Mission to Mars

Article written by: Hayden Larsen; Photos by Mr. Mendenhall

On Friday, March 22, 2016 Mr. Mendenhall’s sixth grade class had a “Mission to Mars” event.  It was an even that was supposed to simulate actually landing on Mars.  The way the class simulated the Mars landing or “7 minutes of terror” was by having students create rockets out of 2 liter soda bottles that could carry an egg inside of them, be launched 200 feet in the air, plummet down, and have the egg survive.  It was a pretty good turnout for participants that day.  Quite a few kids made rockets, a lot of which actually survived. 

2016 Debate Team

Photo and article by Brittney Crowther

Congratulations to Rees Elementary's 1st Debate Team!  These students have worked hard all year to prepare their speeches for Nebo School District's Debate Competition, and they did great.  Good luck to those students going to the State Debate Meet Friday!


Teacher Appreciation Week - Day 2

Photos by Ryan Pitcher

Once again, the PTA has proven their specialized culinary skills!  They don’t only serve dinner on SEP Conference nights (that happens three times a year), but also serves us breakfast during teacher appreciation week.  They snatched their Blendtecs and Ninjas from their cupboards to whip us up some healthy green and fruit smoothies.  Yum!  Yum!  


Teacher Appreciation Week - Day 1


As teachers approached their classroom doors Monday morning, smiles instantly appeared.  Doors were plastered with paper in the most creative ways!  The fabulous PTA committee continued the tradition of decorating the doors to show appreciation to the faculty and staff here at Rees.  We are grateful to work at a place where they are noticed and appreciated by such wonderful parents at our school.  Thank you so much for your support!

(All doors are not pictured.  However, all doors look incredible and are very much appreciated.)


Farm Field Days - 2nd Grade


The second grade went to Harward Farms on April 1st.  Students learned different aspects of agriculture and how it provides for us each day of our lives.  It’s a perfect field trip for second graders because it ties directly into the second grade curriculum.   The first thing we learned about was where wool comes from and how it is used.  We even watched a sheep being sheared!  Some of the other things we learned about are:

2nd Grade March Students of the Month


Congratulations to the following students in second grade for their outstanding citizenship in their classrooms!  In no particular order:  Boston Duvall, Miguel Espino, Jayden Lister, Dylan Olsen, Blaine Rankin, Lily Thompson, Kourtney Simons, Easton Kojima, Boston Gardiner, Kodi Begay and Brandon Vargas

Also pictured are students who earned either their BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD sticker for passing off their math facts.  Way to soar Eagles!


Jump Rope for Heart


Yesterday we had our annual jump-a-thon kick-off assembly.  Students were sent home with an envelope to collect donations for the American Heart Association.  Last year our school donated $8,195!  Wow!  This money goes to people with sick hearts-infants, children and adults.  Our goal this year is to reach $10,000.  We can do this with everyone’s help!

Rees African Drumming (RAD)


You will often hear students drumming on lunch tables, desks, and their own laps throughout the school.  This is because of Jeff Ballard.  Mr. Ballard has created and directed our very own Rees African Drumming group, also known as RAD.  He has been organizing this group for the last thirteen years!  He spends many, many hours planning, preparing and teaching drumming to students.  The beats and rhythms students play come from all around the world.  We have been so lucky to have him here at Rees giving students this musical opportunity.  Thank you Mr. Ballard!


End of Term 3 Activity - 2nd Grade


Second grade students gathered outside to celebrate their outstanding behavior for Term 3.  Activities students could participate in were sidewalk chalk, jump roping, hula-hooping, play on the playground or activities with the giant parachute.  Mr. Pitcher even joined in on the fun because of all the excitement the kids were showing.  Thanks for being awesome students.  Second grade is the best!


Mrs. Wiley - Classified Employee of the Year


Tracy Wiley has been a valued parent and staff member at Rees for about 10 years.  She has kept everyone well fed with her culinary talents as she has organized and cooked for faculty luncheons.  Everyone looks forward to Tracy’s main course and especially the desserts.  Her amazing food has helped create a feeling of comradery among teachers at Rees Elementary.