October 31st was a spooky day at Rees Elementary school in Spanish Fork. Students and teachers alike dressed up in costumes to celebrate a day of fantasy and fear. Popular costumes this year included Transformers, Mario brothers, and super heroes like Batman. Classic costumes such as witches, skeletons, and pirates were also represented.
Students at Rees Elementary attended an assembly on Friday, October 14 to celebrate what they had learned from the previous two weeks during Artists in Residence. It was an afternoon of dancing, singing, dramatic performances, storytelling, visual artworks, and an overall appreciation for Native American art and culture. Well known artists came from miles around to teach the students in these art forms for 50 minutes each day for two weeks. By the time the assembly came, students were eager to share the skills and knowledge they gained.
Extra! Extra! Shayne Durrant, the advertising manager for the BYU student newspaper The Daily Universe, visited the fifth graders at Rees Elementary in Spanish Fork on October 6, 2011. During his visit, Mr. Durrant explained the ins and outs of the print industry. Students were fascinated to learn about the many aspects of putting together a newspaper and how advertising revenue was the driving force behind it all. Mr. Durrant threw water bottles with The Daily Universe logo into the crowd of eager fifth graders and distributed free editions of the newspaper to all.
On your marks, get set, go! The community surrounding Rees Elementary in Spanish Fork was the site of the PTA Fun Run on Wednesday, September 28th. Students, faculty, and parents lined up on the south end of the school in anticipation. Runners took off from the start line and weaved through surrounding streets. After two laps, the runners had completed a mile and could partake of the bounty of apple slices and water awaiting them. Hundreds of students from grades K-6 participated in the Fun Run, resulting in hundreds of miles run and hundreds of smiles. It's fun to be fit!
Reading is celebrated with gold at Rees Elementary School in Spanish Fork, Utah. First grade has added a new element to the Road to Success Reading Program. All first graders are asked to read at least 20 minutes every day of the week. Each student then records their minutes they have read. At the end of the week, their reading calendar is returned to their teacher.
Ms. Stacey Hall is the librarian at Rees Elementary. Ms. Stacey was selected by the teachers and staff as the most valuable employee and was presented with a certificate and other goodies from Craig Harvey with Horace Mann. Teachers and staff at Rees Elementary love Ms. Stacey and truly appreciate all the hard work she always does in order to provide the students and staff with excellent books and resources. Thank you, Ms. Stacey!
Students in Mrs. Bethany Ericksen’s kindergarten class at Rees Elementary School have completed a marathon (26.2 miles). Beginning in January, the students ran twice a week and kept track of their mileage. On April 24th, the students participated in the school wide 1 mile Kids Race which was also the final mile of their marathon. Dr. Garron Miller at Utah Valley Pediatrics in Payson was their sponsor which allowed the students to get marathon shirts and finisher medals.
Rees Elementary is a great place to see the arts in action. The “Willow Stories” basket weaving exhibit was brought to us by the Utah Arts Council. To go along with this exhibit, a basket weaver, Corinne Bitsinnie came to Rees Elementary to show the students how to weave a basket. She starts out by pulling out a stick of sumac out of a bundle of sticks. Then they cut and split the sumac into three. Some of the first grade teachers got to help. Mrs. Jacquelyn Searle was the first one to try it.