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Creative Reading Reward in First Grade

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:53
by Mrs. Annette Harvey, photo from Mrs. Annette Harvey
As a reward for reading at home, first graders throw wet sponges at their defenseless principal, Mr. Ryan Pitcher.

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.

Most Valuable Employee

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 15:39
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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!

Kindergarteners Complete A Marathon

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 18:02
by Mrs. Bethany Ericksen
Kindergarten Marathon Runners

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. 


Basket Weaving and Willow Stories Art Exhibit

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 16:50
by Justin Adams
Multi-Age teacher, Mrs. Brenda Beyal and basket weaver, Corinne Bitsinnie showing the students how to weave a basket.

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.

Third Grade Students Receive Dictionaries

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 16:46
by Dallin Evans
Third Grade Students Receive Dictionaries

The third graders at Rees Elementary School in Spanish Fork received dictionaries from the Rotary and Mountain America. The kids looked exited when they received the new dictionaries. The kids played a game with the dictionaries. The presenter would call out a word and then the first couple people to find the word were given a pencil.

Grandparents Program

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 16:40
Written by Tinisha Quintanna
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The first grade students had a performance to show their parents and
grandparents what they had practiced. They had practiced singing songs for a long time. There were happy faces watching their kids and there were kids smiling at their parents. As family members came in they said "I can't wait to see my kids perform."

What A Great Day To Be A Peer Tutor

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 18:55
written by Corbin Cox and Gabby Taysom
Peer tutor Connor B. helping students Christian Buckwalter (left) and Keegan Curtis on the right and Mrs. Doreen Snyder.

When the peer tutors walked into Mrs. Snyder’s classroom
she started to teach them how to be peer tutors. They
partnered with students in Mrs. Snyder’s class and give
individual assistance in completing independent, level
based tasks. When the peer tutors came and started
helping you could tell everyone was having a good time. We
asked them why they chose to be peer tutors and Katelin
Kinghorn answered “I like to help the kids.” And Connor
Bowen said, “So I can help the kids in need.” Even though


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