learn. We just need to find the right way to teach them and take some time to do it.”

It seems that is just what all of the staff at Park View is doing…acknowledging emphatically that their school has “got”learning.