January 2017

Waterford Learning

Article and photos by Mrs. Harvey

At Rees Elementary, all first graders participate in a computer literacy program called Waterford.  This is a self-paced program that records students' efforts and learning, and progresses with them as they learn.  It reviews old concepts, practices current concepts, and introduces new concepts as the students show readiness.  It integrates Math, Science, and Social Studies as it gives students a view of the world they wouldn't normally see.  It even sings songs in different languages!  And...it's customizable!  As new concepts are introduced in the classroom, the teacher can assign student

Mrs. Chidester - Kindergarten Teacher


I was born and raised in Hawaii.  My husband;s name is Bart and we have 3 girls in college (Shannon, Anne, and Ashley), and my son Kyle, is in 9th grade at Diamond Fork Jr. High.  I love to cook, play tennis,and read.  I love being a kindergarten teacher!


I like blue, but I don’t like pink.

I like any kind of food.

I like tennis, but I don’t like golf.

I like mango.

I like owls, but I don’t like rats.

The best part about my job is the children.


Fraction Challenges

Photos by Mrs. Painter

Mrs. Painter’s class has been working on equivalent fractions and comparing them on number lines. Students are challenging other students to see who drew the bigger fraction.


Artists in training

Rees 1-3 graders have the wonderful opportunity of learning from our Artists in Residence this week and next.  These second graders are getting a close up demonstration on how to use chalk and different shading techniques. 

Ms. Spresser - Preschool


I have been teaching in Nebo for 20 years.  I have done preschool for 19 years.  I love to read and sing in choirs.  I am single so I spend a lot time with my extended family.  We do something almost weekly together (go to movies, out to eat, go to BYU games, etc.).


I like green, but I don’t like white.

I like mexican food, but I don’t like berries.

I like football, but I don’t like baseball.

I like peaches, but I don’t like berries.

I like dogs, but I don’t like mice.

VIP Lunch

Photos by Mr. Gull

Another VIP lunch took place this week.  Students had a blast eating lunch and playing games with Mr. Gull.  Congratulations students!  Keep earning those Thank You Notes!


Mrs. Anderson ~ First Grade Teacher


I am from Fountain Green and currently live in Payson.  My husband and I will be having our first baby in February.  I like to go camping and roast hot dogs.  I like playing games.  Skull King is the number one right now.  This is my second year teaching first and hope to keep improving.


I like red, but I don’t like orange.

I like bbq chicken pizza.

I like football.

I like mangos.

I like dogs.

The best part about my job is seeing improvement in the students.


Seconds vs. Minutes


Get ready.  Get set.  Go!  Second-graders have been learning how to tell time.  Students began by exploring how long a second is.  Some of the activities they decided they could do in a second is stomp, snap, draw a line, or even swat a fly!  Running across the room however, would take more than one second.  Students then made predictions of how many times they could do an activity in one minute.  They participated in tossing a ball, jumping jacks, lining tiles up  and finding out how many times they could write their name.  Some predictions were overestimated, some were underestimated, and

Mrs. Watts - Speech/Language Pathalogist


I am a knitting and gaming enthusiast.  I enjoy creating knitting patterns that celebrate my inner nerd.  I am married with two children and have been an SLP since 2009, with several good years heres in Nebo School District.


I like green, but I don’t like pastels.

I like desserts, but I don’t like meat.

I like esports, but I don’t like football (and most sports).

I like pineapple.

I like hedgehogs, but I don’t like parasites.


Mr. Wright - Sixth Grade Teacher


I have 9 kids.  I love to mountain bike, road bike, hunt, camp, play, coach and watch basketball and football.  I also love to build things.


I like blue, but I don’t like red.

I like hamburgers, but I don’t like seafood.

I like basketball and football, but I don’t like golf.

I like pineapple, but I don’t like kiwi.

I like golden retrievers, but I don’t like chihuahuas.


The best part about my job is seeing kids happy.