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!

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!