School News

Discovery Gateway Comes to Orchard Hills

Kelly Zopes from Discovery Gateway came to Orchard Hills Elementary School as part of their Outreach Program.  She did a Reaction Time presentation to our fifth graders.  She discussed physical changes and chemical reactions with the students.  Our fifth graders had the opportunity to see several experiments demonstrated as well as doing some experiments in small groups as well!

How to Listen

The Social Skill for February is:

   How to Listen

1.  Look at the person

2.  Think about their words

3.  Wait for them to finish

4.  Say what you want about the topic

   We have reviewed and practiced these steps at school, but we hope that you will also review and reinforce them at home.

Biography Bodies

Sixth grade students were all required to read a biography about a person of their choice.  Each student wrote a written report about their character and then chose at least 5 important facts to share with Orchard Hills Elementary students.  A Biography Body was created by each student to wear as they traveled to different classrooms to share what they learned.

Community Based Instruction

The two special education units at Orchard Hills Elementary in Santaquin, have the unique opportunity of learning in the community twice a month. These trips are called Community Based Instruction or CBI’s. The unit teachers Mrs. Owen and Mrs. Waters plan activities based on their students needs and then set up these bi-monthly trips. This year the students have the opportunity to participate in Adaptive Aquatics and Gym Kids at Brigham Young University. Students are paired with a college buddy, and they participate in Aquatics or various activities in the Gym.

DARE Graduation

Our 5th grade students graduated from DARE on Thursday, January 19th.  Officer Johnson spent the last 10 weeks teaching our students about resisting drugs and alcohol.  He also taught the students how to make good choices and how to handle peer pressure.  The Top Dare Students were Anika Teemant, Bryton Brown, Hailey Diamond, Nickelle Blanton.  The top essay winners were Austin Jackson, Nathan Quigley, Adilene Vasquez, and Trey Shipley.

How to Get Along

The Social Skill for January is:

How to Get Along:

1.  Show concern for others.

2.  Remember everyone deserves respect.

3.  Apologize when you need to.

We have reviewed and practiced these steps at school, and we hope that you will also review and reinforce them at home.  

Steve James Visits Orchard Hills

Steve James visited Orchard Hills Elementary and preformed several rousing renditions of his well loved songs.  Including favorites like: "I'll be Nice," "Hot to Not," and "Buckle Up."  Students and teachers were invited to join in on a couple of songs.  Steve's unique style and talent enable him to share his musical lessons on friendship, staying drug free, and self-esteem.  

Fourth-Graders Visit State Capitol

Orchard Hills Elementary fourth-graders were given an up close adn personal tour of our State Capitol on November 17.  Representative Painter invited our students to see the newly renovated Capitol Building.  They were able to sit in the legislators' chambers, Supreme Court Room, and see the Governor's Gold Room.  

Thank you, Representative Painter for this wonderful educational experience.


December Social Skill

The social skill for December is:

      How to Ask for Help

  1. Ask yourself, "Can I do this alone?"
  2. If not, raise your hand.
  3. Wait patiently.
  4. Ask for help in a friendly way.

We have reviewed and practiced these steps at school and we hope that you will review and reinforce them at home.  The following are some ways you can encourage your child to ask for help when he or she needs it.  Keep in mind that many children don't ask for help because they're too embarassed to admit they need it.