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.”
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!