Park View Helps Their Neighbors Around the World

It started as a Student Council service project, but ended as a community coming together to help another. Principal Reynolds together with the Student Council heard of the tragedies of Haiti and decided to do something about it. Students sold messaged paper hearts during the week Valentines’ Day, earning over $400 to help those struggling in Haiti.

After collecting the money, Mrs. Reynolds purchased materials to make quilts with the student council. The children stayed after school with several teacher and parent volunteers and tied 4 quilts in one night. But it didn’t stop there. The school had purchased enough for 6 more quilts. Students begged their teachers to be allowed to work on them in their rooms during any free time or at recess. At SEP’s even more students, parents, teachers, and a Boy Scout troop, finished them up.

“They are on their way to Haiti now, or Chile, or Mongolia. I feel it is important to help students see they are part of a bigger world picture. If there is a way we can help others, I want to provide students with those opportunities,” said Reynolds, also the Student Council Advisor.

As a school, we are grateful to be able to help those in need. It also “tied” the school together, as they were unified with a purpose to lend a hand of comfort.


Fifth Grade Wax Museum

Beth Allred

On Thursday, March 4, the halls at Park View Elementary were buzzing with famous Americans.  Each fifth grader portrayed a different famous American from history.  The students were in costumes, created displays, and shared their research about a famous American.  As visitors to the "museum" passed by, the students provided brief narratives, written in the 1st person. This made for crowded, yet interesting hallways.  The fifth grade classes also provided a musical program for their parents. This annual tradition is an enjoyable learning activity that fifth grade students, teachers, and parents look forward to each year.

Third Grade Mechanics

Courtney Bowler

To celebrate learning about simple machines, third grade students at Park View Elementary participated in a Simple Machines Fair. Each student made their own simple machine to display at the fair to show off their knowledge to the rest of the school, as well as parents. 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 or, the six simple machines. Some of the projects included catapults, dog feeders, and homemade traps. It was a great event to take part in.

Sixth Grade Scientists

Lois Baucom

Science can be fun! Just ask the students at Park View Elementary. The 6th grade students worked very hard to prepare for Science Fair and did an amazing job. What liquid do plants like best? What is the most economical way to heat your home? And does a mother really know what her baby smells like are some of the interesting questions asked by our inquisitive 6th grade students.

Some of these students will be heading to Diamond Fork Junior High to compete in the district science. Carter McClellan, Casey Giffing, McKayla Menlove, Shelby Bulkley, Andrew Welton, Zak Gowans, Tanner Manning, Ashlee Stevenson, and Megan Anderson will be there representing Park View. We know they will do a fantastic job!

Striving for Success

Holly Wright

Don't you wish you had someone to help you be a success? The students at Park View Elementary do! The program is called Success Maker. It is an online program to help kindergarten through eighth grade students. The program consists of interactive games in math and reading. Some of the games are so fun, students don't even realize they are learning! Once students have taken an initial placement evaluation, the program will place him/her at a level where they feel comfortable. Over time, the games and activities get harder and help the student achieve grade level content or above.

Teachers can access their student's scores and progress at any time. Each report shows a percentage in the different areas of learning the student is working on. Student scores can also be compared to the Utah State standard for that student's grade level. So far, the program is a huge hit with both teachers and students!

Teacher of the Year

Evelyn Ellsworth

Regan Lundell, a well-loved first grade teacher at Park View Elementary, was voted "Teacher of the Year." Lundell grew up in Payson and has lived here most of her life. Her mother was a teacher and as Lundell helped in the classroom, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher too. She attended Southern Utah University, majoring in Elementary Education, with a double minor in Reading and Child Development, two areas of specialty that are very dear to her. She has also completed her Masters Equivalent in Reading through Brigham Young University.

Lundell has taught for fourteen years. She taught kindergarten for three years before moving up to first grade. She has been at Park View for the past four years. When asked about teaching, Lundell said she loves summers but always looks forward to the beginning of the new school year. She feels fortunate to have an occupation that allows her to help children learn to read, write, and learn new skills in math, science, and social studies.

Lundell has worked with BYU's Art Committee with Fine Arts and has presented for other educators in the fields of Reading and the Arts. She also serves as a mentor for new teachers. Lundell likes to read, play the piano, scrapbook, and crochet. She said her favorite thing to do is teach first grade.

Park View is happy to have Miss Lundell at our school. She is a dedicated and loving teacher who is adored by her students. Congratulations!

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!