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Park View Says Goodbye

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 21:29

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

Submitted by carrie.vannosdol on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 22:54

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!

Park View Pumpkin Fun

Submitted by carrie.vannosdol on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 22:33

Sixth graders at Park View Elementary used teamwork and creativity to transform pumpkins into works of art. Students were given time to plan the design of their projects before the creation day. Students received one hour to create their masterpieces and what wonderful results!

Not Sleeping on the Job

Submitted by carrie.vannosdol on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 22:21

Park View was filled with exclamations and giggles when students found Ms. Nevins reading in bed on Pajama Day. Students and faculty wore their pajamas to school to show their commitment to being drug free. Ms. Nevins surprise was a great way to start the day!

Fourth Grade Economics Fair

Submitted by carrie.vannosdol on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 19:29

Park View Elementary fourth graders show their entrepreneur skills at the annual Economics Fair. As part of their social studies curriculum, students learned about the economic development and procedures in Utah. Students then made products of their own, such as foam swords, hair clips, pencil toppers, and many other items which they then sold to their fellow students. The fourth graders earned over $900.00 which will go towards guest speakers and any necessary classroom supplies.

Park View Politicians

Submitted by carrie.vannosdol on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 16:59

Fourth grade students at Park View Elementary were invited to the State Capitol on September 24, by Representative Patrick Painter. The three fourth grade classes have been learning how representative government has developed in Utah and how people who live in Utah have rights and responsibilities associated with representative government. Students were able to see our state legislature in action, go on an extensive tour of the capitol, and even sit in the desks on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Park View Pig Wrestlers

Submitted by ts on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 17:13
Pig Wresters

Kindergarten through sixth grade students at Park View Elementary decided to get down and dirty Saturday and Monday nights at the First Annual Onion Days Pig Wrestling Contest. They went with the quest to not only capture their pig, but to help raise money to aid in the research of Multiple Sclerosis. After a time limit of one minute to catch, pick up, and deposit a pig into a barrel, many students were left looking more like “Pig Pen” on Charlie Brown than as the person they walked into the pen as. Park View would like to personally thank Shawn and Alesha Wride and Lazy A Ranch for all the hard work that was put into sponsoring this event. What a great way to raise money for such a worthy cause!

Participating Students: Cheyenne Davis, Luke Merryweather, Taylor Wilden, Cameron Stone, Zac Day, Madison Heaton, Hayden Forrester, Parker Youd, Hayden Heaton, Noah Ferrin, Kyler Haveron, McKenna Fewkes, Nathan Coombs, MaKayla Petersen, Bradley Petersen, Stuart Charles, Gavin Williams, Garrett Williams, Janessa Williams, Peyton Frazier, Anne Kranenburg, Brennan Cummings, Riley Bradford, Casey Giffing, Kaytlin Haveron, Aspen Forrester, and Winston Broadhead.

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