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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.