October 2011

Fall Dance Festival

Anyone who grew up in Santaquin and went to the “old” Santaquin Elementary School will remember Dean Peay and his May Day Dance Festival.  All students learned some classic dances and performed them for the May Day celebration.  Orchard Hills Elementary is following in the same footsteps as Mr.

Sixth-graders Visit Santaquin Cemetery

Sixth-graders at Orchard Hills Elementary spent a beautiful morning at Santaquin Cemetery.  Students learned about the inspiring military monument that honors our community and early pioneers that settled this town.  Students gained an appreciation for the art and poetry represented on the headstones and made a rubbing to mount and hang in the school hallway.  How to show respect for others and property was also an important part of the day's agenda.  The students were pleasantly surprised how many things can be learned at the cemetery. 

School-Wide Social Skills Program

Cougar Pride: Orchard Hills is implementing a new school-wide social skill instruction program. One social skill will be focused on each month for the entire school year. Students will be rewarded for showing proper use of this skill by receiving cougar pride notes. Also, a note will be sent home once month telling parents what skill we are working on as well as give ideas of how to discuss and reinforce the skill at home.

 

In September we focused on Empathy.  The students were taught to:

2nd Grade Field Trip

The second grade visited the Red Barn for our first fieldtrip of the year! We were picked up at the school by wagons and learned all about apples. Each child got to pick an apple from a tree, play in the maze, and enjoy a delicious donut! Yum! Each class also got to pick a pumpkin to keep in their classrooms. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a fabulous time!