School News

Autographed Book Donated to School Library

Student Paden Kunz
Autographed Book

I won an autographed copy of the book Evertaster from the Author, Adam Glendon Sidwell.  I thought Evertaster was an awesome book.  It had good detail and good description.  It’s the kind of book you do NOT want to set down.

          The book makes you think you taste all the wonderful food.  It isn’t hard to picture what is going on.  It has battles and magic forces in the race to find the “ONE RECIPE”.  It’s a race to the finish line back and forth the whole way!!      

          Don’t judge the book until chapters 8-10, it’s beyond  good at that point.

I donated the book that I won to the Santaquin Elementary School Library, so…… GO GET IT READERS!!  Go before school and after school to look for that book!!  Be the first one to read it  (after me). 

This is one of the best books I have ever read.  You should read it.  


Second Grade Farm Field Day

Farm Field Day
Farm Field Day
Farm Field Day
Farm Field Day
Farm Field Day
Farm Field Day

On Friday, October 5th, the second grade students from Santaquin Elementary had the pleasure of visiting Harward Farms for their annual Farm Field Day.  How much do YOU know about Agriculture?  Well, we learned things like:  a plant needs five things to grow - water, air, sunlight, soil, and nutrients; the Z.I.P. you get from eating beef stands for zinc, iron, and protein; and a mother sheep is called a ewe!  Thank you, Harward Farms, for an amazing day of learning!!

Miss Camper's Class Learns About Gravity

Student Reporters: Elizabeth Anne Crook and Joseph McCoy Jacklin

The students in Miss Camper's class had a lesson about gravity.  The students went to different groups to test objects to see which would hit the ground first.

At one center,  Mrs. Smith, a second-grade helper, pulled out a paper clip and an orange ping pong ball, and asked which one would hit the floor first when she dropped them.  Almost all of the students in her group said "The paperclip will hit the floor first."  Most of the kids were wrong because the ping pong ball hit the ground first.

At another group some 6th grade students showed the students balls of paper and erasers.  All of the students made the hypothesis that the eraser would hit the ground first.  But, the result was that they hit the ground at the same time.

In another group they tested a feather and a piece of paper.  The paper hit the ground first.

At another group there was a marble and a ping pong ball to drop.  A second-grade student, Kami, said "The marble will hit the ground first."  Another student, Alondra, said "The pencil will hit the floor before the paperclip."  

The students had a fun time learning about gravity.  As you can see, these kids are very smart.

Pictures and story by 6th grade reporters Elizabeth Anne Crook and Joseph McCoy Jacklin.

A Visit from Officer Irvine

Officer Irvine
Officer Irvine

On Wednesday, September 19th, Officer Irvine took time out of his busy schedule to visit the second grade students at Santaquin Elementary.  He talked about safety and making smart choices.  We are grateful to the important members of our community who help keep us safe.

Johnny Appleseed Visits Santaquin

Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed

Jonathan Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), also known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer who introduced apple trees to America.  He became an American legend while he was still alive because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership and the importance he placed on apples.  On September 26th, our 2nd grade students were treated to a visit from this legendary figure.  Stories were read and tales were told ... "an apple seedling tree in one hand and book in the other."

Santaquin's 'Magic Makers'

Magic Makers

We have amazing faculty and staff members at Santaquin Elementary and our wonderful PTA has decided to spotlight them!  This week we learned a little more about Mrs. Greer (6th), Miss Levi (2nd), and Mrs. Hogan (1st).  We are so grateful to have these Magic Makers at our school because they help us remember every day how ... The Magic Begins With YOU!

Character Education at Santaquin Elementary!

Character Education ... Honesty

Character Education is alive and well at Santaquin Elementary!  These students have all been chosen by their teachers for demonstrating how "we show respect for ourselves and others" by practicing HONESTY with fellow classmates and friends.  Thank you for setting such a great example for all of us!

S.M.A.R.T New Author Visits Our School

S.M.A.R.T. Author Visit

 Author Adam Glendon Sidwell  visited our school on Wednesday, September 27th.  He immediately got our attention by showing us some of the films he and his brother helped make.  He was involved in the animation for such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Toy Story 3, Spiderman, The Incredibles, Night at the Museum,  Avitar, and King Kong!!    What a fantastic way to earn a living.

                Mr. Sidwell gave our young writers some very "SMART" advice.  Using the letters from "SMART" he listed 5 elements to include in every story:

Structure:  Have a good beginning, then build the action or conflict and finally resolve the conflict in the end.  

Moral Choice:  The characters in the story should have to make a choice.

Aim to Finish:  Don't forget to revise the story.  Ask your friends and family to read it and give you feedback.

Real Life:  Give the characters meaningful dialogue that moves the plot along.  Think of using your real life experiences for inspiration.

Theme:  Find a central idea.  Think about who your audience is.

                Students were encouraged to  share stories with friends, create comics, write scripts and make movies.  

                A winner was drawn from the students at the school and given an autographed copy of Mr. Sidwell's book,  Evertaster.  Paden Kunz was the lucky student.  Paden has already read the book and reports that he really enjoyed it.


"Parents and Pastries" at Santaquin Elementary

Parents and Pastries
Parents and Pastries
Parents and Pastries
Parents and Pastries
Parents and Pastries

Santaquin families enjoyed the kick-off activity for our Fall Book Fair with an early morning "Parents and Pastries".  Parents were invited by the PTA to "bring your children and some books and come enjoy milk and donuts while you read together!"  What a great way to start the day ... reading!

2nd Grade Learns about Dental Health

On Friday, September 14th, the second grade students at Santaquin Elementary learned all about taking care of their teeth.  Red Rock Orthodontics shared ideas about brushing and flossing twice a day, eating healthy foods and seeing your orthodontist by age seven.  Keep smiling!